Some people associate impulsive unreasoned urges such as self centred grabbing of food or sexual expression without concern for the other person; mischievousness; mimicry folly or foolishness or feeling an idiot to monkeys. But monkeys can also be instinctive or intuitive wisdom about relationships, social interactions and life. The Egyptian god Thoth as the baboon is a symbol of arbitration, and is also active in resurrection and giving of life and wisdom. He was the power that judges the balance of your life after death.

So the baboon can represent a world of experience human beings have lost and feel sorrow at its absence. Many humans have also lost the wonderful directness and ability to express their wide range of responses to life and people. In developing self consciousness, with its labyrinth of ideas and decisions, humans lost a sense of oneness with life around them. Baboons act so directly and apparently without conscience that it frightens many humans.

Animals have enormous remembered wisdom; remembered through instincts and complex social codes. Without it humans can feel alone in the world, a meaningless existence in the midst of uncaring circumstance. See Animals

Useful Questions and Hints:

What to I feel about the baboon in my dream?

What influence does it have if any?

Does it frighten me or are I at peace with it?

Try standing in the role of the baboon by using Stand in role; also Processing Dreams.


-Shanequia B. 2017-11-30 2:00:17

I had a dream that I was underwater but I was able to breath. Something from down below was trying to pull me in deeper in the water. I was in pain as it was stinging me holding onto my ankle. I was trying to pull myself away by grabbing onto what seem like the side of an underwater squared pyramid, that’s when the creature let go. I climbed up the pyramid out of the water to the top, where I am met by a crocodiles on the squared off roof of the pyramid. I was afraid but they didn’t do anything the moved out of the way and a beautiful emerald green baboon, when he moved you could see hints of what seem like a metallic rainbow colors reflecting off of his fur. He took my hand and caressed it, at that point I felt safe. He even blew on my hand which was bruised.

I really can’t make out what it means. Why was the baboon emerald green?

    -Tony Crisp 2017-12-04 14:25:02

    Shanequia – Do you realise that you are a dual person, but most of us are often are completely unaware of this duality. For instance we are all a duality of female and male, but our body polarises as just one sex. See

    Also we have the duality of conscious life and unconscious life, but most of us never really experience the duality. But your dream took you under the surface of your waking awareness, into the unconscious. The following example explains a little of what it is like to be aware in the other part of self

    Example: I was experiencing a strong feeling of being connected with all things. I had a deep sense of being part of everything, and of everything being a part of me. It was very real and I had a spontaneous image of standing in a great garden, an immense place of creation and unity – the Garden of Eden feeling. As this happened I had an insight that most of the people in the world do not have, and perhaps do not want to be a part of this unity. This thought, in the way it was experienced was completely new to me. I couldn’t understand why anyone would not want to experience this wonder and communion. I knew I was at the wedding feast, the celebration of life or creation. It was a wonderful feeling to be a part of this mystery.

    You were invited to go deeper, but you fought against it. Maybe because the human personality – the You that you call yourself, with a name, is only a tiny thing. It is moved and tossed around by all manner of drives, ambitions, emotions. As we begin to meet the Hugeness that we are we often react to it with fear or panic. So we dream or being attacked by aliens, trying to escape or frightening creatures. If we realise that they are things we have created with fear we will pass on.

    You crawled up a pyramid, which in dreams represents in the square base the physical stability, while its triangular sides symbolise the material connections with creative processes, or the hidden side of life.

    At the top you met crocodiles which in dreams represent the life that can go to the very depths of one mind, for most of us cannot go under the surface of our mind. They were not there to harm you, but to remind that you had the ability to explore.

    The emerald green baboon is the mammal side of the great heritage we all have. We are a human face on a long line of beautiful animals. In fact “You ride an ancient beast.” The ancient beast is your body, and your conscious self is the modern and recent rider of it. And this body still carries within it all its ancient history, for during the months of uterine life you went through the whole process of evolution in a condensed form. From a single celled creature you developed into a multi celled being, then on from that into a fish like creature with gills, then a creature that could move and have focused feelings and responses to experience. See

    The green represents the power of growth, our animal self has the inherited wisdom about survival and relationships, parenting and finding a mate. There is a lot to learn from it, and it is a wonderful resource. See and

-Noctis 2017-01-23 14:47:52

I had a strange dream (which I have had several times over the years) where my old workplace (pork slaughter and distribution) became grounds of an intense massacre. The company management disappeared and gunfire erupted through a peaceful serenity. I was among other stragglers trying to escape the building through narrow confined corridors, being attacked with knives by a man that was previously understood to be one of the people trying to escape. I was pierced in the flesh of my leg and in the skin at the back of my skull and my managed to brutally kill the man, saving myself and others. As we made our way outside, there were 2 or 3 virtually parallel streets leading to a large steel gate, but every time i came near the end of one, a large military car with turrets shot at me, forcing me back. I finally escaped through a hole in a nearby chain link fence. I found myself in what looked like a jungle wasteland/ african plains, which looked like the remnants of an ancient highway. I stayed in the shadows of trees and the ruins of highways divide walls to avoid detection, unaware if whether I was being followed. As the sun set, and the shadows grew, I moved swiftly until i reached a glowing pond filled with fish and other aquatic animals. These animals appeared as silhouettes that were filled with the likeness of a star-filled night. As I looked up from the pond I saw an alligator shadow. The last thing I remember was feeling a terrifying darkness overcome me and a tribal masculine voice murmered, “We, of the Baboon.”

    -Noctis 2017-01-23 16:27:22

    it should be noted that the large steel gate defended by the militants was sealed shut

    -Tony Crisp 2017-01-24 11:17:20

    Hi – I am going to halt from answering your posts – the reason is that in so many of your post I give the same information to. That is because most posts do not realise the difference between dreaming and waking life. It makes a great difference.

    So, most of what I put in answers is my attempt at explaining what dreams are really about. It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – it would help me, and hopefully you too.


    All the images, people, animals, places we see in our dreams, are simply your own feelings, fears, hopes and wonder projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind as images. So, it makes sense to take the image of your dream person, thing or animal back into you and own it. In that way, you are meeting and dealing with the things about yourself you are not owning or conscious of. That is why dreams are often difficult to understand, because we are hiding things from ourselves. To do this you can use Being the Person or Thing

    Nearly always when people dream about someone they know or a strange new person or situation they automatically believe the dream is about that person, situation, or animal. But when we think of our friend or partner our thoughts are not them – just our thoughts and feelings about them.

    So, dream images are ways of communicating via our associations not actual things or people. In the world of dreams our most intimate fears and longings are given an exterior life of their own in the form of the people, objects, and places of our dream.

    Therefore, our sexual drive may be shown as a person and how we relate to them; or given shape and colour as an object; or given mood as a scene, something that haunts our memory is shown as a ghost or demon. Our feeling of ambition might thus be portrayed as a business person in our dream – our changing emotions as the sea or a river; while the present relationship we have with our ambition or emotions is expressed in the events or plot of the dream. Even dreams of God or angels are in a sense a meeting with your own higher mental abilities.

    So this amazing dream shows the enormous internal conflict you have been involved in. The ancient highway – It is a way or inner direction or discipline many people have taken through millennia – a great path to enlightened. Look up on this site – Enlightenment; A Modern Approach – Enlightenment

-Ben 2016-11-23 9:02:58

I had a simal dream but in the dream i had a mantion and there were nabors, i was watching my yunger brothers in it. We had to stay there for the weekend. Everything was fin til the lights didnt work them upstairs we heard the door slam shut and we saw a big hand do it. i told them we should go to our other house. (We dont really have any of this) but anyway we started walking to the car when we looked through the window up stars and saw two baboons in it. I said not mess with them cuz they can be dangerous if not trained or threatened. Then they jumped off the roof and we saw a whole bunch of them and they started running at us. I said run to the car i could feel they wanted to harm us, we almost got to the car when my middle brother gets pulled in to the group of baboons. Me trying not to act on instinct cuz there were so many of them, tryed to put the keys in the car to hopefully scare them off with the car to get um off, but then my little brother being brave jumped at one of them and they started beating him to at this point i past fear and was in raged that they were beating my little brothers i felt i could take them all and as i was about to rezolve this i thought get the car i cant risk it right as the car started the car the dream i felt peace loke ot was gunna work the dream ended and i woke up sweaty and a little freaked out what dose this mean? By the way i hate baboons now lol im a 21 male guy never really scared of much

    -Ben 2016-11-23 9:07:06

    Also i forgot to mentin this music box started playing befor we left and the door slamed shut upstairs on its own or by the baboons ot was kinda creepy not gunna lie

-Corina 2016-09-08 17:08:43

I had a dream that I was sleeping in my basement and that a baboon was holding me down by placing it’s hand on my chest and I could not move and could barely call for help and I kept trying to call for help and the baboon kept pushing me back down and my boyfriend had eventually came to check on me and helped me upstairs. Then in the same dream, we went upstairs and my mom was watching a video of my grandmother where back in the day she was bitten by a baboon on her head and my mom said that it haunted my grandmother always, (my grandmother passed away 20 years ago from Polycystic kidney disease which is hereditary and my mom now is in stage 5 just found out a month ago and I am stage 1, currently). I then said to my mom in my dream still, I just had a baboon downstairs and was not sure if was a dream or a ghost holding me down last night, what does this mean. She said she hopes that’s not bad for me and that she hopes he will not haunt me too. Towards the end and I can’t really remember but I kinda remember my boyfriend said what happened to your neck and then we looked at the back of my neck and my mom said it looked like the baboon bite that my grandmother had in the video. I don’t understand what this was all about and I felt like I should look it up and I found other people also have baboon dreams and thought maybe you could provide some insight on my dream to calm my nerves. Thanks!

    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-09 8:24:35

    Corina – All the things in your dream are taking place in your dream world, a very different world than your waking world. Dreams show what is happening in your mind and emotions – not often your body – in very graphic drama.

    Some things you need to remember about this dream world – Whenever we dream its images are not like real life, because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear; so all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    It is also important to realise that every image, every scary or terrifying thing, is taken place inside you, in your mind, as you sleep. This means that every awful animal, every scary thing or person, is created out of your own fears and must not be seen as outside you as happens in waking awareness. The problem is that we are often scared of or frightened of actually experiencing our emotions and so they confront us in our dreams. Avoiding them or controlling them is like running away from oneself – there is no escape.

    So you have a very real fear carried over from your grandmother’s illness that is genetic. But our genes change in ever new generation, because of the genetic material from the father. Also, we can develop real illnesses from such fears. See Please see it through to the end.

    The baboon is created out of the fear and information you were told about another DREAM. It is all part of the fears your family suffers from.

    To deal with it imagine confronting the baboon which is a way of confronting your fears. And maybe you can BE the baboon in your imagination. See

    Go for it!


-Elexis 2015-07-10 19:38:47

I’ve had two dreams that had baboons in them. The first one they were chasing me around what seems like a zoo and I was trying to run from them but I ran into a swamp and almost drown and I can’t exactly remember all the details I just remember that they were chasing me, my best friend who recently passed was also there and every time I ran by him he was telling me that he won an award, I don’t know if that’s significant to anything. And then the one that I just recently had I was shopping with my aunt and my mother and for some reason it was in the middle of a zoo again and we went into the monkey exhibit, I guess, and the baboons came out and were getting angry at us. They never attack or hurt me they just scare me. what could this mean?

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-07-19 10:07:32

    Dear Elexis – Anything moving toward you in a dream usually signifies that you are becoming more aware of it, feeling it more intensely. So being chased in a dream usually denotes that you are feeling something you fear more intensely and are trying to avoid confronting it. This is not usually a good policy, as you can never get away from yourself.
    You can be pursued by fears or emotions, and can either continue to avoid them or face them. You are, in a real sense, pursued by what you have created with your thoughts, emotions, action and inaction. What you are avoiding might be sexual feelings; responsibility; expressing what you really feel in public; your fear of death; sense of failure; guilt; emotional pain; childhood trauma; grief – but it might be your creativity; your love; your passionate response to living; your deepest wisdom and oneness with things; the ancient power of life in you.
    You can never escape from yourself however much you try, so such feelings may pursue you throughout your life unless you turn and meet them.
    Also I believe that if you stop running from “your baboons”, you will be able to listen what your best friend has to say, for winning an award I see as having gained a much wider view of Life.
    You can meet your baboons and your friend using Power Dreaming.
    Good Luck!
    Anna 🙂

-mpila nelwamondo 2015-05-19 6:37:02

I was very worried when i see baboons swinging on the electrical line,i was very amazed that the power will kill them.In our tradition people used baboons as taboo.they were about 10 baboons

-Motho 2015-04-01 6:14:19

I dreamed of a man with a pick attacking a baboon on a very large tree. The baboon turned into a human being (a man). There was a lot of people watching and the man (baboon) pointed at me and said “actually I want you”. I prayed and called the name of the Almighty God. We fought and eventually I won the fight.

-Erica 2014-11-24 17:32:22

Had a dream a baboon followed me around for a while I was scared but when we got close he jumped on my shoulder and started licking my face immediately no fears just love. I left to get for a sec don’t remember why but on my way back I saw a few more exotic animals specifically a lion which was the scariest I ran on a building but when I looked down he already was preying on an animal I was so scared it was my baboon but it wasn’t it was a cheetah it was eating. I don’t know why I just woke up with this urge to find the meaning of my dream.

-Becky 2014-09-20 18:26:38

I had a dream last night that I walked up to a baboon with a person n we stayed a good distance away while the baboon tore down trees and ripped vines from the top of trees but as we were going to leave (we walked in a complete circle) the baboon slowly started to walk towards us. It got faster and I started to run n the guy I was with ran to the left but the baboon followed me. Then chased me, took one big leap.. Was over top of me and then I woke up.. What could this mean?

-Kaiisha 2014-09-16 3:35:26

I had a dream a couple nights ago that i was walking up a familiar street that has a incline with someone i somewhat have feelings for. The street was quiet and desolate and everything appeared quite bluish (right after dusk?). But he gave me a baby baboon and i held it but told him i cant take it because im not ready for the commitment because i have no space or way to care for it. But he insisted and I persisted as well, i still had the baby baboon in my hand the whole time. What does this mean?

    -Tony Crisp 2014-09-21 11:46:53

    Kaiisha – You are persisting in a direction that takes a little effort. The man may not represent your relationship with him but something he has put in you hands to deal with. You seem to have feelings for others needs, and even though you are unprepared for what has been handed you are willing to face or do what it needed.

    Most people are often totally unaware of the experience they take in and how it interacts with them when we love or live with someone. In other words 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. 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 someone and they are what makes you the person you are. Your dreams tend to put all that in the image of the past person when you are dealing with the influences left in you from the relationship.

    But you have been handed a baby and an animal. This could relate to you or the person in your dream. Also few of us realise we have a reptilian and mammalian brain built into us and underlying our human brain, nevertheless we do. The reptilian brain is what give us the fight or flight response, the territorial response that causes so much conflict in some countries, and it is also behind our sexual response. See

    Those responses were not learned in this lifetime, but are there nevertheless, even though we cannot remember them or even talk about them unless we have learnt about them in some way. This suggests we have part of us we call ‘me’ our personality, which only has partial memory, and also an instinctive part of us which we often call the unconscious which has an immense but unconscious memory.

    But most of us have not recognised these animal drives in us, let alone integrated them. Then there are the countless millions who are possessed by their animal instinct to eat and are tremendously overweight, who fight and have sex without care.

    So bring up a baby animal suggest you may meet some of these impulses, although you are doing very well already because you are not frightened or in conflict with the baboon. See –


-sol 2014-06-07 14:59:59

I had a rather long dream, ended up on a hilltop, lush, it was flooded though so I was stranded on the hill. A group of baboons were walking in one direction, I was like ‘keep walking’, but suddenly, the leader looked at me, and walked up to me, i was like ‘dammit’, when it reached me, i instantly killed it with a knife up the throat. I don’t know what this dream means. Any ideas?

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