When a cow emerges in your dreams they connect you with the feminine – mother earth. Cows are depicted in many cultures to be considered sacred and and should be protected. According to Hindu scripture, cows are are seen as a ‘caregiver’ a maternal figure that protects.
The Meaning Of Cow Dreams
Cows are very symbolic in our dreams frequently appearing for woman and rarely for men. If a man dreams of a cow there is a strong connection to the feminine. Depending on how the cow is displayed in your dream the meaning may alter.
Cow Symbolism In Dreams
- gentle and loving
- mother or unconscious feminine
Cow Dreams & The Mother Goddess
Throughout human history, stories and myths have been passed down to make sense of the world and how to act accordingly. When it comes to dreaming we receive images in metaphors that link us directly to the image of ‘the mother goddess’.
The symbol of the cow reflects the attributes of motherhood, fertility, creation, nature or who manifests the bounty of the earth. She also carries the ability to destruct and attack with a vengeance, this determines the relationship with the cow in your dreams.
Cow Dreams: The Inner Feminine
According to Shamanic Astrology, we have an “inner other” or what Carl Jung would call the inner feminine (anima) for men. Androgynous nature of humans; the masculine within the female and the feminine within the male. The cow is a symbol of the inner feminine in us, she is the provider giving you insight.
In essence the cow appears in a positive light when the internal feminine energy is properly nourished. These are traits that we inherit within, the cow is a manifestation of what is possibly hidden below or simply unfolding. Distortion with these energies might reflect the cow in a negative light in your dreams.
- Creativity. The Divine Feminine is the creative force that brings all things into existence
- Warrior Spirit
- Deep Sense of Justice, Balance, & Morality
- Passive Resistance
- Stronger Awareness of Thoughts and Feelings
- Having a Many-Sided Personality
- Feeling the Need to Self-Sacrifice to Remain Virtuous
The Prophetic Symbolism
Bible Genesis 1:24 – And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Hindus worship cows and are considered secrete. Hinduism is a religion that raises the status of Mother to the level of Goddess. Therefore, the cow is considered as it provides us life and nutrients. The cow is a symbol of the divine bounty of earth.
Bast the Egyptian cat goddess who guarded mothers and their newborn children. A woman with issues of infertility would make an offering to Bast in hopes that this would help her conceive. Bast became strongly connected with Mut, a mother goddess figure.
Isis is the feminine archetype for creation; like the cow she is the goddess of fertility and motherhood. She played many roles in history and mythology as the creator.
Common Cow Dream Meanings
Cows Giving Birth Dream: Cows that give birth are often symbols of receiving wealth and nourishment in your life. giving birth is a positive omen pointing at wealth and nourishment will soon be coming your way. A symbol to be gentle to what new birth is about to take place.
Baby Cow: Noticing a baby cow in your dream is a positive symbol that represents longevity, abundance and new wealth. A sign of something new has now developed in your life, to prosper from the nourishment it gives.
Cows Fighting: Connecting the dreamer with issues pertaining to the mother or feminine. However it is closely related to the bull that represents masculine strength and aggression when provoked. They are also connected to the luna or moon Goddess.
Cows Chasing: Having to be chased by a cow in your dream brings is metaphoric relating to avoiding, running or not confronting (mother). Possibly relating to a mother complex, or a devouring mother – an overprotective and overbearing mother figure.
Milking A Cow: The proverbial saying ‘to milk a cow’ suggesting getting more than you want; overusing something to your benefit. It could also reflect gaining profit from your hard work.
Cows Attacking: Often times when we have a distortion with the feminine energy, an angry cow will appear. These dreams seem to be indicating a disturbance within the 7 traits of internal feminine spirit (see above). In dreams the cow would be display charging at you, or trying to attack as you run for dear life. These dreams what you to explore the relationship with the mother. It could also suggest unconscious feeling of eating beef.
Dead Cow: Noticing a dead cow in your dreams brings your attention to what has been neglected in your life. This relates to the feminine not be attended too. Death comes with a rebirth possibly suggesting to start anew.
Colors Of Cows: Colors of the cows are also symbolic. Usually we dream of a black, brown or white cow in our dreams for a specific reason. The black can represent the mysterious, shadow, powerful or unknown aspects of the dreamer. A white appears to show us purity and innocence. A brown cow suggests grounding.
Cow Running: What was the reason why it was running? Was it angry or happy? These dreams can alter depending the context usually symbols of joy and happiness.
Cattle: Seeing cattle in your dreams might be a prophetic symbol for a lean or productive years to come. Cattle show you abundance and can be very prosperous once used. This can also apply to more internal rewards.
Cow Interesting Facts
- Cattle are herbivores that means they eat vegetation such as grass.
- Cattle stomachs have four chambers which help break down what they eat
- There are well over 1 billion cattle in the world.
- Cattle are sacred in India.
- There are 300 million cattle in India, most are protected by religion
- Young cattle are generally known as calves.
- Adult females are generally called cows, and very large women
- Cattle are herbivores that eat vegetation such as grass.