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A bell in your dream can be a warning, a signal or something calling for your attention. It might also be a summons, depending on its context in the dream.

A bell such as that in a church might indicate rejoicing; it might be a signal that someone has died, or suggestion of a wedding, or simply a practice of bell ringing.

Occasionally in some dreams it is a reference to breasts which swing like bells. See Like Bells.

Telephone bell: Someone trying to get your attention or an attempt to communicate.

Doorbell: Something new coming into your life – negative or positive depending on dream; hoping for contact with someone.

The Final Bell: This suggests the last chance to do whatever the dream indicates. It is worth attending to it.

Diving bell: It indicates that you are ready to go into the deep unconscious – or are already exploring it.

Idioms: all the bells and whistles; bells and whistles; clear as a bell; had his bell rung; hell’s bells; rings a bell; with bells on.

Useful Questions and Hints:

How am I responding to the bell, and what does this suggest about my relationship with what it signals?

Am I the one ringing the bell – if so what am I trying to do?

What do I feel is coming into my life?

Try being the bell or a person in your dream by using Being the Person or Thing.



-Cindy Nitche 2014-10-11 18:12:30

Hi Tony, I was searching your site for this answer and didn’t see it. Many times, in random dreams, I will hear my telephone ring, only 1 or 2 rings, never anymore than that. It has nothing to do with the rest of the content of my dream. Thank you, Cindy


-wendy 2015-08-03 23:40:05

I had a dream of someone pulling rope for the bell to ring and top of a wall there was a Virgin Mary..what can that mean because it get crazy a man was with me then he pass way..
can you help me? Thank you


-Luiza 2015-09-25 9:48:01

Hello, I saw a dream about a big bell over the roof of my house. And I remember yelling to my husband not to ring it but he did, the noise was not very loud it sound like it was far away. What does that mean?


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-10-08 9:43:00

    Dear Luiza – I think the understanding of your dream depends on what you associate with the expression “to ring somebody’s bell”.
    What I associate with it is that you are protecting yourself from “being turned on.”
    This might refer to a sexual meaning, but it could also symbolise your (inner) husband trying to move you into some other form of physiological or psychological action.
    The noise was probably not very loud, because you protect yourself from “hearing it” and so probably from feeling that you have to respond to it.
    To understand the idea of having an inner husband, please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/
    A way to get a deeper feeling understanding of the bell and/or your (inner) husband you could use “Being the person or thing” and/or “Talking as a dream character”
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/
    Anna :-)


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