There are few more powerful forces of nature than a tidal wave, and dreaming about one can have a similarly momentous signification for things you are currently experiencing in your life.
However, there is more than one way to interpret a dream about a huge surge of water, so in this post, we discuss the various meanings of a tidal wave dream to help you make sense of what you saw.
Dream about Tidal Wave
Before we can think about interpreting dreams about tidal waves, first, we need to discuss what we associate with these giant waves and what they represent to different people.
This is because the correct interpretation of any dream can depend just as much on how the dreamer perceives what happened as it can on the various elements that appeared in the dream.
Probably the first thing that comes to mind when we think of a tidal wave – also known as a tsunami – is immense, irresistible power. This power is devastating, capable of washing away all before it – so tsunamis are also associated with disaster and great loss of life.
With this comes our powerlessness to withstand the awesome power of nature, and this may represent how small we can be in the face of such titanic forces.
Of course, when faced with an onrushing tsunami, we also experience emotions such as dread, fear and panic.
However, not all of the associations we have with tsunamis are negative, and we can also be impressed by such an awe-inspiring event.
They can represent the majesty and wonder of nature, much the same as volcanoes, when we are reminded of our insignificance compared to momentous forces such as these.
How to interpret dreams about tidal waves
Having thought about what tidal waves can mean to different people, now we can think about how to interpret a dream about one of these devastating waves.
Overwhelming feelings or emotions
If you dream of a huge wave, one possibility is that it represents overwhelming feelings or emotions in your waking life that you can’t deal with.
This is likely to be related to something major such as a breakup or divorce or the loss of a loved one, and when living through an event such as this, many people find it hard to cope.
As a result, you may dream of being overwhelmed by a huge surge of water, which represents you being carried away helplessly by the emotions that you are currently experiencing.
If you have such a dream and you know which event and emotions have caused it, you should try to face them and deal with them in a healthier and more positive way – because the dream of a tidal wave is telling you that they are at risk of becoming too much for you to bear.
Perhaps it might help to seek out a close friend to talk things through – or if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you might consider turning to the services of a professional counsellor.
An overwhelming situation that you can’t control
A similar interpretation of this dream is that the tsunami represents not overwhelming emotions but an overwhelming situation that you feel is spiraling out of control.
Examples of this could be worsening debts, a deepening family feud or the breakdown of your relationship with your boss.
When you feel you are losing control of events, it can feel like a tidal wave is bearing down on you, and you feel equally powerless to do anything about what is happening or what is about to happen.
However, there are always solutions to every situation if you can face the problems and think rationally and clearly.
Perhaps honest communication with the people involved might be the best option, or maybe you need to restructure your finances and rein in your spending.
You are the only one who knows how to dig yourself out of the hole, but simply waiting for the tsunami to hit is not going to solve anything.
Your peace and harmony being disrupted by an unexpected event
A dream of a tidal wave can also represent an unexpected event that has disrupted your usual peace and harmony. This could be something upsetting, like the death of a loved one, but it could also be something like the news that you are going to have a baby.
Tsunamis are often caused by earthquakes, and the tsunami in the dream is related to the feeling of being overwhelmed by similarly shocking and unforeseen seismic events in your life.
However, the difference between the dream and your waking life is that you will be able to face the new reality and find your peace again after the dust has settled, unlike if you were facing down a real tidal wave.
A huge change in your life
Another similar interpretation is that you are facing a major change in your life, and the unexpected or unseen consequences the change may bring feel like a giant wave heading your way.
If this is the case, it’s important to remember that many people feel anxious or helpless in the face of change, but change is a universal constant and should be embraced – because with change always come exciting new opportunities that you should be ready to seize.
The desire for a new start
Alternatively, the tsunami could represent your desire for change rather than an awareness that change is coming.
Although tidal waves are hugely destructive, they also wash away everything before them, providing the opportunity for a fresh start.
For this reason, perhaps the tidal wave in your dream symbolizes your need to wash away all the bad things and the negativity from your past and start again.
In this case, as in many other dreams, the “death” the tsunami brings is representative of rebirth.
Take time to analyze your feelings to see if a change is what you need in your life, and if you discover that it is, now is the time to look to new beginnings.
Turmoil in your subconscious mind
In the imagery of dreams, water often symbolizes our minds, and the ocean represents our deepest thoughts and subconscious feelings – which means a tidal wave can inform us of great turmoil deep in our psyche.
If you dream of a tidal wave, you should take the time for meditation and deep thought to consider this possibility.
The tsunami could represent insecurity, hesitancy, a loss of identity or any other similar upheavals in the depths of your mind, but understanding the feelings you are experiencing will help you process them and deal with them more effectively.
Suppressed feelings or emotions
Sometimes, when we suppress or bury our emotions, they can bubble up from our subconscious minds into our dreams. And if those emotions are extremely powerful, they can well up and come crashing into our dreams in the form of a tsunami.
When this happens, it can be an important message that however much we try to bury unpleasant feelings, they will eventually reappear, so the best thing is to be brave and face them on our terms rather than allow them to surface in ways we can’t control.
Facing the tsunami – facing your fears
If you dream that a tidal wave is heading your way but you stand and face it instead of turning to run, it can be a positive sign.
This means that you are facing big challenges in your life but that you are willing to face them head-on and deal with them properly rather than trying to escape from them.
This might seem like the harder option, but this dream is telling you to be strong and stand firm because you are doing the right thing.
Running from the tsunami – running from your problems
On the other hand, running from a tsunami shows you that you prefer to run from your problems rather than deal with them.
However, if you do this, your problems won’t go away – but rather, like the tidal wave, they will catch up with you and overwhelm you in the end.
Much better is to turn around and face what is coming your way because once you have dealt with your problems, you will then be free of them forever.
Watching a tsunami from a safe place – being able to analyze your strong emotions
If a tsunami represents your fears, turmoil in your inner mind or great change in your life, dreaming about seeing a tidal wave from a safe distance tells you that you are able to analyze your feelings and emotions rationally and deal with them properly.
This is a much more positive dream than if you see a tidal wave rushing toward you or just about to break over your head, something that tells you that you don’t have control over the situation or your reactions to it.
A powerful dream with several possible interpretations
If you dream of a tidal wave there are several ways to interpret it, but there is no doubt the message that such a cataclysmic event brings is extremely significant.
To discover the true meaning of what you saw in your dream, try to apply it to the challenges you are currently facing in your life, and then, by trusting your intuition, the true meaning of this dream will be revealed.