What does it mean to see an candle in a dream?

Candle Dream Meaning: From 27 Different Sources


(1) A candle may be a phallic symbol.

(2) A lighted candle might symbolize enlightenment, or a search for truth. The darkness illuminated by the candle might be what Jung called the ‘Shadow’; in which case the dream would be an invitation to explore the unfamiliar and perhaps frightening regions of your psyche.

(3) A burning candle may express your awareness or fear of death or of growing old.

A Dictionary of Dream Symbols | Eric Ackroyd


Male sex organ. Lighting a candle, a birth; prayer.

If lit amid darkness: finding understanding or courage amid doubts, fears, depression. Candle burning out: awareness of death. Occasionally measure of how much time we have left in life. Idioms: burn the candle at both ends; not fit to hold a candle.

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp


Candles in dreams bnng illumination to what is hidden in the darkness or deep within the subconscious. Candles may represent spiritual fulfillment, illumination, and enlightenment or bring to light the obstacles as well as the potential in life. Candles may be present to ask you to pray or to give a blessing.

Ariadne's Book of Dream | Ariadne Green


A person’s life, Matt. 12:20

Christian Dream Symbols | Tyler Wolfe


A candle is a symbol for the spark of life that we are all masters of. You ignite a candle to signify important moments and to represent your ability to create light where previously there was none.

A dream with a candle in it may be indicating that such a creative moment is at hand. An unlit candle indicates the potential for light to come into some dark space. Lighting a candle in a dream may indicate a desire to celebrate life’s milestones and key experiences.

If the candles in your dream have particular colors associated with them, look to the symbolic meanings of those colors for deeper meaning.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams | Dr. Mıchael Lennox


The passing of time; enlightenment if lit; melted or fallen indicates little time left; see “melting”

Dream Dictionary Unlimited | Margaret Hamilton


Dreaming of a burning candle at night holds promise of a beacon in the darkness.

If you’re feeling a little down when you dream this, it’s a sign that there is hope, and things will soon get better.

A new, unlit candle indicates untapped potential, while a candle on the verge of guttering out heralds the end of a project, usually intellectual in nature. Candlesticks carried by individuals imply an increase in your social life.

Dream Explanations of Astro Center | Astro Center


Candles in dreams imply we are seeking understanding or clarification about some topic or concept. Candles can also mean the individual is reflecting on the past. When present on a birthday cake, candles are indicative of a transition phase.

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Lighting a candle is symbolic of asking for something that one may need.

Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation | Dream Meanings Anonymous


The symbolism of candles has recently taken on a whole added significance as people re-explore religion and belief more thoroughly. They have always signified illumination, wisdom, strength, beauty and now signal the end of darkness or ignorance. Lit, they suggest the enduring flame of life and the use of power. Unlit, they signify potential held in reserve.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Psychological / emotional perspective: Psychologically candles can represent knowledge or wisdom that has not yet fully crystallized. Used as tools, they mark our control of personal magic and dreams will often give information as to their best use. Lighting a candle to bridget to welcome her in was transposed in the christian church to the celebration of candlemas on 2 february when new candles were placed in churches signifying the end of winter.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Material aspects: In pagan times, the candle or taper represented the ritualistic dispersing of darkness and a way of worshipping power.

To dream of candles indicates that we are trying to clarify something that we do not understand. Candles on a birthday cake can therefore indicate that we are marking a transition from the old to the new. Lighting a candle represents using courage and fortitude or asking for something which we need.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Gives gender - specific: It has been suggested that the candle epitomizes masculine power (candle) and feminine passion (flame), the one being useless without the other. In a woman’s dream, therefore, extinguishing a candle might suggest control of a perceived power, whereas in a man’s dream it will suggest control of external factors. You might like to consult the entries for fire, light and wax as well as the information on phallus in sex / sexual images.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Universal Landscape: Creative spark. Harnessed power.

Dreaming Lens: Were you lighting a candle or was it lit? Was this the only source of light? Were there many candles, as on a birthday cake? What color was the candle or its light? What was the intended mood produced by the candlelight: romantic, spiritual, or celebratory? Did you have a resource for lighting the candle? Was the candle posing the danger of starting a fire?

Personal Focus: When we light a candle, we are committing an act of creation. Fire has an enormous amount of power. When it is restrained in such a benevolent and gentle manner, it symbolizes the dominion that human beings can have over the elements to bring light to a dark place.

There is a magical glow to candlelight, perhaps even more so in modern times, because of how subtle it is compared to artificial light. Lighting a candle is a mainstay in various rituals that symbolize the beginning of something sacred, as if it represents the point of contact with our Creator. In this way, lighting a candle can be an indication of the beginning of some important event, phase, or relationship in life. The amount, color, quality, and other information from the Dreaming Lens will provide you with an accurate interpretation.

The connection of candlelight to romance is crucial and could indicate the desire or readiness for love and intimacy. Conversely, blowing a candle out might mean the end of such a phase. Dream candles might also symbolize creative impulses. The association of candles on a cake and birthdays could reflect a moment of taking stock of where you are in your life at this time. Candles can easily start a destructive fire, so consider the potential for danger if the flame you are burning should get out of control.

The structure of a candle itself represents the spiritual perspective to creativity and change. The candle is the idea you are having, while the flame is the power of focusing your intention, and the wax that melts and burns away is the transformation that results.

Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide for Interpreting Any Dream | Dr. Michael Lennox


Symbol: The candle is a symbol of light—representing a connection between spirit and matter.

Vision: A brighdy burning candle is a promise: in future things will turn out the way you have hoped. It could also mean an invitation to a party.

The flame of the candle flickering or giving off smoke: the state of your health is not stable.

A candle burning quietly and steadily is a sign of peace, prayer, contemplation, and a challenge to look within. Watching the flame of a candle go out: you may suddenly be informed of the illness or death of a person close to you, or it could mean that a dose friendship is coming to an end.

Depth Psychology: The candle is a phallic symbol. Is there a flame of passion burning within you for another person? The candle also gives us light and warmth and expresses your desire for greater understanding, enlightenment, or wisdom. See Light.

Dreamers Dictionary | Garuda


An unlit candle is a symbol of opportunity A lit candle symbolizes revelation; that which was hidden will be revealed to you.

To dream of a candelabra or chandelier is a sign of taking on new responsibility.

Gypsy Dream Dictionary | Raymond Buckland


A symbol of life, particularly a burning candle. May also point to specific festivities. See Light.

Already, in antiquity, the candle was a male sexual symbol. Also, according to Freud, a phallic symbol.

A broken candle symbolizes impotence.

Little Giant Encyclopedia | Klaus Vollmar


This is a good omen, provided the Candle burns brightly. But if it is extinguished, you may expect trouble.

Mystic Dream Book | Internet Archive - Anonymous


1. If blowing out, the end of an emotional relationship.

2. Hope.

New American Dream Dictionary | Joan Seaman - Tom Philbin


Dreams of candles symbolize power, energy, heat and the amplification of energy. It also signifies good luck and clarity of intent.

If a candle is extinguished in your dream, then you are surrendering your attachment to a goal or romance.

If a candle is burning from both ends, you are overextending yourself and need to find balance, otherwise you will burn yourself out. See Light.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous


1- In Pagan times, the candle or taper represented the dispersing of darkness and a way of worshipping power.

To dream of candles indicates that we arc trying to clarify something that we do not understand. Candles on a birthday cake can therefore indicate that we are marking a transition from the old to the new. Lighting a candle represents using courage and fortitude or asking for something which we need.

2- Since candles are now regarded as old-fashioned, psychologically they can represent knowledge or wisdom that has not fully crystallised. They can also represent our control of personal magic.

3- Illumination, wisdom, strength, beauty.

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball


Spirituality, insight and clarity.Safety and ego. Candles symbolize light and where there is light, there is hope.

A lit candle suggests that you are unconsciously seeking comfort and some sort of spiritual enlightenment.

An unlit candle suggests that you may be feeling rejection and disappointment or can’t see anything positive or “light” in a situation or in yourself.

If in your dream you watch the candle burn down to nothing, it suggests that you may have fears of getting older and dying.

For men it may connote a fear about waning sexual abilities 

The Bedside Dream Dictionary | Silvana Amar


A lit candle indicates that you are trying to establish a connection with the essence of your being.

If the candle is doused, the dream is suggesting that you utilize your energy in positive things, in activities that will directly benefit you. Possible, you are wasting your potential in affairs that will not bring you satisfaction.

Candlestick It is a symbol of spiritual light. Dreams that portray candlesticks are an invitation to potentialize all your sensibility as means of personal development.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke


Mood or romance.

Spirituality or the idea of the presence of God.

Religion or ritual.

Clarity, understanding, or “shedding some light” on a particular subject.

Using energy (as in the flame converting wax to energy).

See also: Light (Illumination); Fire

The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary | Nancy Wagaman


Light within. Each soul has a light, and ability to see with clarity depends upon the strength of the inner light. The true nature of your being is light. Awareness determines brightness.

The Dream Books Symbols | Betty Bethards


The small flame of a candle can spread considerable light, so if it appears in your dream, it may be suggesting that only a small amount of energy will achieve the same results in waking life. And because the light of a candle illuminates, your dreaming mind may be focused on intellectual or spiritual development.

If you are blowing out your candle, this could suggest the ending of a phase or relationship in waking life.

If you put the candle out with spit or urine, is this a symbol of your disgust at, or disapproval of, a person or viewpoint in waking life?

The Element Encyclopedia | Theresa Cheung


To see one being lighted forecasts a birth, to exhibit a lighted candle augurs contentment and prosperity; to make candles, joy and satisfaction; to see a candle burning brilliantly denotes prosperity to men, health to invalids, marriage to celibates; a dimly burning candle shows sickness, sadness and delay (Artemidorus). The symbolism is that of the sacred flame, the vital spark, with the sacredness invariably attendant upon the fiery element.

The Fabric of Dream | Katherine Taylor Craig


(LAMP) (see Fire, Light, Torch)

Illumination, understanding, or enlightenment.

The quest to understand spiritual matters.

The soul. As the Bible says, “let your light so shine among men.”

A candle being lit represents a new beginning, whereas an extinguished candle symbolizes the passing of the old.

Fear of an early death or growing old (e.g., having your candle “snuffed out”).

Spiritual presences.

A winding sheet or blue flame on the candle, according to folklore, speaks of ghostly company. This might be a departed loved one, an angel, or even your Higher Self trying to communicate (see Ghost).

Energy levels. Are you burning the candle at both ends?

Hope and protection. In the Middle Ages candles were not only a source of light, but were placed near beds to safeguard the sleeper from wandering spirits.

Ideas or ideals. Suddenly experiencing comprehension (having the proverbial “light bulb” go on).

An alternative phallic symbol. Pagan folk dances often included candle jumping for fertility.

A clear burning flame on a candle indicates the presence of devoted friends, or constancy’ in yourself.

The Language of Dreams | Patrica Telesco

11 dream interpretations related to the symbols you see in your dreams.


To see them burning with a clear and steady flame, denotes the constancy of those about you and a well-grounded fortune.

For a maiden to dream that she is molding candles, denotes that she will have an unexpected offer of marriage and a pleasant visit to distant relatives.

If she is lighting a candle, she will meet her lover clandestinely because of parental objections.

To see a candle wasting in a draught, enemies are circulating detrimental reports about you.

To snuff a candle, portends sorowful{sic} news. Friends are dead or in distressful straits. ... candles dream meaning


To see a candlestick bearing a whole candle, denotes that a bright future lies before you filled with health, happiness and loving companions.

If empty, the reverse. ... candlestick dream meaning

Roman Candle

To see Roman candles while dreaming, is a sign of speedy attainment of coveted pleasures and positions.

To imagine that you have a loaded candle and find it empty, denotes that you will be disappointed with the possession of some object which you have long striven to obtain. See Rocket.... roman candle dream meaning


In a dream, a candleholder represents a wife if the person is unwed, and it represents a son for a married man.

(Also see Chandler)... candleholder dream meaning


(Wax) In a dream, a candlelight represents might or a noble son who is generous and giving. Melting wax of a burning candle in a dream represents hard earned, but lawful money. Ifan unmarried person sees a candlestick in his dream, it means marriage, an important appointment, a righteous man or guidance of a heedless person, or richness of a poor person.

(Also see Chandler)... candlelight dream meaning

Candles Store

In a dream, a candles store represents repentance and guidance.

(Also see Chandler)... candles store dream meaning


To dream of one denotes a birth; many, a death (Gypsy). ... wax-candle dream meaning

Candelabra / Candlestick

Enlightenment. Awareness.... candelabra / candlestick dream meaning

Wax Candles

Beware of designing women or men.... wax candles dream meaning

Altar Candle

An altar candle symbolizes the efforts you have to make to get to know everything around you, the passage of time consumed slowly. It conveys a sense of heaviness, slowness.

A lit candle is an announcement of marriage or birth. To see that it is slowly burning indicates good health; but if it is quickly consumed it predicts disease.... altar candle dream meaning

Candle Stick

1. Represents light-bearers, the true Church;

2. The Holy Spirit;

3. Revelation of God`s word;

4. Church;

5. Struggle; (personal experience) Ps. 119:105; Rev. 1:20; Prov. 24:20.... candle stick dream meaning