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3 Important Dream Symbols To Recognize

3 Dream Symbols to Recognize

We all dream.  Some people dream all the time and others not as often.  Dreams can be very strange and most of the time they seem to make no sense at all.  However, they could be signs and messages from your guides.  


When I’m doing a session for someone, I receive a lot of messages in metaphors because it is a quicker way for me to communicate with your loved ones, your guides and the other side.  

When I was in high school, I took shorthand. Shorthand is an abbreviated symbolic writing method that increases speed of writing as compared to longhand.  The process of writing in shorthand is called stenography.  But what we learned was to basically make scribbles to translate what the other person was saying.  This was primarily used in an office where a “secretary” would transcribe what their boss was saying so he or she could write as fast as they were speaking.  Then they would take the written short-hand and type it out so it could be read.  

Today we use a similar shorthand when texting.  U for you, R for are, #4 means for or four, UR is you’re, xfer means transfer and of course all the emojis.  We don’t realize it, but we abbreviate to communicate.   Dreams are very similar to this where symbols, animals, weather and other symbols in your dreams can provide a lot of insight.


If you see water, such as a river, ocean, tidal wave, mucky water it represents a certain emotion.   When you dream of water it helps you to understand what type of emotions you are feeling or someone around you may be dealing with.  For instance, let’s say you are having some tension at work or with your partner.  The symbol of water can let you know what you are dealing with or what’s going to happen.

Imagine that you see a calm lake, it’s very clear and you feel safe.  This may be showing you to expect a calm forecast in life.  However, if it’s mucky and stagnant water, it may be time to realize it’s time to get things moving and make a few changes.  Who wants to sit in stagnant water?


They bring your attention to your creativity.  Embrace your ideas and dreams,  it is time to take action.  Find the time to balance between your past and your future.  The spider is giving you a message that you weave your life like a web and that your reality is yours to create.  The spider symbol makes it clear that what you see before you is the result of your thoughts.  In other words, the spider symbol in your dream can show you that your current reality does not suit you.  It is time to make changes.


This symbol is telling you that a transition or change is coming or needed.  Snakes can also come with healing properties.  Do you recall the symbol for health care providers?  It has a snake on it.  The snake is also about transformation.  It signifies rebirth.  The snake totem symbolizes protection.  It has poor vision and has no external ears, so it relies only on its senses to get familiar with its environment.  Historically, snakes represent fertility or a creative force.   As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols or a sign of immortality and healing.  

The Caduceus is the medical symbol with one snake or two snakes.  The stick is actually a staff that was carried by the Olympia God Hermes.  The Greeks regarded snakes as sacred and used them in healing rituals.  Again, believing that the skin-shedding was viewed as rebirth and renewal.  Keep this in mind when you spot a medical alert bracelet featuring the seemingly sinister serpents.  

Another symbol

The other day I did a session and my client who had a recurring dream about a big fire.  She is standing above a crowd looking down and was concerned it was something terrible.  She wants to be a motivational speaker, but was dragging her feet.  Her fire dream symbol was very positive because it means fame, and a rebirth like the phoenix rising.  It is also lighting her fire, so to speak, urging her to get out there and do her calling.

Dreams can be our guides

Just remember that dreams are just another way for our guides and loved ones to give us messages.  They are not there to scare us or make us feel unsettled.  When these dreams are intense, they are showing us how to pay attention to our lives.

Writing down your dreams in a journal will certainly help you hear and of course see the messages from those trying to help us.  It’s best to write your dreams down first thing in the morning, since our dreams details can fade during the day. We will be doing a dream journal to learn about how to interpret our dreams during my 30 Day Energy Shift Online class.

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Find out more for my 30-Day Energy Shift-Get The Clarity You Need because on week 3 you will learn more about interpreting Dreams and Symbols.  


Deb Sheppard