Dream meaning of ambush

The idea of ambush applies to any situation where an attack comes out of nowhere. Someone undercuts you at work or school, and you dream about being ambushed by an animal or mugger.

You can be ambushed by a spouse who brings up a loaded subject at the perfect time to gain advantage, a co-worker who pulls a surprise, or an unexpected change of plans. These are situations where people say they are ambushed, and dreams can portray them through imagery of a sneak attack. The symbolism can be used anytime you feel betrayed or unpleasantly surprised.

To dream that your are atacked from ambush, denotes that you have lurking secretly near you a danger, which will soon set upon and overthrow you if you are heedless of warnings.

If you lie in ambush to revenge yourself on others, you will unhesitatingly stoop to debasing actions to defraud your friends.

To dream about being ambushed might warn of hidden danger. You have overlooked something that could come back to haunt you, or a situation has potential for trouble, now or later.

The shadow side of the psyche is known for being a trickster. It can interrupt your life, sometimes forcefully and deceptively, seemingly out of nowhere. The ambush is a favorite trick of your shadow because it pops up when you least expect it and sabotages you.


Physical Physical
You are experiencing an unpleasant surprise or unanticipated challenge, showing yourself how a situation is blocked, or people are working against you.


Emotional Emotional
You feel overwhelmed by unforeseen circumstances, or betrayed by friends or colleagues. If you are doing the ambushing, you might want to prevent a situation by taking things into your own hands. Ambushes are also unconscious fears surfacing suddenly, or upcoming loss and emotional upheaval.


Spiritual Spiritual
You are experiencing a sudden breakthrough to higher awareness that you hadn’t expected.


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The Dream Encyclopedia

An ambush is a surprise attack. Concretely, it may represent some unpleasant surprise or unanticipated turn for the worse in one’s life. If one was headed for a clear destination at the time of the ambush, it may represent a sense of being blocked. Ambushes may also be more general symbols of sudden loss and emotional upheaval.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke
The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke

It usually indicates fear of unexpected changes that can have negative consequences on the dreamer’s life. It denotes insecurity and precaution toward the surrounding environment and also an inability to control a situation.

If the dreamer is the one who prepares the ambush the meaning is the opposite: it reflects confidence, tact, and boldness to manage dangerous situations.

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