Fish in dreams are usually positive omens that have been around for thousands of years in many different cultures. When fish appear in our dreams they contain hidden messages relating to luck, abundance, joy, rebirth, higher self, unknown and creativity.
Connecting the dreamer to their emotions that might not be fully understood, the depths of our soul, deeper awareness of the unconsciousness or higher self. We must remember that fish are also cold-blooded, not driven by passion but survival, and often represent people.
Fishes are very common dream symbol, however depending the type of fish and how you interacted with it alters the meaning of your dream. How did the fish appear in your dreams?
Dreams About Fish
Fish Swimming Sea or Ocean
Noticing fish swimming in an ocean, sea or pond could be connected to the unconscious mind. These are positive dream showing you abundance of something that is now conscious to you. If you are swimming with the fish suggests you are in control with your emotions.
Dreaming of catching fish might be a play on words that you may be fishing for something. Depending the context of your dream and who is around you it can apply to thoughts, ideas, information and knowledge. If you caught any fish or had trouble would depend the outcome of searching. If you noticed a hook it might be a play on words for catching something you want or you might be hooked on something.
Fish & Eggs
Seeing fish eggs in your dream are positive symbols that translates to either an abundance or plenty of something coming up. This may be connected to the emotional unconscious part suggesting an emergence ready to hatch soon.
Cooking Eating Cleaning Fish
These dream imply personal nourishment that has finally been obtained. Fish could be a symbol of the spiritually or emotional aspect of the dreamer that is now being used in their daily lives. If you are cleaning it suggest possible preparation for good things to come. Usually we tend to dream of eating fried fish in our dreams that might be related to our diet. These dreams might suggest you are taking in positive energy.
If you noticed a fish that is dead suggests disappointments, failure and loss in your life. Something was left neglected in your life that needed nourishing and attention. Death and rebirth play a role so depending the context of the dream this might be a positive symbol. In with the new and out with the old.
If you noticed goldfish swimming in a fish bowl suggest restrictions and confident. If you feel that you are stuck either at work or relationship this dream might come as a metaphor. Could this be connected to how you are socially? Does it imply you feel lonely and need to explore the depths of your mind that was never explored before?
The fishes and colors you see in the aquarium help puzzle the meaning of the dream. If you where to see Nemo for example it might suggest you found something that you have been searching for. To dream a small amount of fish inside the aquariums, suggests that your awareness of inability to pursue meaningful romantic interests. If you noticed that the aquarium is empty in dreams reflect a lack of emotional involvement with your world. You are not aware nor do you care about how many issues are effecting you. If it is dirty suggests a need to clean or change the negative thought patterns
These are very common dreams that might be a play on words relating to your shyness or social awkwardness. Its possible it is suggesting you need to get back on track.
Fish and Pregnancy
Often times woman who are pregnant usually in the first trimester dream of fish swimming. There might be a link between the baby and the fish swimming in your stomach.
Colorful Or Flying
These are very positive dreams that bring positive energy flowing your way. Colors in dreams are very significant, the more vibrant the better. Oddly enough many report fish flying in the air. These dreams hint at an unconscious and conscious connection; possibly the start. What was once hidden below is now visible.
Metaphoric Word Play
Dreams can appear one way but mean the other as the unconscious sends us puzzles for us to piece together. Fish symbolism can alter the meaning based off your own experiences and the contexts of the dream. The idioms below can help you better understand what your dream might be hinting.
- A Cold Fish (personality)
- Big Fish (boss)
- Fish Out of Water (alone/odd/different)
- Make Fish of One and Fowl of the Other
- Something is fishy (odd/up to something/warning)
- Different Kettle of Fish (odd person)
- All Is Fish That Comes To His Net (luck)
- Better Fish To Fry (more opportunities)
- Big Fish In A Small Pond (think your big but your not)
- Cry Stinking Fish (UK)
- Drink Like A Fish (alcoholic)
Types Of Fish Dreams
Goldfish – Suggest a need to open your horizons and come out of the confined space you live in. You might need to travel and explore the deeper part of you.
Flying Fish – These dream are signs to pay attention to whats jumping out at you. It appears in front of you for a reason to let you know its time to explore the depths below.
Whales – In depth analysis: These are the guides that bring you to the unconscious depths of your emotions. They are smart, social and navigate though senses connecting us to intuition or psychic.
Fish Eyes – Could this be directed how you feel inside? Fish eyes expression doesn’t really change dead or alive.
Salmon – These are powerful dream message that you need to fight for the most valuable things in life. In other words, if you are you locked in one of the hardest struggles of your life and to keep struggling. Salmon swim up stream so it might suggest you might be going in the wrong direction.
Dolphins – In depth analysis: They appear as a sign of resurrection, intelligence, intuition and protection. They are very playful and full of life, which reminds us to approach life with a sense of joy and humor.
Color Fish – The color of the fish might be related to your chakras and energy field. Depending the condition and brightness of the fish shows you a need to work on it or not
Eel – If the eel is an electric that could a warning of someone or you, has capabilities to shock on an emotional level. It could also suggest a phallic symbol or possible energy moving up the spine (serpent).
Piranha – The sharp razor like teeth of the piranha can cut through metal. When they show up in our dream we need to look at possible threats related to the emotional side of the dreamer. It could suggest enemies that are around in an abundance ready to pounce the moment you set your feet in the water.
Seahorse – The seahorse is known to bring luck of good fortune/charm to the dreamer. An attribute of the sea, the seahorse is considered to be a symbol of strength and power.
Coral Reef – The bright colors and uniqueness these dreams imply you came upon a rare find in your life. Follow your path as you stumble upon new beginnings and life. However you need to cherish it as it is endangered.
Catfish – Catfish appears in dreams it is a sign and message that some good fortune will arrive soon. It is also a reminder for the need to protect blessings or lifestyle.
Shrimp – These dreams might be a play on words for feeling of inferiority and defenseless against larger predators.
Biblical Meaning Of Fish
The fish became a symbol for Christianity around the 2nd Century of the post-apostolic church. It frequently is found carved on the walls of the catacombs beneath the ancient city of Rome.
The fish symbol is a Greek word seen in this form <>< “ichthys/ichthus” connecting i (Iesous—Jesus), ch (Christos—Christ), th (theou—of God), u (huios—son), s (soter—savior). Translating to Jesus Christ God’s Son is Savior. Due to the persecution of the Christian by the Romans this was a code word between one another. In the bible fish are used in many verses to signify a positive message for abundance and hard work.
- Jonah 1:17
And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
- Matthew 4:18
Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
- Ezekiel 47:9
It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.
- John 21:6
And He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.”
Hatmehit in the ancient Egyptian religion was a fish-goddess in the area around the delta city. In ancient Egyptian art Hatmehit was presented either as a fish, or a woman with a fish emblem or crown on her head. Hatmehit was know as the goddess that protects life and people.
Ancient Chinese and American Tribes
Traditionally the Chinese view the fish as good luck and fortune. In their writing the character for fish (yu 鱼) is pronounced the same as the Chinese character for surplus (yu 余), the fish symbol which means prosperity and luck.
The meaning of the Fish symbol was to signify water and the flow of life from the Earth. Many Native American Indians of the Plateau regions were dependent on their sustenance to provide for the community. Their religions have used the fish to symbolize life, spiritual change and healing.
Astrology Fish Symbol
Fish are often associated with the astrological sign of Pisces. In the astrological symbol shows the two fishes caught by a string, usually by the mouth or the tails. The fish are sometimes shown swimming in opposite directions; this represents the duality within the Pisces nature. They are ruled by the planet Neptune.
According to the Babylonians they believed a fish moved a giant egg out of the river Euphrates, and after the egg emerged a mermaid the fertility goddess of the seas, Atargatis. The son of Atargatis was named Ichthys; a name later used by Christians to refer to Jesus Christ.