What does it mean if you dream of a natural disaster? Should you be scared, because it foretells something bad that’s certain to occur? Not exactly. There’s likely no need to scramble for cover, or to run about screaming, “The sky is falling!” like Chicken Little did. Dreams of severe weather, seismic shifts and astronomic disasters are not really warnings of grand-scale natural disasters to come.
Such dreams could, however, be warnings for you to be on the lookout to prepare for something more personal. Dreams of dark clouds in the sky may symbolize the dreamer’s mood, or be a metaphor for emotional turmoil or a heavy heart. A rain shower could represent the release of sadness, in contrast to a bright sunny day that could be a reflection of an optimistic attitude. Dreams of spring thunderstorms may be a reflection of a storm brewing in the heart. Weather such as rain, clouds, and sunshine in dreams, therefore, all relate to the dreamer’s mood surrounding personal events. But in the case of more severe weather, like tornadoes and hurricanes, the dreams usually signify how disruptive an event was, or could be, to the dreamer’s life and emotional state.
On rare occasions, however, dreams of more cataclysmic natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes or hurricanes, may involve clairvoyance. The dreamer seems to have an open window into the future, getting a glimpse of what is to come in the days, weeks or even months to come. Dreamers have predicted similar events before, including the Indonesian tsunami that claimed the lives of nearly 300,000 in 2004, and the Haitian earthquake and the subsequent quakes that rocked other parts of the world in 2009. One dreamer reportedly dreamed in August 2000 about being in a tall building, when the earth started to shake and the building began to sway as if in an earthquake. The dream may have been a clairvoyant forecast of a not-so-natural shock wave that was felt around the world–the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center just over a year later.
Some consider severe-weather dreams to be warnings. However, in most cases, the dream doesn’t identify specific details such as the location, the time or the day the event will occur. Therefore, it would be difficult to issue any sort of warning. Clairvoyant severe-weather dreams aren’t usually recognized as such until after the event has occurred.
But the question remains: What does it mean if you dream of a natural disaster? Following is a list of common natural disaster themes that may emerge in your dreams.
Dreams about hurricanes
Hurricanes include torrential rains and strong wind gusts. A hurricane raging in a dream may be the result of events in your life that are dampening your mood and making your head swirl. You may be experiencing an emotional time of great upheaval. The circumstances leading up to a hurricane dream could involve a nasty argument with your spouse that’s threatening the stability of your marriage. Or possibly, you’ve witnessed a calamity on the job, a messy situation that will involve a great effort to clean up.
For those who live in regions where hurricanes commonly strike, dreaming of a hurricane usually represents simply the dreamer’s fear of the next “big one” hitting close to home. So of course, in some instances, dreaming of a devastating hurricane could be a prediction of one on the horizon.
Dreams about tornadoes
A dream in which a giant tornado destroys everything in its path is no dream. It’s an awful nightmare. Winds of any kind in a dream represent change. A tornado dream is likely a response to or a forewarning of a big change. This change is so big, it may threaten to destroy your sense of security, your plans, your goals, and the hopes you had for the future. Events such as losing your house to foreclosure, losing your job or being forced to relocate all are great and terrible changes that could lead up to a tornado dream.
But as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz was swept up by a tornado that transported her into a brand-new and transcendent experience, a tornado dream can mark the necessary subdivision of the personality and the shedding of one’s previous identity that can allow one to accept a new and enlightened worldview.
Dreams about tsunamis
Tsunami dreams are quite common. Many dreamers report them as a repeating theme of their dreams. The dreamer may be on the beach, either alone or with others, when a sudden approaching wave threatens to engulf them. The dreamer usually awakens before the tsunami hits shore or before getting carried out to sea.
A tsunami dream usually represents a significant emotional issue coming to the forefront. Sometimes, buried memories from childhood can suddenly rise out of the subconscious. Those memories may be painful, and may be accompanied by a great deal of grief. In cases like this, the swell of the tsunami represents repressed feelings and emotions bubbling forth from the past. Whatever the emotional issue, it needs to be addressed and cleared before the tsunami dreams will cease.
Dreams about earthquakes
As a major shake-up, a dream of an earthquake represents things that are falling apart, or may be about to. Often, dreams of earthquakes of any magnitude are responses to or forecasts of economic difficulties. They’re one way of representing the fact that you are no longer on stable financial ground. A dream of an earthquake may also be a response to or a forecast of bad news, such as learning of the death of a loved one.
Dreams about floods
Dreaming of rising floodwaters can be a response to emotional overload. Your dreams may be telling you that your emotional well-being requires your immediate attention. The location of the flood could be a key in interpreting the meaning of the dream. A flood in the kitchen could mean your heart is welling up with grief and sorrow. A flood in the bedroom points to emotional issues surrounding your romantic relationship, and the expression of your sexuality. If it’s your living room that’s flooding, you could be experiencing emotional tensions with your relatives or friends. Flooding in the bathroom suggests difficulties in releasing your sadness. Walking through the floodwaters could represent that you’re successfully moving through your emotions by fully experiencing them.
Dreaming about volcano eruptions
An erupting volcano can be a metaphor for people who’ve lost their cool. Perhaps you’re the one who’s ready to erupt from the anger you’ve been holding back for too long. Alternatively, it could be someone close to you who’s let out the steam. Volcano eruption dreams, especially those in which the dreamer is walking over hot lava flows, can signify sexual arousal or coming in close contact with a partner’s sexual feelings. In these cases, you’re exploring the terrain of someone else’s creative sexual nature.
Dreaming about meteor showers, asteroids and comets
Dreaming of cosmological events, such as asteroids, comets or meteor showers, may be a sign of a new era in the dreamer’s life. The dreamer is evolving in consciousness, and the dream is heralding a time of life-changing events accompanied by deep transformations of the soul.
Dreaming about the end of the world
Many life-changing events can be thought of as “the end of the world,” including the loss of a dear friendship, the end of a marriage, the death of a child, or some other heartbreaking situation that causes all hope to be lost. The subconscious reflects the impact on the dreamer’s attitude. Dreams about the end of the world can involve representation of both destruction and liberation.
Some dreamers have even reported dreams in which a deity actually announces that the time has come, heralding, “It’s the end of the world!” They relay similar scenarios, such as a great flash of light preceded by a moment of total darkness, or the sun and the moon being pulled from the sky at the climax of a great cataclysm.
What could these dreams mean? We’ll just have to wait and see!