The Meaning of Houses In Dreams

Houses in dreams are the symbolic representation of the dreamer’s sense of self.  No matter what other imagery or circumstances may present themselves in a dream, a house should be considered an unconscious expression of your sense of personal identity.  This also applies to any home-like dwelling, such as an apartment, hotel room, trailer, grass hut or any of the possibilities of “home” that exist in the imagination.

The perspective or view of the house takes on specific meaning.  The front of a house connects to the persona, the part of you that you show the world.  The back is what is private or hidden.  What you discover on the inside reflects various, compartmentalized aspects of yourself.  Side views or alternate angles may connect to presenting yourself in the world in a limited, partial or inaccurate fashion.

The size, style, condition and reflection of abundance levels will play a key role in interpreting this symbol in a dream.  You will need to consider both the feelings evoked by the house in the dream itself, as well as what comes up for you when comparing it to your actual, waking-life home.  Whatever shades of meaning you glean from your dream must be interpreted as reflecting an unconscious expression of self.

A mansion on a grand scale may indicate a sense of opening yourself up to greater levels of abundance.  This could also be revealing a level of inappropriate grandiosity, depending on your current levels of esteem.  Conversely, a moment in life that feels constraining and steeped in lack might evoke a dream image of a house that is more hovel than home.  Yet, this same image could be a symbolic representation of deeper levels of humility emerging within you.

A new house might mean a new sense of self is on the horizon, or needs to be.  An older, dilapidated model reflects feelings in sync with such a visual image.  Adding an extension indicates such an expansion may be occurring on a personal level.  A house on fire is expressing that powerful levels of transformation are afoot.  Whatever the Dreaming Lens is offering you about a house should be incorporated into an interpretation of your sense of self at the time of the dream.

If you dream of a specific home from an earlier time in your life, you are looking at the person you are today as a direct result of what was going on back then.  This can refer to occurrences in the environment associated with the home and the people in it, as well as developmental issues based on your age at the time, which brings us to our next concept.

Dr Michael Lennox

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58 Responses to The Meaning of Houses In Dreams

  1. Cindy February 16, 2016 at 4:25 am #

    Hi, I have been dreaming the same dream for a couple of days now about 3 days could be more where I struggle to get into my own house. There is barbed wire fence security- it’s nearly impossible to get in. But I always get back through the neighbor who stays next door. I go through his house to get into my garden and he knows this route I need to take so he lets me. He understands that it’s difficult for me to get into my house. But every time I find myself outside I am running up a steep hill and then I struggle to get back in again

  2. Francis nahamya February 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    Could this mean that you are being exploited by someone close to you?

  3. Karli March 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    I have been having nightmares about my grandmother’s house. It is almost always about someone breaking in the house.

  4. palesa bodutu March 11, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    Hi,I have been having the same dream for 3 years. I live in a double storey mansion. I’m very unhappy and lonely with 2 kids that are not mine but these kids never leave their rooms,and anyone entering the house die the same year or few years later

  5. Mel March 23, 2016 at 3:13 am #

    I have had 2 dreams of a house I wanna buy, in the dream anyways. It’s a huge beautiful mansion. Very different layout but has a bit of leftover junk inside. Older flooring. I remember thinking it was a fixer upper but feeling excited about it and seeing it’s beauty. Is that me? ..,, am I a fixer upper? Doesn’t really sound positive 🙁

  6. Gabrielle April 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    Great thoughts on this. I often times dream of a large house with a beautiful garden and a gazebo. Presently I am self employed and struggling to make ends meet so perhaps it’s an escape on a subconscious level. Any thoughts?

  7. David Tuttle April 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    Over the last 10 years or so I have had almost the same dream every few months or so . Each time that I have this dream a lil something changes each time . There is a trailer sitting in a grassy yard with a hillside of trees on each side . On the back side of the trailer the hill goes downward and in front it is up hill . I have walked up the hill and there’s 2 old house . One to the right and another up to the left a lil way . Well I’ve been in the trailer and looked around a bunch of times and there was never anyone there until last night . Last night there was a young lady there and we talked but I can’t remember every word we said . But near the end of the dream she told me that she loved me and spoke of us getting married . I have no idea where this trailer is or who the young lady is . Shall I ever find out ? Can anyone tell me why I have had these dreams and what they may mean ? Thanks !

  8. Winfield May 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

    I had a dream of a nice big house. I was in the back of the house I was so happy my friends was there but they was at a distance Congratulate me. Then at one point I was in the house looking out the window at the but still happy. Then I was back in The yard looking at the pool I washed my hands in the pool and dirty went down into the pool then I woke up

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