Free Dream Symbols: Water, Rivers, Oceans and More


Dream imageHey Dreamers!  People seem to love my blogs on dreams.  So, here are some of my favorite water symbols to help you interpret dreams.  If you are remembering your dreams, you are on the right track.  The next step is to write them down and figure out what God is saying through them.


Symbols do change from dream to dream, and from dreamer to dreamer.  But there are common themes that you can apply to your dreams about water.  Here is what I have found:

Water, oceans, beaches, rivers, ice

Water can represent aspects of spiritual life, while oceans often represent humanity. Beaches can symbolize people, because multitudes are compared to the grains of sand on a beach (see for example Genesis 22:17).  But the beach can also represent a time of recreation, especially if you live near it.

Rivers can point to moves of God and it is important to recognize the context of the water. Is it moving fast or is it barely moving, almost still?

Ice and snow can represent things of the Spirit that are being saved for later.


Swimming in water can represent the spiritual aspect of life.  Although swimming can be good, notice the context of the water: is it clear or dirty, fast flowing or stagnant, or shallow or deep?

Context is key

The context of how you are swimming in water will help you understand more about what is happening with your spiritual life.  Let’s look at context using swimming as our example.

If you are swimming in clear water, it means that your spiritual life is refreshing and life-producing.  Swimming in dirty water indicates that some issues might need to be addressed or healed.  If you are swimming in fast-flowing water, get ready for things to accelerate and get really exciting.  Swimming in stagnant water indicates that you may be stuck and need to start moving again.  If the water is shallow, this indicates that you might be too comfortable and need a challenge.  Swimming in deep water shows that you are maturing spiritually and possibly taking more risks.

Of course, remember that these are generalizations.

More dream symbols

Here are some more symbols you might have encountered:

Boat:              organizations or personal job or ministry, depending on the type of boat
Bridge:           transition, season change
Dam:              things being held back, power
Fish:               sport, people, gift to help others, outreach-oriented
Floods:           major move of the Spirit, cleansing of old ways, warning of disaster
Ice:                 move of the Spirit that will come later, slippery time
Lighthouse:    spiritual guidance, keeps you from danger
Ocean, sea:    large move of the Spirit, humanity, great influence, many people
Oyster:            situation that may produce a spiritual blessing
Rain:               blessing, refreshing time in the spirit, unclear time, move of God
Swimming:     move in the spirit, recreation, spiritual life
Water:             the spirit, spiritual life, Holy Spirit, the spiritual realm, refreshment

Next steps

I would challenge you to keep a dream journal or a pad of paper next to your bed to write down your dreams right away.  When you encounter a dream with some aspect of water, ask God to help you with the interpretation and use these key symbols just to start.  You can find out more about dreams in my book Understand Your Dreams Now: Spiritual Dream Interpretation.


~ Doug Addison

Doug Addison

Doug Addison  is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages which he has shared on television, radio and the internet for over a decade. Doug brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.

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