Very often it links with a feeling of being hurt or injured and of losing energy or the strength that enlivens you. But blood can represent pain, but also passions, deep feelings. It can refer to things that are deeply felt. We have passionate involvement with things. There are certain things that enter into us and cut us deeply. In some relationships we are opened up and we bleed even if the relationship is largely joyful, there still may be deeply felt and painful feelings in it.

Blood can also mean fertility as when it is connected with menstruation. It can be a painful cleansing and difficult period of releasing the old. The old dies away and leaves space for the new to grow. But blood give life and feeling to every partof our body. The inner meanning is that the Power of Life flows through every living creaure giving it/us consciousness.

In a more general sense blood can indicate one’s energy and sense of existence. In common language we link it with our family through feelings of connection or bonding, inherited tendencies – what we now call genes. It therefore includes inherited strengths and weaknesses of character. We say of such things – its in my blood.

Blood is often used as a symbol of universal life or power in ones life, therefore connection with humanity. Through this it depicts the universal pain or struggle met in human life, along with the possibility of injury and death. In ancient times blood was used as the first ritual sacrament. Later this was symbolised by red wine or red ochre. It was noticed that at times of great change, such as birth or death, blood often preceded the change. Blood was seen as the carrier of the spirit of life and character that lived in a person or animal. If we think of what genes now are known to carry, the untold generations of human life, with all its pain, tragedy and wonder, then blood was seen as carrying this collective human experience.

Blood is sometimes felt as a link with the unconscious forces and sub-personalities within. It is a doorway to the subtle world of the unconscious. This connection is perhaps obvious in that for thousands of years, the blood was seen as the substance that carried in it the mystery of inheritance of physical and psychological features. What we now call genes was represented by the blood, and this is still true in some dreams. The blood in a dream can be the doorway through which you touch your racial and family past. The blood brings to life within you the past lives of those who gave you your body. In quite a real sense they live within you as a great group of people, or influences that need to be integrated for you to become a true individual.

When we see blood on the earth or on someone’s clothes, it suggests great injury or death. Blood on the earth therefore marked the spot of either a great battle, a death or a deep wounding. As such it was a marker, a memorial or sign of the act. So this aspect of blood in our dreams must be remembered.

In cultures such as the Macedonian, where symbols were often thought of in terms of good or bad luck, light blood represented good news, dark blood bad news.

For women there is obviously a strong link between bleeding and menstruation. Therefore in women’s dreams involving blood, the blood may depict whatever feelings, pleasure, difficulties are associated with menstruation and the power of female fertility for the dreamer. But you need to look to the theme and drama of the dream to see if this is a correct connection.

Bleeding: Most often relates to emotional or psychological hurt, but can also depict physical injury, or presentiment of it. Emotional hurt could mean hurtful remarks, for instance being told we are not loved – these can sap our motive to live and may be depicted as blood. The bleeding might show a psychological injury, often from past trauma, which is causing you to lose energy or motivation.

Sometimes, as mentioned above, the blood can be a sacrament. As such it is not shown as emerging from an injury or wound but as nourishment, wine or bloody meat.

Blood flowing from a crack: Possibly menstruation or loss of virginity.

Blood on your hands: Shows you have hurt or even killed an aspect of yourself. See Blood on Hands

Blood on the ground: Someone hurt or dead.

Bloody clothes: Personal emotional hurt or injury, perhaps even death of someone.

Blood Sample: This can represent many things depending upon the rest of the dream. It could suggest and illness, a way of tracing your identity with DNA, or it could be a drug test.

Blood sucked from you or sucking from another: Feeling that you are losing your very life force to someone, or taking energy and life from someone else. Sometimes sex is felt as this. The umbilical connection in the womb is sometimes felt as the life giving connection that if cut off prematurely, is such a loss that expenditure of energy in sex may be felt as vampirism.

In sexual dreams: May refer to loss of virginity, menstruation or fertility; or hurt to sexual drive.

Menstrual blood: All women’s blood, flowing onto the earth, during her menstruation, is the miracle of Life, creation and death. Every woman who allows her blood to flow, takes part in the life of the Great Mother, as she and every menstruating woman, allows the death if the old and the birth of a new possibility for the continuance of life on Earth – a great and miraculous act. See archetype of bloodbleeding; Great Mother.

Old or dark blood: Can sometimes be understood as ‘bad blood’ existing in the dreamer – bad feelings or old grudges.

Transfusion of blood: In dreams such transfusion can show the fusion or atking on of the  physical forces of the body from which the blood was given. Also indicates the taking on of the relative level of health or imbalance, even the ideas and ideals of a person. It suggests a very strong link or love from one person to another.

This is similar to taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about the other person. So many people do not realise that they have an inner person equally as powerful as the external person you know. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and they change you and make you the person you are. 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 person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you.

One way of understanding such links as can happen in a dreamt of  blood transfusion, is to see it as  a direct linkg with theinner quality of the donor. If you had a transfusion from a sick person whose blood was full of viruses and toxins it would pull down your own system. If you yourself were lacking blood, then the transfusion could be life giving. But of course we are speaking of emotional, mental and spiritual factors that pass through this link. So the toxins that pass are not of viruses, but of greed, lies, anger and violence, or even insidious desire to control. Or on the positive side, the expanded awareness that lifts us from shadows into a greater vision and experience of life.

Pak Subuh, an Eastern spiritual teacher, says that when a couple have sex the inner psychic content of one passes to the other. He says that whatever forces of mind and emotion exist in the one pass to the other. In this way if we have many sexual partners we take from them influences from their inner life. He suggests that having sex with a prostitute who has absorbed the inner life of many men of dubious character is like opening ones subtle self to the dross and influence of those lives. Just as one needs to thoroughly wash ones body if you had worked in a sewer, you would need to clean your soul of such influences.

But transfusions have been known to link people in strange ways. In recent years people who shared blood  through a transfusion shared thoughts, dreams and information.

A woman used the Seed Group method describes what she experienced.

Example: Then I started to tremble and shake. My whole upper body was shaking uncontrollably. I let it happen. I wasn’t frightened, I felt safe in knowing that this is what my body needed to do. It continued for what seemed several minutes. As I shook, I recalled that shortly after birth, I was given a blood transfusion. My parents’ blood types weren’t compatible – three earlier siblings of mine had been born and died a day or two after birth. Convulsions now, more then mere shaking. The coming into life, but not being compatible with my interior chemical make-up. Shaking as they transfused my blood – draining me of my blood, my own blood which fought against itself, being replaced with a foreign blood that would give me life. No wonder I was scared in that shell. The process of life and death innate in me from the moment of my conception. Fighting against myself. That which would fight for my life (the antibodies) would be the death of it.

The shaking stopped. A sense of peace pervaded my physical self. I was still positioned on my knees, but the sense of having put those roots down first gave me the foundation to withstand the shaking. I had no idea of what this experience would be like (and definitely not like this), but I seem to have gotten rid of something stored in muscle memory.

Idioms: After ones blood; bleeding heart; bleed someone white; blood boil/run cold; blood brother; blood is thicker than water; blood letting; blood money; blood on ones hands; blood out of a stone; blood relative; blood sucker; blue blood; cold/hot blood; draw blood; fresh blood; in the blood; in my blood; ones heart bleeds; out for blood; sweat blood; taste blood; young blood.


Useful Questions and Hints:

What part of my body – or the body – is the blood coming from, and what does that suggest about any hurt I may be suffering? (Look up part of body).

What is my relationship with the blood in terms of what I feel, my interaction or how I deal with it?

What can I understand from the theme and drama of the dream in terms of my life giving processes?

See: drama; Acting on your dream


-Abena Sarpomaa 2018-02-08 14:15:30

Please I had an issue with some people and my granny had to solve the issue. She was in favor with the other person and I felt very sad because she wasn’t fair. I’ve been crying for days now and I feel so sad and deeply hurt because she was on the side of the other person… I dreamt last night that I was pricked by a nail in my palm and blood was just oozing out.. Pls help me understand this dream.. Thank you!

-Morgan 2017-11-26 23:49:40

Ok so I had a dream that involved a cadaver body that was being dissected in a college classroom. I remember being at the very back of the class and noticed that there was thick and very dark blood flowing from the corpse towards me slowly. I remember speaking out but no one else seemed to see the blood. It was only coming towards me and I was the only one that could see it. I remember it had the texture of tar but definitely has a crimson color. Any idea what this might mean?

    -Tony Crisp 2017-12-01 10:53:29

    Hi – The answers I give arise not out of me thinking up things to say, but from fifty years of exploring dreams in depth. So some of what I write may seem wild. This may be because dreams arise and are experienced by a level of your mind or awareness that very few people have any concept or experience of – usually called the unconscious. Life dreamt in its creatures millions of years before even humankind awoke and developed self awareness or language. So to understand dreams we need to leave our thinking minds behind and go into our feelings and reactions – a much older level of awareness.

    But it would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – and also which has so much information in.
    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in –


    Morgan – Your dream puts you in a learning situation, usually because there is something important to learn hidden in the dream.

    In dreams the body is usually seen as the latest expression of Life, which is a miracle. But it is an expression of the fertile seed that was planted in your mother’s womb, which is as old as, and even older than human kind, and you carry that wisdom in you from an ancient past. Such awareness that we hold within us wisdom gathered from the enormity of our past is felt as holy. For no seed starts from the beginning but is an expression of millions of years of evolution.

    But your dream is showing you the inner workings, and it can depict a deep self analysis that might be painful, a sort of tearing oneself apart to discover why or what you are.

    The blood moving toward you indicates you are becoming more aware of something. I is dark and so is old or used blood, which may represent the intricate web of cultural and family influences, physically and psychologically, that your body and personality arose from. Ancestors can also link with deeply buried tendencies we have unconsciously inherited from the long past. Sometimes they point to the fate/karma we are dealing with – the difficulties or traits that arise in our life, that we cannot honestly see have been developed or collected in this lifetime.

    As pointed out, you are a unique individual that like a plant has grown from ancient ancestors but because this body is new, you as a personality are mostly the memories of this life stored in your brain, but without knowing it, you unconsciously have a huge past which can only be accessed by delving deep into self, beyond the memories of your brain, the stuff that dreams reveal.

    This ancient part of us is called The Self, which is a transcendent ancient being, not to be seen as like the personality, which is new. Due to the fact the Self dies to transcendent realm, and is nailed to matter by being born into a physical body, suffering the loss of awareness of existence in the divine, life after life, that our soul may achieve eternal life, it has a divine love, patience and gentleness. Here too we meet those great beings of all nations, religions and times who have trod the path before us.

-Christoffer 2017-10-24 11:19:45

Hi Tony & assistants!
I’d like to request a translation of “blood transfusion” in this posts as well, if that would be possible.
Thanks for your wonderful work!

-Joy 2017-09-28 13:44:12

I had a dream I was at work, having a good time, i ate something that chipped my tooth(I have a temporary filling) and the filling fell out, i knew it was eventually going to happen so I was not worried, i was just upset at fixing it. Then the tooth began to bleed but the blood was gushing out of my tooth, so I began to pull out things that were put inside my tooth to help stop the building and I had a bunch of random items, a string connected to a hook was one of them . But as I pulled these things out I began to throw up blood, but it was more like a pouring out, my mouth was wide up and nothing but blood was rushing out of my mouth, i could feel it coming from my stomach, the more I tried to hide it, or tell the people around me I was fine the stronger the blood came out of me until I gave in and let my body throw up as much blood as it needed. Also in the dream I kept saying I need to get to the hospital, i think I’m dying, but the throwing up was so powerful I was forced to stay still and let it happen. Then I woke up with a tingly feeling in my stomach

    -Tony Crisp 2017-10-01 13:37:05

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – and also which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – or


    Joy – Dreams are stories in images and drama – the story of your life.

    The story is, that what you call a good time did you no good at all. It chipped one of your teeth, the important part of your body needed to chew things over. The damage led to blood – your life energy – gushing out of your mouth. What were the words, ideas, feelings you gushed out?

    It was a good idea to let your body gush out blood. That is because in life and sleep we have two powerful actions working in us. The first is our waking experience based on having a body, its limitations, vulnerabilities and a particular gender. Our second is the power that gave us life and continues to express as dreams, in our breathing and heartbeat – our life. This I have given the description as the Life Will.

    While we sleep our conscious self is largely or totally unconscious, and while we dream our voluntary muscles are paralysed – therefore another will or motivating force moves our body. So we have a Conscious Will, and what I will call a Life Will. The first one we have experience of as we can move our arm or speak in everyday activities; but the second will takes over when we sleep. See

    Your conscious personality is only a very small part of you, but the Life Will is huge, and is what people often call the unconscious. As you said, “I think I’m dying.”

    Dying in dreams usually means your present personality is due to go through a big change as it transforms into a new version of you, as happened when you left childhood and became a teenager. See

-Angela 2017-08-04 9:52:37

I had a dream that I was choking on blood and I couldn’t breathe, and every time I gasped for air I could feel it in my lungs, then I went to the bathroom, but not in my own home, maybe a hotel or something and started throwing up large amounts of blood, but I still couldn’t breathe. Reply

-Yohoho and a bottle of rum 2017-05-14 2:23:26

Ive dreamt that i was chillin in bed and i was talking on the phone to a friend and suddenly i heard a scream coming from towards the balcony and i went there and saw a huge spot of blood on a window and on the ground my dad beat the crap out of a classmate (hes one of my friends at school) and he suddenly gets up the floor and leaves,what does this mean?

-Nicholas harvey 2017-05-03 0:01:38

I dreamt I was stab in the stomach but the blood was not running and the dream went along and something else happens blood was spoiled on my cousin I would like to know what that mean

-Bella 2017-04-19 19:26:01

I had a dream I was a sleep laid down on my bead & I was cover in blood from my neck to my toe
What does it mean ?
Then I saw purple

-Ryan 2017-03-03 5:49:30

I Dreamt it was raining blood.

    -Tony Crisp 2017-03-03 13:40:27

    You have not given enough information for me to understand your dream. Things to remember when writing to us with your dream:
    · Write down anything that you think might have triggered the dream or links with it in some way.
    · What you associate/feel about any person, animal of object in the dream is immensely important. See Working with associations
    · Put in any insights you have about people or animals in your dream – it has to be the character of them as they appear in the dream.
    · Please let us know your age and gender.
    · Describe any emotions expressed or indicated in the dream.

-Priya 2017-02-18 23:39:39

I dreamed my fiancé was bleeding. He had stitches at his stomach and his blood was on my knees.. I cleaned his stitches and dressed his wound. What does it mean?

-Maria 2016-12-23 20:42:03

I had a dream of being pregnant and in the shower, while in the shower i look down and see blood everywhere so i start yelling for my mom. By the way im not pregnant, ive never had a miscarriage, and my mother lives in another state. Im 34 yrs old i have had 3 pregnancies and 1 child that i have raised since birth. What does this dream mean? Its been on my mind like crazy.

-elvira 2016-11-03 15:58:27

I dreamt that there was blood on my Son’s clothes. I’m scared. could ypu tell me what this means

-Odessa cutchinray 2016-08-01 12:49:06

I dreamed of me and my grandbaby cutting my toe nail and cut part of the nail off and begin to bleed running blood what does it mean then I woke up and my eyes where swollen

-kansiime prita 2016-07-10 11:25:05

i dreamt that i cut my finger as i was trimming off my nails and blood covered my deeply disturbed by this dream,what does it mean?

-eunice 2016-02-22 18:06:02

I dreamed I was bleeding a lot I had my hands full of blood and I couldn’t stop bleeding

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