Fear of being severely hurt or hurting others by stinging remarks or attitudes. It is also any thought the dreamer had that are a form of inturned criticism like beating oneself up. So it could also stand for hurtful and malicious thoughts turning and hurting the dreamer.

Example: A man dreamed he was in his office. Hornets, whose stomachs were colored red and yellow, buzzed around him. “None attacked me, although I felt I should prevent their further reproduction. I took a container and bottled them in the wall.” This was a warning that the working conditions surrounding him were exemplified by the red and yellow colored bellies of the hornets, reflecting the adrenal glands, an emotional centre. The bottling up of the hornets was the warning to the dreamer to stop, wherever possible, all negative, stinging remarks flying around the office and his own participation in them. From Cayce files.

Example: I noticed a hornets nest in the side of the house. The next door neighbour knocks it off and hornets enter the house and sting me. I angrily show the neighbour and son the huge watery swellings. I clout the boy for a stirring up the hornets. I had held my arms above my head and the swelling decreases. Now, with lowered arms I see a bubbling up of skin spread up my arms to chest, then to my entire front. I have no apparent sexual organs because I am covered in a wafer of dead skin. My wife looks at me and has no feeling of caring, and does nothing to help. She is telephoning another man. I see him and her at the same time. He says for them to go off together, and gives the impression of how sexually adequate he is, and how inadequate I am. I feel so hurt and angry I decide to leave my wife for good.

In this dream the neighbour is the dreamers own thoughts of what other people will think of him. It irritates him so much that people would see him as not a real man because of his sexual inadequacy that he decides to stop any sexual feelings for his wife. So then he creates the fantasy that his wife has another man. The root of the problem was that the results of sex were so awful and painful it led to him cutting of sexual expression.

Useful Questions and Hints:

In what way do I put myself down or beat my self up?

Do other people’s opinion of me hurt me?

Do I feel I am inadequate?

See Summing UpAvoid Being VictimsMore than you Presently KnowTechniques for Exploring your Dreams


-Izaak 2015-09-09 19:52:56

Okay so my dreams of hornets/wasps I’ve been having them since i was young normally the dream is completely normal and part way in everything turns to hornets and wasps and I get stung over and over and I’m awake this time I was talking to a man about a bunch of hives clumped together they didn’t sting me for some reason and then an Asian giant hornet came and killed one of the wasps and directly came at me I blocked the attack on its first pass and the second one the hornet stings me and I woke with my arms in the air for some reason

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-09-19 12:04:09

    Dear Izaak – Recurring dreams can arise because there is a need to (un)learn something. Also the growth instinct is incredible powerful one and pushes us through growth, sometimes unwillingly. And if we resist it can cause recurring dreams.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/personal-growth/
    The way I see your dream is that you have probably created beliefs when you were young; for instance beliefs like “I am not good enough” or “I am inadequate”.
    With this belief being part of your inner world, whenever you start doing something – “the dream is completely normal” – out of the blue (belief) you start putting yourself down believing that you cannot do this, or that you are a loser etc. – “and part way in everything turns to hornets and wasps”.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/beliefs/
    What is helpful is to understand that you are the creator of any belief and so you can create any other belief too; “I AM good enough”.
    So you could ask yourself if you are willing to let go of this belief, rather than making it more powerful; “an Asian giant hornet stings me”.
    It is important to realize that we all have resistances to letting go. In many ways we are attached to the very condition we say we don’t want. Holding on may be the source of what is painful, but at least it is familiar.
    Anna 🙂

-Kira 2015-05-10 4:30:34

Weird dream last night.
I was walking through a large house and I don’t remember why but I start down this green corridor and I find Justin biebers room…. ( I have never ever listened to his music and I honestly think he’s a bit of a d*ck) so he gets mad and I run out and fall through this window? Portal? And I
Knock a nest on my way down and hornets fly out and start stinging me on my lower back and bum. After a long time Justin comes to laugh at me.. Slowly I get up and walk painfully to the chemist but they say go to the hosipital they have to remove the eggs the hornets lay in my skin and then I wake up.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-05-10 11:42:12

    Dear Kira – Your dream reflects your inner process of healing part of your painful experiences.
    The large house you are walking through in your dream is an expression of the large potential you have.
    The green corridor has the same meaning and it is now more specific; it connects with the potential you have to face your past, to heal and grow, for you dare to explore “Justin Bieber’s room.
    Meeting Justin Bieber is like meeting part of your shadow “I honestly think he’s a bit of a d*ck”.

    The Shadow is any part of ourselves that we reject, and so do not allow sufficient expression in our life. We may so dislike and/or be afraid of aspects of our inner world we fail to recognise them altogether and instead see them in other people and criticise them.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-archetype-of-the-shadow/
    When Justin gets mad you run (into the direction where you came from?) and fall through a portal which I see as opening the door to part of your past in which you were hurt at your root chakra; “start stinging me on my lower back and bum”.
    Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey.
    This is the first of the chakras of matter. Balancing the root chakra creates the solid foundation for opening the chakras above. Imagine that you’re laying the foundation for a house in which you’re going to live for a long time. A solid foundation embedded in firm soil will provide the stability you need.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/yoga/the-chakras-part-1/
    You wrote: “After a long time Justin comes to laugh at me”. I see that as a symbol of the linear time it will take to go through the process to heal and to lose your fear, because in this last part of the dream you do not run from him anymore and you continue to look for inner healing; “Slowly I get up and walk painfully to the chemist”.
    It suggests that you can overcome the difficulty to meet what may have been a painful or threatening experience of your father or some other man.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/
    What “got under your skin” needs to be removed still so that it no longer will continue to influence your relationships with men.
    See http://www.amazon.com.au/Women-Who-Love-Too-Much-ebook/dp/B003YL44FY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431257356&sr=8-1&keywords=robin+norwood
    Your dream is a gift from a deeper part of you and it represents a wonderful “roadmap towards inner healing”.
    Anna 🙂

-Megan 2015-04-27 5:35:58

I dreamt that I woke up and saw some musquitoes in my room, so I picked up the nearby electrical swatter and began hitting them when suddenly one giant hornet (30cm) flies out from behind a closet. I had no window in this dream so I tried to get the hornet out by opening the door, but that seemed impossible because each time the hornet got close, I would be petrified by fear resulting in the door closing. After some time where this continuously happened, the hornet began flying over me, threatening to kill me. It began decending but I woke up before it did anything.

    -Anna 2015-04-28 11:48:40

    Dear Megan – What you experience when you “wake up” in a dream suggests the meaning is very significant.
    Your dream creator is telling you to really be aware of what the dream is trying to communicate. A visit from mosquitoes may be an indication of small inconveniences in your life or slight disturbances, irritations, or fears.
    The need to explore and deal with your fears is expressed once more by the absence of a window in your dream. This is a symbol of not seeing what is going on around you; introversion; your attention held by internal feelings, thoughts or concerns.
    While being willing to kill the mosquitoes with the help of the power of Life within you, you grew stronger and you were able to move to the next challenge in life; “meeting the fear of being severely hurt”.
    It does not matter that you were not able to deal with this aspect of your inner life yet, because
    it often takes a form of death before you can open yourself again and dare to live life more fully.
    It could be death of old patterns of living; letting go of your “old self without windows”.
    A door is like a boundary; the difference between one feeling state and another, such as fear and love. It is also a barrier to change or growth or the passing from inside oneself to exterior life.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/personal-growth/
    I trust it will be helpful because of the way your dream started to practice self-observation, because when you are not aware of what you are doing to yourself, you are not able to change your mind about what you are doing either.
    If you observe yourself you will notice that whatever you think about you have a feeling reaction to. Obviously it is noticeable in regard to frightening dream images. And dreams are only your feeling reactions put into images and drama. If you watch a horror movie you may feel fear or even terror.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/self-observation/ and http://dreamhawk.com/news/avoiding-being-my-own-victim/
    The association I have with your dream is reflected in a poem written by “Oriah Mountain Dreamer”.
    I hope it inspires you too:
    Anna 🙂

-shirley 2015-03-06 4:32:38

dreamt I was sleeping and was awakened by bees chewing holes in the wall on all sides of the room. I think there were also hornets/wasps

-Lindsey 2015-01-08 15:08:13

I had a dream that I was going to lay under a tree and noticed a hornets nest. I stayed very calm and tried to back away slowly, but they started coming after me (with no provocation) so I ran away whipping a towel (or something, whatever I was holding) at my back in the hopes they wouldn’t sting me. By the time I reached a restroom, (I guess I was at a park or something) my back was completely stung. Huge, blistery, bumps.Before anything else could happen, my alarm went off and I woke up. Trying to figure out what that could mean.

-Irene 2015-01-05 10:06:14

I dreamt my neighbor had a pair of humming birds and we were outside watching them, letting them fly in and out of their cage. She was showing me how to care for them as I would be watching them that evening for her. There was another set of what I thought were humming birds that were free and when my neighbor came back and asked me how it was going I said great and that there was even another pair of humming birds that were hanging around. She said great because she didn’t want to leave them alone outside because of hornets that would try to hurt them. I said oh I didn’t know that and immediately I felt strange but didn’t know what it was. Then I felt pain and when we looked at my shoulder I had been stung by what I thought was another humming bird but was actually a hornet. The stinger wouldn’t come out because this was a special kind of hornet and the stinger hooked into you. What does this dream represent?

-Kenosis47 2014-12-03 0:30:07

I was in a house with my little brother when all of a sudden a large blak and yellow wasp began to bother us. I was scared and try to run from it. It began to feel that there was no other way to to try and knock it down. It was too fast and even with a fly swatted that appeared I wasn’t able to hit it. It landed on my stomach and stung me. Then it flue away and died. I noticed that it only had enough time to sting my shirt and not me. The stinger was in my short. What does this mean?

-alison 2014-09-29 13:16:01

i had a dream i was in bungalow think it was my boyfriends and i found a wasp next in the ceiling of the bathroom but the wasps were huge! some escape and chased me but i managed to shut the door to prevent them getting the rest of my family then i rang my older to brother to ask how to get rid of them never remember my dreams but seeing a wasp at the window made me remember.

-Melanie 2014-09-26 0:49:09

I dreamt that I was in my childhood home, but it wasn’t my home anymore. I was visiting someone and I noticed some hornets buzzing around the side of a cabinet. Me and another person or persons, removed the side of the cabinet and found a hornet’s nest with tons of hornets buzzing around. We quickly closed the side of the cabinet. No one got stung, but I was worried that I would. That’s all I remember before waiting up.

-Emma kelly 2014-05-28 22:14:41

I had a dream I was holding a hornet in my left hand. It was just resting on the palm of my hand. It was so real that the feeling woke me up. The hornet didn’t sting. What do you think this could mean?

-Ken 2014-05-24 13:33:18

I was being attacked by many hornets, some were stinging me and some were not able to, as I was swatting them away. They just kept on coming and no matter where I moved they were there.

-jacquie russell 2013-10-14 8:37:52

I dreamt I was sitting in a room and heard a hornet buzzing around me. I couldn’t see it but my reaction was to jump out of the chair and run out of the room. I slammed the door and as i did I caught the hornet in it and cut it in half. All I could see was the sting and could still hear the hornet buzzing the other side. I didn’t get stung. What does that mean?

    -Tony Crisp 2013-10-20 12:18:46

    Jacquie – It sounds as if you ‘nipped something in the bud’. I may have been a vicious remark said by someone or a way you criticise yourself that could have been a poisonous influence.


-Cindy 2012-12-18 20:59:44

This morning just before I got up, I had a dream about a really big hornet (cartoon sized, as big as a baby bird, size of my palm) and it ate through some toast beside my bed, (which had marmalade on it, which I associate with my old home town and friend) then I tried to shoo it out the door, but it was SO BIG I was scared of being stung/attacked. I tried twice, and twice it crawled over my toast and ate through it (this is what upset me, as I was really looking forward to it). In the dream, everything was very realistic, except the hornet, it looked very cartoonish, and not at all like a hornet, just a black with yellow winged buzzy stingy thing, but I knew it was a hornet. In the end I gave up trying to get it out of my room, and left the room myself, thinking I’d just deal with it later. I have recently (few weeks) rearranged the furniture in my room, and in the dream it was in the old configuration. I would appreciate any ideas on the meaning of this dream.

-Helen 2012-10-02 11:24:30

I dreamed I was tangled up inside a blue bed sheet, and inside the folds was a massive fat, almost gelatinous hornet. I was struggling to trap the giant hornet in the sheet so it couldn’t hurt me, but each time I almost trapped it – its sting end wriggled out and it kept nearly getting me – I had to keep fighting it. It was very stressful. Any thoughts?

-kizzy 2012-06-07 8:12:50

I had a dream I walked of the street into a room,(Think the room may have been my new workshop) a hornet followed me inside flying towards me, in fear of its stinging me I hit it away with a book but it just made it more angry and it came for me over and over as I ran around the room trying to get away from it, in the in I had to run from the building then I woke up.
I would like to know what this dream could mean.

    -Tony Crisp 2012-06-11 9:53:15

    Kizzy – It seems obviously connected with your work. Considering that in our 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. So the hornet is actually a thought or a fear you have attracted.

    If you can drop the image of the hornet, what fear underlies it – fear of what? Getting hurt yes, but in what way?

    My main feeling is that a fear has driven you out of your workshop – not literally but perhaps in your feelings. But if you realise that in dreams you cannot actually get hurt, then you could in your imagination face what chases you out of your workshop. It might even be a creative idea.


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