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An error you may fall into, a difficulty you are facing, or a danger that confronts you. A big hole might suggest a descent into the unconscious, memories. A hole, especially with grass, foliage or bushes around it, can represent the female sex organs.

Any hole, tunnel or cave, not only suggest female attributes such as receptiveness, they also indicate the unknown or what is still unconscious. If the tunnel, hole or cave is dimly lit, it suggests aspects of you that are not defined, in the shadows of other more fully expressed qualities. See: Cave and Fall.

A hole can also be an escape route, so you need to define if this is true in your dream.

Difficulty or tricky situation in life; a situation you might ‘fall into’; a place to hide or feel protected in – therefore womb like feelings; an escape route or a way through from one situation into another; a way of ‘seeing through’ something; an ‘opening’ or opportunity; the vagina. Occasionally refers to death. Or sometimes used as word play meaning whole.

A hole is also something that things can go into or come out of. Food goes in our mouth for instance and comes out the other end. So poking food in a hole could link with eating. But holes can link with leaks, and sometimes dreams use a leak to suggest the way we lose energy or waste our energy resources. (Rocket dream as example.)

Going in hole: Meeting feelings, urges or fears we usually keep unconscious; confronting aspects of self buried beneath our surface awareness; memories of womb existence; death – burial.

Falling in hole: Of course it could mean you are meeting a difficulty that you didn’t keep  your eyes open to see. But some holes we fall into or find ourselves confronted by are there as a challenge to see if you are confident that nothing can hurt you in your dreams. Falling is not fatal or even harmful in dreams. We tend to take things we are rightfully scared of in everyday life and then take them into our dreams where nothing can hurt us. But of course we still fear if we do not understand that dreams are like computer games and are virtual realities. You can get killed a hundred times in dreams and yet you awake the next day none the worse – except if you are frightened, and  it is fear that can do you harm, not dreams. See dream yoga.

Holes in clothes, objects: Faults; weaknesses; illness; ‘full of holes’.

Holes in body: Sense of weakness; emptiness in ones life such as loneliness; illness; negative feelings about that part of self; see body for appropriate part.

Hole in head: Letting everyone know what you think; gossiping.

Hole in road: Difficulty ahead. Death or death of person falling down the hole.

Pothole: If you are going into it, it suggests you are exploring the precviously uknown memories or parts of your nature, gaining a deeper understanding of yourself. It could even suggest going back into a womb type awareness.

Small hole: It depends where it is and the context in which it appears. It could refer to the vagina, or a hole on your body.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Is the hole frightening or beckoning?

Where is the hole – in me or in the surroundings?

What feelings did I experience in the dream?

See Associations Working WithInner WorldMartial Art of the MindTechniques for Exploring your Dreams



-Cassidy 2014-05-26 23:59:56

What if you are already in the hole/pit in your dream?


-KDC 2014-07-13 5:24:44

Wanted to share this weird dream I had a night ago (6/12), I was looking up symbolism and saw this website. I saw this huge lion being paraded through a city, carried by people on some kind of platform. This lion was huge, like 10 ft high when sitting on hind legs and a big black mane. What struck me was this huge cannon ball-sized hole right through the back of his head (profile view). I drew a sketch of it in case someday it might mean something, but I have had a few dreams that have come to pass before. I thought it was worth sharing. Please feel free to share your insights.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-07-15 6:58:05

    KDC – This magnificent animal has been injured but still survives, which may be why it is paraded through the streets. It probably represents your own instinctive strength that has been injured and yet you have survived. But to understand your dream you may need to read http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/clicking-on/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson



      -KDC 2014-07-19 6:00:25

      Thank you so much, Tony! That is a very interesting way of seeing it, being the object in the dream (well, I guess that might explain migraines…hee hee). I have had some life experiences that would definitely relate to what you suggested and I feel like I have been coming out on top (or at least getting closer along the way, or even “carried” by something or someone).
      Also, on the side, I’ve been listening to songs which actually contained lions, and wasn’t really thinking about that before… One was “Can’t Tame the Lion” (Journey), and then “God’s Not Dead (Roaring Like a Lion)” (David Crowder, I think) and I love drawing them often. :) Anyway, thank you for your insight, I think it makes a lot of sense.


-KDC 2014-09-16 4:31:01

Wow, I think I was a bit bubbly on that last comment, must have been an energetic day but who knows… :) Well you have great insight anyway. Migraine article was very helpful too. Blessings!


-Sarah 2015-06-12 0:15:35

Hello. I cannot find the exact definition of my dream. I dreamt I bucked my big toe on the corner of a wall, it looked like. Then when I looked again, all of my toes were gone and my right foot was hollow and empty. When I looked in it I saw what looked like a black dot like a dried sore. That was it.
(I felt no pain in my foot but it just felt weird)
Can you help me interpret this dream please?


-Erin 2015-06-27 17:38:34

Just had a strange dream that me and my cousin (female) were in a cave like area and there was this hole that we would have to crawl around and avoid, no one knew what was at the bottom because it seemed endless, but she crawled around it and I was carrying some stuff of hers (material items like an older radio and such) and there was a stranger behind me (female) helping me, I passed around the hole but then some of my cousins stuff fell into it and I felt as if she would be upset to lose them so I went after them and the stranger tried to stop me, then we slid down it and ended up in a foreign land I couldn’t see because there was green water all around me and I became scared because I thought that if there were any gators that they might bite me, the stranger was scared of that too so we paddled to land which all of them were risen out of the water and seemed to be made of clay then once I got to the top there was a edging of long grass all around in like a square and the middle was empty except for there were about 30 people standing in rows military style facing to the side (not facing me) and then a tan man that had been in the front came over to us as we peered over the grass and he had white eyes almost as if he was blind and a mouth that was permanently open because instead of a internal mouth (teeth tongue) it was regular skin, he had lips but the inside was just skin, no teeth no throat opening and no tongue, then I woke up. What does this mean?


-Alex 2015-08-05 19:06:48

Wanted to share this weird dream,
i had this dream in last week,that there was two holes in my mouth,not so big,,,,,in the area which is below the tongue,,,and there was a diamond in one hole,,,,,what does it mean ????,,,,please reply,,..


    -Faye 2015-10-05 20:08:48

    I had a dream really similar last night, I had a small round hole under my tongue and there was a small round stone inside it!!! Really freaked out by the whole thing- I spent a long time trying to get it out and never managed!


-Michael 2015-10-14 21:31:06

When i dream, I dream as if I am living my normal life, but there appear to be holes in reality. For example, where a house would be, there will be a black space, no specific shape, just a black space. The weird thing is, these holes are everywhere. In the sky, in the ground, in buildings, and even taking the place of some structures that I remember being there.


-Aleah 2015-11-02 15:53:25

I have a recurring dream over the years, not every night, more like every few months, but enough to realize a similar feeling to the dreams. The specifics are usually different, but the dream always includes entering a room in my house through a small opening. And the focus of the dream is always the feeling of passing through the small opening. Last night I dreamt that I was climbing up a ladder and through a small square hole to enter into a small cozy bedroom. I was showing the room to a woman I work with who I really like that gives me a motherly feeling. When I climbed through the hole I really had to squeeze myself and turn and wriggle a lot to get my shoulders through, almost like the way a baby moves to be born. Overall the feeling of the dream was warm and safe, and even though it took effort to get through the hole, I knew I could do it the entire time. For a moment I almost felt annoyed that it was difficult to get through because I knew I could do it.


-Ashley 2015-12-02 17:30:17

I had a dream that I had holes in back of my legs while trying to run to my boyfriend. What does this mean?


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-12-09 11:19:57

    Dear Ashley – I do not have enough information to explore your dream; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/not-enough-information/
    What situation in your waking life do you feel could have triggered the dream?
    What did you feel when you were trying to (were you moving ahead?) run to your boyfriend?
    Do you feel empty, lonely and/or weak – disconnected from Life http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/ – and if so what approach do you use to “fill the holes”; to feel whole again?
    Are you aware that you have an inner male? http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/
    Some general thoughts about the symbol “legs” might help you too to explore your dream for yourself; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/dream-yoga/
    Legs point to the things that support you in life. Your support may depend upon parents, job, money, religion, friends and your own confidence. Sometimes an event occurs, or we receive news, that knocks away our support or self-confidence, and dreams represent this by a problem or injury to your legs. Legs can also depict the ability to get about in life. Ambition for instance, may give us drive and confidence to stand up do something in life. If your business fails though, ambition may crumble, represented by your legs being kicked away from you.
    Let me know if you have any questions.
    Anna :-)


-Concernedinsomniac 2016-01-23 7:19:00

I had a dream the other night that I first found a little bat in my hair and he bit my finger. Then suddenly many little black bats flew at me and swarmed me. When they left there were little round holes in my skin. I’m afraid this symbolizes illness, I hope I am wrong.


-Christina 2016-01-27 2:42:58

this dream i had was an nightmare for me. Last night, i dreamt about going somewhere like an road trip but its feel like field trip cause i don’t know any of people who i saw in my dream and don’t recognize their faces, i was like “this is very strange” as i look around, turn to the right i saw my mom right next to me and i had an bad feeling… all of sudden, i heard an loud and scary rumbling sound behind the bus. i said something in laotian to my mom and then at the front, everything starts shake and everyone was screaming all of sudden the road begin to open an giant hole right in front of us and everything starts falling into the hole as the bus falls, i scream and try to pull my mom towards me so we can be in each other arms to die together but everything happen so fast. all i felt was pain all over my joints and body and tears as i woke up. its felt so real.
what does it mean fall in a hole especially falling in hole on the road?


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-01-30 15:58:12

    Dear Christina – It will be helpful to go back into your dream while awake and explore why you think “this is very strange” when you see the unknown people in your dream.
    A stranger in your dream may be referring to an unrecognised part of yourself, your behaviour or character, or something you fail to see or recognise as you. In a way this might even be a new growing part of you that you haven’t met before.
    The strangers could also involve feelings of not belonging, of not connecting, not feeling you have a home or know where home is.
    When did you and/or your parents move to Laos and how did you and your mother perceive this big change in your lives?
    Could it be that what you call “a bad feeling” is merely an intuition about the huge change that was/is coming your way?
    What did you tell your mother in Laotian?
    I feel it will be helpful to explore your thoughts and feelings about leaving Laos and entering America, because of the earthquake that is part of your dream too; “I heard a loud and scary rumbling sound behind the bus. I said something in Laotian to my mom and then at the front, everything starts to shake and everyone was screaming all of a sudden the road begins to open; a giant hole appears right in front of us and everything starts falling into the hole as the bus falls”.
    Earthquakes appear in dreams during times of great (inner) changes and growth that makes you feel uncertain of your ‘ground’.
    Part of your great change – moving away from Laos – is like “the psychological death of the old ways of living” and letting go of the old can cause a lot of tension – “all I felt was pain all over my joints and body” – because of the fear to let go.
    Because “letting go of the old” is as much a process as getting to know all the new parts inside you – the strangers in your dream – it might help to use http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/#Open once or twice a week.
    Let me know if you have any questions Christina.
    Anna :-)


-Belén 2016-03-07 7:07:27

I have been experiencing a lot of sleep paralysis lately. For the past couple of days I get sleep paralysis every night. It always happens when I am just getting into sleep. I heard the word ethel in my dream multiple times. I heard 15 squared over and over again. I have dreamed about drowing , but it was different this time. I was falling into nothing. I saw black. I felt myself sinking down and falling rapidly into a blank, empty space of nothing. What does this all mean?


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-03-10 11:29:24

    Dear Belén – Did you read the article on sleep paralysis yet? http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/sleep-paralysis/
    I explored what you heard in your dream and while searching I discovered that Ethel means noble.
    I learned that in the United States, there is no official class system, so there is no official noble class, or nobility. But nobility is also a synonym for nobleness — elevation of morals, ideals, or behaviour; generosity, honesty, and integrity.
    So you could explore if you can relate to this idea and if so what nobleness means to you.
    You could explore how you can make this “something” (nobleness?) – symbolised by the number 15 – multiply itself within your inner world and as a result in the outer world;
    Perhaps you could explore if being integer produces “more of the same”?
    I perceive “entering a blank, empty space of nothing” – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/void/ – as a wonderful means of experiencing “bodiless awareness”.
    I do not fall into it; what enables it is a shift I can feel in my mind; it is as if a “separating wall” moves all the way to the other side, which opens up this infinite space.
    It happens when I relax and listen to quiet music.
    The meaning you could give your experience of falling into nothing, is that next time you could decide to just float in it a while and feel okay with that too.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-void/
    Anna :-)


-Jenny M 2016-04-23 17:23:20

I usually have dreams of roads, but this time I’m moving on a nice country road, lots of nice rolling hills and fields with trees, and I end up seeing a long hole that I could see the ‘sky’ through, I was able to go to the right and miss the hole by walking around it, but in dream I was thinking, “Oh, they’re going to have to close this section of the road to repair it, it’ll take a few days.” I wasn’t afraid or anything, just sort of matter of fact. Not sure who ‘they’ were.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-04-28 11:54:24

    Dear Jenny M – Your dream starts with entering your inner world of natural feelings. As I wrote in one of the other dreams you posted, “Opening to Life” may help you reach that state of mind.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/peoples-experiences-of-lifestream/
    If you enter your dream again while awake, then what do you feel when you can see the “sky”?
    If you imagine “Being they” – they are aspects of your inner world – then why do you believe this section of your inner path has to be closed?
    The sky may show your immense potential that you can meet if you continue to allow your feelings without repressing anything.
    What thoughts/feelings/sensations/images arise if you enter the hole?
    Your dreams are a unique area of self-expression. They are a safe area to experiment and experience things in any way you wish. Often we introvert, or take into our dream life, rules and fears that have no place there. For example, while dreaming, you may fall into the sea and be terrified you will drown. But that is impossible because you are only experiencing images of your feelings and thoughts. All you can do is to feel fear. You can easily breathe under water in a dream, or fly, or die and be re-born. So remove such limitations from your inner life by visualising such changes into your dreams when awake. Imagine yourself being what you can in your dreams.
    Anna :-)


-Natalie 2016-04-30 19:22:06

I had a dream that I discovered i had a lot of little holes all over my arms and chest. Each hole was about the size of an eraser on a #2 pencil. I was freaking out and I took out this little orang wax ball looking thing from one of them. Not long after in my dream I felt my stomach moving like when I was pregnant. What does this mean? I’m paranoid of being pregnant again. I only birthed four months ago.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-05-04 13:53:43

    Dear Natalie – You use your arms to hold your new born child and your chest reflects the feelings that you hold within you.
    You expressed that you are “paranoid of being pregnant again” and so the holes may reflect your fearful feelings of the possibility of having to “embrace another pregnancy”.
    The little, orange wax ball could be a symbol for your intense emotions that you may have contained for a while and that you are now allowing to surface and the thoughts about a possible pregnancy “move you”.
    So this dream does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant again, nor does it exclude the possibility; the only way to certainty is to take a pregnancy test.
    Being pregnant in a dream may also mean that a new area of your potential or personality developing; a deepening relationship with your potential is producing a new area of experience, talent or facet of your personality. It is still unexpressed but is developing; a new scheme or creative idea ‘hatching’.
    This can point to the development of a new approach to life, a new project you are creating, a new outlet of expression, or new faculty.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/pregnancy-childbirth/childbirth-as-initiation-2/
    Anna :-)


-Melissa 2016-05-26 18:20:01

I had a dream last night that my mother (driver), myself, my daughter, and my grandmother (deceased) were driving in a car on a road. We had stopped and loaded the trunk up with rocks so the car was extremely heavy, as we were driving on we hit a huge hill and my mom lost control of the car and we went into a pile of very soft snow to stop us. Then as we drove along further we came upon a car that was driving super slow, then turned, and right after the car turned the road went straight down in at a 90 degree angle, went for about a 100 feet and straight back up at a 90 degree angle. The thing is that the drop came upon us so suddenly that we just dropped and I jolted awake.

I’ve been looking into meanings and am having a hard time finding anything. That’s why I’m here looking at holes- is that a hole in the road?


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-05-30 8:45:22

    Dear Melissa – Your dream may reflect how your inner mother deals with her inner world of feelings; ways she may have learned consciously or unconsciously from her mother and that she passed on to you; the same way you may pass it on to your daughter; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-conjuring-trick/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/emotions-and-mood-in-dreams/
    Many people do not realise that they have an inner mother equally as powerful as an external mother. You have taken in millions of bit of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by loving and living with your mother, and they are a major influence in your early life, and in a few cases the child never becomes independent from its mother at any age.
    The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner mother can appear in dreams because you are still deeply influenced by what you hold within you. The inner mother can also signify what has been received via genes passed on or ancestral influences.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/the-driving-seat/
    What does your dream figure feel when the car trunk is loaded up with rocks; when her mother loses control; when the snow stops her; when “the other car” is driving super slow; when it turns around; when she goes straight down and straight back up again?
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    What I see reflected in your dream is being unfeeling, losing control of your feelings and because of that freezing your feelings, slowing down and ending up in a roller coaster of feelings.
    Do you recognize where they occur in your waking life?
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/self-observation/
    Anna :-)


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