4 Scary Dream Symbols for Transformation

We have all experienced a nightmare at some point in our lives.  Some are only mildly disturbing while others cause us to wake up in the middle of the night in fear of falling asleep again.  It is most commonly the dreams that are dark and dreary where we are being chased by someone or there is a gun or knife involved that can scare us the most.

Though these dreams can be very unpleasant and leave us feeling very weary, they are actually a blessing in disguise.  It are these terrifying dreams that are calling us to make changes in our lives and can signify a transformation from our current way of living.

Here are some common dream symbols that can strongly signify a need for change in our lives:

1.  Knife.  If you are holding a knife, this can signify feeling a need to defend yourself out of anger or aggression.  It may very well mean that you need to, quite literally, “cut ties” with some people in your life and make ties with those who will influence your growth.  It can symbolize a need to end your current relationships (personal or work related) and start a new.  If someone else is holding a knife towards you then this can signify a fear of the other person.  You may be feeling intimidated and you are allowing yourself to feel inferior.  This can call for a need to set your boundaries, gain confidence, and stand up for yourself more.

2.  Gun.  If you or another person is holding a gun, or perhaps even a gun is shot, this can symbolize the need to end something in your life.  Something may need to be “put to death” so that you can start a new.

3.  Graveyard or cemetery.  If you are walking through a graveyard or cemetery it can signify that you are currently in a period of mourning or dealing with sad emotions.  A relationship may have recently ended and you are trying to adjust to life without them.  It may also represent parts of yourself that you may have disregarded.  You may have talents and opportunities around you that you are not currently utilizing to achieve your full potential.

4.  Dead people.  If you are talking to or associating with dead people in your dream this can signify that you need to break yourself free from your current relationships.  There may be some people around you currently that are negatively impacting you and you need to set you boundaries and find others to be around.

From a tarot card perspective, these dream symbols easily represent the same messages that lie behind the Death card of the Major Arcana.  This card, along with these symbols, are telling us to allow something in our lives to “end” so that we can create something new, fresh, and ultimately better for our own evolution.

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Deciphering Pre-Cognitive Dreams

Numbers in Dreams


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About Jennifer Twardowski

Jennifer is a graduate student in transpersonal counseling psychology. Her interests are in personality typology (MBTI, Enneagram, Jungian typology), expressive arts, dreams, yoga, tarot and oracle cards, world religions, dance, photography, gardening, floral design, and more!

Posted on August 20, 2012, in Dreams, Psychology and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Is amazing how symbols are present in our lives. Personally I am Jung’s fan and is amazing what dreams can teach us about ourselves. Thanks for sharing!

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