Circle Circles Circling Round

Yourself; personal identity; wholeness. It suggests a good harmony between all the aspects of your being – thus a feeling of pleasure, centeredness and openness, physical, mental and spiritual; may be used to depict the Self. It can also depict eternity; female sexuality; ‘the same dull round’ of routine suggested by Blake, in which one might be trapped if there is no alternative, depending on the content of the dream. If the circle is irregular, suggests imbalance or lack of harmony. See: ring.

Completeness, wholeness, all of the parts of our being, body, soul, spirit. It also represents the universe as a whole, harmony, symmetry. Sometimes symbolises an enclosure or restraining influence, or protection, and stands for the womb, or female sexual organs. May also represent emptiness, receptiveness, or a fertile condition. Or just yourself.

In dreams one often walks in a circle, or ploughs, or is moved in a circle. This means that one is enclosing, protecting or bringing the enclosed under the influence of the power that caused you to circle. Your circle of friends. But it can also mean searching for something or someone. Magic and teaching can occur in the circle in our dreams.

Example: To my amazement a huge living and wondrous circle appeared on the wall. It was full of movement, everything dancing in time to music. At the very centre of the circle was emptiness, nothing, a void. Yet out of this nothingness all things emerged. There were plants, animals, people, hills, rivers and mountains all coming to birth. They danced out in their own individual movement, yet each unknowingly was part of the whole wonderful and intricate dance which made a great pattern and movement in the body of the circle. All danced to the periphery and there turned and moved, still in their ballet, back to the centre. At that centre they plunged into its oblivion again. But at that very moment new life sprang from it to dance once more.

Example: I dreamt I was sitting in a circle of elders, it was cold and there was a fire. The mountains behind the oldest were purple and I could smell water. An elder to my right with very white hair in two long braids pulled out a pipe and I offered my cigarettes to him. I took one and sprinkled the tobacco in my palm and cupped my other hand underneath it. He turned from me and addressed the circle, speaking in a different language. I asked what language he was speaking and a voice in my head said “Tiwa” – it was a deep, masculine voice, and then I understood it.

“The magic circle of the fairies, the sun, the moon, a phonograph record with its diminishing grooves, a bedspring, or an ascending spiral, all may represent degrees of harmony and wholeness. A halo is an even more graphic illustration of a mandala, for it is automatically associated with saintliness. The triangle within the circle shows the same union with the divine self; for the triangle is representative of man in the earth and the circle symbolizes God. Combined, it shows wholeness of ideals and purposes.

The square indicates a balance in the material.” Quote from Dreams Your Magic Mirror.

Idioms: Go round in circles; come full circle; vicious circle; circle of influence/friends.

See: shapes and symbols.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Does this represent a figure of speech, such as: go round in circles, come full circle, circle of influence or friends, family circle and so on?

Does this suggest an enclosure or protection of some kind?

Is the dream about wholeness, or completeness?

Does it have a more spiritual meaning having to do with universal harmony?

Is there anything frightening about the circle?

Try using Techniques for Exploring your DreamsKey Words


-Laura Lynne Watson 2017-10-11 18:00:47

I had a strange dream about a girl who pops up in many dreams of mine. Sometimes she looks different & changes genders but she mainly is female with black hair, black clothing & a pale complex. In this particular dream she was Ukrainian or Russian(her accent) & she had long, straight, brown hair. She followed me everywhere I went & while I waited on my sister she kept walking around in circles saying something to me. I kept telling her it shouldn’t be much longer on the wait, all the while she circled me.

    -Tony Crisp 2017-10-12 9:17:37

    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


    Laura – In the dream you described, it seems that she/he is trying to get your attention without pushing. It might be worth while getting to know her or him by using and maybe – reading:

    Every part of a dream, whether an object, person or animal, is alive with our own intelligence. Each part has been created out of ourselves in some way, and depicts some area of our own total being. We can therefore talk with them. Such dialogue is of great importance and very revealing.

    To do this, imagine yourself as one of the characters, animals or objects in your dream. It may help at first to have two chairs – one empty and one you are sitting in. The character or object of your dream is in the empty chair. When you are ready to be that character move from your chair, sit in the empty chair and speak as that character. To answer or question the character from your own identity, move to the original chair and speak from your own character.

    Be playful and curious in doing this. Question the character, and when you move to that role, let whatever your feelings are as that character motivates what you say and do. Exploring your dream in this way unfolds a great deal of information that would otherwise remain unconscious. It also enables you to make real changes in unconscious attitudes or habits, as you are literally dialogging with areas of character patterning or programming, and can change them.

-Deborah Coleman 2016-06-16 10:03:58

I had a dream about circle. My dad said it had something to do with my ancestors my dad is deceased.

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