When you see animals in your dreams, they actually provide you with deep insight about your inner being – the person that you are deep within. Such dreams are usually associated with very strong emotions.

These deal with few of the most primitive and basic instincts that you have. All human beings deep within crave for freedom and wilderness – dreaming of animals are indirect expression of such desires.

When you see animals in your dreams such dreams are generally potent with strong messages that the subconscious wants to communicate to your waking self. So when such dreams come to you, you may take some extra effort to decipher the meanings in them.

This would ensure a deeper understanding of yourself and your needs, wants, fears and desires. Like in any other dream, it is extremely important to consider the context in which such animal dream appears to you. as such keeping note of the even most minute details would help you to interpret the animal dream properly.

Now while interpreting your animal dreams these are the few factors that you should keep in mind –

  • Whether the animal you see in your dream is wild animal or tame
  • Whether the animal you see in your dream is weak, lifeless or healthy
  • In which background you see the animal – in your home, in a forest etc – that is to say the location
  • Whether the animal you see in your dream is interacting with you or you are a passive onlooker
  • Which direction the animal comes from
  • The direction and speed in which the animal moves

When analyzing dreams relating to animals, here is a handy list you can reach out to for attaching attributes to each animal –

Animal Interpretation
Alligator Alligator refers to primordial fear. It is a dream that urges you to be cautious about something. It could be a person or a situation.
Ants This indicates a buzz of activities and a boom in business. This may also bring the news of impending success and cooperation at work.
Ape Warns of deceit and unfaithfulness. This can also be indicative of failure in love.
Ass This denotes simplicity, diligence, efforts and sturdiness – all the qualities that are required to succeed in life.
Bat Considered as evil and sorrowful, these are indicative of some impending quarrel or trouble.
Bear This animal brings you the news of victory in the competition of life.
Bees These make a positive dream for they denote happy busy souls who are productive and can make profit too. Social activities are also indicated by them.
Birds Birds give you wings of flight that make you feel free, liberated and happy.
Boa It indicates that hard times are ahead and that you should not get influenced by sweet talk that is without substance.
Buffalo By sheer power and diplomacy you shall be able to steer something in your favor.
Bull These are associated with strength and virility. However, these may also mean simple mindedness.
Butterflies Known for their beauty and grace these represent a situation of luxury and happiness.
Camel These bring the news of financial gain, especially via gift or inheritance. But at first you shall have to endure some delay or obstacles.
Canary It signifies a happy and luxurious lifestyle that is artistic too, and is also indicative of many friends and lasting friendships.
Cat How you see a cat in your dream determines the analysis. If you see one attacking you then the dream forewarns you of enemies. If you can dodge or combat the attack it means that you shall be able to take hurdles to your stride.
Chicken These represent good fortune in life in general and in love life in particular.
Clams You are an obstinate but honest person who shall enjoy a good life.
Cock How you see a cock in your dream determines the analysis. If you see one fighting it forewarns you of family troubles or difference in opinion with your peers. Crowing cock brings news of prosperity.
Cow Signifying prosperity and abundance these bring the message of fulfillment of hopes, dreams and desires.
Coyote These forewarn of serious disaster in life.
Crab Crabs teach you to take shelter to dodge enemies. They also bring you messages of a love affair since crabs are related to delicate emotions.
Cricket These indicate hardships and natural calamities that may subject you to distress.
Crow Seeing a crow in your dream is considered very inauspicious. It is suggestive of misfortune or even bereavement.
Deer Deer paints a very positive picture – be it in love or companionship or success in business ventures.
Dog These are indicative of companionship and lasting friendships. However when barking may bring news of impending trouble.
Duck The analysis depends on regional beliefs. Some consider it to be good fortune. Some consider it to be an omen for new home. Some say ducks indicate great harvesting season.
Eagle Eagles are perched high up and are indicative of farsighted vision and power. These consequently bring fortune in finances.
Eel These test whether you can maintain a firm grip on your life or whether it is slipping away from you.
Elephant These are related to very positive attributes like wisdom, memory, intellect etc. These may bring you grace and distinction.
Fish Nothing denotes freedom more gracefully than a fish swimming in water. Trying to catch them may indicate your energy and zeal.
Fleas They denote illnesses or similar such factors that seem irritating to you. These may also indicate that you need to solve some old and recurring issue.
Flies You are annoying creatures that denote delay in success and may also indicate irritating companions.
Fox Fox symbolizes hurdle, enemy or hardship of some sort. If you see that you have tamed or killed a fox, it means you shall be able to take anything hazardous to your stride.
Frog They are considered to bring the message of illness for you or someone dear to you.
Gazelle Personification of grace and charm, these are considered to bring luck in love and relationships.
Geese They bring the news of extensive travel plans that would turn out beneficial for you.
Goats These are symbols of lust and zeal. These denote relentless energy to perform and also to gather prosperity.
Goldfish Success and pleasant journeys full of interesting adventures are foretold.
Gorilla These represent strength but denote postponement of success.
Hawk This depends on how you see the hawk. Hawk is related to gain in fortune. But when you see a hawk flying away it could mean that your fortune is going away.
Hogs These foretell that you shall have to work hard, but with effort you shall increase your fortune.
Horse Horses foretell of a life full of beauty and luxury.
Insects Insects represent abundance. As such dreaming of insects means increase in wealth.
Jellyfish Jellyfish in your dreams says that you have aggressive forces embedded deep within you struggling to come out.
Kangaroo They warn you to guard your reputation for there may be a hostile person or situation playing with your goodwill.
Lamb Symbol of docility this animal brings news of lasting companionship. This also says that you shall gain fortune but only after you work hard and make certain sacrifices.
Leech These bring news of disappointment and enmity.
Leopard Persistence would be your key to success. Enemies would try to harm you, but in vain.
Lice They bring out the fact that you are worried and anxious about something.
Lion Apart from a friendship that is to be treasured lion also represents royalty and nobility. You shall be able to take any opposition to your stride to emerge winner.
Lizard Lizard tells about enemies who would try to harm you. But when you see yourself killing a lizard it means you can destroy your enemies.
Lobster Lobster represents luxury and prosperity.
Mice They foretell that you may have to face some trouble either in the home front or at work.
Mollusk They warn you not to believe hearsay. You should verify and justify everything before you make any decision.
Monkey They tell of opposition in romance. They also tell of friends and family who are being deceitful, and trying to harm you in mischievous ways.
Mosquito They represent secret enemies and if you see killing them in your dream, then that would mean that you shall be able to deal with your enemies. Else you should be careful about sly people around you.
Octopus Sweet and shy, these animals tell you that you are loved and adored for who you are.
Orangutan These foretell the fact that someone is using your goodwill and reputation falsely to achieve personal gains.
Otter They say that someone who has been away for a while would come back. They also say that you shall experience happiness and good fortune.
Owl Owl says that you have been lucky to escape impending illness that could even cause you death. Owl may also warn that you have someone deceitful around you.
Oysters You have a soft heart enveloped in a hard exterior.
Panther Resembling beauty, grace and wilderness, they tell you that no enemy shall be able to harm you.
Parrot Parrots like mimicry. So parrots denote lack of originality somewhere. They also say that someone is probably trying to deceive you.
Peacock They represent the height of your ambition and also that you enjoy praises and appreciations.
Pig You lust for wealth and are smart enough to acquire it too.
Pigeon These may bring you news from faraway land or from someone with whom you have long lost touch. It may also suggest that you are going to strike peace with someone with whom you perhaps have been having some misunderstanding.
Quail Live quail brings news of good luck while dead quail represents misfortune.
Rabbit Rabbits denote faithfulness and devotion, and they say that your love will have all these qualities.
Rat These foretell that you may have to face some sneaky people and trouble consequently.
Raven They spell disaster and may bring unhappiness.
Reptile These tell of people who strike from the back. You need to be cautious in business and also of hidden enemies.
Rhinoceros They speak of impending loss and that some danger is near.
Salmon It could mean that you shall come to some money but before that you shall have to face some rivalry.
Sardines They speak of troubles, disagreement and dishonor.
Scorpion They foretell that someone is spreading bad words about you or are trying to harm you in some way.
Seal You shall have faithful friends who would help you to combat enemies working against you.
Shark You feel threatened, but you shall be able to overcome obstacles.
Sheep You shall be able to see lights of success after executing a well conceived plan.
Snake A snake represents enemies. A snake striking foretells you of attack from enemies while killing a snake says that you shall defeat your enemy.
Spider To dream of a spider says that you are careful about your domestic affairs and that would bring you domestic happiness.
Squirrel Squirrels bring news of new friends and social happiness.
Swan Swans represent prosperity and dignity. They also tell of good health and delightful travels.
Tarantula They bring news of disappointment or ill health.
Tiger They would bring you power and luxury. You shall be able to overcome any enmity or take to your stride any hurdle and emerge a winner. You shall enjoy the fineries of life and would lead a life of happiness and contentment.
Turtle You may have secret enemies and should as such make careful advances.
Vulture They speak of illness, miseries and even death. They may also denote quarrels and misunderstandings.
Whale You have happily accepted the truths of your life and as such feel great power deep within.

Dream Interpretation
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Dream Theories
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