I had a dream … it was about a dragon. It wasn't terrifying, but it wasn't pleasant. The creature was definitely not Puff, the magical dragon. But what did it all mean?
Dragons have been a symbol of power throughout history, and depending on culture, good or bad. Eastern culture has traditionally viewed dragons as wise and beneficial, good fortune, and the sign of spiritual or personal quest. Western culture, on the other hand, has portrayed dragons as bearers of trials and destruction, keepers of treasure, and representations of greed. So does regional symbolism apply to dreams?
What about biblical symbolism? In Revelation 12 we are told of a dream in which Satan takes the form of a red dragon. So, are dragons evil?
In most explanations, throughout the traditions of belief, dragons almost always symbolize conflict; an important problem in your life that you will have to face. Being chased by a dragon is an anxious dream, similar to one in which you stand outside the classroom in your underwear. Maybe you even find yourself chased by an underwear dragon if something is really bothering you.
It is often said that winged dragons represent a kind of transcendence, of insight. For example, if you dreamed of riding a dragon, you might be in some kind of spiritual shift.
Maybe your dream dragon is standing in front of a cave, guarding its entrance. Many sources describe the cave as your subconscious and inside this cave is a treasure, which in turn is your real self. In this interpretation, fighting the dragon represents fighting your own fear of reaching and understanding your true self.
Dragons in dreams are also associated with power, fire, and passion. Some people think that these creatures are representations of your sexual and emotional realms. However, he is also warned that these dreams are there to remind you to use self-control, which, when not in use, can lead to all kinds of destruction.
Yet another explanation comes from Freud and Jung, who, as you may have guessed, attribute dragon dreams to the 'devouring' aspects of a person being his mother or if you are a man, your inability through fear or incomprehension to incorporate your feminine side into your personality.
So, the next time you wake up surprised from a dream about a dragon, don't turn on all the lights and hide under the covers. Instead, take a close look at the things that are going on in your life – conflicts and fears. Most of the time, they are more difficult to deal with than the fire-breathing creatures. That said, just remember that your dream is sending you a message and you can do it – you can face and kill your dragon.