Thinking of dead animals in your dreams can be a bit unsettling and strange, especially if you are not used to seeing dead animals. But why do we dream of dead animals? Is there some hidden meaning? What does it mean to dream of dead animals?
If you do, you will be able to understand the possible meanings of these dreams and understand what they can represent in your life. Knowing the symbolism of these seemingly bizarre dreams will also help you identify patterns in your dreams, which is an excellent step in becoming more lucid or aware when dreaming.
WHAT DO DEAD ANIMALS MEAN IN DREAMS?
Throughout history, the appearance of dead animals in dreams has been the subject of many superstitions and prejudices. The person who dreams of a dead animal may be blamed for the death of that animal, or even accused of being a witch, as in the case of the Salem witch trials.
People from different cultures have different associations with dead animals appearing in dreams, so it is important to know the particular meaning of dead animals in your own culture before you start trying to interpret your dreams.
For example, for the British, the appearance of a whale in a dream can represent a feeling of being overwhelmed. In Australia, dreaming of a kangaroo can mean that you will soon have a visitor.
In Native American culture, crows are considered messengers of the Great Spirit and are a sign of change, while to the Chinese they are omens of luck and prosperity.
WHY DO WE DREAM OF DEAD ANIMALS?
Perhaps the most obvious reason why we can dream of a dead animal is that we have recently seen one. This can happen if we have visited a zoo or a wild animal park, or if we have seen one on television or in the newspaper.
When we see an animal in real life, our brain will try to make a connection between what we are seeing and what we know about that animal. Thus, if we see a lion in the zoo, our brain can establish a connection with the lion we know from the story of The Lion King.
The same will happen when we see an animal in our dreams. If we have just seen a dead animal in real life, our brain will establish a connection with that image when we dream.
SYMBOLISM OF DEAD ANIMALS
As we have seen, there is no hard and fast rule as to what a dead animal in a dream can symbolize, but there are some general trends in its symbolism.
When you analyze the symbolism of a dead animal in your dream, keep the following ideas in mind:
– Is the animal dead or dying?
– What does the animal look like?
– What were you doing when you saw the animal?
– What did you feel when you saw the animal?
– What do you associate with that type of animal?
People who share your cultural background may have different associations with dead animal symbolism in dreams. For example, snakes are often associated with evil in Western culture, but to Hindus they are symbols of good luck.
SYMBOLOGY OF DEAD ANIMALS
If you have recently lost a pet, it is natural for you to dream about that animal, especially if you are still grieving for it.
For example, if you had a dog, you might dream about the day it died and the feelings that came with that experience. If you’ve recently put a pet to sleep, you may dream about the people who assisted you and what the whole experience was like.
If you are grieving a pet that has recently died, you may dream about it and the things you did with it while it was alive.
SYMBOLOGY OF DEAD HUMANS
Especially if you have recently experienced someone’s death, you may dream of that person.
If you dream of someone who is still alive, you will probably interpret that dream as a way to connect with that person or problem. If you dream of someone who has recently died, you may be struggling with your feelings about death.
The appearance of dead animals in dreams may simply be a reflection of something you have recently seen or heard, but it may also be a way for your subconscious to draw your attention and help you process your feelings about death.
If you dream of a dead animal, try to think about how the animal came to be. Was it whole or dismembered, clean or dirty, alone or with other animals?
The more you understand the symbolism of dead animals in dreams, the more you can use your dreams to help you process your feelings and heal your heart.