What Does the Color Blue Symbolize in Dreams?
Blue is a perennial favorite color and in dreams its appearance is normally overwhelmingly positive.
As a dream symbol, blue can stand for:
- Heaven and spirituality
- Sadness and grief
- Tranquility and contentment
As well as covering all the above, we'll also look at the interesting color "haint blue," a color southerners used to paint porches for reasons you might find surprising.
Spiritual Blue and Heavenly Aspirations
Because the skies are blue, the color blue is often used to symbolize heaven and spirituality.
As blue is the color of the sky and the skies are associated with heaven, the color blue is also a symbol of high spirituality.
In Byzantine iconography, blue was a primary color used to signify the Theotokos (Virgin Mary). Why? One reason is because blue was the color of empresses making it an apt color to associate with the Queen of Heaven.
Due to its association with heavenly, spiritual matters, the color blue can indicate a time when the dreamer's thoughts are focused on that which is spiritual or signify a time when the dreamer is aiming high, giving everything to reach skies.
Blue may signify a time of optimism, a time of attaining that which one has been striving for. It can mean that one has done some serious self-evaluation, integrated parts of the self previously projected outward and peace is the reward.
Alternatively, blue may be reminding the dreamer that seeking the eternal instead of the temporal is the only way to achieve lasting tranquility.
The True Blue of Loyalty
We are often advised to wear blue to job interviews, but do you know why?
The reason is that because blue is the color of the ocean and the sky and signifies that which is deep and endless, it is a color of stability and loyalty. Nothing inspires confidence like a trustworthiness and a trustworthy applicant makes for a hired employee!
In dreams, the color blue may symbolize loyalty, loyalty as deep as the sea and as lasting as the skies are eternal.
The Blues of Sadness and Grief
While blue is typically an uplifting color, it sometimes indicates grief in dreams.
If you're dreaming of a foggy or murky blue, then the blue in your dream might be an expression of sadness, especially if you've suffered some loss and that loss doesn't have to be a recent one.
One of the tragedies of grief is that we often don't start authentically grieving until those around us think we're "over it." The truth is that the time immediately following a loss is spent in shock. It can take months before we come out of the shock and into authentic grieving.
Loss is something that must be lived, something that we must integrate into our daily lives and this takes time and energy. Shock can be a protective measure, keeping us safe until we're ready and able to start processing our losses.
Remember that grief has no time limit—we feel what we feel when we're ready. Don't be afraid to remind your friends that while your loss may have been an event for them, for you it is a lifelong process.
Blue and Sadness
Grief has no time limit—we feel what we feel when we're ready. Don't be afraid to remind your friends that while your loss may have been an event for them, for you it is a lifelong process.
When we are seeking truth, many of us go outdoors and look either into the depths of water or upward toward the infinite to reflect on our lives. Both the infinite and the endless deep are colored blue and as such blue has become associated with wisdom.
The ancient Israelites were instructed to tie tassels to the hems of their garments and according to Numbers 15:38 those tassels were to be attached with a blue ribbon, presumably because blue was the symbolic color of the Lord. The color blue was meant to remind the wearer that he or she was to act in ways that honored God.
The stone, lapis lazuli, has traditionally been thought of as a stone that symbolizes wisdom, due to the gold flecked throughout the blue stone. Some iconographers ground lapis lazuli to create a spectacular ultramarine pigment when writing icons of the Theotokos.
If you are dreaming of blue, look at the surrounding symbols. What is colored blue in your dream? Ask yourself what those images might symbolize and seek the wisdom of truth concerning those matters.
Tranquility and Contentment
We associate clear skies and bright blue waters with tranquility, peace, and contentment. Blue is easy on the eyes and soothing to the soul. If you doubt this, one look at Van Gogh's Starry Night should put those doubts to bed.
If you are dreaming in blue, your dreams may be reflections of a time of peace and tranquility in your waking life or they may reflect a longing for such. If the former, enjoy this time in your life, if the latter, seek out wisdom and guidance from a trusted mentor. Isolation never produces contentment, it only exacerbates one's turmoil by feeding on itself.
The Emotional Feeling of the Color Blue
Feelings are a great place to start when trying to get to the heart of a dream's meaning.
We can read articles, study mythology, and consult dream guides to get a sense about what a given symbol stands for, but our own emotions are a great place to get clues about a dream's meaning.
When we tap into our emotions, we tap into our own personal mythologies and associations with the symbols that appear in our dreams. Our own personal associations take precedence over any interpretation from any guide because they are, obviously, those with the most relevance.
Dream guides deal in symbolic generality; your personal history deals in symbolic specificity.
Few things are more specific to us than our feelings. When considering the color blue as a dream symbol it helps to:
- Consider what parts of the dream were blue. Were the images that were blue images that one would typically expect to be blue in waking life? Or were the things that were blue in the dream things you'd never see that color while awake such as a blue dream dog?
- Ask yourself if the color blue was the primary dream color. If not, what color was the primary color? What colors were secondary? Why did the color blue stand out to you?
- Think about how you feel about the color blue. Is it a favorite or one you can take or leave? Do you have any outstanding associations with anything colored blue in your waking life, either now or in the past?
Finally, consider how long the feeling the dream left you with stayed with you. Did it fade shortly after waking or did you feel blue all day long?
If you know to look for it, you'll see something curious in older houses in the South—particularly those on the National Historic Register that have had little updating. You'll need to look up to find the peculiarity. When you do, you'll notice a number of porch ceilings are painted a light, crisp, cerulean blue, the color you'd see when looking up while lying in a field on summer's best day.
There's a reason those porch ceilings are mirroring the sky.
That reason is haints.
Haint refers to either ghosts or a specific ghoul who, after revealing itself to a living person, pursues that terrified soul until she dies of exhaustion attempting to escape the horror.
The Gullah people of Georgia and South Carolina had a practice to keep haints at bay. Window frames, doors, shutters—all were painted blue, but especially porch ceilings as those were the entry areas to homes.
The blue was meant to resemble either the sky, thereby tricking haints into sailing up and out of the house or to make them believe the color was water, which haints cannot abide. The tradition, started by the Gullah, eventually spread out into many areas in the South.
If you're in the South resting on a porch swing, have a look up and see if you're safely swaying underneath a haint blue ceiling!
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