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The Meaning of Fish in Dreams

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Fish in Dreams

Dreams of fish swimming often represent insights from your unconscious mind, especially when associated with the ocean. Catching a fish represents insights that have been brought to the surface.

Dreaming of Fish Eggs

Eggs are often associated with potential and new beginnings. Seeing fish eggs in your dream may represent a new idea or new direction that is emerging from your unconscious.

Fish and Fertility

Fish are often seen as a symbol of fertility and personal growth. Seeing a fish swimming in your dream may symbolize conception. People often associate the image of sperm with fish in the ocean. Some women dream of swimming fish when they get pregnant.

The fish's place within the food chain may reveal a lot to the dreamer about where they think they are socially, their level of confidence, and their sense of power.

The fish's place within the food chain may reveal a lot to the dreamer about where they think they are socially, their level of confidence, and their sense of power.

A Play-on-Words With "Fish"

Common fish-related phrases may link the dreamer to the meaning of his/her fish dream. Consider the following: "like a cold fish," "fish out of water," or something that is "fishy" about a situation. Depending upon the nature of the fish, you may also want to consider phrases associated with being "lured" or "hooked" to something (or someone). A dream fish may also imply a slippery or elusive situation. Perhaps your dream could be telling you that "there are plenty of other fish in the sea" in regards to some relationship issue. Lastly, the dream could relate to "fishing for compliments" and show that you have a need for attention and recognition.

Eating or Cooking Fish in a Dream

Cooking and eating are often associated with nourishing the soul and are looked upon as spiritual in general.

Eating fish in a dream is often symbolic of the dreamer's beliefs, philosophy, or spirituality. Eating fish shows you are incorporating your new realizations into your identity. Cooking fish in a dream means the same thing as eating it but is focused more on preparation and the process the dreamer is undertaking in order to incorporate new information, new concepts, and new discoveries into who they are as a person in their waking life. How the dreamer is preparing the fish may give important insight into what the dreamer is struggling with during this inner transformation.

Cleaning Fish: Related to cooking and eating fish, cleaning fish in a dream suggests that you are altering your emotional expression in a way that will be presentable and acceptable to others. The dreamer is censoring him/herself and not expressing how he/she completely feels.

Dreaming of Dead Fish

A dead fish in a dream signifies disappointment and loss. This loss may be associated with power/wealth, an idea, a spiritual chapter of one's life, or infertility. Since fish are often associated with the unconscious, a dead fish may symbolize something old giving way to new growth and potential.

Death is an important symbol in dreams and can have both positive and negative associations for the dreamer. It is important to decipher if the dream is about an ending or a new beginning and if it is positive or negative for the dreamer. Ending something prematurely could have negative consequences, yet holding onto something too long can stunt the dreamer's personal growth and development.

Two fish in two separate bowls may relate to feeling disconnected from others.

Two fish in two separate bowls may relate to feeling disconnected from others.

Dreaming of a Fish Tank or Fishbowl

A fish tank is the container of our emotions. The size and general quality of the fish tank will show the dreamer what state their emotions are in. Fish tanks, in general, indicate that the dreamer may be compartmentalizing their emotions, which may lead to losing touch with their full being. Dreaming of a fish tank may show you how you keep your feelings in check. If you are watching the fish in a fishbowl, you may feel detached from society, as if your life is going nowhere or you are swimming in circles.

Dreaming that you are living in a fish tank or bowl may mean you are feeling detached from society, but it may also mean that you are feeling the pressure of those around you. Consider the phrase "living in a fishbowl." Fish in fishbowls have nowhere to hide (catching them is like "shooting fish in a barrel"). The dreamer may feel judged, criticized, and scrutinized by others. This dream is most often associated with a family unit, a school setting, or a workplace.

Dreaming of catching a larger fish than anticipated may mean the dreamer feels he/she may not be able to handle what  he/she is dredging up from the unconscious, that the idea or information is too large for them to handle.

Dreaming of catching a larger fish than anticipated may mean the dreamer feels he/she may not be able to handle what he/she is dredging up from the unconscious, that the idea or information is too large for them to handle.

Dreaming of Someone Fishing

A fisherman in dreams suggests the dreamer is trying to catch something in his/her waking life.

Dreaming of fishing could mean the dreamer is confronting repressed emotions and bringing them to the surface. Ice fishing suggests the dreamer is breaking through a hardened emotional barrier and confronting difficult feelings from the unconscious.

Be careful with over-interpreting a dream. Fishing could also simply mean the dreamer needs leisure and relaxation.

Dreaming of a Fishing Rod

A fishing rod in a dream represents the tools and motivation you have necessary for your quest and exploration of your unconscious mind. You are ready to confront issues and emotions you have suppressed. Dreaming of the fishing rod may indicate to you that you are going to embark on an internal journey of self-discovery. If your dream is focused on the tools and planning and not the act of fishing, this may show that you are preparing for this personal quest and are close to gaining insight.

Dreaming of Fishhooks

Fishhooks in dreams may refer to an idea that you need to "catch." The dream may also indicate that you are getting hooked on something. A fishhook may also mean that you are being tricked or manipulated into doing something or buying into a false idea.

Dreaming of Jellyfish

Jellyfish in dreams can mean a few different things, depending on the type of jellyfish; some can sting and are very dangerous, while others are simply harmless and spineless. A jellyfish may represent painful memories that are emerging from your unconscious. There may be hidden hostility or aggression in some aspects of the dreamer's waking relationships or situation. Dreaming of a jellyfish may also indicate feelings of inadequacy, uncertainty, and a lack of self-esteem. Perhaps you are having trouble standing up for yourself in a specific situation in your waking life, or perhaps you feel as though you have no spine and are not upholding your morals and what you believe and stand for.

If the jellyfish in your dream seems like a positive symbol, it may relate to going with the flow. Jellyfish move with the ocean. Perhaps you've been swept up by something larger than yourself and have found serenity.

Christian fish symbol

Christian fish symbol

The Christian Perspective on Fish Dreams

The fish is also an ancient symbol of Christianity, and dreaming of a fish may refer to the dreamer's beliefs and experiences within the Christian church. Look in any illustrated Christian book, and you will find images of Jesus on a fishing boat. Even the apostles were referred to as fishermen or "fishers of men." Common proverbs such as, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" may also give meaning to a dream of fish.

Here are Bible verses that mention fish:

  • Mark 1:17: "Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
  • Matthew 12:40: "...Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
  • Matthew 14:17: "And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.'"
  • Luke 5:6: "And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking."
  • Luke 24:42: "So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb."
  • John 21:6: "And He said to them, 'Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.' So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish."
  • 1 Corinthians 15:39: "All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fish, and another of birds."

According to "When threatened by Romans in the first centuries after Christ, Christians used the fish [symbol to] mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes."

The fish symbol is still used to signify Christianity today. We often see fish bumper stickers on cars, for instance, as we drive on the highway or people with fish symbols on necklaces or t-shirts.

Alternative and Cultural Perspectives

Dreaming of a fish may relate to historical and/or cultural meanings of fish. Perhaps the dreamer is either from, is influenced by, or has studied these cultures.

  • Pagan: Great Mother goddess was often depicted as a fish or a woman with a fish over her genitals.
  • Chinese: Kwan-yin was often symbolized as a fish.
  • Indian: The goddess Kali was called the "fish-eyed one."
  • Egyptian: Isis was called the great fish of the abyss.
  • Greek: The Greek word delphos means both fish (dolphin) and womb.
  • Astrology: Fish are often associated with the astrological sign of Pisces.
  • Mediterranean: Various religions used fish, wine, and bread for their sacramental meal.
  • Scandinavian: Fish was eaten in the great goddess Freya's honor. The sixth day of the week was named "Friday" after her.
  • Middle Eastern: The goddess of Ephesus was depicted as a woman with a fish over her genitals.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Sue B.


Sue B. (author) on February 14, 2016:

Kristen Howe-

Thank you for your comment and for sharing your dream experience. I have often heard authors tend to integrate dream experiences in their creative works. What an interesting symbol to weave into your writing!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 11, 2015:

Sue, this is a great hub about fish symbols in dreams. I did have a jellyfish dream a decade ago that made a small appearance in one of my novels. Nice work!

Sue B. (author) on June 19, 2013:


Thank you for submitting your daughter's dream. How old is she? Being in water just above her head would relate to feelings of overwhelm. Since she is frightened of this fish, I would wonder if she is has associated this feeling with this image and is now carrying this fear. My only suggestion to cope with the fear is to explore fish further and begin to study them and learn about them. I would also suggest attempting to identify what feels overwhelming and help her break down the issue into smaller and more understandable pieces.

Sue B. (author) on May 31, 2013:


Thank you for sharing your dream. In your dream, this fish seems to be related to fertility and may also relate to insights. Since it is a plaque and not an actual fish, you are still getting a representation of the symbol and not quite the real thing. This would show me that you still aren't in touch with the whole message so the confusion about the meaning would make sense. Do you want to be pregnant? Are you pregnant? Pregnancy could also relate to being pregnant with promise and the potential to grow and develop. Will something you create or put forth begin to have a life of its own?

ellabr on May 14, 2013:

My daughter had a dream that She was in water just above her head and She was feightened because there was a 1.5 foot long fish about five inches from her face..She can't stop thinking about this fish that keeps

Freighteing her... What does this dream mean?

Sue B. (author) on May 05, 2013:


Thanks for sharing your dream:

*** For years I have had the same dream once in a while about me forgetting that I have a fish tank and I have not fed of taken care if it for so long that there's almost no water in it but my fish are still alive. Last night I had a dream that a fish was swimming around my head biting me and getting caught in my hair. But I wasn't in water. I'm 42 and no chance of becoming pregnant. I read that that why I'm dreaming about fish. I really want to know why I keep having those dreams. Thank you.***

My first impression about your dream is that fish are representing emotions for you and the fish tank would be a place in which you store your emotions. The dream sounds like it is highlighting self-neglect. When fish are biting you and getting caught in hair, I would wonder if that relates to how your thoughts and beliefs are getting in the way of your emotional management and emotional expression.

Ginger77 on March 21, 2013:

Last nite In my dream I kept seeing a grey stone plaque on a wall with a fish design in the middle of it all of it stone and a deep voice was repeating in my ear you are pregnant it was a really deep n clear voice male I think but I couldn't see anyone and don't recall anything else about just the stone n voice. is it my angel trying to tell me something can u tell me the meaning it was a very clear strong dream like it was real

Wbelinda on March 07, 2013:

For years I have had the same dream once in a while about me forgetting that I have a fish tank and I have not fed of taken care if it for so long that there's almost no water in it but my fish are still alive. Last night I had a dream that a fish was swimming around my head biting me and getting caught in my hair. But I wasn't in water. I'm 42 and no chance of becoming pregnant. I read that that why I'm dreaming about fish. I really want to know why I keep having those dreams. Thank you.

Sue B. (author) on January 21, 2013:


My first impression of your dream about a fish growing in your ear is that you may have heard something that has caused a painful insight into self, into the world, into a relationship , etc. Since your ear was bleeding, it would show you that you are losing energy over this new knowledge. It may be time to rebalance yourself.

Sue B. (author) on January 21, 2013:


This dream about the beta fish sounds like it refers to emotions you are burdened with and have attempted to disown. Your husband could be symbolizing an aspect of self but he could also be demonstrating your relationship's dynamic. Has your marriage in some way brought forth feelings you were hoping to bury? Are you angry these feelings keep coming to the surface?

The fish babies could relate to either the problem or feelings growing in size or it would relate to potential new growth you are not happy about. I did find it interesting you want the female removed and the male to care for the babies. It made me wonder if you are attempting to remove yourself and leave your husband with dealing with stressors or difficult emotional situations.

This dream may be prompting you to take on a new approach, attempting to hide from these feelings are only making them grow more and would increase a sense of overwhelm.

Since the army is also in this dream, it could refer to authority within your life. Do you feel someone is forcing you in some way to confront something you do not feel you need or want to?

Focail on January 15, 2013:

Hi I had a dream that something was growing in my ear and got larger and larger and painful and my face swelled up. Then a few minutes later I felt the tail of a fish and my friend pulled out a large like goldfish from my ear and it was so painful and the fish was still alive. It had been growing in my ear. Then after it was out my ear dropped with blood. If you could let me know the meaning that would be great thanks.

AnexRavensong from France on January 11, 2013:

Today I dreamt that I came home to find my husband had bought a fish. Apparently we had a male betta and he bought a female betta so there would be eggs and baby fish. When I found out, I yelled at him to take the female out after so the male could take care of the babies (there were eggs in the bubble nest). I was a bit mad to find he had spent money we didn't have to buy a fish and now we would have babies to take care of too. The most shocking part was that when he took out the female betta, she was HUGE! About the size of a basketball, she had some words on her back (as if she was in a container that was too small with raised words on it and they left marks), I couldn't make them out. I complained at my husband for spending so much money on the fish and he told me that "it's ok, the army paid for it". (He is not in the military & would never be accepted due to esotropia, also he is French and we reside in France) We put the fish in a shallow aquarium on the ground with another aquarium inside that one laying on its side to make a kind of cave. I remember being very angry about this giant fish that we had no place to keep properly and no money to feed it, the male and coming babies.

Sue B. (author) on January 05, 2013:


Thank you for sharing your dream. The small fish in this dream sounds as though it could represent "there are other fish in the sea" and you had trouble catching one. This may show you that you still have some feelings about your ex and are working things out for yourself. The unknown house would represent you and could show you that you are not fully aware of yourself and your feelings. The person underwater in a swimming suit could be you navigating your emotions and sounds like a positive symbol.

A car tends to represent our ability to navigate our path in life. The very big fish sounds like it could be a very big insight from your unconscious or a very big relationship potential. It sounds like this is where you feel you are headed. I would view this as a very positive dream unless your feelings are indicating otherwise.

LFF on December 31, 2012:

In my dream i saw me in an unknown house, near to a window, and i was talking to my ex girlfriend on the phone. I asked her how was she doing, if she was ok. Then i saw a person, with a swimming suit, underwater, trying to catch a small fish with a harpoon, with no success. In this particular part of the dream, the house, and myself, were gone. There was only water, the fisherman and the fish. After that scene, i was again at the window and i watched a very big fish emerge out of the waters, with a car behind it.

Sue B. (author) on December 23, 2012:


It sounds like you were influenced by your book; however, the fish sound like a metaphor for deeper emotions you may be becoming aware of. A fish within a fish gives me the sense of going deeper or peeling back layers like an onion. Since you feel bad for the salmon and kill it, I wonder if you are feeling bad emotionally some way and block the expression of the emotion.

Sue B. (author) on December 23, 2012:


This is an interesting fish dream. it sounds like the fish could relate to emotions you may ignore or compartmentalize. These could be emotions coming into your awareness. Since you run from one, it sounds like you are running away from engaging in your feelings. Since you do not want to touch it, it sounds like you do not want to be in touch with these feelings.

You may want to try to visualize the dream and get in touch with the fish and try to get to know them. it sounds like you are managing your emotions in a way that is not good for you and you may need to get in touch with these emotions even if they are unpleasant.

Sue B. (author) on December 19, 2012:


Water/ocean typically represents our unconscious and/or emotions. The fish-man would be a part of self that is more aware of our emotions. Since he is slaughtering people, I would wonder if you struggle with feeling threatened by your feelings. The people you see in the cavern would relate to aspects of self that are coming into your awareness. The secret of immortality could be spiritual knowledge for you or the secret to preserving what is important to you as you continue to confront what is in your subconscious.

Sue B. (author) on December 16, 2012:


Thank you for sharing your dream. This sounds like a part of your unconscious you are attempting not to disturb or confront and are finding ways to navigate and deal with it. The cat would also represent an aspect of self- perhaps instincts. The shark sounds like it is what threatens you. It sounds like tiptoeing around a part of self is a lot of work and is confining, perhaps you could explore this part of self further.

les-online on December 14, 2012:

I dreamed last night of pulling a live salmon from the belly of a larger white-gray fish. The salmon flopped around and I felt bad for it, so I pressed its mouth down into the mud to kill it quickly. I had been reading a book set in Alaska that did describe gutting fish, so that clearly played a part! But wondering why I pulled up this image of all things. Certainly there was no fish within a fish in the book!

jrfish05 on December 10, 2012:

Hi Sue,

I had a dream 2 nights ago about 2 fish sitting side by side on the dresser in my apartment. One fish was a dark grey color in a bowl. It was such an unassuming color and had such a complacent mood that it wasn't until my eyes scanned past it, and I did a double take that I saw that it was a fish. It wasn't until I woke up that I realized that it was pretty large for the clear fish bowl that it was in. It didn't appear uncomfortable or skirmish though, it was oddly calm. Then to the right of it was a large very bright orange/yellow fish out of water sitting on the dresser next to the grey one. I remember thinking for a split second that it was dead, but I noticed its eyes close. It then clicked to me that it was alive. As soon as I realized it was alive, it jumps up and starts chasing me. All of this takes place in my apartment which appeared as it usually does. The bright orange fish didn't seem mean or like it wanted to hurt me, but I felt a need to run from it. At one point I went in my closet to escape it and closed the door because the fish was close behind. I noticed that I had accidentally caught the fish in the door and felt scared that I hurt it. Its body looked misshapen in the middle as it retreated a little, but I somehow I knew I hadn't damaged it beyond a point it would heal from. I kind of feel like it wanted me to pick it up and maybe (wasn't too sure) wanted me to put it in some water. I hoped some guy that i knew only in the dream, would come by so that he could put it in the water. That's all I remember from the dream. For some reason I think I was grossed out at the thought of touching the fish, but knew deep down that if it needed my attention, that I would prob get over it like everything else that needs to be done that I don't initially want to do. Do you know what this could mean? Im a pisces by the way, lol.

the2cyn on December 06, 2012:

I had a strange dream involving a strange fish-man who was going around town slaughtering people. Then somehow I ended up in a strange cavern filled with water, with small mounds on all four sides, with people of all ages standing on them. The people told me that the fish-man's waters held the secret to immortality.

I'd be interested in what this dream means.

debrakz on November 28, 2012:

I was dreaming there was an oblong tank (4x10) and i was standing on the edge, up against a wall watching a small (3 foot)shark swim around and wanted to get to the other side to get down without attracking the sharks attention. My cat started running across the water as if it was glass and jumped down. The shark started swimming a bit faster and I jumped to the other side and rolled onto the floor.

Sue B. (author) on November 24, 2012:


Thank you for sharing your dream. I would find this dream positive. The fish jumping up could symbolize the exciting new insights you are receiving from your unconsciousness. Your friend could represent a supportive relationship or an aspect of self that you are also becoming closer to.

Sue B. (author) on November 17, 2012:


Thank you for sharing a dream in your comment.

These fish sound like they could represent emotions and unconscious aspects of self. The dead fish could reflect losses, things you have disowned, or things that you have neglected. Perhaps you have mixed emotions in your waking life. The tote in some ways sounds like it is a way you are processing emotional baggage. It is too full and you are sorting. The fish that are alive may relate to your personal expression blue) and your spirit (gold). The dead fish may relate to disowned or represssed aspects of self or lost opportunities and past issues bogging you down. You do look at the bright side of things and focus on eating the fish. Perhaps this sorting is spiritually or emotionally nourishing for you. Perhaps you are also finding a new way to reclaim and integrate these fish into yourself. Since it is your mother's favorite fish, perhaps it relates to your relationship with your mother or her influence over you and/or your life.

angel200002 on November 12, 2012:

I had a dream yesterday my Friend and I was roming near seashore and we saw 2 fishes jumping out of the sea back to back....Can you please tell me what is the meaning of this ? I clearly remember this dream and not able to forget that ...

mirajo on November 05, 2012:

Hello Sue,

My dream has left me feeling puzzled yet pleasant. In my dream there was a tote of fish sitting in front of my front door. I looked in to the tote and called my mother. I asked her did she realized that most of her fish had died. I was thinking of and calling these fish cat fish because they looked like catfish and that's my mothers favorite fish. However the fish were all different colors and sizes. There was one medium size fish which was gold like a gold fish. The smallest fish was shiny silver and about the size of a smelt it was dead. The largest fish was a grayish looking silver and it was dead. The one and only gold color fish was alive and swimming. There was also a blue fish and it was alive. It was difficult to see all the fish so I don't know how many were live and how many were dead. I think there was a total of about 25 fish in this tote. I tried to pick it up and carry it to the kitchen to remove the dead fish and try to save the living ones. I was thinking about all the cat fish we were gonna eat for dinner. As I lifted the tote the water begin to splash around and one of the dead fish almost spilled out. I could see the live gold fish at the top and I didn't want to risk him falling out. I put the tote back on the floor and started to drag it towards the kitchen but it was still rocking and too full. So I went to get another container to remove the dead fish. I had mixed emotions. I was sad that they were dead but happy I was about to eat good. One thing that has me puzzles is the fact that they were catfish. My fish of choice is buffalo. So this has me thinking that this dream has something to do with my mother who loves catfish.

Additional info: I am my mothers primary caregiver. I have never had children. My mother can no longer had children. I am hoping to have children one day very soon.

Sue B. (author) on October 10, 2012:


Your dream about giving birth to a fish may relate to a new potential for growth recently realized. Has something come into your awareness recently? This dream sounds like it could be right at the point where you are just beginning to see something new. At first you don't know what it is and it seems rather gross. Then you begin to see more to this thing and realize it is a whole fish. I would associate the fish as something from your unconscious that is now coming into your awareness. It can represent something spiritual, something emotional, or an important aspect of self that has been "asleep."

Sue B. (author) on October 10, 2012:


Your dream sounds like a nice one! Being the fish would relate to navigating the unconscious or the unknown symbolized by the ocean. This would relate to your ease in your travels. Since you are almost eaten, it would relate to fears that you are threatened. If we accept things that are larger than us we often almost lose ourselves or our concept of our identity. This sounds like something you needed to adjust to. Cleaning off your fins and tail could relate to releasing emotions and negativity so that you can continue to move ahead.

Overall, I would find this to be a very positive dream of personal development and growth.

Sue B. (author) on October 09, 2012:


The ocean can often represent our unconscious in our dreams. To be breathing easily underwater would relate to exploring your unconscious comfortably. The guy would be an aspect of self within the unconscious that is slowly entering your awareness. You do not see his face yet because it is still unfamiliar to you. Cuddling with him could represent a reconnection.

The fish would also represent what is bubbling up from the unconscious into your awareness. Overall, this is a powerful dream about achieving peace within self.

MrsDeJuan from Australia on October 05, 2012:

Hello to all,

I'm hoping that someone can give me a clear peace of mind regarding my dream last night, it's really fresh on my memory right now so I'm going to share it straight away before I miss anything. Please bear with me as I share to you which keep me puzzling because this is actually the second time I dream this.

It goes like this:

As I was lying down i felt my stomach had a kick and something was poking me like when you're pregnant the baby kicked, it's a feeling like that, but it's not exactly like that. When it kicked, I started feeling that the lump is starting to grow (i can almost feel the sensation of the movement and kick) and it feels like it wanted to come out, and as it tried to push upward I felt the movement and a shape like a capsule.

In my dream I know I'm watching it and I'm trying to follow where it's going. It went slowly down towards my uterus then cervix; then out it goes. At this time, It felt like it's so real as it slowly went down and I saw from my panty liner what it looks like a ball of blood; then I look up, there I saw this medium size capsule on top of a little bench, then all of a sudden it became a round shape. (If it was real) it didn't took more than a minute and that "thing" started to decomposed then explode.

Seeing that it was opened, I saw what it looks like a FISHTAIL...then i look around it, I saw other stuff like other stones or a blab or a jellyfish head type. Then i look at it again.. there i saw a "WHOLE FISH".




This is my second dream, the first one was when i felt the poke and the movement,then that was it.. last night was the continuation and the ending. I'm not really sure if it's the ending.

Can any one, help me interpret this dream. I've Google search this but there's just too many to put things in relevant.

I would truly appreciate if any medium perhaps can reach to me by reading my dream.

Thank you so much

KDV775 on September 28, 2012:

Hello Sue, so glad I found your page! I had a dream that I was a fish swimming in the ocean. I almost got eaten but I got away and then someone helped me by cleaning off my fins and tail which I felt glad about and I kept swimming... It was so strange - I can't wait to see your analysis ;)

Kami9510 on September 24, 2012:

So in my dream i was floating in the ocean. the water was clear but I was breathing as if the water was air so in other words I was breathing normal underwater. there's also a guy, who I couldn't see his face, but we were floating and spooning/cuddling at the same time first it was me behind him holding him and then it was he behind I holding me. fish were swimming around us and also like really really big fish or animals or something was swimming around us as well. everything was calm and peaceful. Like the fish weren't upset or anything like that. the guy and I were to spooning like we were trying to go to sleep...but instead of us being in a bed we were instead floating in the open ocean under water. what does this mean? I'm a 20yr old female.

Sue B. (author) on September 14, 2012:


This dream sounds like it could relate to biting off more than you can chew or not being able to swallow everything you have attempted to take in. this could relate to feeling like a message, a belief, a directive has been shoved down your throat. Regardless- this dream sounds like you are unable or unwilling to handle it and are now rejecting it.

Although this is rather gross, i would say this is symbolic of something related to thoughts and emotions and not actually physical. The toilet could relate to how you are managing your emotions and ridding yourself of emotional residue.

Sue B. (author) on September 14, 2012:


The closet is another symbol of hiding something or repressing something. If fish tend to relate to what is bubbling up from our subconscious, this dream is a double symbol. These fish are the things you can't seem to avoid and ignore any longer. Its time to come out of the closet with something and reveal your true feelings, true self, true thoughts.

Betty on September 12, 2012:

Hello my dream was about me pulling chunks of fish fillet from my throat then I was flushing them down th toilet any idea of what this dream means?

LHTcertified on September 06, 2012:

Had a dream that there were four big fish in the closet I opened the door and the fish fell out. What does that mean?

Sue B. (author) on September 05, 2012:


your dream makes me curious to know what has been going on for you lately. The gold fish could represent aspects of your subconscious that you have cherished and have nurtured. What has disrupted this for you?

The fish are dying which could relate to you not getting something you need. Do you feel like a fish out of water at all lately? Something is not working in this dream. The question I have is, are you not getting something you need because of a disruption outside of yourself (stressful situation for example) or are you not getting something you need because of the way you are managing your emotions and unconscious? Although the beginning of the dream sounds pleasant and you believe you are taking good care of them, is compartmentalizing and isolating what these fish represent working? Do you need to get in touch with something within your psyche and face something important?

Sue B. (author) on September 05, 2012:

hi The Big Dreamer-

Your dream gives me the impression that you are beginning to get in touch with some unconscious emotions and information that has previously been outside of your awareness. Since the water is shallow, you have not gone too deep just yet and are taking things slow. Overall, it is a positive dream- increased awareness is important for our personal growth & development. It sounds like you are becoming aware of maybe some icky feelings and it is positive you have not reacted in fear and continue to sit with what you are learning.

sonia430 on September 02, 2012:

I had a scary dream that I had this large tank of gold fish and I was trying to save them. They were all gold fishes and actually I have a 10 gallon fold fish tank. I take good care of them. Well, in this dream I had a large tank and all of them were dying. Somehow they got out and I was trying to put them back into the large fish tank. I could see their mouths gasping...In the dream I was so sad as most had died and I could even smell them..I woke up with my heart pounding..

Sue B. (author) on August 31, 2012:

Tasha Matt-

I would associate your dream with bringing unconscious emotions to the surface. Since you worry it will try out and you throw water on it, I wonder if this could relate to preventing a "fish out of water" feeling and being careful to handle this emotion/insight carefully.

Sue B. (author) on August 31, 2012:


Dreaming of your biggest enemy could relate to your biggest enemy within yourself. Perhaps the best way for you to battle character flaws is to increase your overall awareness of self. Fish are often representative of self-awareness and what we are becoming aware of within our unconscious.

The Big Dreamer on August 30, 2012:

Good Day Sue.

I had a dream this week where I was sitting in shallow water, probably a river or so. I was enjoying the water and the fish in my dream were very distinct. I was a little grossed out by them because they were swimming really close to me, I often felt them touching my legs. I do believe that they were the focus of my dream, I wasn't uncomfortable where I was but I am naturally scared of fish and a lot of other animals, reptiles, insects and the like... The dream has been sticking with me for the last two days or so and I am really curious to find out what this could mean? Your help would be highly appreciated.

Thank you so much.

Tasha Matt on August 28, 2012:

Last night I dreamed that I was fishing, and the fish was jumping around and suddenly I caught it I put it in the boat and started throwing water over it so he would not dry out I can't remember the rest, what does this mean?

Emily on August 27, 2012:

I dreamed of treating my biggest enemy with fish. What does it symbolise.

Sue B. (author) on August 24, 2012:

Rick- throwing up fish I would associate with rejecting what the fish are symbolizing. Since fish can be associated with emotion or thoughts, placing them in a bowl may be a way in which you are containing them instead of either expressing them or integrating them into who you are.

Erica on August 17, 2012:


Thanks for your response and input. I do believe that I have been dealing with things in a passive aggressive way and feel like I don't have control over my life right now. You don't realize what manifests in dreams but I guess you never get a break from "real life" .

Sharks on August 15, 2012:

Thanks again for your response, your right deep inside thers a lot of those issues that's up in the air for me right now, just floating around .

I'm stressing to much most likely.

it's just i don't dream and having those with my mothers definition to them well freaked me out a bit , the dreams themselves was just to graphic .

But your imput i think sums it up just haven't been looking at it that way.

Sue B. (author) on August 15, 2012:


if you click on my profile you could find my article on dreaming of cars. I would agree that dreaming of a car crash could be a sign you were living too recklessly.

Fish could relate to pregnancy/birth in some way (actual or metaphorically). They could certainly mean a lot and I think it is important to get many perspectives and find the one that seems to click for you. You know what you dream means once you either think of it yourself or hear the meaning from someone else.

Sue B. (author) on August 15, 2012:


I would disagree with your mother. I have found many people worrying that dreams indicate death and they live in fear (and keep living!). What else could this mean? What could you be losing? What do you mean by crown? If this relates to teeth, it could relate to struggles with feelings of impotence, insecurity, powerlessness, and self-consciousness.

sharks on August 14, 2012:

and the fish is birth what do you think? last time i actually dreamt was 12 years ago i dreamt my (dead)father watching me as i crashed into a tree with a red car . i made some major changes in my life in the following year even got married. i think i took it as a sign i was living to reckless

sharks on August 14, 2012:


thanks for your response

i do believe i have a soul as for the meaning of life i do ask questions sometimes hard not to.

but the weird thing is i don't dream at least not to remember i had another dream I was playing with my brother the same one daughter (ramping/horseing around) like i normally do with her father and my crown fell out my mother says that's death .

Sue B. (author) on August 13, 2012:


Interesting dream. I usually see fish as what is bubbling up into our awareness from our unconscious. Although, fish are normally in water and the water is usually representing our unconsciousness. To not see the water at all is ironic because we are not aware of our unconscious.

Do you have a "fish out of water" type feeling now that you are dealing with?

Driving in the car in the passenger seat can relate to the lack of control in your life and having a passive approach. Maybe this is what you are battling in this dream.

My impression is you may not be aware of repressed or denied emotions that need to be expressed and managed in a healthier way. Seeing a larger fish bite off the heads of the smaller fish may relate to something that feels destructive. Are you denying emotions and producing this carnage?

Sue B. (author) on August 10, 2012:


What a horrible dream! This dream sounds like it is processing some intense negative emotions such as anxieties, fears, etc. Your brother in this dream could relate to him but could also relate to an aspect of self. What a horrible experience this dream portrays. My first instinct is this dream may be illustrating spiritual/meaning of life issues you are grappling with at the moment. What is the meaning of life? Who are we really? Are we just a bag of meat? Is there something more?

This dream also highlights a loss. What do you fear you will lose within yourself? Do you believe you have a soul? Do you fear you don't and this dream could be highlighting the fear of losing this concept within your belief system?

I would love to have your feedback!

Erica on August 07, 2012:

I had a dream that I was sitting in a car in the passenger seat when and a small fish (looked like a gold fish) was swimming toward me. As the small fish got closer to me I started to roll up the window so it couldn’t come in. At that moment I started to think it was crazy for this fish to be swimming and there was no water. Then from nowhere my sister and brother came to the car holding their breath as if they were submerged in water and walked to the car. As they entered the car I saw a larger fish (green with fins on the side of its head) come and bite the head off the smaller fish and blood was floating through the water.

What do you think this dream means? Please help.

2sharks on August 05, 2012:

I dreamt i saw 2 sharks swimming in a huge tank my brother was with me then when i walked out the door i had a bag in my hand with meat the feeling in the dream was the shark ate my brother and it was in a bag in my hand in the end i was crying telling my mother and his wife .

Sue B. (author) on July 14, 2012:

nadine- that dream can mean so much to me! Here are the possibilities I could think of:

- you feel like your boyfriend is unfaithful- catching another fish in the sea

- you feel your boyfriend is bringing up greater awareness within himself

- you feel your boyfriend is bringing up greater awareness within you

- you feel you are gaining greater awareness about your relationship

-your boyfriend represents a masculine aspect of self and you are gaining insight into this other side of you.

nadine on July 14, 2012:

I had a dream that my boyfriend caught a fish

William Benner from Savannah GA. on July 08, 2012:

Thanks for your perspectives, they are quite illuminating!

Sue B. (author) on July 08, 2012:


If this buddha bass dream seems to have that meaning for you, then it is likely the meaning. It certainly sounds like a very positive dream. Perhaps a search within yourself through a murky pond (I would often see this as negative or painful emotions that have not been expressed, do not have an outlet) is beneficial and allowing you to grow psychologically and spiritually. It seems to have a possible message that there is something positive a there is hope within the darkest parts of self. The dark does not always have to relate to something bad or evil- it can be the unknown, the parts of your unconsciousness and spirituality you do not know or understand just yet. This can be rather unpleasant to search through yet, in this dream, sounds like it is beneficial and there is something to gain from this introspection.

William Benner from Savannah GA. on July 08, 2012:

Here is another dream I had when I was practicing Buddhism..I had a dream that I was fishing in a murky pond and caught a bass that I cleaned and found a glowing bass inside. I then turned to friend of mine and said "look a Buddha bass!" So does mean that even in the dark and murky parts of subconsciousness minds, we can find enlightenment?

Sue B. (author) on July 07, 2012:


understanding your perspective of Lilith is important. It is also important to explore the reasons why you are choosing Lilith to represent your feminine aspect of self. If you are demonizing this aspect of yourself, you are repressing it, casting it aside, and may not be expressing or acknowledging an important aspect of self. You may want to consider reading information about the anima, a concept from Carl Jung. The anima is the unconscious feminine aspect of self that men have repressed and have cast aside as outside of their identity and not appropriate in some way.

For you, it sounds like as you resolve this issue and acknowledge this aspect of self, you will see this feminine as a different character- one that is not demonic-- and a figure you are more likely to accept.

William Benner from Savannah GA. on July 07, 2012:

From my past experiences I associated Lilith with the demonic...however, I am aware that some see Lilith as a symbol female of empowerment and creativity. If you would read some of my hubs you may better understand my point of view!

Chris on July 07, 2012:

Thank you so much Sue..It all makes sense, I won't make it a long story but Jono nearly passed when he was a baby, I told my daughter the week before that he had a choice of going back home up till he was 5, then he is here till 18 then I couldn't see any more, I left the day before he was taken to hospital and I have always had guilt over it..I have 19 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren but he's the only one I have guilt over and his brother Trent (He's autistic and I had a bond with him since birth)..The ocean (water represents emotions to me) so you are right on track about Jono and the water and the fish..My husband passed in 91 (Paul) and I remarried in 2003(Peter) but there has always been guilt, caring about another man, Peter and another guilt is thinking about Paul when I'm with Pete..I know Paul is happy where he is and he still visits..So there is guilt and mixed emotions..Just because I'm psychic doesn't work for my own emotions, I can help many others but when it comes to myself then I need help...LOL..You are spot on..

Thank you again Sue B..

Sue B. (author) on July 07, 2012:

highvoltagewriter- if you think your dream is reflecting a darker female aspect of self then this is likely the case-- you are the dreamer and are ultimately the expert of your dreams. My question for you would be- why is this darker? Can feminine attributes exist and be honored in your current belief system and how can you balance this?

William Benner from Savannah GA. on July 06, 2012:

This dream was during a time period that I was exploring several spiritual options. I am aware of the myths concerning Lilith and I always wonder if it had to do with some darker female aspect of myself?

Sue B. (author) on July 06, 2012:


Thank you for commenting. Yes, dreaming of fishing can mean you enjoy fishing. Dream symbols are unique to each person which is why there can be so many possible meaning to our dreams. Fishing can also reflect a need for a break and relaxation- an outlet.

Fishing can also be a metaphor for what we are searching for and what we may find within us. Since the ocean is often symbolic of our unconsciousness, the fish we catch can relate to what we are just becoming aware of.

I read your profile and I would venture to guess your fishing dream relates to seeking the truth both within yourself and within your spirituality. Lilith could be an interesting biblical reference. Within the story of Adam and Eve, there is reference to Lilith- Adam's first wife. The name Lilith tends to relate to feminine empowerment- Americans may remember the Lilith Fair for instance.

When I put all of this together, I wonder if you are currently exploring your anima, the unconscious aspect of self that Carl Jung theorized is present yet repressed in all men. In order to achieve inner balance and a sense of completion, we strive to re-integrate this aspect of self we have somehow learned to leave behind because it did not fit into who we thought we should be.

Interesting dream, thanks for sharing!

William Benner from Savannah GA. on July 06, 2012:

Maybe when you dream of fishing it only means that you like to fish and you think about it a lot? That is why I felt that I have many dreams about fishing. But I do wonder....what if you dream about fishing for a type of fish that does not even exist? I once had a dream about a fish called a "Lilith fish" in my dream. Do you have any ideas on what could represent?

Sue B. (author) on July 05, 2012:


This can mean a lot of course. This sounds like you are getting in touch with someone unconscious to you. What it is, only you really know. What is it that is just beyond your awareness? An ancient part of self? A past life? a part of you that has always been there but has not been part of your conscious mind? Since this is a man's name and I'm assuming your a woman, this could be your animus, your unconscious masculine unconscious aspect of self. If you are working on your animus you may find that your dreams change over time and this masculine aspect becomes more and more familiar to you in the dream until you fully integrate this aspect back into your identity.

Sue B. (author) on July 05, 2012:

Hi Chris,

Thank you for sharing your dream. A dream from a psychic may not be my forte but I can certainly give you my perspective on your dream.

Psychics are human so despite popular belief, psychics have dreams that are reflective of psychological/emotional states. I have noticed dreams can become more confusing for a psychic because the meaning of the dream is less often assumed as reflection of self.

I'm curious to know if you have any further insight into this dream. It sounds like one that has troubled you.

In general, the ocean can represent the unconsciousness and the fish are parts of the unconscious that we are becoming aware of. In this dream, you seem to have a negative reaction and are resistant to this awareness as if you are avoiding confronting something. For spiritual people, the unconscious can also encompass spirituality within the dream. I would perceive this ocean as you although I am curious to know if you also perceive this ocean as a collective consciousness, something greater than yourself, etc.

The kids are fishing- are they reminding you of or bringing this up that you would rather leave alone? It seems like you don't want memories or something within my heart or mind to be disturbed, leave everything as is- don't rock the boat/make waves.

The white fish sounds like it is associated with your husband. It is interesting that you realize within the dream that what are you saying are excuses-- it's too small when it isn't, you didn't want to kill it. White tends to be associated with spirituality and/or someone who has passed away.

The blue fish seems to have disturbed you the most. This can be reflecting concern for your grandson Jono yet it can also reflect an aspect of self that you would associate with Jono. My first impression was that this blue fish could represent negative emotions for you such as depression associated with the passing of your husband and how this depression (or similar emotion) is threatening your relationship with your grandson, is threatening him somehow more directly, or is threatening the childlike joy you have within.

Hearing a song with words "hold on" sound appropriate to me. This sounds like a message directed to you emotionally. It sounds like you need to pull strength from within and get through a tough time.

I hope this helps at least spark further insight!

Brenda on July 03, 2012:

I had a dream with a big, colorful fish that told me, before I was who im now I was Joseph... What is the meaning?

Thank u!!!

Sue B. (author) on July 03, 2012:

Ice in general can relate to something frozen-- usually frozen emotions for me. What have you been keeping on ice or not expressing?

Catching fish means you are finding life within what is frozen and having a reawakening of sorts. you thought the fish was dead but there is new life in what you are discovering or rediscovering. To have 3 specific fish may relate to an important trilogy to you-- past/present/future. You are killing the fish, how did this feel? If this was negative, I would see this as a new way you are attempting to avoid some uncomfortable thoughts/emotions that need to be addressed.

Sue B. (author) on July 03, 2012:


Since fish tend to represent what is bubbling up from our unconscious, this dream sounds like it is relating to your excitement about what you have recently become more aware of. Have you gained further insight into yourself recently?

Chris on July 01, 2012:

Hi Sue..I hope you can help me with a dream I had last night..Being a psychic I have many strange dreams..I don't remember everything about the dream but I remember bits and pieces, One part of the dream had my husband that has passed (1991) and I was waiting for him plus others, my 2nd eldest daughter was also in the dream, then I looked towards the ocean and the kids were fishing, there was 2 fishing rods in the sand and I screamed that the rods had fish on them, the 1st rod I grabbed the fish and it was a white fish, I was holding it waiting for hubby to come look, I didn't want to kill it and said it was to small but it wasn't, I looked over to the 2nd rod and my grandson was running out of the water because this very pretty metallic blue and other colours was chasing him and I couldn't understand why it was chasing Jono(my grandson) and bypassing all the other kids in the water...When I woke I had a song with the words "Hold on" in my head..As I said before, I always have strange dreams and can usually work out what they mean but then I have some really strange ones like this one..Any help much appreciated..Thank you

Sue B. (author) on July 01, 2012:


This dreams gives me the impression you are attempting to take care of yourself. Overall, it sounds like a positive dream and is revealing to you your current progress and your current struggles.

Cleaning in dreams usually means to me that I am cleaning myself-- are you attempting to cleanse yourself? Someone knocks over a bowl of water. I would see the bowl of water as emotions that you have contained into something and have forgotten about. Although you are cleaning, knocking over the water sounds like it was useful to you- these fish needed to be revealed.

These fish sound like they are important aspects that are jut coming to your awareness now. You are protective of them and see their value to your overall well-being.

The crow sounds like it may relate to something that threatens you. is this also symbolic of something internal for you? Is the crow your shadow? your negative thoughts? depression? What is threatening your wellbeing and happiness?

It sounds like you may have had a time in which you were temporarily depleted of energy and your soul/heart/mind was undernourished. During your cleansing, you were able to put things back where they belong.

Sue B. (author) on July 01, 2012:


there is a related hub on snakes here:

The unknown person I would perceive as an aspect of you. Since this is a boyfriend in your dream, this may relate to your animus (this is the unconscious masculine aspect of self). As you will read in the snake article, snakes can symbolize a lot. In this dream, they may be related to what threatens your life's path. If I had this dream, I would want to explore the unknown person further since this indicates there is a part of you that you do not have insight into. I would also want to explore if these snakes should be killed. Although ridding ourselves of what we no longer need (emotional baggage, letting go of the past, negative thoughts, etc.) we also want to be careful we are not killing of what is important for us (unconscious aspects of self we may not like but are necessary for us to feel whole).

Sue B. (author) on July 01, 2012:


This sounds like a spiritual dream for you. Are you buddhist? If not, it sounds like you may be tapping into unknown spiritual territory for yourself. Since you were trying to put your feet in the pond but were afraid of small fish, it sounds like you are fearing what you will learn if you gain further self-knowledge. Before we see and confront our inner truths and core emotions, we can experience fear of the unknown and fear of what we will find out about ourselves.

The koi fish is a common symbol of spirituality. It is looking at you which could mean that you are also looking at it. This sounds like a dream showing you your progress towards your own spiritual enlightenment.

Victor on June 30, 2012:

I was in my dream yesternight and i dream when i was catching fish in ice water and the fish are very big at first i thougth the fish is death but i found out that the fish is moving a little so i use a hook to catch of to three fish and use knive to kill them please i need an interpretation to the dream thanks.

Emah on June 28, 2012:

Hi sue,

I had a dream lastnight and all that stood out was the fish swimming they were in a very large tank and i just remember them swimming. first it was three fish but then there were two i remember me being overly excited about watching these fish swimming in an over sized glass tank that was limitless to how far the fish went. i called a family member over to watch them swim and when the family member got there she too was overly excited and we began celebrating and by the end of the dream there were several family members and by then it was more like a party. I am so confused by what it all meant, do you have an answer to this dream ? it was so weird and i don't know why we so happy that the fish were swimming.

Sue B. (author) on June 27, 2012:


since fish and fish tanks tend to relate to emotions that are bubbling up from our unconsciousness, it sounds like these tiny fish are your feelings associated with your crush. It sounds like these feelings are growing.

YukiAsh on June 27, 2012:

I had a dream about fishes. I was cleaning and someone knocked over this bowl of water. Come to find out i saw beautiful fishes that were so colorful lying on the carpet. I didn't know how many we're originally in the bowl but I kept finding more fish on the carpet to the point where the bowl was over flowing with bright colorful fish. I had to protect the fishes as well because out of nowhere a crow came and tried to dart for the bowl while I was saving the fishes off of the carpet and I even got bit by the crow trying to protect the fish. At first I thought the fishes were jumping out as I was saving then but they were actually new fishes each time I found another on the carpet. The amazing part was I thought they were dead and when I placed them into the water ther eyes pierced at me and then they began swimming again. My last image was opening my hand over the fish bowl as seeing all the colorful fishes safe and sound. What does this mean?

Blue on June 27, 2012:

Hi, This dream is very important to me and it will mean a lot if you can interpret it for me. I like a guy very much and I saw him in my dream and suddenly I was standing in front of a huge fish tank, the size of a room. There were uncountable fish in it and were small but white and pretty. Than the fish, almost size of a finger started giving birth to little fish.

I am seriously concerned to find out what it means. Please help if you can. God Bless.

Shama on June 25, 2012:

I saw myself walking with an unknown person ( who is my boyfriend in my dream) , hand in hand where I see a white snake with thin black strips on it dead in the corner , I some how mange not to stamp on it , & then I see a lot of similar dead snakes all over the path we somehow pass that route whithout stamping on it & reach a place which is supposed to be my destination in dream , there I hear a man saying 70 snakes are dead but still 20 more are left to be killed...what would that mean...

Jessica on June 25, 2012:

Hi , in my dreams i saw a buddhist beautiful , big buddhist temple in front of which tehere was a big pond. i was trying to put my feet inside it but was afraid of small fishes moving around then i saw that there was a small golden idol of buddha near by almost touching the water where a golden fish ( Koi fish ) comes in & looks at me...what this would mean.....please help...

Sue B. (author) on June 24, 2012:

Hi Harold,

That is interesting. This sounds like a learning/teaching dream. Perhaps you were learning on some level how to reach out and get what you want. This could be pulling something important up from your unconscious and bringing it into the light so that you can gain insight and increase your awareness about something important.

Sue B. (author) on June 24, 2012:


This dream sounds like it relates a lot to your struggles with decision-making. Perhaps you are questioning what information to buy into. Since you are eating, it sounds like you were not sure what to truly adopt and take in. It wasn't cooked and it sounds like this was negative for you, perhaps you weren't quite ready to make this decision and commit to one idea and rushed in. Maybe this dream is telling you to re-evaluate and listen closely to yourself.

Uche on June 23, 2012:

I need you to interpret this dream i had last night. I found myself in a huge fish market, where big life and fresh fish was sold. At first i was confused of who to buy from, how many to buy and how much fish to buy. After sometimes i bought two big fish who cut the fish into parts and removed the non edibles. Later i found myself eating fish but i don't think it was cooked. Pls what does it mean.

Harold joe from NV on June 22, 2012:

Had a dream about a man demonstrating how to fish. He put his finger in his mouth as how to hook and then demonstrated how to reel it and repeated it several times.

Sue B. (author) on June 21, 2012:


This sounds like an odd fish dream! Minnows are bait fish. I tend to associate them with things we may devalue such as emotions we have cast aside and unimportant or not worth keeping. The poop in the tank certainly sounds strange. Excrement in general could be related to emotional residue, negativity bringing you down, etc. The tank it self sounds like it is a way in which you are containing emotion. This does not sound like it is healthy for you since you were unable to release the negative emotions effectively. Perhaps you are being bogged down emotionally and need to cleanse your heart/spirit in some way by doing some self-reflection and managing emotions differently and more actively.

Sue B. (author) on June 21, 2012:


A house typically represents the dreamer and the various states they find themselves in. Seeing the ocean may relate to your view of your unconsciousness.

You took a closer look in this dream and came upon something disturbing. Since fish often reflect what is bubbling up emotionally for us from our unconsciousness into greater awareness, this dream may be alerting you that you are sensing something emotionally disturbing. Dead fish may relate to repressed emotions. Mauuled and eaten fish may relate to pain, feeling attacked, something eating at you or bothering you. It sounds like you have moved closer to addressing what is bothering you. If I had this dream, I would want to try to identify what it is I need to confront and address. This could be something I put aside from my past that needs to be resolved in order to achieve my personal goals now or it could be a current situation that needs to be handled differently in order to support your overall well-being.

Sarah on June 21, 2012:

I dreamt a large fish tank with a lot of different fish inside, particularly, minnows in different sizes. I saw the small fish being caught by someone and put it in a plastic bag to be fed by the big fish at home. I also so two big minnows pooping in the fish tank. The poop were circle and big, like in humans, but they are in dark silver color. I wonder what could my dream mean. Thank you!

Malz on June 16, 2012:

I dreamt that I was seeing a house and then realised that from the house I could see the ocean, which was very exciting. Then after some time I ran to a space from where I had a clearer view of the ocean 9probably a balcony, i don't remember for sure) and then I saw various big fishes washed up dead and mauled some just half like they were eaten by another fish. Some were still alive and gnawing at other fishes. This was a part of another dream. But I remember this part more vividly and it is very disturbing.

julia on June 10, 2012:

well Ive recently started a relationship with a person my mother would not approve of. I haven't actually told her that Im with the person.

I know that she would try to keep us apart however she could.

It would really be great if my parents would be happy for me for once. instead of the constant warning and nagging they do.

but then again they are parents.

I would have to agree, I do feel like I can't "be myself".

Sue B. (author) on June 10, 2012:


your dream sounds rather unpleasant. I would associate the dead fish to negative emotions that may relate to your relationship with your mother in some way. Do you feel she is trying to force things down your throat? It sounds like you are not taking in what she is trying to force onto you.

These fish are dead, has this suffocating dynamic left you feeling like you cannot be yourself or cannot express something and now it is cut off, dead in some ways?

julia on June 09, 2012:

this was very helpful article, but I just thought I would try to get a specific answer about my dream.

(in my dream)I was sitting on bed and I had three dead fish in my hand. All of a sudden my mother came in the room and I tried to hide the fish. she left the room and put the fish in my mouth. but I wasn't eating them.

Sue B. (author) on June 04, 2012:


My first impression of your dream is that the fish with vicious teeth, the little boy with a gun, the fish bitting your throat, and the dog falling of a cliff are symbols that could all relate to repressed anger.

Anger turned inward can manifest as depression as well. Since fish often reflect our insights into our unconscious, it seems as though you have seen a progression in your dreams of the fish increasingly attempting to get your attention. This sounds like you may not be facing something important.

Anger is often an emotion we cover up and disguise in someway as it is socially unacceptable, especially for a woman, to display yet this emotion can do a lot of harm internally and eat us alive (just like the fish devoured you).

The first part of your dream seemed like a lovely dream. My first impression was it was a walk through your unconscious as you made a transition and moved from one phase to another across the bridge. I see this as either a painful transition/change for you (although I do think important for your personal growth) yet I can also see it as making a change from a more surreal/unrealistic view to becoming more realistic and facing the truth a bit more.

Although unpleasant, it sounds like it may benefit you to truly open yourself to exploring these unpleasant emotions/thoughts and gain further self-knowledge.

You run after a stingray which may help you understand what may be your personal goal that you are working towards but have not yet achieved. Stingrays are often associated with balance and restraint. Stingrays may be telling you to not overreact to your emotions, to calm down and wait before reacting. Stingrays maneauver themselves quite well despite their size and shape and they tell us to also carefully maneuver the complex emotional waters of our inner world.

Sue B. (author) on June 04, 2012:


Keeping with the idea that fish relate to what we are becoming aware of within our unconscious, it sounds like you are becoming aware of something that disgusts you. Is it an aspect of self, an emotion, part of your past that is disgusting you? When you dream of fishing with your boyfriend and using the minnows as bait, it sounds like you may have contained this issue yet may be using it to gain something important. Are you confronting something ugly in hopes of gaining peace of mind or some personal growth?

Also, since they first come out of your chin, the chin can relate to strength, resilience or the phrase-- keep your chin up. It sounds like the dream could relate to how well you are dealing with adversity.

Sue B. (author) on June 03, 2012:


The pleasant scenes underwater sound like a journey through your unconsciousness- the life within the water may relate to what is becoming conscious for you.

Supermarkets often relate to us seeking what we need. Perhaps there is an unconscious need you need to fulfill. What were you shopping for and how successful were you in obtaining what you need?

Mallory on June 01, 2012:

I wonder if you could help me..

I had a dream a few nights ago that I went down through the woods to a wide, running creek with a bridge suspended in the air that ran right down the center of it. It was sunset and everything was golden and the water was amber, it was very realistic but very surreal. I went on the bridge and as I walked, I saw many very weird fish drifting in the water, most were alive. Then I saw a tan stingray-type fish that was about as long as a guitar, circular, with floppy edges that swayed to help move it along. It had a wide mouth similar to a toad's, bulging eyes and a stinger tail. I walked faster down the bridge to follow it but then we came to a waterfall and it hurriedly went down it, and I couldn't see it anymore.

I left the bridge and walked on the soil to try to get down to the bottom of the waterfall and while I did, saw a dog named Tator who lives at the barn that I visit very often. In real life, I love this dog and am very close with it. In the dream, he saw me and began running and I knew he was nearing a cliff, so I called his name. He fell off the cliff and I heard a sickening crunch, and when I looked down the gaping fissure in the land, I saw his broken body floating down a shallower, dirtier creek.

After this, I made my way to the bottom of the waterfall and found it to be a beach. There were seals all along this beach and a few people taking pictures of them. By now, it was nighttime. A young black boy who was about twelve ran past me down the beach with a gun in his hand and blood splatter on his shirt while his mother chased him, morbidly screaming in anguish and asking why he would do it, why he would disgrace the family. Then I woke up.

I had a second dream last night about fish again. It felt just as meaningful but is harder to describe, so I'll leave it at the one above. I'm sorry I typed so much, but this dream has been seriously disturbing me ever since I had it and I've been dreaming of fish since. Though, the ones in more recent dreams are more obscure fish with large teeth, some which can live for a short time out of water. And as the days go by and more dreams come, the more vicious the fish in my dreams get. At first they were peaceful and didn't mind me, but now I find myself having dreams about fish who want to get to my throat or in my ear and devour me. Do you have any insight on it? :(

Bonny on June 01, 2012:

I had a dream that I was squeezing a bump on my chin and minnow tail came out. I was disgusted. The next night I had a dream I was in a large body of water in a boat with my boyfriend. I was catching minnows with my hands and throwing them in a bag my boyfriend was carrying for bait later on. What's the meaning of this?

Andrea on May 31, 2012:

Hello, last night i dreamt i was underwater in a vast and peaceful ocean. there were slow moving sharks and whales around me. I was on top of a giant fish, i cannot remember what it was, almost like a giant underwater snail or ?dolphin. it was peaceful and slow moving and safe. Do you have any insight? the dream then seemed to move into a sort of supermarket setting, and the floor was wet odd one! i am so grateful for your thoughts. Andrea