The other night I dreamt of lots of orange goldfish in all sizes. They were all over the place, in water containers and out of water on the ground. Some were struggling to get back in the water, some looked like they were dying. Though hesitant to touch them, I was trying to save them all. So I googled what it meant to dream of fish...
Dreaming of Fish: The Meaning of Fish in Dreams
Dreaming of Fish
Dreaming of fish swimming tends to represent insights from your unconscious mind especially when associated with the ocean. Catching a fish represents insights which have been brought to the surface.
Dreaming of Fish Eggs
Eggs are often associated with our potential and new beginnings. To see fish eggs in your dream represent a new idea or new direction that is emerging from your unconscious.
Fish and Fertility
Fish are often seen as a symbol of fertility and personal growth. Seeing a fish swimming in your dream may symbolize conception. People often associate the image of sperm with fish in the ocean. Some women dream of swimming fish when they get pregnant.
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Fish-related common phrases may link the dreamer to the meaning of his/her fish dream. Consider the following: "like a cold fish", "fish out of water" or something that is "fishy" about a situation. Depending upon the nature of the fish, you may also want to consider phrases associated with being "lured" or "hooked" to something (or someone). It may also imply a slippery or elusive situation. Perhaps your dream could be telling you that "there are plenty of other fish in the sea", with regards to some relationship issue. Lastly if you are fishing, it could relate to "fishing for compliments" and show that you are have a need for attention and recognition.
Eating or Cooking Fish in a Dream
Cooking and eating are often associated with nourishing the soul and are looked upon as spiritual in general.
Eating fish in a dream is often symbolic of the dreamers beliefs, spirituality, energy and nourishment. Eating the fish shows you are incorporating your new realizations with your identity and beliefs.
Cooking fish in a dream means the same thing as eating fish but is focused more on preparation and the process the dreamer is undertaking in order to incorporate new information, new concepts, and new discoveries into who they are as a person in their waking life. How the dreamer is preparing the fish may give important insight into what the dreamer is struggling with during this inner transformation.
Cleaning Fish: Related to cooking and eating fish, cleaning fish in a dream suggests that you are altering your emotional expression in a way that will be presentable and acceptable to others. The dreamer is censoring him/herself and not expressing how he/she completely feels.
Dreaming of Dead Fish
To see a dead fish signifies disappointment and loss. This loss can be associated with power/wealth, an idea, a spiritual chapter of one's life, or infertility. Since fish are often associated with the unconscious, a dead fish may symbolize the end of something old giving way for new growth and potential. Death is an important symbol of dreams and can have both positive and negative associations for the dreamer. It is important to decipher if the ending and new beginning this dream is acknowledging is positive or negative for the dreamer. Ending something premature could have negative consequences yet holding onto something too long can stunt the dreamer's personal growth and development.
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Two fish in two separate bowls may relate to feeling disconnected from others.
Dreaming of a Fish Tank or Fish Bowl
A Fish Tank is the container of our emotions. The size and general quality of the fish tank will show the dreamer what state their emotions are in. Fish tanks in general show the dreamer they may be compartmentalizing their emotions which may lead to not being in touch with their full being. Dreaming of a fish tank may show you you keep your feelings in check. If you are watching the fish in a fishbowl, you may feel detached from society, your life is going nowhere or that you are going in circles with your life.
To dream that you are living in a fish tank or fish bowl may mean you are feeling detached from society but may mean that you are feeling the pressure of those around you. Consider the phrase of "living in a fish bowl". Fish in fish bowls have no where to hide, no where to go without their owner viewing their every move. The dreamer may feel judged, criticized and scrutinized by others. This is normally associated with a family unit, a school setting or a workplace.
Dreaming of Someone Fishing
A fisherman in dreams suggests the dreamer is trying to catch something in his/her waking life.
Dreaming of fishing could mean the dreamer is confronting repressed emotions and bringing them to the surface. Ice fishing suggests the dreamer is breaking through a hardened emotional barrier and confronting difficult feelings from the unconscious.
Be careful with over-interpreting- Fishing could also mean the dreamer has a need for leisure and relaxation.
Dreaming of a Fishing Rod
A fishing rod in dreams represents the tools and motivation you have necessary for your quest and exploration of your unconscious mind. You are ready to confront issues and emotions which you have suppressed. Dreaming of the fishing rod may indicate to you that you are going to embark on an internal journey of self-discovery. If your dream is focused on the tools and planning and not the act of fishing, this is showing you that you are preparing for this personal quest and are close to gaining insight.
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Dreaming of fishing for a larger fish than anticipated may mean the dreamer feels he/she may not be able to handle what he/she is dredging up from the unconscious- that the idea or information is too large for them to handle.
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Dreaming of Fish Hooks
Fishhooks in dreams may refer to an idea that you need to" catch." The dream may also indicate that you are getting hooked on something. A fishhook may also mean you are being tricked or manipulated into doing something or buying into a false idea.
Dreaming of Jellyfish
Jellyfish in dreams can mean a few different things based on the type of jellyfish. Some jellyfish can sting and are very dangerous while others are simply harmless and spineless. A jellyfish may represent painful memories that are emerging from your unconscious. There may be hidden hostility or aggression in some aspect of the dreamer's waking relationship or situation. Dreaming of a jellyfish may also indicate feelings of inadequacy, uncertainty and a lack of self-esteem. Perhaps you are having trouble standing up for yourself in a specific situation in your waking life. Or perhaps you feel as though you have no "spine" and are not upholding your morales and what you believe and stand for.
If the jellyfish in your dream seems like a positive symbol, it may relate to going with the flow. Jellyfish move with the ocean. Perhaps you've been swept up by something larger than yourself and have found serenity.