Dreaming of famous people: What do celebrities mean in dreams?

I saw this post from a facebook friend:

“Now WHY did I dream about naked dancers from the 70s having a Christmas party in a parking lot outside in zero degrees??? And why was Janet Jackson wearing pink mascara in my dream! Errrr yeah! She was at the party too! Damn, night nurse and brandy hot toddies…. Wow!”

And while I’m not going to venture an interpretation of this particular celebrity in this particular dreamer’s psyche – it inspired me to share the term Celebrity from my upcoming book Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide to Interpreting Any Dream coming in February.


Universal Landscape: Archetypal Character Aspect; heightened expressions of human traits or qualities.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you with a celebrity intimately or was it a celebrity sighting?  Did you know each other?  What was the connection between you?  Were there other people around?  Did you have sex?  Were you comfortable with the connection that you had?  Did you want more?  Did you want less?

Personal Focus:  Celebrities are the gods and goddesses of modern life and represent archetypal human qualities with which we all identify.  The essence of a particular celebrity’s image can be distilled into a character aspect by the ways in which we perceive them.  Millions of people hold the same projected image of celebrities.  The power of all that magnified perception endows them with superhuman status and removes any sense of the person underneath the persona.

Celebrities show up in our dreams when the stakes are a little higher in terms of what we’re dreaming about.  By providing a more powerful image, the unconscious is telling you to pay more attention.  Approach the interpretation the same way you would anyone in your dreams.  When considering the qualities of the person you are dreaming about, remember to look at everything about them and take into account how you perceive them, including if you are a fan or not or whether they are currently in or out of public favor.  When interpreting a celebrity from a dream, first consider what they embody on a universal level.  Then, and only then, add your personal feelings about them.  When you have done this, you will be clear about what character aspect of yourself you are dreaming of.

In the way that people in our dreams represent character aspects of ourselves, celebrities represent character aspects of the global consciousness as reflected by the idea of archetypes.  Celebrities are our modern-day gods and goddesses.  Dreaming about one of these elite individuals represents a need to explore the qualities they embody as a character aspect, but in a much more powerful way.  In a process identical to working with a character aspect of someone at the pedestrian level, a celebrity’s fame elevates the significance of the meaning you assign to them.  Your unconscious is using the notoriety associated with their public visibility to get your attention.  It is, in effect, providing you with an image that has a chance of making the dream memorable upon waking so that you might more readily take notice of the guidance available to you in the dream.

Sexual dreams with celebrities are common.  Most dreamers assume this is so because of how attractive most of them are.  Additionally, what they do puts them in a position to carry the sexual fantasies of their public.  However, in dream work, sexual dreams with celebrities are common because the drive to integrate archetypal energy is integral to the evolution of our souls.  When the unconscious is encouraging you to own the more powerful parts of your psychic makeup, there is no better way for it to get your attention than through highly charged, sexual imagery.

It is natural for us to need larger-than-life representations of the human experience to motivate us through the various challenges we face managing the stressors and disappointments that are a part of life’s journey.  Our culture’s fascination with the life of celebrities provides us with hope that our own lives have the potential for excitement and glamour, even if this is just a fantasy.  In fact, such fantasies can function as survival mechanisms for many people.

Discovering what a dream involving a celebrity might be telling you is the same as with any character aspect.  Since we are in the realm of archetypal energy when dealing with celebrities, the quality that your dream is inviting you to explore may be very obvious.  A sports figure may be asking you to examine your willingness to play the game of life with more confidence whereas a pop singer may be suggesting that more self-expression is crying out for release.  If you get stuck on how to interpret the meaning of a celebrity’s presence, the technique of using three adjectives to describe them works just as well with the famous as with the ordinary.

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107 Responses to Dreaming of famous people: What do celebrities mean in dreams?

  1. Kiana January 7, 2015 at 6:39 am #

    Okay so I’m a 14 year old girl and I had two dreams with my idol, who is quite a bit older than me.
    Three nights ago I dreamt that I was an older woman and that I was having sex with my idol on a bed, which was pleasurable. Then once we’d done, he put on his clothes and left the room, leaving me lying on the bed. (Btw I’m not sure if it matters but I can tell you who it is if you like)
    Then another dream, I was my normal age, and I inside at school, dressed in my favourite jacket, and a t-shirt with jeans. For some reason I was investigating why everyone was acting strange and couldn’t concentrate on work or anything, and I’d found a big lead- there was cocaine cubes in the canteen muffins, disguised as chocolate chips.
    Then, I broke a muffin open, but I heard a noise. I looked up and I saw him, my idol, again in front of the library. I ran to him and gave him a huge hug. Then when I’d let go, he had a sharpie in his hand and signed my right jacket sleeve, which was not what I wanted him to sign, but he did anyway. Then we walked down a hallway and outside and it ended. We were holding hands. What does all this mean?!

  2. Grace Stenberg February 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Pretty insightful, this definitely explains my dream about Marlon Brando last night… We’re watching the Fugitive kind in English class right now.

  3. Jake March 9, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    I had a dream I was hanging out with brad Pitt with my roommate in my apartment and we got along well and I noticed he was uncomfortable when I would give him props for his movies so I Directed the conversatIon to other things. He was being very genuine and he enjoyed the relaxed environment of my abode, away from the media. I treated him like I would treat any of my friends and I think he was not used to that. It seemed as though in my dream he opened up to me in a way he would not to others

  4. Lizzie Cha April 27, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    But I still do not get it…so what does it mean to dream about having sex with KPOP idols????

  5. Daniela June 21, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    I had a dream with Hayes Grier he told me that he loves me and that he wants to date me he even teared up In the dream….. He told me That he try’s to talk to me but that I don’t listen. What does this dream mean

  6. Manda September 17, 2015 at 3:34 am #

    Let’s make this abundantly clear before I begin. I’m beyond a happily engaged woman, and not any of my male celebrity crushes couldn’t pay my fiancè enough money to leave him for one of them.

    The man who visited me in my dream before I woke up today was Norman Reedus. In my dream, he and I knew each other very well. I can never see me in my dreams, but everyone and everything else I can. We were in a lightly lit room, it looked like wood walls surrounding us, a wooden bench and table, and one large window that was slightly opened and an old fashioned sink. Norman was leaning up against the sink with his left foot propped up on the back of the cupboard where the sink was built in, and I was sitting on the wooden bench, while my friend was standing across from Norman. She started in towards him, trying to kiss him and be in his arms. Disgusted, Norman pushed her away and told her to leave him alone. She made another attempt towards him, and he told her to back off, she’s not his type. So I stood up and told her to back off and respect him, or she could leave. She got hell bent and tried her move in on him again, but I was too fast and grabbed her arm and yanked her toward the door and demanded she leave. After she left, I apologized to Norman for my friend’s behaviour, and that’s when Norman took me in his arms and kissed me deeply and passionately. I could feel his left had caress down my hair, gently tugging while his right hand held the curve of my back, keeping my body pressed against his. Omg, the love making was phenomenal. I could feel his breath in my ear when he whispered to me that my soft moaning was sweet to his ears and that I was the best he’s ever been with. I could feel his hair tickle my face when we kissed, and I could feel the warmth of his body on mine. I could feel his back as I raced my hands all over it, and his firm butt as I grabbed it. After we were done, he propped himself up with his right elbow, looked me seriously in my eyes and asked me to marry him. At first I found it hard to answer, because hey, he’s a celebrity and did he do this with other women? Was I just another notch on his belt? It was as if he could hear my thoughts because he assured me he was serious in asking me, and assured he never did this with other women. He asked me again, and I said yes. All of a sudden, we were in a large off white almost ivory coloured room with a giant, lit pool in the middle of the room. The pool water was a perfect temperature, not freezing cold, not Luke warm, just perfect. We swam and flirted with each other in the pool. Norman took me in his arms again, and asked me to marry him again. Before I could say yes, he pressed me up against the wall of the pool and we made love again. It was blissful. And then my weather alert chimed loudly and woke me up. Only in my dreams will I be with Norman Reedus.

  7. Cathy September 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

    I had a dream about J.K.Rowling a few nights ago. I don’t really remember a whole lot I just remember that she looked a lot older than she does now. For some reason I was thinking she was in her 70s. I remember I felt sad and nostalgic like my younger years were becoming more and more apart of the past. Then I remember looking out in a grass landscape, with sun rays very bright in my eyes, the grass was tall and overgrown, and I think I was walking on a path. It was peaceful and very heaven like. What does it mean?

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