The meaning of Shadow in dream | Dream interpretation

(see Black, Darkness)

Dark forces that threaten to undermine your spiritual quest. Note that these forces can also come from within.

Your own shadow or alternate persona.

For the goodness to mean something quantifiable we must all overcome this darker side of the soul.

Shadow boxing represents an internal argument you’re having with your sense of morality.

Not having a shadow equates to someone with a soulless character, without depth or passion. In earlier times, anyone who did not bear a shadow was considered cursed, like vampires.

The Language of Dreams | Patrica Telesco

Fear, illusion, that follows you. Unknown part of self. Face the shadow and befriend it to understand the selfinsight it offers.

The Dream Books Symbols | Betty Bethards

Most authorities seem to agree that to be aware of your own shadow in a dream is a sign of a beneficial legal matter, likely to be an inheritance or legacy.

However, if the shadows were not your own, their meaning must be gleaned by correlating the other details of your dream.

To dream of the shadow of a dead person is an indication of a temporary obstacle; the shadow of a living person is believed to be a warning against travel or unnecessary risks for a few weeks* time.

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

Generally, shadows are associated with the dark and malignant. For some psychologists they represent what is hidden in the subconscious, what you do not want to be. It probably comes from emotions and aspects that you have rejected within yourself. It recommends trying to bring to light everything that is hidden. This way, you will see that it is not so difficult to overcome. However, the interpretation of this dream is complex because, despite what has been said, the shadow of a tree could be a positive image that generates relief and protection for the dreamer. In this case, it is a dream of compensation before an adverse circumstance. Other dream symbols and the context in which it develops provide clues as to how it can be correctly interpreted.

Many superstitions believe that the shadow is part of the human soul. Stepping on it or throwing rocks on it is a sign of bad luck and the possibility of causing harm to someone.

If it is about one’s own shadow, you should be cautious.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke

The Subconscious; insubstantiality.Hidden or covert patterns attempting to surface or cause problems.

The Bedside Dream Dictionary | Silvana Amar

see Introduction

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball

Dreams of a shadow symbolize your dark side; that which you fear or resist, and that which is unintegrated, rejected, or perceived as unaccepted and suppressed. Keep in mind that it is only in the shadow until you’ve embraced it in the light of your awareness. See Integration Dreams.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous

1. Someone may be following one.

2. Commitment of rela­tionship one is reluctant to make.

3. Rejection of one or more as­pects of one’s personality.

4. One’s real self is being hidden or repressed.

New American Dream Dictionary | Joan Seaman - Tom Philbin

Money gained through legal affairs.

Mystic Dream Book | Internet Archive - Anonymous

If you dream that your shadow acts differently than you do, you are not letting others see all parts of your personality.

If the shadows in your dream were not your own, this suggests that there is an aspect of yourself that you are rejecting or want to keep hidden.

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean

The shadow is, first of all, that which is invisible.

If it becomes visible in your dream, a very important step toward increasing awareness has been taken.

You are beginning to become consciously aware of your “dark side.” The reason for the shadow in a dream is a sign that you are in the process of becoming aware of your Self. So, there is no reason to fear your shadow or try to avoid it.

The shadow is usually connected to the past or the future: old injuries are casting their shadow onto today’s behavior and emotions, and creating fear for the yet unborn reality of the future. Coming to terms with the shadow is necessary in order to understand life here and now. It brings intensity, wealth, and imagination to life.

If you are standing in somebody’s shadow, or are put into a shadow by somebody, this refers to low self- esteem. You have an inferiority complex—want to appear to be more than you are, want to be more accepted.

The shadow follows us but is not easily seen; it also provides protection.

Jung sees the shadow as an underdeveloped structure in people.

The shadow is one of the original definitions of the soul.

The chieftain of some Polynesian tribes loses his mana (power), if somebody steps on his shadow. In southern European countries midday was considered the ghost hour, because the shadow would then be its smallest and retreat. Behind this superstition was the fear that the shadow would disappear altogether and with it the soul and its relationship to the earth.

Little Giant Encyclopedia | Klaus Vollmar

(Under the sun, in the dark, or otherwise.) In a dream, a shadow represents changes affectingone’s life in the world and his elevation or abasement.

A shadow in a dream also means guidance, repentance, true monotheism and contemplating the Maker and His creation.

If one moves but does not see his shadow moving in a dream, it means abrogating the laws, discarding what is permissible, adopting what is unlawful, death, becoming motionless, or losing one’s senses.

The same interpretation applies if one’s shadow disappears under the sunlight, or under the moonlight, or in the night lights, or if his reflection disappears from the water surface, or from any shiny surface.

If one sees his shadow dancing in a dream, it means falsehood, lies, stealing people’s money, shifting one’s faith according to one’s personal interests, or that he criticize the conduct of God’s Prophet, upon whom be peace. Dancing one’s shadow over a carpet in a dream means invoking evil spirits, speaking their words after being possessed by them, and it means trials, temptations and evil.

(Also see Shade)

Islamic Dream Interpretation | Ibn Seerin

A shadow may represent the hidden aspects of the self.

The dreamer often does not accept these parts of his or her personality and they are projected upon others until the dreamer can accept them and incorporate them into his or her psyche.

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

See archetypes in the introduction

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

See “shade”

Dream Dictionary Unlimited | Margaret Hamilton

Symbolic of being in the presence of God, Ps. 36:7.

A shadow can symbolize a demonic presence or death depending on the emotion associated with the dream, Ps. 44:19, Ps. 23:4

Christian Dream Symbols | Tyler Wolfe

Anything in shadow may symbolize (part of) the dark (i.e. unfamiliar) side of your own nature: unused or rejected capacities, qualities and emotions. So long as you are ignorant of this ‘other self, you will project it on to other people.

A Dictionary of Dream Symbols | Eric Ackroyd

The Shadow | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Shadow


Symbolic of arousal and sexuality, Jer. 4:30 ... Christian Dream Symbols


Christian Dream Symbols


Putting on eye shadow accentuates the eyes with color. Eye shadow may mention that you would like to be noticed. Specifically, it may suggest that you wish your eyes were more inspiring or noticed more. On a darker note, it may remark on the shadow of unconscious conflicts about your psychic abilities.... Ariadne's Book of Dream


Ariadne's Book of Dream


Dreams of eye shadow or any eye make up symbolize your desire to see and be seen, to be recognized and noticed. See Eye and Cosmetics.... Strangest Dream Explanations


Strangest Dream Explanations


Feeling ‘put in the shade’; feelings still overshadowing one from past experiences or relationships; feeling inferior, protection; occasionally a sense of the dead or fear of the unknown. Idioms: afraid of one’s shadow; shades of; shadow of one’s former self; worn to a shadow. See shad­owy figure. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences


A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences


Vision: Seeing your own shadow: detach from negative friends—troubles and grief are at your door. Sitting in the shade: be careful—someone is about to cheat you. Seeing the shadows of objects: you are worrying for no reason—the danger you see exists onlyr in your imagination!

Depth Psychology: The shadcjw represents your present uncertain situation. You are ambivalent. But the shadow is also a svmbol of your unconscious. Seeing a shadow ahead or in front of you: you are “projecting” into the future. Seeing a shadow behind you: you are holding on to old fears and feelings of guilt. Or do you believe that you are standing in someone’s shadow? Other dream images might tell the tale.... Dreamers Dictionary


Dreamers Dictionary


Strong shadows in your dreams indicate pessimism and the possibility of failure. However bright your prospects seem, you will still be conscious of the fact that things could go terribly wrong.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary


Gypsy Dream Dictionary


The shadow is one of the most powerful elements of depth psychology and dream work. It relates to the parts of your psyche that you wish weren’t so, prefer to keep hidden, or feel shame about.

If your dream contains the image of a literal shadow, consider the thing that is creating the shadow. Whatever the object is, think of the shadow as the darker side of whatever the thing itself means to you.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams


Complete Dictionary of Dreams


Example: A shadow thing came very quickly up the stairs, along our corridor and into the bed­room, over to the bed to bend over me. I felt fear as I never felt it before and I started to make a noise. It was also the shadow making the noise and it was frightened, and moved towards the window. I felt sorry it was frightened too, but then it was too late as it had gone. I woke up making a howling noise, my husband said, he felt the fear in the room strongly too’ (Gloria F). In the example, Gloria is meeting her own feeling of fear. This is obvious because the shadowy thing felt the fear also. In fact it is the feeling of fear. Such shadowy figures are our own rejected emotions or potentials. See the Shadow under archetypes. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences


A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences


Depicted as: a shadowy figure, often the same sex as the dreamer, a zombie or walking dead; a dark shape; an unseen ‘Thing’; someone or something we feel uneasy about or in some measure repelled by; what is behind one in a dream, anything dark or threatening.

The Shadow is any pan of ourself which we reject, and so do not allow expression in our life. We may so dislike aspects of our nature we fail to see them altogether and instead see them in other people and criticise them. Nations as well as individuals do this.

The Nazis projected all problems on to the Jews; the Americans have not wished to see their own social sickness, and have looked instead at the Russians, no doubt the Irish blame the English, and the English use the class system, with its projections between employee and employer.

It is easier than looking at one’s own Shadow.

If you can think of the characteristics you loathe in others, that is a fair picture of what you repress in yourself.

The great ‘ladies’ man’ may hide a Shadow which feels inadequate sexu­ally; the loving Christian mother might meet a Shadow full of resentment and anger at how she has been taken for granted. Meeting the Shadow through our dreams is a meeting with our own reality, which in turn enables us to look at the world realistically.

The Shadow can be met. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences


A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences


Did you dream of someone, perhaps a stranger, or someone you know who behaved in a repulsive, hateful or shocking way and your instinctual response was one of loathing? If so, you may have encountered your shadow. In waking life, your consciousness represses your shadow, but in dreams it can come to the fore. A useful indicator of your shadow is the quality you despise most in other people, such as boastfulness or cowardice. When your shadow appears, it may be telling you to embrace that part of yourself you find hard to accept, so that you can enhance your creativity.

The shadow is the unacceptable or unknown aspect of ourselves. It derives from our pre-human, animal past, when our concerns were limited to survival and reproduction, and when we weren’t self- conscious.

Symbols of the shadow include the snake, the dragon, monsters, and demons. It can appear in many different dream disguises: a foreigner, gypsy, tramp, prostitute, murderer, thief, stranger, alcoholic, drug addict, rapist, burglar, crippled, deformed, blind, a servant or someone following you. It often guards the entrance to a cave or a pool of water, which is the collective unconscious.

The shadow is not always represented as an enemy in dreams. It often contains values that are needed by consciousness and only becomes hostile when ignored or misunderstood. Although it suggests the ‘dark side’ of the ego, the shadow is actually amoral—neither good nor bad, just like animals. An animal is capable of tender care for its young and vicious killing for food, but it doesn’t choose to do either. It just does what it does. It is ‘innocent’. But from our human perspective, the animal world looks rather brutal, inhuman, so the shadow becomes the part of ourselves that we can’t quite admit to.... The Element Encyclopedia


The Element Encyclopedia


According to Jung, the shadow is the repressed or unacceptable part of your own personality, so if a shadow or shadowy figure appears in your dream, this represents an aspect of yourself that you are rejecting. The image may also suggest feelings of being overshadowed, put in the shade or feeling inferior in waking life. The shadow may also express a fear of the unknown, or of negative impulses.

A shadow can be a sign of coming events or a shadow cast from the future, because you often see a person’s shadow before you see them. Bear in mind that the shadow or hidden part of your personality can express itself in many different guises in your dreams, although there is usually an air of disrepute, danger or negativity about the image.... The Element Encyclopedia


The Element Encyclopedia

Dream: i’m walking down dirt road. i have to stop and go into this house on right. i wanted to keep going but i had to stop in there. and there also appeared a lion in like beginning of driveway. it’s appearance is off cause it looks kind of grainy slightly pixelated. i go in house my mom is there. i go to my room in front of house she comes in, we are kinda mad at each other. i cry because i can’t go where i was going because of the lion. she sees me crying and is like i told you so, it wouldn’t work, but she does know it’s because of lion. i feel this surge of pride like i didn’t want to ask for help also surge of vindictiveness like i wanted her to feel what i felt a little before i talked to her. anyway yellow/orange big tom cat tries to play with me i tell it no( i was a little scared). mama(like) young sherry(like) go outside to get in car to go to specific place. i told them about lion but they still think they can make it. they go i can hear them scared and crying cause they can’t make it. for some reason i feel like it’s more than just the lion out there. it’s also dark shadowy small animal like creatures. any way they come back in, i say i told you you can’t go that way. protector(tall dark skin man lynn-like(mybrothernlaw)) comes in house. he like what’s wrong- i say the lion we should try the back door. then i put on bright pink cashmere headband. then head for back door a black marble tom cat comes at me i tell it no too(i’m kinda scared of this cat too). i feel like these are their cats. each cat had reached out its paw to me and tap me on fore arm like it was trying to get my attention.

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