In a dream about a river, we are sailing in a boat or on a raft, to a specific or unspecified destination, alternatively, we are swimming in a river, enjoying a wonderful, clear water, or fishing.
In the other version, we may be trying to cross to the other side of a river using a boat or a bridge, to get to someone or something important to us, although sometimes it is not so easy. The motives of danger may appear- the river may be troubled, burst its banks after a downpour, we may be running away form its majestic power or be trying to struggle the waves.
How to interpret a dream about a river?
A river in our dream symbolizes the flow of our life, and the image of the flow of water is the metaphor for the personal conscious and unconscious aspects. Water appearing in our dream may symbolize that we are nearing the deeper emotional adulthood. If the travel in our dream is slow and lazy, the same is our striving to adulthood in real life, but if the travel is dangerous, we are about to drown and only a miracle saves us from death – probably we are psychically fatigued or about to be in such a state – we should slow down and settle our life.
Dreams about crossing a river usually symbolize the challenges which we have to face to achieve the aim. They often require some effort – depending on the size of the river – more or less effort.
How would Freud interpret a dream about a river?
The visions of water in dreams were for Freud a proof of the return to the period of fetal life and the birth, as well as to the early childhood. They could also, if the water was dangerous, indicate the anxiety about sexual contacts, and suppressing the thoughts about wetting the bed.
How would Jung interpret a dream about a river?
Jung believed water to be connected with the feminine energy and everything what is unaware. Water containers, especially those extensive like a sea or an ocean,are the symbols of the collective unconsciousness in his interpretations. Men who are afraid of water in real life may also subconsciously feel the fear of women or their emotional side.