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.
The meaning that whales represent in our dreams are often influenced by our experiences, beliefs and religion.
While we can make assumptions and hypothesis about the meaning of whales 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 your dreams.
This article will explore the possible meaning of whales and break down how our perceptions and experiences influence our dreams.
Lastly we’ll look into ways that we can try to break down these dreams and gain a better understanding of what they mean for us and how they may differ from other peoples interpretations of whales.
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 about us 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.
Your experiences and how they affect your dreams
When you have a dream about something that is important to you it is often observed through a personal filter that shapes the meaning of your dream.
Two individuals having the same or similar dreams may interpret the meaning of that dream very differently.
This is because our perception of reality and fantasy are often shaped by our personal experiences of life, the fears we face, the confrontations we’ve experienced, our regrets, our happiness and our desires.
Therefore the meaning a whale has in your dream can be vastly different from the meaning it has in someone else’s dream, even when those dreams are very similar.
Does the whale represent trust, strength, freedom, safety and/or love or does it represent overwhelming challenges, hopelessness, adversity, powerlessness and/or unmanageable fears.
In order to gain a better understanding of the meaning a whale represents to you it is important to understand and take note of how you feel when you observe a whale in your dream, especially when those dreams are recurring.
What recurring dreams mean to you
Recurring dreams occur when you experience the same dream or similar dreams over and over again.
When a person begins having recurring dreams they are often confused as to why they are having them and what those dreams mean.
One of the best ways to gain understanding and insight into the meaning of your recurring dreams is identify how you feel when you are going through this type of dream.
Are you happy, in love, strong carefree and/or confident or do you feel depressed, angry, hopeless, lonely and/or weak.
By observing the feelings you are witnessing in your dreams you can begin to identify what your dream is telling you about yourself or the meaning of certain objects in your dream world.
As stated earlier your meaning may differ greatly from those of others and may be tied to your own personal experiences in life so you’ll want to focus on the feelings that whales conjure up in your dreams.
Looking for dream influences in your life
Your dreams are often seen as fragments of your life.
A dream you have can be the result of things that have happened in your life and the objects in your dreams (such as whales) can represent the feelings you have related to certain areas of your life.
Sometimes you can learn to associate objects, animals and other meaningful items with specific feelings or important things you’ve experienced in your life and sometimes your brain unconsciously associates objects with your own personal experiences.
For example if you were told that elephants represent trust, luck and/or wealth and you believe this to be true you may end up purchasing a good luck charm of an elephant and whenever you see an elephant or think of one you begin having feelings of good luck and may even feel as though your life is improving as a result of this good luck charm or a recent experience involving an elephant.
On the other hand you may be going through a troubling time in your life where something or someone has made you very upset.
At the same time you may end up seeing an image or video of whales and unconsciously associate those negative feelings with the image or experience you’ve had with a whale, or maybe you ended up watching a horrifying movie or scary book as a child that involved a whale harming someone or eating them and that experience created a negative feeling or belief about whales.
In all of these examples we end up associating our emotions and experiences with the objects around us.
As we begin having startling dreams of whales we start to wonder why we are having them and what they mean.
By taking a good look into our recent and past experiences we can often gain better insights into our dreams.
One reason we may not realize that we’ve associate an object or animal (such as a whale) with our dream is because our experience may have occurring a long time ago.
It’s possible that several weeks, months or years have passed since we unconsciously learned to associate a whale with a positive or negative experience in our life so when we have a sudden dream about a whale we may end up confused about the meaning of that dream.
In some cases this may happen because we had a recent experience that brought up (either consciously or unconscious) something that happened in our past and that experience may trigger the association we’ve applied to our vision of a whale so when we fall asleep and experience a whale in our dream it may be the result of a recent experience that triggered our old beliefs and/or feelings.
Sometimes dreams are just dreams
While we’ve talked a lot about the possible meaning of whales (and other objects) in our dreams it is important to understand that sometimes our dreams are just dreams and may not carry a significant reason behind them.
It’s possible that you fell asleep watching a documentary of whales or maybe you saw a Disney movie staring a whale.
Perhaps you recently went whale watching or saw an image of a whale that unconsciously sparked your interest.
In many cases our dreams are simply reflections into the experiences of our day or week and our brain may just be sorting through all of our memories and experiences.
When you see that whale swimming around in your dream and wonder what it means it could be nothing more than your brain accessing one of your recent or past experiences as it sorts through everything and files away everything that has happened to you in the last several days.
Before you decide that a whale carries a certain meaning to you look into your past experiences, recurring dreams and possible associations in order to determine if there is a real meaning behind the object in your dream.
If there is a strong correlation between the whale in your dream and the feelings you’re experiencing then it may be worth looking into what it could mean.
To help you identify the meaning of a whale in your dream we’ll explore some steps you can take to clarify your dreams and gain a better understanding of why you are having these dreams.
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.
P.S. Don’t forget to check out our free whale dream infographic!