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Animal Dreams

Animal Dreams

Just the other night, I dreamed of a huge marine turtle who carried me along with her, swimming deeper and deeper as I held on to her shell. I woke with a feeling of wonder. Have you had an animal dream lately? What animals do you dream about most often? What messages do they hold for you?

Any object or symbol appearing in your dreams is filled with highly personal meaning (which is why commercial “dream dictionaries” aren’t much use), but it can be helpful to understand the deeper, archetypal significance of the animals in your dreams.

Find out what your dream animals may be telling you, right here:

Birds: Swiftness, change, new ideas, nesting, mating, territory, self-expression, lightness of heart.

Owl: Wisdom, seeing in the dark, finding one’s way.

Eagle: Far-sighted, powerful, taking the larger view.

Turtle: Bridging worlds, i.e. water and land, steady pace, stability, being protected, having what you need.

Frog: Metamorphosis, change, transformation, stages of life, healing.

Snake: Shedding old skins, healing, renewal.

Lizard: Craving warmth, primal feelings, primal needs.

Bear: Fierce guardian and protector, importance of dreams and sleep.

Big Cat: Grace, power, ferocity, fire, energy, swiftness.

Domestic Cat: Wildness with affection, wisdom, detached observer.

Deer: Dignity, grace, gentleness, beauty.

Dog: Loyalty, guardian, connectedness to clan, the physical body.

Horse: Movement, help, being carried along, powerful ally.

Rabbit: Fertility on many levels, renewal.

Butterfly: Change and transformation, flight, joy.

Spider: Web of connection, creativity.

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By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen, (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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3:37PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Fasinating, thank you,

3:37PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Fasinating, thank you,

3:36PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Fasinating, thank you,

3:36PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Fasinating, thank you,

6:30PM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

Interesting. I dream of animals a lot.

10:52AM PDT on Jul 2, 2007

The animals and descriptions lited above make sense, but in my dream I transfomed into a big cat, a lion to bespecific. I cant make sense of it.

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