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Blood

Very often it links with a feeling of being hurt or injured and of losing energy or the strength that enlivens you. But blood can represent pain, but also passions, deep feelings. It can refer to things that are deeply felt. We have passionate involvement with things. There are certain things that enter into us and cut us deeply. In some relationships we are opened up and we bleed even if the relationship is largely joyful, there still may be deeply felt and painful feelings in it.

Blood can also mean fertility as when it is connected with menstruation. It can be a painful cleansing and difficult period of releasing the old. The old dies away and leaves space for the new to grow.

In a more general sense blood can indicate one’s energy and sense of existence. In common language we link it with our family through feelings of connection or bonding, inherited tendencies – what we now call genes. It therefore includes inherited strengths and weaknesses of character. We say of such things – its in my blood.

Blood is often used as a symbol of universal life or power in ones life, therefore connection with humanity. Through this it depicts the universal pain or struggle met in human life, along with the possibility of injury and death. In ancient times blood was used as the first ritual sacrament. Later this was symbolised by red wine or red ochre. It was noticed that at times of great change, such as birth or death, blood often preceded the change. Blood was seen as the carrier of the spirit of life and character that lived in a person or animal. If we think of what genes now are known to carry, the untold generations of human life, with all its pain, tragedy and wonder, then blood was seen as carrying this collective human experience.

Blood is sometimes felt as a link with the unconscious forces and sub-personalities within. It is a doorway to the subtle world of the unconscious. This connection is perhaps obvious in that for thousands of years, the blood was seen as the substance that carried in it the mystery of inheritance of physical and psychological features. What we now call genes was represented by the blood, and this is still true in some dreams. The blood in a dream can be the doorway through which you touch your racial and family past. The blood brings to life within you the past lives of those who gave you your body. In quite a real sense they live within you as a great group of people, or influences that need to be integrated for you to become a true individual.

When we see blood on the earth or on someone’s clothes, it suggests great injury or death. Blood on the earth therefore marked the spot of either a great battle, a death or a deep wounding. As such it was a marker, a memorial or sign of the act. So this aspect of blood in our dreams must be remembered.

In cultures such as the Macedonian, where symbols were often thought of in terms of good or bad luck, light blood represented good news, dark blood bad news.

For women there is obviously a strong link between bleeding and menstruation. Therefore in women’s dreams involving blood, the blood may depict whatever feelings, pleasure, difficulties are associated with menstruation and the power of female fertility for the dreamer. But you need to look to the theme and drama of the dream to see if this is a correct connection.

Bleeding: Most often relates to emotional or psychological hurt, but can also depict physical injury, or presentiment of it. Emotional hurt could mean hurtful remarks, for instance being told we are not loved – these can sap our motive to live and may be depicted as blood. The bleeding might show a psychological injury, often from past trauma, which is causing you to lose energy or motivation.

Sometimes, as mentioned above, the blood can be a sacrament. As such it is not shown as emerging from an injury or wound but as nourishment, wine or bloody meat.

Blood flowing from a crack: Possibly menstruation or loss of virginity.

Blood on your hands: Shows you have hurt or even killed an aspect of yourself. See Blood on Hands

Blood on the ground: Someone hurt or dead.

Bloody clothes: Personal emotional hurt or injury, perhaps even death of someone.

Blood Sample: This can represent many things depending upon the rest of the dream. It could suggest and illness, a way of tracing your identity with DNA, or it could be a drug test.

Blood sucked from you or sucking from another: Feeling that you are losing your very life force to someone, or taking energy and life from someone else. Sometimes sex is felt as this. The umbilical connection in the womb is sometimes felt as the life giving connection that if cut off prematurely, is such a loss that expenditure of energy in sex may be felt as vampirism.

In sexual dreams: May refer to loss of virginity, menstruation or fertility; or hurt to sexual drive.

Old or dark blood: Can sometimes be understood as ‘bad blood’ existing in the dreamer – bad feelings or old grudges.

See: archetype of blood; bleeding.

 

Idioms: After ones blood; bleeding heart; bleed someone white; blood boil/run cold; blood brother; blood is thicker than water; blood letting; blood money; blood on ones hands; blood out of a stone; blood relative; blood sucker; blue blood; cold/hot blood; draw blood; fresh blood; in the blood; in my blood; ones heart bleeds; out for blood; sweat blood; taste blood; young blood.

 

Useful Questions and Hints:

What part of my body – or the body – is the blood coming from, and what does that suggest about any hurt I may be suffering? (Look up part of body).

What is my relationship with the blood in terms of what I feel, my interaction or how I deal with it?

What can I understand from the theme and drama of the dream in terms of my life giving processes?

See: drama; Acting on your dream

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-Matthew 2014-06-02 23:29:45

I had a mad dream , I was having a fight with my brother in the street because he was showing off with his friends anyway I bit his ear off then I was running away from the police , I went home and opened the bible and asked for gods help and I heard this voice saying turn to Palms 36 and the pages starting turning on there own I see all these blue and gold pictures of Egyptian stuff and it stopped at a page where I could sign and it showed me a vision in my dream to cut my right wrist and I heard the voice say you can have anything you want just sign , I dropped the bible and ran into the back garden and their was guys on motor bikes anyway I said wtf you doing in the garden right as I jumped into the grass the guys on bikes drove off and chucked a lighter on the floor and as that happened I could see I was in a circle that they drew out and it goes up in flames and basically I was trapped then woke up madness like what kind of dream is that

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-aziza 2014-06-15 6:26:16

Hi Tony. My 12 year old son had a dream that he was playing a video game with rockets and aliens and as his spaceship/rocket landed there was a small amount of blood on the ground. In waking lifeh hasn’t played this video game for over 2 years. I’m confused as to why he would dream about this video game (one he doesn’t play anymore) and of course the blood. Thank you.

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-doris 2014-09-19 14:46:49

Hi I had a dream last night about having my menstrual period and was bleeding heavily and my shorts got stained while I was walking in a hurry and in reality I’m in menopause can you explain it please thanks

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-mhammad merhej 2014-10-08 23:31:49

Ive had a dream about bleeding from my forearms it was extremely vivid when i woke up i was in a lot of pain and i was afraid what does it mean?

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-june 2014-10-10 13:10:18

I had a dread of being at a BBQ and blood was inside the chicken a lot of it. There was two pieces the first one was oozing blood out the other I bit into it before checking some across from me took it showed me the blood I spit the food out but the taste of the blood was stuck I tried to wash it out with water but it wasn’t going away…I eventually woke myself because the taste was horrid and went to spit………. It felt so real

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-Lila 2014-11-14 22:27:19

Had a terrifying dream that there was a flower on my big toe blooming and all of a sudden it was a big bloody abcess hole. Not sure why but it really has bothered me and I can’t stop thinking about it

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-Kartik 2014-11-22 10:55:26

In the morning in dream, i have seen a basket full of blood, i have taken some blood to wash my hands.
Please suggest the meaning.

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-Meg 2015-01-17 14:00:03

Hello Mr Crisp

This morning when I woke up , I remembered a dream which is about my deceased mom (suicide, few years back)- she is involved in an accident, dragged on the side of the vehicle(yellow and black in color ), she is in pain, blood all over, her legs stuck under the vehicle. People shout.I also see that the vehicle is passing along with her, back of the vehicle. I realise it is a video footage. I kept seeing (repeating)this back of the vehicle with her on the side I am sad, crying. Someone describes She is in hospital , cannot speak but see the saliva running, means she is trying to talk . I am crying. When I woke up it was not the sad feeling that I felt but heaviness in my heart. Now that I am pregnant ( early pregnancy) it makes me wonder. I love my mom very much.Could you please help me.

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-shianne 2015-04-09 12:26:04

Hey. I live in Ontario and my 4 year old cousin lives in New Brunswick. My aunt told me he woke up twice in the night with nightmares saying that I was all bloody and I cut his twin sisters arm. Then 10 minutes after he woke up screaming his twin sister did and wouldn’t tell her mother what she dreamt. I love these kids with all my heart and would never hurt them nor any child. I’m just wondering if you could help me figure out what all of this means.

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-Ghinee 2015-05-06 21:16:57

Last night i dreamed about torns on my lips and tongue.big torns also on my way to my grandmother’s house(my grandmother is dead 7 years ago). I pick up all the torns on my way then put out all the torns in my mouth that causes blood to flow and never stop flowing until i wake up.what does it mean?thank you

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-05-08 11:54:36

    Dear Ghinee – Your dream suggests that you are going back in the past. A grandmother is the doorway through which your life came into being, and she brings you that much nearer to the source of Life. She is also the wonderful gateway to the ancestors and their collective wisdom.
    Of course she could also be a bad grandmother – but even so she is a reflection of the pains and inner wrongness we may carry with us through our family inheritance. So whether good or bad we should honour them, for only through them can we find out way back to what is beyond them in the past.
    Your taking thorns back into your mouth is like owning painful experiences and integrating them. It is called honouring what you learned, bad or good, from your relationships. Think of it like digesting something. In a relationship, whether a feeling relationship or one in which you are learning something, you often absorb things from the person or event. You might take in such things unconsciously, as you did many things from (grand)parents and from the culture you were raised in. So the process of absorption in a dream may refer to such influences you are taking in.
    I wonder if you associate thorns with Jesus – religious upbringing – because according to three of the canonical Gospels a woven crown of thorns was placed on the head of Jesus during the events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/jesus/
    While bleeding can relate to the release of pain it can also be a symbol of opening up to become a more compassionate human being.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/pain-meeting-it/
    Anna :-)

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