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Dreams about eyes are a lot more common than you may think and their meanings can change depending on factors such as the context of the dream, the type of eye you see, and who or what it belongs to.
While eyes in dreams typically represent the soul, such dreams can have various interpretations, some of which can be difficult to identify. It’s important to pay attention to the details of the dream in order to find its likely interpretation.
Symbolism of Eyes
Eyes may be the most symbolic of all the sensory organs, representing a variety of concepts including omniscience, intuitiveness, knowledge, clairvoyance, and the gateway to the soul. Eyes can also represent intelligence, light, truth, and vigilance.
Since ancient times, eye motifs have featured in various symbols, some of the most notable of which are the Eye of Horus, the Evil Eye charm, and the Eye of Providence. In general, eye motifs hold positive connotations and eye symbols have been used as protective amulets since ancient times.
General Meanings of Dreams about Eyes
The eye is a symbol of wisdom, associated with knowledge and perceptiveness. It’s believed that those who appear in dreams with an odd number of eyes (either one or three) are often guru figures that can take you on a path to an inner source of wisdom or self-knowledge. Sometimes, you may see such a person in your dream, talking to you and guiding you. If this happens, you may want to pay attention to what they’re saying, as it could have something to do with your waking life.
Eyes can also symbolize your way of looking at things, especially at yourself. In this case, they’re not a window but a mirror that can help you understand or get a clearer idea of certain issues in your waking life.
Such dreams are also an indication that it’s important to be impartial when considering a situation. You may have to assess a situation or a person without bias, focusing on the whole rather than on the parts of the situation.
If your dream features damaged eyes, this may indicate that you have lost perspective on life. This dream may be telling you that you have changed as a person and no longer see things as they were.
Dream Scenarios Involving Eyes
Dreaming of Having Only One Eye
This is an extremely uncomfortable scenario that makes you feel restricted or limited which is exactly what it signifies. How you lost the eye is not important in this dream. It could represent that you’re currently seeing things from just one, negative angle.
On the other hand, this dream could also indicate that you will soon experience a period of love, joy, and contentment. However, you may not be able to appreciate it or enjoy it until you change your perspective, so the dream could be giving you a sign that it’s time to think about looking at things from a new angle.
Dreaming of Someone Else’s Eyes
If you see someone else’s eyes clearly in a dream, it could suggest that you have a fear of being judged by others or that you’re concerned about that specific person. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there are people who are actually judging you, however.
If you feel happy looking at this person’s eyes, it may mean that you have a deep connection with that person.
Dreaming of Being Blind
This dream scenario can leave you feeling frustrated, helpless, and depressed upon waking up. It can indicate that you’re currently in a difficult situation and are unable or unwilling to look at things clearly. You may be ‘blind’ to certain issues in your life that need to be corrected. This is especially true when it comes to relationships, but it can also be related to any area of your waking life.
This dream could also represent a lack of vision. That is, uncertainty as to what your goals and desires are. Experiencing blindness in a dream may be the expression of an unconscious fear of what’s coming next in your life.
Dreaming of Eye Contact
Dreaming of making eye contact with someone signifies that you have a mutual understanding or agreement with that person. It could also mean that you’re happy for that person and wish them well.
This dream could also indicate that you’ve recently begun a romantic relationship with someone, and you’re satisfied. You may feel as though you’ve finally found the right person for you and can see yourself growing old with this person.
On the other hand, if the eye contact is aggressive, it can represent a bad opinion that someone has of you or that you have let someone down.
Dreaming about a Weeping Eye
In dreams, a weeping eye generally signifies the unconscious, because water in all forms symbolizes inner passion. However, water also means life, and in this sense your dream may be related to fertility. Perhaps you are in the process of having a child, or you’re at a stage in life in which there is potential for professional or personal growth.
Dreaming of Cat’s Eyes
To see a cat’s eyes can indicate that you’re in a place where you’re able to use both your good instincts as well as your wisdom to solve certain problems in your waking life. It could also mean that you will be successful at it and any problems you currently have will soon be over.
Dreaming about Bleeding Eyes
Dreams about bleeding eyes can have both positive and negative interpretations. Bleeding eyes can symbolize pain or be related to your personality in some way. If the blood is coming from your own eyes in the dream, but you don’t find it strange, it could suggest that you have an extremely strong personality. On the other hand, it can be a sign that you may soon receive bad news.
Bloody eyes can also represent perseverance or certain sacrifices that you may have to make to get the things you want in your waking life. It could also be a sign that while you have big goals and dreams, you’re not sure about whether you can actually achieve them.
Dreaming of Many Eyes
Seeing many eyes in a dream suggests evolving intellectually. It could mean that you have started to see life from a more mature point of view and have begun to take responsibility for yourself and your actions. You may also be making decisions for yourself instead of relying on others. However, your subconscious mind could be showing you this dream as a sign that even though you’ve got everything under control, you should always be open to receiving advice from others.
Dreaming of the Eye of Horus
This is a very specific dream and is quite rare. In Egyptian mythology, the Eye of Horus is a highly significant symbol of protection, as it belonged to the Ancient Egyptian deities of the sky and kingship. The great god Horus lost his left eye in a battle against another deity, Seth, but it was restored by the Goddess Hathor, making it a symbol of healing and regeneration. In one version of the story, Horus donated his healed eye to his late father to help him in his journey to the afterlife.
Dreaming about the Eye of Horus can be a sign that a defensive power is protecting you on your journey in life. On the other hand, it could also represent knowledge, understanding, acknowledgment, shrewdness, and a clear understanding.
According to some sources, dreaming of wearing an eye of Horus can indicate that others can see right through you. If you see yourself washing the eye, it can be a sign that you’re having doubts about something and you’re searching for clarity.
Dreaming about an Injured Eye
If you injure your eye in a dream, it could be an indication that you need to let go of certain expectations you may have about others. It could also mean that you’re not ready to embrace change and are holding on to the status quo. This dream could be reminding you that it’s ok to let go and to allow change to take place.
Dreaming about a Third Eye
Dreaming of a third eye can be an indication that you don’t trust your instincts as well as you should. It’s possible they may have led you down the wrong path in the past, or that you’ve mistaken for suspicions. However, this dream could be a sign that it’s time to listen to them and you may find that things could change for the better.
Dreaming of Losing an Eye
This dream scenario is one of the most traumatizing and can leave you feeling helpless and terrified. However, it could simply be triggered by your subconscious mind to give you a sign that you’re feeling lost in your waking life and that it’s time to do something about it. You may need to seek help from your friends or loved ones.
To dream of losing an eye can also mean that you’re not in control of your life or that you feel rejected by people around you. If you see yourself wearing an eye patch, it could indicate the loss of power.
Interpretations of Dreams about Eyes Based on Color
Dreaming of black eyes most often has a negative than positive interpretation. It could mean that you will go through some problems in your relationship or that you’ll experience a conflict with someone you’re close with.
If the eyes belong to an animal or an extra-terrestrial creature, it could be an indication that certain feelings you’ve been suppressing for a long time will soon surface.
Blue eyes represent clarity, peace, and calmness. If you see blue eyes in a dream, it could mean that you’re currently going through a smooth period in your life without any stress or problems. Blue eyes can also represent good luck or finding a solution to any problems you may currently be experiencing.
Seeing green eyes in a dream can be a sign of greed, wealth, or jealousy, while dark green eyes represent selfishness. If the eyes are yours, it may indicate that you’re feeling envious of someone at your workplace or even a loved one. However, if the eyes belong to someone else, it could mean the opposite: that there may be someone who is jealous of you, and you might want to be careful.
Red eyes generally have negative meanings such as aggression, anger, danger, and violence.
To see red eyes in a dream can be a sign to watch out for treachery or betrayal. If the eyes belong to an angry animal, such as a dog, it symbolizes that a friend has already or will soon betray you when you least expect it. However, if the animal is friendly, it could be a symbol of devotion instead.
Brown eyes can mean that someone in your waking life will disappoint you or betray you. It could be someone who’s close to you, or a stranger who will soon enter your life. You may want to take this dream as a warning and be careful about who you confide in.
Yellow eyes in dreams can be a sign of danger approaching. It could mean that certain events in your life will cause you to experience stress, anxiety, despair, and discomfort. However, if you’re not afraid of the eyes, it could mean that you will overcome all obstacles in life.
If the yellow eyes made you feel frightened, it could be a warning sign that someone in your waking life is plotting against you and could mean you harm. Therefore, you may want to be careful about who you associate.
As you may have noticed, most dreams about eyes of different colors tend to be warnings about people or certain situations in your waking life. A dream about gray eyes also carries similar meaning. It could be a warning to you to avoid saying anything around people you feel you can’t trust, especially at your workplace.
Are Dreams About Eyes Positive or Negative?
As the analysis of the several dream scenarios above shows, whether an eye-related dream is positive or negative depends on the context of the dream. In most scenarios, eye dreams can be positive, and in others, they serve as warnings of something that may be amiss in your waking reality.
While it’s normal to dream about eyes, if these dreams keep recurring, you may wish to analyse why this could be happening. Sometimes, it can be helpful to talk with a therapist to look into what could be causing the recurrence of these dreams.
Dreams about eyes can uncover certain truths about yourself, show you the way to success, or even reveal certain aspects of your personality that you need to change or improve on. They can also be associated with the way you see things, both literally and figuratively.