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Dreaming of Water: What Does It Really Mean?

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An encyclopedic list of water dream interpretations.

An encyclopedic list of water dream interpretations.

Water is one of the most common and powerful dream symbols, and it's no wonder, considering how essential it is to life. Although we can't live without it, water is also mysterious, dangerous, and destructive. Bodies of water are places we cannot live.

What Do Dreams About Water Mean?

  • In general, water represents the unconscious, the place our minds go, and the thoughts we have when we're not paying attention. If you are underwater in your dream, this might indicate feeling drowned, overwhelmed, or swallowed up by unconscious thoughts, emotions, urges, or memories.
  • In dreams, water is often associated with emotions and their expression. The surface of the water represents the dividing line between the consciousness and the unconscious. The type, shape, motion, and other characteristics of the dreamed water express the dreamer's conscious or unconscious emotions.
  • Water can also represent maternity, those primal feelings associated with our mothers or our desire to become a mother. Water can be associated with the womb, the very beginning of life, the primordial soup, or to our connection to maternal figures, the earth, God, or conception/pregnancy.
  • Finally, water can relate to spirituality and spiritual or religious beliefs.

How Do I Interpret My Dream About Water?

Like most symbols, water can have negative and positive meanings in dreams. It is important to consider the following to help you analyze and assess your particular dream's meaning.

What to Consider When You Dream of Water

  • The cleanliness of the water: Is it clear and pure or polluted and murky?
  • The depth of the water: Is it shallow or deep?
  • The quality of water: Is it transparent or opaque, warm or cold, peaceful or ominous?
  • The motion of the water: is it still, rolling, flowing smoothly, or turbulent and choppy?
  • The quantity of water: Is there a drought, or is there too much water flooding the dream?
If, in your dream, you can breathe under water, this could be an indication that you have adapted to a difficult emotional situation.

If, in your dream, you can breathe under water, this could be an indication that you have adapted to a difficult emotional situation.

Dreaming of Oceans

Oceans can represent the state of your emotions and limitlessness of the unconscious and spirit. Oceans are often associated with tranquility, meditation, and retreat, but they're also subject to powerful forces of nature that we can't control.

The shoreline might indicate the edge of a dreamer's conscious mind, the division between what is known and seen and what is hidden. Being tossed by waves or set adrift in an ocean may reflect feelings of impotence or loneliness.

This dream symbol can have both negative and positive meanings. On one hand, the ocean may represent something larger than ourselves that we respect, are in awe of, or appreciate, something we go with the flow with as we sail through our life's journey. On the other hand, oceans can be overwhelming and rough. We are no match for the ocean and are unable to control it.

Are you going with the flow or drifting aimlessly?

Dreams of Waves, Tidal Waves, and Tsunamis

As with most symbols, waves can have both negative and positive meanings.

  • Riding a wave is a positive representation of effectively managing emotions and difficult challenges in life. This may represent the dreamer's ability to go with the flow at times and act decisively and deliberately to work with circumstances at hand. This type of flexibility allows the dreamer to surpass obstacles and achieve goals.
  • Creating or making a wave demonstrates the dreamer's ability to control emotions, thoughts, and behavior and use creativity and their own personal power/choices to shape the circumstances around them.
  • Tidal waves and tsunamis tend to relate to emotions that are overwhelming and threatening the dreamer. These emotions may relate to a real situation that is troubling the individual (financial troubles, for example) or the dreamer's perception of their place in life and negative anticipation of future events. When emotions and issues are repressed and avoided, they push back until they are acknowledged by the dreamer. Problems often grow and become overwhelming when ignored for too long.
  • Emotions represented within floods and waves are often layered. The wave may have begun with negative and dark emotions that were compounded with the dreamer's feelings about their feelings and the expression of these feelings. This type of dream may indicate to the dreamer a need to address the anxiety and fears associated with addressing the deeper emotions that have been avoided over time.

River Dreams

Similar to roads, rivers often represent your life's journey and your emotional, psychological, and spiritual state that is either supporting your journey or hindering your progress.

  • Are you going with the flow and trusting nature or a higher power to influence the direction of your life, or are you being passive and directionless?
  • Raging or muddy rivers often reflect emotional turmoil. Clear and calm rivers often reflect inner peace, balance, and harmony, a person who is not over-controlling or under-controlling, and positive feelings of joy and happiness in general.
  • Crossing a river may represent overcoming an obstacle or moving from one stage to another.
What does it mean if you dream about a river? Often, the river represents the flow or direction of the dreamer's life.

What does it mean if you dream about a river? Often, the river represents the flow or direction of the dreamer's life.

Dreams of Waterfalls

  • Waterfalls often relate to a great release of emotion, rejuvenation, and renewal of spirit.
  • Waterfalls can also have sexual connotations.
  • If the waterfall was negative, it could relate to feelings of overwhelm (if the dreamer was pinned at the bottom of the waterfall, for instance) or fears of "taking the plunge" or falling/losing control (if the dreamer was being conveyed over the waterfall).

Dreams of Pools

Pools often relate to relaxation and enjoyment associated with summer, spending time with family or friends, and vacation, but they can also have deeper meanings.

  • Since they are manmade, they can represent the compartment we have built to hold our emotions. Seeing a pool may represent your need to get in touch with and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of these feelings.
  • An empty pool may represent feeling numb, drained, and without emotions. Although not always, many individuals with substance abuse issues report dreaming of empty pools. Perhaps escaping emotions and coming down from a high leave the dreamer feeling empty and void of all emotion.

Dreaming of Ponds

Ponds are often associated with tranquility, stillness, the need to sit quietly with oneself and reflect, and being emotionally calm in general.

Although ponds contain emotion, they are natural bodies of water and often represent the quiet, tucked-away emotions and unconscious self that has been present all along but not yet fully explored.

Ponds typically contain a lot of life. It may be beneficial to explore what creatures are contained in the pond. Are these plants or animals natural to the pond? Are these plants or animals thriving or dying? The qualities of the life surrounding the pond may give you further insight into your current emotional state.

What does it mean if you dream about a sink faucet spurting water? The water may represent your emotions, and the tap is your control over them.

What does it mean if you dream about a sink faucet spurting water? The water may represent your emotions, and the tap is your control over them.

Dreams of Faucets and Drains

A faucet often represents the dreamer's ability to control the expression of his/her feelings.

  • If you dreamed of a faucet, do you find you are able to turn your emotions on and off easily, or do you yearn for that kind of emotional control?
  • Dreaming of a faucet you cannot control could mean you are attempting to over-control your emotions and are feeling overwhelmed. Your feelings cannot be completely contained and will gush through whatever barriers you have put up.
  • Dreaming of water that is too hot could relate to "hot" emotions such as anger or passion. Dreaming of water that is too cold could relate to "cold" emotions such as depression, sadness, lack of love, and difficulty being in touch with your emotions.
  • A leaky faucet could relate to an indicator that something within you needs some maintenance or attention. It could mean your regulation of your emotions is not in is best shape and you need to review where you are putting your energy.
  • If you are focused on the drain, perhaps you are feeling drained by your own decisions or by others.

Dreams of a Bathtub or Shower

Bathing often relates to self-renewal, cleansing, and shedding the past burdens, stress, and emotional residue of a situation.

Seeing a bathtub or shower in a dream may indicate the need to relax, take a break, and take care of emotional and/or spiritual concerns.

Bubble baths may indicate a need to pamper yourself and find time to relax. If you associate bubble baths with your youth, the dream may relate to a need to honor your inner child and make time for the little things that make you happy and carefree.

Rain Dreams

Rain dreams can be negative as well as positive. Although rain could be a symbol of depression, sadness, and shedding tears, it could also relate to grace from God (or a higher power) and forgiveness.

  • Rain may indicate a great, cleansing release of emotions. Dreaming of rain may allow you to shed symbolic tears.
  • If the dreamer gets wet, it could be a symbol of cleansing and becoming more in touch with a greater purpose and emotions/spiritual thoughts that were always there waiting to be discovered or rediscovered.
  • If you are a movie buff, rain may relate to a turning point in your life since it often rains during movies at a significant turning point.
If it's raining in your dream, what does that mean?

If it's raining in your dream, what does that mean?

Dreams of Lakes

  • Lakes are similar to ponds in that they are natural (usually) and can be a place of peace of mind but may also reveal the dreamer's lack of an emotional outlet. Lakes are larger than ponds and tend not to carry a meaning of solitude the way a pond does.
  • As with all water dreams, the quality of the water and the overall context of the scene is important. A lake may represent the emotional state of the dreamer. Turbulent water tends to mean emotional turmoil.
  • As with all symbols, lakes can refer to something very personal to the dreamer. It is worthwhile to explore your experience with lakes. Perhaps this was a place you would vacation with family when you were younger for instance. In this case, the lake could represent fond childhood memories or a retreat to the security of the past.
  • Dreaming of a jetty or pier in a lake could represent self-reflection into the unconscious leading to emotional and spiritual growth.

Stream Dreams

Streams can represent the flow of emotions for many dreamers. Streams can also represent new and inspiring thoughts or ideas. A stream may indicate to a dreamer that thoughts are spontaneous, free flowing, and not over-thought.

Since streams are smaller than rivers, they may give a gentle, slow feel to the dream. In most dreams, the stream ends up relating to a little hint or a spark of something significant that can grow and develop over time for the dreamer.

A bridge over a stream may mean you are making an emotional transition. Are you attempting to avoid your feelings or are you overcoming an emotional issue?

Dreams of Floods

Floods can be damaging. In dreams, they tend to relate to emotional pain, devastation, and feelings of overwhelm.

  • Floods can have many different characteristics within a dream. It is important to explore if this was a biblical kind of flood (destroying your world and starting over), a slow flood, or the looming threat of a flood.
  • Threats of devastation that do not actually materialize in the dream relate to excess worry, fears, and negative thinking. This aspect of a dream may be most helpful to the dreamer because what needs to be addressed (negative thought patterns) is in the dreamer's control.
  • Some dream dictionaries will tell you a flood relates to pent-up sexual desires. This is a narrow interpretation of this significant symbol since sexual feelings are just one of the many feelings that may overwhelm and we may repress or experience in a rush or in which we may feel swept away. In general, feelings need to be expressed and acknowledged in some way. When they are ignored or repressed, tension builds up. Eventually, the feelings overwhelm and flood, forcing the person to express them one way or another.
  • This inner dynamic and struggle between over-controlling and being controlled by the emotions is not a healthy one. Emotional well-being is achieved when we find a balance in which we regulate emotions steadily instead of blocking them or being overtaken by them. Floods tend to tell us we lack harmony between our mind, emotions, body, and spirit.
Puddles often represent overlooked emotions.

Puddles often represent overlooked emotions.

Puddles in Dreams

Puddles often represent the emotions we have overlooked. They can be minor although they may develop into something bigger the dreamer will need to address down the road.

The location of the dreams may be significant to the meaning. For example, dreaming of walking down a path and encountering a puddle so large you would need to either turn around or walk through may indicate that in order to proceed forward–the dreamer will need to process the emotion.

Dreams of Aquifers or Underground Pools

  • Since aquifers are an underground layer of water, they often relate to the unconscious and unconscious emotions.
  • Although not visible, these unconscious aspects of self are present and may influence the emotional terrain of the dreamer.
  • Dreams of aquifers can be very positive. Since aquifers are often the source of water levels within other bodies of water, the dreamer may be exploring the core issue or underlying cause of emotional distress.
  • Discovering an underground pool might be like finding a deep and untapped part of yourself.

Dams in Dreams

Dams are a rather direct symbol indicating the dreamer is repressing emotions that need to be expressed. This is not natural and cannot be sustained. If it continues over time, the dam will eventually burst because the repression, avoidance, and compartmentalizing of emotions is not an effective way to manage them. This method of emotional regulation often backfires for the dreamer. If you dream of a dam, you might take some time to reflect about what you're avoiding and holding in.

Dreaming of a Hose or a Sprinkler

Do you feel like you are being "hosed" in a situation?

Hoses and sprinklers can relate to how the dreamer is directing emotion. Where is the dreamer directing his or her emotions? Is it appropriate or displaced?

Considering the dreamer's engagement with the water helps to interpret the dream: Is the dreamer observing, flowing with, being controlled by, or being drowned by the water?

Considering the dreamer's engagement with the water helps to interpret the dream: Is the dreamer observing, flowing with, being controlled by, or being drowned by the water?

Tears in Dreams

Tears in general relate to positive and healthy expressions of emotion that have allowed the dreamer to grow from a psychological and spiritual standpoint. Depending upon the context, tears can also indicate pain, compassion, release, or healing.

The symbol of a teardrop may relate to the wisdom the dreamer has gained through a tough and emotionally-challenging experience.

Sweat in Dreams

Sweat can relate to the need for hard work in order to achieve one's goals. It can also indicate to the dreamer the need to cool down. Sweat may relate to specific emotions such as anxiety, nervousness, and frantic worry.

Dreams of Sewage

This dream often represents the lowest of the low emotions. Sewage can relate to the emotions that have been discarded and disowned because the dreamer perceived them as vile and shameful. Sewage can also relate to the dreamer having low self-esteem and not valuing their life, their emotions, and/or their spirit.

Sewage can show the dreamer that unattended and unexpressed emotions are festering inside and becoming toxic.

In a dream, the surface of water might be like the dividing line between conscious and unconscious thoughts, feelings, and memories.

In a dream, the surface of water might be like the dividing line between conscious and unconscious thoughts, feelings, and memories.

Questions About Leaks, Flooded Houses, Being Trapped Under Water, and Underwater Creatures

What does it mean when you dream of a water leak?

In this dream the water might represent emotions or it might also represent resources in general. If the vessel to hold the water isn't working and water is spilling, leaking, or getting lost, it may indicate feelings of impotence, lack of control, waste, and loss.

What does it mean if you dream about water flooding your house?

We all like to count on our homes to be safe living spaces. If you dream about your home being swallowed by water, it may indicate feeling endangered or threatened. Again, the water might also represent emotions and point to recent overwhelming emotional changes at home.

What if you dream of being trapped or living underwater?

People often dream of being underwater. Sometimes it's an anxious feeling, but other times, it's not. In dreams like this, it's not the amount of water to notice, it's how it makes you feel and what it might represent. Have you been enclosed or submerged in something new? Can you survive or even thrive in an unnatural setting?

What if the water is full of fish, whales, jellyfish, or other slippery creatures?

If the water represents your emotions or your unconscious thoughts, then finding it full of sneaky, slippery, squirming things with teeth can be quite unnerving. Your unconscious mind might be trying to draw your attention to the hidden threats or fears you're facing inside yourself.

What does it mean if you dream of a shark tank?

The underwater creatures might represent dangerous or threatening people or emotions in your life.

Religious Interpretations of Water

Without water, there is no life. Its significance to humans and the earth is often found in religious texts. The dreamer's beliefs and exposure to different religious practices may impact the dreamer's unique personal symbolism of water.

Water is often used for cleansing and purification, both physical and spiritual. It washes away impurities and can make something look brand new.

Water also has the power to destroy. Many cultures share flood stories and parables. Water is a force that is respected for both its power to destroy and create.

Buddhist Perspective

Water is used during Buddhist funerals. Dreaming of water may relate to someone's passing or the concept of death.

Christian Perspective

Water is used in many Christian rituals. Dreaming of water may relate to baptism and could be interpreted as liberation from sin and cleansing of the soul.

Hindu Perspective

In Hinduism, water is believed to possess spiritually cleansing power. Hindus regard water as sacred. Many places of worship or holy lands are found close to water, especially where two bodies of water meet. Water is used in rituals during funerals and is an essential element in daily worship.

Islamic Perspective

Water is used ritualistically in Islam as a means to cleanse and purify. Muslims cleanse themselves with water before they approach God.

Jewish Perspective

In Judiaism, water is used for ritualistic cleansing to maintain purity. There is an emphasis on "living water" i.e. water from oceans, rivers, streams, etc. Water can relate to the great flood, parting of the Red Sea, or mikveh. A mikveh is a ritualistic bath used after someone has contact with a corpse or menstruation.

Shinto Perspective

Water is present during Shinto rituals for the purpose of purification. Waterfalls are especially significant for purification.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Sue B.


Karen A Szklany from New England on September 09, 2018:

Hi Sue,

I think that my dream (see below) represents healing through cleansing, especially thibgs I can do for myself that involve healing myself from within.

Sue B. (author) on September 08, 2018:

Hi Karen! Thank you so much for sharing such an interesting dream! What does your dream mean to you? As soon as I read it I was reminded of the concept of chakras and was wondering if your dream relates to the flow of energy and discovering something new within yourself. While the dream could relate to chakras in the locations described, I wonder if the energy also relates to something new you are able to hold, manipulate, etc (things we do with our hands). A splash in the face in some ways gives me a feel of energy coming back at you but in context it sounds like its a surprising insight. It certainly sounds like a lovely dream. Since you had a few times to think, what has the dream meant to you?

Karen A Szklany from New England on August 26, 2018:

Lovely article, Sue! My dream last night involved discovering a hole in one of my hands from which water streamed up, like a fountain. It was lovely, and puzzling, but also playful. I trained some of the water to splash in my face. Basically an enjoyable dream.

TiffanyAnn1993 on May 16, 2018:

My uncle died feb,25.2018.i had a dream of him he was in desperate need of money so me and my mother got money for him.what does this mean?

Angnbill on July 29, 2017:

I actually signed up for my friend who is also my boss. She keeps having dreams of tsaumi and water. Death or trying to escape from dieing and I'm in most if them. She's really getting scared of these dreams all the time, we r fighting the water together or trying to save us or others. Any idea what this means?

StarkUschi on July 20, 2017:


I absolutely love your interpretations. Wanted to run this by you though:

I had a dream where I saw a body of water (not sure what kind) but there were light ripples from drops (maybe rain?). I felt nervous and then my daughters phone number appeared. I was terrified after, feeling as if something was going to happen to her in (drowning, boating accident etc). She lives on the water. What do you think this could symbolize?

NatSenanayake on January 05, 2017:

Hi Sue, The interpretations are very interesting and also at the same time would like to get a better idea of what i saw in my dreams. First I saw a pool which was very dirty but wasn't muddy but full of dust and dirt. And i swam very calmly and as I swim i was able to keep the dirt away from me without knocking on my body. The water got clear as I swim back and forth but the pool was still dirty. Also i saw eggs of frogs in the pool. No tadpoles. Then suddenly it was a river and the water was brown in color but not muddy. Also there were rocks here and there in the river and i saw myself crossing the river from the left to the right side of it and there were more people whom I didn't know but crossed along with me. I was crossing the river towards the opposite direction of the flow of the water. Also I'm a Sri Lankan, a Buddhist. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

Sue B. (author) on June 05, 2016:

Thank you so much for your comment, rjbatty. I have been interested in Carl Jung and have read some of his materials. Lately, I tend to read current studies and opinions. The International Association of the Study of Dreams has a lot of interesting information. While research is interesting, I do like to understand how others interpret their own dreams. Exploring our own dreams really helps us understand our own subjectivity, I think. We can really help each other by highlighting when an interpretation is based on fears or negative. It is simply liberating to me to realize that our dreaming is something we can change over time as we change ourselves. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

rjbatty from Irvine on May 06, 2016:

Your interpretations are good. Did you study Jungian psychology? Not many people seem open about the psyche and its symbols, but you seem to have a firm grasp. I appreciated reading this.

Hazumina on April 21, 2016:

I had a dream that there was somehow a line of truck's (pickup) that is full of water.And some animal's are drinking into it.Its kinda weird though

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

Kristen Howe-

Thank you for your comment and for sharing your dream experience. Your water dreams sound so positive and peaceful! I would associate your dream with how you are approaching life. It gives me the impression of feeling balanced, at peace with the world and yourself, having confidence and succeeding at your endeavors without feeling challenged by or competitive with others.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 02, 2015:

Sue, great hub. My dreams usually have a body of water--lately it's an ocean and a lake, peaceful and not filled with rapid waves. I'm swimming in the lake at my own pace and not in a race. Sometimes there's boats there in the harbor. Any ideas?

Sue B. (author) on August 04, 2015:


Thank you for your comment. I apologize for replying so late. At this point, I wonder if this dream of water had since resolved for you or changed. Regarding this dream you shared, it sounds like the water in the basement relates to suppressed or forgotten emotions that are inescapable. The dream is showing you that pumping them out- bringing them out- with the help of others could resolve the issue. I would relate this to the need to express and release these emotions possibly by speaking with others or expressing yourself in some way. I hope this was helpful for you!

K D Martel from Quebec, CANADA on September 27, 2014:

Hi Sue!

this is the best interpretation of water I have ever read. Love the way you take each context of water and break it down. I too had a strange dream last night, the reason why I read your article. But, the context is different. I dreamed of being in my basement, but it was huge and I shared it with a neighbour that I had never seen. I had water OVERFLOWING from hundreds of places, pipes, cracks, corners, some dripping, some puddling and some falling from way up in constant streams..I was freaking, all I could think was I have to pump all this extra water, I have too much groundwater coming in! My neighbour on the other hand had some experts who were telling him that they would pump out the extra groundwater and no more water would come into his basement. I asked them to help me and they said, well, as your neighbour. I asked the neighbour, but he seemed to preoccupied to help me. They started pumping out the extra water and his overflowing stopped, mine continued. Very vivid dream. I knew none of the people in my dream.

Sue B. (author) on October 12, 2013:

carrie lee Night-

Thank you so much for commenting and taking the time to read my hub. Your dream sounds interesting. Do you think it reflects how you feel about your emotions or the emotional situations you face? Crazy little tidal waves would make me feel like I am on wild ride but still able to handle it all. Have a good one!

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on October 11, 2013:

Interesting ! :) Thank you for writing this hub. I have tidal wave dreams once in a while....they are crazy little ones. Have a great weekend ! :)

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


Thank you for sharing your dream and taking the time to comment. Water is certainly associated with so much for people including life and pregnancy. Your particular dream would be an anxiety dream for me because being in the ocean without land in sight would certainly be scary and would give me the sense that I have reached the point of no return. For you, it seems like this dream communicated for you that you were pregnant. I wonder how you were feeling about this and if you felt nervous at all and had feelings associated with how you would likely feel in the setting of your dream in waking life. Interesting dream! Thank you again for sharing.

Moipone from South Africa on July 31, 2013:

Once i dreamed that i was in the middle of an ocean, with no land in sight. nowhere to swim too. Learnt that i was pregnant with my First child.

Sue B. (author) on July 15, 2013:


Thank you for sharing your dream experiences with me. Water dreams can be so powerful. In your particular case, it seems like these water dreams reflect something spiritual for you. Your dreams sound beautiful and energizing. If these were my dreams, I would take note of the body of water I encounter. An ocean would show me how expansive and infinite the universe and God truly are.

viryabo from Lagos, Nigeria. on July 09, 2013:

Thank you for this article Sue.

For the most part of my dreaming life, i dream of water a lot. Always tranquil and serene, i dream of wading in clean clear water that is always still.

I have always found the need to know what it always means - these water dreams, and as i always have clear recollections of dreams, i always yearn for interpretations.

I have become your follower now. Im glad to find a hubber whose articles will help me have a better understanding of my numerous dreams.

I am known as a dreamer and always try to understand each dream the best way i can. One thing that's certain is that when i awake from my water dreams, i feel engulfed in total peace.

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


Thank you for sharing your dream. This dream of the ocean sounds like you are not in touch with unconscious emotions that need your attention. It would sound like emotional turmoil. My suggestion would be to find a way to "get wet" in these dreams so that you can begin to get more in touch with this part of yourself and shed some light onto its meaning and what needs your attention.

Char-Bakes3 on April 15, 2013:

Hi ive had the same sort of dream a few times but its not consistent im standing watching the ocean but its always rough and dark around me and some times im on a boat or just standing on the shore observing, a couple of times ive been standing there watchibg the break wall were waves crash right in front of me and i just stand and watch im confused on what it might be,

Sue B. (author) on March 08, 2013:


Your dreams of water in a negative way sounds like they could relate to negative emotions. The water leaking through pipes would relate to the emotions that spill over. I would wonder if the pipes aren't your wind pipe expressing emotions you are trying not to.

The snow and ice would relate to emotions you suppressed and are frozen. since you are driving through them, they are making your path more difficult and are influencing your direction in life.

TobyT on February 21, 2013:

I have had dreams of water for the last five nights, always in a negative manner. Excessive water leaking thru my homes pipes. Sliding down water & ice hills. Driving thru snow, water & ice and almost wrecking. Always with a lot of people standing around just watching my distress.

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


Thank you for sharing your dream. Dreaming of those who have passed could mean many things. You may want to click on my profile (my name) and find the hub about dreaming of messages from the dead.

Here, the lack or river sounds like it has a more spiritual reference for you. Do you feel blocked spiritually in some way and not able to fully engage in a remembrance and honoring of your friend? Also since you feel you cannot enjoy the water, it is possible you are struggling with confronting some intense feelings. If you do not connect with your friend, you may be dreaming of the distance you may feel now that she has passed.

auntiem1 on December 09, 2012:

I keep having dreams of my best friend who passed a year and a half ago. Each dream is similar as her and I are going with a group of people to party at the lake or river. Sometimes we are going to go floating or watch an event. I can never get in to water to enjoy the fun, I see her but never get to hang out.

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

shot up-

Dreaming that someone is dead when there are alive can show a disconnect with that person or an aspect of self you associate with that person. Something would need more of your attention.

The pool of water can be your unconscious emotions. The fish and the lobster could be what you are aware of. I would associate pain with the lobster. The dog delivering a small puppy would relate to hope and the potential for personal growth.

shot up on September 26, 2012:

i dream that my son was dead what does this mean to me and before that i was dreaming that i was in the pool with water ive seen some deferrent kind of fish, lobster their then later i saw a dog deliver a small one puppy what does this means to me...........

MeganSkyD on August 06, 2012:

Hmmm interesting but how come whenever i dreamed of water, i always got more money coming in?

Chris from India on July 15, 2012:

Great article!

ksinll on July 02, 2012:

Very thorough and insightful. I have water dreams a lot and explaining the different types helps shed light on how to interpret. Hope to see more of your dream hubs!

Sue B. (author) on April 20, 2012:

Jlbowden and Glen Stok-

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my hub and comment. I am too embarrassed to admit how long it too me to write this hub. Water really is everywhere!

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on April 18, 2012:

Wow! You really covered all the bases for different ways water is involved in our lives. It makes one stop and think. We take water for granted. It's a major influence in our lives and we couldn't life without it.

With that said, I have suddenly realized that I don't quite remember having had any dreams about water. But now that I read your Hub, I plan to try to watch for it, as it may be interesting to see how it may relate to what's going on for me in my life or in my present state of mind. As you explained, it could be very 'telling' to get a better understanding of our emotions.

Really enjoyed this interesting and enlightening Hub. Voted up.

James Bowden from Long Island, New York on April 18, 2012:

Hi Sue:

Excellent article about the different forms of water and how they can be related to our dreams. If I were to dream subconsciously about a particular body of water it would definitely have to be an ocean. Because I often relate oceans to making me feel more relaxed deep down inside, but at the same time in full control of my environment, or other things around me. I guess you could say a sense of power. Never remember half of my dreams but you can be sure of one thing, after reading your article, I will no doubt start having dreams about water-maybe even a wet dream or two-who knows? Then again that could be a good thing in a way. Awesome and interesting article which I also voted up. Hopefully will see you at our next hubmeetup.