Dream meaning of drum

To dream that you are playing the drums indicate that you progress through life by your own terms. You are strong willed and stick by the decisions you make. The dream may also be a metaphor to indicate you are “drumming up” business. You need to be more aggressive with your new ideas.

To hear a drum in your dream symbolizes the rhythm of life and the need to keep a steady pace in the pursuit of your goals.

To see a drum, foretells amiability of character and a great aversion to quarrels and dissensions.

It is an omen of prosperity to the sailor, the farmer and the tradesman alike.

Physical Physical
If you are playing the drums, you are living life on your own terms.
Emotional Emotional
The kind of drums you play or hear shows the emotional state, and thus the overall tone of your life: it might be jazzy and exciting, militant, wild, or like jungle drums.
Spiritual Spiritual
To hear a drum symbolizes the rhythm of life, your heartbeat, and the need to keep a steady pace in the pursuit of your goals. There might also be a message in the drumbeat, or someone is calling for help.


A symbol of primordial sound, and a vehicle for the word, for tradition and for magic (60). With the aid of drums, shamans can induce a state of ecstasy. It is not only the rhythm and the timbre which are important in the symbolism of the primitive drum, but, since it is made of the wood of ‘the Tree of the World’, the mystic sense of the latter also adheres to it (18). In the most primitive cultures, as in the most advanced, it is equated with the sacrificial altar and hence it acts as a mediator between heaven and earth. However, given its bowl-shape and its skin, it corresponds more properly to the symbolism of the Element of earth.
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5 Definitions
  1. A drum can represent everything from primitive urges, to dance, to the rhythms of life, to entrepreneurialism (“drumming up business”), to ejection (being “drummed out of town”). As with all dream symbols, the tone and setting of the dream indicate which meaning is appropriate.

  2. The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke April 5, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Hearing a drum warns that a friend or family member will find themselves in trouble and will urgently need your help. Playing a drum, in contrast, shows your capacity to communicate yourself and to establish relationships with more disparate people.

  3. The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett April 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    To hear drums in your dream forecasts great success and to play them yourself signifies great joy. 

  4. Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox April 13, 2022 at 10:34 am

    All musical instruments relate to passionate expression. The beating of a drum is most connected to the beating of the heart. If a drum features prominently in a dream, you are connecting to a fundamental and organic expression of the rhythm of life.

  5. Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson April 17, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    To dream of playing a drum suggests you are hitting your stride and finding a rhythm for your life that makes sense for you and feels comfortable and unique.

    To dream of listening to drums symbolizes a deep desire emerging.

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