Interpreting Common Symbols in Spiritual Dreams
By Bryan Carraway
I strongly discourage
the use of standard dream dictionaries to arrive at the meaning
of symbols found in dreams we receive from the Lord. Common objects,
colors, animals, locations, or anything else for that matter can
mean different things to people based on their associations and
impressions of those things which are unique to each individual.
Instead, I advise that each individual concentrate on developing
their own individual "dream vocabulary" by discerning
the meaning of reoccurring symbols in dreams.
I have discovered a relatively small number of symbols which
are common within the Body of Christ. In more than ten years of
dream interpretation I have found these symbols in dreams by a
wide spectrum of people, and 80 percent of these symbols mean
the same thing. Many of the symobls below have scriptural support
as well which only strengthens the argument that there are a few
universal symbols. I want to caution once again that at any time
these symbols could mean different things to different people
but these exceptions seem to be rare--at least in my experience.
May these items below form the first additions of your own dream
vocabulary. Other future symbols have to be discerned by you,
but hopefully with some help from the Lord and others in the Body
Common Dream Symbols and Their Meaning:
House - represents the person; their life; one's spiritual
state. (Matt. 7:24-27, II Tim.
House, discovering a new room within - if associated with
positive feelings: new area of
life or ministry God will open or desires to open if you'll cooperate.
associated with negative feelings: a dark part of one's life the
Lord wants to expose
House with a hole in the roof; house with torn or dilapidated
shingles - indicates a lack of spiritual covering; having
an area of life in which God's protection has been
withdrawn due to sin or an upcoming wrong choice.
Nakedness - represents intimacy with God. Standing naked
before God represents
surrender to God; a vision of Jesus naked or disrobing is indicative
of God seeking
greater intimacy with you; beckoning you. (Gen. 3:8-11)
Snakes, serpents - represents the Enemy; demons; a bad
omen; danger. (Gen. 3:1, Num.
Vehicles - represents the current path or direction of
one's life due to decisions made; can
also represent the person's life as in the common house symbol
(e.g. having difficulty
operating the clutch and controls, barely moving: indicative of
a state in which one
feels out of control and not in charge of their life and current
direction. Riding in a
white car with a gentle, enjoyable ride: indicative of a season
of life in which God is
Vehicles, multi-passenger (buses, trains, etc.) - same
as "vehicles" above but involving a group of people
such as one's family, church, denomination, etc; (e.g. a bus wreck
with injuries: warning that a specific decision or the current
course will lead to bad
results for the party involved).
Water, rushing or fast flowing - if associated with a
positive feeling: indicates the
blessing of God; the presence of the Holy Spirit. (Ezek 47:1-9)
for Successfully Interpreting Spiritual Dreams
Theological Look at Spiritual Dreams
Discipleship Resources on the Spiritual Life Channel
CBN Teaching Sheets
Bryan Carraway holds a master's degree in Practical Theology
from Regent University. Over the last ten years he has served
churches in Texas, Oklahoma, and Virginia. He ministers in churches
today via his teaching/preaching ministry with his message of
sanctification and the fuller life in Christ.
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