10 Dream Symbols You Should Never Ignore

Ever wonder what your dream meant? Chances are your answer is here...

For decades we have been intrigued by dreams and their meaning. At the end of the nineteenth-century psychotherapist Carl Jung, best known for archetypes and the collective unconscious, began to presume that looking into dreams was opening a door into consciousness and the spirit world.

Nonetheless, there is a science behind what occurs during sleep. A research team of scientists at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratory in Kyoto, Japan, have explored brain scans while identifying the visual symbolism of dreams.

They determined that we watch our dreams in the same manner that we watch our waking world.

In order to probe the dreams, we must also study how we participate in our daily activities.

Are dreams a replay on the visual stimuli of what we understand in waking hours or messages of guidance from beyond? What do these symbols mean? How do we evaluate them and analyze them to give us messages?



Dreams of flying often symbolize the need to reach ambition. Where are you going? How are you getting there? Are you having trouble cruising through life? Flying dreams manage to leave us recharged when we wake. There is a feeling of freedom and being able to accomplish everything in our way.


When we dream of water it usually conveys the emotional state of the mind. Water signifies cleansing and purity. To dream of waterfalls is a great sign. This represents new beginnings as the old is washed out.

If you see waterfalls in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: Is the waterfall a short one or a large one? How are you observing your obstacles? Is the waterfall in a dark forest or a beautiful beach?


Dreams with teeth are actually very common. Not all teeth dreams symbolize aging. Pulling of teeth means something that needs to come out, while rotten teeth symbolize the holding of fear and worry. Dreaming of falling teeth are the most typical of all teeth dreams. They are commonly derived to new situations that cause stress: lack of power in a relationship, a new job, fear of loss, or lies that are being kept hidden.

If you see teeth in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: How do you feel regarding your teeth? We use our teeth to nourish the body. How are we nourishing our lives?


Dreaming of death is more common than most people admit. As morbid as it feels, to dream of death normally symbolizes the ending of something. Death is the terminus of ego parts. There is the death of stress and anger. The death of a situation. There is the death of an idea allowing for the birth of another. Dreaming of death or dying can be a subconscious aspect of working great changes in emotions.

If you see death in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: Were you the one who died? Was it a loved one? These dreams can also be guidance from a perished loved one trying to give comfort.


Dreaming of being pregnant symbolizes a major growth and development. It can be geared to future plans and desires.

If you visualize pregnancy in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: What are you trying to create? What change are you encountering in your waking life? Are you pregnant with possibilities? Pregnant dreams can bring useful ideas for a relationship or job.


Dreams of houses symbolize the self and the various aspects of personality. Depending on the type of house or the different rooms the interpretation can deepen. Houses are about salvation and comfort. An attic symbolizes buried memories, while a basement can mean intuition and the unconscious mind.

If you see houses in your dreams, ask yourself: How are you taking care of your body? How do you see yourself out in the world?


Money dreams can enable us to wake with such gratitude. Dreaming about money is focused on luck and how we perceive our self-worth. Winning the lottery symbolizes a change in lifestyle while dreaming of giving money away is a fear of loss. Money dreams concern the core of our emotions towards the wealth and prosperity. Financial stability or losses are often stressing factors in our lives.

If you see money in your dreams, ask yourself: Are you in debt? Did you lose your job? What would you do if you won the lottery? The relationship with finances is one that seldom leaves the mind during waking moments. Money symbolizes the flow of life.


Dreaming of adultery implies sexual desires and urges that are suppressed or are needing to be expressed. These type of dreams also carry abandonment and fears, self-worth issues, and an unconscious acceptance of a troubled relationship.

If adultery appears in your dreams, ask yourself: Are you scared of losing a loved one? Are you unhappy in your own relationship? How do you feel about your body and passions?


Fire dreams can have several meanings depending on the context of the dream. Seeing fire in a distance symbolizes desire and change while playing with fire can be a signal of risky activities. If you dream of lighting a fire it symbolizes anger that is being repressed.

Ask yourself: Do you spend your day putting out fires? Do you avoid unsafe situations?


Dreams of being naked are very common. They relate to our fear of being exposed. If the dream is about somebody else being naked it signifies “the naked truth” of a situation or foretells an illicit affair. It can also mean the loss of respect. Nakedness is about accepting flaws and defects. Just like in waking moments it is about how much is revealed to the world of the self.

If you are naked in a dream, ask yourself: Are you fearful of being seen for who you are? Are you over exposing yourself?

Dreams express episodes of our lives that can be analyzed in millions of ways, and the dreamer is the only one who can comprehend the true emotional state of the dream. These are only a few suggestions into the world of night visions; the mind, body, and spirit are twisted and how we perceive the self plays over and over during our sleep.

The brain will try frantically to dictate, through short visions, how our emotions are being played. Anxiety or happiness can change the way we sleep. It’s up to us to truly be aware how we carry ourselves during waking ours.

“Dreams…are invariably seeking to express something that the ego does not know and does not understand.” – Carl Jung