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Powder is usually either something you produce like grinding, something you add to something else, or put on or in yourself; and the reasons behind the action are probably important.

Therefore washing powder is for a cleansing action; face powder for some changing purpose. A powder can often be used to bring a radical change to one, and gunpowder is for explosive situations. In many dreams powder can also be taken as a drug or poison. So it is important to see if you can define what the powder is being used for. If you can define it you might find help by looking up the relevant word.

Coloured powder is a very powerful thing in dreams, and has been used in ancient rituals and was probably powdered clay or coloured rock.

White powder: Often suggests thoughts or feelings about drugs and your relationship with them, or poison. The dream might be indicating that you are doing something, or have taken in something that is detrimental or beneficial depending on the dream.

Ash as powder: In dreams fire can often be shown as a cleansing or transforming influence. It can reduce solid things to dust, and what is left in the dust is what is lasting and survives all trials, pain and misery. The dust is also the soil, the minerals and fertility for growth. See temple; spirit

 Example: I was on a road and noticed that a magnificent elephant had appeared. It had enormous tusks and ears, the latter being powdered with blue dust and adding tremendously to its impact. As it was coming in my direction I was frightened and began to run. I ran off the road, over a fence into a field. I thought the elephant would be stopped by the fence. It wasn’t. It walked straight through it after me. Then I tried to climb a low bank back to the road. The elephant was drawing nearer and I was so frightened I could hardly move to climb the bank. The elephant caught hold of me and I suddenly realised it wasn’t going to destroy me, but wanted, despite it being a magnificent and powerful beast, to sit me on its back. I was still frightened however and ran to a doctor’s surgery. The elephant came and, thrusting its trunk into the surgery, drew me out to it.

Example: I sense her breasts are small and quiescent. Her back is straight and her buttocks narrow. She is still and calm but occupied in pouring powdered paint onto a papier mache relief map, which instantly transforms the territory beyond into a colourful, exotic landscape filled with African animals of all description leaping and running with enormous energy.

Example: A rather shadowy man gave me a leather pull-string purse or pouch. In the pouch was powder that the man suggested I pour onto my rather stained trousers. Immediately the powder started working like yeast, cleansing and purifying my trousers in a spreading action. I knew that this yeast, or pollen, had also penetrated my body, and was gradually working through me, purifying and healing. – Adrian.


Useful questions or hints:

What type of powder was in the dream?

Did I make use of the powder in any way?

Did I have any feelings about the powder?

Was colour involved in the dream?

See colourTechniques for Exploring your DreamsQuestionsGrowth/Personal



-Jodi 2016-01-22 19:15:54

I am generally intuitive about interpreting dreams but there’s a theme in one lately that I just can’t crack: toxic or powerful powder.
A few nights ago I dreamt that I was aboard an airplane en route overseas, someplace exotic, in the Middle East I believe. My children were with me and everyone was awake on the plane, trying to sleep. I had access somehow to a reddish powder that would put someone to sleep with just a small portion rubbed on their skin, mainly their cheek. The flight attendant also had some in a pouch and I had to try and sneak some from her. (this isn’t making me sound very protagonist-y is it!)
My main concern was to get my children to sleep for the flight, but I wanted others to also go to sleep so they wouldn’t cause disturbance.

Last night I dreamt I was with my children again, and there was an eminent war. We would have to be able to grab basic supplies and run when the enemy finally came. I recall the “enemy” as being ISIS from the Middle East. At one point large planes flew very close overhead and at first we all thought “this is it,” and we ran to take cover. They dropped white powder and I covered my daughter with my body to shield her. I felt burning on my legs…the lucidly I knew I had to “survive” and changed the dream to the planes being American planes doing practice drills.

Powder is the theme, powerful or toxic. I can’t figure out what the reason is.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-01-26 12:16:20

    Dear Jodi – What I see in your first dream – and please continue to explore it yourself as well http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson – is that you use the powder as some form of “magic”.
    To climb aboard a plane is to embark upon dramatic movement from one way of life, or one situation in life, to another; a leap into the unknown, into chance – so it is a powerful symbol of change. Perhaps that flight into chance, into life and its mysterious possibilities might be okay. But it might fall from the sky too. Meanwhile, on the plane you will not have your feet on the ground, you will not be secure, everything is ‘up in the air’. The plans, the love, the hopes and efforts might die, might lead to tragedy with all its rippling effects moving into the web of relationships and events connected with the flight of the plane.
    In order to avoid becoming aware of all these (conflicting?) feelings – “so they wouldn’t cause disturbance” – that will arise from the different aspects inside yourself – especially different feelings from your inner child – you try to use some form of magic to “put them to sleep”. This is like a conscious attempt to direct or control the unconscious, underlying forces of your being, rather than allowing them and exploring them; http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/#Open
    In the last dream you have moved a step closer to allowing and exploring the war/conflict going on inside yourself and it will serve a purpose to explore what it is (pain, doubt, fear, self-criticism etc.?) that you feel is attacking (poisoning) your http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/leglegs/ rather than using your lucidity/awareness to change the dream.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/projection/ and http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/lucid-dreaming/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/child/
    Anna 🙂


-Chris 2016-07-07 4:29:54

my dream is about i’m walking with my friend in a shanty and suddenly i remember my car key and wallet on my pocket and found out that its gone. then as we continue walking we walk in a ankle deep dark flood water and stop by a house to take a pee and as i look on my feet also my shoes are gone and look for it and can’t find so we continue walking till we reach to our distination..


-chance williams 2017-09-05 11:12:06

All I remember dreaming was that my family and me were in the kitchen of my home, and all of a sudden white powder covered the ceiling. I got scared because it caked on my face and started smothering me so I ran to the bathroom and washed it off as it kept falling from my ceiling.


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