Dream meaning » arrow

To be shot by an arrow in a dream can symbolize being targeted by someone’s ambitions, sarcasm, criticism, or ire.

The symbolism can be used to depict comments directed at you that sting or penetrate. It shows in the action of an arrow striking and causing pain and injury.

”Straight arrow” means upright and righteous. Straight arrow is also a way of saying “very direct.” The symbolism will show in the action of an arrow flying straight.

Shooting an arrow can mean aiming for a goal or target, hitting a target or missing. Who or what are you aiming for, and why?

A broken arrow can symbolize a goal or ambition that isn’t reached, succumbing to temptation, or the fall of a righteous person.

An arrow can be a phallic symbol because of its shape and ability to penetrate.

 

Physical Physical
If you’re hit by an arrow, look to that area of your body; tension, pain, or congestion could be building toward a problem. An arrow punctures a blocked area and releases pressure. If you miss the bull’s-eye, you need to focus and be in the flow before you act.

 

Emotional Emotional
An arrow symbolizes a thought that seeks connection and understanding. A bull’s-eye is a goal or “Aha!” If you are shooting, you feel confident about achieving a goal. If you hit a bull’seye, you feel successful. If you’ve been shot, you could be wounded by sharp words or the selfish actions of others. Being shot by Cupid’s arrow opens you to love and romance.

 

Spiritual Spiritual
An important message is trying to make itself known to you. Your soul is trying to make something known through you to the world. Hitting the bull’s-eye means you know where to place the insight and how to deliver it.

 

SYMBOLISM SYMBOLISM
The weapon of Apollo and Diana, signifying the light of supreme power.

In both Greece and pre-Columbian America, it was used to designate the sun’s rays. But, because of its shape, it has undeniable phallic significance, specially when it is shown in emblems balanced against the symbol of the ‘mystic Centre’, feminine in character, such as the heart. The heart pierced with an arrow is a symbol of ‘Conjunction’.

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The Dream Encyclopedia
The Dream Encyclopedia

Arrows have a rich and complex set of meanings. A person can be described as “straight as an arrow.” Cupid is known for using his bow and arrow to shoot love into a lover’s heart. Arrows can represent conflict, war, and aggression.
More positively, they are used symbolically in business to point in the direction of company goals.

An arrow also has masculine, phallic connotations, so that shooting someone with an arrow in a dream can have sexual overtones. Less obviously, arrows have been associated with inspiration, truth, sudden illumination, and poetry.

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

Dreaming that you shoot an arrow suggests that you must be precise in your objectives.
If you hit the target it means that you will achieve your goals. Instead, shooting an arrow upward is a sign of great hope and projects, which are likely to be spoiled by excessive ambition.
A Freudian psychologist, however, interprets this image as a clear masculine sexual symbol.

A medieval oneiric source claims this dream portends travel, entertainment, and celebrations.

If you dream that an arrow is shot straight through your body it means you have a secret enemy. A broken arrow augurs disappointment in love or business.

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

You’ve got an undercover antagonist among your friends if you dreamed of being hit by an arrow. A broken arrow is a warning to guard your business interests with more diligence; if you broke the arrow, it signifies a personal attachment which would be best severed.

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

As a symbol, an arrow has two meanings, one connected to aim and the other to how the arrow lands. You place an arrow where you desire with focus and intention, and in this way an arrow represents your ability to do so with a thought or an idea.
On the connection side of the equation, an arrow relates to being penetrated by such an idea. If you are shooting the arrows, the dream is about your desire to focus an idea and have it land somewhere powerful. If you are struck by an arrow, the dream is about a sudden idea taking hold of you.

The Dream Encyclopedia
The Dream Encyclopedia

To dream of seeing an arrow shot straight to its mark is an omen of achievement in your fondest anticipation.
A broken arrow, or one shot wide of the mark, predicts failure.

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