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Ability to ‘swim’ with skill –  to meet the ever changing moods and feelings of water without ‘drowning’ – i.e. to meet the changing, the currents and falls of life without ‘drowning’.  It also indicate skill in seeing what is under the surface of your everyday life and mind, and the ability to draw nourishment out of the hidden depths of your mind and spirit. Ancient cultures saw the otter as a clean holy creature. In early Britain the otter was seen as a holy animal, with the ability to transfer from the land to underwater. This meant the ability to dive into the world after death, so a knower of the mysteries.

The otter is also an extremely playful creature and may be shown in your dream as your natural good spirits and playfulness.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Are you looking within for answers or strength – if so what is your dream otter showing of this?

Does your dream show the otter swimming well or badly – and how does that reflect on your life skills?

What is your dream otter doing and what does that suggest?

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-paul 2016-10-07 19:07:38

i dreamed last night of a salmon in a river and i shot it with a bow and arrow then an otter came and devoured the fish screaming as it did so


    -Tony Crisp 2016-10-09 11:40:21

    Paul – I take it was the fish that screamed, not the otter? It wasn’t clear.

    To understanding your dreams, you need to realise that the images in our dreams are just emotions, thoughts, fears. traumas, ideas and feeling projecting out of you and appearing as images, people or scenes outside you on the screen of your mind. So killing a fish in a dream is killing a living part of you – no wonder it screamed. Of course people mix up the rules that apply to waking life to their dreams also – a terrible mistake.

    It might work to imagine a different action in your dream while awake, see http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/



-cherie 2016-10-11 18:00:21

I had a dream of a otter stuck in a high walled fire pit, i watched this huge otter get free and run across a field and join her mate. I went back into the house in my dream and when i came back out the whole area was flooded up the the balcony of this house. it was a nice warm day so people and myself were swimming in the flood water. I looked further down the area and i saw the otter again and she was with two babies and swimming gracefully through the water just enjoying themselves. the water was dirty and the day was nice and clear, she seemed to have noticed me but was not scared of me and just kept swimming.


-cherie 2016-10-11 18:01:41

sorry typo the was not dirty*


-Sheena 2016-10-26 16:15:52

I had a dream last night that I was on an island in a beautiful house and surrounded by forestry and nature. I went walking in woods and made eye contact with a brown bear and he nodded his head and walked off. I jumped off a cliff into the most beautiful enchanted waters I have ever seen and felt liberated. I also swam in the house pool with a playful raccoon and otter. This dream was comforting and exciting but what does it mean?


-Jam 2016-11-17 13:19:02

I dreamed of being in a place where I could shop lots of clothes. In between the shops, there were mini pools that I had to cross to the other shop. The first pool was filled with swimming otters/beavers and they were trying to attack me. I dodge them and was able to get to the next store. On the next store they offered card reading. I accidentally turned all the cards so that the symbols were seen. The last two cards were covered. Then there was this card that meant death. The card reader told her assistant that it was my card. I was so busy trying to get to the other shops and buy really stylish clothes but my mind was still on the card reading. Then I woke up.


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