Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Is love still on the brain? Maybe you have been thinking about past relationships lately or your dreams have been focused on romance. It is bound to happen. After all, February is the month of love. Even though all the heart-shaped decorations have been removed from store windows and bouquets of roses are no longer everywhere you turn…your dream life may be all about love, romance, and relationships. What does it mean when there is romance in dreams? It is time to find out. Whether certain symbols appear or certain emotions arise, it is possible to use a little dream analysis to uncover the real meaning.
Common Romantic Symbols in Dreams
Generally speaking, love is defined as an intense feeling of affection or an enduring sentiment for another. Sound familiar? There are many different kinds of love, including romantic love, self-love, and even love for a friend or family member. When it comes to romance in dreams…there may be certain symbols that appear. Can you remember any from a recent dream? Flowers, perhaps? (Find out what it means to see flowers in your dreams here.) Keep reading for some of the more common romantic symbols and a breakdown of what each one really represents.
Heart Shapes or Heart Shaped Items
By far the most common romantic symbol is the heart. Not only is it associated with the month of February, but with love and romance in general. If heart shapes appear in your dreams (it might be a heart-shaped box of candies, decorations, a pattern on a sweater, a pillow or something similar)…there are several potential dream meanings. Pay attention to the one that feels most authentic to you and your experience. In general, seeing hearts in your dreams means that you are craving peace and safety. You want to feel nurtured and at ease. Seeing this symbol in your dream may also be a reminder from your subconscious to be open hearted, open minded, and less defensive in day-to-day life. It might be time to let down your walls just a little.
Romantic Gifts and Special Treats
Romance can take many forms, but when it comes to symbols (especially dream symbols) some are more common than others. For instance, you may see a meaningful piece of jewelry. It might be something that a current or past partner gave you or it might be something totally unfamiliar. Jewelry in your dream has less to do with another person and more to do with how you view yourself. Is the piece rusted? In need of repair? Or does it appear shiny and new? Think about what this means and how you can utilize that information moving forward.
Another common symbol that is related to romance in dreams is chocolate. Eating chocolate in a dream can indicate that you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Though it is a romantic symbol in many ways, it actually has more to do with your state of mind than anything else. Is your schedule too full? Are you being pulled in too many directions? Find ways to relax and be still.
The Eiffel Tower and Other Romantic Locations
There are many places in the world associated with love and romance. In your dreams, you may find yourself in a romantic location. What does it mean when that happens? Well, it depends where you are. For example, being in Paris and standing in front of the Eiffel Tower represents dignity and respect. You may be feeling more confident lately and proud of recent actions. If you see yourself in Greece, you are likely craving more adventure in your life. Alternatively, you may be ready to start a new journey. If you are dreaming about Italy, it means you are looking forward to a change. There is some part of you that is ready to breathe new life into your schedule.
Experiencing Romantic Feelings or Romance in Dreams
Sometimes, you may remember dream symbols. Other times, you may experience romantic feelings in your dreams that linger long after you wake. There may be a romantic partner (real or imagined) or old feelings that come to the surface. There are different meanings behind each scenario. Here are some common dream scenarios and what they are really telling you:
- Dreaming About an Ex. Whether you and your ex parted on friendly terms or not, it is fairly common for that person to appear in your dreams every now and again. Dreaming about this person may indicate that there is unfinished business or you are concerned about repeating patterns in a new relationship. On the other hand, this may indicate that you are longing for a certain kind of closeness that you once had. There may be a void in your life that you are ready to fill. This could be related to romance or something else entirely.
- Being Told You Are Loved. Maybe your dream featured someone known or unknown…and that person declared their undying love for you. This indicates that you are ready to take the next step in a relationship or be honest with someone about how you feel. Alternatively, this kind of dream may be indicating that you are craving romantic love or are ready for a new relationship. You want to love and be loved in return – and experience that pitter-patter feeling in the pit of your stomach. Only you know which dream interpretation feels right.
- Dreaming About Being Married. Some people want to be married and some do not. Regardless of your views on the matter, dreaming about being wed is not necessarily connected to a walk down the aisle. Most commonly, dreams about marriage represent a desire for commitment. This could be a romantic commitment. Additionally, it could reflect a desire to have a steady job, to purchase a home, move to a city that you love, sign up for a gym membership, commit to a specific goal, or any number of things. Think about the areas of your life where you might feel ready to make a commitment and do what you need to do.
Understanding Romance In Dreams
It is not uncommon to experience romance in dreams. Whether you are seeing romantic symbols or are dreaming about a romantic relationship…there are always deeper meanings to consider.