Seeing an animal in a dream can represent some of the primal desires and feelings that you have. The animals in your dream often represent a specific part of your personality or character that is hiding in the darkness trying to let itself out. Most animals have intrinsic personalities and traits that people assign to them. For this reason an animal can represent feelings that we have about other people in our life. Seeing an aggressive hyena might show people in your life who are being sneaky and are trying to hurt you when you least expect.
Animals appear in our dreams often draw powerful emotions because animals have a deep connection to humans. The characteristic of the animal you dream about should be consider when dreaming about an animal. For example, if you see a confident lion in a dream it will have a different meaning than seeing a shy and quiet lion. The personality of the animal you dream about should always be considered.
According to Sigmund Freud, animals that appear in our dream our sexually suppressed parts of our subconscious mind that are trying to be freed and manifest themselves in our dreams. Unlike Freud, Jung argued that the animal must be taken on an individual level rather than be categorized as sexually oppressed animal desires that Freud thought. Carl Jung argued that the meaning of animals will depend on the specific associations that the dreamers about regarding animals in their dream.
Although it can be quite common to see animals represented in our dreams, it is not easy interpreting dreams that have animals in them. The interpretations can only be given on an individual basis given the meaning of the animal to the dreamer have the dream. For example, cat lovers will see cats as a symbol of grace and elegance, while someone who doesn’t like cats will view them as annoyances. For this reason it is important to ask yourself how the animal made you feel in the dream to discover the true meaning of the dream.
If you dream about an animal that you don’t have any feelings or associations with, you need to ask yourself what the animal represents. An animal like a cheetah usually represents speed and gracefulness, while fox can represent cleverness. Using universal attributions for the animal is the best way to identify what they can mean to you.
Animals Situations you Might Encounter
Dreaming of an agricultural animal that is used in farming can often represent specific traits about ourselves that are tamed and under control. You should try and focus on the context of the dream and how it reflects to your personal situation. If your life is out of control, a farm animal can represent the need for consistency and routine in your life.
Animal in Pain
If you are helping an animal that is in pain then certain characteristics of the animal can be reflected within yourself. If you see a wounded animal that is familiar it can represent a real life tragedy that might have occurred that is difficult to accept. You might have a family member that is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital or have a friend in need. Helping animals that are in pain are signs that you are a compassionate and caring person.
Animal with their babies
If you see an animal that is being protective over a baby animal it can represent the basic childhood instincts for you to be loved and protected by someone who cares about you. Sometimes baby animals can represent a time in your life when you were under the protection of a parent or an older sibling, maybe you have lost that sense of protection.
Caged or trapped animal
Seeing a wild animal inside a cage means that you are controlling some aspect of yourself that wants to be free. The animal represents that characteristic that is being controlled and locked up. If the animal breaks free from the cage it can indicate that you are looking to let loose and let go of some of your inhibitions. If you find that the animal is trapped and caught up in something, it can indicate that you are stuck in a situation that you are not able to get out of. You might be stuck at a job or an unhappy relationship that you are looking to free yourself of.
Changing into an animal (zoomorphism)
To transform into an animal means that you are letting go of all your conscious barriers and letting your instincts go free. Because animals are not constrained by the same values and restrictions in society, they are able to get away with certain behaviors that would be deemed unacceptable. You might be sub consciously expressing new freedom from ending a relationship or quitting a job. The ending of your animal dream can determine whether you are going to solve a particular problem or be stuck in the same situation.
Domesticated animals that we see in our dreams can represent certain wild traits and characteristics within ourselves that we have managed to use to the best of our abilities. The domestic animal is free to roam around within the confines of set borders, unlike the caged or farmed animals. This is symbolic that you are still able to express some form of your instincts that we have directed with success.
Eating and animal
If you dream that you are eating an animal then it can indicate your desire for sexual expression and freedom. The desire for sensual pleasure can be expressing itself in your dreams. Another interpretation for eating an animal is that you might be drawing from the particular traits or wisdom that the animal represents to you. A shy person that is eating a Lion is trying to show their ability to overcome a fear and gain the lions bravery.
Chased or Attacked by Animal
Dreaming about being chased or attacked by an animal can indicate built up anger that is trying to release itself from your unconscious mind. The dream might be trying to show you that you need to find a way to release your rage so that it doesn’t manifest itself in an uncontrollable manner. Dreaming that a particular animal is chasing you can represent an aspect of yourself that you are trying to run away from. This can indicate certain aspects of yourself that you don’t want to admit are harmful to you and others around you. Dreaming about an animal biting you can also indicate that there is someone around you who doesn’t have good intentions for you.
Dreaming of a wild animal often represents the innate instincts or your ‘inner beast’ that lies under your conscious mind. According to Freud, the wild animal represents your sexual desires that are struggling to be unleashed into the world. The wilder the beast, the more deep rooted your sexual desires are. If you dream that a wild animal is being tamed, it can indicate there is a need for you to focus on trying to control some of your instincts and use them to your benefit.
A wise animal in a dream can often be a useful source of hidden wisdom from our self-conscious mind. Talking to an animal in a dream represents your hidden innocence that is pure and good.