White Wolf in My Dream

I stopped trying to interpret dreams many years ago. When I studied religions, I also studied dreaming. (Psychology, sociology, political science and a host of other inter and intra personal relations.)images

The spiritual symbolism of the white wolf goes back eons. For a wolf or wolves to appear in a person’s dream we can learn about our subconscious. “From singular or family groups, we can learn about the nature of the dreamer or people that the dreamer is connected to in their life. It can also reveal information pertaining to their spiritual growth and internal changes such as emotional growth, decisions surrounding personal relationships or even career goals.”

Last night, around 2 am, I was dreaming. I don’t often dream. My meds knock me out and my mind goes blank. I may be dreaming, but I am not aware.

38a795fa605d27d38620603422ebec2cMy dream involved my characters in a book I am editing and I can’t recall much about it. In an instant, an aggressive white wolf image was up close, his face in my face. It startled me and I jerked to jump two feet off the bed. My heart was racing and the fight or flight response kicked in. I was scared! More like a flash of nightmare than dream.

Of course, as soon as I opened my eyes, it was gone. That didn’t take but a second. The ordeal was short lived, but quite impressive.

This morning, with the internet at my fingertips, I found this really neat article on wolf dreams by Debbie Edwards, a psychologist.

WOLVES in Dreams – Meanings and Interpretations

I like the way Ms. Edwards lays it out on her page.

  1. Wolves are surrounded by notions of mysticism, magic and folklore.
  2. Color: black, gray, white , red.
  3. Lone or Group.
  4. Behavior: timid, aggressive, protective, playful, sleeping, invisible.
  5. Environment: day or night, clear skies or storms, stars and moon

Here is how my dream interprets:

Regarding the dreamer: A white wolf can represent someone or something that is directly influenced by spiritual communication or teachings. Someone that would be very knowledgeable or connected spiritually could be represented by a white wolf. It can also represent the purity of a message that is delivered by a spiritual presence. It can also represent someone who is pursuing a stronger connection to their faith, spiritual practices or ceremonial activities.

[One thing in my book I have been trying to do in my writing is offer insights in the narrative. I’m also trying to develop more of a spiritual connection to my characters. My alpha reader is giving me guidance.] 

The lone wolf: If a wolf appears to the dreamer without the company of his or her pack, it is important to pay attention to a specific person or situation that is relevant to the dreamer which would describe more of an isolated or detailed situation or person.

[I am still processing the alpha reader’s impression of my book and its characters. He has been giving me examples over the last few days.]

Aggressive- An aggressive wolf can represent defensive postures or fear based movements in life. Is the dreamer feeling under attack by someone or others? Is there an aggressive person in their life who is trying to intimidate them?

[I’ll say. I’m defending my baby.]

Night or day- A wolf appearing at night will reveal things either hidden in the subconscious or things that may not be “visible” in the dreamers perception. Something is happening that the dreamer is given an inside view on that otherwise has been elusive from view.

[My alpha reader is most likely right and I am wrong. Like it or not!]

This was my dream interpretation, whether accurate, or not.

Do you dream?

Have you ever felt a need to have a dream interpreted?

Do you dream about writing, or your characters?

35 thoughts on “White Wolf in My Dream

  1. I can’t remember the last time I dreamed anything. Sometimes I can’t sleep because of the voices in my head. No, not THOSE voices, my characters’.
    You dream analysis appears to be on the right path. Seems to jell.


    1. That sounds like stress…when you pick your feet up off the floor and next thing you know, you are putting them back down again!

      With a creative mind like yours, there’s probably lots going on in that head when you are out.


    1. It was thinking of a particular Englishman and longing to have him lying next to you. I know this to be true. I have felt that longing, not for an Englishman, but for someone to love. It took nearly fifty years, but I have him now.


    1. With most interpretations we can usually find some way to apply the results to our own life happenings. It is like those Facebook things where you see what movie star you are and why, or horoscopes. But there is symbolism in dreaming that is sort of universal. I don’t put so much faith in it, but it’s fun to explore.


      1. I kept a dream log for along time when I used to have very vivid, frightening, clairvoyant dreams. Entertained my therapist. He sent me to the Mayo Clinic on dream study at Emory University in Atlanta. It was an interesting time in my life, but scary.


  2. I’m always fascinated by dreams and their interpretations. I don’t dream about writing or any characters that I’ve written into my stories, but I have taken some of my dreams and translated them into my poems, especially the most colorful and fanciful ones. I dream in full color. 😄


    1. I’m a full color dreamer also. I read an interesting article that pointed to the fact that people born after 1960 tended to dream more in color than those born prior and they believe it is because of color television. I guess that’s one for technology enhancing our creativity.


      1. Wow, that certainly is interesting. I was born in ’57; my parents didn’t have a color TV at home until ’82 (well after I left home). Hmmm….yet I do believe overall in the general population, I’m sure color TV influences ‘color dreamers’ anyway. I really do find dreams fascinating, and I like to hear about others’ dreams. 😀


  3. Hum, as you mention a white wolf could be a good messenger, but a threatening wolf represents a predatory behavior of someone you trust, or it can be a message of Self to change a self inflicting behavior, like anger management.


    1. I don’t think I have anyone close to me that is predatory. LOL, at least not that I am aware of. I connected it to my recent manuscript that my husband read because I was dreaming about my book characters when I had the image pop up. Change a self-inflicted behavior, Hummmmmm,.like writing 😉 Thanks for the comment and the insights.


  4. I often have dreams I remember–sometimes they’re funny. I had one about a beach gathering last night, but now I don’t remember the details. I don’t think I’ve ever dreamt of a wolf. A friend of mine and I have discussed our “house dreams” that we’ve both had and interpreted as trying to put something in our lives in order.


    1. I had a recurring house dream for a while. MY dad was there. I was trapped in different rooms, working my way through the house until finally coming out on the roof or in the back yard to my dads insurance company. Never did get the full interpretation on that one. Thanks for coming by and and sharing.


  5. I still have a recurring nightmare that pops up when I’m feeling fearful about something in my life. As much as I hate it, it’s become my cue to evaluate and face whatever is before me.


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