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The meaning of Ghost in dream | Dream interpretation


If ghosts appear in your dreams, they often symbolize unfinished business, just as ghosts—or the unsettled dead—are supposed to have unfinished business on earth, not having found their place in the afterlife. Because of a ghost’s ephemeral nature, being only partially visible to some and invisible to others, they can also represent uncertainty or a lack of clarity in your thinking. Another interpretation is that seeing ghosts in dreams is a way of facing your own mortality; for this reason they can be quite disturbing, but because they may offer evidence of life after death, they could be seen as offering some comfort. You can also look at a ghost as a shadow of yourself, your own dark nature personified; the side of yourself that you’d rather not face up to.

If you want to understand the significance of dreaming about ghosts, you need to look at how they behaved in your dream. Whilst most ghosts are invisible and silent, some ghosts are noisy and throw things around; these could represent your lack of control regarding things that are happening around you in waking life. Ghosts may interact with you in dreams, but often they will not do it directly. You may feel comforted by their appearance in your dream; you may feel stressed or afraid. They may be strangers, friends, relatives or famous people that have died—your relationship to them or how you feel about them will affect what they mean in your dream—for instance the ghost may be a nagging relative who is still very much alive, but casts a shadow over your life and is always trying to push you one way or another.

At times, ghosts represent those things that are unattainable or fleeting. If, however, the ghost feels solid, you may be touching aspects of your own mind or awareness that exist beyond your own preconceived ideas and beliefs. Ghosts of living people in your dream have nothing to do with the possibility of their death in the near future; such dreams suggest, rather, a sense of their thoughts or presence haunting you. Or perhaps you are haunted by desire for them or have unexpressed feelings about them. Alternatively, and particularly if you shrank from the ghost in your dream, could the specter have represented someone whom you once wronged, a ghost from the past that is still haunting your conscience despite your conscious efforts to push it to the back of your mind?

The Element Encyclopedia | Theresa Cheung

The meaning of this dream varies according to the action.

If the ghost simply appeared in your dream, it is an omen of general good luck; how ever, if you were frightened by it or it spoke to you, it is a warning that some powerful pressure will be brought to bear on you to join in a scheme or activity which is against your principles.

Resist the temptation with all the strength you can muster, and if necessary get help from a trusted friend or adviser.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams | Stearn Robinson - Tom Corbett

To dream of being friendly with a ghost Is an excellent portent. Your industry will win honor and riches for you.

The Complete Dream Book | Gillian Holloway

This is a dream that predicts an experience of a humorous nature that will probably work out to your profit.

The Complete Dream Book | Gillian Holloway

Ghosts swarming the house indicate that you tend to alter reality at will. Dreams of this type point to a lack of practicality about the situation you are currently experiencing. According to other interpretations, ghosts represent what you fear of yourself and refuse to accept.

It is advisable to face these fears because, often, no one but yourself is provoking that they have such terrifying image, evocative of anxiety states. In many cases, ghosts represent inner world forces that you reject.

Dreaming of a white beautiful-faced ghost provides comfort and love for the dreamer. In contrast, a black and dirty one predicts pain and betrayal. Being chased by ghost expresses grief and sorrow.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke

To dream of the ghost of either one of your parents, denotes that you are exposed to danger, and you should be careful in forming partnerships with strangers.

To see the ghost of a dead friend, foretells that you will make a long journey with an unpleasant companion, and suffer disappointments.

For a ghost to speak to you, you will be decoyed into the hands of enemies.

For a woman, this is a prognostication of widowhood and deception.

To see an angel or a ghost appear in the sky, denotes the loss of kindred and misfortunes.

To see a female ghost on your right in the sky and a male on your left, both of pleasing countenance, signifies a quick rise from obscurity to fame, but the honor and position will be filled only for a short space, as death will be a visitor and will bear you off.

To see a female ghost in long, clinging robes floating calmly through the sky, indicates that you will make progression in scientific studies and acquire wealth almost miraculously, but there will be an under note of sadness in your life.

To dream that you see the ghost of a living relative or friend, denotes that you are in danger of some friend’s malice, and you are warned to carefully keep your affairs under personal supervision.

If the ghost appears to be haggard, it may be the intimation of the early death of that friend. See Death, Dead.

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation | Gustavus Hindman Miller

1- Actually dreaming of a ghost links us to old habit patterns or buried hopes and longings. There is something insubstantial in these, possibly because we have not put enough energy into them.

2- We may be resurrecting old memories or feelings in order to understand our own actions. By putting ourselves in touch with what is dead and gone we can take appropriate action in the here and now.

3- If a ghost appears in a dream we may be alerted to our past states of being in which case we should try to identify these, and acknowledge that we have moved on.

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball

Dreams of a ghost represent your shadow side attempting to integrate with your light, or an aspect of you that is in search of completion.

If the ghost is someone you recognize, such as a deceased family member, then they may be trying to send you a message, or teach you something. See Prophetic Dreams and Integration Dreams.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous

A rare dream, but if the ghost has the resemblance be a parent, it is a warning of danger.

If the ghost talks to you, be alert for deception by a trusted friend.

Psycho Dream Interpretation | Ella Freeman Sharpe

1. Unspecified fear in waking life.

2. Unidentified but upset­ting memory.

3. Need for emotional sustenance of some sort.

New American Dream Dictionary | Joan Seaman - Tom Philbin

This is only unfortunate if the sight of the Apparition appears to cause fright. Then you may expect a troubling time ahead of you. But if you do not fear the Ghost, you will pull through your difficulties, especially if the Spirit disappears.

Mystic Dream Book | Internet Archive - Anonymous

In general, seeing ghosts in your dream symbolizes aspects of yourself that you fear. This may involve a painful memory, guilt, or some repressed thoughts. You may be anxious about your ability to achieve something in real life. Or, you may be afraid of death and dying.

If you were frightened by the ghost or it spoke to you, this is a warning that some powerful pressure will be put on you to join in a scheme or activity which is against your principles. Resist the temptation with all your strength, and if necessary get help from a trusted friend or adviser.

If you dreamed of being a ghost, this symbolizes a feeling of disconnection from life and society. This dream may be a calling for you to move on and abandon your outdated modes of thinking and behavior, and make a positive change in attitude.

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean

Here, it usually means the so-called “spirit of life,” which makes up a distinctly human life. In addition, it might possibly point to unused or wrongly applied intellectual activities or actions. You are chasing a phantom. This is a warning against illusions and wrong insights. Creatures from the world of fairy tales are always somewhat frightening. They may be helpful or have bad intentions. Ghosts are often an expression of guilt feelings and pangs of conscience.

If these images appear continually and are frightening, seek professional advice.

The task connected with these dream images is often to find a better understanding and a more creative use of your intellectual powers.

According to Freud, they appear most often as women (in a white nightgown).

Folklore: Times of troubles are ahead.

Little Giant Encyclopedia | Klaus Vollmar

(Phantom; Spook) A ghost in a dream represents money earned from a friendly person.

If a pregnant woman sees a ghost in her dream, it means that she will give birth to a son.

(Also see Mirage)

Islamic Dream Interpretation | Ibn Seerin

This is a very bad omen. Difficulties will be overwhelming. Terrible enemies will overpower you.

Indian Interpretation of Dreams | Indian - Anonymous

To see a ghost means a distant relative is displeased with you.

To see the ghost of someone you know often presages the death of that person though.

Gypsy Dream Dictionary | Raymond Buckland

Vision: Sometimes ghost dreams are about real encounters, but on an astral plane. This is because a part of us, during sleep, is freed from physical restraints and therefore capable of receiving information from other worlds. Often the ghost in a dream is a mirror of a part of our own selves. In some cases, dreams of ghosts are a hint that someone close to us is going to die.

Depth Psychology: The ghost in a dream may sometimes warn us about our fantasies. It may also indicate that spiritual/emotional development is in progress, though we are unaware of it.

Dreamers Dictionary | Garuda

Ghosts symbolize the essence of what no longer is obtainable (e.g., people sometimes believe they don’t have “a ghost of a chance”).

Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia | James R. Lewis and Evelyn Dorothy Oliver

Tif a ghost – i.E.

A shadowy shape – appears in a dream we may be alerted to our past states of being and ways of behaviour. We need to identify these and acknowledge that we have moved on.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

Psychological / emotional perspective: We may be resurrecting old memories or feelings in order to understand our own actions. By putting ourselves in touch with what is dead and gone we can take appropriate action in the here and now.

If we dream of being haunted by a ghost we have probably not handled an emotional trauma well.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

Material aspects: Actually dreaming of a ghost links us to old habit patterns, or buried hopes and longings. There is something insubstantial in these, possibly because we have not put enough energy into them.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

Dreaming of a haunted house indicates that guilt from the past is holding you back from accomplishing something you really want. Actually seeing a ghost, however, is an omen of good luck.

If you are frightened by a ghost, this could mean that mistakes in your past have “come back to haunt you.” It could also mean that intense pressure to do something against your principles could be put upon you by someone in a position of authority.

If the ghost is someone known to you who has passed on and who speaks to you, listen.

The message is important. See Dying.

Dream Explanations of Astro Center | Astro Center

See “witchcraft”

Dream Dictionary Unlimited | Margaret Hamilton

You are dreaming of the memory or imprint of a former idea, concept, or person.

A ghost is defined as a remnant of a person’s energy that remains connected to the physical world after he or she has died. Some metaphysicians theorize that a spirit can be stuck here due to unfinished business or an untimely death. There are scientists who explore the possibility of ghosts as bumps in the electromagnetic field of energy that can sometimes be perceived by people who are living. No matter what camp you fall into, a ghost is symbolic of something from your past that continues to have a presence in your consciousness long after the event or person that inspired it has passed. This can include memories, habitual patterns, and even obsessions.

If the ghost is someone you know who is not actually dead, use the character aspect technique to discover what qualities are traits that you have let go of but that may still arise in your behavior or thought patterns from time to time. Someone who has actually passed away can be considered in the same fashion, but might represent the impact he or she had on you in life, whether positive or negative. This image in a dream could point to a need to face the ghosts of your past in the form of old choices and behaviors that still haunt you with regret.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams | Dr. Mıchael Lennox

You fight ghost: your longevity will be extended

Chine Dream Interpretation | Duke Zhou

A ghost may bring attention to old relationships that are still hanging around in your thoughts or at psychic levels.

The eene appearance of a ghost may point to an actual visitation from the astral plane of a dead relative or a stranger who invades yoifr consciousness at night.

Ariadne's Book of Dream | Ariadne Green

Memories, feelings, guilt, which haunt us, parts of the wider awareness of the unconscious which attempt to communicate; the husks or influences from past traumas or events, which have been emptied of hurt and real influence, but still affect us; fantasies, hopes, longings we have given time to, and so filled with our life and sexual energy, and which now influence us. Ghost of living person: a sense of their thoughts or presence influencing one; haunted by desire for them, or a resentment or feeling about them.

A ghost which feels solid: the dreamer is ‘touching’ aspects of their own mind or awareness existing beyond preconceived ideas and beliefs.

Example: ‘So frequently do I dream of the house and the town I lived in as a child, I wonder if I do indeed haunt the house by dreaming of it. I must tell you I believe that a trau­matic incident, which happened when I was 20, is involved. I was playing the piano downstairs when I heard a gun fired. On searching I found my father lying dead upstairs in an attic. He had shot his brains out. I took the scene in, never to be forgotten, in one horrified moment’ (Barbara T). Some people believe that, because of such incidents as described, in their dreams the living haunt a place. Seeing a ghost while awake can still be considered as connected with the dream process. See third example under husband. See also hallucination.

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp

(see also Spirits)

For Freud a ghost was a symbol of mother.

A Dictionary of Dream Symbols | Eric Ackroyd


Dreaming Of A Ghost | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Ghost


GHOST (SPIRIT)

(see Death, Seance)

Residual feelings or uncertainties that you haven’t totally dealt with honestly or recognized.

Esoterically, the disembodied spirit of a person who has returned with a message for you, or to ask for your aid.

Something perceived as remote or unlikely (e.g., “ghost of a chance”). Memories of deceased friends, parents, and loved ones.

Undiscovered talents or portions of the self, especially those of a psychic nature. Jungian: Uncontrolled psychic forces or complexes.

Being possessed by a spirit: A neurosis or psychosis that overrides your normal actions and reactions. Alternatively, this dream may occur to someone who has a drinking problem as a warning not to let this spirit possess them.

A ghost town: This symbolizes a penchant for living in the past instead of fully handling the present.

The counsel here is to keep the good memories, let go of the rest, and start living fully again.

An omen of unexpected confrontation or trouble.... The Language of Dreams

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GHOST OF SOMEONE WHO HAS DIED

Some believe that the ghosts in their dreams are real representations of the dead. This is an unlikely explanation of such dreams. More likely, to dream of the ghost of someone who is departed represents a part of you that is unclear and that you do not understand. Ghosts can also be all that you have left of loved ones who are no longer alive, so they can offer you comfort by appearing in your dreams, representing a welcome opportunity to speak once again to that special person and to come to terms with the fact that they are gone. To dream of the ghost of someone who has died might also represent something that you wanted that is no longer in your reach. This dream is telling you to move on. Another explanation is that your unconscious was pointing out an uncomfortable truth that your conscious mind is working hard to repress, just as the ghost of his father appeared to Shakespeare’s Hamlet to tell him something that he may already have known—that his father was murdered by Hamlet’s new stepfather.

To dream of touching a ghost and having it disappear indicates that you are trying to confront and come to terms with painful memories. Demonic ghost images with no face or dark shadows (’dementors’, if you are a Harry Potter fan) may represent your negative tendencies, unpleasant parts of personality or your ’shadow’. Old superstition-based dream interpretations say that dreaming of friendly ghosts is a lucky omen, and that you should be receiving unexpected good luck. On the other hand, if you were very frightened by the ghost in your dream, then others will try to impose their will on you and you must be vigilant in order to stand up to it.... The Element Encyclopedia

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GHOSTS

Memories, experiences, emotions and patterns from the past, which haunt the dreamer. It may represent attitudes or patterns of behavior which were once alive, but now suppressed.

To see another person as a ghost or spirit relates to the dreamer’s reaction and thoughts about that person’s influence on the dreamer. Some believe that the ghosts in their dreams are real representations of the dead. This is an unlikely explanation of this dream. More likely the ghost is representing a part of you that is unclear and that you do not understand. At times, ghosts represent those things that unattainable or fleeting. Demonic type of ghost images may represent your negative tendencies, unpleasant parts of personality or your “shadow.” Old superstition based dream interpretations say that dreaming of friendly ghosts is a lucky omen, and that you should be receiving unexpected good luck. On the other hand, if you were very frightened by the ghost in your dream, then others will try to impose their will on you and you must be vigilant in order to stand up to it. ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

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GHOSTS

The ghost in your dream represents a part of yourself that is unclear to you, and that you do not understand. At times, ghosts represent those things that we can no longer obtain and that are fleeting. Traditionally, dreaming of friendly ghosts is a lucky omen, and that you should be receiving unexpected good luck. On the other hand if you were very frightened by the ghost in your dream, then others will try to impose their will on you and you must be vigilant in order to stand up to it.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

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GIVING UP THE GHOST

(Death) In a dream, the return of one’s soul back to its Lord means remitting of a trust back to its rightful owner, the recovery of a sick person from his illness, the release of a prisoner from jail, or perhaps it could represent a reunion of people who love one another.

(Also see Death)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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PHANTOM OR GHOST

Disappointment in store for you.

For lovers, a Ghost dream shows a successful rival, >r the fickleness of the one you love. Be careful to avoid quarrels with your friends, or fate is against you. Do not travel, and avoid lending money or giving extra credit in business.... Mystic Dream Book

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SPIRITS AND GHOSTS

Even the most prosaic and materialistic of us have dreams that include supernatural creatures or incidents.

Ghosts, witches, out-of-body experiences, UFOs, haunted houses and a whole plethora of spirits, creatures and unexplained phenomena exist in the world of the supernatural. When these images appear in your dreams, they can be unsettling, especially when psychics claim that they are connected with the supernatural. Even though there is no evidence to suggest this is the case, the mysterious and often bizarre nature of dreams has led many to interpret dreams as supernatural gifts or messages, as predictions of the future or as messages from the past. Modern oneiromancy, the prediction of the future through the interpretation of dreams, is a tradition that has its roots in pagan and ancient Greek and Roman thought, as well as in the Jewish and Christian religions.

Freudians and Jungians, together with most other dream analysts, reject the supernatural origin of dreams. Their view is that dreams bubble up from the unconscious mind and are metaphors for events or emotions occurring in our waking lives. Theologians, however, continue to admit the possibility that dreams may be supernatural or divine in origin. Whether or not you believe dreams have a supernatural origin, if you are experiencing such dreams, your unconscious might be urging you to be more open-minded towards unexplained phenomena; alternatively, they might be suggesting a need for radical change in your life or attitude. See also MIND, BODY, SPIRIT; NIGHTMARES; SURREALISM AND FANTASY.... The Element Encyclopedia

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