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Because a duck can fly and also dive under water it can represent both your ability to raise your awareness, to expand your mind and horizons, and also to look into what is hidden under the surface of life. And its ability to float and swim on the surface of water shows it can survive in the conscious mind. Of course for many people it can be associated with food. See: Cormorant.

Ducks can also be beautiful when flying, and are also hunted and shot, so it depends on the dream what they mean to you – are they a thing of beauty or vulnerable.

Ducks are also always followed by drakes, and can be about the way we may also wish to pair off. With babies they are wonderful and highly vulnerable – and even the tiny pieces of fluff leave small waves – suggesting the waves we all leave in living our life, whoever small and vulnerable we might be. See Associations Working With

‘Duck’ might also indicate that you are ducking to avoid something as in the second example.

They are often vulnerable birds because they are hunted, as the following dream shows the duck part of us is vulnerable and needs help.

Example: In my dream last night I was cycling down a familiar lane and came across a white duck which had been injured by a car, it looked dead so I stopped and got off my bike and propped it against a gate but when I turned round the duck was standing and looking at me. It was strange because the way it came right up to me and looked directly at me. I seemed to know what this creature was thinking and it was asking me for help.

Example: Then there is some excitement and we duck down right before a shot is fired by a Secret Service agent standing in front of us. He fires at a man running behind us out of sight between two buildings. I watch the man fall, slowly lowered to the ground by two other SS agents, saying something as he dies.

Idioms: sitting duck; duck takes to water, dead duck; lame duck; duck out; duck soup; duck’s guts; ducks in a row (ducks in order); duck an issue.

Useful questions and hints:

Is the duck wild and free or is it a pet?

Does the duck look vulnerable to you – if so what do you feel vulnerable about?

Are you ducking to avoid something – if so what are you dodging or avoiding.

See Associations Working WithTechniques for Exploring your DreamsLifeStream



-Kendra J 2011-04-17 4:32:26

Thanks for the useful information!


    -Tony Crisp 2011-04-24 18:41:06

    Kendra – I checked on the entry and see it didn’t really give any information. So I have upgraded it, something I am trying to do, but it is slow because of the amount of posts.

    Duck Because a duck can fly and also dive under water it can represent both your ability to raise your awareness, to expand your mind and horizons, and also to look into what is hidden under the surface of life. And its ability to float and swim on the surface of water shows it can survive in the conscious mind.

    Idioms can also suggest other meanings such as sitting duck, like a duck takes to water, dead duck and lame duck.



-Joseph 2011-11-09 5:03:33

I have a dream of ducks and cats together maybe about a thousands of them raised by our neighbor, one day they enter to our fenced compound and swam to the pond and i feed them with corn on the water, after that i informed the owner of the cat and ducks, ducks are mixture of matured and baby ducks, tha cats are yellow and orange in color mostly kittens their playful.


    -Tony Crisp 2011-12-11 9:52:45

    Joseph – I do not know what your next door neighbour represents for you, but probably a person who allows life into their daily affairs. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/characters-or-people-in-dreams/

    The theme of your dream is that you have had a fenced off area of you that you have now allowed a wonderful surge of youthful and living feelings into your life. Not only that, you are feeding them, so encouraging their growth.



-travis 2013-07-26 23:50:39

I had a dream, I was in the middle of the dessert and i swa something flying at me, i raised up my rife and tried to shoot it but i missed. It landed right next to me and it was a beautiful sparkley blue mallard duck, then i looked back up and saw a hawk comming at me carring a black and white cat. I raised up my rifle again and shot it. the cat hit the ground in front of me and the hawk landed on top of it and started ripping out the intrails of the cat. as i got closer the hawk started to have a more rounder head like an owl, but the cat was tring to get away as the bird was pulling out its guts….


-M 2015-01-07 6:41:46

I dreamed of a small snake coming into my home. Saw later in time, like days or weeks in dream, it had tripled in size. It ate my mice, which were a problem. It left me, what seemed in a way like a gift, a dead colorful duck & several almost dead creamish colored rodents that looked sorta like guinea pigs. I feel such a mix of positive & negative. Usually can interpret my dreams but at loss.


-Indi 2015-01-16 13:51:47

I dreamt that I woke up (but I didn’t actually.) in my dream I was in bed and woke up to see a rumpled piece of paper floating up to hit me in the face. I looked down to the ground next to my bed where it had come from. I saw an animal looked like a duck. It was in pretty bad shape I thought it was Dad at first glance but then my dogs came over and started messing with it and I could see it was barely alive. I hate seeing animals suffer so I jumped up to grab it but when I did suddenly it had no feathers and a rough reptile like skin with spiny things sticking out of its back. I tried to grab it but it hurt my hands. I was upset that I couldn’t help it.


-tony 2015-01-21 11:11:19

I constantly have a dream of Goose and Duck. Last night I had a dream of a big /white duck that was in my home. I was trying to feed the duck. Then I later had a dream of a small toad that I tried to kill but later was hanging on my clothe, then proceeded to have a dream of uncooked meat in a cooking pot. I have had re occuring dreams of eating meat in the past weeks. Can you please tell me the meaning?


-Diane Boucher 2015-05-25 12:23:35

I had a dream of a paid ducks come flying into the lake, a few moments later another pair of ducks came flying into the lake and fought with the first pair of ducks chasing them further down the lake.


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