Cow dream meanings

Uncover Hidden Dream Meanings

Seeing cow in a dream from a spiritual perspective indicates that there is a deep unconscious desire to progress in life.

A cow in a dream mean an important problem in life, fertility, and change. I bet you're wondering why you have had such a strange dream. My name is Flo and I have been researching dreams for twenty years. Many people contact me about their cow dreams, predominately trying to gain a clear understanding of their meaning. I have made this super easy so just scroll down to find your dream. I have included lots of information here because there is lots to cover, please read on you will be fascinated!

The cow is a spiritual animal and only appears in our subconscious mind when there are a fundamental, powerful message needs to be communicated. I like to say that the cow is like a “spiritual messenger” to you about your life. That is why it is so important to understand fully the details of this dream. The subconscious mind during sleep can feel wisdom of the past as well as all knowledge of the future. Cows are representative of mother nature and in many different cultures such as Hinduism the cow is sacred. There are countless references to the cow in the Bible, and from the biblical perspective the cow can represent our own belief in what we fight for.

What does a cow mean in your dream?

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. If you are a man and you dream of a cow it can represent a female in your life.

Cows are a universal sign of health and nourishment since their milk is used around the world for its vitamins and dietary benefits. This is a great sign if seen in your dream. The dream is basically access to your own subconscious mind, it could be a call to lead a real change in your life. The cow positioned on grassland in your dream signifies that riches and happiness will result in success in the future. The cow is essentially a connection to your own divine energy within. To dream of a skinny cow which is not well-fed can signify that you wish to connect with the softer side of your personality. We hold a certain realization in our dreams and aspirations and the cow grazing in a dream can indicate that you wish to unravel problems in your life. If the cow was in your home during the dream it is important to safeguard against anything adverse. A herd of cows is associated with being at one with yourself and belonging. If you noticed white spots on the cow’s face or body this can suggest that peace and tranquillity will soon be yours. Milking a cow is a sign of material attainment. If you have any issues with your family to the moment is not unlikely a direct influence on the dream. A field full of cows seen in one’s dream often indicates that a positive time at work will suffice. To dream of a cow being slaughtered in a dream indicates that you require strength to overcome obstructions.

The cow gives us milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, ice cream, butter and above all milk. We often eat the cow meat in various ways: stay, rib eye, rump, stew and also mince. The cows give us so much for so little. The cow’s mannerisms need to be reviewed when looking at this amazing animal. There are certain sayings that we carry throughout our current modern world. Such as “don’t cry over spilt milk” or “why buy a cow when you can get the milk for free.” This is basically saying that in dreams if the cow appears don’t worry. Things will work out fine.

What does it mean to dream of a baby cow?

The mother cow is often seen in our society is quite a nurturing character. A baby cow is known as a calf which I am sure you are aware. The reason that a calf has occurred in your dream indicates that someone needs emotional support. The baby calf will cry when they are not with their mother, this indicates that there is a strong bond between both mother and child and this can transpire into your dream. The baby cow often appears in dreams when there is a move towards influencing other people. It can indicate the need to be focused on being more compassionate in life.

Detailed dream interpretation:

So, let's get into the nitty-gritty of what the cow dream represents. 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 childbirth, 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. You would never guess but: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 Lo, and is experiencing the pains and challenges of womanhood.

Was the cow being milked in your dream?

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 in the dream 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.

What is the take on the cow from a spiritual perspective?

In order to review the spiritual side of a cow specifically this dream meaning we also need to also turn to what the cow means from a spiritual symbolism. As we have already defined a cow is very much connected nature, fertility and also reproduction. The cow is a symbolism of female control and power, from the spiritual perspective cows are connected to new beginnings and are associated with maternal instinct and nourishment. We can never get away from the fact that a cow is always associated with the bull. A bull also seen in a dream can suggest that there will be some sacrifice that is required in life.

What does the cow dream really mean?

The most important takeaway from this dream meaning, especially those dreams we have analyzed on cows above, is that it symbolizes fertility and motherhood. It can also indicate pregnancy and childbirth in the future. If we turn to Egyptian astrology the cows were often worshiped and were associated with the god of happiness and contentment. There are many writings where the cow is referred to as the “goddess of joy.” The other key meaning of this dream is that you need to ensure that physically nourish yourself in order to thrive and live a happy life. The cow is a wake-up call in order to ensure that one remains content and nourished. It is true to say that someone close to you might deserve all the rewards and blessings if you dream of a cow. I want to briefly turn to Celtic mythology and the cow here is connected to the goddess Brigit who rules over nature, children and health.

What does a black cow mean in a dream?

A black cow in a dream is associated with our hidden thoughts. A black and white cow is a common symbol in dreams and can have an incredible variety of meanings. As Carl Jung said in his “Man and his Symbols” the dream might symbolize your fertility and caring power. To see only a black cow in dreams represents being connected to others and possible transformation. There is also a focus on being mature when you don’t have to be.

What does it mean to be attacked by a cow in a dream?

To be attacked by a cow can be a rather unpleasant dream it can indicate feeling that you are not getting the love and nurture that you need in life. There have been accounts of people trampled to death by cows. I have personally been chased through a field when I was walking my dog. If you were hurt, bruised, or even worse killed by a cow in a dream this reflects a problem in waking life. The type of cow is also quite significant, if it was just a general cow attacking you in a dream or showed any signs of behavioral issues then this can relate to a person in waking life. If the cow was a certain breed such as a Limousine or Charolaise these cows are notorious for being quite aggressive. If you find yourself in the countryside, perhaps exercising your dog or taking a relaxing walk in the countryside then you suddenly get attacked, it can suggest that you feel that you are going to be attacked by somebody in real life. Such as a family member. The cow attacking you can also highlight a risk of feeling anxious or stressed in daily life.

What does a brown cow mean in a dream?

In order to understand what the brown cow means from a spiritual perspective in your dream it’s important for us to look at the color brown itself. Brown indicates mother nature which connects quite well with a cow. The Brown cow can invoke certain emotions and feelings in the dream state such as comfort, desire and contentment. It is all about connecting with nature and being at one with the world. A walk in the countryside normally accompanies walking through a field of cows. The brown and white cow in a dream denotes riches and prosperity. The color brown is also quite a serious color indicates a sense of responsibility in life. You may find or encounter somebody quite down to earth.

What does a dead cow mean in your dream?

A dead cow in the dream indicates a spiritual journey. It signifies sustainability, structure but also somebody around you are lacking the nurturing nature of the cow. I believe in the research, carried out for this dream relates to the protection and support of your family. You take your obligations and live quite seriously but this dream encourages you to have more of a sense of belonging with others. The cow which is dead on the floor in a dream can suggest that there may be a sacrifice in regard to material security.

What does it mean to dream of flying cow?

The following cow in old folklore can indicate you are getting off to a flying start. Seeing a flying cow can indicate that whatever you are trying to achieve you are likely to progress successfully. This dream indicates that you are likely to improve your finances alternatively your career. Spiritually, the dream represents the overcoming of obstacles. I can’t help but having the image of twister in my mind while writing this. I can remember seeing the image of a cow swirling around in a tornado. If this is the case in your dream suggests that through a lot of difficulties you are likely to achieve.

What is it meaning to dream of a dead cow?

A dead cow in a dream indicates that your intelligence's can be questioned in the future. Since cows are associated with the nature, and also a figurine of nourishment it can suggest that there may be problems at work. The good news is that you can overcome anything with the right thought motivations.

What does it mean to dream of a talking cow?

Talking cow can often appear in dreams, this indicates somebody who is special and unique to you. If the cow is peaceful and is no threat you are talking cow can often symbolize possible friendships.

What does dreaming of cow dung mean?

It is no surprise if you’re walking through the countryside you’ll see lots of cowpats. Animal dung in a dream also known as cow pies or cow manure, this can indicate you are trying to remove something in your life. If the cow pat splats or you stand in cow dung it can indicate that there is really going to be a sloppy problem that you can have to deal with. Apologies for that last sentence I know it doesn’t sound very appealing!

What is the symbolism of a cow?

In regard to symbolism the cow is associated with our caring and nurturing nature. If we look at the expression “holy cow” it indicates a representation that we want to preserve the cow rather than eat beef and that one is shocked at something. The reason I mentioned this is that a dream of a cow can create thoughts of “holy cow you had that dream?” Yes, the cow is a great and lucky omen to see in dreams. As I have already touched on there are certain cultures that worship the cow. The cow is often protected and at festivals and Hindu’s decorate and worship the cow. Consequently, in Hinduism the cow is a representation of all the creatures of mother nature, the ultimate giving provider. The cow is representative of life itself as this animal is rather generous and does not need anything apart from grass, grain and water.

I hope you are now getting more of a deeper meaning into your dream. Consequently, the cow brings milk to us which provides protection of the soul. In many ancient texts that I reviewed in writing this dream meaning, the cow is a symbolism of abundance and also grace. The gentleness of the cow should not be ignored when I am trying to say is that the cow can signify a new phase of life. Looking into more Egyptian mythology there are many different goddesses connected to the cow such as Venus or her other name is Isis. The cow was essentially a deity, and was confounded as symbolism of nature. The cow itself is often worshiped by those that live in the Gold Coast of Africa where there are many different temples with an image of a cow. The goddess of Venus ’s (the ancient goddess of love) is represented as the cow meaning that love and light will shine in your life. In both African and Egyptian tribes, the cow symbolism indicated the productive power earth itself.

The cow itself is a powerful animal and symbolism of a nurturing and new life. I find that after reviewing many different explanations into the cow dream it can also signify a very nervous person in the position of authority. It can denote an emotional problem that has extended into your own life. The cow can also symbolize protection from our own negative thoughts. If we look at Native American animals the cow was a symbolism of how we could connect to our spirit guide. To Masai people the cow is a symbol of wealth. In Argentina, they believe that the cow is a sign of lost past riches.

In conclusion, cows symbolize mother nature, fertility and also renewal. The cow can also be a symbolism that you will follow another person’s rules and maybe how you follow others in life. The cows in dreams for females can also represent fertility or the desire to nurture children. I have run across some of the most prevalent symbolism is of cows throughout different cultures which I hope will give you some lasting insight into your dream.


Over the last three years I have had around 10,000 people write to me about their cow and I have followed up with those users to identify what their cow dreams really mean - what has happened and how their lives have changed. I have comments at the bottom of this article so I urge you to write to me via Facebook if you had a dream that is not covered above.

In your dream, you may have

  • 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.

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

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

By Flo Saul
Oct 12, 2012