Ability to ‘swim’ with skill –  to meet the ever changing moods and feelings of water without ‘drowning’ – i.e. to meet the changing, the currents and falls of life without ‘drowning’.  It also indicate skill in seeing what is under the surface of your everyday life and mind, and the ability to draw nourishment out of the hidden depths of your mind and spirit. Ancient cultures saw the otter as a clean holy creature. In early Britain the otter was seen as a holy animal, with the ability to transfer from the land to underwater. This meant the ability to dive into the world after death, so a knower of the mysteries.

The otter is also an extremely playful creature and may be shown in your dream as your natural good spirits and playfulness.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Are you looking within for answers or strength – if so what is your dream otter showing of this?

Does your dream show the otter swimming well or badly – and how does that reflect on your life skills?

What is your dream otter doing and what does that suggest?

See AnimalsBeing the Person or ThingConditioned ReflexesSumming Up


-tanya rowan 2018-01-13 15:12:06

My otter dream i was in a house and car and the otter attacked me and was bitting me

-Justin 2017-12-02 18:52:48

Hello, I had just woken up from this dream but I can get my mind off it.

It started as me living in a house by myself with boxes everywhere then it skipped ahead to me moving back in with my mother (I was around 16/17 in the dream) as we were loading up the car everyone kept seeing a black figure yet I saw an otter. Most of the time it would be a glimpse then it was gone. I went to get the last of my stuff and a blanket I had left. I grabbed the unfolded blanket a got really claustrophobic and started twisting around trying to get outside but my brother kept asking what was wrong. Them I felt someone choking me. I ran outside tip breath. It skipped again to me and my family sitting around talking about the figure/otter and we didn’t know what to call it so we called it a God. I closed my eyes in the dream and saw the otter again.but this time it was swimming in a figure 8 against a star lit sky and the color of the otter was kind of astral like the picture on the top of this page. It then skipped forward again to me I the bath tub with the hot and cold water running. I kept asking myself “are you a God” “you can’t be a God” the I noticed I ran out of hot water so I said “if you’re a God, turn this water hot”
After noticing no change I went to turn the water off but the cold water knob was missing while the hot water one was still there. Then I woke up.

I can’t seem to get the dream out of my head

    -Tony Crisp 2017-12-06 11:32:02

    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 –


    Justin – The dream describes a situation in which you were never satisfied with where you lived and so dreamed about being back home.

    When you were about 16 you achieved a state of mind which gave you the ability to see beyond the obvious, and in the dream you returned and used that ability. Others see dark figures that can be frightening, but you see tried to get outside – meaning you made an effort to break through the restrictions places on your mind and emotions by your upbringing. I am guessing you had inherited a much more flexible awareness. 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.

    It was that which led to the experience of seeing a god. But in our dreams we are only seeing a reflection of our own personal feelings shown in the images of our dream. We have to break through the symbolic meaning to understand. To do that we must meet the images and penetrate them by using

-Jamie Larkin 2017-01-18 2:21:54

Please bare with me this is strange:
Last night I dreamt that a large family group (very right wing/religious) had drugged & kidnapped me.
There was also another man that they were continuing to drug and captive. It was 2 large pills that they were forcing us to take. I eventually had the presence of mind to pretend swallowing the pills then spit them out.
The dream then transitioned to me walking an otter with a thick brown rope over a bridge. The otter slipped through an opening inin the small bridge
& into the water. This made me happy. Then he swam away upstream towards the sea with this large brown rope dragging behind.
I was concerned that the rope may get entangled and drown the otter. As soon as I had this thought the otter swan back out poked his head out the water twice and each time had he had biten off. He showed me that he was free of rope and all bondage and swam away FREE to the open sea.
I then awoke with a tear of joy in my eye.

-Keri 2017-01-15 16:16:41

I dreamt an otter came through the dog door to escape a storm and wanted to play with me. It should be noted that at one point in my life I swam with a family of river otters on a summer evening in a canyon stream. The otter is also my native American birth sign.

    -Tony Crisp 2017-01-17 11:45:46

    Hi – I must take time to upgrade the dream dictionary, so must halt from answering your posts – I started revising the dictionary in 2006, and haven’t neared the end yet. I believe someone else may start giving interpretations.

    So, for a while I urge you to read – It describes ways that can help you. And often it would help too if you looked at


    As you read, the otter indicates, “meeting the changes, the currents and falls of life without ‘drowning’. It also indicate skill in seeing what is under the surface of your everyday life and mind, and the ability to draw nourishment out of the hidden depths of your mind and spirit. Ancient cultures saw the otter as a clean holy creature. In early Britain the otter was seen as a holy animal, with the ability to transfer from the land to underwater. This meant the ability to dive into the world after death, so a knower of the mysteries.

    Your dream suggests that you are open to the instinctive and natural within you, which means you will be more intuitive than most. The storm is about – in the world – but doesn’t harm you in any way – because you are part otter. See

-Jam 2016-11-17 13:19:02

I dreamed of being in a place where I could shop lots of clothes. In between the shops, there were mini pools that I had to cross to the other shop. The first pool was filled with swimming otters/beavers and they were trying to attack me. I dodge them and was able to get to the next store. On the next store they offered card reading. I accidentally turned all the cards so that the symbols were seen. The last two cards were covered. Then there was this card that meant death. The card reader told her assistant that it was my card. I was so busy trying to get to the other shops and buy really stylish clothes but my mind was still on the card reading. Then I woke up.

-Sheena 2016-10-26 16:15:52

I had a dream last night that I was on an island in a beautiful house and surrounded by forestry and nature. I went walking in woods and made eye contact with a brown bear and he nodded his head and walked off. I jumped off a cliff into the most beautiful enchanted waters I have ever seen and felt liberated. I also swam in the house pool with a playful raccoon and otter. This dream was comforting and exciting but what does it mean?

-cherie 2016-10-11 18:01:41

sorry typo the was not dirty*

-cherie 2016-10-11 18:00:21

I had a dream of a otter stuck in a high walled fire pit, i watched this huge otter get free and run across a field and join her mate. I went back into the house in my dream and when i came back out the whole area was flooded up the the balcony of this house. it was a nice warm day so people and myself were swimming in the flood water. I looked further down the area and i saw the otter again and she was with two babies and swimming gracefully through the water just enjoying themselves. the water was dirty and the day was nice and clear, she seemed to have noticed me but was not scared of me and just kept swimming.

-paul 2016-10-07 19:07:38

i dreamed last night of a salmon in a river and i shot it with a bow and arrow then an otter came and devoured the fish screaming as it did so

    -Tony Crisp 2016-10-09 11:40:21

    Paul – I take it was the fish that screamed, not the otter? It wasn’t clear.

    To understanding your dreams, you need to realise that the images in our dreams are just emotions, thoughts, fears. traumas, ideas and feeling projecting out of you and appearing as images, people or scenes outside you on the screen of your mind. So killing a fish in a dream is killing a living part of you – no wonder it screamed. Of course people mix up the rules that apply to waking life to their dreams also – a terrible mistake.

    It might work to imagine a different action in your dream while awake, see


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