Animals In Our Dreams

I recently had one of my reader’s email me with a confusing dream he had about animals and asked if I had any information about animal dreams.

Animals are one of the most common of symbols that appear in dreams. Dream animals are complex symbols, and there are many shades of their meaning. In general, animals in dreams most likely represent the basic, physical characteristics of that particular animal as it relates to you in your waking life, with some dream animals being more common than others.

The appearance of animals in dreams might represent your own physical characteristic, primitive desires, and sexual nature, depending on the characteristic of the particular animals. Animals can symbolize our more primitive side and may be an indication of some type of primordial sexual desire.

Animals also symbolize the untamed and uncivilized aspects of your inner self. Therefore if you dream that you are fighting with an animal symbolizes a hidden part of yourself that you are trying to reject and push back into your subconscious.

Dreams about talking animals usually have something to do with extended wisdom or knowledge about something. Dreaming of an animal talking to you can provide insight into your own abilities and hidden potential.

To dream that you are saving the life of an animal, suggests that you are successfully acknowledging certain emotions and characteristics represented by the animal.

The appearance of animals in dreams is another way for our dreaming brain to deal with emotions that are affecting us during our waking lives. Emotions such as hatred, anger, jealousy, pride, and fear are quite often portrayed through animals in dreams.

As with all symbols in our dreams the interpretation of animals in dreams is really up to you. Your subconscious manifested the animal image in your dream therefore you would be best to understand why. Asking yourself the following questions may help you have a better understanding meaning of you animal dream.

  • What type of animal was it?
  • What was the animal doing in the dream?
  • Was it an animal you are familiar with like a family pet?
  • How do you feel about that particular animal, does it scare you or do you feel connected with it in some way?

Keep in mind when interpreting animals in dreams look not only at the symbol but the circumstances surrounding the symbol, this will give you valuable clues to what the meaning of the dream. Look at the place the animal holds within your mind, culture and society for a better understanding of its meaning.

In the dream mentioned in the beginning of this article the man was dreaming that as he and his wife were traveling a path and he was constantly having to fight off bears that were attacking his wife. He tried to get his wife to go back or to travel a different path but she was insistent on continue the way they were traveling.   I have already given him my interpretation but I would like to hear what some of my other readers think. The following is a list of some common animals found in dreams, and while this list is not complete it should help you understand how the characteristic of a particular animal can be interpreted.
To see an alligator in your dream, symbolizes treachery, deceit, and hidden instincts. It may be a signal for you to take a new perspective on a situation. It may also represent your ability to move between the material world of waking life and the emotional, repressed world of the unconscious.  Alternatively, the alligator represents healing powers and qualities. An alligator also suggests that you are thick-skinned or insensitive.

To dream that you are running away from the alligator indicates that you are unwilling to confront some painful and disturbing aspect of your unconscious. There is some potentially destructive emotion that you are refusing to acknowledge and owning up to.

To see a bear in your dream, symbolizes independence, the cycle of life, death and renewal.  It may signal of period of introspection and thinking. The dream may also be a pun on “bare”. Perhaps you need to bare your soul and let everything out into the open.

To dream that you are being pursued or attacked by a bear denotes aggression, overwhelming obstacles and competition. You may find yourself in a threatening situation. 

To see a bull in your dream, symbolizes stubbornness, strong will, strength, and power. The dream may be telling you that it is time to take a stand and be more assertive. Alternatively, the bull indicates a rich, prosperous, and abundant life. Consider also the metaphor, “being bull-headed”. May be you need to show a little compromise in a situation. Or it could be a pun on something that is “bull”, as in crap or worthless.

Bulls are also symbolic of repressed sexual energies, fertility and virility. To see an untamed, raging bull represents that your passions may be out of control. The bull may also represent a person in your life who is born under the Taurus sign.

Cat :
To see a cat in your dream, symbolizes an independent spirit, feminine sexuality, creativity, and power. It also represents misfortune and bad luck. The cat could indicate that someone is being deceitful or treacherous toward you. If the cat is aggressive, then it suggests that you are having problems with the feminine aspect of yourself. The dream may be a metaphor for “cattiness” or someone who is “catty” and malicious. If you see a cat with no tail, then it signifies a loss of independence and lack of autonomy.

To dream that a cat is biting you, symbolizes the devouring female. Perhaps you are taking and taking without giving. You may be expressing some fear or frustration especially when something is not going as planned.

To dream that you chase the cat away signifies that you will overcome your obstacles.

To see a white cat in your dream denotes that you are going through difficult times.

To see a black cat in your dream indicates that you are experiencing some fear in using your psychic abilities and believing in your intuition. You may erroneously associate the black cat with evil, destruction, and bad luck.

To see a dog in your dream, indicate a skill that you have ignored or forgotten, but needs to be activated. Alternatively, dogs may symbolize intuition, loyalty, generosity, protection, and fidelity. Your own values and intentions will enable you to go forward in the world and succeed. If the dog is vicious and/or growling, then it signifies some inner conflict within yourself. It may indicate betrayal and untrustworthiness. If the dog is dead or dying, then it indicates a loss of a good friend. Alternatively, it represents a deterioration of your instincts.

To dream that a dog bites you on the leg, suggests that you have lost your ability to balance aspects of your life. You may be hesitant in approaching a new situation or have no desire to move forward with your goals. Alternatively, it symbolizes disloyalty.

To see a happily barking dog in your dream, symbolizes pleasures and much social activity.  If the dog is barking ferociously, then it represents your habit of making demands on people and controlling situations around you. It could also mean unfriendly companions.

Also consider the notions associated with the word dog, such as loyalty (“man’s best friend”) and to be “treated like a dog”.

To see a donkey in your dream represents your stubbornness and unyielding personality. You are unwilling to cooperate with others. The donkey also symbolizes menial work. You may be feeling overburdened or stressed. If the donkey is dead, then it denotes that your party hearty attitude will lead to unrestrained immorality. It is also an indication of your long sufferings.

To dream that you fall off or are thrown from a donkey signifies disharmony in love which will lead to a separation.

To dream that you are kicked by a donkey, suggests that you are involved in illicit activities, which will bring your much anxiety and fear that you will be caught.

To dream that you are leading a donkey by a halter signifies your leadership abilities. You have the gift of convincing people to see things your way.


To see an elephant in your dream indicates that you need to be more patient or more understanding of others. Or perhaps there is a memory that you are holding on to for too long. You need to let go of the past. The elephant is also a symbol of power, strength, faithfulness and intellect. Alternatively, the elephant’s introverted personality may be a reflection of your own personality.

To see a goat in your dream represents your lack of judgment and your gullibility. Alternatively, goats are symbolic of sexuality, sexual desire, and lechery.  Also consider the associations with the goat as in “scapegoat” or “getting someone’s goat”. Do you feel that you have been blamed for someone else’s deed?

To dream that a Billy goat butts you forewarns of enemies trying to get hold of your business plans.


To see a gorilla in your dream, suggests that you may be too “over the top” in your behavior. Perhaps you are compensating for your rigidity and stiffness in your waking life. Alternatively, the gorilla symbolizes your primitive impulses, wild nature and repressed sexual energy.

To see a horse in your dream, symbolizes strength, power, endurance, virility and sexual prowess. It also represents a strong, physical energy.  You need to tame the wild forces. The dream may imply that you have been horsing around. Alternatively, the dream indicates that you need to be less arrogant and “get off your high horse”.

To see a black or dark horse in your dream signifies mystery, wildness, and the unknown. You may be taking a chance or a gamble at some unknown area. It may even represent occult forces. If the horse is white, then it signifies purity, prosperity and good fortunes. To dream that you are being chased by a white horse may be a pun on chaste. Perhaps you are having difficulties dealing with issues of intimacy and sexuality.

To see a dead horse in your dream, indicates that something in your life that initially offered you strength is now gone. This may refer to a relationship or situation.

To see a herd of wild horses in your dream signifies a sense of freedom and lack of responsibilities/duties. Perhaps it may also indicate your uncontrolled emotions.

To dream that you are riding a horse, suggests that you are in a high position or position of power. Alternatively, it indicates that you will achieve success through underhanded means. You lack integrity. If you are riding a horse that is out of control, signifies that you are being carried away by your passions.

To see an armored or medieval horse in your dream refers to your fierceness, aggression, power and/or rigidity. You may be seen as too confrontational. Alternatively, you may be trying to protect yourself from unconscious material or sexual desire that is emerging.

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3 Responses
  1. Can I use part of your post in my website if I link you back?

  2. everytime i visit your blog i find atleast one post that interests me.your content never ceases to engage me.

  3. Erik Riggsby says:

    I was told having a pet makes you live longer, thank you my cat.

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