Dogs in a Dream and the Black Dog as a Dream Symbol
The Meaning of Dreams About Dogs
I Love My Dog
Introduction to Dog Dreams
While loyalty may be the first word that springs to mind when one contemplates the dog's attributes and symbolism, it does not encompass the entire meaning of dogs dream symbolism nor does it encapsulate the dog's place in mythology.
Dogs in dreams do indeed symbolize loyalty, but they may be viewed as:
While this article seeks to give the reader background into the dog's mythological history and provide insight into its common usage as a symbol, reader should bear in mind that when it comes to interpreting a dog dream's meaning, the final authority is one's self.
No dream guide, not even this one, should ever substitute for one's own intuition and wisdom.
Constellation Canis Major and Orion's Dog Sirius
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Since dogs, like cats, have a rich mythological heritage, they are also symbols with deep roots in the collective unconscious psyche.
When dogs appear in dreams the message they symbolically carry can have deep meaning for the dreamer.
Some important mythological canines include:
- Sirius, Orion the hunter's faithful dog who is so important in Greek mythology that he has his own constellation
- Anubis, Egyptian mythology's god of the Underworld, who is picture with a jackal's head.
- Fu Dogs, China's part dragon, part lion guardian dogs whose statues are often found guarding temples.
- The "Black Dog" known as "Black Angus" who, according to Irish and British folk tales, visits one just before death.
Each of these mythological dogs are embodiments of archetypal imprints left on the collective unconscious psyche. Unravelling the meaning of that blueprint will yield information valuable to uncovering the meaning of a dog dream.
The Black Dog Legend
Dogs as Fidelity Symbols
As previously stated, faithfulness and dogs go hand in hand. When dreaming of dogs check to see if the dog has a companion.
If so, and if the dog is healthy, that person can be symbolic of someone the dreamer has abject faith and trust in. Make sure that trust is well-founded.
If the dream dog is injured in some manner, this can indicate betrayal, a breach of trust or a damaged relationship with the dog's companion.
If the injured dream dog has no companion, the dreamer should check to see if he or she is betraying his or herself or is engaged in self-sabotage.
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Black Dogs in Dreams
Dogs not only inhabit a place in the heavens as in the cases of Orion's Sirius, and the constellations of Canis Major and Canis Minor, they are also figures of the underworld as the fearsome three-headed Cerberus who guards Hades's entrance and the Cŵn Annwn, the dogs of the Celtic otherworld, Annwn, will attest.
Since the dog is associated with the underworld and since the color black is often used to symbolize grief and death, it may only be natural for the coupling of black and dog to end up in folktales of black dogs as harbinger of death.
This is in fact the case in both Irish and British folklore. Variously called the "Churchyard Beast," "Padfoot," and "Cu Sith" amongst other names, "The Black Dog" is an entity whose encounter is means death is on the way.
Usually, tales of encounters involving this entity occur during waking life, happening in much the same way that reports of ghostly encounters are reported. The experience is usually of an altogether eerie nature with the dog reportedly being of a monstrous size with glowing red eyes.
When black dogs show up in dreams, however, the interpretation is likely to be highly symbolic as symbols are the language dreams speak.
To interpret a black dog in a dream one needs to break the symbol down into two parts--first there is the symbolism of the dog itself to deal with as well as the symbolism of the color black.
Dogs most readily symbolize loyalty and black most commonly symbolizes mourning or depression. Dreaming about a black dog therefore, might symbolize a disloyal friend, mourning over the betrayal, or mourning over a lost or unfaithful lover. One might even do well to consider the black dog a warning that the possibility for a depressing betrayal exists.
Even if a black dog is heralding death, that death is most likely itself symbolic.
Death symbolizes radical change, the leaving behind of that with which one is comfortable and familiar in favor of the complete unknown--black can stand in symbolically as a symbol of the void one might interpret as being the unknown.
Change and transition often involves loss. If, for instance, one is moving to a new location in favor of pursuit of a career or relationship, the loss of friends that will result from the change might be interpreted as a black dog.
What is encouraging, as dour as death dreams may sound, is that as much as it is relegated to a spot in near the back of the mind, death is actually a natural occurrence. Therefore in dreams, this can indicate that the transition that one might experience will be a more natural state of change rather than a jolt out of the blue.
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Temple Fu Dog
Dogs as Guardians
The Chinese Fu Dogs whose statues often sit outside temples in China are perfect examples of dogs as guardians.
If the dream dog is one associated with comfort and it appears calm and at peace, then the dream may indicate that the dreamer is enjoying similar feelings, that he or she feels safe, satisfied, and in the waking world, one feels particularly secure.
Dogs are not only mythological guards but are also trained by everyday people to guard homes and their owners. Some dogs are trained to guard by force, others by bark.
Check to see what the dog is doing in the dream. Is it barking? If so, the dog dream may be trying to call attention to something awry in the subconscious or to an unsafe situation in the waking world.
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Dogs as Guides
In waking life. dogs are often used as assistance animals. In dreams, the dogs that help guide in waking life can become entities that help one navigate the territory of that which is hidden in the subconscious.
Just like dogs who can alert one to seizures or sniff out tumors in the waking world, dream dogs can help one to see what is hidden in the realm of the unconscious.
That which is hidden can be surprisingly pleasant such as unused gifts or talents. Alternatively, dream dogs can help point out and unpleasant aspects of the personality, or subconscious ways the dreamer is engaging in self-sabotage.
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In dreams, dogs mean far more than just loyalty. However, dogs still retain characteristics they have in waking life.
To discern what a dog means in a dream requires one to be completely honest with one's self and always use one's own personal associations rather than blindly adhering to what is written in a dream encyclopedia.
Always use articles such as this one as a starting, rather than ending, point.
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