Dream symbols can be persons, places or things. Since it’s easy to miss the symbols in your dream, I recommend that you make a list of all the possible symbols.
I find people symbols the most common to miss, as I personally know the people in my dreams and frequently forget these people often represent a personal symbol (and not the real person). For example, I once dreamt where my 3rd line manager was providing me some Godly instructions. Instinctively, I knew this dream was not about work. That 3rd line manager was a symbol of authority and represented God speaking to me. However, sometimes the person in your dream is just the real person. In that case you’ll have to test, wait and see.
Don’t forget that places could be symbols too. Whenever I dream of Poughkeepsie, New York, I think of the place where my husband and I lived when we first married. And so, when I dream… that city is a symbol of the place of my first love. For me, it has become a symbol of the place where I first fell in love with Jesus. Usually, God is reminding me to return to my first love. Other cities, states or countries can also have generic meanings. For example, Wisconsin could be the land of milk and cheese. Or Canada could mean north or pointing towards heaven (assuming you live in the Northeast USA. It just depends.
It’s fascinating how your dream symbols can overlap your real life, but you may not know what is symbolic until you unlock the key to your dream. This anomaly is part of the natural dream process. Nevertheless, go ahead and list all the possible symbols in your dreams – the people, the places and things. Then, start trying to decipher the hidden meaning of these symbols.
Scriptures should be first basis for interpreting the meaning of a dream symbol. It still astonishes me that God really does use these biblical symbols and their meanings in our dreams.
For example, the symbol of a house represents a person’s life. In 2 Corinthians 5:1 it says, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (NKJ)” , Here the earthly house clearly refers to our body, but the building made by God is our real life. For years, I intrinsically knew that my house dreams were about my life but didn’t know why. Now I see why.
Another symbol I found in the Bible was for food. In John 4:34 it says “Jesus said to them “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. (NKJ)” So to me, food symbolize doing the will of my Heavenly Father God.
I’ve been able to discover the meanings of many symbols just by reading my Bible. There are a few other ways to decipher dream symbols, and I’ll talk about that in the second part of this post.
But if you dream often, I highly recommend Ira Milligan’s book Understanding the Dreams You Dream Volume I. It has a wonderful dream dictionary with scripture references that I often use for reference.