(Waterless plain) Seeing a desert in a dream means escaping from difficulty to ease, or bidding farewell to adversities to meet with opportunities, or it could mean repenting from sin, reversing the course of one’s business from loss to profits, or it could mean recovering from an illness.
If one sees himself poor and walking into a desert land or a ruin in a dream, it means his death. Walking through a barren land in a dream means engaging in a futile business or a benign affair. Walking in a plain in a dream means reaching ease in one’s life, receiving honor or engaging in good deeds depending on how far one walks in that plain during his dream.
A desert in a dream represents joy and happiness, depending on how vast it seems and how green are its plants in one’s dream.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
At times a desert in a dream symbolizes the unconscious and represents the dreamer’s sense of separation from it. Deserts are generally barren with little vegetation or animal life.
The desert in your dreams could be bringing up issues of stagnation and periods of little growth in your life. Also, the desert could represent your loneliness and feelings of isolation. However, if you live close to the desert or love the desert, this may be a positive symbol.
For some the desert may be a place where they can commune with nature and feel a sense of peace.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Deserts symbolize your unconscious. Since deserts are generally barren, dreaming of one could symbolize issues of stagnation lack of growth in your life. Also, the desert could represent feelings of loneliness and isolation. If, on the other hand, you have a particular affinity for deserts, then dreaming of one may be a positive symbol for you, presaging a period of serenity and oneness for you.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
or wilderness Loneliness, literally being deserted; lack of emotion or satisfaction; no creativity or growth in one’s life; dry intellectualism; death; sexual barrenness. Occasionally as the symbol in the Bible of wandering in the wilderness, which depicts the human sense of having no real meaning or direction, of being a wanderer in the infinity of time and decision, it shows the difficulty of being self responsible and making decisions in the infinity of choices, and of honouring the self in such decisions. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
A desert, with its desolate and arid terrain, represents difficulties, hardships, and a general lack of resources for sustaining life. In a dream, a desert may represent a lack of fertility in life, such as financial difficulties, or even in the body, indicating infertility for: he man or woman wishing to conceive a child.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Vision: Walking in the desert: professional success will come only slowly and with much effort; withdrawing from other people will bring loneliness. Seeing a desert: you are being deprived of something, or you are going to be very lonely for a while.
Depth Psychology: Your life is lacking feelings and intuition; you use too much logic and reason.
The desert is a symbol of desolation and impotence. Your barren soul is desperately in need of water (emotions and feelings!). Do you believe that you are in a hopeless situation? Going into the desert: you will thirst— for affection maybe. Are you chasing a fantasy? Are you lonely? A desert dream wants to give you a “mental” push: think about what changes you could make to restore happiness and productivity to your life. Analyze your present situation honestly (take a close look at the rest of the symbols in the dream)—things can only get better!... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream that you are walking through a desert suggests bad luck and deprivation. Your good name could be under assault. Deserts are symbols of emptiness, void of hope, infertility, and a sense of being alone.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
Dreams of the desert symbolize “no-man’s land”, the draught before the rain, and the darkest hour that is before the dawn. You may be experiencing hardship, loneliness, trial and tribulations, and a loss of passion and a sense of self because you are not who you used to be and you are not yet who your are becoming. Your dream is giving you the message to not give up five minutes before the miracle, because once you make it through this dry spell, you will be greatly rewarded with the character strength and the wisdom you learn and earn.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Psychological / emotional perspective: Desertion implies that all support has been removed or rejected so the idea of deserting a post, task or friend suggests a sense of inadequacy. Experiencing ourselves as having been deserted signifies being left to our own devices.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
When the dreamer is in the desert, thirsty and worn, there is need for assistance to salvage the dreamer’s possessions. This may be purely a change of mental attitude or may mean rehabilitation.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
In bloom, and/or in clear sunny weather, a dream featuring a desert predicts contentment and good success in your efforts; but if the weather was bad or if there was a sandstorm, you can expect some immediate difficulties due to hidden opposition, but the outcome will be better than you expect... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you dream of being in the desert, without water and suffering from the heat of the sun, it means that you feel lonely, unloved, and unmotivated. Therefore, you must start giving to others in order to receive later. But if the dream involves a pleasant feeling it announces that you expect significant possibilities and creative projects. On the other hand, the desert has always been seen as a favorable place for divine revelation and meditation. This is because the desert can also be defined as “pure abstraction.” (See AIR, YELLOW and SAND)
This dream could signify a time of spiritual settling and beginning. Great historical figures, like Jesus, the Tibetan Lamas, and the Hindu Wise Men, stayed for long periods of time secluded in desert lands to get closer to their true nature. Distanced from mundane distractions, they recognized their divine interior. Your dream expresses the same sentiments... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
There may be an obvious lack of passion and life force in your life right now. In a desert, you have to look deeper for the signs of life that are actually there, so a dream that takes place in a desert may be calling you to do just that. Do not take the surface appearance of things at face value. Look below the surface and you will find that there is more going on than meets the eye.
A dream desert is also inviting you to irrigate and fill your life with more emotion and passion.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Deserts may be fairly straightforward symbols for a sense of barrenness, poverty, lack, exhaustion, loneliness, or even death. On the other hand, as the unsettled “wilderness,” deserts often represent the unconscious, particularly the shadow self. Deserts have a wider range of meanings for someone from the desert Southwest than for someone from the East Coast.
As with all dream symbols, the atmosphere and setting of the dream indicate which meaning is appropriate. (See also Sand).... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
A desert may reflect feelings of isolation, being in a place that has no interest for you or a desire to get away and have some time to yourself. Or it could be hinting at things you have deserted or left behind. Although we think of deserts as barren places, they are in fact teeming with underground life, so is your life a bit like a desert— desolate on the surface but rich underneath?... The Element Encyclopedia
Your waking feelings about the desert will be significant here; that which is a terrible ordeal for one person may symbolize romance and escapism for another. Likewise, a desert island may have a romantic associations for some people, whilst for others it can mean isolation, an intense desire for privacy or a cry for solitude to end in waking life. A dream of being alone in a desert may signify emotional isolation or being surrounded by a sea of emotions, and dreams of being with someone in the desert can indicate that this particular relationship is coming to an end. Such dreams can also suggest the need—if you are to survive—to consider very carefully a course of action you are about to take. Bear in mind, too, that the desert’s vast expanse and rich underground life may represent an invitation to seek out the mysteries of life beneath the surface.
Any dream that focuses on sand may have been highlighting the sands of time, which may be running out for you in certain aspects of your waking life. Quicksand, like bogs and swamps, reveals the uncertainties that can be found in even a seemingly firm reality.
If you are seeking out an oasis in your dream, it may represent the inner fears and insecurities that you may have to deal with.
When you are resting at an oasis, positive future business and monetary ventures may be around the corner, although it might simply be a sign that you are in need of a vacation.... The Element Encyclopedia
The place where fear and temptation and ghosts reside. See T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Withdrawal and asceticism. Symbol of the peak experiences that will lead toward self-realization. But the dreamer has to get all the insights and power from himself; there are no teachers.
An illustration of the new and unknown.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
You are dreaming of unmet needs and the consequences of past choices that have not served you. Human beings are social animals. We have lived in community with one another since our arrival on the planet. To find yourself in a place that is deserted and devoid of the presence of other human beings would leave you helpless in many ways.
The severity of this vulnerability would depend greatly on where you were, what resources you had access to, as well as your own fortitude and courage. Even in the best of circumstances, your very survival would be at risk; hence, the primary symbolic meaning of this symbol is connected to risk and death. While loneliness might be thought of as the underlying emotional content of such an event, it is the absence of human resources that carries the interpretable weight of this symbol. Even if you found the absence of other people comforting, this meaning still applies. You may want to consider how relying on others for getting your needs met may be the root cause of the anxiety that sparked this dream.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about “changing sides” (becoming a deserter) is a warning: don’t sacrifice your convictions because you are fearful and concerned about rejection. Remain true to yourself!... Dreamers Dictionary
If you dreamed of deserting someone or something, you can expect to lose a friend through foolish gossip, but if, in your dream, you were deserted, you can count on true friends who will rally to your cause whenever needed.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(1) A wilderness may symbolize your shadow - that is, the parts of you that consciousness has not yet reached (for shadow).
(2) Going into the wildemess / outback / bush may signify leaving your present state of mind or lifestyle behind and entering a kind of limbo where everything is possible and choices have to be made.
If so, your unconscious is beckoning you to a new stage of personal development. (Compare the temptation, i.e. testing, of Jesus and other spiritual masters; and initiation ceremonies where initiates spend time in the wild.) See also Introduction, page 43.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols