Every year natural disasters kill approximately 90,000 people year leaving millions of people affected by the wrath of mother nature.
These uncontrolled forces of nature are commonly known to manifest it’s way into our dreams often as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, hurricanes, floods, wildfires and droughts.
Nightmares of this magnitude are extremely vivid and known to purposely rattle out of their sleep. Days or weeks might go by but this particular type of dream resonates deep within the person psyche.
Natural Disaster Dreams
Dreaming of any sort cataclysmic event is often considered representation of a possible emotional or phyical upheaval. Before you start to dissect the meaning of the dream you would need to reflect if the contents of your dream might have been influenced by current global events, or news, or watching movies.
By distinguishing if there is a relationship between your dream and unconscious feelings projected feelings on the outside world takes you out of the equation.
However often times we dream of major tectonic shifts below the surface or an uncontrolled force that comes out of nowhere that relates to events in your life. Sometimes we are aware of these events and other times it comes out of left field. Furthermore their is a possibility that these dreams are a forewarning picking up on events to come in the future.
Nonetheless with every disaster comes a time of rebuilding and healing. Change might be needed in your life; this might be a message from the unconscious that will come in with a deadly force – fear might be the by product of the ego resisting change. Your dream will provide you with clues such as the type of disaster, people around you, emotions expressed and your location.
Wildfire Dream Meaning
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha.
Either unplanned or deliberately set, these dreams are very symbolic hinting at uncontrolled unconscious anger and rage. In alchemy fires were used as a symbol of personal transformation, however they also have the ability to cause mass destruction.
The wilderness can be seen as a mysterious place; in fairy tales and legends, they are filled with unknown creatures, dangers as you explore at your own risk. This is the place which children become adults as it tests their manhood, the realm of death illuminating in nature which they must penetrate to find meaning.
The fire could represent purification and cleansing, a symbol of new beginnings and spiritual advancement. Uncontrolled emotions such as rage and anger lurk behind the scenes that might be a metaphor for a forest. The emotion is the unknown spark that is capable of self destruction. If you are in a safe distance or stuck waiting to be engulfed in flames can alter the meaning of the dream.
The forest can also symbolize the connecting with the feminine or the mother as its the place where life blossoms. Alternatively, the depths of the forest cannot be seen as they also hold many dangers of demons, enemies and illness.
This brings your awareness to the unconscious aspect of the dreamer. The uncontrolled destructive force can turn your attention to the inner feminine at risk. A possible distorted mother complex has lead the fire out of control as it burns anything in its path.
- Change or transformation.
- Vindictive, anger, rage.
Flood Dream Meaning
Floods are an overflow of a large amount of water beyond its normal limits, especially over what is normally dry land. These dreams are symbolic associating the dry land (conscious) clashing with water (emotions) that is usually unconscious. As a metaphor, the concept of flooding can be associated with large amount of feelings/emotions that covers a wide area. The uncontrollable force has the power to destroy cities, towns and houses.
The floods mimic aspects of your life that are out of control, dangerous and overwhelming in your life. Coping mechanisms are no longer able to hold the force of the water as it come rushing to the shore. These feelings can be a build up of disappointment, grief, hopelessness and depression.
Houses symbolize your mind/psyche and when the water penetrates your house it shows that its an mental struggle you are facing. The term ‘flood gates are open’ suggests the build up that has accumulated over time and its time to face this issue. The most well-known and common apocalyptic symbol is reference in the Bible about Noah and the Great Flood. The ending of one cycle and the beginning of another cycle.
- Depressed mood or tears.
- Personal loss.
- Withdrawal from others.
Dreaming of a sudden violent shaking under the ground causing buildings and houses to crumble are very powerful dream omens. The unexpected movements of the earth’s crust shows you that you are not in control on the ground. Earthquakes are symbolic showing you the connection between the underground (unconscious) or unknown events and the ground (personal stability/ego).
A possible death or shake up of old attitudes, behaviors or emotions the dreamer must be faced with. The symbols are invitations to head underground and explore what is below the surface to facilitate change. Resistance or hesitant to change the surfaces rumbles calling the dreamer to investigate a more meaningful existence.
- Conscious shifts
- Calling for change
- Tension starting to release
- Shake up
- Rebirth or transformation
These dreams could appear as situations you may be facing with at the moment, or possible precognitive dreams hinting at shaky events to come in the near future. Interestingly enough earthquakes happen over an area of the fault line, called the rupture surface.
The dream might be pointing at ‘fault’ as a symbol of blame as the outcome will rupture. The rupture starts at a point on the fault plane called the hypocenter, an area deep down on the fault.
This might be suggesting an issue with the ‘core’ self that has come to the surface. The dream might also suggest a ‘shift’ between the unconscious and conscious. These events can be related to short disruptions in emotions, relationships, outside factors or internal shifts. However, after an earthquake there is always rebuilding and recovery. These dreams could hint at to break down the old structures that were built in the mind so the new can flourish.
Wind synonymous with air one of the four classical earth elements, along with earth, water, and fire. This is the element that is often correlated with breath, life, communication, knowledge and the holy spirit.
A powerful dream omen that is the messenger of the gods with divine intervention, the significant breath of the universe. Windstorms are associated with air might mirror the strong air accumulated during mediation. In order to let go of your thoughts you will start to focus on deep breathing. This will connect the mind, body and soul as one.
Wind can appear in your dreams reflecting the ‘Tao’ or ‘the way’ mysteriously hidden; subtle or forceful as it carries you though your life journey. These shifts are part of the natural order, do not resist. They come as an enormous change shifting our thinking, beliefs and consciousness. You might become powerless or paralyzed as the wind force is out of your control.
We look at it, and do not see it; it is invisible.
We listen to it, and do not hear it; it is inaudible.
We touch it, and do not feel it; it is intangible.
These three elude our inquiries, and hence merge into one. – Tao Te Ching
Tornadoes are the earth’s most dangerous storms, they are a violent rotating column of air touching the ground. When tornadoes appear in our dreams they are warnings pertaining to loss, destruction, emotional upheaval and fear. How the tornado presents itself will determine if the destructive force is internal or an external concern.
They appear to show us the unpredictability of its nature as you are left in the dark knowing if it can attack at any moment. The ground and sky connection bridges the conscious and emotional side of the dreamer.
The formation of warm and cold; unconscious to consciousness builds slowly in the distance waiting to be noticed.
- Increased level of stress.
- Inability to see a destructive from around you.
- Anger and emotional upheaval.
- Fears and losses.
- Rebirth or transition.
A hurricane is a severe tropical storm with devastating high winds accompanied with heavy rain. Warning of hurricanes prepare you to board up your windows and stay indoors. Dreaming of hurricanes suggests a destructive outside force that has the ability to destroy your home. Hurricanes could be unconscious as it develops weeks before it touches down in your area.
Your house would be synonymous with your mind/psyche as its threatened with danger from an unknown emotional force. If you are caught in the cyclone you will be forever tossed around by uncontrollable movement that could excite or torment you. One can gain insight from the aftermath leaving your knowledgeable as you conquered your fears, or left in the rubble trying to get your life back.
Avalanches are masses of snow, ice, and rocks that fall rapidly down a mountainside caused by loud movements. Avalanches are symbolic as they are beautiful to witness from far away, but deadly up-close. The snow would be symbolic of frozen, coldness and rigidity of the emotional side of the dreamer.
It is coldness, the void of love, an unexplored area that no one dares to explore. Winter is a season of death, the separation line between conscious and unconsciousness. Mountains are thought to contain divine energy, to seek enlightenment on the pilgrimage of transcendence. Your distance from God, access to the sky and heavens disrupted by motion. Emotional temperamental and could off set any any slight disturbance.
- Past trauma.
- Frozen emotions.
- Spiritually disconnected.
Volcano dreams are very symbol because they connect us with the element of fire and the potential dangers. Volcanoes bring your awareness to the mind and body connection. When the mind stresses, resists, ignores and builds up issues from the outside world it mimics the pressure of a volcano ready to erupt.
Investigating the areas of stresses can help stop the build up from harming others and yourself. The lava represents heat, rage and anger as it needs to be released.
Tsunami dreams bring your attention to a disturbance of the unconscious to the conscious. This was erupted below causing a flood of emotions to hit the surface with an impact. The uncontrolled pent up feelings or repressed emotions no longer can take the pressure below and now has burst. The damage that hits the surface is an indication of the repression.
Desert or drought dreams is the absence of water; water is connected to our emotions in our dreams. Droughts act as a metaphor for something neglected or depleted in your waking life. A craving or spiritual thirst, a time to be strong when going through tough time.
If water is the source of life the drought is mirrored in your dream for the opposite. Your energy might be drained spiritually, emotionally or physically; struggling to clench the thirst.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 – “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”