The 12 Most Common Dreams and What is Their Meaning


“All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream.” ~ Edgar Allen Poe

You are running through a field.

Something is chasing you and you’re afraid.

You look off into the distance and see a carnival with a huge ferris wheel spinning round and round.

Suddenly you’re no longer running. You’re on the Ferris wheel having the time of your life.

And then it happens. You begin to free-fall to your certain death. Just before you hit the ground… you wake up.

On the surface, our dreams may not make a lot of sense.

When we do remember them, we often remember every detail, but in a way it’s fuzzy – like looking through frosted glass.

Sometimes our dreams are simply manifestations of our daily lives.

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I’ve studied dreams for many years – my own dreams as well as those of countless others.

I find my own dreams harder to interpret simply because I’m looking at the dream with a certain bias.

I may not see something that’s clear in the dream because I don’t want to see it.

This is why, whenever possible, it’s best to have someone else to look into your dream for you.

Better still if that person happens to also be psychic, because we can provide additional insight.

There are a few common symbols that I have seen repeatedly in people’s dreams that they ask me to interpret for them.

When the spirit world wishes to convey something to us, they use the language and images that we can best relate to, in order to get their messages across.

Here are Top Ten of the most common symbols and their meanings.

1. The color “Red”

color red dream

Red is a color of passion – whether it relates to love, sex, violence, or any intense emotional response.

We often dream of the color red when we have been experiences one or more of these intense emotions.

The way red is presented in the dream is important. Is the dream as a whole red?

Do you see a certain person who is red in your dream?

Is it just a color that you notice but aren’t sure why or how?

These things must be taken into account in order to interpret the meaning for your dream.

2. The Telephone

telephone dream

Telephones are something that I see in a lot of dreams that clients ask me to interpret.

Sometimes the person is using the phone, sometimes the phone is ringing but the person can’t find it, sometimes it’s ringing but they are afraid to answer it.

Sometimes the client is using the phone but there is no dial tone. The telephone is a very literal symbol because it represents communication.

The way the phone is used in the dream is the key.

If you are calling someone but not getting an answer, then perhaps you feel like no one is listening to you.

If you hear a phone ringing but can’t find it, then perhaps people are reaching out to you and although you want to respond you are finding it hard to do so.

3. Falling Down

Dreaming about falling is one of the most common symbols but also one of the most varied in its meaning.

Falling Down Dream

If you dream that you are falling, but you aren’t afraid, then you are taking on challenges and obstacles and really “going for it” in your life.

If you are falling and terrified, can represent your own fears of the unknown and fear of people in your life not offering you support.

Where you are falling is important as well.

Are you falling from a tall building?

Falling through outer space?

Falling off a ship into the water? There are clues to the meaning of the dream as well.

4. Money

money dream

Often one of the most ‘welcome’ symbols in your dream, especially if you dream that you are receiving it! Money represents confidence, success, and value.

How the money is presented in your dream is the key.

If you are receiving money from someone, you are likely comfortable with your success or have recently achieved some goal you set for yourself.

Are you seeing money but can’t get to it?

Then you may be feeling like success is not within your reach.

You may be feeling a lack of confidence.

If someone is placing money on top of objects such as furniture or people’s heads (it’s happened!) then this could be representative of value – how much you value people in your life or material things.

5. Numbers

number dream

This is another common symbol which some people don’t even pick up on until I point it out to them.

For example, a client may tell me that in their dream there 2 horses in a field and later in the dream she sees 2 people talking.

She may not make the connection right away, but two is an important number because it symbolizes balance and also the duality of a situation or person.

Numbers can be quite important and add another layer of depth to your dreams!

6. Being Chased

Being Chased dream

Dreams of being chased are also very common and often end up as unpleasant nightmares.

They may well contain subconscious warning messages that you are not facing up to certain fears and issues in your waking life.

Whatever it is you are avoiding, or “running away” from in your life, could well manifest as a recurring chase dream.

7.Β  Being Naked

Being Naked dream

Now this may seem a bizarre nightly experience but it is in-fact quite a common dream.

Dreaming of being naked often indicates instances of trying to hide or conceal something but you fear that you may be found out, or other people can “see through you.”

Clothes in dreams, can often represent concealment, so suddenly losing your clothes and being naked can result from feelings of vulnerability.

8. Flying

flying dream

Now dreams of flying are probably some of the most exciting and invigorating that can ever be experienced.

They generally fall into the category of lucid dreams, and are often vivid and thrilling night time experiences that most people do not wish to wake from.

They can represent feelings of power, achievement and “being on top of the world.”

Happy and positive people often experience dreams of flying.

9. Ghost

Ghost Dream

This is often a very misunderstood dream symbol.

The ghost in our dream often represents a specific aspect of our personality that we are not consciously aware of.

This lack of awareness of that part of us often gives us fear.

Ghost therefore represents whatever that appears as unknown to us, that are actually a part of us too.

10. Blood

blood dream

When we see blood in our dreams it often frightens us and we believe that it is a bad omen.

If someone or something in your dream is bleeding uncontrollably then it may be because you feel that someone is taking advantage of you or is making you feel unloved.

If you have a very violent dream than it is most likely due to emotional struggles in your life.

Blood for menstrual cycles could be an indication that you are fertile.

11. Death

death dream

There are many of us who dream of people we know and love dying and believe that it might be a sign of what is to come.

However, this dream symbol is misinterpreted in this way.

It is possible that it is a sign of something that is ending in your life and yet another one that is beginning.

12. Waves

waves dream

Dreams the power of the ocean can represent different levels of self-achievement and the strength of the waves indicates the degree of success.

Waves that are too intense show a sense of feeling overwhelmed but if the dreamer manages to go through the wave it means that the challenge was or will be overcome.

Take a Note

So, if you really want to know what certain common dreams mean to you, then take note and be aware of your daily circumstances and problems that need to be addressed.

Facing up to your fears, or dealing with negative emotions, will often banish unpleasant night time dreams or nightmares.

Plus, when you finally take charge and tackle these problems, your life can only grow in a better and more positive way as a result.

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What to do When we Awake

The next time you awake from your dream, quickly write the dream down or tell someone about it (this helps you to remember it).

If you don’t have time to write it all down, write the parts that you feel are important such as people in the dream, colors, numbers, objects, words.

  • How did you feel during the dream?
  • How did you feel when you awoke?
  • What is going on in your life right now that might connect to the overall theme of this dream?

These are all great questions to ask yourself and to convey to the person who will be interpreting your dream for you later.

At Last

*Did you know? ~ Did you know that in the Bible, both Joseph and Daniel interpreted dreams?

Dreams have had special spiritual connections since the beginning of time, and have helped many people explore their innermost thoughts and feelings!

Dream interpretation has been around for a very long time!