Often, we forget our dreams by the time the alarm goes off in the morning….but not always! The average person remembers one to two dreams per week. However, often those memories are scattered or incomplete. Rather than remembering every little detail, it is far more common to remember specific symbols or how the dream made you feel. Have there been spiritual symbols in your dreams lately? Wondering what they mean? It is time to find out what your dreams (and your subconscious) is trying to tell you while you snooze. Keep reading for a breakdown of some of the most common spiritual symbols in dreams.
Common Spiritual Symbols in Dreams
The body does important work each night: it focuses on growth and repair. Sleep is a necessary part of overall health and well being, but dreaming is also important. According to an article on the role of dreams, many researchers believe that dreams can be an effective way to work through complex emotional situations, prepare yourself for fight-or-flight situations, and help to sort and store important memories. While the average person dreams four to six times per night…not everyone remembers their dreams on a regular basis. So, when you do remember, pay attention! There is something to be learned from whatever emotion, location, or symbol you are able to recall. Here are some of the most common spiritual symbols in dreams.
Symbol #1: Tarot Cards
Have you ever had a dream that included tarot cards? Maybe there was a deck nearby or you were doing a reading and specific cards were drawn. This spiritual symbol represents the desire to change and live a more meaningful life. In your waking life, you may be looking for answers about what direction will be best. For instance, perhaps you have considered a change in your career path or relationship status. Maybe you have a deep desire to give back to the community. Or perhaps you want to dramatically change your hairstyle and overall look. One thing is certain: there is something inside of you that is ready for a change. Your subconscious is acknowledging that desire through this dream symbol.
Symbol #2: Crosses
Another common spiritual symbol is a cross or crosses. There are several different ways to interpret this particular image. It really depends on how you felt when you saw the cross. Did you feel enlightened? Safe? Protected? This can indicate that you have a positive outlook on the future and have let go of something that is holding you back. Alternatively, if you felt scared, overwhelmed, or uncertain, it could mean that you feel weighed down or burdened by something in your life. You feel as though your emotional situation is too much to bear. However, remember that your dream happened for a reason! Your subconscious is encouraging you to keep pushing forward and to find that inner strength.
Symbol #3: Angels
Have you ever had a dream that featured angels or a protective type of figure? You are not alone. Angels and guardians are all too common. These are positive dream symbols that represent protection, comfort, and goodness in times of need. Maybe you have been dealing with a lot of stress lately or you have been depressed about a particular situation. The appearance of angels in your dreams is a good thing. It is a reminder that you are not alone and everything will be okay. Something to keep in mind? If the angel (or angels) in your dream offer advice…pay attention to that advice. It could be something your subconscious mind wants you to seriously consider.
Symbol #4: Crystals
Crystals have many different uses. They look beautiful, of course, but they can also be used for various healing purposes. In dreams? This spiritual symbol could represent something that needs extra attention or healing. Try to remember the specific type of crystal you saw. Or at least the colour to help narrow down which one it was. The actual crystal in your dream will determine what your dream was trying to tell you. A few examples? Amethyst represents spiritual awareness, carnelian represents self-esteem and creativity, jade represents fertility and wisdom, lapis lazuli is linked to communication, clear quartz represents change, rose quartz represents love, and topaz represents new beginnings. Consider the specific crystal that you saw in your dream and determine the meaning from there.
Symbol #5: Spiritual or Religious Figures
It is also fairly common to see religious figures or deities in dreams. This can indicate that you have a strong desire for either spiritual guidance or connection. Be sure to spend some time thinking about the figure you saw in your dream and how that figure made you feel. Were you in awe? Did you want to be more like them? Were you afraid? Did you feel unworthy? Whatever emotions that figure unlocked should be explored. For instance, if you saw a deity that made you feel small and unimportant…consider areas in your life where you feel small and unimportant. Perhaps you have been overlooked for a promotion at work or your family members seem to take you for granted. Identify those areas in your life and do what you can to change them. Use these spiritual symbols as a reminder to set clear boundaries and strengthen your relationship with self.
Your dreams have meaning. Especially dreams that include different spiritual symbols! Use what you remember from your night of rest as a jumping off point for some of that deeper inner work. There is so much to learn from your subconscious mind.