|Hippo animal (Photo credit: @Doug88888)|
Dreams are typically weird and when I dream about animals, those animals are often strange. Sometimes the animals do not even appear to be what they are called in the dream. For example, in a recent dream my attention was drawn to what were called mice in the dream, but actually I recognized them as some sort of insect such as large mosquitoes.
Other times the animals are what they are supposed to be, such as dogs or wolves. In nearly all of my dreams that involve animals of some sort, those animals appear to be threatening and I often experience a certain sense of fear. It's not to the extent of terror usually, but enough apprehension to cause me concern in the dream that the animals could hurt me.
They never do. They may scare me, but I am never attacked.
The animals seem to represent some sort of threat--something that I am afraid of in waking life. In most cases the fears are based on what others in the dream tell me or the way they are responding to a situation. This might indicate to me that I am essentially in control of most of the things in my life that could pose a threat and that I should not allow others to make me afraid of that which I need not fear.
In a few cases the animals have been very docile and appealing. These animals may represent something in my life that is bringing me happiness or peace. This symbol is there to remind me to embrace those positive things in my life.
Do you have dreams about animals? Are they fearsome or pleasing? What do you think dreaming of animals represents?