(1) Hands may symbolize ability, particularly - but not exclusively - practical and social.
(2) What is the hand doing: striking, stroking, blessing, healing? Is it a male or female hand? Left or right? See also Left, Right / Left.
(3) Are your hands tied? What is it in your situation or in your attitudes that prevents you from functioning at your full potential, or from doing what you know you should be doing?
(4) Washing your hands? What do you think you are guilty of?
Most frequently dreamt of pan of body. In general it represents self expression, grasp of life, of ideas, of opportunities; our hold on people, our children, situations, extensions of our power to give, take, wound, heal, support or do. fingers: manipulation; penis, dexterity. Handshake: contacting an aspect of self. Idioms: secondhand, in the hands of; bite the hand that feeds; hands are tied; soil one’s hands; hand to hand, hand to mouth, upper hand, burnt fingers; at one’s fingertips; snap one’s fingers; green fingers; have a finger in; itchy fingers; sticky fingers; fingers crossed; lay a finger on; point the finger at; get one’s finger out; work fingers to bone. See also example in sweets under food.
See hand under body.
You wash your hands and feet: your sickness will be healed • Your hand plays a pen: you’ll hear news from afar
A right hand symbolizes God’s strength or long life, Ps. 20:6, Prov. 3:16.
A left hand symbolizes the riches and honor of wisdom, Prov. 3:16. If the person is evil a hand symbolizes wicked scheming and bribery, Ps. 26:10.
An open hand is symbolic of grace, Ps. 123:2
5. Crippled heart (withered or malformed hand);
6. The Church (God’s hands);
7. God’s provision
8. Dominion, control, or authority;
9. Oath or pledge;
10. Palm; Remembered (inscribed palms);
12. Despondency and disappointment (hands hanging down).
13. Hands Laid On speaks of Impartation; and Blessing; may also mean Hurting;
14. Hand Writing on a Wall
In Daniel means the future is determined and Judgment; Dan. 5:5, 27; Gen. 48:13-20; Gen. 22:12; Gen 48:16
- Joy and worship.
To be enraged; mad enough to physically or verbally hit someone.
• Hands covering the face
Despair; showing great grief; joy; show of a merry heart.
• Holding hands
- Surrender to God; praise and worship.
• Right hand
- Oath of allegiance, power, devotion and love, honor; self denial; fellowship; opposition.
• Shaking hands
- Relationship that is binding between two people or churches or ministries; similar to kiss.
• Stretched out hands
- Desire to totally surrender; a cry for help
- In security or anger.
- To fear terribly; a weakness of the flesh that is very powerful; awe at God’s presence.
• Under Thighs
- In oaths.
Figurative of help
A hand that is open and pointing towards the sky is giving the “Fear not!” gesture of ancient times. Therefore, if you see this symbol, whether the hand is of a person or is totally disembodied, something that you’re afraid of is actually nothing to fear.
Beautiful, well-kept hands indicate satisfaction in life, while dirty hands indicate some kind of “mess” in your life that needs to be “cleaned up.”
Hands that are working diligently indicate success and good fortune through the dreamer’s own efforts.
Hands that caress the dreamer or someone else in the dream, including a pet, imply happiness in love, while hands that are waving in farewell indicate temporary separations.
Tied hands imply obstacles in attaining one’s goals, while shaking hands imply either a new friend or a reunion with an old one.
Injured or bandaged hands indicates delays in attaining one’s goals; look to other symbols in the dream to discern how these delays can be subverted, or, if they’re inevitable, how best the time during the delays can be spent.
To dream of your hands says a lot about your current mood and emotion, but in particular it shows how you are connected with others and how you impact the world.
The right hand represents strength and activity; it shows the human masculine side.
The left hand represents the gentle side with generosity and femininity. In a dream you might see yourself holding hands with someone - this reflects your attachment to that person and the will to keep them close to you at all times.
Dreaming of bleeding or injured hands represents a blow to your pride. Alternatively, if you dream of clasped or closed hands, it shows unity and acceptance of the current situation. It may also mean stubbornness and unwillingness to help.
To dream of having oversized hands shows success and ability to reach goals.
To dream of having hairy and rough hands shows aggressiveness and lack of tenderness.
To dream of a bloody hand implies guilty feelings over a wrong doing, which may haunt you for quite a while.
To dream of cleaning your hands in flowing water indicates worries that you wish to wash away. This is a desire to cleanse yourself from your responsibility for a given issue.
Symbol: The hand is a symbol of control, activity, power.
Vision: Looking at a hand: make sure your dealings are honest. Looking at clean hands: you have honest friends. Looking at dirty hands: a clear warning to beware of false friends or dishonest people around you. Wringing your hands means suffering from the demands of others; also worries and conflicts. Don’t be passive and wltiny—get a grip and cliangc! Burning your hands: others envy you, or you got burned recently. Looking at several hands: great wealth through your own efforts. Holding your hands in front of your eyes: forgive someone for a mistake and be more tolerant. Losing your right hand: possible death of the father (if the left hand, possible death of the mother). Looking at beautiful, strong hands means wrapping up a very good business deal.
Depth Psychology: The hand is a symbol of “action,” energy, drive, and competence.
A hand that looks injured, crippled, or is missing always indicates a difficulty in taking action. Is it the right hand (the masculine side) or the left (the feminine side)? See Left, Right. What do the fingers look like? See Finger. Do you want to “take somebody by the hand”? Or vicc versa?
If you dream you see blood on your hands this denotes you will feel guilty if you do not aid a person for whom you could help better their life.
If you have an injury to your hand it shows that someone else will garner the rewards that are rightfully yours. Large hands show that you will go far in life towards achieving your goals.
If you see a detached hand then you are destined for a solitary life if you do not change your ways.
If you dream your hands are tied you will have difficulty in completing something that you have begun.
(See Body’; Fingers; Five fingers)
Vigor and human endeavor, as in Hammer. Loss or injury to a hand means you’re not active enough. According to classical psychoanalysis, the right hand is masculine, the left hand, feminine.
According to Freud, a phallic symbol.
(Each finger, in Freud’s view, could be a phallic symbol.)
To dream of your hands, represents your relationship to those around you and how you connect with the world. Hands serve as a form of communication. Perhaps you need to lend out a helping hand to someone. In particular, the left hand symbolizes your graciousness and feminine, receptive qualities. And the right hand symbolizes masculine, active attributes. It may also be a pun for some decision or something being “right”. Here are some other “hand” dream meanings: A dream about holding hands with someone means that you are needing and willing to develop close friendships. It may also mean you are feeling sexy, or want some physical affection. Your dream may also reflect anxieties about losing touch or drifting apart from that person.
To dream that your hands are injured represents an attack on your ego. Giant hands in a dream, especially if they are your own, mean someone in your life is too demanding of you. However, this dream can also mean success in achieving your goals. Small hands in a dream, whether yours or somebody else’s, suggest that you are feeling insecure, or under attack.
To dream that your hands are hairy or rough, implies your lack of gentleness in dealing with others.
To see blood on your hands, signifies that you are feeling guilty.
To dream of washing your hands represents a worrisome issue that you need to work through. Alternatively, it suggests that you are no longer taking responsibility in some matter.
If you dream you have no hands, you feel out of control in a real life situation.
Another dream that concerns your personal appearance—see also HAIR.
If your hands are dirty, you should be careful over your affairs, for success is doubtful.
If your Hands should be tied, you will have great difficulty in overcoming your troubles. But to dream that you are Shaking Hands with some person is fortunate, for some unexpected event will enable you to put things right.
1. Strength, power and protection.
2. Tool, construction; ability to complete tasks.
3. Blessings, healing.
4. Creating debts (cut).
5. To lend aid (as in “helping hand”).
The hand represents the ability to get a handle on life and take control. Also the hand represents applause, assistance as in giving someone a hand, or being handy, as in capable, knowledgeable, and useful. Your left hand is receiving and connected to your mother. Your right hand is demonstrative, influenced by and connected to your father or the right hand of God, helpful, active. Consider the feeling tone of this dream to discern its significance.
If you see beautiful hands in your dream, you will enjoy great distinction, and rise rapidly in your calling; but ugly and malformed hands point to disappointments and poverty.
To see blood on them, denotes estrangement and unjust censure from members of your family.
If you have an injured hand, some person will succeed to what you are striving most to obtain.
To see a detached hand, indicates a solitary life, that is, people will fail to understand your views and feelings.
To burn your hands, you will overreach the bounds of reason in your struggles for wealth and fame, and lose thereby.
To see your hands covered with hair, denotes that you will not become a solid and leading factor in your circle.
To see your hands enlarged, denotes a quick advancement in your affairs.
To see them smaller, the reverse is predicted.
To see your hands soiled, denotes that you will be envious and unjust to others.
To wash your hands, you will participate in some joyous festivity.
For a woman to admire her own hands, is proof that she will win and hold the sincere regard of the man she prizes above all others.
To admire the hands of others, she will be subjected to the whims of a jealous man.
To have a man hold her hands, she will be enticed into illicit engagements.
If she lets others kiss her hands, she will have gossips busy with her reputation.
To handle fire without burning her hands, she will rise to high rank and commanding positions.
To dream that your hands are tied, denotes that you will be involved in difficulties. In loosening them, you will force others to submit to your dictations. See Fingers.
A frequent dream symbol, hands represent creativity, our hold on people, the extension of our ability to interact with others. We express ourselves with our hands, and appropriate reading of body language is a valuable source of information. Likewise, in the dream state the hands may reveal information about emotions, intentions, and overt behaviors.
For example, if in you dream you see clenched fists you may have much repressed anger. Sometimes extended hands suggest a need to develop close friendships.
If the hands in your dreams are stroking you, may be feeling sexy
Hands reflect the way we use resources. The right hand symbolizes the rational, logical, and analytical side, while the left represents the irrational, impulsive, and emotional (for left-handed people, the meaning is reversed). When you dream that your hands are large and strong, it is a sign of security, success, and progress. If, however, you see small and weak hands, it expresses helplessness, insecurity, resentment, and dissatisfaction. White, smooth, and clean hands suggest a comfortable and easy life.
If they are rough and dirty, they embody effort, suffering, and work. Hairy hands reveal primitivism and an uncontrollable sex drive. We also use our hands to express ourselves. At heart, they are extensions of our personality.
If you discover the meaning of every gesture you make in the dream, you will know the nature of the feelings that you must understand. For example: a clenched fist indicates aggressiveness, selfishness, or passion; holding hands expresses affection; a hand held high represents forgiveness. (See FINGERS and GLOVES)
If you dream of the palm, you may be worried about the future. According to palmistry, its shapes and lines contain data about our destiny. The dream, therefore, may be giving you clues about your future potential. Fortunately, you have the option to act voluntarily. What you do now will improve what is to come.
Handicap To dream of an impediment indicates that the path you’ve chosen to complete a project is the wrong one.
If you see yourself in a wheelchair, this could mean that you are experiencing a period of immobility, so you must work to attain your goals.
If you dream you cannot move from where you are because of some incomprehensible handicap, it means that your life is not working and not progressing as it should.
It is best to seek balance.
The meaning of a dream featuring a hand, or hands, varies greatly according to the action and other aspects, but as a general guide:
If the hands were dirty and/or their appearance unpleasant, it is a warning to guard against behavior which could bring you into ill-repute.
Beautiful, clean, and well-groomed hands forecast satisfaction in life.
Busy and/or skillful hands predict well-earned rewards.
Bent or gnarled hands signify an easement of financial worries.
Waving hands indicate separations.
Caressing hands are a sign of sincere love.
Bloody hands are an omen of family quarrels.
Washing your hands suggests you should make an effort to rectify some past injustice.
Swollen hands predict an unexpected gain.
Hairy hands forecast a stroke of business luck.
Tied hands indicate frustrating obstacles which in turn suggest a change of plans.
A broken hand or the loss of a hand is a warning that you need to pay closer attention to your own personal affairs.
A bandaged hand signifies temporary setbacks.
The right hand predicts carefree joy.
The left hand predicts irritation and minor difficulties.
Very small hands portend infidelity.
Very large hands are an omen of sexual satisfaction.
Children’s hands are a promise of happiness.
Shaking hands is a sign of reconciliation or renewed friendship.
A person, humanness, or humanity in general.
The ability to get things done, being “handy,” or “handling things.” The idea of holding on or letting go (physically, emotionally, or mentally).
A hand coming toward you with ill intent could represent a feeling or fear of persecution, hostility, aggression, criticism, or being taken advantage of by someone or by people in general.
Holding hands or other positive interaction with hands can represent good will or affection you feel toward someone (or that you believe someone feels toward you, or that you wish they did).
Consider the context, whose hand it was, and what it was doing.
See also: Finger; Touching; Fist; Body Part
Feeling, expressive part of self. Left hand receives energy, love; right hand gives.
If injured on left, you are not allowing yourself to receive; if on right you are giving away too much energy without replenishing. Hand extended to you means help is available: look within, reach to others and to God. See Body.
Hands can signify power and creativity. You use them to express yourself and as extensions of your personality. Consider the nature of the gesture of your hands in your dreams because it signifies what sentiments your dream is trying to express.
If the hands are dirty, perhaps you are behaving in an inappropriate manner and you need to think about cleaning up your act. A fist can suggest anger or passion, folded hands can suggest acceptance, joined hands affection, and upheld hands justice or a blessing. Clasped hands indicate friendship, a hand on the breast submission, and, if the hands are placed together, this suggests vulnerability.
If hands are covering the eyes, this represents shame or disgust, whilst hands bound or tied up suggest feelings of restriction.
If you place your hand on someone else in a dream, this can suggest a pledge of service and wringing your hands suggests grief.
If hands are raised to the head, this can indicate the need for greater care and thought. A handshake suggests contacting an aspect of yourself or the growth of a new friendship.
Generally, left hands symbolize feminine, receptive qualities, whilst right hands symbolize so-called masculine, active attributes. Sometimes in dreams the left hand can suggest cheating.
If you hold a different object in each hand in your dream, this indicates some kind of conflict between your beliefs and your actions in waking life. To dream that your hands are injured denotes an attack on your ego. Large hands signify enormous powers of self-expression. To dream that your hands are hairy denotes that you will play a part in falsely incriminating someone. To see blood on your hands signifies that you are experiencing some sort of guilt. To dream that you are washing your hands represents a worrisome issue that you need to work through.
If you dream about the palm of your hand you may be thinking about your future (see PALMISTRY). Thankfully you have free-will, so positive actions taken now can determine your future.
(see Body, Fingers, Gloves)
Healing (e.g., the “laying on of hands”). In many cultures, hands are a predominant tool as a healer’s conduit for divine energy.
A token of friendship, especially if extended toward you.
Good intentions. In some tribal societies, people greeted each other with upheld hands to indicate the lack of -weapons and a mutual wish for peaceful discourse.
Help or service (e.g., “many hands make light work” or “lend a helping hand”).
Surrender. Two hands held high in the air indicate giving yourself over to some authority figure or letter of the law.
Tied: A situation over which you have no direct influence or control (see Knots, Ties / Tying).
Clenched hands reveal a lot of tension and anxiety- present in the dreamer.
Upturned hands are a sign that some comprehension is lacking. Alternatively, you are constantly asking for help, like a beggar, but not necessarily helping yourself.
Missing: To dream of not having any hands means that you probably feel helpless or ineffective in your current situation. You need to find an alternative tool or approach that’s productive.
The palm of the hand represents life’s road map—the directions one has taken or is soon to take (note that the divinatory art of palmistry is based on the secrets that lie literally in the palm of your hand).
Callused or chapped hands equate to hard work that has questionable rewards.