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


-Rosie 2016-01-17 14:38:28

I had a dream that my husband who is actually bald had big, deep scratches on the back of his head. What does that mean?!

-samantha 2015-11-16 19:04:37

I had a very unusual dream last night. Of what I could remember; all we had to dive was a motor bike. Their seemed to be a snow storm was outside, but I decided dress very warm and dive anyway. I went into the back yard to find another helmet, I wanted it to match my coat. The one I found had bugs on it but I just dumped them out and wiped it off. I began on my way to the gas station to pick up cigarettes because I smoke, this was my second tip on that day. I made it to the store got my cigarettes and gas but this time around I didn’t remember how I got back. All of a sudden I was back at the house laying down still in my winter clothes. My two yea old daughter was calling mommy but for some reason I was covering my face trying to hide, she finally went away. I got up and was looking around the house nobody was around and my daughter had disappeared. I didn’t even see the mo. pad or whatever it was I dove to the store. It was so empty and quite, I saw a bible I was reading verses to my daughter just the other day, (in real life) so I picked it up. The pages were covered in blood! I was in shock just looking at the pages. Words wrote in blood was on certain pages but I don’t remember what they said, also on the pages was my ex-husbands face. He looked so evil and his teeth were sharp, I woke up shortly after that not knowing how to feel or what to think.

-Kratika 2015-11-09 6:01:20

I dreamed that i was lying on the bed with my eyes closed and a woman approaches me with a plate full of raw meat so i told her i do not want it and she made me smell it by placing it near my nose to which i immediately got up and opened the bathroom door and found bloood on the entire bathroom floor and i closed the door.
Then i decided to use the sink in the room . I saw bloody water in the sink to which i opened the tap ..some fresh water flowed through and cleaned the sink..
Kindly let me know what did this mean ??

-doink 2015-10-03 17:47:56

I had a mini fight with my bf and I had two bloody dreams in one night so I guess that explains why I’m having two bloody dreams after our mini fight.

-Lt Wolfrom 2015-09-23 17:34:47

I had a dream last night that my ex and i were stabbing each other (and enjoying it) I think it had nothing to do with the fact we were ex’s, then we started playing with our blood. I dont realy know what happened after that but next thing i remember is i have one deformed leg and one frostbitten leg and i was in the hostpital. i didnt want to keep a deformed leg so it got cut off and they said i should heal from that stage of frostbite and finally my prostetic leg got stolen by a crackhead covered in blood…

-Ghinee 2015-05-06 21:16:57

Last night i dreamed about torns on my lips and tongue.big torns also on my way to my grandmother’s house(my grandmother is dead 7 years ago). I pick up all the torns on my way then put out all the torns in my mouth that causes blood to flow and never stop flowing until i wake up.what does it mean?thank you

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-05-08 11:54:36

    Dear Ghinee – Your dream suggests that you are going back in the past. A grandmother is the doorway through which your life came into being, and she brings you that much nearer to the source of Life. She is also the wonderful gateway to the ancestors and their collective wisdom.
    Of course she could also be a bad grandmother – but even so she is a reflection of the pains and inner wrongness we may carry with us through our family inheritance. So whether good or bad we should honour them, for only through them can we find out way back to what is beyond them in the past.
    Your taking thorns back into your mouth is like owning painful experiences and integrating them. It is called honouring what you learned, bad or good, from your relationships. Think of it like digesting something. In a relationship, whether a feeling relationship or one in which you are learning something, you often absorb things from the person or event. You might take in such things unconsciously, as you did many things from (grand)parents and from the culture you were raised in. So the process of absorption in a dream may refer to such influences you are taking in.
    I wonder if you associate thorns with Jesus – religious upbringing – because according to three of the canonical Gospels a woven crown of thorns was placed on the head of Jesus during the events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus.
    While bleeding can relate to the release of pain it can also be a symbol of opening up to become a more compassionate human being.
    Anna 🙂

-shianne 2015-04-09 12:26:04

Hey. I live in Ontario and my 4 year old cousin lives in New Brunswick. My aunt told me he woke up twice in the night with nightmares saying that I was all bloody and I cut his twin sisters arm. Then 10 minutes after he woke up screaming his twin sister did and wouldn’t tell her mother what she dreamt. I love these kids with all my heart and would never hurt them nor any child. I’m just wondering if you could help me figure out what all of this means.

-Meg 2015-01-17 14:00:03

Hello Mr Crisp

This morning when I woke up , I remembered a dream which is about my deceased mom (suicide, few years back)- she is involved in an accident, dragged on the side of the vehicle(yellow and black in color ), she is in pain, blood all over, her legs stuck under the vehicle. People shout.I also see that the vehicle is passing along with her, back of the vehicle. I realise it is a video footage. I kept seeing (repeating)this back of the vehicle with her on the side I am sad, crying. Someone describes She is in hospital , cannot speak but see the saliva running, means she is trying to talk . I am crying. When I woke up it was not the sad feeling that I felt but heaviness in my heart. Now that I am pregnant ( early pregnancy) it makes me wonder. I love my mom very much.Could you please help me.

-Kartik 2014-11-22 10:55:26

In the morning in dream, i have seen a basket full of blood, i have taken some blood to wash my hands.
Please suggest the meaning.

-Lila 2014-11-14 22:27:19

Had a terrifying dream that there was a flower on my big toe blooming and all of a sudden it was a big bloody abcess hole. Not sure why but it really has bothered me and I can’t stop thinking about it

-june 2014-10-10 13:10:18

I had a dread of being at a BBQ and blood was inside the chicken a lot of it. There was two pieces the first one was oozing blood out the other I bit into it before checking some across from me took it showed me the blood I spit the food out but the taste of the blood was stuck I tried to wash it out with water but it wasn’t going away…I eventually woke myself because the taste was horrid and went to spit………. It felt so real

-mhammad merhej 2014-10-08 23:31:49

Ive had a dream about bleeding from my forearms it was extremely vivid when i woke up i was in a lot of pain and i was afraid what does it mean?

-doris 2014-09-19 14:46:49

Hi I had a dream last night about having my menstrual period and was bleeding heavily and my shorts got stained while I was walking in a hurry and in reality I’m in menopause can you explain it please thanks

-aziza 2014-06-15 6:26:16

Hi Tony. My 12 year old son had a dream that he was playing a video game with rockets and aliens and as his spaceship/rocket landed there was a small amount of blood on the ground. In waking lifeh hasn’t played this video game for over 2 years. I’m confused as to why he would dream about this video game (one he doesn’t play anymore) and of course the blood. Thank you.

-Matthew 2014-06-02 23:29:45

I had a mad dream , I was having a fight with my brother in the street because he was showing off with his friends anyway I bit his ear off then I was running away from the police , I went home and opened the bible and asked for gods help and I heard this voice saying turn to Palms 36 and the pages starting turning on there own I see all these blue and gold pictures of Egyptian stuff and it stopped at a page where I could sign and it showed me a vision in my dream to cut my right wrist and I heard the voice say you can have anything you want just sign , I dropped the bible and ran into the back garden and their was guys on motor bikes anyway I said wtf you doing in the garden right as I jumped into the grass the guys on bikes drove off and chucked a lighter on the floor and as that happened I could see I was in a circle that they drew out and it goes up in flames and basically I was trapped then woke up madness like what kind of dream is that

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