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Dreams About Fire – Possible Interpretations

Dreams about fire are common and can have a wide variety of interpretations, depending on what’s going on in your life. In general, fire represents rage, passion, a loss of control, and destruction. It’s no wonder that we have the phrases going up in flames or putting out fires.  

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What Are Fire Dreams?


Fire is a frequent theme in dreams, and the presence of fire in our dreams can signify different things, both positive and negative depending on the context and other things that play out in our dream.  

The most common interpretations of fire include: 

Rage and Anger 

When we think of fire, we often think of something burning, i.e., “engulfed in fire” or rage/anger, i.e., “burning with rage”. So, dreaming of fire can represent uncontrollable feelings and a sense of anger at how things are playing out in your life. This ties in with the next point – loss of control. 

Loss of Control 

Perhaps the rage and anger are tied with a sense of loss of control. You may be in a situation in your life where you can’t control what is happening. You may be feeling like a bystander, watching everything go up in flames and not being able to control things. 

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Passion and Desire  

But fire can also symbolize passion for something in your life. You may be having a burning desire to do something specific that means a lot to you. In this sense, seeing fire can indicate that something is important to you, the passion which is burning you up. 

Sense of Urgency  

Sometimes, dreaming of a fire can represent a sense of urgency or a warning of a problem that needs to be addressed. There may be certain issues in your life that require action, and your dream may be reminding you to identify and address these before they get out of control. 

Purification and Transformation  

Dreaming about the fire can also mean purification or transformation. For example, when gold goes through a fire, it can be smelted and purified or transformed. Fire changes the state of things – turning things into ash, molten liquid, or vaporizing it.  

Fire can remove all traces of something that once existed, thereby symbolizing the elimination of things, good or bad. In this way, fire can purify and change.  

Fire can be attributed to transformation and overcoming difficulties, found in the phrase to rise from the ashes. 

Dreaming of Fire – Scenarios and Interpretations  

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Whatever the case, dreaming about fire invokes a wide variety of emotions and meanings. Therefore, it would be best to delve deeper and understand the different ways fire manifests in our dreams along with their possible meanings and interpretations. 

1. Dreams Where You are on Fire 

When you dream and see yourself on fire, it signifies that you are deeply consumed by strong emotions like rage and anger. 

When you dream that you are on fire and the fire is uncontrollable, it signifies that you have bottled up so many emotions, and just like an active volcano, you are erupting and letting out all the stored-up emotions. 

You being on fire in a dream can also have positive meanings. For example, it can mean that you are transforming and developing after being faced with challenges or signify a purification process you’re going through. 

2. Dreams Where Your House Is on Fire 

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A house signifies something personal where you can be comfortable and be your true self, so when you dream that your house is on fire, it can mean that you are stressed and overwhelmed or have a series of worries and fears throwing you off balance. 

It shows that you need to take a break and revitalize yourself unless you’re going to break down. 

Dreaming of your house on fire can also be a foreshadowing or a warning that something bad or destructive might happen to your house. 

3. Dreams Where You’re Surrounded by A Ring of Fire 

Dreaming that you are surrounded by a ring of fire can signify protection. However, this protection can also be seen in a different light.  

First, it can mean protection from people, especially those close to you. Showing that you have made a hedge of protection for your heart and emotions and do not want to allow anyone to get too close to you, you shield yourself. 

It can also mean protection from enemies or bad situations and can even signify victory or strength. 

4. Dreams Where Your Office Is on Fire 

This can symbolize that someone might get “fired” in your office, whether it be you or your other colleagues at work. It can also represent that there is some inner discord or a growing enmity between people in the office, causing many problems between people in the workplace. 

5. Dreams Where Your Car Is on Fire 

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Dreaming that your car is on fire can have a negative connotation and depicts a sense of urgency and warning of something that might possibly happen soon. 

In addition, it draws attention to a part of your car that needs to be fixed or altered to prevent anything bad from happening to the car.  

So, now might be a good time to take that “check engine” light seriously. 

6. Dreams Where You’re Standing in Front of A Fireplace 


Some dreams about the fire can be positive, and when we dream about us standing in a fireplace, it can signify peace, rest, and lack of worry. It can also connote the warmth of family and relationships with people. 

The fireplace is a reminder of Christmas and the joy of gathering around people we love and sharing Christmas with them. It can also mean that you’re feeling nostalgic and appreciative. 

7. Dreams Where Your City Is on Fire 

Your city can be synonymous with your personal life, so when you dream that your city is on fire, this can connote chaos happening in your life, and that you need to deal with unless it affects everything that concerns you. 

How to Properly Interpret Your Fire Dreams 

The presence of fire in our dreams can have different meanings, both positive and negative. So, to properly understand your dreams, you must consider the various types of emotions or how you responded to them in your dream about the fire. 

Were you angry or enraged? Did you feel a sense of loss or sadness? Were you panicking and anxious or were you calm and peaceful? The emotions you feel during and after the dream would be instrumental in helping you interpret a dream about the fire. 

If you have a dream about a fire that keeps on repeating it could mean that you must examine your life and the areas symbolized by the fire and address it. For example, if the fire symbolizes anger/pain or pent-up emotions, you should deal with these things or find a way to express those strong emotions to enhance your life.  

Why Do You Dream? 

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Imagine waking up with a vivid yet sometimes vague memory of something you involuntarily experienced while sleeping. This is what we all know as a dream. On average, a person can dream 3 to 5 times every night, but more often than not, we hardly remember our dreams and easily dismiss ones we don’t understand. 

Dreams are a beautiful phenomenon that can symbolize a wide variety of things. As a result, many researchers have conducted scientific, philosophical, religious, and psychological research to better understand what dreams are, how they occur, and what they mean.  

Also, dreams are very mysterious because a person cannot control their ability to dream at will. This is because it is an involuntary activity that occurs while you are unconscious. 

About Dreams

Dreams consist of mental images, sounds, thoughts, and feelings that are formed while we are asleep; they can sometimes involve all your senses but are most often visual imagery formed in your mind.  

When you dream, you can experience different emotions as dreams can be funny, scary, romantic, sad, depressing, and sometimes downright bizarre. Nonetheless, dreams sometimes represent unconscious desires and wish you have or can be a recollection of different things that happened to a person during the day or in the past.  

Your dream can also be a foretelling of what might happen in the future and expose your true feelings about a particular situation. 

Dreams occur at a particular stage of the sleep cycle known as the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage, where the brain is active, and the eyes move rapidly even though closed, our heart rate increases, and we experience a temporary loss of muscle tone and less autonomic stability. 

Because of how constantly we dream, it is important that we must first seek to find the meaning of our dreams. The interpretation of our dreams is very subjective because dreams are specific to each person.  

Wrapping Up 

 Although dreams of fire often have dark or serious undertones, we should not neglect these warnings. Dreams about fire will help us understand or in some cases, even confirm our suspicions, regarding various aspects of our life. 

By remembering the details of the dream and trying to interpret it, we would be able to understand what is bothering us, and it may also help us be prepared for what’s to come.  

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Dani Rhys
Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education, and has also studied Political Science, Ancient History and Literature. She has a wide range of interests ranging from ancient cultures and mythology to Harry Potter and gardening. She works as the chief editor of Symbol Sage but also takes the time to write on topics that interest her.