Depending on whom you listen to the symbolic meaning of whales in dreams can vary dramatically.
In most beliefs whales are a symbol of strength, spirituality and protection although they have also been interpreted as a sign of our darkness and the possibility of experiencing a loss in our lives.
In the end there is no exact meaning for every situation that a whale appears in a dream, but hopefully these interpreted meanings may give you a better idea of what whales may symbolize in dreams.
The Interpretation of strength and spirituality
Whales usually represent a big event in your life or a strong feeling of solitude.
Some people believe that whales are associated with peace, serenity, spirituality and tranquility.
The appearance of a whale in a dream can signify that everything is or will be o.k. and is often related to spiritual matters of the mind and heart.
In dreams that focus on a particular individual the appearance of a whale can identify that person as trustworthy and good spirited, and can give you a feeling of connectedness with that individual.
Some people have even interpreted the symbol of a whale as the feeling of a loving mother who protects her child.
Deep feelings and close emotional connections are often associated with these majestic animals.
Whales tend to appear during times of relevance when you are currently facing an issue in your life.
At times whales may also represent power, leadership and strength.
They symbolize that you can accomplish your goals and have the strength and intuition to overcome the obstacles in your life.
They’re a sign of protection and a signal that you need to relax and stop worrying.
Dreams where whales chase away a potential threat may represent other people taking a stance against a threat you or they are facing.
The interpretation of darkness and loss
Other interpretations perceive whales as a part of our dark side.
Since whales live underwater they can be seen as our own personal underworld and are viewed as the things we don’t want others to know or as a hidden darkness within us.
When a whale collides with a ship it can mean that you are facing a struggle in your life or are facing a possible loss of property and can cause a sense of uneasiness.
It can also mean a loss of domestic peace and happiness in one’s home, a loss of an important friendship/relationship or an overwhelming situation that you believe is too big to resolve.
In the end the only person that can really interpret the meaning of a whale in his/her dream is the individual having the dream.
Tips for interpreting your dreams
In order to better interpret your dreams it is highly recommended that you keep a journal or diary of your dreams and record them every night.
Often the symbols in the dreams you have represent important, emotional events in your life or recent activities that have occurred in the last few days.
By recording your dreams you can better identify patterns and meanings that are related to specific symbols.
When you come across something you believe has a symbolic meaning write down how that symbol made you feel.
Did you feel safe, comforted and strong or did you feel a sense of grief and loss or a need to hide your true feelings and intentions?
Since we all see the world differently we also interpret the meaning of things differently so being able to understand what a symbol means to you can help you better understand and interpret the meaning of that symbol in your dreams.
The more you can identify the meaning of a symbol the better.
If the symbol appears in several dreams and always causes the same feelings or experiences than you may be able to identify that symbol as having a particular meaning.
For example if every time a killer whale appears in one of your dreams it makes you feel safe and chases away a problem in your life than you can safely assume that a killer whale means safety and peace to you.
If however you always dream of whales attacking your ship or boat, or feel threatened or scared that your property is being destroyed than the whale most likely symbolizes terror, loss and uneasiness in your dreams.
In the end the meaning of whales is often best interpreted by the dreamer and clarity can often be found through recording those experiences in a journal or diary.