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Although the wolf can depict a feeling that ‘things’ are out to get us, the wolf in our dream often depicts just our fear. Fear is one of our instinctive reactions to situations, so is shown by an animal. We may find ourselves a prisoner of such feelings, as Anna in the example below. The wolf, as is suggested by such fairy stories as Red Riding Hood, also represents the female fear of powerful male sexuality; repressed sexuality or anger; emotions and drives frighten you.

But the wolf also appears in our dreams as a master of life in the wild. It is a group animal and has tremendous loyalty and protectiveness to its family and group. As such it can depict your intuitive understanding of life on earth, the seasons of life and death, and the deep wisdom of group relations. In some dreams the wolf is a protective companion on your life journey – what is the past has been called a spirit guide or totem animal. This sort of wisdom tells us that aggressive urges are natural to us, but sometimes they can turn back on ourselves and injure our wellbeing. You might then even dream of killing the wolf or animal in you. But love can resurrect that vital animal life and consciousness within you and the world. The following dream and commentary illustrates this.

I dreamt two great wolf like dogs were on a headland. They had to be killed for some reason. I shot them. They seemed to take a long time to die and I felt compassion for them. Now horses seemed to be lying with them. The death struggles became the horses – mares – struggles to give birth. I saw the vagina parted to show a head. Birth would follow. Nathan.

Nathan explored his dream and had the following intuitive response to it as if someone was explaining it to him:

“When you were trying to murder the lower animal forces in yourself they would not die, they only thresh about, trying to survive. Try bringing of life to them. The bringing of love is represented by your desire not to have them suffer. Great love turns the destructiveness of the lower forces into creativeness. The gun was the destructiveness of the fears and angers in you turned against yourself. The love redeemed this power, directing it in a new way. Love enables new life to emerge. The new life promises strength where there was only fear. When you love yourself, you lift parts of your being into new life.”

EXAMPLE: “I was in a caravan in the middle of a field and in this field was a large black wolf. Every time I tried to run from the caravan to the edge of the field, the wolf chased me back, so I was a prisoner in the caravan. It all sounds so simple now, but at the time I was truly terrified.” Anna S.

This next example from Oliver, a boy of six, illustrates how such fears can be met with a little courage. It is a dream which recurred several times, so his description is of a series of dreams.

EXAMPLE: “I am in my bed in my own room and I hear what I know to be a wolf wearing the sort of clogs worn in Lancashire. When the wolf gets to a certain point, there is a bang, and I wake terrified. My Mother’s reassurances do not help. Each night he gets a bit nearer before my panicky awakening. The night came when I know he will reach me. Sure enough he arrives, and the bedroom door – in my dream – is flung wide open with a tremendous bang. There is no one there. I never dreamt it again.”

When something gets nearer to us in a dream, it means that it is moving nearer to consciousness. So Oliver’s wolf – or at least, what it represents, namely his response to his childhood fears – is becoming ever more conscious. This means he is facing his fear and thereby dealing with it. If he had run away or fought to keep the door closed, then it would have gone on haunting him.

The wolf can also be a protective and life-giving symbol as in the following dream. In the dream Cathy is demonstrating a loving and unified relationship with her natural or instinctive feelings.

Example: I dreamt about a white wolf. I know you won’t believe this but I actually feel like I touched its fur in my dreams. I was protecting it and it was protecting me, and it was so real I woke up looking on the floor next to my bed to see if it was there. Cathy

IDIOMS: Wolf at the door; wolf in sheep’s clothing; cry wolf; throw to the wolves; a wolf – meaning a man who lusts after women and pursues them like a predator.

Useful questions are:

Am I still dealing with anxiety with my dream wolf – if so how can I change this?

Do I relate to the wolf as an ally or an enemy?

Is my dream wolf showing a negative relationship with my fears and aggression?

Are you accepting the wolf as a protector and giver of wisdom?



-Bella 2013-04-26 16:26:17

I had a dream the other night.. it was one of a string of dreams, but this one stood out the most. I dreamt it was the middle of winter, and I was out taking a walk in one of the richer neighborhoods in my town.. It was very early in the morning, maybe 4-6am. It was still dark, possibly brinking on sunrise. I was walking on this bath between houses when these dark shapes ran past from behind me, first one and then the other. I got the weeling they were wolves, from their size and shape and speed. I hurried down the path and this lady came out of her house, asking if I was okay, as if she thought I was a run-away teen. I said I was okay, that my mom knew where I was and besides, I’m 20.
I get the feeling this has to do with the fact that I’m considering moving out and away from home in 6 months and my mom doesn’t want me to leave, but I’m not sure exactly what it’s trying to say.. Any thoughts?


-candi 2013-10-09 13:27:25

what does it mean if you dream of a white wolf save you in the woods & at your home


-Annie 2013-10-20 23:52:22

Had a wolf dream last night. I was walking at the edge of a very green forest and I had found a very young gray wolf pup and was holding it in my arms to keep him safe. The wolf was very docile and did not fight back. Then I put it on the ground for a moment and a squirrel came running out of the bushes and attacked the wolf pup. The squirrel was going to the pup’s neck. I picked it up and the squirrel ran away. The pup did not try to defend himself but allowed the squirrel to attack him. I tried to put the pup down again and as soon as I tried to lower it to the ground, the squirrel was after him again. I picked it back up and the squirrel ran away again but it was watching and waiting for an opportunity to attack. What does it mean?


-Lori 2013-11-02 2:18:58

Last night I fell asleep around midnight… In my dream there were 2 wolves. The first wolf that appeared was dark grey and it was trying to attack me, but I was able to fight it back and scare it away. The second appeared just as the other was backing away, but it didn’t advance. I would have to say it was black with red eyes looking right at me. I woke up almost immediately, but I could still see the image of the wolf in the darkness. *What is this dream saying?*


-Teena 2013-11-29 9:16:07

I just had a dreams about white wolves. I remember i was inside a house and it was at night. There were woods around the house and i got a feeling to look out the window and i could see their eyes in the dark. The next thing i know they are in the house and i try to put them out. I closed 2 double doors and locked them but they were still trying to get in. They didnt seem agressive but i was still afraid. The last thing i remember was a wolf jumping on my back as i was laying in bed but it didnt attack me. I actually felt its weight and paw on my back, it was like it was really happening then i woke up. ….does anyone know what this might mean?


    -Tony Crisp 2013-12-05 9:04:38

    Teena – Considering the very short time that humans have lived on the Earth, and that we evolved from a long line of animals, a large part of your nature is still very much an animal. In fact we are all like a rider of a very ancient beast – our body – and we need to treat it right and not be afraid. See – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#reptilebrain and read on to the next bit.

    The white wolves are the beautiful animal instincts that you have within you. You are ready to meet this side of you, a wonderful strength that can protect and care for you. It enters your house/you and so do not be afraid, but welcome them. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing



-joe 2014-01-23 5:35:18

My dream had two brown bears and three wolves
The brown bears were coming at us in a curious way , but it was scary. As they got near I yelled at them to leave us alone then I scared them off and all of a sudden there was 3 wolves by my side and they were like my pets, I let them out just to make sure the bears were gone … thats the dream


-frank 2014-03-06 0:20:26

Had a wolf dream where I could only see a shadowy front image through the trees. Next time I saw a clear front view. My last dream the wolf was black and walking along the edge of the woods. I got my wife to show her the wolf. Each time I would get nervous and go in the house. The wolf has shown no aggressiveness


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