What does a dream about river symbolize?

River Dream Meaning: From 31 Different Sources


(1) A river may symbolize a flow of (emotional) energy (e.g. sexuality).

(2) Crossing a river in a boat may symbolize either death (see Dead / Death); or a more or less fundamental change of lifestyle or attitude. Crossing by a bridge may signify a change as above; or it may be a symbol of avoiding a flood of passion or observing it from the safe vantage point of a detached observer.

If you think the river does represent emotion, try to identify the emotion (e.g. by asking the river questions and getting answers by role-playing the river) and then decide what you are going to do about it.

A Dictionary of Dream Symbols | Eric Ackroyd


The images used in drama of rivers helps us under­stand their symbolism.

The river can be calm, in flood, or even dried up, representing our state of feeling about our en­ergy, sexuality and emotions—the energy which as anxiety can cause illness, or as pleasure sustain health. Similarly we can drown in the river (drown in despair), float on it, be carried along by prevailing feelings, or cross over, suggesting change or even death. Generally, then, it depicts the feelings which flow through us or we are immersed in; the process of life in our body, connecting with emotions, sexuality and changes of mood, the flow and events of our life or destiny. Being in river: being influenced by or immersed in one’s inter­nal flow of feelings and energies. Crossing river: making great changes.

If one is in the water to cross, it means meeting a lot of emotions in the process of change. Seeing someone cross river feelings about death; same as falling in river. Going against current: resisting one’s own feelings, going against prevailing influences or attitudes; going back to the womb.

Directing a river: channelling one’s emotional or sexual en­ergy. Stagnant river: restrained feelings or sexuality; holding oneself back.

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp


A river can represent the movement of the life force within your body. It can signify allowing yourself to be earned by life’s energy or to surrender to the unknown.

Ariadne's Book of Dream | Ariadne Green


You witness big flood in a river: you’ll see big flood of wealth come your way

Chine Dream Interpretation | Duke Zhou


Symbolic of life’s journey.

If the river is raging it symbolizes turmoil and distress.

If the river is peaceful it symbolizes God’s blessing, Deut. 8:7.

A dry river can symbolize disappointment, Job 6:15-20.

A river can also symbolize the Holy Spirit, Jn. 7:38-39

Christian Dream Symbols | Tyler Wolfe


Any dream that involves water connects to emotions. In the case of a river, the essential meaning relates to the expression of feelings and emotional flow. All rivers eventually deposit their contents into the ocean, the symbol of all that is unconscious. This adds the perspective of emotions that move freely across our conscious awareness as they travel back to their ultimate mysterious source.

The intensity of the river’s flow in a dream is a direct barometer of the level of emotionality in your life that is being expressed by this image.

The force of a river can run the gamut from a babbling brook to a torrential powerhouse.

The volume of water involved can also vary greatly.

A dry or barren riverbed indicates a lack of expression and a desperate need for emotional content. One that is overwhelmed by flooding might point to a situation that may feel dangerous and threatening to the stability of your life. An obstacle that blocks a river, such as a dam, reveals some level of emotional blockage.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams | Dr. Mıchael Lennox


1. Word of God;

2. Spirit or life;

3. Sin; wickedness;

4. Prosperity;

5. Judgment

6. Holy Spirit;

7. Trial; Impassable; Obstacle Amos 5:24; Prov. 18:4; 21:1; Job 6:15; 20:17; Jer. 50 38.

• River Deep

- Depths of the Spirit;

• River Muddy

- Dust mixed with water.

• River Dangerous currents

- not the right time; wait on the Lord.

• River impassable

- stay away because of danger.

• River that is dry

- Holy Spirit missing; legalism; without power;

Dream Dictionary The Biblical Model | Vincent Wienand


See “water”

Dream Dictionary Unlimited | Margaret Hamilton


See water

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Universal Landscape: Emotional flow.

Dreaming Lens: Were you in, near or on the river? Did it feel safe? Were the rapids swift or gentle? Did you want to cross it? Were you able to cross it? Were you traveling downstream? Were you fighting to move upstream? Was the river running dry? Did you know where it lead to, or originated from? Were there any boats or other people present?

Personal Focus: Any dream that involves water connects to emotions. In the case of a river, the essential meaning relates to the expression of feelings and emotional flow. All rivers eventually deposit their contents into the ocean, the symbol of all that is unconscious. This adds the perspective of emotions that move freely across our conscious awareness as they travel back to their ultimate mysterious source. The intensity of the river’s flow in a dream is a direct barometer of the level of emotionality of your life that is being expressed by this image.

The force of a river can run the gamut from a babbling brook to a torrential powerhouse. The volume of water involved can also vary greatly. A dry or barren riverbed indicates a lack of expression and a desperate need for emotional content. One that is overwhelmed by flooding might point to a situation that may feel dangerous and threatening to the stability in your life. An obstacle that blocks a river, such as a dam, reveals some level of emotional blockage. All of these distinctions will figure prominently into an accurate interpretation.

The underlying message to be considered when a river appears in a dream is that of surrender. Over time, the path of a river has enormous impact on the land surrounding it. With a mind of its own, it carves its way with force and determination. Symbolically, a river would be the emotional experiences in life that rush upon you. While sometimes frightening, if you surrender to them, you will be carried to the next destination on your journey, possibly even your heart’s desire.

Rivers often appear in dreams when you need to let go of things in your life as they are and go with the flow. A river is in charge of the journey it takes you on, often pushing you up against obstacles or inviting you to maneuver around them. The call to action here may indicate a need to trust your feelings, no matter how frightening they may be. Human beings, by nature, resist change and are often overwhelmed by the sense of vulnerability that comes with it. Your unconscious mind may be calling you to relinquish control and move gracefully from where you are to where you are going.

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


Rivers, like other bodies of water, may represent the dreamer’s emotional state. Watching a river roll by may indicate that one is allowing his or her life to float on down the river without any particular direction, perhaps indicating that one should take a more decisive hand in directing one’s life. With too little control in one’s life, the river may have raging waters that run up over its banks.

If the water is peaceful and tranquil, then a restful break to regenerate one’s energies might be in order. In some mythologies rivers are symbols of death, which could also be interpreted as the passing from one state of consciousness to another.

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


Symbol: The river indicates that “everything is moving along well.” The river is a symbol of universal hope, fertility, death, and renewal.

Vision: Dreaming about a big river where the water is very clear: a good sign, everything in your life is moving along without interference.

If the water in the river is murky: people around you are hostile and you may need to fight back.

If the river is flowing over its banks: others are gossiping about you—your plans are going to “drown.” Falling into the river: bad luck. Swimming in the river: you may have to deal with a dangerous adversary, but you will succeed. Swimming against the current is a symbol of internal contradictions that need attention and resolution. Swimming across the river means you are leaving the past behind—positive changes are beginning to take place. See Brook.

Depth Psychology: The river is considered the energy reservoir of your soul. You are not making enough use of these energies—or you may not even be aware of them (see Stream).

The condition of the river represents your emotional energy and strength. These energies may carry you where you have no intention of going and they can also destroy! See Water.

Dreamers Dictionary | Garuda


To dream you see a flowing river whose waters are smooth and clear presages happiness and success in life; for the married person, contentment in family life.

If the waters of the river are rough and muddy you will be taking a journey that could lead to an increase in your fortunes, though there are certain risks attached.

Gypsy Dream Dictionary | Raymond Buckland


Rapid and flowing muddy river indicates great troubles and difficulties. But a river with calm glassy surface foretells happiness and love.

Indian Interpretation of Dreams | Indian - Anonymous


In a dream, a river represents a noble and a great person. Walking into a river in a dream means befriending or encountering such a person. Drinking from a river in a dream means trials, but if the water is clear, it means enjoying prosperity and a happy life. Jumping from one bank of a river to the other in a dream means escaping from adversities, dispelling distress or anguish, and it means winning victory over one’s enemy. In a dream, a river also denotes travels. Swimming in a river in a dream means working in the government.

If the river runs through the streets and markets, and if one sees people bathing in it or taking their ritual ablution in it in one way or another it in a dream, such a river then represents the justice of a ruler.

If the river floods the streets, or runs through people’s homes and damages their properties and personal belongings in the dream, then the river represents an unjust ruler, or it could represent an invading army.

If a river flows from one’s house and causes no harm to anyone in a dream, it represents one’s good intentions or deeds.

If one becomes a river in a dream, it means his death. Murky waters in a dream signify worries and fearing a great man. Crossing from one side of a river into another in a dream means dispelling one’s fears or worries. It also could mean severing one’s association with such a man only to meet with another one. Jumping from the middle of a river to the riverbank in a dream means escaping from the wrath of a ruler. Losing something in a river means suffering harm and damages from a ruler.

A river flowing inside one’s house in a dream means prosperity. Ifone sees people drinking from it in the dream, it denotes his generosity and sharing of his wealth with needy people, or it could mean imparting knowledge to others.

If a poor person sees a river flowing inside his house in a dream, it means that he will drive a member of his household out of his house because of an abominable and a sinful act, or adultery.

A river in a dream also means a good deed or a regular income.

A river with murky and putrid waters in a dream represents hell-fire. Seeing one of the heavenly rivers of paradise in a dream means prosperity.

The heavenly river of milk in a dream represents God’s gift of the innate knowledge and criterion which is given to His creation, and it represents submission to His sovereignty and obedience to His commands. Seeing the heavenly river of non-intoxicating wine in a dream meanselation and intoxication from one’s love for God Almighty. Seeing the heavenly river of honey in a dream means knowledge or the Holy Qur’an. Drinking from Egypt’s Nile in a dream means receiving a great wealth, gold and power.

(Also see Euphrates; Kawthar; Walking on water; Water)

Islamic Dream Interpretation | Ibn Seerin


Stream, Water. In the stream of life and time, Flowing.

A trip on a river often symbolizes your life journey.

A raging river predicts difficult obstacles connected to physical urges and bothersome emotions. Pay attention to how the water is moving!

Little Giant Encyclopedia | Klaus Vollmar


If you dream of a river, you need to take more control of your own life. Also see “Water” and “Rapids.”

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean


As with all dreams of water, whether Sea, Lake, or River, the meaning depends upon the clearness or muddiness of the Water.

If there are signs of storm, then be very cautious in your plans, for trouble lies ahead.

To fall or jump in, shows domestic worries.

Mystic Dream Book | Internet Archive - Anonymous


1. Life’s journey.

2. Obstacles, turbulence in need of crossing.

New American Dream Dictionary | Joan Seaman - Tom Philbin


A beautiful calm river foretells empty promises for the dreamer.

If you are on a boat, make a careful checkup on your finances.

A muddy river threatens jealousy.

Psycho Dream Interpretation | Ella Freeman Sharpe


Dreams of a river represent fluidity, change, and the feminine principal of the path of least resistance. You are going with the flow and connecting with your sensuality.

If you dream that the river is flowing gracefully, then you are in sync with your emotions and instincts.

If you dream that you are going against the current, then you are resisting your instincts, intuition and deeper feelings.

If the river is raging, then you are having an emotional catharsis, dealing with strong emotional currents.

If you dream that you are crossing the river, then you are taking great risks and making courageous changes in your life. See Ocean or Water.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous


see Water

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball


If you see a clear, smooth, flowing river in your dream, you will soon succeed to the enjoyment of delightful pleasures, and prosperity will bear flattering promises.

If the waters are muddy or tumultuous, there will be disagreeable and jealous contentions in your life.

If you are water-bound by the overflowing of a river, there will be temporary embarrassments in your business, or you will suffer uneasiness lest some private escapade will reach public notice and cause your reputation harsh criticisms.

If while sailing upon a clear river you see corpses in the bottom, you will find that trouble and gloom will follow swiftly upon present pleasures and fortune.

To see empty rivers, denotes sickness and unusual ill-luck.

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation | Gustavus Hindman Miller


Water sustains life and is the most abundant compound in all living things. It may represent the flow of your energies, the path of your life, or the passage of time. It also may be symbolic of your emotional well-being. Examine the details of your dream. Is the water clear or murky? Is it fast-moving, turbulent, or stagnant? Are you just floating along its currents or actively controlling your movements? Consider these factors and see how they can be associated with daily life. See also: Water, Ocean

The Bedside Dream Dictionary | Silvana Amar


The current of a river symbolizes vital energy. A river with clear water that flows is a symbol of happiness and satisfaction.

If you dream of this element, everything indicates that your emotional side is totally balanced. But, if the waters are turbulent, you may be having emotional conflicts. In contrast, if the river is dry, the dream represents the suspicion that you have been the victim of deceit. According to Jung’s psychoanalysis, the river represents life, destiny.

If the dreamer is enjoying the shore, it denotes a fear of existence. In contrast, if something pleasant attracts him to the opposite shore, it suggests that to achieve your goal, you should overcome tests and learn to dominate the currents of the spirit. Freudian psychoanalysis, in contrast, associated the river with the father figure. Lastly, crossing a river denotes a change in style of life. (See WATER and FISH)

In his novel Siddhartha, Herman Hesse writes close to the river. He says that you can learn a lot from it: how to listen with the heart and how to hope with the soul without passion or desires nor judgments or opinions that trouble you.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke


As with all water dreams the meaning is modified by the condition and appearance of the water.

If you fell in the river, it indicates approaching domestic difficulties, but if you jumped in, you are being warned against hasty actions.

To dream of sitting on, or walking along, the bank of a river is a sign that if you continue along your present lines success will follow.

See also Water, Sky, Landscape, etc.

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


River of life; flow of your own life.

If you are swimming against the current, relax and lighten up with the demands you have been placing on yourself.

If you are trying to get across the river and cannot find a way, you are temporarily blocked in dealing with an emotional situation. Build within yourself a new route, expanded perspective, in order to resolve the situation.

The Dream Books Symbols | Betty Bethards


To see a broad, rapid and muddy river is a dream denoting difficulties; calm and clear augurs happiness and prosperity (Raphael). The river is usually taken as a symbol of human life and represented as smooth or turbulent according to the nature of the occurrences.

The Fabric of Dream | Katherine Taylor Craig


(see Water)

Free-flowing thoughts and actions.

Time’s passage.

The beginning of the river is the past, and where it goes represents the future. This is especially true if you dream of yourself traveling on the river.

If you see yourself in the water, being conveyed by an overwhelming current, this reflects either relinquishing yourself to your instinctive, emotional nature or having your individuality washed away by circumstances.

Traversing a river in a small water craft is an alternative type of path dream in which the current reflects your direction of personal growth.

Healing. Rivers figure heavily into folk medicine in which healers used the water’s movement to convey sickness visually away from a patient.

If this is the case, what is the water taking away? This item will give more meaning to the dream.

The Language of Dreams | Patrica Telesco


A river represents spirituality and/or a boundary.

Tryskelion Dream Interpretation | Pagan - Anonymous


lucky numbers: 06-08-11-17-21-36

cataract with rapid clear water: an adventurer threatens your domestic happiness.

murky: the flow of life is neverending and never smooth.

creek, wading in a dry: new experiences; taking a trip of short duration.

others: another is enjoying what you had rejected as insufficient.

drifting on the, in a boat: imminent danger; take a decisive hand in your life.

enemies committing suicide in a: a long-desired move is imminent.

falling into a: danger is awaiting your misstep; seek professional advice.

children: are passing from one growth period to the next one.

sweetheart: a restful break to al ow feelings to soar above the conflicts.

fishing in a: change of environment brings contact with person of influence.

flooding, a: wil receive good news concerning pending lawsuits.

escape from a: long-lasting lawsuits through indiscrete actions of others.

being unable to: disil usionment when you correct your faults.

fording a river: security is on the other side, find the right ford.

palisades, of a: cautious optimist wil guide you through obstructers.

embankment, being on a: wil hear news of the engagement of your love to another.

others: engagement wil be cal ed off from your obsession with personal ease.

riding the rapids: gaining strength against a repressive relationship.

swimming in a: meet the imminent danger directly and head to the source.

upstream: your actions go against your instincts; reverse them to coincide.

throwing someone into a: wil be befriended by another more faithful friend.

walking the shores: inspirations is at hand; grasp it.

water, of clear: good business practices coming to fruition.

dirty: disgrace for disputing another’s tainted emotional state.

Zolar’s Book of Dreams Numbers and Lucky Days |

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

Crossing A River

Crossing a river or stream suggests relief from grief, sorrow and fear. But if such a river or stream contain mud, filth or continues to swell, it suggest the observer of the dram will break off his relationship with his neighbour, son or an intimate friend and establish new relations with someone else. In spite of this he will keep contact with the one with whom his relationship is severed.... crossing a river dream meaning

Bathing In The River

Bathing in the river or sea and not experiencing any fear, panic or humiliation suggest deliverance from afflictions: if the observer of the dream is grief stricken, his grief will be removed an replaced with happiness; if he is suffering from a disease or sickness, he will be cured; if he is in straitened circumstances, Allah will grant him relief; if he is afflicted with debts, Allah will have them fulfilled; if he is imprisoned, Allah will grant him freedom. All this is in the light of this Qur’anic verse wherein He commands Ayyoob (AS) : Strike with you foot. This spring of water is for bathing, cooling and drinking. And We granted him his family and doubled their number as a special grace from ourselves and a commemoration for all who have understanding.... bathing in the river dream meaning

Drinking Clean Water From The River

Drinking clean water from a river suggests that he will enjoy a certain ni’mah and bounty of Allah and live a clean and pure life.... drinking clean water from the river dream meaning

Drinking Unclean Water From The River

If a person sees himself drinking dirty or muddy water from a river it means he will suffer grief, anguish and heartache, the extend depending on the amount he drinks of such water.... drinking unclean water from the river dream meaning

Gardens, Rivers And Damsels Of Jannah

All these suggest that the observer will prosper in both the worlds, the extent of his prosperity depending on how much of the above he sees.... gardens, rivers and damsels of jannah dream meaning

Pluning Into The River

If a person dreams of himself as plunging or entering into a river and thereby panicking or experiencing phobia it means he will soon be afflicted with grief and sorrow.... pluning into the river dream meaning

River Of Wine

If a person sees a river flowing with wine and such a river flows through lush and green land with which he is not familiar, drinking from such a river or entering such land is a glad tiding that the observer will attain Jannah. But if he does not consume such wine or does not enter such land, it forewarns an impending calamity.... river of wine dream meaning


Emotions, Intuition, Spirituality; a Boundary, Choice. ... rivers dream meaning

River / Bridge / Canal / Dam / Reservoir

Rivers and streams always represent the way you live your life, as well as the way you see your life. Did you dream of a mean-dering river or one that was direct? The first would suggest emotional ups and downs, whilst the second would suggest emotional calm. Dreams of being carried along by a river or stream can refer to the passage of life from birth to death, but they are more likely to refer to your emotional life. How you felt in the dream will indicate the meaning; were you frightened, happy or excited? If the river is rushing by, this may suggest that you feel life is moving too quickly.

If it the river is static, your unconscious may have been commenting on your lack of drive and direction.

If you threw a stone in the river, did the ripples that formed echo your sense of going around in circles in waking life? The river depicts the richness or poverty of your life energy, so if you are crossing a river in your dream, this suggests you are in the process of making great changes in your life.

If you are in the water to cross, it means you will feel a lot of emotions in the process of change.

If you see someone else cross the river or fall into the river, this may refer to your feelings about aging and the passage of time.

If the river is contaminated, this suggests that you are holding back your feelings in waking life and not doing the best you can for yourself.

If you were in a river—or steamboat in your dream, this may refer to the circumstances that surround you, for example your family or home life. The context of the dream and how you feel will all help you with the interpretation. Was the boat solid and safe like a steamer, or fragile like a canoe or a dingy?

Canals, dams and reservoirs are all designed to regulate water flow and in dreams they suggest conscious attempts to control emotion; how effective they are at directing the water mirrors how effective you have become at controlling your emotions in waking life. A canal may also symbolize the birth canal and thus represent a desire for children. Because reservoirs are where water is collected and stored, if one features in your dream, could it be commenting on your own emotional reserves? The water level of the reservoir in this dream is important.

If it is high, your emotional resources are abundant but if it is low, you may be feeling emotionally drained by the demands of others. In dreams, dams also suggest control over your emotions, and their effectiveness in your dream will say a lot about your emotional health. If, in your dream, you were standing on a bridge watching the water flow beneath you, you could be ready to leave the past behind—as suggested by water under the bridge—since you are at a turning point in your life (the bridge is a symbol of transition). See also TRAVEL.... river / bridge / canal / dam / reservoir dream meaning

River / Lake

In dreams, rivers indicate the eternal change and flow of life, serving as a reminder that change and renewal can be something refreshing, strong and not to be feared. Streams and brooks are gentler images of change. A riverbank may represent the security of the conscious mind if you go swimming or paddling in the river of the unconscious.

If your dream reveals an image of yourself contemplating on the river bank, pay attention to how you feel. Are you anxious or feeling confident? If an artificial embankment or levee appears in your dream, this may be a sign that you need to build stronger defenses as you are in danger of being submerged by unconscious desires.

In dreams, lakes are symbols of the unconscious. What lurks beneath the water? If you dream of fishing, swimming or sailing on the lake, this can suggest contentment; if you are drowning, this suggests anxiety. For Jung, a lake, like the sea and the river, is a symbol of the mother archetype. A dream pond can suggest hidden depths. When you see a swamp in your dream, it is referring to a part of your life that is dark and hidden, or to something that is holding you back.

If you see a marsh, this may refer to anxieties that undermine your confidence in waking life. A spring is an image of beginnings and, as such, it symbolizes maternity in dreams as well as purity and clear, clean water.

According to Freudians, the image can suggest joyful sexuality. Jungians might see dreams springs as an image of the inner life or spiritual beginnings. A waterfall unites images of female and male sexuality with the foam of the tumbling waters evocative of the sensations of orgasm. Alternatively, the turbulence of the waterfall can represent powerful changes in your life. See also ELEMENTS; PLACES.... river / lake dream meaning

Flow Or River

The course, path, or flow of something (such as your life, or a particular process, project, or relationship in your life).

The passage of time.

The “path of least resistance” (since that’s the path water usually takes).

A river that’s flowing well can represent things flowing well or going easily somewhere in your life.

You floating in or flowing with a river can represent peace, contentment, “going with the flow,” an attitude of acceptance, surrendering to a higher power, cooperating, or using your current circumstances to your benefit.

Fighting against the current or trying to go upstream can represent “going against the flow” somehow in your life.

A dry riverbed can represent challenging circumstances, especially ones that hinder your progress.

See also: Water, Body of; Flood; Canal; Waves; Fountain; Squirting; Leaking; Wind; Swirl or Eddy; Valve... flow or river dream meaning


1. Not entering in;

2. Place of prayer; Kings 5:10-14.... riverbank dream meaning