Dreaming of Ghosts and Monsters

Dreaming of Ghosts and Monsters

Everybody dreams and, sometimes, we see scary stuff in them. I don’t personally dream of ghosts, even though I spend a lot of time with them. So, what does it mean when we dream of ghosts and other monsters?

Ghosts + Monsters = Nightmares

Child sleeping and having a nightmare
Childhood fears lead to adult nightmares

Most people think ghosts and monsters in dreams are nightmares. Unless you become frightened, it’s not really a nightmare. You have to have some physical symptoms like sweating, talking in your sleep and some movements, like reaching out or kicking, to qualify as a nightmare. If you wake up–gasping for breath–with a pounding heart, then it’s a nightmare (actually a night terror). If you wake up and think, “Wicked dream!,” it’s not a nightmare. I’ve added in a few supernatural and ghost-inspired dream items, too. In most cases, there’s nothing to fear about a scary dream. I did mark the truly paranormal dream elements in red.

Ghost and Monster Meanings

Your subconscious owns your dreams. It’s the same place your intuition comes from. When you sleep, it goes to work to help you figure out a problem or make a decision. Many people say ‘let me sleep on it’ before they make a decision. That’s a good thing, and it’s usually the right thing to do.

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Alleys

Don’t worry – it’s not paranormal. It means you have a confrontation to make with someone in your personal or business life.

Ants (and other crawling insects)

In general, it means you have a lot of little problems that you need to resolve.

Attics

Okay, it’s not a ghost, but a ghostly setting. If you find yourself in an attic in your dreams, it means you have a ‘ghost’ from your past to figure out and release.

Axe

An axe means you have to separate from someone or something in your life. If it’s bloody, then the separation will be abrupt and messy.

Basements

Another ghostly setting. Basements mean you have a deep secret or you feel guilty about a past action. The basement represents suppressing the guilt.

Bats

It’s a bad omen, but it’s not paranormal. This animal means you will have–or have had–a death in your family or a romantic breakup.

Bears

A bear means you need to change course in your personal life or business life. Otherwise, you could get ambushed by a personal or work problem.

Bees

It’s just pure-and-simple anxiety.

Birds

A high-flying bird is a good omen. An attacking bird means you fear judgment. An attacking flock of birds means someone wants to get revenge on you.

Bones (also Skull)

It doesn’t mean death. This means you feel vulnerable.

Blood

We usually don’t like to think about blood: We need it but it’s also kinda gross. Blood has a few different meanings, all about your emotional state:

  • If it’s your own, you have an unbalanced emotional attachment. It’s not healthy and it seems like it’s draining you. This could mean an entity has attached to you. You may want to look into some protection techniques, or you may want to sever a bad relationship with another person.
  • If you see the blood of a living family member, it indicates an emotional problem with that person. It’s not paranormal.
  • If you see a dead family member bleeding, they may have a message for you and it’s likely one you don’t want to hear. I’d say ask for a sign from them so you can solve the problem.
  • If you drink blood, it’s a sign you need to replenish your energy.
  • General gore and bloodied bodies may show trauma from a past life. You may have some karmic issues to work on.
  • If you have blood-centered dreams often, it may indicate depression. Seek counseling for it immediately.

Boogeyman

The boogeyman could be an actual supernatural entity that wants to enter your home. It’s a shapeshifter, so it can take any form it wants in your dreams. If you dream about anything that desperately wants to enter your home, make sure you keep your dream house doors and windows shut. If you let it in, it will inhabit your house in life. Look into some protection methods to contain it and clear it.

Bridge

A bridge has a few different meanings. In general, bridges represent new opportunities. If you see a burning bridge behind you, it means you run from the past. If it’s in front of you, it means you don’t want to face consequences for a past action.

Burial

A burial means you need to escape from a current situation that’s burying you alive.

Cannibalism

This one can have a paranormal aspect, psychic vampires.  If you dream someone’s eating your flesh, it could be a psychic vampire draining your essence for food. Try some protective techniques.

Car Accident

It means you’ve lost control of your life. Your emotions or mental health have become damaged.

Cats

Someone is trying to get their ‘claws’ into you. It’s not paranormal.

Caves

In general, it means you have repressed sexual urges. Some of them may be unsavory, and you need to work them out. Play safe!

Cemeteries

Another common ghost setting. Cemeteries symbolize great sadness and death. Usually, it means you have a deep buried secret that’s going to impact your life in some form. This means you need to come to terms with your secret, no matter how much it hurts. This is worse than having a basement in your dream.

Chains

You have a larger problem, but you only focus on one part of it. Try to see how all your problems (each link) relates to the larger problem (the full chain).

Chainsaw

You have a problem with repressed anger and it’s about to become public. Watch yourself!

Chase Dreams

I always thought chase dreams meant I had a paranormal entity coming to get me, but, the truth is much simpler: You’re stressed. This means book a trip to a spa or a vacation. It’s not a ghost.

Closet Monsters

It means a general anxiety or fear about the unknown. It’s not paranormal.

Clowns

It’s not paranormal, so don’t worry about it. Apparently, it means you have a fear of something most people don’t even notice. If clowns frighten you, you may see the world differently than most other folks. It’s not a good or bad thing. You should find the thing that causes the fear and try to overcome it. This is such a general fear that I’m afraid I can’t be much help. You just have to poke around in your head and experience until you find what it is.

Cockroaches

You need to clean up your act. It could be a physical place, like your kitchen, or with your health.

Coffin

This means you either have a fascination with death, or you’re in a dead-end situation.

Contamination

You may dream of a virus or poisoned food. If this happens, it means you feel guilty about something.

Corpse

It means something is draining the life out of you. In most cases, it’s your job. It could also be a paranormal entity or psychic vampire. Look into some protection techniques to stop it.

Danger

If you experience a sense of danger in your dream, then you need to be cautious in your waking life. You may have taken too many risks in your daily life and you could have an accident.

Darkness

Darkness represents a need to get some help. At work, you may have taken on more than you can manage. In your personal life, it may mean you have an unresolved problem with someone close to you.

Death

There are many meanings to death. A fresh start is the most common meaning. In other cases, it’s anxiety or guilt about a relationship.

Decapitation

If you lose your head, it means a disconnect with your mental talents; or, you regret not fulfilling your educational goals.

Demons

Usually, demons represent your desires and impulses, not a literal demon. It could mean aggression or your libido. Check to see if you’ve given into these impulses: It could be your brain telling you to get control of yourself.

Dismemberment

This represents strong fear and/or anxiety in your personal life. Dismemberment dreams have been linked to divorce or separation. If you see someone else dismembered, it means you have a lot of rage associated with the person.

Dog Attack

If you dream of a pack of dogs attacking you, there’s a bully in your life you wants to get you. You can try to appease this person to stop an attack. If it’s a single dog, then you feel like you’ve lost control of a part of your life. It would be something you are normally very good at controlling.

Doors

Simply put, it’s moving into uncharted territory in a relationship or business venture.

Dragons

Dragons represent anxiety. You don’t feel in control and something big is going to gobble you up.

Drowning

Drowning means emotional upheaval. These dreams will stop once you’ve faced a very emotional period in your life.

Dynamite (and Explosives)

You have a lot of anger and it’s about to manifest. This could be a very ugly situation, so find someone you can talk to before you blow up in a rage. It’s not going to end well.

Elevator

If you dream of a falling elevator, it means your life spins out of control. If you have claustrophobia, it means you feel confined in a relationship or at work.

Emptiness

Emptiness has multiple meanings. If you find yourself in an open field, then it means freedom, unless you live in a big city. Then, it means isolation. If you find yourself in an empty house with a feeling of dread, it means abandonment. If you don’t have abandonment issues, then it means you haven’t found your place in life or career path.

Escape

Escape dreams usually mean you run from an unknown threat. It’s simply anxiety, or you’ve put yourself in a dangerous situation.

Evil

Simply put, you feel guilty about something you did or you think about. In most cases, it’s brought on by sexual repression.

Excrement (Feces, Dookie, Caca, etc.)

You’ve got some baggage or personal issues you can get rid of. Once you see shit in your dreams, you’re over it. Move on with your life.

Explosion (also Anger, Rage, Aggression, Nuclear Bombs, Violence)

You have repressed rage that about to manifest. Talk to someone or get some help. This isn’t going to be pretty when it gets out.

Eyes (the feeling of being watched)

They’re a reflection of your psyche. If they seem angry, then you are angry. If they’re scared, you are scared or have anxiety issues. If they judge you, you are shy or socially awkward.

Falling

Falling has many meanings. First, examine your emotion state before you try to decipher its meaning. In most cases, falling means anxiety. In other cases, it’s literal: You dream of falling off a ladder because it really is old and rickety. The jolt you feel when you hit the ground has sometimes been associated with astral projection.

Fear

The feeling of fear in dreams is common. So common that it’s difficult to find the meaning. In general, it means anxiety, but it’s also directly linked to the subject of your dream.

Fighting

Outer conflicts, which will look like real life, mean you have a problem in your daily or work life, it’s not a psychological issue. Internal fights, which will appear very much like a crazy dream state, have a psychological root. Usually, it’s stress or anxiety.

Fire

Oddly enough, fire has nothing to do with anger. Fire means you should proceed with a personal or business problem with caution. It’s a warning you could get into trouble if you don’t watch out for yourself.

Floods

Flooding dreams have very simple meanings: You are sloppy with your finances; You’re overwhelmed by emotions; or, You have some sexual urges to work out.

Flying

Flying represents your hopes and fears. When you fly, you break free into a new place in your life, but it comes with fear. Since you enter such a new place, you may not know how to proceed. That causes anxiety.

Fog

Fog represents the unknown. However, fog is just a thin blanket and you already know what lies ahead. Don’t fear it.

Forest

If you dream you get lost in a forest, then you feel overwhelmed by work.

Funerals

If you dream that you’re at a funeral, then you have issues with death and dying.  It also means you’ve reached the end of a relationship or job.

Garbage

If you dream of rotting trash, then you feel rejected by your friends and family.

Ghosts

A ghost found in your dreams isn’t a real ghost. It’s part of your subconscious. It means you  have a longstanding issue you must deal with. If the ghost is a dead relative, it represents a problem you had with person while they were alive. Usually, a ghost is your dark side. Your subconscious overrides your active brain and presents the ghost as a way to work through your problems. So, a ghost is not a ghost haunting your dreams. It’s a problem-solving tool made by your brain.

Gloves

If you dream of white gloves, then you have a sensitive personal problem and need to use diplomacy to solve it. If it’s boxing gloves, you’ll need to be aggressive to solve it.

Graves

If you see your name on a grave, it means you don’t have the resources for a current life event. If you see another person’s name on it, your relationship with that person will end. It doesn’t mean anyone dies.

Grim Reaper

The Grim Reaper means a big change is coming. It’s usually the loss of your job, or the loss of a relationship with someone close to you. It doesn’t represent death.

Guilt

Guilt creates two kinds of recurring dreams. The first type, survivor guilt, happens when there is a sole survivor from a violent event like combat. The second type, sexual guilt,  comes from a toxic, intimate relationship like incest. In both cases, the nightmares are vivid and seem to happen in real life. If you have them, you should seek counseling.

There is a third type of guilt-based dream. In them, you meet your shadow self. The shadow self is your dark side. It will stalk you in your dreams until you acknowledge it and incorporate it. If you don’t, then your nightmares will become worse. In rare instances, it creates an alternate personality.

Guns (and Weapons in general)

This one is simple: You either need to get laid (guns), or you feel vulnerable and need protection (weapons in general).

Hair

Long hair means wisdom. Unkept hair means confusion. Thinning hair means you fear growing old. Buzz cuts mean discipline and restraint.

Hammer

If you see a hammer pounding something, it means things are getting into order in your life. If you are getting hit by a hammer, it means you feel stressed by what’s beating you.

Hands

They can mean kindness or cruelty. If you are choked, gasping or touching you in intimate places, then you have issues from possible sexual abuse. They can also represent your shadow self.

Hanging

In general, it means you have guilty feelings in part of your personal life and the guilt is smothering you.

Haunted House

If you have a dream with a haunted house, it represents a violation. Your home is supposed to be safe and, it’s haunted, you have an intruder. Your safe places are no longer safe. This can apply broadly to your personal life, like a cheating spouse; or losing your job. It doesn’t mean a ghost tries to communicate with you.

Head

If you see a (decapitated) head, then you don’t think you have the intellectual abilities to deal with a task.

Heights

If you’re afraid, you have a fear of success. Get over it.

Hell

Hell symbolizes your own limitations and you feel guilty about it. It’s not paranormal.

Horse

If you’re on a runaway horse, then you feel like you lost control of your life. If you have full control, then everything is going well in your life.

Hospital

Nightmares in a hospital represent poor health. So, you need to acknowledge you have them and go get yourself healthy.

Hunted

If you are hunting, then you feel like you are in competition with co-workers or suitors for a possible romantic partner. If you are being hunted, it means you have anxiety in your personal life.

Ice

If you dream your on an icy plain, then you feel isolated. If you see icebergs, then you have to work on an emotional issue with someone close to you. If the ice melts, then you opened a communication block.

Ice Pick

You have some sexual urges to work out.

Immobility (also Paralysis)

It could be paranormal. If you dream you can’t move or run away from harm, then it could be an attack by an Old Hag. Take precautions. Now, if you can still run but you stand still (like a hamster running in its wheel), then it’s not considered immobility. For it to count, you can’t move any part of your body.

Infidelity

If you dream of a lover cheating on you, then you feel vulnerable in the relationship.

Job (also Career)

If you have a nightmare set at work, you have performance anxiety, or just really, really hate your job.

Judge (Also Judgment, Juries, Trials)

You worry about your relationship with an authority figure. It also means you are very sensitive to others’ opinions. In certain cases, this is a sign of a social disorder like shyness.

Jungle

In general, it means you need to get laid, but it can also mean you’re about to give in to fear.

Kidnapping

If you’re kidnapped, then it means you’ve your sense of safety and security.

Killing

A dream about killing something, or being killed, isn’t always bad. If you do the killing, it means you have an anger issue with the person or thing you kill. There’s a lot of meaning in the weapon used and who or what you killed. The place is also important. If you remember the dream well enough, write down all the things you saw. It will help find the real cause. Killing dreams are not paranormal.

Knife

In general, knives are associated with gossip or betrayal. If you see someone with a knife, who’s chasing you, then that person is stabbing you in the back in real life.

Knots

Knots represent the little bumps in the road we all experience in life. They also mean you don’t see the big picture in your life. Petty annoyances distract you from what’s important. Knots also represent nervousness around a new venture. If you see a noose, then it means your punishing yourself for no good reason.

Lawyers

It just means you have anxiety with authority figures. If you’re a lawyer dreaming of lawyers, then you’re not as prepared for a case as you think. You’re about to get schooled by another attorney.

Leak

You need to fix the little things that prevent you from finishing bigger projects.

Light

If light gets swallowed by darkness, then you reached the end of a job or relationship. In general, light vanishing to darkness needs more information to figure out. Make notes of who’s with you, the environment and other things you see in the dream.

Lightning

Lightning is usually a background element in a dream and has no special meaning. However, if you generate the lightning, or a bolt hits you, it signifies your creative power needs a release.

Lilith

She’s a demon and mother of succubae, sex-crazed female demons that drink your life force. This means you have someone close to you, who may take too much from you. It’s not a demon.

Lion

If a lion stalks you, you’re too submissive in a personal or work relationship.

Locked Out

You feel disconnected from your friends, family or co-workers.

Lost

If you become lost in a dream, then it means you’re off your life’s calling or purpose. It could mean a bad career decision or poor selections for romantic partners.

Magic

If you dream of black magic, then you have a lot of superstitions and fear the supernatural. In other cases, it means you think someone plays tricks with you in your daily life. Magic can also mean you have a creative resurgence. It’s definitely not paranormal.

Mask

If a mask frightens you, then you fear what the mask represents. If you wear the mask, it means you’re hiding from the person you intend to see while wearing it. The mask also represents your shadow self, if the mask is actually your face.

Masochism

First, you have some sexual issues to work out. Next, if you are the submissive one, then you think you deserve punishment or being treated like shit. If you are dominant, you have power issues. You’re too controlling of others, but fear they’ll turn on you and take your power.

Maze (also Labyrinth)

Maze dreams are good things. Walking through a maze shows you try to integrate the different parts of your personality, even your shadow self.

Mirror

Mirrors reflect the emotions of the dreamer. If the mirror’s reflection is clear, then you’ve integrated the different parts of your psyche. If you see a distorted picture, you have some inner work to do.

Monsters

In general, the monsters you create in a dream are scarier than anything on TV or in movies. These monsters are based on your personal fears. They represent unreleased emotions and fears. It’s the ugly part of your personality. There’s nothing paranormal about them.

Mouth

Either it represents gossip and lies or it means you have a big change coming.

Murder

Murder represents suppressed anger towards yourself or other people. If you are murdered, then it means you feel victimized. It can also mean you killed part of your old self so you can grow as a person. If you kill someone, you have problems with that person that you hide in life.

Nail

Specifically hammering a nail—it means you need to fix something in your routine life—OR—it means you did something well and will get a reward.

Nakedness

Most often, you feel insecure and people will find your faults. It also means you have low self-esteem.

Natural Disasters

In general, they can be a form of precognition, the ability to see the future. Unfortunately, we judge how accurate they are after the disaster. That means no one will believe you because society will think you made it up.

Needles

If you sew, then you need to close some unfinished business. If you get jabbed by a needle, a personal relationship annoys you.

Night

If you see an inky blackness, it means you’re confused about a relationship or career move. It also means repressed thoughts or memories. It could also be a big signal from your shadow self to integrate your personality.

Night Terrors

Night terrors are an enhanced kind of nightmare. They involve a lot of physical movement while sleeping and physical symptoms like sweating, a racing heartbeat and, sometimes, you may feel like you went into shock. Unlike nightmares, the person doesn’t remember what happened in the night terror. With nightmares, you remember what happened when you wake up.

Numbness

In general, you’ve just entered into REM, the deepest part of the sleep cycle. During REM, you lose some mobility (but not like the immobility entry) and get a pins-and-needles feeling and limbs get cold. It’s common for you to lose some circulation to your limbs.

However, if your breathing becomes affected, then an old hag may be attacking you.

Obesity

You’ve overindulged and you feed ashamed of your actions.

Ocean (also Water)

Water represents your emotional state. If you float alone in an ocean, lake or river, then you feel isolated and lost. If the water is rough, then you suffer from anxiety.

Operation

If you are the surgeon, then some old problems are about to surface and you need to take care of them. If you’re the patient, then you need to seek counseling to get over a traumatic event.

Orgy

Without arousal, it means you feel the need to be yourself. With arousal, then you need work out some sexual urges.

Orphan

You feel abandoned more in your personal life than your work life.

Ouija Boards

Take the message the planchette at face value. It’s your subconscious speaking to you. It’s not paranormal.

Overeating

You need to nourish your body or spirit. If you feel angry about the food you eat, then you may have an eating disorder.

Paper

If you dream of falling sheets of paper, then you feel overwhelmed by work.

Pathways (also Roads, Trails)

If you dream of walking down a dirt path and it’s clear, then you’ve made right decisions about your career, personal life or spiritual trek. If it winds, or it’s filled with obstructions, then you need to clear the clutter in your work and romantic life.

Pit

Pits symbolize hopelessness. It could also mean your shadow self is about to catch you off guard.

Plants

If the plants grow at a fast rate, then it means your life is about to spin out of control. If the plants attack you, then you have too many demands from your family or friends.

Poison

You need to get rid of something in your life. It usually means one of your close friends or a lover.

Police

You’ve been reckless lately and you need to get your act together.

Possession

If you dream of being possessed, or fighting off something trying to get into your body, you could be under attack from the etheric plane, astral plan, or interdimensional plane. You need to protect yourself.

Prison

This is your brain telling you to stop the wild, destructive behavior you’ve done lately.

Public Humiliation (also Public Speaking)

This is simply anxiety and fears of failure.

Punishment

You feel ashamed of something you did. If you see somebody else punished, then they represent a part of your psyche. The punished person is the link to your shame.

Quicksand

You feel insecure in a relationship or at work and it’s taking over your life.

Rabies

If rabid animals stalk you, then you fear something out of your control. Generally speaking, you may have an addiction you need to cure.

Rape

You feel disempowered in a relationship, at home or at work. Oddly enough, this is your brain getting ready to make you more assertive in your daily life.

Rat

If you dream of rats, you spend too much time at work, and it’s starting to effect your home life.

Raven

You’re thinking about ending a relationship in your personal life.

Recurring Nightmares

Recurring nightmares indicate the inability to move on with an issue. For a nightmare to classify as recurring, you must have it a few times a month. Generally, recurring nightmares are caused by a traumatic event in life, like a car accident. The setting may change, but the physical feeling should be consistent. If you fell off a building and broke your leg, your recurring nightmare will have the falling feeling, but you could fall from a bridge or cliff in the dream. If you have recurring nightmares, seek therapy.

Robbery

Robbery dreams usually mean you resent someone in your life trying to make decisions for you. It also symbolizes losing something very dear to you.

Roller Coaster

It’s not necessarily the roller coaster that’s symbolizes your psyche, but the ride itself. All the ups-and-downs mean you have a lot of fear present, or you feel helpless in a life changing event, like a divorce or a big move.

Rope

If you bound, then you need to express some negative emotions. If it’s a hangman’s noose, then you’re going to end a relationship soon.

Running Away (in fear)

You need to get out of a very negative situation very soon, or it will cause a lot of emotional pain.

Sacrifice

If you dream of sacrificing yourself for another person, then you are too dependent on a more dominant person. It could mean you have self-esteem issues.

Satan

The Devil represents your dark side. You have problems to sort through like any other demon we mentioned earlier. Anyway, the Devil doesn’t bother with humans. His minions might, but not the Devil himself.

Saw

You have a new competitor, who will get physical to get what they want.

Scratching

You simply have a problem with anxiety.

Sewer

You need to dump someone and get back into the dating scene. Something good will make himself/herself known to you soon.

Same-Sex Intercourse Dreams

If you are female and have sex with a female, then you need some nurturing in your life. If you’re male and have sex with a male, then you need to be more independent and assertive in your personal life.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

Usually, a STD dream means you think your lover is cheating on you. If single, it means you’ve been a bit too slutty lately.

Shark

In generally, you fear some part of your own psyche. You need to work on integrating your personality.

Sinking Ship

Oddly enough, if you dream of being on a sinking ship, then your unconscious is trying to explore some parts of your less savory psyche. It’s letting you know it’s going to fix your personality.

Smoke

You need clarity in your life. You feel confused in your current situation.

Snake

The snake represents your dark side. If it bites you, then you feel threatened by it. But, you need to make peace with it, or you will feel threatened when you don’t need to be.

Sores (also Wounds)

You’re sensitive about your failures. This is a case where you need to accept you failed and move on. Otherwise, it will always hold you back on future endeavors.

Spear (also Sword)

If you’re a woman, then the guy holding the spear wants to do you. If you’re a man holding a spear, you want some action. Pretty straightforward dream meaning, eh?

Spider

It’s not really the spider that’s the problem; it’s the webbing. Web represent the lies you’ve told or other deceptive trappings. You’re about to get caught and there’s no saving you.

Strangling

Something’s holding you back in your life. This one is vague, so you need to look at other parts of your dream to find the who’s strangling you or what’s strangling you.

Suffocation (also Trapped, Claustrophobia)

This one is easy enough: You feel smothered in a relationship. You need to take a break and find yourself again.

Suicide

Suicide dreams are one of the few dreams that have a literal meaning. If you dream of your own suicide, then seek help for your mental condition. If you dream of someone else committing suicide, see if you can talk to them about getting help.

Sunrise

You’ve come to clarity in your home or work situation, and you’re ready to take action.

Sunset

Just the opposite of sunrise above. Things are getting dark and you’re losing clarity.

Swamp

You’re entering into a dangerous situation in your personal life. You should take a step back and think about what’s best for you.

Tears

You recently cleaned up a negative part of your life. Tears represent that cleaning.

Teeth

Any dream with teeth in it has sexual meaning. If a single tooth is pulled, it means you have some sort of need to masturbate. If you have all your teeth pulled, then you’ve lost your sexual urges.

Telephone

If you dream you answer the phone, but no one is on the line, then you feel disconnected from your family and friends. If you hear the phone ring and can’t find it, then that disconnection is more extreme.

Terrorism

If you dream you were in a terrorist attack, then you feel very vulnerable in your daily life. It could mean something happened in your personal or work life that you can’t control.

Throat

If you can’t talk in your dream, then you feel someone is suffocated in a relationship, or you’re too submissive.

Transformation

In this case, you want to look into what the object changed into. If you have a puppy that becomes a wolf, look up what the wolf represents.

Trees

Trees represent you in your dream. You need to pay attention to what happens to the tree because it will tell you about yourself and your relationships.

Underground

If you dream you go underground, to find something unpleasant, then you are working on integrating your shadow self. This is a good thing.

Urine (also Pee, Piss)

If you pee on someone, then you want to control them. If you see someone get pissed on, then you really don’t like them. If you get pissed on, then you need to release some negative emotions.

Vampires

If you dream of vampires, you need to look at your relationship with the other person in the dream. It means you have a bad relationship with them. However, there can be a paranormal source for the dream, psychic vampires.

They live by draining normal folks of their energy. In most cases, a psychic vampire doesn’t know he’s a vampire. You may want to read our post on protecting yourself from psychic vampires. Don’t hurt them! They’re still normal people.

Victim

In general, being a victim in a dream means you have some stress or anxiety in your life. However, if you were the victim of a traumatic event, then your mind is still working on how to solve your emotions about it.

Vomit

Vomit has a few literal meaning. Either you realize you have an eating disorder and you mind wants you get help. Or, you are about to become physically sick.

Vultures

Vultures represent someone taking credit for your work. Take a look at your work place and try to determine who would do that.

War (also Battles, Battlefields)

You have a serious internal conflict, or you are about to have it out with someone at work.

Werewolf

A werewolf represents your inner monster. It’s a part of your dark side and it has a problem with power in a sexual relationship. It means you may have an unbalanced dominant side to sex.

Whip

A whip means punishment, but the punishment is so severe, it causes guilty feelings. If you whipped someone, you realize you were too extreme. If you receive a whipping, you think you received unjust punishment.

Whirlpool

This one is pretty serious. If you dream of getting sucked into a whirlpool, you have an emotional conflict with someone close to you. But, your emotions are so strong and negative, someone could get hurt. Seek some advice from someone you trust about whatever conflict you have.

Wind (also Tornado, Tsunami, Tidal Wave)

In general, you feel helpless about your current situation. You will get tossed around, battered and bruised. You see no way out. Since wind is clear, you really don’t know what could be harming you. It could be an addiction or mental health problem.

Witch

If you dream of a witch, it generally means you have issues with a female relationship. It could be your mother, aunt, a co-worker or sibling, but it’s someone you often see. It means they have some sort of mystical power of you. You want to take back control of the relationship, but you don’t know how to do it.

Zombie

In general, a zombie represents a drain on your enjoyment of life. You may have health problems or you have a job you don’t like. It could also mean you need a more creative way to express yourself. There’s nothing paranormal about a zombie dream.

Image sources: deviantart.com, designyoutrust.com, samingersoll.com

Research sources:

“The Nightmare Encyclopedia” by Jeff Belanger, New Page Books, 2006.

More internet sites about dreams and nightmares than you can shake a stick at.

Selection Criteria

In order to make our list, at least 4 sources had to agree on the meaning. In most cases, we used Freud’s and Jung’s conclusions about dream meanings, if we found no paranormal elements from other sources. If we found paranormal elements in a dream interpretation, at least 4 sources had to agree on the supernatural source.

33 thoughts on “Dreaming of Ghosts and Monsters

  1. In a dream i saw a ghost and when i chased then he turned himself in cat After that only his head falling from terrace then i shot him

  2. Hi Abhinav. Thanks for commenting. This dream is about guilt: It’s not paranormal. There’s something troubling you in the present and your mind isn’t sure how to handle it. The ghost represents your subconscious. It’s not a real ghost.

  3. my dreams aren’t exactly nightmares as I’ve been having the same dream for a few years, not much changed except the setting and people. I have only had one other dream and after that I had multiple supernatural encounters. My dream is me and 3 strangers trapped in a house (that i don’t know) surrounded by vampires that can’t get in, I’m searching the house trying to find one of the strangers so we can all stay together, even though the vampires can’t get in they have human servants that can and are trying to drive us outside. Then everything goes black. I have the same dream over and over it rarely changed massively.

  4. I also dabble in witchcraft and read tarots, I’ve seen ghosts and supernatural entities since I was 7. Could this have something to do with it?

  5. Hi Jane. Thanks for replying. To me, this dream could be paranormal. You mentioned vampires, which means energy vampires in most cases. The house represents your physical safety, and the human servants mean you don’t know who the vamps are OR the energy vampires don’t know they are vampires. The strangers are different parts of your psyche. So, in summary, you may be under attack by energy vampires; these people don’t know they’re vampires; and, your defenses are holding, but they could fail.

    You may be open to supernatural attacks because of witchcraft, but I doubt it’s the Tarot cards. Anyone with psychic gifts could be at risk, too. I have a post about psychic vampires and protecting yourself from energy draining. I’ll list them below for you. Also, try to pick up a copy of the Psychic Vampire Codex by Michelle Belanger. It has a lot of tips on dealing with psychic vamps, too.

  6. A friend of mine is having a recurring dream with an entity that looks like a white skin humanoid with black eyes, silky and long black hair. She said she sees it in different dreams, this entity appears, stares at her but does nothing. She doesn’t feel threatened, only when this being crawls the ceiling, which is very unsettling.

    Does it have any meaning? Is it common?

  7. Hi Catalina. Thanks for asking. This dream sounds like it deals with guilt or it could be your friend isn’t being authentic about herself. The entity is part of her subconscious, but not a negative or harmful part of her personality. It may be a situation in the past that she got over, but parts of it still linger in her mind. That’s why I think it deals with guilt. These are fairly common dream entities. That, or she just watched ‘The Grudge’ movie :).

  8. In my dream, my son and I walked into a sort of day care center place, but for everyone, not just children, it was “movie dark”, as in, the lights were off, but you could still see everything. As a couple of the lights switched on, i went to show my son the kids toys, and there was a bike that started to lift off the ground. I said, “pants, it’s a haunted place”. As I said that, I felt an unseen entity try taking my son out my arms. The place was empty when we walked in, but by this time, the rooms were starting to fill up with “guests”….kids and adults that were obviously dead, but had physical bodies…so I took my son to the front door to leave with him, and the front doors shut and locked, and this boiler type thing started making noises. I had no choice but to head back into the building, but as i did, i heard hissing, i turned round and the pipe had gas escaping (could see the air warp where the pipe end was), so i put my son down and told him not to go anywhere (by this point, the front doors were shut and locked and the entrance doors (which had windows in) shut and locked, but also now had all the kids and adults there watching). I put my son next to the front doors, so they couldn’t get him.I went to grab the pipe to put it back in the nozzle socket, and it started spontaneously spouting flames (but sounded like a blowtorch). I had to try and figure something out on the boiler thing to stop it, kinda like syringe type objects that i had to sort out in the correct way for it to stop…which i got right the second time (funny thing, i only got it right the second time the first time i had this dream a few years back too, however, the first dream, I had my nephew with me for some reason)….at this point my son threw something out his room which made a loud bang and woke me up. I’m stuck on how to research the meaning to this.

  9. What happens if you see a white figure in your house and then dream about a black figure attacking you? That happened to me last night.

  10. Hi Riley. Thanks for commenting. I’d like to know more about your experience with the white figure, like the time of day, where it formed, if things moved, how you felt, etc. As for the dark figure in your dreams, it doesn’t mean it’s a ghost. Dark figures in dreams represent a part of yourself.

  11. I keep having dreams about ghosts in my apartment. The last one I had was that I was dreaming about laying there sleeping and something woke me up out of a dead sleep. I got out of bed and when I turned around my bed was floating in the air. I closed my eyes and when I opened them my bed was in pieces and floating and rotating in the air and then they all came flying at me like shrapnel. I woke up and had such a sense of dread and fear. Then I had a feeling of something that was right on top of me. I could move, but still frightened. I felt a lot of heat near my head. I did get up and try and shake off the feeling. I eventually did. But I keep having dreams of paranormal activity in my home. I just find it strange… please, any advice would be helpful. Thank you.

  12. Hi Angela. You don’t have anything to worry about. This isn’t a paranormal dream. Anxiety is causing it. Your dream has some key symbols to note. Ghosts in dreams are a part of your mind, not real ghosts. Ghosts usually represent anxiety, stress, guilt or grief. Your bed represents a safe place. Since it breaks apart and flies at you like shrapnel, it means that your sense of security or control is lost. Flying would indicated a hope that got dashed. The heat is probably a clue that you’re under stress about a situation, relationship, or it’s just telling you to take caution in your personal life. The smothering feeling is stress, and you don’t think you can do everything you’ve taken on. Since you can still move, it isn’t an old hag. To me, it sounds like you should take it easy, only work on tasks or projects you can manage, maybe fix a relationship (at work or home), and reclaim some of your personal time. I hope this helps!

  13. My friend keeps seeing ghosts in real life and this is the 3rd time I drept about a boy that looked like he was a slave in our garage and everywhere I went, he stalked me. I always looked somewhere and I saw his head looking at me from someone a few yards away from me. Whenever I looked at him, he ran away. My last dream, I took my dad down to the basement and there was the boy hiding behind this table on its side. He said he saw it but he didn’t at the same time. He said he felt it and that made him see it. Then my dream went to his point of view and I saw this static outlining of the same boy that I kept seeing. I felt my dad feeling this energy that was comforting, but nervous and scared, like the ghost boy was a good energy but was very frightened. I always went down to the basement in my dream to see if he was there, and he was, cowering in the corner. It seemed like he was always there when he was not stalking me. I felt safe, but I always got scared when I saw his face looking at me intently but scaredly. I felt like he was messaging me in my dream that he liked me because every when I was changing, he was still looking at me. I don’t know what it means.

    P.S

    The boy looked like my age and he was black with ripped old fashioned clothes. He looked like a slave that excaped

  14. So I had a very scary dream about random people I have never seen before. They were all trapped in a room (I think they were is a masion of some sort) and they were all encountered with very paranormal things. In one part of my dream, a woman was hiding in a closet with a cat and she was petting it to stay calm but she opened the door to look out but the cat ran away and she old it to come back but it shook its head and ran off. After that, she closed the closet again and when she opened again to look out a doll (a ragdoll) was in front of it and she tried to close the doors but the doll kept openeing them and it was saying things to her and its mounth was moving very creepily and it was scary. Later in the dream, there was a girl in the room that looked like a ghost and she had gray skin that was cracked like an old ceramic doll, except she was about the height of an 8 year old. It talked to the woman in the room and then it jumped out the window and disappeared. I didn’t see what the other people in my dream went through, only the same woman. The dream was like they were being chased in some points. But at the end of the dream, the woman broke out through the window and cut her legs and arms up. She wasn’t physically hurt by the ghosts and dolls ad everything, but she was panicking. Everyone else also escaped and 2 of them were throwing up blood and collapsed. One of them had their stomach cut open. They were hurt physically by the ghosts/dolls/demons/whatever haunted their room. The woman was the ONLY survivor. I woke up extremely scared. I felt dizzy (I have a thing called derealization) but it must have scared me bad because i only feel that way when i have an exreme amount of anxiety.

  15. I also had another dream where me and 3 other people (my friend and 2 Youtubers??) anyways, we went into ths haunted house sort of thing and there were tunnels inside we could slide down. I am scared of tight places, and the slides/tunnels were just thick enough for us to fit through. After we went down tunnels, in one of the rooms we got into, there were zombie-like people. They had purge masks on, but they acted a lot like zombies by chasing us and grabbing our legs while we tried to go up a tunnel to escape the room. I ALMOST died. In another part, we had to fit through a tight space. It was like a hole in a wall and we had to crawl through it. I was scared to crawl through it and I had a feeling outside of the nightmare. It is the feeling I feel when I try to cope with my anxiety. What do my two nightmares mean?

  16. I had a dream that I was trapped in a house(unfamiliar one) and at every door, a ghost or demon kept trying to get in. I kept calling the Lord’s name and reciting the Lord’s Prayer too. The scariest part for me was that I knew I was dreaming and everytime I ‘woke’, I didn’t. I even screamed to try and get help.

  17. Hi Amber. Thanks for commenting. This dream means you’re not being honest with yourself about something. It could be to yourself, your friends or your family. Each ghost and demon represents your emotions, mainly guilt. You may not realize it because you couldn’t wake up in your dream. Your prayers mean you’re trying to get help, but you don’t know how to ask for it. That’s why I think you’re not aware of the issue deep down inside your psyche.

  18. Hi Fluffinix. Thanks for commenting. This dream means you’re being forced to confront your fear or your anxiety. That’s because you keep getting put into situations in your dream where you have to deal with it. Since you wrote your friends were involved, they could be helping you deal with it. They and the zombies could also mean your own psyche is forcing you to tackle it.

  19. Hi Fluffinix. This dream is all about you. It seems negative emotions are taking a toll on your mental health. The woman represents you. The cat deals with some paranoia. Since the cat left, it’s something you can handle. The doll represents your family. This makes me think they me be intrusive into your private life and you just need some space. The little girl is your innocence, which may have been challenged since it jumped out of a window. It left, so you may have learned something about your family, friends or yourself, and it caused you to lose trust in them. Since the closet door keeps opening and closing, it means the issues mentioned earlier happen often. The chase part of your dream is general anxiety. Going out a window just means you’re moving on, but the cuts to your limbs mean it’s going to be emotionally challenging. Since everyone escaped, it symbolizes your psyche coming together and the deaths just mean that those parts of your mind are coming together, making you a whole person. The ghosts/demons are just symbols for negative parts of your psyche. If you become more in control of your anxiety triggers, these dreams should fade away.

  20. Hi Claire. This actually sounds like a spirit linked to your house has attached to you. In some cases, the ghost may not understand what’s happening, so it finds someone it could relate to when it was alive. In time, it should figure what’s happened and move on. Try to get your house’s history. You may find out an older house on the property (may be it was torn down) was linked to that period of time. That would explain why the ghost came to you.

  21. Hey. I have been having recurrent dreams of my own death but each time, it’s in a different manner. sometimes I see blood, sometimes I see a car accident and sometimes I see a murderer but there’s no face to that fihure. As a kid too, I used to see figures trying to crawl into my bed or just trying to kill me.
    Think it might mean something else?

  22. Hi Alan. Thanks for commenting. Dreams about your own death can have a couple of meanings, but it generally deals with relationships. The most common means you need a fresh start with a relationship. That could be a family member, friend or job. You mentioned different ways you died, so that adds some details about what kind of relationship. Blood usually means family. Car accidents has an emotional link, so this would bolster a family member. The murderer usually means a part of yourself needs to figuratively die so you can grow. In my opinion, you may have a bad relationship with your father or other male member in your family, because female relationships would have other dream symbols. As for your childhood dream, it’s general anxiety or fear. Neither dream scenarios is paranormal.

  23. The dream started out normal. My sister and I were picking up our little sister from school. The building looked old and it wasn’t my sisters real school, it was some place I’ve never been to in class real life. It was made of bricks. We went into our sister’s classroom. There was a TA and teacher there. The TA was a weird lady but not scary. We never picked up our sister. I didn’t see her but she was in that classroom. My sister and I left. We walked down the long empty hallway. We go down the elevator. Things looked normal. Finally we get to the first floor and it is painted with so many oddities. All kinds of strange people were walking by. It looked like an underground black market. The walls were filthy and the floors as well. We are trying to leave. For some reason we find ourselves on the top floor in a small room with a staircase, an entrance, and an exit. My sister goes through the exit. I’m on the staircase feeling abandoned and hopeless. I see a janitor peek through the entance. He saw me and then locked the door. I’m left alone again. As I begin to make my way upstairs something bites me with small sharp teeth. It is a naked vampire lady who wants to have sex with me. I am not interested.

    Real life: I wake up, not afraid but thinking WTF. I go back to sleep.

    Dream world: I’m back in that damn building!!! I’m locked up again but I’m looking through a door with a window. A vampire lady and a tough vampire man are fighting. He seems nice. She kills him. I have to choose which vampire will be in my room. I say the guy because he’s dead and seemed nicer. He instantly stands beside me. My room is crowded with all of the people he killed. They are ghosts. One of them is an astronaut. The suit looks from the 70’s.

    I go to this place where I see all kinds of people saying how it’s normal that building is bursting with supernatural activity at night. And how they hurry to leave the building before its dark. They even joke about it!!! :/ I remember going back to the first floor when it was night and there was no one and it was pitch black.

  24. Hi Sara. Thanks for your dream scenario. It sounds like you have a psychic vampire nibbling on you. You’re not the only person it’s going after, and it sounds like the psychic vampire knows it has these energy draining abilities. You may know who it is. With a sex connotation, it means you have a relationship (could be an acquaintance) Here’s a link to an article you can use to protect yourself: https://www.ghostlyactivities.com/dealing-psychic-vampires/

  25. I have had the same dream for several months. In the dream I am fighting a demon that is trying to possess me. I am praying to GOD, revoking the evil and demanding it to leave. I always wake up afraid and thankful it was a dream. I also keep waking up EVERY night between 3-445am. This started a short time before the dreams but around the same time. I just had a dream 2 nights ago of a ghost trying to talk to me and there was a “mist” or a fog and In the fog was my mothers name.. Can anyone make any sense out of this?

  26. me dream over and over. im taking a bunch of dolls we have in our storage including a big one the size of a 8 year old. its the same thing over and over some times i have bad dreams and i just remember her in them. nothing else. last night i couldnt sleep thanks to the dream i was talking about, im taking a bunch of dolls into a church and when i get there the priest asks whats in my duffle bags when i show him them and ask him to clean them the big blonde one called susie is picked up first. the priest says something about i see their plan now panicks and sayys they will need help. all of a sudden he drops her as if she was on fire . she stands and reaches out her hand he starts to flot and pull at his neck everyine freaks out and starts praying,, but she kills him anyway next she turns to me and i just say hi i remember talking to her as a kid but dont think that susie is possesed what could be causing the dream? i just want it to stop so i can sleep. i had it three times last night and only had about a moana movie of sleep.

  27. Feeling a bit creeped about my dream… Dreamed I was living with my mom again and started being… bothered I guess, by a spirit. It kept picking things up, then started throwing things and then started trying to pick up my son, Then it got to a point where if I put him down he’d be gone from the area I put him down, sit him next to me, he’d then be up on the bed and I hadn’t even realized he moved. Then we started seeing its shadow walking through the hallway. I screamed for my mom and then a black figure of a person rushed at me. I kept trying to yell in my dream but It was like my vocals were restricted, only got out whispers. I just kept holding my son really tight and trying to not look at it. Then I woke up. …. help!

  28. Hi Misty. Thanks for asking. Don’t worry about your dream: It’s not supernatural. Demon dreams mean you may some issues with anxiety. The fog represents the unknown. It’s another sign of anxiety. Usually, people dream of fog when they approach a big life event or change. Recurring dreams mean your brain hasn’t sorted out what to do, so it replays the dream until it does. And when you get up at the same time, it probably deals with your sleep pattern and how your brain works on the dream. If it’s 4-6 hours after you went to bed, that would be normal.

  29. Hi TVD. Don’t worry. This dream isn’t paranormal. It means you don’t like to feel dependent on your mother or family. Your son actually represents you. The ghost/spirit is part of your psyche. When the ghost throws things, it means you don’t have control over your life.If you can’t yell for help, then your brain is still trying to figure out what to do next.

  30. Hi Kitty Cat. Dolls represent innocence. A church means the need for guidance. A priest, especially one with negative connotations, symbolizes a family member or friend who’s too over-protective. When the doll kills the priest, it means you want to have your freedom. So, this all means you have your life path to pursue, and you’re tired of getting grief for wanting to follow your own desired life. It’s not paranormal.

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