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Cow dream meanings


The eternal femininity of a cow represents its purpose of providing milk and nourishment. That means that a dream involving a cow shows you are trying to get in touch with your feminine side through fertility, childhood, wisdom, creativity, romance, emotions, or beauty.



What is unique about this animal is that it is always a female. Cows, then, most often represent fertility and femininity. Cows are a universal sign of health and nourishment, since their milk is used around the world for its vitamins and dietary benefits.



In your dream you may have…

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  • Seen a cow or a picture of a cow.
  • Milked a cow or seen a cow getting milked.
  • Seen a cow feeding its young.
  • Been represented as a cow yourself.
  • Attacked or been attacked by a cow.
  • Been surrounded by cow print or cowhide.
  • Seen a cow in a slaughterhouse or being slaughtered.


Positive changes are afoot if…



  • The cow was milked by hand (rather than by machine).
  • The cow was nurturing its young naturally.
  • The cow was grazing, sleeping, or carrying on any of the natural life processes.
  • The cow was active and happy (rather than, say, in a slaughterhouse).
  • You were represented as a happy cow.


Detailed dream interpretation...


In Greek mythology, cows are attributed to the goddess Hera. Hera was also the goddess of women, marriage, and fertility, which is another reason these attributes can be represented by cows in dreams. When Hera discovers her husband Zeus is cheating with Io, she turns Io into a cow who must wander the earth misunderstood and accompanied by an obnoxious painful gadfly.



For this reason, a cow can represent both the good and the bad parts of femininity. The cow represents the faithfulness of marriage and the blessings of child birth, but chastises those who give away their love too freely. That is why you may need to decide whether the cow in your dream was experiencing its natural life cycles in a happy way. A cow who is happy, well-nourished, and freely grazing is a fantastic symbol of the femininity and fertility of Hera. A cow who is bound by machines or the confines of a cage is closer to Io and is experiencing the pains and challenges of womanhood.


If the cow in your dream is being milked, it represents childbirth, fertility, or health. A milked cow is a fertile cow capable of nursing, which is why it is close to fertility and childbirth. Is someone in your life expecting or trying to conceive? It may be a sign of complete success. Similarly, you may have a child, or know a child, who has been on your mind lately because he or she is entering the next major milestone in his or her life.


If the cow is being machine-fed, machine-milked, or if it is caged or living unnaturally in any way, a natural life milestone, pregnancy, or someone’s femininity is at risk. A machine fed cow or a caged cow’s natural identity is hindered, meaning its femininity is at risk. A cow that is being milked is not naturally nurturing its young; therefore, there may be an issue with one of the natural processes of childbirth or infancy.



If you see a cowhide or cow print around you in your dream, this may be a reminder of some part of your femininity (such as creativity, intuition, sensuality, emotion, or beauty) that feels like it is missing or out of place. Get in touch with your feminine side, and try to rediscover yourself.


The dream is in association with the following scenarios in your life…



  • Pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Femininity.
  • New life milestones.


Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of a cow…

Familial love. Romantic love. Femininity. Beauty. Wealth. Health. Nourishment.

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