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Wolves in Dreams - Meanings and Interpretations

Interpreting what animals mean in our dreams is a very personal process, but some animals can create such strong impressions they may seem to overwhelm our logic. This can be a good time to step back and try to understand the animal as a symbol before we go the next step of applying our own personal layer of interpretation.

One animal that is often a such of such confusion and power is the wolf. Feared, worshiped, maligned, misunderstood and revered, the wolf is a potent symbol through-out much of Europe and North America, and now thanks to cultural diversity, through much of the world. Wolves star in folklore and fairy-tales from many generations ago, and still capture our imagination through popular films and television today.

A wolf in a dream may be scary, threatening and vicious, she may be noble, protecting and wise, or maybe something else entirely – mysterious, elusive, wild. To understand the meaning of a Wolf in dreams, we can start by understanding the wild nature of these animals, and the very attitudes that society has to them can reveal much about our own wild selves.

Wolves in dreams can represent all that is wild and “uncivilised” about ourselves. This can be a scary thing to confront. What is wild is what our polite and safe day-to-day behaviour does not want to let out – what is wild can damage, hurt and upset. But what is wild can also free, excite and release. Wild can be untamed and bad mannered, but wild can also be pure and uncorrupted. Sometimes a wolf in a dream will be guiding us to find our true, authentic nature that we are afraid to reveal as we try to conform, but sometimes a wolf dream will be a warning that we are behaving too wildly, that we may be threatening something else that is important to us.

The behaviour of wolves in their native environments can give us clues as to why we might be dreaming about them. Do you long to feel part of a group, or seek the support and kindred spirit of a pack? Do you feel a need to protect something that is important to you, and need the fierceness of a wolf mother? Do you need to approach a situation carefully, using the stealth of a wolf to get close without being discovered? Do you feel a need to express your true self more freely, let go of inhibitions and howl at the moon?

Looking at the role wolves play in fiction, folklore and films may also give us insight as to what the wolf means in our own personal dream. The mythical She-Wolf who nurtured Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, as well as Mowgli from the Jungle Book, can help us understand how wolves in our dream can be a sign of us seeking or offering nurturing, care and protection to a part our selves or someone else.

Wolf dreams challenge us to confront what we are afraid of, and to not lurk in the shadows of our own subconscious. Wolf dreams offer us the gift of strength, freedom and the ability to fiercely protect that which is dear to us. Wolves in dreams invite us to claim back our own power, to run freely and live our most authentic life possible, without fear, without shackles, without shame.
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Responses to "The Meaning of Wolf in a Dream"

  1. Wolves are beautiful creatures that inspire us all

  2. Anonymous says:

    Agreed

  3. Wolves are beautiful and they inspirit me

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wolves are known through all cultures as path finders. If you meet one in a dream it may be that you have met a guide. This is what happened to me when I dreamed of a wolf who spoke to me in a forest and led me along paths by the tranquil light of the moon.

  5. Anonymous says:

    In my dream I was a wolf. For some reason eating a rabbit
    When I woke up I could still remember the feel of the rabbits fur in my mouth. Any ideas on what that means ?

  6. Anonymous says:

    for ever 30 years, I dreamed of mean wolves surrounding the house I was in. every once in a while I still dream this. have no idea what it means.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I should have said; every night for 30 years

  8. Anonymous says:

    I dreamt that a big gray wolf came up to me when I was in my backyard. He had some colored stones in his mouth (blue, white, and yellow and two others that I don't remember). He then placed the stones at my feet and I understood that he wanted me to live with them for 5 years! I left with my home wearing my Cherokee teardress and a knife and nothing else. Once I got to where he lived, I know everything that I needed to do, like making baskets, I even made a bow and arrows, etc.. everything that I needed to survive. I lived and hunted with the pack! It was amazing! When my 5 years was up, I ended up in a clearing with my wolf family on one side and my human family on the other and I was supposed to choose which one to go back with. I chose the wolf family! Then I woke up. I will never forget this dream!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I had a dream of a large black wolf, he spoke to me and said I am he and he was me. A shaman told me the black wolf was my spirit guide and that in fact the wolf and i were one.

  10. Anonymous says:

    My wolf is my protector. He is my Hero that passed away. He visits me often and he is huge, ferocious, and beautiful.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I dreamt my Army squad came under attack. Only 2 left, myself & male soldier. They caught up. We got shot. We ran to river for cover. Wolves were on cliff. We lain dying, 2 wolves m&f approached. We weren't scared. As they came toward us, our souls left us and jumped into the wolves.
    Any thoughts?

  12. Alex Wolf says:

    Recuerdo una vez, en la que me encontraba en un bosque tranquilo, bañado por la azulada luz de la luna llena. Me acunaba y me tranquilizaba. De hecho, aquel día había ido de acampada al bosque, y de lejos podían oírse los sonidos de animales correteando, ramas que crujían bajo el peso de los pequeños roedores y las aves que en ellas habitaban.
    No sé si fue un sueño o lo viví realmente, teniendo en cuenta que soy sonámbula, pero el caso es que me levanté y salí de la tienda de campaña al oír crujidos que se sucedían muy cerca de mi situación. Vi una sombra que se balanceaba sobre el musgo con tranquilidad, hasta que me vio. En cuanto mis ojos se posaron en aquella figura recortada contra la penumbra que tenía de frente, esta salió corriendo bosque adentro.
    Visto y no visto, estaba corriendo a través de la floresta para alcanzar aquella criatura que me había despertado de mi sueño.
    No sé como, pero acabé en un descampado con restos roídos de animales, grandes y pequeños, pude incluso reconocer un jabalí, un conejo, e incluso las raspas de algunos pescados. Me volví al notar el repiqueteo de un riachuelo, del cual, al otro lado estaba esa criatura.
    Sus ojos parecían deslumbrar en la inmensidad de la noche, como si se trataran de dos joyas de ámbar que me enganchaban. Entre las patas delanteras tenía los restos irreconocibles y sanguinolentos de alguna caza nocturna, pero, pese a su mirada hambrienta y sus suaves gruñidos que marcaban la soledad con un blanquecino vaho, me sentía tranquila, a gusto, e incluso, me atrevería a decir, que me sentía segura, protegida.
    Me acerqué más hacia la hilera de agua que me separaba de lo que ya había reconocido como un lobo, no sé si negro, tal vez blanco, puede que gris, pero tan tranquilo, hermoso y majestuoso como siempre los había imaginado.
    Estuve allí, con las piernas cruzadas, sintiendo como el frío se me calaba en los huesos, sin poder apartar la mirada de aquellos relucientes ojos como brasas. No sé si estuve unos segundos, minutos, u horas paralizada por la tranquilidad de la vida que se movía entorno al lobo y a mí; la danza que el viento entonaba, invitando a las hojas de los árboles y a las briznas de hierba a que le siguiesen, los suaves murmullos del agua correteando a mis pies, el canto de las criaturas que nos rodeaban, el baño de luz de la luna.
    El lobo ladeó la cabeza, manteniendo una oreja en alto y bajando la otra, cuando aulló. Sentí que las lágrimas asomaban a mis ojos, al ver semejante belleza en el animal. Me miró, y bajó el morro, como si asintiese.
    Lo siguiente que recuerdo es estar tumbada frente a mi tienda abierta, con el pelo y la ropa llena de un aroma dulzón de hojas de pino y cubierta por el rocío de la mañana.
    Desde entonces sé que aquel lobo guarda algo para mí, aguarda a que regrese a aquel bosque, que vuelva a pasar la noche allí, pero no sé si fue real o un sueño, y si realmente fue fruto de la tranquilidad de la noche, qué quiere decir aquello que invadió mi mente cuando me acosté.

  13. in my dreams I was the wolf chasing a large black cat or panther through a snowy forest and remember in detail the feeling of the snow on my legs as I ran through it it was almost half way up my legs. After reaching a small river that's when I seen i saw my reflection in the water and that I was a wolf with golden brown fur. I remember taking off after the black cat again but not much after that and it felt weird when I woke up trying to walking like normal

  14. Anonymous says:

    I was alone and scared because I had to travel down a dark hallway knowing thst all kind of evil lurked st every door then a white wolf came to my side he nudged my hand with his head like lets go immediately all fear was gone I knew it was Jesus

  15. Anonymous says:

    In my dream i keep seeing a white she-wolf i am running in a forest with her my sons are in my dream as well as we were all running in the forest we are bump into to another wolf pack they are black wolves they spot my sons as they start coming toward them i get scare thinking they are going to harm my children but they dont they come towards me and the she wolf ands bow down to us as if they are happy for us to be part of the pack.also where ever i go i see the white she wolf as if she is there what does that mean is she trying to give me a message. When ever i see her in my dreams i feel safe and protected i hope you can explain my dream thank blessings rosemary

  16. Anonymous says:

    I dream every night that there is a wolf lying on my bed making my legs numb and when I wake up there is. I think it means I need to get a bigger bed.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Within the depths of my mind are 4 wolves: A White One with red Markings through its fur. A Black One with Red tips on his tail, ears and paws, and a silver earring in his left ear. A White One with White Wings. And a Gray One with a eye-patch over his right eye. Different Wolves, Different Powers, One Similar Purpose. Only problem: I can't seem to understand why they are all there, or what that want with me.

  18. I remember this dream from year 8 which I need help understanding what it means
    Me and this white wolf were outside in the picnic area of the school and we were running around on the outside in wolf form both of us I don't know what gender was the other white wolf but I'm a female white wolf white wolves and we was playing with each other I didn't felt threatened at all more like I knew this wolf and that it was my friend

  19. Eternal says:

    The Wolf is my main totem animal and dreams with them in it are closely looked at when the Sun rises.

  20. I have a reoccurring dream for a few years now of a wolf coming to me and getting me to follow her down this path in the forest. She keeps looking back at me to make sure I am there. It is a beautiful night with grandmother moon in her fullest leaving shadows in the forest, wolves are howling in the distance, I feel saddened because of their cries. I feel an urgency to continue and then we finally stop. With the wolf by my side, I look forward to find out why I was led there. All I can see is pure darkness. Thinking this is odd because of the full moon, I took a few more steps to try to see what was there. It was total darkness, as if it were the end of the world.
    Thinking someday there will be something at the end of our journey.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I dreamt i ran with wolves last night .how weird it is i see this posted ...any thaughts on this .thanks

  22. Anonymous says:

    I had a dream where pack of wolves were surrounding my house and jumped through the window of my room and attacked to me.

  23. i had seen couple,maybe over couple Dreams about A wolf or wolves.
    First one was about wolf pack,running and the forest.
    Second was about another wolf pack,white one,snowing and Cold winter.
    That is all what remember for now :D

  24. Unknown says:

    For years I have had a recurring dream. I dream t of a white wolf always searching for me. He would find me and just stand and stare me straight in the eyes. He was trying to tell me something. The old Indian chief that often came with him, only sat in silence. The places he found me varied, there was never any fear. The only thing consistent was the wolf silently staring at me

  25. Unknown says:

    I dreamed that I was standing on an ice lake and in front of me was a white wolf facing a black wolf which was standing at the edge of the lake facing me. Every time I made a step the white wolf did the same exact thing. What does this mean?

  26. I dreamt of a pack of white wolves out side my home just laying there peacefully, I felt at ease and excited in seeing them. I saw a family member slip into the place they were resting and they just allowed him to join them moving over to make room for him.

  27. Anonymous says:

    dreamt of a white wolf walking behind me and snarling left to right as we walked towards my home and it walked into my home with me once inside the white wolf disappeared but not once did I feel threatened as I walked, I have never dreamt of this before, it was an interesting feeling to wake up too

  28. If you have a dream about being a wolf then that probably means that you had a vision of the past... Or had been a wolf in your past life.

  29. In A Dream I had their was a white wolf that had red marking shifting around its body in a continues movement and he would prowl around me. The setting depending on the night, if it was rainy the area we would stand on would be a ocean and if their was no rain we would stand on a flat stone the path that leads miles in every direction but only able to see more that 30 feet before you could only see the dark.

  30. Anonymous says:

    In my dream the white wolf was walking up a snowy hill so I howled and it came to me then it sat down,then we started to howl,and then I storked it's head softly ��

  31. Anonymous says:

    Anyone have any ideas for what this dream ment(when I howl and the wolf comes up to me and we howl together and then I stroke it's fur)

  32. I dream of a black wolf cub i took from the jungle and raised him. And that black wolf protects me from my enimies .... wht does it mean any 1 knowss?

  33. Anonymous says:

    I had a dream of two white wolves with a sheen of golden fur in the underbelly and sides. In the dream one of the wolves is my pet/companion it is also male. It was a sunny day and we had been traveling amongst other people on a dirt road. The houses were made of clay I believe and we ended up in a abandoned complex building. I had gone out the door for a moment to see if my family had arrived and they didnt show up. The sky started to get stormy even with the hot sun still visible.The complex building we were in was surrounded by plants as if stuck in the middle of a rainforest. The windows were shuttered with wood and faint light can be seen through the cracks. There was two twin mattresses in the room on the floor and no sign of my wolves until I walked further and flipped the mattress and my wolves emerged they looked to have been resting but my specific wolf/companion got up and approached me scenting me almost while I soothingly ran my hand over its fur and calling its name. He responded to the name by playfully rubbing himself all over me. He was purring and very warm.

  34. Anonymous says:

    when i was 10 years old i dreamed that a wolf ate my dad's head, then 5 years later a dreamed that in my house was a wolf pack and it attacked my mom and dad, they started following me, but two wolves one black and one white were protecting me.

    i've never was able to forget those two dreams

  35. Unknown says:

    My saughter is 10. She has this reoccuring dream that there is a goat in the far corner of our yard. And at the foot of the steps to the front door is a white wolf. She says right in front of her, the wolves multiply and attack everyone. Her dad, me, anyone outside but her. Then everyone runs in the house & when she looks out, the wolves are surroinding our dog. She said that to her it looks like the wolves & our dog are talking to each other witj their minds. Them our dog looks at her & walks away then the wolves do the same. Does anyone have any insight or info. On where I can go look stuff like this up? She said she keeps having this same dream over & over.

  36. Anonymous says:

    I have had the same dream for months.Where a white wolf follows me though a dark forest. Then he takes lead and past a big oak he becomes a white stallion.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I have had a recurring dream about a white wolf with yellow eyes chasing me though the woods and then I would turn around and it would be staring at me.... Just staring

  38. Unknown says:

    First dream was a wolf that lead me to a golden ladder and recently i saw a gray wolf in snow from distance stalking something behind a tree.Any ideas of what could it mean?

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