GA Anderson writes about mystical and psychological symbol interpretations and how to apply them to your dreams.
Dream Interpretations: Star Symbolism
What Does My Star Dream Mean?
The meanings of dreams have been debated for ages. Do they really mean anything, or are they just whimsical workings of your subconscious mind? There are strong advocates for both sides of the question.
The fact that there are several dream situations that are common among dreamers (i.e. screaming but no sound comes out, running but getting nowhere, naked in a clothed environment, etc.) is a strong supporting argument for those who believe that dreams mean something.
The question, "I saw a star in my dream, what does my dream mean?" has some very specific answers from dream interpreters that also consider other factors involved in your dream. But even without the specifics, most will offer a general explanation for stars as dream symbols.
The Mystical Star Interpretation
Dreaming of stars is considered very symbolic—both in mystical and psychological dream interpretations. Typically, there may be a significant difference in these two types of interpretations, but in the case of dream stars, there are undeniable similarities. The star symbolizes guidance.
The Star as a Symbol of Guidance
In a mystical sense, a dream star may represent either the passing of a great person, or the presence of a great person that has already passed. In either case, the greatness of the person is associated with leadership, or guidance.
Many ancient civilizations believed that when a great or very influential person died, they ascended to the heavens and became a star in the sky. Always there to watch over and guide those below. To dream of a star was symbolic of being guided by the wisdom of a great person.
The star could also represent someone in your life that you had great respect for, or had a great influence on your life while living. The guidance could be in the context of the rest of the dream; such as a specific path or solution, or in general, as an affirmation that a chosen path or decision was correct.
The Psychological Star Meaning
More recent dream interpreters have taken a psychological approach to dream symbolism. To them, stars can represent a higher state of consciousness, as in a state you are striving for, whether it be in a spiritual or mystical context. Stars in your dreams could represent the goals you are seeking.
They can also represent your desire for material goods or worldly success. They may symbolize forces of destiny that you feel may be controlling your life. Stars usually symbolize a happy outcome.
Depending on the context of the star(s) in your dream, it could indicate you are considering putting some decision in the hands of fate or the forces of destiny, or conversely, evaluating a decision or reaction as being too whimsically optimistic or "starry-eyed."
Regardless of the interpretation, mystical or psychological, a star in your dream is generally interpreted as a good sign.
What Do Dream Colors Mean?
The color of dream symbols can also make a difference in their meaning, but colors can have different meanings to different people. Favorite colors, disliked colors, or even alarm colors can mean different things in different cultures.
So, if the color of the star can mean different things, it is important that you think about how you feel about specific colors first. Then you will better understand what the star's color means in your dream.
A blue star is almost universally recognized as a good omen and symbol. Blue is generally interpreted as truth, wisdom, heaven, or tranquility and loyalty.
A blue star in your dream may symbolize your spiritual guide and your optimism of the future. You have clarity of mind. But, the color blue may also be a metaphor for "being blue" and feeling sad. So once again, the context surrounding the star's appearance matters.
A white star is another example of the importance of context. White usually implies purity or perfection, peace, or innocence. It can also signify new beginnings, as in you may be experiencing a reawakening or have a fresh outlook on life. But once again, there may be an alternate meaning. In Eastern cultures, white is associated with death and mourning.
A yellow star is also an example of possible conflicting meanings. On one hand, yellow is symbolic of intellect, energy, agility, happiness, harmony, and wisdom. But on the other hand, if the dream is unpleasant, then yellow represents deceit, disgrace, betrayal, cowardice, and sickness. Your dream could signal fear or an inability to make a decision or to take action. It could also be a sign that your desire to please others is at the risk of sacrificing your own needs and happiness.
To answer the question "What does my dream mean?" you must consider how you see those colors in the general context of your dream, combined with recent aspects of your everyday life.
Typical Color Associations
|Color||Typical Meaning||Alternative Meaning|
Truth, Wisdom, Heaven, Tranquility, loyalty
Purity, Perfection, Peace, Innocence
Intellect, Energy, Agility, Happiness, Harmony
Deceit, Disgrace, Betrayal, Cowardice, Sickness
"I Saw a Star in My Dream, What Does it Mean?"
The answer to that question depends on the dreamer's current life situation, such as calm vs. turbulent, or even the dreamer's personal feelings about stars and colors. But generally speaking, dreaming of stars—or having stars prominent in a dream—should be viewed as a good sign.
It probably references an important decision guided by what the dreamer views as benevolent and wise forces. An optimistic and positive outcome is anticipated.
More Specifically, What Does it Mean to You?
Context and details are important. Your star dream interpretation must include other details from your dream, and the context in which the star appears. If all you can remember is that there was a star in your dream, then the best interpretation can only be the general meanings already discussed, and your guesses as to how they associate with your waking life.
But if you can remember more ...
First, What Do Stars Mean to You in Your Waking Life?
Are stars just "up there" in the sky, or do you think about them; what they might be, where they are, what they mean in the universe?
They are just up there:
If to you, they are "just up there," then the other details of your dream are more important than ever because they will help you understand if your subconscious is telling you they are much more than "just up there."
Was it a single star, a couple or few stars, or a sky full of stars? The fewer the stars the more specific their message, but the more stars, the more powerful the message.
For instance; A single, (or up to three), star is a very strong representation of guidance, and its brightness of its wisdom or truth. Your dream message is that you have, or will make a good decision. Or at least that you will find the guidance you need to make the right decision.
A sky full of stars might be a very strong message that you have made the right decision, or that you have it within yourself to make the right decision--and you will. It is a reassuring message.
They are more than "just up there:"
If you think stars are more than "just up there" then the symbolism in your dreams is much stronger, and less dependent on the rest of your dream. Stars mean something to you, awake, or dreaming, it is very likely that your inner message will be a reflection of your awake feelings, the positive influences, and omens usually interpreted as star symbolisms.
Was the Star the Centerpiece of Your Dream, or Just a Part of it?
If the star was just a part of your dream, not the main actor in it, then it is likely you are feeling unsure of what you should do about some situation in your waking life. Your inner self is telling you to seek guidance or help in making your decision.
To decode your dream message, your inner-self message to your awake self, then you must try to "see" what else was in your dream. Take your awake feelings about stars, add the other details you can remember from your dream, and you will see the message of the star in your dreams.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2012 ga anderson
Dream Interpretation: Symbolic Star Meaning Comments
Julian Bon on May 12, 2019:
I saw a quote of Stephen Hawking: dont look to your feets, look at the stars. Last night I had a strange dream. I saw a group of blinking stars. Than a car with big lights rides into me. I heard a hard scream in the car. I waked up and heard a lot of crow outside. It was early in the morning
Hilda I Figueroa on April 09, 2018:
My 10 year old nephew was removed from my mom's care by his biological mother in paper only. We are devistated that his is going to be treated unfairly especially since he is has special needs. Why did i have my first dream of happiness to see him?
Roberto Luna on January 31, 2017:
Dreams are extensions of our emotions. When my wife and I divorced after 20 years I was destroyed. I had been in love with her since I was 13 years old. For over a year I had a dream where I was searching for her but could never find her. I searched all over a house in my dream and even in the hull of an abandoned ship. I would wake up crying desperate to find her. It was very hard.
sunshine on January 24, 2015:
Dreams are our spirit in the astral world where we all visit most nites..and what u see in the dreams is what u are experiencing in the astral world..some of it makes no sense but there is also false dreams n true dreams..esp the ones that wake u up and feel so real..lucid dreaming..these can be bad or good..
Esther on September 11, 2014:
I want to be getting dream interpretation
Yves on February 06, 2013:
I've always felt that dreams are important in that they contain symbolism which give us insight into what is going on in our minds. Sometimes dreams can even point us in the right direction. I've never had a star dream. Kind of wish I had.
Thanks for an interesting hub.
ga anderson (author) from Maryland on March 25, 2012:
@phdast7 - thanks for reading "Dream Interpretation: Symbolic Star Meaning," and leaving such a thoughtful comment.
It is very thought-provoking that there are so many recurring themes among different people's dreams.
Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on March 24, 2012:
Very interesting hub. At various times in my life I have definitely experienced the dream about trying and trying to get somewhere and never making any progress. The dream always accurately dovetails with whatever was going on in my life. I guess I am sort of in the middle - I don't think it's necessary to be obsessive about dreams, but I don't think we should entirely ignore them. I think there are some common images which represent things that we can understand and they do reflect their life. I really like that your article walks the balance between the two extremes. Great hub. SHARING