Water is one of the most common elements that might be present in our dreams. Most of the time, we interpret water as symbolic of our inner emotions and our unconscious mind.
Water: A Complex Symbol
Water is, in general, the element that represents fertility, healing, cleansing, and purification. It can also represent life, rebirth, and renewal. But depending on the context in which the symbol of water is used, it might just signify the opposite.
If the water that you dream about is calm and beautiful, it is a sign that you have reached a state of tranquility and peace. A bath of hot water, for example, symbolizes comfort and a tranquil emotional state. However, if the waters are dark or turbulent, this can indicate issues in your life that are causing you distress.
This reflects how complex both the symbol of water and dreams themselves can be.
1. Water represents feelings and deep emotions
In our dreams, turbulent water may represent feelings of negativity that we are not expressing in our waking lives.
Dreaming about water can also be a simple reflection of your waking life. Water often represents negative thoughts or feelings such as sadness or happiness. If you are having trouble with something in your life, dreaming about water can indicate that you need time to reflect on it and let it go.
For example, if you dream of being trapped in a flood or drowning, it may be a sign that you have been holding back your true feelings for someone.
Or, if you dream about swimming in the ocean or lake, it could mean that you are feeling carefree and free from negative emotions at that very moment.
2. Water reveals your situation
When you feel like you are being pulled down by something or someone into the water, you may feel like you are drowning or suffocating, unable to breathe or move freely for some reason.
This could mean that you are feeling overwhelmed by something in your life and feel like you cannot escape from it no matter how hard you try. You might also feel trapped in a situation you do not want to be in anymore but don’t know how to get out of it without losing everything else in your life.
Dark Water In Dreams Comes In Many Cases
Dark water has many different meanings in a dream. This can include black water, dirty water, or even blood. Dark or black water usually symbolizes worries and anxieties, which can be connected with a particular event that made you feel bad during the day.
Dreaming about dark waters can have a different connotation, depending on the content of the dream and the context. It can represent our innermost self or our unconscious desires. The darker the water, the deeper we may have to go to find answers about ourselves.
1. Dark water in general
Dreams about dark waters represent feelings such as sadness, loneliness, or fear – all emotions associated with loss. When something happens in real life that makes us feel this way, our subconscious minds are looking for ways to process those feelings on an unconscious level, so they don’t affect us emotionally while awake.
While in a dream of clear water, you can often see the bottom, indicating that you know where it ends and what is waiting for you. Dark water symbolizes the unknown, your subconscious, and an undetermined future.
In dreams that feature muddy water, it’s not necessarily a bad omen, but it typically foreshadows an upcoming period of turmoil or uncertainty in the dreamer’s life.
2. Big blue ocean
Swimming in dark blue and calm water could signify that you’re in control of your emotions and able to express them freely. Blue is often associated with peace and tranquility and represents intuition and wisdom.
3. Going under
Submerging yourself in water and drowning is a very common dream. It’s also one of the scariest and most vivid dreams you can have. The sensation of being trapped underwater is often so realistic that it’s hard to distinguish between what’s happening in your dream and what’s really happening while you’re asleep.
If you’re drowning in dark brown or black water, this could be a sign that there are some things you need to let go of in order to move forward in life.
When people dream about dark water, they often find themselves swimming or struggling to stay afloat against strong waves or currents. Dark and cold water dreams are often associated with fear and anxiety because deep waters represent unknowns, danger, and the unknown future.
We may also associate dark waters with death since drowning is one way we die in real life. When you dream about drowning in the depth of dark waters, this may mean that you feel like you’re struggling to survive.
4. Blood in water
Although the water in your dreams is usually clear or dark, it can be all sorts of colors. It is very common to dream about swimming, bathing, or even drowning in a pool of bloody water.
Blue represents clarity, peace, and tranquility, but the color red is most commonly associated with blood, anger, aggression, or danger — so if you see red water in your dream, be careful not to panic because something bad might happen soon.
Blood represents death and disease, so if blood is in your dream, it could mean that you fear someone close to you has died or something terrible involving illness or disease has happened.
The most obvious interpretation of this dream is that it represents your anxious thoughts and fears about your future. It could signify that something bad will happen soon or something bad happened recently.
Different Bodies Of Water
Not only the color of the water is essential to determine its symbolism. There is a big difference in the meaning of your dreams depending on the body of water you are in.
This image symbolizes new beginnings and taking risks in life. It also represents creativity and spontaneity. Waterfalls in your dreams are likely associated with a new chapter in your life, rebirth, or a sense of renewal.
An ocean represents prosperity and an abundance of resources and opportunities in life. This symbol often refers to the life cycle and a feeling of freedom. The ocean may refer to the mother’s womb, where a child is completely surrounded by water in a safe environment during pregnancy.
However, an ocean can also represent feelings of being overwhelmed by challenges or responsibilities in life.
When you are dreaming about being in the water with sharks and other sea creatures surrounding you, these animals can represent numerous aspects of yourself or people (like your friends, lover, etc.) that might be threatening or dangerous to you or simply predators that you have to avoid.
A river represents change and transformation in your life. It also symbolizes emotions such as passion, love, anger, and happiness, among others depending on how fast the river flows or how deep its banks are.
If you dream about falling into a dark river, it suggests that you feel like your life is falling apart. Or that your so-called friends and relatives are using you to their advantage.
This dream might also tell you that you have too many sorrows on your mind, and the flow of the stream will not let you get out.
4. A pond, a pool, or a lake
The dream of a pond or a lake can be a symbol of healing. If you have been ill, the dream of such a body of water may signal that you are getting better now and will soon be fully recovered. Think of the pictures of water lilies you can find in a wellness center, for example.
The most common way to interpret this dream is as an omen of good health, but it can also mean that some critical decision you made in waking life has already started bearing fruit.
On the other hand, if this body of water is stagnant, dark, or polluted, then something needs to change for the better in order for things to progress smoothly again.
The Way You Get Into The Water
The symbolism of water in a dream depends on the context and the way you get into the water. Was it your own decision? Did you get pushed?
- If you fall into it or you get pushed, it could be a sign that you are feeling overwhelmed by life and need to take some time off for relaxation and recharge your batteries.
- If someone else falls into the water in your dream, this could be a sign that you need to pay more attention to their needs.
- If you voluntarily jump into the dark water, you are ready for new challenges and adventures.
Reflecting On Your Waking Life
Dark and murky water often symbolizes trouble that is still unknown. The dark connotes fear and danger, which is why your psyche may have chosen to use it in a dream where you are afraid of the future.
When thinking about the significance of dark waters in your dreams, don’t forget that dream symbolism is connected to different parts of your consciousness. It can also be a reaction to news or events—either current or upcoming.
The dream itself can offer a little warning, but the greater context of your life will shed more light on what this dream could mean.