What does my dream about war mean?

Once in a while, I like to blog with a term from my dream dictionary, Dream Sight (Llewellyn Press, February 2011).  Usually, a dream I have had or heard from another person inspires me to pick a specific term and post it.  Recently, several people have shared with me their dreams that are either about war or taking place in war.  And, of course, we are all in a battle with our selves every day of our lives.  It is my hope that though dream work, each of us can be on the winning side of our own personal wars and emerge from the fray with our dignity in tact, more self-aware and conscious of who we really are.

With that, here’s “War/Battle.”


Universal Landscape:  Shifting boundaries.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you in a battle?  How much danger were you in?  Were you connected with others on your side, or were you close to the enemy?  Were you advancing the front line, or attempting to damage the resources of your enemy?  Did you know the cause for which you were fighting?

Personal Focus:  The object of war is for one entity to obtain the land and/or resources of another.  Therefore, war in a dream indicates change on such a large scale that it can only be accomplished by the use of major force.  Our world is a set of organized boundaries we know as countries.  Our psyches are divided in a similar way.  These boundaries are, ultimately, fluid.  Things change—sometimes dramatically—which leaves us feeling vulnerable.  When the change is sudden and violent, the unconscious may use a dream of war to express the enormity of the internal shift that’s occurring.

There is a distinction between war and battle.  War implies an ongoing state of flux whereas battle is the actual shift taking place in a small increment of upheaval and change.  If you dream of being in wartime, then your life may reflect a grand cycle of transformation that is currently taking place.

Most people living in America have never experienced wartime, but to live under the threat of war is to be in constant, hyper-awareness of danger lurking just about everywhere.  If this is the case in your dream, look to where in life your defenses might be running on high.  If you dream of an actual battle, then the immediacy of the symbolism implies something much more current in your waking life.  Look to where changes in boundaries are eminent, both in your outside world as well as within, as many battles are with ourselves.

Generally speaking, there are two points of focus for modern war: one is to advance the front line in either direction, essentially shifting the land borders between countries.  This connects symbolically to the establishment of boundaries that we must carve out each and every day of our lives.  The greater intensity of the war in your dreams, the more intense the daytime conflict being expressed is likely to be.

The other focus of war is to destroy the resources of the enemy.  This has a more complex symbolism as it involves invasion and aggression; qualities which imply assumption and risk.  When this is the focus of your dream, know that you are in some dark and dangerous territory.   If you knew the cause you were fighting for, you must add this information to your interpretation.

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11 Responses to What does my dream about war mean?

  1. Lucero Zavala January 25, 2015 at 6:39 am #

    What dose it mean when you dream with your recently deceased father (6mnths) that you are being held by large group of Army in a town and you already escaped but will go back because you will not leave without your father and the small group of people and you and your father and leading a small group of people as well, but completely surrounded by the army men who are now on high mountain’s and we are at the bottom trying to dodge bullets.

    sincerely, Lucero Zavala

  2. mo October 17, 2015 at 6:11 am #

    I’ve had crazy dreams about war. And even tho I only remember bits and pieces of those dream. Those bits and pieces stand out.
    1. I have a dream of me running home while balls of fire were falling from the sky and I was on the phone with my mom and she was telling me “hurry get home now! Get home!” It felt so real idk how to explain it but in the dream my thoughts were this is the end God is here. But when I woke war definitely was something I thought of as well.

    2. A second dream that is vivid is that we were in a middle of a war. Me and my older brother were guiding families to a certain room but kept telling them “we need to be quite or they will find us”

    3. One of my many vivid but most recent dreams was me and my mother running while things were getting bombed and I kept telling her “mom we can’t stop running we need to keep going”

    Idk I got so many trippy dreams idk if I’m doing this to myself. But I would like to speak with someone who knows a thing or 2 about the dreams I have

  3. Alice November 14, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    I had a dream similar to yours MO. In my dream there were gigantic concrete balls falling out of the sky and I wasnt the warrior or even fighting I was lik a jew in a modern ww2. When I woke up and started thinking about the dream it felt useless to hide from the enemy and from the boulders but then again what else was I supposed to do stand there and die? I feel like the places I was hiding behind like broken/ruined houses that were destroyed by the boulders and even stone or concrete tables/benches symbolizes comfort and that I needed comfort even if it was hopeless. I also felt like the elder sister (yet in real life I don’t have a sister) taking care of my sister as best as I could even though I always kept telling her to hide to close her eyes that it will pass and we won’t be killed at any second, I think I was pretty bad at that too. I remember her huddle into a little ball and if she couldve moved in The tight corners we had to squeeze into I knew she would sway back and forth. And I felt like I just stared at her but staring through her because it was easier to think that I didn’t know her and that that fact would cause less pain then the deceitful lies I told her. She cried, I didn’t. And in all this catastrophe it was a hot sunny day lik in a desert in winter, a pretty nice day with beautiful white clouds and green grass patches on the ground.

  4. Kylie January 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    Well the dream I had was about hella people getting captured and tortured till they die.. And a bunch of russianers (I’m not trying to be racist) were bombing the united states. I got scared and hid at my friends house, they’re I just saw an image that they were finding out new ways how to torture the captured people. This is when I woke up and realized that it wasn’t real but it did feel like it. I remember seeing people I know getting killed and \ or running away. Idk who though. I feel like this is what america has come to and will receive in the future..

  5. Sebastian January 8, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

    I don’t know bout y’all but I’m 16 years old I have fucked up dreams every night the one war dream I rem very good is the time I was shooting at people we were in a small town and people were shooting so I starting shooting back and I remember one of my bullets hitting a person in the head like I could see the bullet in the air spirriling like a football I swear to god I shit u not on some matrix shit and it hit the person and he died ….like I didn’t know wtf I was doing g but nobody gonna kill me in my dreams 😂😂 frfr I have a bad dream every night bout something tryna kill me but I allways kill it or get away

  6. X February 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    i dream abount enemy invasion and occupation of communist in my country since 1960s and a vison of many war involve communist agression in the south east asia.

  7. X February 5, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    i dream about enemy invasion and occupation of communist in my country with civil war in 1960s and a vision of many war involve by communist countries aggression in the south east asia.

  8. Elizabeth February 15, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    I just woke up from a war dream. It felt so real.. Korea & Iraq ( not being racist) were fighting for United States. It’s was big WAR! My family was running away in there car not know where they were going. Me I have my own little family. My husband and my two kids get in my mom car and we get stop by Iraq people. And they separated male and female. They took my husband and my 4 month old son. Not knowing where! They put me and my daughter in a banded house with tons of women. Then iraq men would come and choose a American women to sleep with. Me and my daughter some how ecape. Bombs were destroying towns and homes. I woke up and was wondering why I had this dream. Never in my life I had dreams of war…

  9. Lulu March 14, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    Just now I had a dream where my country was attacked of a bunch of terrorists. There were missiles everywhere and I could clearly hear the explosion, not just once or twice but it was about ten times I think. Weird thing is that I could feel the vibration, as if the ground were actually shaking. I saw missile circling our home and I think it was not a normal missile because in my dream, it had some kind of sensor which could detect life around its orbit, and once it saw its prey, it would simply chase you. At some point the missile saw me and turned inside our house. I thought, “Okay. This is it,” but somehow we, my family and I, survived.

    Another thing is that I saw children being abducted and killed, like I was watching some kind of virtual reality. I saw the murder, whom I thought might be one of the terrorists, and then I saw something even weirder. There was two men, one of them was the terrorists, and a woman in a bathtub or something like that. Both men had ropes around their neck and it somehow worked like a see-saw. One man goes down, the other goes up. The thing is, the terrorist man killed the other man by going down, meaning that he pulled the other man up, so low that the rope on the other man’s neck tightened and he died. The terrorist man then stood up and went higher so that the other man was completely drowned in the tub. It seemed like bothe the terrorist and the woman had planned it beforehand because they looked happy when it’s done.

    One thing for sure is that the fear felt so real.

  10. iDreamOfReality March 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    This is my dreaming experiences well. just one in particular. these dreams feel as real as reality right now as im sitting here at my desk typing up this entry. cheers.
    i have had a lot of dreams from different ages it seems 3 or 2 days ago i dreamed i was getting shipped into a fort and i was on a trolley there were friends there with me but ive never seen them in real life there was always a guy who picked on me a little bit most of the people i got shipped in with died on the first day i think because when i woke up to the alarm there bunks were empty and a lot of the dream still remains vivid and in parts but the parts that stand out is where the enemy has taken the wall and is now coming down the stairs into the courtyard area before the lean too roof thing. Now the unit i was in was called the knights and as i remember there was a senior for every unit and one of the seniors for the archer unit was Bellamy from the 100 it was weird as fuck but at the time i didn’t recognize him eventually when my unit is basically destroyed from constant battle i get put into this archer unit where i start going in and out of what the fuck was happening one moment i was on the wall shooting arrows the next i was in the court yard killing an enemy soldier with a knife into his stomach or i almost got hit by a axe wielding foe the only reason i was alive is because i caught the axe pole part before he could swing then i stabbed him the neck where his armur was weak his death face is still in my head. he had ginger hair and a beard. im sorry if my story differs a little here and there i cant fully remember it but im going to mention different parts at different times and if your still reading to this point id suggest you sit down and read the rest you may find it a bit interesting. OKAY I WILL NOW ONLY TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT FUCKED DREAM.

    after the trolley we got off got showed to our bunks i had my eye on this blonde girl i came in on the trolley with but she was killed in the first battle i feel like i loved her but i couldn’t remember from where the enemy had ladders,siege towers and at some point n army of dark rabid creatures attacked i had no idea where these constant army’s came from but we kept getting new shipments of weapons supplies and soldiers it seemed the guy who picked on me had a girlfriend they were both native americans i never saw them when i was defending myself against factions of god knows what but after each battle id see them together in the courtyard area..come to think of it i dont really know how to describe this in words without drawing it for you but i can try there was a long wall and behind it a small area leading up to the what looked like a log roof thing but it had no walls just a ceiling and on the right side of that or left if your not on the wall is a small pond-ish area with a fountain i used to always walk over it to get to the wall i dont remember what i was doing before i walked over this area but i saw the two lovebirds there all the time i remember not seeing anyone die around me that i considered a friend but every time it happened my comrades from the trolley were gone group by group and at the end of the day the wall was lined with bodies of the fallen i killed alot of enemy soldiers buti had no idea who the fuck they were or why i was fighting them it was all really fucked and i can say afterwards i felt emotionally different like i witnessed a death of a loved partner or some shit like i went to the sink and washed my face i felt like i spent months or even years defending that wall but i never really understood why i was there or where i was before the trolley i have no memories of before being shipped in i blinked and i was on a trolley with oddly dressed looking id say knights but they had light chest armor and a more 30s-40s uniform look i looked down and i too was wearing one. i remember talking to the guy who picked on me girlfriend then he intervened and said trying with that game? or some shit i forget what i replied with but then BOOM CONSTANT DEATH AROUND ME every day i remember washing blood off myself or my weapon. i never had a weapon of choice at the start i had a sword but it was broken in the first clash after that i was using anything i could find on the ground….those are just flashes of what i remember but ive had other dreams like this with giant robotic exo suit things and ive had dreams im sitting in a foxhole and then i get shot and wake up i cant say what war or even if it exists but man…lady whoever ive only been able to remember stuff like this for about under a month it started with the exo suit thing robot whatever then it went to i was locked inside an endless virtual prison like i was locked in the internet i think for murder. ive had a lot darker dreams also but id rather not talk about those.. those are for me to tell no one

    That is my recent dream news for ya..sometimes i dont dream but others that shit happens ive done hours of research to look for an explanation but lets be honest here.. we may never have the tech to visually recreate or even understand dreaming but if we do i hypothesis that it will be within the next 200-400 years AND that is if we haven’t all died of a violent world war.

  11. Anonimum Maximus April 28, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    Well, i dreamt of being the field commanding leader of the invasion on my hometown. Though it is a small town with 5000 people, it seems useless to invade it. But it began small. I was walking trough the town at night as some sort of nightwatch. Suddenly a white dog attacks me and i began to defend myself, so i punched the dog a couple times, but it wouldnt stop. Then the owner came out of the house yelling to me that i need to back off from the dog. I tried to explain the dog attacked me but the owner shut the door en the dog stopped attacking and walked away. I felt angry because that owner wouldnt believe me because its his dog. And at that moment i saw 2 men coming out of a house which i didnt get along with in school.
    Than i began to walk further faster and i had some sort of satelite phone and i called in the invasion. First, many planes flew over the town and dropped paratroopers. They all landed spread out over the town. I couldnt see trough the buildings, but i just saw the troops everywhere. They began to destroy houses and capturing territory. All of sudden the towns troops appeared. They looked like american troops. (mine looked like german). Their troopes pushed us back to the point that we sat with 6 soldiers closed in on a square. As a last chance i called in more paratroopers, but instead footsoldiers arrived at the flanks of the town. Their troops needed to go there for defense and they just left us there. Then i looked on some sort of map and i saw we had 75% of the town captured and we were advancing.
    The soldiers and weaponry all looked like ww2 style

    Thats the end, and i have no idea what this means.

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