Dream meaning » king

To dream of a king, you are struggling with your might, and ambition is your master.

To dream that you are crowned king, you will rise above your comrades and co-workers.

If you are censured by a king, you will be reproved for a neglected duty. For a young woman to be in the presence of a king, she will marry a man whom she will fear.

To receive favors from a king, she will rise to exalted positions and be congenially wedded.


In the broadest and most abstract sense, the king symbolizes universal and archetypal Man. As such, according to animistic and astrobiological ways of thought widespread from India to Ireland, he possesses magic and supernatural powers. He also expresses the ruling or governing principle, supreme consciousness, and the virtues of sound judgement and self-control. At the same time, a coronation is equivalent to achievement, victory and consummation. Hence any man may properly be called a king when he achieves the culminating point in the unfolding of his individual life. Deriving from, and equated with the king-symbolism are the symbols for gold, the sun and Jupiter. These symbols imply in essence the idea that the king is Man transposed to the solar plane, to the ideal or ‘golden’ situation—that is, ‘saved’ and made eternal. The idea of immortality was passed from god to monarch, and only later was it vouchsafed to the hero and later still to ordinary mortals in so far as they merited the ‘crown’ of success, having overcome certain obstacles (usually of a moral order).

The king and queen together comprise the perfect image of the hieros gamos, of the union of heaven and earth, sun and moon, gold and silver, sulphur and mercury; and— according to Jung—they also signify the spiritual ‘conjunction’ that takes place when the process of individuation is complete, with the harmonious union of the unconscious and consciousness.

As for the ‘sea-king’, he is symbolic of the ocean (another version of Neptune) and therefore personifies the deeps of the unconscious in their regressive and evil form as opposed to the waters of the ‘Upper Ocean’ (the clouds, rain or fresh water) which are fecund.
The king often exhibits, in concentrated form, the characteristics of the father and the hero, and there is a touch of the Messianic about him; by inversion of the temporal order of things, what is past becomes ‘what is to pass’ and the dead king is supposed by his subjects to be living a strange existence as a ghost, later to return to his country when it is in great danger.

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The Dream Encyclopedia
The Dream Encyclopedia

A king is a power symbol, either for good or for bad. In a dream a king may represent a boss, a father, or the dreamer.

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

The king symbolizes, in an abstract sense, the universal and archetypal man. As such, it has magical and supernatural powers. It also expresses the guiding principle, supreme conscience, the virtue of a judge, and self-control. On the other hand, the coronation means accomplishment, victory, and culmination. From here man can be named kind in the culminating instants of his existence.

If the dreamer is young, the king could represent his father or another similar figure; on the contrary, for an adult, it corresponds to the dreamer. In this case, the dream could announce that you are reaching maturity, or professional success. Carl Jung used the strange and symbolic language of the alchemists for many of his interpretations. In this sense, the king is the personification of work. Its appearance in dreams, on the other hand, could have diverse meanings.

If he is sick, it represents out of place attitudes and sometimes conflicts between reason and instinct; if he is decrepit, it signifies a limited conscience; and if he fades or comes with his mother, it is the return to the subconscious.

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

Happiness, prestige, and prosperity are forecast in a dream of being, seeing, or meeting royalty, unless the dream had some embarrassing or unpleasant element in it, in which case it is a warning that you could be victimized by underhanded gossip, so keep your private affairs to yourself. If your dream concerned the playing cards of this denomination, see Cards.

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

An archetypal figure, the king in your dreams represents the ultimate sense of authority. This is the part of your higher nature that governs the choices you make in your waking life. Consider the sensation around this character in the dream itself. Are you governing your life as a benevolent ruler or a cruel despot?

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

To see a king and be in his kingly presence in a dream signifies your recognition of a solemn and authoritative presence in your life.

If you are the king, you have strong personal power right now and others look to you for guidance.

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