I’m dreaming of skeletons!

This weekend is Halloween; the day of the dead.  All Hallows Eve is the moment in our solar cycle where the veil between the visible world and the invisible realms is considered to be the most penetrable.  Since dreams are clearly an inhabitant of the other side of life, I honor this “holiday” with a few dictionary terms that are Halloween-inspired.  Today’s term is Skeleton.  Check back over the next few days for more spooky symbols!!


Universal Landscape:  Hidden structure, old or outdated foundations.

Dreaming Lens:  Is the skeleton complete or fractured?  Is it a medical skeleton that is clean and pristine or is it buried and partially decayed?  Is the skeleton recognizable as having once supported someone known to you?  Does it frighten you or intrigue you?

Personal Focus:  Skeletons support the physical body and are not readily visible to the outside world.  They are the foundation on which everything else is built.  In the dream world, they represent this same underlying structure of our bodies, ourselves and our lives.  A skeleton is the invisible underpinning of any physical, conceptual, emotional or spiritual construct in your waking life.

The skeleton of our lives is the structure of ideas, beliefs and myths around which we superimpose our sense of self.  When you can see the skeleton of something, you have a better idea of what is supporting it or holding it upright.  If you dream of this image, you might be getting a message that something in the structure needs to be examined.

Discovering a skeleton in a closet may suggest that some of your thought structures may be outdated and need to be taken out and contemplated.  If a skeleton is being studied in a laboratory, it may be time to explore the underlying structure of something–ask what’s underneath so you may better discover ways of managing an area of your life.

Consider what context the skeleton appears in the dream and how you respond to it emotionally.  A sense of fear (“shaken to the bones”) means you may fear confronting some underlying structure that you have perhaps taken for granted.  Do you need to reconsider your beliefs about something or someone?  If so, you may dream of a skeleton appearing as a result of such an investigation.  Your familiarity or comfort level with seeing the skeleton will match the insight you are having as the essence of that area of your life is exposed to your inner view.

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10 Responses to I’m dreaming of skeletons!

  1. Elise Renee Gingerich July 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    please don’t email me back my email box is Too full! but here goes: a dream about being in a Basement with some Man that i really did not know, and there was a Child’s Skeleton, that had long been Dead, lying upon an Unused Bed Matress or whatever… ps: at first i was a little Spooked by the long since Dead Child’s Skeleton, but then it was suddenly just plain Depressing to me anyways, that some Unknow and long Forgotten Child’s Skeleton, was down in some Unknown Basement, i guess It was inside of a House or something, and the Basement, was only being Used for Storing Unused Junk, or whatever… What does That mean??

  2. mlennox July 14, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Since houses represent our sense of self, the house in your dream may connect to an old sense of identity, something long ago abandoned, perhaps in your childhood. The Basement suggests we are investigating realms that are below the surface, but still available if you go exploring. The man with you may represent the part of you that is trying to point out this lost aspect of your self. Ask yourself what ways of being in the world did you abandon from your childhood – perhaps a sense of playfulness. As creepy as this dream feels, what it may be pointing out to you could be about joy.

  3. Elise Renee Gingerich August 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Thank You… mlennox!
    elise renee gingerich over and out

  4. aeman December 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    i ve seen in my dream that my husband skelton is sitting besides me….

  5. abhishek chatterjee April 7, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    i had a dream of working with 2 cops,rather interning with them and then leaving them the very day i joined them,i guess i had that dream because i was watching a crime thriller and my sub-concius was playing that in my mind.
    Then i had a nightmare where i was escaping a sort of island surrounded by skeletons that were not completely decayed with purple-blackish nails and greenish-blackish decaying skin and hair.
    i was escaping in a rather small boat only to realize it had no sails.
    the next thing i know i am in a room and i am talking,rather interrogating one of these creatures and i woke up feeling shaken and frightened at 4.15 in the morning

  6. April May 10, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    My dream was about a miscarried baby, whose skeleton is coming out the skin and flesh, nothing seemed to be attached or structured, but all bones were coming out. I woke up frightened. Hours later i went back to sleep, only to dream skeletons again this time, the story started off with a woman trying to get into our house, and i just plainly asked her to get out, dad didn’t see her, and was in a different room, but asked me to be nice to her until he comes and sees her. The whole thing changes to a batman kind of character trying to protect us from a bad government, then there were two women who saved each other’s live multiple times. Eventually, these three characters’ form changed from human to skeleton.

    what does it mean?

  7. erica July 17, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    I dream of my boyfriends burning skeletons and it keeps looking at me and its half skeleton half human in da face

  8. erica July 17, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    I dream of my boyfriends burning skeleton half human half face skeleton burning andits staring at me as though asking for help or expecting me to say somthing

  9. Lynn February 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    I dream of clearly seeing faces of people I’ve never seen before. The faces flash back and forth between skeletons and normal faves. Sometimes the feeling is that they have blank minds and they are “bad”.

  10. Mercedes S magee May 19, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Okay so I just woke up from my dream as we speak” I was inside a hotel or seem like a apartment an on the backokneew it was a body of bones and I woke up in night sweats