What does it mean to dream about animals?

Two cats and a tiger…

Countryside, cats and a tigerDream:  I had a dream away from home at another house in the country side.  Went for walk on return saw two cats at the front gate with their heads cuts off.  Then a tiger passes by very calmly not doing or attacking.

DreamsMaster:  Here are some ideas of what these symbols may represent. As you read through them, think about what fits for you personally.

– House: our core self, particularly our security and safety.

– Cats: in general, a cat often represents power and freedom, especially for females; it may also represent femininity.

– Tiger: a tiger often signifies dignity and power; it may also represent feelings or emotions that frighten you.

Insert these symbols into the theme of the dream, like this:

Went for walk (stepped away from my core sense of self and security)… on return saw two cats at the front gate with their heads cuts off (diminished sense of femininity, power, freedom)… Then a tiger passes by very calmly not doing or attacking (dignity, power, frightening emotions).

Pulling it all together, perhaps the dream is telling you there may be risks if you let your guard down and stray too far from your core identity, but you can overcome them by maintaining your sense of dignity and personal power.

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Animal nightmares…

animal nightmaresDream:  A lot of animal nightmares come in my mind and I don’t have good sleep at night. The dreams are very dangerous like when I go to sleep I see a dog in front of me or a bull and many other animals.

DreamsMaster:  To begin, it appears that you are currently under a great deal of stress and have a lot on your mind at night when you go to sleep, which is why your dreaming mind is so active and your dreams are full of threatening images.

A brief explanation about sleep and dreams: Our brains go through different stages when we are asleep, one of which is called REM (Rapid Eye Movement). It is during REM sleep where we have most of our dream activity. We cycle through these stages of sleep on average of every 90 minutes, which means that about every 90 minutes we’ll have a REM period filled with dreams.

When we have a lot going on in our waking world, our dreaming mind is on overdrive. The more emotion-packed the dreams, the more likely we are to be awakened by them during these REM periods.

Before moving on to interpretation ideas, I strongly recommend you start keeping a journal. At night before you go to bed, write down everything that’s on your mind, all of your worries and unfinished business of the day. Write for as long as it takes to get it all out – the more you flush out before falling asleep, the less active your mind will be during the night, and the more restful your sleep will be.

Keep the journal by your bed, and each time you wake up from a dream, take a few notes about it. Don’t try interpreting it in the moment, just write. In the morning or sometime that day, take time to review the dreams in context of what was on your mind the night before, and see what connections you can make.

Ultimately, these abundant, frightening dreams are trying to send you a problem-solving message, and they won’t ease up until you take some action.

You specifically mentioned two animals in your dreams that you perceived as dangerous (dog, bull). Here’s an idea for you to ponder in order to reveal what these animals symbolically represent to you:

In your journal, have an imaginary dialog with the dog and/or bull, asking questions such as these:
– Who are you?
– Why are you threatening me?
– Are you angry with me for something I’ve done?
– What do you want from me now?

Then, based on the answers that come, ask yourself:
– Does this animal represent someone in your life, or is it a part of yourself?
– What problem in your life is this dream trying to help you solve?
– What action could you take, in order to solve this problem?

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