Dolphins are regarded in most cultures as a symbol of enjoyment.
To see a dolphin in your dream can signify a variety of positive feelings and circumstances.
The dolphin primarily symbolizes connection, empathy and different forms of happiness.
When you see one in your dream, it may indicate that you are socializing smoothly, and relating or getting along exceptionally well with others in general.
This feeling of happiness and contentment could be tied to your social life or your work life.
A dolphin appearing in a dream can also indicate that you have just made a strong, powerful connection with someone; perhaps a new romantic lover or a new friend you have just made.
The dolphin can also signify the improvement and strengthening of a current relationship with someone important in your daily life, such as a partner, family member or close friend.
The specific circumstances in which the dolphin appears is also important.
Playing with dolphins in the water can signify that the dreamer is attempting to escape from a high-stress job or relationship into a calmer, happier, less demanding job or relationship.
Dreams about chasing a dolphin show that the dreamer is (or wishes to be) actively pursuing a job or relationship that is fun, accepting or highly affectionate.
To dream of saving one or more dolphins signify that the dreamer is hoping to rekindle the fun and passion in a lackluster job or relationship.
In this way, a dolphin can be a critical symbol that brings to light a less than pleasant reality, but should also be seen as an optimistic sign that the dreamer strongly wishes to improve his or her situation.
A normally solitary person dreaming of chasing a dolphin strongly indicates that he or she wants to socialize more, and wants to gain one or more meaningful human connections as a result of doing so.
It is a sign that he or she desperately seeks to break their lonely, solitary cycle and explore the vast world of relationships.
A dolphin appearing in a dream can also represent that the dreamer has opened a line of communication between his or her conscious and subconscious, and is thus more in tune with the inner self and psyche.
Dreams about dolphins are thought to be highly spiritual and can be viewed as a symbol of encouragement to seek spiritual guidance.
If the dreamer is riding a dolphin, this can indicate that he or she wishes to move upward in life, using the mind to its greatest capacity.
A dream in which the dreamer is touching or making eye contact with a dolphin represents a sensual connection to someone, based on physical and intense emotional attraction.
When the dream involving a dolphin is particularly vivid, it can symbolize that the dreamer is feeling extremely energetic and vivacious in their everyday life.
In a select few circumstances, a dolphin can carry a somewhat negative meaning in a dream.
To dream that a dolphin is dying indicates that a connection has been lost, or that someone the dreamer had been previously close to is withdrawing or growing distant.
To lose sight of a dolphin shows that the dreamer may be reminiscing about someone they were once very close to, but have lost or no longer feel close to anymore.
In some cultures, a dolphin jumping in the water beneath a full moon indicates budding femininity, or the enjoyment of existing femininity.
Jumping dolphins can also point to a feeling of vitality and good health, particularly if the dreamer has been taking exceptionally good care of his or herself recently.
Many cultures also believe the dolphin represents duality, since the dolphin is essentially both a fish and mammal.
This duality, however, is not associated with conflict; rather, the dolphin represents harmony between two worlds at once, or “yin and yang.”
Overall, dolphins in dreams represent strong ideas of positivity and connection to others.