Dream Interpretation: Houses, Storms, Lightning in Dreams

Dream symbolism of lightningLast month I was asked for a dream interpretation involving dream symbols of houses, storms and lightening. 

The dream is as follows:

“In the dream i am with a lady friend and we are walking down a road near the home where i use to live.  In the distance i see a terrifying storm cloud gather. I grab her hand and run towards to my old house. As I run to the house for protection, my lady friend goes to go in house next door and a lightning bolt just misses her, she is ok,then the storm quickly vanishes.I find this a very deep dream,would you be able to interpretate this for me?”

My response:

I can give you some impressions and thoughts on your dream, but ultimately only you can interpret the dream.

Dreams are messages from our own consciousness, and they dance within the context of our own lives – therefore it’s impossible for anyone but you to be able to glean the full, true meaning of the dream.

I’ll give you some ideas about the symbols in your dreams.  After thinking and meditating upon these symbols, I’m sure you will be able to formulate some answers from you psyche.

Let’s take your dream bit by bit, delving deep into each symbol.

You and your lady are on a a road.  Roads in dreams are symbolic of direction, navigation, purpose, goals, and destinations.

When we are moving in an easterly direction in dreams it is symbolic of communications, new beginnings and matters of the spirit, as we symbolically see the sun rising in the east.

Dreaming of houses deals with the body, as well as a desire for security and safety. The condition of the house in your dream represents how you truly feel about your current situation. If the house is in ill-repair or disarray, you need to take a close look at your health. If you are building a House, you should expect visits from old friends and you’ll make new friends. A picture-perfect house means you are ready to settle down into a more stable situation. In your case, a familiar house indicates a need to get back to your roots, surround yourself with comfort, create an environment of stability, as well as people and situations that make you feel safe/taken care of.

Interpreting storms in dreams gets tricky.  My symbolic lexicon identifies thoughts with sky and clouds as the element of air runs a symbolic parallel with thoughts and the cosmic consciousness.

That a storm is brewing in your dreams may indicate challenges, problems, mis-communication, misunderstanding, or conflict within the mind.  This may include an inability to make a decision or holding grudges (just as clouds accumulate, so too do thoughts).

Rain storms are symbolic of water, and water symbolism deals with cleansing and emotional stirrings.  The dream may indicate an accumulation of unclear thoughts need to be washed away from your psyche in order to continue on your path.

Lightning is symbolic of a stroke of genius, clarity, or ephiphany.  It is also symbolic of action, power, and masculinity.  Many dream interpreters consider it to be a spiritual oracle as native peoples have established lightning as a “sign from the gods” in cosmic consciousness.

I believe if you think about all of these dream symbols, and really invest the time to gather your own personal understanding of them and how they relate to your life experience, I know you will find profound meaning in your dream.

Dreams are windows into another world of knowledge.  When we take the time to meditate upon the meanings of our dreams in relation to our lives, we are looking into a bigger picture that provides us with incredible insight.

Other pages of interest:

Symbolic Meaning of Water

Dream Symbols

Nature Symbols

Symbols and Signs


8 Comments on “Dream Interpretation: Houses, Storms, Lightning in Dreams”

  1. Lightning reminds us the powers of Mother Nature and ‘Higher sources’ are beyond our control. No matter what external events seem to cloud your judgment or ignite fear within you, remind yourself perceived crisis only lasts as long as you choose to buy into the illusion of your own fear. Anxiety dreams perform their role very well. They capture your attention and direct it toward something you may be avoiding. When you stop avoiding the source of fear, then your dream will have done its job. You can work through it.

  2. Wow – that’s a great way to look at it. I’m glad I found this site and this comment. I am learning all the time. thansk.

  3. Wow – that is a good way to look at it. I read someplace that lightening is the bigger pattern of smaller cracks in our lives.

  4. “Mirth is like a flash of lightning,
    it breaks through a gloom of clouds,
    and glitters for a moment.
    Cheerfulness keeps daylight in the mind,
    and fills it with a steady, perpetual serenity.”
    ~~Joseph Addison

  5. To Liara:
    This is a very appropriate perspective – much more practical. This way of looking at these dream symbols allows us to apply them to our life and behavior in a practical way – I really like that – thank you as always.

    To AnomolousAnalogy:
    I’ve recently just used a similar phrase (“bigger pattern of smaller cracks” ) in a response to another comment (I think it was the Owl post in which you also commented). Love that analogy – thanks for the connection.

    To my friend Sluggy:
    You are a gift! Thank you for this brilliant quote.

    Love to each,

  6. Hi … I had a similar dream and posted about it here …


    I was responding to someone I know who also had a similar dream.

    I wonder if some of us aren’t inadvertantly plugging into the collective unconsciousness and perhaps dialing in to great changes on the horizon. I bet if we were able to poll more dreamers, we would see consistencies. Wouldn’t that be cool?

    I hope all is well with you, Interpreter.


  7. I had a dream not long ago, I was in what I would consider the home of my “dreams” it was beautiful and I saw my self walking down the stairs which I could see a long tall window and over it I saw lightning, and then rain, a strom was coming, and then all of the sudden a tonado hit, and I am from california, so we dont get much of those, well in the dream nothing happen to the house but I was so sad in my dream, I dont know if that means that if I get my dream house I wont be happy or if it predits troubles for my future?
    have you ever gotten questions about ill relatives saying goodbye in your dreams, then in real life they die? I would love to read an article about that as that happend to me in feb, with 3 seperate dreams, and I dont know if they all were an indication of what was to come. Anyways I enjoy your website.

  8. Hi. I was just wondering if you could answer some questions that I have… What does it mean if you have the same dream a lot of times? (it can be years between the times you dream it, doesn’t have to be in the same week or year or anything). Also.. Is it normal to have a lot of nightmares when you are little? I didn’t have a good dream (that I remembered) until 3rd grade. Does it mean anything to have bad dreams when you are little? I also have a dream that I really want you to have a look at. I think and think about it, but I can’t for the life of me find out what it means. Anyway, this comment is getting long so just email me if you have time to intercept my dream.
    – Sara

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