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Fierceness; temper; anger; In Christian symbolism it represented power to protect against evil. See: leopard.

Useful questions are:

What attitude or feelings is my dream panther expressing, and how does that relate to me?

If I imagine myself as the panther, do I feel anger, power or fear? (For help doing this see Stand in Role under peer dream work.)

Is it a male or female panther and what does that lead me to feel or associate with it?

What is my relationship with the panther and what does that suggest?



-Rick 2012-03-08 0:46:05

I had a series of three dreams the first and second one a HUGE Black panther stalked me menaceingly always hideing behind some bushes or my house before attacking me. I am always the only one who notices it before it attacks. In the Third I threw a ball and went into the bushes to get it back. I found the panthers lair along with its dismembered carcasses and excrement suddenly the panther was rignt next to me and it licked my face and i suddenly felt safe.
I am 16 years old and i have not had anyother dreams this whole month. I am a male and i think the panther was a male as well. The dreams came one night after the other.


    -Tony Crisp 2012-03-08 9:23:22

    Rick – Well, you are the lucky one to discover that the HUGE panther is okay to face. It takes some people a life time to realise that the animals in their dreams are actually their own moods and feelings projected outwards.

    So your lovely black panther is your own ability to feel anger and fight back. It is the ability to respond quickly and fiercely if someone comes at you. Some people are paralysed when that happens or something unexpected occurs. Anger is a natural feeling that has had a very bad press, and is put down in many families. Try imagining yourself inside the body of the panther and see how it feels.

    It is a strength when you need it and is also a loving strength, protective and caring. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/dream-yoga/ to see what you can gain from your dream strength.



-Susy 2012-04-23 17:24:49

I am trying to investigate regarding the dream I had Saturday morning. It involved a Mountain Lion in my back yard slowling stalking it’s way up my back patio steps towards me. It did not pounce, just froze staring at me from the other side of the sliding door as I closed it.

Any thoughts?


-shannon 2012-06-01 6:22:41

I have always had very, very vivid dreams that I remember in great detail for years afterwards. I also frequesntly go back into my dreams, sometimes frequently at first and then not again for 15 years. Lately I’ve been dreaming about animals, mostly panthers but others as well. A couple years ago I dreamed about a house with lions and panthers and maybe tigers (some babies) living in planter boxes in the yard, under water. I wasn’t worried about them at all, and I didn’t feel sorry for them, they were just there. My most vivid dream recently is that I have a pet panther who routinely goes out at night to, well, be a panther, but the morning in my dream he hadn’t come back yet. I wasn’t worried that he’d been hurt or run away, but rather that he didn’t know how to get back. I was conflicted that morning (in my dream) because my preschool-aged son (my actual son is 12) had a performance at school (school in the dream was a Disney-type hall) and I couldn’t leave to go look for my panther. I’ve dreamed about panthers several times since then, never in a threatening way. The other night I dreamed about caring for rescued baby horses that were the size of tiny puppies and just as soft, and in that dream I also a monkey that was mine, not rescued, and as soft as silk.

I don’t think my animal dreams are related to fear. What do you think?


    -Tony Crisp 2012-06-04 9:42:51

    Shannon – You are quite special person to dream so caringly about the animals we all are. I often say that we, our personality, is just a face on a long line of beautiful animals. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/ – it explains the animals built into our body.

    The planter box dream is about your growing awareness of what is explain above in the link. It is still taking place in your unconscious – under water – yet you are able to see clearly what is happening. A rare gift.

    I think you should introduce your view of the animals to you son – obviously your dream son – as this will bring a wonderful connection between your animal awareness and your growing ability in the world. I have had snatches of the awareness such connection brings, and it is a wonderful thing. Most people are so cut off form the animal inside them – in fact frightened of it – that they are only half a person.



-lynn 2012-06-18 22:20:08

I had a dream that me, my little sister and people I didn’t know were running away from an escaped panther, who was attacking people. The minute I saw it me and my sister hid in a gutter which happend to be really deep to hide, but I left my sister there because I would get the panthers attention, then I was high in the sky on a tall street light? I kept slipping, until someone brought us down once the panther was caught.. Does this mean anything??


-Tawnya 2012-08-17 17:16:49

I had a dream last night where a black panther had crept in a little hole in a room and killed a few people. Shortly after I locked myself in the room and waited patiently for it to come. The black panther was working on a way to get my passport to travel to mexico?… weird.. anyway when the black panther came I stood strong and waited to make the right move to kill him. Right when I was going to jump down a lion appeared and attacked the black panther. I then jumped down and finished him off with a sword. There lied my passport and papers to go to Mexico. When I got to San Diego I was lost and found some Hispanic people that had a plane and ended up flying my two year old son and I to Mexico and dropping us at this round building that was quite fancy filled with beautiful restaurants and very rich people (Only English speaking white people) I thought this was weird because I was in Mexico after all. They dropped my two year old off on one part of the building and me in the other and I was running around frantically around this building looking for him, thinking they may have dropped him out of the plane and were lying to me. What does this mean???? CRAZY


-Nadine 2013-10-16 18:40:15

I keep having dreams, diferent scenarios but what happens is always the same things. Someone tries to hurt me or this guy who I don’t know but I know that I love and I must protect him. When that happens I shift into a panther and I kill those who try to hurt us. In my dreams I always go for the throat first and my claws dig deep into the chest of the target.

Any opinion?


-Michelle S. 2014-01-12 23:11:58

I dreamt I was befriended by a massive Bengal tiger and while I was originally afraid of the huge creature I realized it was helping me allude a black panther that was chasing me . The dream was so vivid that I truly felt the fear of being stalked and chased by a huge black panther. The Bengal tiger also spoke to me but I couldn’t understand his words. What does this mean ??


-Amy 2014-02-24 6:55:03

I dreamed of black panthers…many of them…circling and attacking me, but I was not badly hurt. At one point, I was on a pile of boxes-like in a warehouse-and I was throwing boxes down on the panthers. At another point, I was simply walking with them and they were mouthing my hands, but not harming me. I was, at times, alternately fearful and calm. When I woke, I had finally found people to help me. I told them I was going to faint & they noticed a large puncture wound in the center of my right palm. I felt very anxious when I woke and wrote down some notes-then started looking for a way to interpret this dream…any insights would be appreciated. Thank you!


    -Tony Crisp 2014-02-24 9:06:31

    Amy – The images we experience in dreams are all exactly like the holographic images you often see in films – they look real and induce real feelings in you, but they cannot hurt you, and have no physical reality. What a dream and its images do is to mirror your own inner world, as you can see from your switching to feeling okay and frightened. You woke very anxious, and the puncture marks could have been caused by clenching your hand as one does in fear and anxiety, then you can draw blood with your finger nails.

    The animal in ones dream represent and are images we create to express our emotions. In your case a conflict between accepting your animal instinctive urges and then feeling frightened of them. This can easily be shown in a dream as being overcome or attacked by your own anger or other instinctive reactions. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing



-Nikki 2014-03-12 10:42:56

Over the past week or so I have had 2 vivid dreams about a black panther. In the first it growled at me and I was sure that it would get me but then another panther came up before me. The first panther was distracted by the second and they began to fight. I was able to sneak away unnoticed. In the second dream I was at home and the pantherwas Iin my back yard. My back door wouldn’t lock and although the panther hadn’t realised it yet I knew I would have no hope if it did. In both dreams I am powerless, completely a victim to the panther if it chooses. The panther is powerful. It is not hunting me but I feel like once I am noticed it will and I will have no hope!


-Lori 2014-04-21 14:29:01

I recently had a dream where I was entering a church rectory looking for the priest. I was accompanied by my father (whom passed away 5 years ago) and my pet black panther. I was worried about letting the panter loose in the rectory so I was searching for a leash, which crazy enough there happened to be a red leash hanging on the wall which I asked for my Dad to hand it to me, telling him that it was mine. My panther wanted to search and I was afraid that possibly there might be another animal and I didn’t want it to hurt anything so I preceded to put it the leash and walk with it. There was an open door to the basement and I went to look. At some point in the basement I found a white snow leopard cub with beautiful blue eyes. We walked back upstairs. At this point, I carried the cub, my Dad disappeared and my panther preceded to go into a living room where he sat on the arm of a large sofa. I walked into a room, maybe a sitting room and the priest came into the room, I had startled him. He was carrying a large red book to his chest. He told he had been doing laundry (?) and we sat together on the floor where he opened the book and we began to talk. We were discussing a union between a man and a woman but she was pregnant. Then he told me I could join him. I kept asking him what, what? I seemed puzzled or distracted. Then all of a sudden the priest turned into a woman.

I have had at least two more odd dreams concerning the church. But I was curious about the meaning of the black panther as my pet and the white snow leopard cub. Thank you for any insight you can offer.


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