Dream meaning » animal

Animals are one of the most common of symbols that appear in dreams. Dream animals are complex symbols, and there are many shades of their meaning. In general, animals in dreams most likely represent the basic, physical characteristics of that particular animal as it relates to you in your waking life, with some dream animals being more common than others.

The appearance of animals in dreams might represent your own physical characteristic, primitive desires, and sexual nature, depending on the characteristic of the particular animals. Animals can symbolize our more primitive side and may be an indication of some type of primordial sexual desire.

Animals also symbolize the untamed and uncivilized aspects of your inner self. Therefore if you dream that you are fighting with an animal symbolizes a hidden part of yourself that you are trying to reject and push back into your subconscious.

Dreams about talking animals usually have something to do with extended wisdom or knowledge about something. Dreaming of an animal talking to you can provide insight into your own abilities and hidden potential.

To dream that you are saving the life of an animal, suggests that you are successfully acknowledging certain emotions and characteristics represented by the animal.

The appearance of animals in dreams is another way for our dreaming brain to deal with emotions that are affecting us during our waking lives. Emotions such as hatred, anger, jealousy, pride, and fear are quite often portrayed through animals in dreams.

As with all symbols in our dreams the interpretation of animals in dreams is really up to you. Your subconscious manifested the animal image in your dream therefore you would be best to understand why. Asking yourself the following questions may help you have a better understanding meaning of you animal dream.

  • What type of animal was it?
  • What was the animal doing in the dream?
  • Was it an animal you are familiar with like a family pet?
  • How do you feel about that particular animal, does it scare you or do you feel connected with it in some way?

Keep in mind when interpreting animals in dreams look not only at the symbol but the circumstances surrounding the symbol, this will give you valuable clues to what the meaning of the dream. Look at the place the animal holds within your mind, culture and society for a better understanding of its meaning.

Fighting With an Animal

Thus, to dream that you are fighting with an animal signifies a hidden part of yourself that you are trying to reject and push back into your subconscious. Refer to the specific animal in your dream.

If You Dream of Two Animals Fighting

If you dream of two animals fighting, then it points to some sort of sexual tension.

Dreaming of animals being abused indicates that your own primal desires are being suppressed. You are unable to fully express an important part of who you are. Alternatively, the dream represents your helplessness in a situation.

To Dream That Animals Can Talk

To dream that animals can talk represent superior knowledge. Its message is often some form of wisdom. Alternatively, a talking animal denotes your potential to be all that you can be.

Seeing Wild Animals In Your Dream

Seeing the wild animals that are not tamed in the dreams is interpreted as the presence of ignorant and uneducated people around the dreamer’s house. These people are portrayed as dangerous people who can easily come to the point of being enraged because of their ignorance

To Dream That You Are Saving the Life of an Animal

To dream that you are saving the life of an animal suggests that you are successfully acknowledging certain emotions and characteristics represented by the animal. The dream may also stem from feelings of inadequacy or being overwhelmed.

If you are setting an animal free, then it indicates an expression and release of your own primal desires.

A Dream About a Baby Animal

A dream about a baby animal is often symbolic of your own child.

Recurring dreams about abuse of young animals such as puppies and kittens is known as a sign of early childhood abuse.

And keep in mind, the symbolism of animals in your dreams is given in the context of the dream-story. In other words, the white rabbit you chase down a hole might relate to something rabbit- like about you, like the desire to hide or protect yourself. Or it might be a prop in a story about finding out how deep the rabbit hole really goes.

Animal Shelter

To dream that you are at an animal shelter indicates that you are feeling shut out of some situation or relationship.
It may also represent feelings of being unwanted or unloved.

Stuffed Animal

To see a stuffed animal in your dream represents an immature attitude. You are trying to escape from your daily responsibilities and problems.

To dream that a stuffed animal is choking you indicates that something that was originally emotionally comforting is now giving you much stress. You are feeling emotionally restricted and unable to communicate how you feel especially in matters of the heart.

To dream that your stuffed animal is getting run over by cars implies a lost of innocence. You have been hit with a hard with some painful truth or shocking experience that your childhood can no longer shield you from.
Dreaming of masturbating a stuffed animal refers to your inexperience or immature attitude about sex.


Physical Physical
You’re focusing on your instinctual nature. You are strengthening the part of yourself represented by the animal; look to the natural traits of the animal for clues. If you are bitten by an animal, it may be important as a “power animal” or protector.


Emotional Emotional
If the animal is injured or trapped, you need to heal or free a part of yourself. If an animal threatens you, you need to develop that animal’s strength or express your own wildness.


Spiritual Spiritual
Animals are spiritual guides. You are about to develop talents associated with the animal’s expertise: the eagle’s vision, the wolf’s loyalty, the butterfly’s transformational ability.

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The Dream Encyclopedia
The Dream Encyclopedia

The symbolism of animals is highly complex, as different creatures have been used to represent a variety of different notions. A proper interpretation also depends on one’s personal associations with animals.

Generically, animals symbolize the physical, instinctual, “animal” self, and wild dream beasts that one cannot specifically identify usually represent this aspect of the self (or “beastlike” people in one’s environment).
One should be careful about this generalization, however, because certain other, more specific animals (e.g., birds) can symbolize precisely the opposite (e.g., the higher self or the soul).

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

Animals often represent, in general, the qualities or defects with which they are traditionally associated. So, the dog may represent loyalty; dove, peace; turtle, longevity; tiger, power; etc. However, like in the other entries of this dictionary, you must always take into account the personal circumstances of the dreamer. If, for example, the dreamer has been bitten by a dog, her unconscious would hardly associate the figure of the dog with fidelity. On the other hand, animals refer to our most primal instincts and our basic desires.
The dream may be calling attention to some aspect of your nature that you repress or underestimate. In any case, it is advising you to try to be more spontaneous and less rational.

If you dream of eating an animal, it means that you are assimilating natural wisdom.

If you fight against it, it means you are having trouble with your hidden self, rejected by the conscious.

If the animal is guarding a treasure then the material passions are preventing you from spiritual fulfillment.

Its meaning depends on whether it is about domestic or wild animals. While the wild animal is indicative of secret enemies and professional problems, the domestic one announces the return of absent friends and reconciliation. To own, feed, and care for them, especially if they are ruminants, indicates wealth and good businesses. Those endowed with horns predict happiness.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett
The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

To see wild animals in your dream is generally a good omen pertaining to business, but the interpretation depends on their attitude; if they were calm, your affairs will prosper, but if they attacked you (or each other), you can expect some reverses.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox
Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox

We think of animals as having intelligence that is basically instinctive. In this way, dreams that feature animals are helping us tap into our own instinctual nature.

The first element of any interpretation of an animal that appears in your dream is to investigate the special trait that the particular animal represents. You will find many such interpretations within these pages, but a little research will yield great results if your dream animal is not listed.

The animal’s behaviors and habits will illustrate the instinct that is being highlighted. The second facet of your interpretation will come from what the animal is doing in your dream.
The activity it is engaged in will correlate with some type of movement (or obstacle to movement) in your waking life. The dream may be asking you to stop trying to think your way through a situation and instead turn to your instinctive nature for an answer.

Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson
Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson

Animals represent your deepest emotions, instincts, and desires. When an animal appears to you in a dream, you are sending yourself an important message about who you are right now and where you are going.

To dream of many animals together suggests your instincts have overcome your ability to be civilized.
To see animals in cages suggests you’ve reigned in your instincts, perhaps too far.
Sick or dying animals suggest you’ve lost touch with your instincts almost entirely. See also dead animal, and individual types of animals.

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