Dreams involving 'Water' involve:
  • more animals
  • more cognition involving speech
  • more perceptions of all color
  • more falling events
  • more elements related to earth
  • more flying events
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What is the meaning of 'Water' in dreams?


Water is a primal element of life and there is no possibility of human life without it.  It may take many forms in your dreams. You might dream of it as liquid, steam, or ice. It might be flowing or stagnant.  It might push you or drown you. It might be flowing where it should. There are many ways to dream of water and each might mean something different to you.

Water in dreams symbolize emotions

Water is often associated with emotions, so if you’re dreaming of water, then you’re invited to consider how your emotions are flowing in your life.  Water is a primal element of life, so there are many ways it could show up in your dreams.  

Consider how water flows in your dream.  Then consider how your emotions are flowing.  Are there any similarities?  

Dreaming of being underwater or overwhelmed by water

Being overwhelmed by water might signify you’re being overwhelmed by your emotions.  Strong emotions, like deep grief, often feel like drowning, as if you’re underwater.   “Being underwater” is a common metaphor for being in a situation where it feels impossible to get out of.  

If you’re dreaming of being under water, then you might be invited to explore how your emotions or life energies are flowing.  This sort of dream might be a predictive and metaphorical dream. If you don’t deal with your emotions, you may be overwhelmed by them.  Consider what feelings you may have been repressing. What would it feel like to allow those feelings to flow through you? What would it feel like to imagine that you’re no longer underwater or overwhelmed by those feelings?

Dream interpretations of water depends on the condition of the water

There’s so many different states of water that it is impossible to list out.  Water could be frozen, liquid, or gas. It could be dirty or clean, dark or clear, and so on.  Water could flow quickly, easily, dangerously, or any other way.

For example, if you dream of polluted waters, you’re invited to consider where in your emotional life you are allowing pollution.  Perhaps you’re listening to gossip or you’re secretly envious of a relationship. Consider ways to keep the waters of your emotions clean.

Whenever you dream of water, you’re invited to consider how your emotions reflect those qualities of your dream.  Dreams are messages for our insight, healing, or transformation. In what ways can this dream inspire you to work with your emotions for your benefit?

Natural disasters with water in dreams

A common theme of water dreams involve natural disasters like floods or tsunamis.  While it is possible for natural disaster dreams to predict the future, it often happens metaphorically.  If you’re dreaming of floods, tidal waves, or other such disasters, your dreams may be warning you that your world might feel like it’s destroyed by your emotions.

Consider if there’s any where in your life that you’re repressing unfelt emotions.  Perhaps a loved one died, maybe you lost a job, or maybe you just feel lost in life.  Sometimes people repress emotions for years. Maybe you still have unfelt feelings from when you were a kid.  Scan your life and feelings and just sense if there’s something there that’s unfelt.

If you feel something, then your dream may be inviting you to feel it.  A water disaster dream might be a message that now is the time to feel those repressed emotions.  Otherwise, those emotions might overwhelm you and make you feel like your world is destroyed. If you’ve ever experienced self-sabotage, then you have a clear example of your emotions working against your conscious goals.

Water in dreams as a spiritual symbol

Water is also associated with spirituality.  Christianity especially works with imagery of waters.  The primordial earth was a place that was first water. Christ offers the Waters of Life.  Christians are reborn through baptism in water. Water even has power over evil creatures like vampires.

Your dreams of water might invite you to consider your spirituality alongside your emotions.  

Water as primordial source in dreams

Water is in some ways our primordial source.  While we’re in the womb, we’re submerged in water.  When we’re born, we move from the water into the air, mirroring the idea of sea creatures evolving into our first terrestrial ancestors.

When water represents the primordial source in your dreams, you’re invited to connect with that source in your life.  There exists within each of us a divine spark, a drop from the ocean of divine consciousness. One drop, which is also the ocean.  This aspect of divinity is the source of dreams and creativity in our life.

How can you connect deeper and deeper with our primordial source?  Perhaps your dream of water is a message that you can indeed connect in with our primordial source and that this connection can inspire insight, healing, or transformation.  If you’re living without an active connection with the source of sacredness in your life, then your life might feel like a desert. What would it feel like to also water to fall, like a sweet rain, into the desert of your life?  

Miraculous healing, insight, and transformation is possible through your connection with the source of creativity in your life.  Water dreams might invite you to open up to the possibility of the miraculous. What would it feel like to open up to the miraculous creativity of our primordial source and to allow it to touch you, much like you might allow the ocean to work on the land?


Water in dreams symbolizes many things depending on your dream.  Water often symbolizes emotions and spirituality. Water dreams might involve floods or other natural disasters, which like all dreams, may be predicted by literal or metaphorical disaster.

What does dreaming of water mean to you?  Comment below with your own interpretations, thoughts, or questions.



To paddle a canoe on a calm stream, denotes your perfect confidence in your own ability to conduct your business in a profitable way. To row with a sweetheart, means an early marriage and fidelity. To row on rough waters you will have to tame a shrew before you attain connubial bliss. Affairs in the business world will prove disappointing after you dream of rowing in muddy waters. If the waters are shallow and swift, a hasty courtship or stolen pleasures, from which there can be no lasting good, are indicated. Shallow, clear and calm waters in rowing, signifies happiness of a pleasing character, but of short duration. Water is typical of futurity in the dream realms. If a pleasant immediate future awaits the dreamer he will come in close proximity with clear water. Or if he emerges from disturbed watery elements into waking life the near future is filled with crosses for him.

Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted by Gustavus Hindman Miller


Boat signals forecast bright prospects, if upon clear water. If the water is unsettled and turbulent, cares and unhappy changes threaten the dreamer. If with a gay party you board a boat without an accident, many favors will be showered upon you. Unlucky the dreamer who falls overboard while sailing upon stormy waters.

Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted by Gustavus Hindman Miller


To dream of crossing a clear stream of water on a foot-log, denotes pleasant employment and profit. If the water is thick and muddy, it indicates loss and temporary disturbance. For a woman this dream indicates either a quarrelsome husband, or one of mild temper and regular habits, as the water is muddy or clear. To fall from a foot-log into clear water, signifies short widowhood terminating in an agreeable marriage. If the water is not clear, gloomy prospects.

Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted by Gustavus Hindman Miller


To see the water of a canal muddy and stagnant-looking, portends sickness and disorders of the stomach and dark designs of enemies. But if its waters are clear a placid life and the devotion of friends is before you. For a young woman to glide in a canoe across a canal, denotes a chaste life and an adoring husband. If she crossed the canal on a bridge over clear water and gathers ferns and other greens on the banks, she will enjoy a life of ceaseless rounds of pleasure and attain to high social distinction. But if the water be turbid she will often find herself tangled in meshes of perplexity and will be the victim of nervous troubles.

Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted by Gustavus Hindman Miller


To dream you see a flowing river, and that the waters are smooth and clear, presages happiness and success in life. If the water appears disturbed and muddy, or has a yellow tinge, then it denotes that you will acquire considerable riches.

The Witches' Dream Book; and Fortune Teller by A. H. Noe


To wait at a ferry for a boat and see the waters swift and muddy, you will be baffled in your highest wishes and designs by unforeseen circumstances. To cross a ferry while the water is calm and clear, you will be very lucky in carrying out your plans, and fortune will crown you.

Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted by Gustavus Hindman Miller


To dream of seeing white swans floating upon placid waters, foretells prosperous outlooks and delightful experiences. To see a black swan, denotes illicit pleasure, if near clear water. A dead swan, foretells satiety and discontentment To see them flying, pleasant anticipations will be realized soon.

Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted by Gustavus Hindman Miller


To dream of being on the water, is good, if the water be clear; but if muddy or troubled, the reverse. To see a wide expanse of water, over or on which you wish to get, but cannot, shows that you are about to embark in some undertaking without first securing the means of success. (See Bathing, Fountain, Pump, Pitcher, River, Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, Thirst, Washing and Well.)

The Golden Wheel Dream-book and Fortune-teller by Felix Fontaine