It’s not always obvious what your dreams are telling you, but the art (and science) of dream interpretation can set you on the right path. What does it mean when you dream that you can’t find your shoes? What does it mean when you can’t see in your dream? Should you be worried about your marriage if you dreamt about getting a divorce? From endless falling to alien abductions to that common naked-in-a-crowd nightmare, almost all of your dreams can tell you something about yourself that you may not have realized. Read on for the meaning of 60 common dreams and sleep a little more soundly tonight.
1. What does it mean when you dream about having an affair?
A dream in which you cheat on your spouse or partner does not necessarily mean that you’re thinking about being unfaithful in real life. According to J.M. DeBord in his book, The Dream Interpretation Dictionary, that dream could be rooted in a broader range of feelings about wanting to escape or try something different. He gives the example that “the thought of quitting your job and living on an island crossed your mind, and the desire is growing in you to actually do it.” Or this dream could represent the idea of jumping into a new artistic project or exploring new intellectual pursuits.
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2. What does it mean when you dream that you’re speaking in an accent?
If you’ve had a dream where you’re inexplicably speaking with a southern drawl, cockney lilt, or some other accent you don’t naturally have, it could be positive or negative—depending not on the type of accent, but the way people in the dream react to it. DeBord posits that using an accent that draws positive attention could mean you are feeling a sense of “confidence or sophistication” while an accent drawing a negative reply may mean “you feel insecure or persecuted.”
3. What does it mean to have cats in a dream?
In The Illustrated Dream Dictionary, Russell Grant explains that cats are largely bad omens and may be a sign of deception or disloyalty among those closest to you. A black cat, in particular, may indicate signs of illness to come, “but chase one away and you may get a surprise stroke of good luck.” What did cats do to deserve this??
4. What does it mean to have dogs in a dream?
Grant says dogs generally symbolize friends and can indicate good times ahead, but a snarling dog may indicate that someone close to you may not be trustworthy. If a dog actually bites you in the dream, “a so-called friend is up to some trickery which can harm you,” he writes. A barking dog could be a signal of danger on the horizon, potentially legal trouble.
5. What does it mean when you dream about aliens?
If you dream about being abducted by aliens (assuming you weren’t actually abducted and tricked into thinking it was a dream), it may mean that you are encountering something in your life that is unfamiliar or even hostile. Craig Hamilton-Parker writes in The Hidden Meaning of Dreams, “Your first step should be to find out what it is and get to know this neglected aspect of yourself. For example, you may be behaving in ways that are ‘alien’ to you or have feelings that are ‘unlike you.’”
6. What does it mean dream about an airport?
Sure, it might be that you are anxious about an upcoming flight, but being at an airport in your dream can also symbolize a time of transition or change. “Airports are points of departure, such as when you’re leaving behind old beliefs or practices or a time of life,” according to DeBord. It could indicate that you are ready for change or start something new. It’s time to take off!
7. What does it mean when you are bald in a dream?
Like losing your teeth, losing your hair in a dream (assuming you aren’t already bald) can mean a sense of lost vigor, helplessness, or exposure. But it can also have positive connotations. DeBord explains that baldness “can indicate a clean mind, especially if the head is shiny and spotless.” It may also relate to a sense of conformity, “because hair is a strong visual identifier” and may connect to a sense of losing oneself in a corporate culture or .
8. What does it mean when you are playing sports in a dream?
If you are getting athletic in your dream or playing in a competition, it may not mean anything special—if you do those activities in your regular life, that is. But if you don’t regularly participate in sports, it could indicate that you may be pushing yourself in life and must “take care not to overdo things,” according to Grant. It may also mean you are feeling competitive or see rivals in your midst of whom you should be wary.
9. What does it mean if you’re baking or cooking in a dream?
As with sports, if you’re someone who bakes or cooks a lot in your waking life, doing so in a dream might not mean all that much. But it could have deeper significance otherwise, according to Hamilton-Parker, who says whipping up something in the kitchen in a dream could “represent plans you are nearly ready to put into action.” Baking might even be an indication that you are pregnant or have the urge, whether conscious or not, to conceive.
10. What does it mean when you are wearing armor in a dream?
As you might expect, armor in a dream indicates that the dreamer is emotionally protecting themselves in their interactions with others. Hamilton-Parker recommends examining from where this need for protection may be originating and what could be fueling this fear. With a little introspection, he suggests, “you may discover you need not be so guarded.”
11. What does it mean when you dream about someone?
If you dream about someone you like (or even love!) it could just go to show how passionate you are about them. But there’s also some nuance here. If you dream your partner is with someone else, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve been unfaithful. It could simply mean you no longer feel as passionate about your life as the people around you seem to feel about theirs.
12. What does it mean when you die in a dream?
If you die in a dream, or feel like you’re dying, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re afraid of dying in life or have a terminal illness you didn’t realize you had. It may just mean that something in your life is coming to an end: “Dreaming about death often means that you feel something is coming to an end in your life,” dream analyst and the host of The Dream Show podcast, Jane Teresa Anderson, told news.com.au. “But that being said, how you react to the death in the dream can mean different things.”
13. What does it mean when you die in a dream, but feel peaceful about it?
If you experience death in a dream but feel at peace, “you have an ‘out with the old and in with the new’ attitude” and “it could be something that you’re ready to let go from,” according to Anderson.
14. What does it mean when you dream about being scared of dying?
Alternately, if you feel a pang of anxiety or even panic at the thought of death in your dream, Anderson told the outlet that it may be that “you’re not quite there yet” and uncomfortable with letting go.
15. What does it mean when you dream your teeth are falling out?
It may be that events in your life are swirling around you or that you’ve lost a job and with it, your feeling of being in control. The result might be that you dream of losing your teeth. Psychologist Ian Wallace told The Independent, “Your teeth symbolize how confident and powerful you feel, so some situation is causing your confidence to crumble in waking life.”
16. What does it mean when you dream about birds?
This dream could mean you’re hoping to hear from someone. Birds have been symbols of delivering information going back centuries, and their appearance in your dreams could be an indication that you are expecting to hear from someone or receive a message. Psychologist and dream expert Michael Lennox wrote in his book Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide for Interpreting Any Dream that these beliefs go back to Nordic mythology, where Odin, the head of the pantheon, was accompanied by a pair of all-seeing ravens that “would travel through the world of men and bring back important information.”
17. What does it mean when you dream you’re on a plane?
Confident woman selects music on smartphone to listen to during her flight. She is smiling cheerfully while wearing earbuds.
If you’re dreaming of flying in a plane, your dream is trying to tell you that you are feeling the effects of fast changes in your life. Lennox wrote, “Because of the dramatic way an airplane leaves the ground and speeds toward a destination, it is connected with any sudden transition in life.” It may not just be alerting you to the changes you’re going through, but that change “is needed or wished for.” He continued, “As a plane is our world’s fastest mode of public transportation, it connects symbolically to those moments in life where change is rapid and total.”
18. What does it mean if you dream that one of your limbs is gone?
Lennox’s book also notes that amputations or missing limbs are a typical theme that appear in dreams and indicate some sense of lacking in ability or mobility. If you’re missing feet, it “relates to an inability to be grounded on your path, whereas missing an entire leg or both legs connects to being completely stopped on your path.”
19. What does it mean when you dream you’ve (literally) lost your head?
A more extreme absence that you might experience in a dream is the loss of your head. According to Lennox, that’s a sign of “an eradication of a thought process, or to your sense of identity.”
20. What does it mean when you dream you’re in bed with a coworker?
If you are being intimate with a coworker in your dream, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a crush on them. Anderson said that it more indicates that they have “positive qualities you admire” and “welcome in your own life.”
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