Dream Interpretation Cave | Dream Meanings
Seeing a dark, underground cave generally spells danger. However, a cave on a hill or mountain indicates that you’ll soon have new opportunities.
If you dream you’re inside a cave, you’ll experience frustration. See the cave from the outside, and your situation will gradually improve.
General Meaning: A season of obscurity but also of intimacy with the Lord. In a negative sense, a cave is a picture of trying to escape the pressures of life.
• Positive: Although it might not seem that a cave can be a positive place, it does speak of a place of being protected and hidden away. I remember the Lord giving me a vision once where he drew me to a cave.
• The cave was empty except for me and Him. He said that here He would teach me everything that I needed for the next phase of my spiritual walk.
For a season things would quiet down and I would not be involved with a lot of people, but that this was of Him.
• It was indeed one of the most precious times of my life where I came to know the Lord Jesus face to face at a new level. It was a time where He brought the Scriptures to life for me and gave me a new impartation of his love.
• So if you have a vision or dream of the Lord drawing you aside, this is a good thing. It speaks of a time of seclusion that is temporary. However it will be a time of much growth for you. Even Elijah experienced the still voice of the Lord in the cave.
• 1 Kings 19:9 And he came there to a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD [Yahweh] [came] to him, and he said to him, What are you doing here, Elijah?
It has been our experience in personal ministry to often see someone we pray for tied to a cave wall. This indicates that they have hidden themselves away from the real world, usually because of hurts in the past. I speak more of this under the symbol “Bars” • It also speaks of a place of hiding away from the stress and the pressures that are surrounding you.
The only way to overcome is to step out in the name of Jesus and to overcome..
Like a womb, a cave protects and conceals. It is associated with mystery, danger and the unconscious. While the cave may appear frightening, an exploration may reveal exciting things.
If you enter the cave in your dream, this suggests change and a deeper understanding of yourself.
If you are too afraid to enter, there may be aspects of yourself that you don’t want to acknowledge. Or do you feel that you are about to cave in or give way to someone else?
Dreams of camping, resting or seeking shelter in a cave are common in dreamland, although few of us have explored caves in waking life. In dreams, the cave, as an image of the womb, may represent sanctuary and protection from outside forces; it is a place to which you can retreat and regain your strength.
Emerging from a cave into daylight may symbolize a new beginning, whilst descending into a cave or catacomb may represent a desire to explore your unconscious. Passing through a cave signifies a change of state and a deeper understanding of negative impulses within you. See also Cave, Chasm and Valley entries in NATURE AND THE SEASONS.
Unconscious mind; unexplored parts of self. Great treasures lie within as you continue the adventure of self- discovery.
You will be forgotten by someone you care for if you dream of entering a cave.
It provides the basis for certain identifications, such as the medieval one: the cave referred to the human heart as the spiritual “center.” The cave, in this case, represents the unconscious, your subjective world, the experiences and knowledge accumulated over the years. All this allows you to reach maturity.
It is very common dream during adolescence. The events happening inside the cave will reveal which aspects of the Self you are working on. In other interpretations, the cave represents the womb or female sexuality. What you find in it will be those elements the unconscious wants to cultivate in your: virtues, ideas, attitudes, etc.
Many dragons and monsters from mythology lived in caves guarding a great treasure. This symbolizes that before winning the spiritual reward, you must fight the unconscious’ fears. The cavern may also represent memories about a traumatic childhood that have been banished from conscious memory.
Caves are rich and thought-provoking dream symbols. At times, a woman with reproductive issues may have a cave dream, in which case it represents the womb.
The cave, as the womb, can represent new life, creativity, warmth and safety.
The cave can be a general symbol of a safe place, a sanctuary or a refuge.
If you are experiencing much anxiety in daily life, in your dream state you may retreat to a warm cave where you cannot be disturbed by worldly demands.
The cave could also represent the mysterious and unexplored parts of ourselves. It could be symbolic of the unconscious mind, which could be a pleasant or a frightening experience. Your personal associations and experiences with caves, as well as the details and the emotional content of this dream, need to be carefully considered before making an interpretation. Retreat, refuge, meditation
1- As with the catacombs, the cave represents a doorway into the unconscious. While initially the cave may be frightening an exploration can reveal strong contact with our own inner selves.
2- Passing through the cave signifies a change of state, and a deeper understanding of our own negative impulses.
3- Spiritual shelter and initiation and rebirth.
Dreaming of this prehistoric hiding place can represent a respite, a place of a rich inner life, hidden treasures, and your need for safety. Perhaps this dream is suggesting that you take time away from your busy life to process your feelings and plan your strategy for your next venture. Or this dream may be telling you to give other people in your life the dignity of their own space when they need it. This also represents a desire to go back to the womb. See Dugout or Hermit.
To see a cave indicates that the dreamer is faced with many dilemmas.
If the dreamer is in a cave, indifference may alienate friends or family.
The cave is a dream symbol of sexual implications.
An obstacle dream.
If you escape from the Cave, all will go well, though you must expect trouble at first. But if you fall into a Cave, or fail to get out, then expect business worries.
Dreams of caves signify self-awareness and creativity.
If there is a cave-in, you will experience some unexpected misfortune or disagreement.
See Grotto, Barn. Womb of the mother, uterus, and security, as in Family and Dam.
According to Freud, a symbol for vagina; protection and femininity.
The original dwellings in which human beings lived, with their animal drives. According to Jung, a reminder that human beings developed from animals.
(Cavern; Woman) Entering a cave in one’s dream means reaching safety and trust in God Almighty, or it could mean being saved from one’s enemy.
A cave in a dream also represents a woman,jealousy, swerving, dodging, or a good luck with one’s friends.
A cave in a dream also represents one’s shelter, guardian, mother, father, teacher, Imam, wife, business or trade.
A cave in a dream also means hiding one’s secrets and for a person looking for work, it means finding ajob or working for people in authority and ending of one’s trouble, or it could mean recovering from an illness, release from jailor longevity.
Vision: Crawling into a cave: being overwhelmed by a present situation. Living in a cave: you have become unpopular. Digging a cave: a death in your family or circle of friends. Coming out of a dark cave back into the light: a long period of deprivation (unemployment, etc.) is slowly coming to an end; your economic situation is improving.
Depth Psychology: See Grotto, Ditch, Tomb.
Caves often represent a place to hide or seek refuge. Coming out of a cave may mean the emergence of the self.
A cave may also symbolize the womb, childbearing, new life, contemplation, or creativity. (See also Hole, Pit).
To dream that you are walking in a dark cave represents your subconscious mind or the attempt to seek out shelter. It signifies that you are enduring bad fortune or an argument that wasn’t foreseen.
In common with many underground symbols, the cave represents spiritual shelter or sanctuary, initiation and rebirth. Meditating on the image of an inner cave gives insight into how we tackle life events.
Psychological / emotional perspective: Passing through a cave signifies a change of state, transition and a deeper understanding of our own negative impulses.
Material aspects: As with the catacombs, the cave represents a doorway into the unconscious. While initially the cave may be frightening, an exploration can reveal strong contact with our own inner selves.
Gives gender - specific: In both men’s and women’s dreams a cave will represent exploring the subconscious, but in a woman’s dream she is more likely to sense something greater than herself whereas initially a man will begin to appreciate his own intuitive senses.
Dreams incorporating caves are metaphoric of getting in touch with the inner self. These gateways at first are scary but in due course, after exploration, can become safe havens.
A depressed situation under unwise submission
This can be a secret and difficult area to get to in life.
A cave can also be symbolic of being trapped, Isa. 42:22
Example: ‘I am in a large, airy cave-like room. I am pregnant and wearing a white gown. I am lying on my back on a flat slablike surface with my legs drawn up’ (Joan D). Prenatal life; the vagina; the process of reproduction and birth. Also an entrance to our unconscious; in some dreams a real contact with the forces of our evolutionary journey. We may find in the cave a fear of madness or being lost; a sense of meeting the divine; our own traumas or destiny; a meeting with death and rebirth. See catacomb, crypt; unconscious.
A cave, being womb-likc, may carry feminine symbolism.
(1) For Freudians, a cave represents the female genitals.
(2) It may also represent your mother; or your anima, if you are a man (for anima, see Brother / Sister sections (4)-(6)).
(3) A cave may represent a womb, a place of conception or birth. (It is a hollow place in Mother Earth. A Renaissance painting depicts the conception of Jesus in a cave, with a flash of lightning as the fertilizing agent. Here we see the almost universal symbolism of sky = father, earth = mother.)
The conception or birth represented in your dream may not be a physical one. Metaphorically, a ‘pregnant5 situation is one that may ‘give birth1 to something new, a new order of things. So it may be that something new is coming to birth - or trving to come to birth, if onlv the conscious ego will let it.
(4) A cave may symbolize the unconscious. Wordsworth (‘Prelude1, Book III, lines 246—7) speaks of‘Caverns... within my mind which sun / Could never penetrate1. The unconscious lies beyond consciousness (of which the sun is a symbol) and is therefore ‘dark1 and possibly frightening. But we can allow the light of consciousness to penetrate the unconscious. Rock suggests permanence and antiquin’. Similarly, the unconscious is a much more ancient part of the human psvchc than intellect, much closer to the source of things.
(5) If, in your dream, there is someone in the cave, it may be that he or she is a Wise Old Man / Woman figure see Wise Old Man / Woman), a personification of the wisdom contained in the unconscious. Perhaps he or she will let you into the secret of your ‘destiny5, or uncover for you the causes of whatever is troubling you or spoiling your life.
(6) There mav be a fierce-looking monster, snake or dragon in the cave. There may be treasure there, too, guarded by the monster.
If so, the treasure is voursclf - your true self - or the key that will unlock the secret of life for you. First of all, though, you must overcome your fear of the unconscious (the frightening monster). The terrifying thing in your unconscious may be some traumatic childhood experience that, being unbearable, was repressed - banished from consciousness. Like St George, vou have to slay the dragon, overcome your fear of the unconscious, learn to trust it and let it sene you (which is what it is there for). See also Monster, Treasure
(7) It may be that the cave in your dream represents a hiding-place, a refuge from life’s problems.
If so, there will be other features of your dream(s) pointing towards this interpretation.