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Alligator Crocodile

Feelings or fears of being attacked or overwhelmed, possibly from within oneself, or by a powerful mother – i.e. ones internal dependence upon mother.

The alligator and crocodile often represent a hidden form of treachery, apparently harmless until it opens its mouth to eat us, such as that of a person spreading malicious rumours or trying to undermine us in some way. Another attack from deep within can be from repressed emotions.

But the alligator as a dream creature is not the same as an external alligator. It is an enormous creature from your own depths, your inner self or core self – the part of you that you are not aware of and are frightened of. See core

The alligator or crocodile is similar to the serpent and depicts the power of the emotions, influences and experiences emerging from the unconscious. If you do not relate to your unconscious urges constructively, conflict can occur. Then you may feel fear of these forces within you – fear of being swallowed, or dragged into dark feelings. That is, of being carried away, or possessed, by fears, urges, ideas, arising from within, or fear of the irrational.

The Egyptians worshipped a crocodile as a guide to the dead in the underworld. It represents not only a threat, but also a wealth of wisdom about unconscious things. It possibly represented the forces of the unconscious because of the observation of the crocodile emerging from hidden depths to lay its eggs on the river bank. In this sense the crocodile or alligator in some dreams represents a personal confrontation with eternity. Depending upon the dream, the crocodile may well depict your fears about your inner hugeness. When we meet this it shows a personal awareness of merging with the many lives held in the collective unconscious. It is illustrated by the Christian idea of being cells in the body of Christ. We retain individual life, but know ourselves as part of an eternal life. This is possibly a natural stage in ageing, as our physical prowess and motivations fall away, this immense inner life begins to open to us. See The Life Will

As some people keep pet alligators, there might be a very personal meaning if one has actually kept an alligator.

Example: Now I looked at the large pool where the river surfaced. A woman swam in it, and was going to enter the tunnels. As I watched I saw some huge crocodiles swim toward her. With great speed and confidence she swam away, obviously being able to match the threat. A group of people in the pond, through their group strength, also dealt with the crocodiles.

Example: I can remember that in the dream another person and I, a male but very indistinct and shadowy, were facing mythical creatures in some sort of odyssey. A strange sort of crocodile or alligator type creature was supposedly attacking me. I had mixed feelings about this. Partly I felt there was nothing to fear about the creature, but another feeling was that it might be able to do some damage. In fact it was biting me across my chest, but all I felt was a very strong tickling feeling that made me laugh.

Example: Now a huge unknown creature began to enter into my awareness. I felt the presence of an enormous creature rising to the surface of something like a swamp or a body of water. At first I thought it might be a whale, but as I paid attention to what was happening it defined into a huge crocodile.

This huge creature looked at me and said, “Mathew, join me.”

I laughed at this because it was so huge, and with so many associations of swallowing things, that I said something like, “What do you mean join you? Don’t you mean that you want to eat me?”

The creature replied to me, “No. No, it’s not like that, I’m just like a submarine. I have all these lives in me. I have many, many lives in me. I am life. I contain the many. You can swim this ocean alone Mathew, if you wish. Or you can join me, you can join the many. You can always, if you choose to live your independent life again and  leave us.”

I laughed here because I had the image of me being independent, stripping off, diving over the side of the boat into the ocean and swimming off. It is something I have often done in the sea, swimming long distances alone, or off to an island out to sea, by myself.

I began to give myself to that great creature which I now understood as the collective unconscious, the unity of lives. It felt as if it was absolving me, much as I had experienced earlier on. (One of those strange and beautiful, and also moving coincidences just happened. I am reading this in using voice recognition, and it is proving to be very accurate. But in the sentence where I said that I felt it was – and the word was supposed to be absorbing me – the software used the word absolving. And here I am again, back in the ocean, weeping as I know there is no judgment on the life I have led so alone and cut off.)


Useful questions are:

What does the alligator represent to me?

What do I know about them?

Am I feeling threatened or carried away by any fears?

In what way is my intuition or awareness reaching beyond myself ?

Do I feel myself part of a larger whole?

See See Summming UpReaction to the unconsciousSecrets of Power Dreaming



-Dana 2014-06-04 15:27:18

I had a dream that my youngest and I were swimming and we could see all these large snake heads popping up all over. Then I saw these alligators swimming along also. My child was crawling all over one and I kept saying get away from that it’s and alligator. It never bit him or opened it’s mouth but I was afraid it would bite him at some point.


-Amanda 2014-07-03 3:34:48

I had a dream in which I had a pet alligator and if was very friendly until it turned on me and attacked me. I could not get away from it so my only choice was to kill it, even though I didn’t want to . In order to do so, for some reason I ripped out its tongue, held it’s mouth closed and bashed it’s head repeatedly agains he wall… I know..very violent. Yuck! I have had thi same dream about a shark as well. Consequently a shark and alligator are two animals the very much creep me out.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-07-03 8:56:40

    Amanda – Whenever we dream its images are not like real life. because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear. So all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    So I think it is your past thoughts fear about alligators and sharks that you are trying to deal with. In dreams we can let anything attack and eat us, for in a dream we are not our body, but simply the concept or image we have of our self built upon our body’s sensory experiences. We can easily, when we realised that, create a new body in our dream world.

    So please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing and any of the other links it mentions.



-Jessica bowman 2014-09-15 13:20:24

I have been having this dream (while I am pregnant I am 13 weeks now)about an alligator running after me I run away from him and I get away from him I sit down to rest and a anaconda comes up off the ground and lays his head in my lap all this happening while I am in the amazon with my mom my ex and my son I am also about 6 months pregnant can someone please help me to figure out why I had this dream please thank you


    -Tony Crisp 2014-09-19 8:49:03

    Jessica – Alligators and anacondas have very similar meanings in dreams. And also dream alligators and snakes are totally different to those creatures in waking life.

    Being in the Amazon is saying that you have, probably because of your pregnancy, begun to sense the forces of Life in its basic form. Remember that although you as a mother are a vehicle for life, you do not create the baby. The baby is created by the processes of life, as you were and continue to be. For Life itself does most of the work keeping you alive, like your heart beating, digestion and of course breathing.

    Your dream alligators will not hurt you unless you react in a fearful way. And the anaconda is a great symbol of the Life force, meaning you baby will be blessed and special. So see if you can find out for yourself the tremendous part the alligators and snake play in your life. Use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson



      -Jenn 2014-09-19 14:49:22

      I had a dream of an albino alligator. It wasn’t scary at all it was more of a pet than anything. I kissed it on the lips and it kissed me back. Not passionate but not scary. More of a family oriented kiss.


-Kim 2014-09-27 10:12:38

I dreamt that I fell into a river after my sat navigation took me to the wrong place and I then slipped into the water. My daughter was also in the water and I couldn’t believe that there were alligators in there. The next thing, one of them has my daughter’s legs and body inside it’s mouth and I’m desperately trying to open its mouth to get her out but I can’t. Fortunately at this point I woke up and it was morning. I can’t get it out of my head though. Very disturbing.


-Rebecca 2014-09-29 12:07:44

I had a dream that I was walking in some bushes approaching a very high fence, I saw the crocodile and freaked out. It saw me and I climbed up the fence and it climbed the other side to get to me. Once it was at the top I knocked it off. It ran off then some Asian women said it as her pet and the crocodile came out friendly as could be and cuddled up next to a dog.


-Sheena 2014-10-10 1:16:43

I was pregnant with my son and i had this dream that me and my husband and daughter went swimming and when arriving to the swimming hole there was a pond on each side of the dirtroad and one side was a beautiful swimming place but the other was over flowing with alligators and after swimming we were getting ready to leave and i ask my daughter if she needed to potty before we left and she took off with her pants around her ankles and fell into the pond with the gators and one grabbed her with its mouth and i jumped in after her climbing over the gators to get to her and soon as i got to her i woke up??? Please tell me what this means? I dreamt of gators while i was preg with my daughter also??


    -Tony Crisp 2014-10-16 11:44:07

    Sheena – If you consider that there is a duality here – the good and the bad. The bad in your case was the pool with the alligators. Then you risked your life saving your son.

    So it sounds like this is a typical caring mother’s dream. That is because mothers have a very developed fear about the safety of their child – a fear that is a wonderful way of seeing any possible danger. And so a mother often dreams of any dangers she might imagine, and in your case you were a remarkable mother and faced the danger.



-Sheena 2014-10-10 1:25:15

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-angel 2014-10-18 12:02:29

I had a dream we were at a beautiful lake house partying and having a blast! ! We were all watching the water as the alligators started approaching as usual we gathered all the children out of the water but there was this one little boy roughly 12 years old playing and teasing the alligator he previously watched an older adult tease and become successful as he was appealed by his actions he also tried but was not so lucky I remember thinking and screaming out loud. ..”Get out of the water baby…leave it alone”!!! Please he ignored and carried on until he was attacked and shaking alone at shore..The people watched knowing he would be attacked!!! Everyone was curious No one tried to


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