What Blood Means in Dreams
Dreams involving blood can cause us concern because blood is quite literally life and seeing blood spilled anywhere, especially in dreams, is a cause for consternation. But don't worry! In dreams, blood is simply just another symbol in need of interpretation.
Some of the ways blood appears in dreams include:
- As a symbol of lost power or vitality.
- As a symbol of sacrifice.
- As a symbol of color.
- As a symbol of initiation.
- As a symbol of emotional pain.
- As a symbol of guilt.
Is there reason to worry if you're dreaming about blood, or is blood simply another dream symbol in need of interpretation?
Let's look at its symbolism and find out.
If you are dreaming about losing blood yourself or if you are dreaming about an animal losing blood in some way, you may want to ask yourself if there is an area in your life wherein you feel drained.
Are you in a relationship with someone—lover, friend, family member, or co-worker—who is draining you of your energy?
Do you feel preyed upon by someone in your life or is there a situation in which you feel helpless or paralyzed as though a spider has you in its web?
Dreams about lost blood aptly stand in for feelings of having one's life slowly drained away either by a person or a situation which has metaphorically becoming vampiric.
There is a vast difference between having one's life blood taken and offering it as a sacrifice.
Sacrifice is a voluntary offering, a giving away of that which is important for the good of someone or something else.
Blood in dreams may indicate sacrifice alerting you to the fact that something you are currently engaged in or considering might require a sacrificial setting aside of your own life for the good of someone else.
Alternatively, blood in a dream might be saying calling that something you are considering sacrificing yourself for may not truly be something worth handing over your life for. Be careful not to hand over your "life's blood" to anything or anyone who only wants to feed off you!
Blood and Color Symbolism
When is blood not blood?
When it's calling your attention to its color.
Dreams involving the color red are often intense and multi-layered. The symbolism of the color red goes from romance to anger to hatred to looping all the way back around again to love.
The easiest way to get to the heart of what a color in a dreaming is communicating is by asking yourself how it made you feel. Look at the blood in your dream and interpret it as a color along secondary symbol. This should give you deeper insight into the meaning of the blood in your dream.
Initiation and Life Cycles
Women mark their passage from childhood to adulthood when menstruation begins. The rite of circumcision is an important part of the beginning of Jewish boy's lives.
Both of these examples show that blood is often involved in initiation processes.
And what is the relevance to these facts when interpreting dreams involving blood?
The relevance is found in the symbolism of blood as a factor in initiation, transformation, and milestones. Blood in dreams can symbolize a metaphoric initiation or the beginning or ending of a cycle of life.
Life is cyclical because the close of one period means the start of another. There is often sadness about the time that is ending, but a new life, one you've never dared dreamed possible, is waiting around the corner.
If you're dreaming of blood, look to your waking life and see if there are areas that are coming to a close because blood in dreams can signal that initiation into something brand new is just on the horizon!
Feelings and Blood Dreams
When we see blood in dreams we often wake feeling disturbed and frightened. Sometimes those feelings do not dissipate shortly after waking, but they stay with us creating concern throughout the day. Because feelings are crucial to dream interpretationit is wise to check those feelings.
Blood and Feelings of Guilt
Because blood is symbolic of the life force, the spilling of blood is a particularly heinous crime as Lady Macbeth, who couldn't wash it off her hands, attest throughout Shakespeare's tragedy.
While you likely aren't guilty of literal bloodshed, is there something in your life for which you feel accountable? Are those feelings simple neuroses or are they accurate? Do you metaphorically have blood on your hands? If so, it might be time to come clean, confess, and give yourself the gift of a clean conscience.
Sometimes when we are experiencing intense emotional or spiritual turmoil, we can almost feel it in our blood. In fact, in times of intense terror, it is possible to actually sweat blood!
This process occurs when blood vessels returning to their normal state were so tightly constricted that the tiny capillaries close to the skin's surface actually burst open, cause a light, thin layer of blood to appear on the skin.
If you are dreaming of blood look to your waking life and see if there are circumstances which are causing you extreme psychic pain or emotional duress and take immediate steps to exorcise them from your life.
Dreams of Blood Disorders
If you are dreaming of having some sort of blood disorder, before looking at the dream as a waking life prophecy, it might be best to look at such a dream in a symbolic fashion.
Dreams of blood disorders can indicate a disrupted emotional life and may be standing in for feelings of despair or depression. They can also indicate that one feels emotionally wounded to the point where recovery is not longer possible, that the sadness has seeped into the blood of life itself.
If this interpretation rings true for you, it is helpful to keep in mind that feelings are just that—feelings. Feelings are neither prophecies nor are they indicators of absolute reality. The only thing absolute about feelings is that they are how you feel.
If your life has become "disordered" in some way, even though it feels impossible to sort out, that feeling is not necessarily so. A disordered life can always be re-ordered and stood aright. You can re-establish yourself.
Bringing order back from chaos is a challenging process, one that might require help from others to complete, but you can make it happen. Take your focus on the chaos that currently is and instead, fix it onto what can and will come into being.
What Say You?
What do you think blood in dreams symbolizes?
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