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

Elephant Dream Meaning: From 35 Different Sources


(1) According to Jung, an elephant may be a symbol of the self (for self).

(2) Particularly for anyone acquainted with Indian religious ideas or iconography, an elephant may represent some power, available within you, to clear away whatever prevents you from achieving your goal. (Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god, is the great ‘obstacle remover5.)

A Dictionary of Dream Symbols | Eric Ackroyd


The enormous potential power of life, in growth and activity.

If we run from the elephant we are afraid of our own strength or inner drive. Idioms: white elephant; pink elephants; rogue elephant. See the self under archetypes.

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp


Common to the African savanna, the elephant demonstrates a deep connection to family or clan. Elephants can signify the need for tight family or community bonds. They represent the teamwork through which a project can be successfully accomplished. In India the elephant is a sacred animal that has associations with the matriarch or maternal aspect. It can also represent carrying the heavy burdens of others through extreme loyalty.

Ariadne's Book of Dream | Ariadne Green


A large, obvious, un-dealt with problem in someone’s life

Christian Dream Symbols | Tyler Wolfe


The elephant’s sheer size and strength are at the root of the symbolic meaning associated with it.

The Hindu god Ganesh has an elephant head and is thought to bring luck by being the remover of obstacles. He will also bring an obstacle if that is in your highest interest. When the elephant appears in a dream, you are being given the medicine of patience, strength, and the capacity to move through anything. Also to be considered is the notion that elephants “never forget.” Your dream of an elephant may be asking you to remember something about your authentic self.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams | Dr. Mıchael Lennox


1. God Almighty; Jer. 32:17;

2. Prominent person (Christ); 2Timothy1:7

3. Powerful ministry; 1 John 4:4;

4. Large influence;

Dream Dictionary The Biblical Model | Vincent Wienand


Big dissolution

Dream Dictionary Unlimited | Margaret Hamilton


Of all the domestic animals, the elephant is certainly one of the oldest known, if not the oldest. In Hindu mythology, Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is one of the deities associated with wealth. Therefore, unless the dreamer himself has a personal anathema towards elephants, dreaming of an elephant is always a harbinger of great good fortune.

If the elephant is friendly and happy, expect a change in your luck for the better.

If the dreamer was riding an elephant, this indicates a rise in social status.

A performing elephant augurs new friends, while a working elephant hints at success through your own efforts.

Even an angry or frightened elephant, or even if they attack you, is not all that bad an omen. It only implies delays in the attainment of your goals.

Dream Explanations of Astro Center | Astro Center


To see an elephant in a dream is to recognize the qualities of patience, long memory, strength and fidelity. In the more esoteric sense it signifies radiant and glowing wisdom.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


See animals

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Elephants symbolize mammoth size and memories. In a dream the elephant may symbolize a daunting task or an effort to remember something considered important.

Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia | James R. Lewis and Evelyn Dorothy Oliver


Symbol: The elephant is a symbol of sovereignty, power, and stability—in many places it is seen as a sacred animal.

Vision: In a woman’s dream the elephant is a symbol of male strength.

The elephant indicates that a job is going well, and success almost guaranteed. But the dream might also be a warning: don’t be reckless, don’t be a “bull in a china shop.” Riding an elephant: good luck in your marriage; or you will meet a nice person. Seeing an elephant in a circus: people will think of you as foolish.

Depth Psychology: The elephant is a symbol of being steadfast, as it patiently carries a burden.

It is also a sign of a sexuality ruled by rationality.

The dream is a statement: you are strong enough to deal with any obstacles you might have to face.

It is only a warning if you are thick-skinned and overbearing—if that is true, try to be more tactful.

Dreamers Dictionary | Garuda


Seeing an elephant in your dream is defined more by the animals attitude and occupation.

If the elephant is pleasant and friendly you will have good luck in what you are undertaking to do, and if you are riding on the beast you will have much success.

If you see an elephant performing, as in a circus, you will be surrounded by happy, loving people, and if you see the elephant doing a job you will have success above your wildest dreams. Another meaning of the elephant dream has to do with whether or not you are seeking answers, or go to sleep with a particular problem on your mind, in which case the elephant denotes the key to knowledge and truth, and after sight of the elephant you will be told the answer.

Encyclopedia of Dreams | Michael and Elizabeth Thiessen


A symbol of power.

To ride one, you have the power.

To see one pass by, you will be in touch with power and may be able to make use of it.

Gypsy Dream Dictionary | Raymond Buckland


Good health, success, strength, prosperity, intelligence.

Indian Interpretation of Dreams | Indian - Anonymous


interpreted upon 7 sides: non-arab sovereign, homosexual man, a place & a man possessing strength & appearance & begrudging / envious man, drinking of blood, war & dispute.

Islamic Dream - Cafer-i Sadik | Cafer-i Sadik


(Arrogance) In a dream, an elephant represents a respected and feared enemy who is dull-witted, who carries heavy burdens or responsibilities and who is expert in war tactics.

An elephant in a dream also signifies arrogance. Riding an elephant or controlling it in a dream means establishing ties with a leader or a politician and profiteeringfrom one’s connection. It also means living a long and a prosperous life. Riding an elephant during the nighttime in a dream means rising in rank, and should one be suited for leadership, he will receive it then engage in a war which he will lose. Riding an elephant during the daylight hours in a dream means divorce, perfidy, betrayal or deceit. Milking an elephant or taking something out of its trunk in a dream means either extortion or receiving lawful money from a powerful person.

It is also said that an elephant in a dream represents a mighty king who is gracious and generous, patient and tender hearted.

If an elephant hits someone with his trunk in a dream, it means receiving benefits from such a person or inheriting something from him, receiving a political appointment, or becoming wealthy through high connections.

An elephant in a dream also represents righteous people, scholars and noble ones.

An elephant in a dream also denotes hardships, toiling, then relief from adversities. Seeing an elephant in a dream and failing to ride on it means lack of integrity or loss of business. Seeing a dead elephant in a dream means that the ruler or a great person from that land will die, or that a noble person will be killed. Seeing an elephant in a land other than its native land in a dream means adversities.

If one faces a threatening elephant in a dream, it means an illness. Ifone falls under the feet of an elephant in a dream, it means his death. Speaking to an elephant in a dream means receiving a precious gift from someone in authority. Running away in fear of an elephant in a dream means being persecuted by someone in authority. Riding an elephant during a war in a dream means defeat and subsequent destruction. Eating elephant’s meat in a dream means money. As for worldly people, seeing an elephant in a dream means benefits, but as for pious and religious people, it denotes adversities. Riding an elephant in a dream also may denote lies or oppression.

An elephant entering a land other than its natural habitat signifies an official visit of a king or a president to another country, or it could mean invading it.

Islamic Dream Interpretation | Ibn Seerin


Perception of your own power; or you are not letting anybody near you.

The power of the unconscious is not available to you, and you are afraid of it. Points to thick-skinned people who are unaware of their destructive powers (the elephant in the china shop). Warning of one’s own repressed sexuality.

A need to be more patient (thick-skinned), or perhaps you have too much patience. Tusks and trunk are sexual symbols.

The image of a sick or weak elephant points to emotional injuries.

If it is a peaceful elephant, you are handling your unconscious comfortably.

According to early Christian belief as described in Physiofogus , one of the most widely read books of the Middle Ages, the elephant has no sex drive and is a powerful enemy of Snakes. Elephants’ hair and bones were burned inside the house as a protection against evil spirits.

Little Giant Encyclopedia | Klaus Vollmar


Seeing an elephant in your dream is great luck, signifying that you are laying a solid groundwork for wealth and success. You will have power, strength and prosperity.

If you feed an elephant in your dream, you will elevate yourself in your community through your kindness.

To dream of riding on the elephant signifies good news from afar. But to dream that you fell off while riding it suggests enemies are looking to harm you.

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean


This friendly beast denotes assistance from friends or outside influences.

Mystic Dream Book | Internet Archive - Anonymous


1. Be sure to remember someone who has done one a fa­ vor.

2. Someone is dangerously overweight.

New American Dream Dictionary | Joan Seaman - Tom Philbin


To dream of an elephant means a desire to have great strength. Some analysts interpret this power as a sexual motive, especially if the dreamer is a woman. Elephant dreams are symbolic of power, force and memory.

Psycho Dream Interpretation | Ella Freeman Sharpe


Dreams of an elephant are a fortuitous sign that there is something important for you to remember.

The Hindu God Ganesh, depicted as an elephant, is the deity of wealth, prosperity, and great abundance. Dreams of elephants also represent the ability to break down barriers and challenges to success, as well as the ability to truly own one’s power, strength, and greatness.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous


see Animals

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball


To dream of riding an elephant, denotes that you will possess wealth of the most solid character, and honors which you will wear with dignity. You will rule absolutely in all lines of your business affairs and your word will be law in the home.

To see many elephants, denotes tremendous prosperity. One lone elephant, signifies you will live in a small but solid way.

To dream of feeding one, denotes that you will elevate yourself in your community by your kindness to those occupying places below you.

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation | Gustavus Hindman Miller


Elephants in dreams may represent knowledge, power, and strength. They are also associated with long memory and “thick skin.” However, depending on the dream’s details, the elephant may be a symbol of a large burden. Additionally, in the dream you may be making efforts to remember something important and of great magnitude.

The Bedside Dream Dictionary | Silvana Amar


In the broadest and most universal sense, the elephant is a symbol of strength and power. In the Middle Ages, this animal was the emblem of wisdom, temperance, eternity, and even piety. Anyway, if you dream of an elephant it is likely that the oneiric scenes are positive. According to Jung, the elephant represents the Self.

If it behaves defensively it denotes the introverted part of yourself.

Hindu people have an elephant-headed god called Ganesha: a divine strength that removes obstacles. Similarly, the western oneiric interpretation has always believed in the elephant as a sign of good luck.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke


A lucky dream, whether seen singly or in groups.

Performing elephants are an omen of a happy family life.

Elephants at work foretell prosperity in business.

The Complete Dream Book | Gillian Holloway


These big animals if in a normal friendly mood are an omen of great good luck.

Performing they signify helpful friends and/ or associates.

Working, they indicate assured success in all your undertakings.

If you fed it, watered it, rode, or sat on it, you may expect a sudden rise of status or other improvement through a sheer lucky break or the discovery or return of something you thought irretrievable.

Even the adverse aspect of this beast, which is if it frightened or attacked you, isn’t really dreary, as it signifies annoying but temporary obstacles to your progress.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams | Stearn Robinson - Tom Corbett


Sheer strength and power, or elegant strength.

Strong presence.


Honoring or elevating someone.


An issue of size or amount.

An unusual or highly developed ability (as elephants are skilled at using their trunks).

Communication that’s stealthy or that certain groups can’t understand or aren’t aware of (as in the low-frequency elephant communications that humans can’t hear).

Dreaming of this animal can represent too much or not enough of one of those qualities, or someone or something you associate with the quality or animal.

Consider also the animal’s actions, context, and your feelings about it.

See also: Animal

The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary | Nancy Wagaman


Powerful part of self which can be gentle, helpful or destructive. Destructive only when frightened, so if elephant is angry, examine fears. Also, keep the positive lessons for growth, forget the negative dross of experience; you do not have to remember everything, even though the elephant never forgets.

The Dream Books Symbols | Betty Bethards


To dream of an elephant is to recognize the qualities of patience, long memory, strength, wisdom and loyalty. It’s a particularly good sign if you are riding it.

If other people are riding the elephant, it could suggest help from a friend or a close strong friendship. To feed an elephant suggests meetings with people in key positions.

If you run from a herd of stampeding elephants, this could suggest being afraid of your own strength or inner power.

If a rogue elephant stampedes, it could represent a chaotic element in yourself that threatens to wreak havoc in the waking world if it isn’t controlled. The question is, can we meet this enormous strength and energy in ourselves and learn to direct it positively? The elephant’s trunk is sometimes said to be a sexual symbol indicating the ability to satisfy needs.

The Element Encyclopedia | Theresa Cheung


(see Animals)

Elephants exhibit many positive attributes, including affection and loyalty. Consider how much of both you have given to yourself, or to those around you, and vice versa.

These creatures also have a strong sense of smell that affords discernment. How does your present situation smell? Is something amiss?

An affinity for nature worship. According to Pliny, this creature worships the sun and stars, and invokes the heavens.

In ancient Rome, this image appeared on coins representing the power of charity. Does someone around you have a need that you’ve overlooked?

Among Hindus, the elephant symbolizes wisdom. Ganesha, the god of sagacity, is an elephant, often portrayed dancing.

Buddhists regard the white elephant as emblematic of compassion, love, kindness, self- restraint, and patient endurance, revealing the emergence of such positive traits within you. Note, however, that Western society transforms this image’s meaning to that of useless decoration (e.g., a “white elephant sale”), which might reflect a lack of self-worth or feeling ineffectual in a specific situation.

Chinese: Prudence and independent authority over self, others, or a situation. Don’t be afraid to take charge!

In modern aphorisms, a pink elephant represents being deluded by your own senses. Such delusion usually comes by your own hand (as happens when one drinks too much alcohol).

The Language of Dreams | Patrica Telesco


An elephant in your dream may represent knowledge, power, and strength.

It is also associated with long memory and “thick skin”. You may be making efforts to remember something important and of great magnitude.

If the elephant is pleasant and friendly you will have good luck in what you are undertaking to do.

If you are riding the elephant, you will have much success.

If you see an elephant performing, as in a circus, you will be surrounded by happy, loving people.

If you see the elephant working, you will have success above your wildest dreams. Another meaning of the elephant dream has to do with whether or not you are seeking answers, or go to sleep with a particular problem on your mind, in which case the elephant denotes the key to knowledge and truth, and after sight of the elephant you will be told the answer.

Tryskelion Dream Interpretation | Pagan - Anonymous


lucky numbers: 02-05-09-26-38-39

being free, an: wil enjoy much independence and influential connections.

circus, at a: danger of a relative’s death through foolishness.

escaping from an: be steadfast and patient amidst family quarrels.

feeding an: a person of solid character wil befriend you.

giving water to an: wil be of service to an influential person.

mammoth, of an Indian: obstacles confront you; sit high and watch the conflict.

cage, being in a: the power of spirit manifesting.

trained, being: your unconscious needs conscious direction.

many: your remarkable memory wil lead your prosperity.

others with: fear and danger for those who would not al ow positive thinking.

poor person dreaming of an: with cooperation you can achieve tremendous prosperity.

riding an: your reckless brute force can cause damage.

Zolar’s Book of Dreams Numbers and Lucky Days |

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

Eating Elephant Meat

The One who eats the meat will receive assets from some authority.

The extent of such assets will depend on how much meat he eats.

The same interpretation is given if a person sees himself taking possession of the skin, bone or any other portion of the elephant.... eating elephant meat dream meaning

Elephant Man

A chronic disease which is characterized by the enlargement of certain parts of the body, especially the legs and gentiles. In a dream, an elephant man represents love for the world from the wrong angle.... elephant man dream meaning

Elephant Trainer

An elephant trainer in a dream represents the master teacher of children of noble families, a horse trainer, a sports trainer or a translator.

(Also see Elephant)... elephant trainer dream meaning


(med. See Elephant man)... elephantiasis dream meaning

Mounting An Elephant

If a person sees himself as mounting or owning an elephant or encircling it or utilizing it for any purpose other than ploughing, it is a glad tiding that he will either be endowed with power and superiority or he will be appointed to an important office by the government of a foreign country.... mounting an elephant dream meaning

Riding An Elephant In Battle

He will gain victory over his enemy in battle.... riding an elephant in battle dream meaning

Seeing Elephants And Beasts Of Prey In The Dream

An elephant symbolises a foreigner who is despotic, powerful and vehement. He has no compassion_striking fear into the hearts of people.... seeing elephants and beasts of prey in the dream dream meaning

Elephant Trunk

1. Trumpet; Rev. 4:1

2. Channel of the Spirit; John 4:14;

3. Arm of the Lord; Isa. 51:9.

• Large ears, big nose;

- Large prophetic influence.... elephant trunk dream meaning