|Case O' Guns (Photo credit: Gregory Wild-Smith)|
Since guns are not a big part of my waking life other than seeing them in movies or hearing about them in news reports, I do not dream about them very often. When I do have dreams that include guns they may appear more in the sense of a prop used within the dream story. The dreams where guns appear are often cinematic with a contiguous story line involving action and threatening forces.
The symbolism of the guns is power, but the context of that power depends on whether the guns are being used offensively or defensively. The dreams about offense usually have the strongest stories and are more cinematic, while the dreams in which the purpose of the guns are for defense are more ambiguous and disconnected and often with an overriding sense of unseen threats.
When I am wielding a firearm in an aggressive manner, I am usually part of a rebel group or army fighting against some invading or oppressive power. I may be wearing a uniform and I usually am with a group of others with whom I am allied. There will sometimes be a romantic interest by my side.
The aggressive dreams seem to symbolize my desire to "fight back" in waking life or stand up for some cause or situation that I am in. Perhaps these dreams may be the result of something I had felt on the previous day or something that I anticipate feeling on a future day. These are dreams of confidence and even epic heroism. The guns in these dreams represent my power or ability to take charge of a situation.
The dreams of defense are often more passive and fearsome. I may be in hiding or trying to elude an unknown pursuant. The dreams are often shadowier and in more closed surroundings. I may wake up from these dreams with a sense of fright or apprehension.
Considering the negative aura of the dreams about defending myself leads me to believe that I am experiencing a dream concern about a problem in waking life that I feel may be threatening my well-being physically, mentally, or emotionally. The gun represents my potential to address these problems, but I am reluctant to use this force.
Do you ever dream about guns? What do guns represent to you in waking life? What do you think they signify in dreams?