Dreaming about your wife usually depicts how you see the relationship with your wife, or perhaps more truly how you feel about her. So it may not be a good summary of who she is but your feelings about her. So it includes your relationship with your sexuality; sexual and emotional desire and pleasure; how you relate to intimacy in body, mind and spirit, and your feeling, intuitive nature. It particularly at times shows you the habits of relationship developed with your mother. In other words what lessons of love, betrayal, dependency or abuse you learned as a child.

Example: ‘My wife was trying to get me out of her life, and out of the house. It was as if she were attempting to push me into a feeling of tension and rejection which would make me leave.’ David P.

Out of childhood experiences in which his mother repeatedly threatened to give him away, David was finding it difficult to emotionally commit himself to his wife. In the dream his wife represents these feelings, so he sees her – his anxiety and pain – pushing him to break up the marriage. David ‘broke up’ the relationship with his mother by breaking his emotional bond with her.

Example: ‘I was standing with my wife at the end of the garden of the house I lived in as a child. We were looking over the fence to the rising meadow beyond. She said, ‘Look at that bird in the tree there.’ On our right, in a small ash tree, an enormous owl perched. It was at least four feet high, the biggest bird I have ever seen. I recognised it in the dream as a greater hooded owl, which was not native to our country. I was so excited I ran into the house to telephone someone – zoo, police, newspapers? – to tell them about the bird. I cannot remember contacting anyone, but felt the bird was there in some way to meet me. Also it was hungry and looking at next door’s bantams. So I wondered what I could give it to eat.’ David P.

This shows the positive side of David’s relationship with his wife. The garden represents the behaviour boundaries which arose from his childhood. But he is growing – the garden – and looking beyond them through his marriage. The amazing bird is the deep feelings he touches because he has a mate like any other natural creature. Out of his mating he becomes aware of drives to build a home – nest – and give himself to his mate. These are natural and are a part of his unconscious or spiritual nature. The bird is a hooded owl which can see in the dark – the unconscious – meaning David is realising things he had never ‘seen’ before. The bird is masked, because David through loving is learning to put his ego aside, which is a necessity for touching the wider dimension of life or the unconscious. The hunger of the bird shows an intimate detail of what David has learned from his wife. She had been working as a waitress and bringing home pieces of chicken for him, saved from her own meal. The spiritual side of David wants to develop this quality of self-giving, which his wife’s love had helped him see.

Example: ‘I have been a widower since Jan. 1979, having married in Oct. 1941. I continually dream I am in London where my business was. I am walking the streets with my wife and suddenly I see her ahead of me in a yellow rain coat and hat. I call her and try to catch up, but suddenly she vanishes. In spite of calling and searching I cannot find her.’ Douglas G.

This is a common theme dreamt by widowers or widows – disappearance of spouse. Douglas has ‘lost’ his wife. His dream shows the paradox of love after death of partner. His love is still there years after her death. He is possibly still trying to love his wife as an externally real person, so his feelings can make no connection. To meet what actually remains of his wife, within himself, he would need to face his own internal grieving, emotions, and ALL THE FEELINGS, MEMORIES, ANGERS AND BEAUTY, which make up the living remains of his wife within him. See Practical Techniques to Explore Dreams

The first wife or ex wife: This may be dealing with the things you met or learned in that relationship, but it can also represent a past way of life, something you have left behind or are leaving behind. The dreamer in the example below is now feeling easier about her husband’s first relationship. The first wife represents her sense of competing for her husband’s affections, even though his ‘first woman’ was dead. See Inner Wife below.

Example: ‘I was with my husband and our three children. About two or three yards to our right stood my husbands first wife – she died about a year before I first met him. I remember feeling she no longer minded me being with him, so I put my arms around him from the back, and felt more secure and comfortable with him.’ Mrs N. S.

Being a wife: If you are not already married then it show you practising this role to see if you feel comfortable in it, even experimenting with different scenarios.

If already married: Possibly showing what you feel about your role as wife, experimenting and exploring it. One often, through experimenting and playing different marital scenes or options, finds answers to problems – especially if you explore your dream – see

Inner Wife: Many people do not realise that they have an inner wife equally as powerful as an external wife. You have taken in millions of bit of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences, along with all the feelings or problems met by loving and living with your wife, and they are what makes you the person you are. This is true even if your wife was never there for you – you still have all the memories of her not being there for you filed under ‘wife’. 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 wife can appear in dreams because you are deeply influenced by what you hold within you.


-Paul 2016-02-09 15:06:53

My wife and I are going through a difficult time in our marriage. the other night I dreamt we were fighting I don’t remember the fight, but I do remember her vividly yelling “I will never love you again!”

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-02-12 11:18:18

    Dear Paul – I believe your dream is an effort to make you aware of what is going on in your inner world; the way you response to having a fight with your wife.
    With that in mind you can make the difficult time in your marriage purposeful, by deciding to learn from it.
    What you decide to learn from the situation in your waking life and your dream is of course up to you.
    Because of the other comment you posted on this page as well – “Had a similar dream the other night my man. Left me shaken and worried.” – you might want to explore what your fear is about, with or without the help of your wife; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/peer-dream-group/
    Your “dream fight” could reflect your inner struggle to express what is important to you without hiding your darkness and your fears and face the (perceived) risk of losing her love.

    See also http://dreamhawk.com/relationship-sex/ages-of-love-2/
    Anna 🙂

-Lisa 2015-11-07 14:06:36

“The look on my face left him crying”. I think I got it right now.

-Lisa 2015-11-07 14:04:34

Add to the previous comment, he said the look on his face left him crying in the dream, he woke up feeling and overwhelming sadness. That’s why he called me and told me about the dream. He usually never dreams or never remembers his dreams. Tganks

-Lisa 2015-11-07 14:00:57

Hello again, so my husband had a dream about me that left me wondering. He said that in this dream he saw me in a room with 2 guys running a train on me. He tried to help me out of the situation, he was saying let’s go, but I said leave me alone I’ll be fine. He said my face had a look of someone that was hurting and needed help but I kept insisting I was OK. Now to give you just a little insight on us, we have been married for 9 years and have been separated for 6 months and I am not going back with him and he knows this. Does he understand it or believe it I don’t know. Thank you so much for any insight.

-JIm 2012-08-20 2:39:54

me and my wife have some arguments and she said fuck off in my dream. what can be happen?

    -Paul 2016-02-09 18:02:36

    Had a similar dream the other night my man. Left me shaken and worried.

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