Fish dream dictionary

Fish Dream Meaning

From a psychological perspective, Sigmund Freud suggested that fish seen in a dream generally means fertility, wealth, and creativity - with their death representing feelings of failure or loss of opportunity for growth. Just like the mighty whale, fish hold a significant place as a symbol in the physical universe. And, if we're talking about important examples, the Scythian fish is made of gold which to me means this is a great “spiritual” signal. Interestingly, seeing fish in your dream world normally signifies one's emotions and potential for putting up boundaries.

What does it mean to dream of seeing fish?

In some cases, this dream may simply mirror feelings you already have about yourself and your life choices. If this dream is recurring for you over time then it may be worth looking into its deeper meaning further by talking to a qualified therapist who can delve into the specifics with you further and help process any emotions associated with the dream itself.

Finally - from an intuitive point of view - some cultures believe that fish appearing in dreams are spirits coming to bring us news from another world or realm beyond our physical world here on Earth; they carry messages full of guidance from our subconscious minds and intuition if we take the time to interpret them correctly!

Symbolically, I feel that dreaming about fish in a negative light (such as a dead fish or the dream is a nightmare) is often associated with feeling overwhelmed by your own emotions and anxieties. The dream can also represent being in our heads emotionally or spiritually. It is also said to be a sign of good luck if you are able to catch the fish in your dream. 

In certain legends and folklore, fishes were believed to have been sent from Ishtar (Akkadian Goddess) as signs of divine protection from war and suffering. Thus dreams about seeing fishes are thought in the ancient Babylonian clay dream tablets to signify after war --- great fortune is coming your way soon! In many cultures worldwide the fish symbol can stand for abundance so it is likely you may experience bountiful success -- perhaps either materialistic possessions or more emotional stability. 

  • Seeing fish in a dream (as a general meaning) as I have said above indicates wealth and creativity.
  • Catching a fish in a dream is about how you are going to "catch" your dreams --- maybe you need to put things in place to get what you need in life?
  • Dreams of fish-eating fish are incredibly common and often are a fantastic omen. 
  • In Hinduism, dreaming about fish is seen as an auspicious sign and is believed to bring luck and wealth. It can also signify contentment in life or the successful completion of a venture.
  • In Buddhism, dreaming about fish may represent abundance, good health, prosperity, fertility, and regeneration. The dreamers’ goals will be achieved with diligence and patience.
  • Dreaming about goldfish is seen as a symbol of security or protection according to Vietnamese culture while the Chinese believe it signifies success at school due to its resemblance with written characters for ‘scholastic achievements’ (考) implying intelligence and good luck!
  • In Western culture, dreaming about catching a fish, a dead or rotting fish often represents something that has died or lost its vitality in one’s life - such as relationships or business projects - that need to be dealt with quickly before further damage can occur. Alternatively, it could signify emotional numbness leading to depression if nothing is done soon enough. On the flip side, however; seeing multiple healthy fishes swimming in any type of water may indicate sensual pleasure and enjoyment that awaits you ahead!

When dreaming of a fish it can signify several different aspects of ourselves; such as the ability to keep going even when overwhelmed by obstacles or external forces. The presence of a fisherman may represent our ability to make conscious decisions based on our goals or values. The type, size, shape or color may all play into the interpretation if you can remember this from your dream. For example, depending on phallic symbols could be related to fertility. Alternatively, the presence of scale color or type might portend something about abundance or wealth opportunities that are coming soon for you!

As with any symbolism presented through dreams, it's important not to take things too literally –rather use it as an indicator for greater spiritual truths that will ultimately bring new beginnings to life if we are willing enough to open up and embrace them. Analyzing what kind of emotion was connected with this particular symbol – such as fear or joy– could also help reveal more insight into its deeper meaning for your personal journey!

I also believe each type of fish carries its own unique spiritual dream meaning in dreams. Some of these meanings are positive and portend good news ahead, while others may be more of a sign of a darker path. Normal fish (those that you cannot attribute to a certain fish) might convey an ordinary simplicity and mundane but necessary routine;

Let’s start with goldfish – they can mean in dreams luck, success, wealth, fertility, and happiness in our future endeavors. A goldfish is likely to mean that you have a favorable outlook on life. It could also imply that you will gain something valuable in the near future!

Bass or pike – these two symbols represent strong emotions as well as aggression and danger. If you dream about being attacked by bass or pike it might mean that someone close to you has been deceiving you but could potentially come clean soon - this could be interpreted as a warning sign for potential dark events ahead even if they don’t end up coming true in the end. I also feel this dream may be an indication that there are some deeply rooted challenges within your personal relationships that need to be addressed before things can progress further down the road.

Salmon – this fish represents power and strength but also courage and perseverance through difficult times. If you see yourself fighting against a powerful current with a salmon in your dreams then perhaps it indicates that although there will be obstacles standing between yourself and success - through hard work and dedication (just like what the wild salmon does when fighting its way upstream) victory will eventually take place at last!

Trout – this type of fish can signify mystery because it is both secretive yet surprisingly accessible at certain times too! Dreaming about trout might indicate that despite all odds stacked against us we still have hope for achieving what seems impossible right now - especially if backed up with proper planning beforehand along the way our goal shall eventually become within reach after all!

Swordfish – could represent strength, determination, and endurance; cod could refer to positivity, warmth, and comfort; and tropical fish reflect vibrancy, diversity, and enthusiasm.

The many colors associated with tropical fish can signify the vast potential opportunities available as you venture into unfamiliar waters. On a spiritual level whatever fish you see in your dream I believe this dream could point to your inner longing for growth by expanding your horizons beyond what is familiar. In short, it's a sign that however daunting or uncertain the journey ahead maybe – if you take those risks they will bring rewards worth exploring!

What’s the prophetic meaning of fish in dreams?

Have you ever used the term “fishy” about certain “dodgy” situations? Dreaming about fish might also indicate a warning about possible danger and some “fishy” suspicious situation you should avoid. Alternatively, you might be “fishing” for attention, recognition, and compliments if you see a fish in your dream.

To eat a fish in your dream symbolizes luck, nourishment, spirituality, beliefs, energy, and “feeding” your soul. If you cook fish in your dream, it reveals your hard-working nature and the plans you’ve been working on recently. If you find that you're putting your heart and soul into something then it is common for a fish to appear in your dream. If you’re cleaning out fish (maybe a fish tank), this dream denotes your shame in expressing feelings for other people. To see the fish slipping away from you can mean that you are trying to become a socially active person but sometimes you are a hidden introvert. If you’re being attacked by a fish in your dream, then this can mean you are feeling overwhelmed by emotions in your waking life. If the fish is big, you may experience significant challenges that will change your perspective and “attack” your current belief system. If you were attacked by a small fish, you won’t suffer major changes but small ones. To dream of fish bones reveals old views, thoughts, and insights.

What is the biblical meaning of a fish dream?

In the Bible, fish are often seen as symbols of abundance and provision. I'm sure you have heard of that famous story (maybe from your school days) when Jesus fed thousands with just five loaves and two fishes (Matthew 14:17). Fish can also represent spiritual nourishment since it is sometimes referred to as the “bread from the waters” (Job 28:5).

There has been some indication that fish symbolize Christ Himself when he began his ministry by calling Peter and Andrew "fishers of men" (Matthew 4:18-22). This dream could be a reminder for us to stay faithful, connected spiritually with Him and share His love with others. 

Psalm 8 speaks of how God made us “a little lower than the angels…and gave them dominion over the works of [God's] hands; dolphins He put in their care" (verses 5-8), which points out our need for humble stewardship over all Creation—including ourselves. Looking at passages of scripture in my bible (that I keep by my bed) can provide great insight, as there is so much reference to fish in the bible, but the one that I feel we need to consider when looking at the biblical meaning of fish is Leviathan. 

I feel the interpretation of seeing fish in your dream (biblically) is “the power of emotion”. Leviathan a sea monster is seen as a symbol for unstoppable forces of nature – floods, storms, or strong winds – that are challenging humans but which ultimately can be controlled through spiritual understanding and faith in God. It says in Job 38:11: "You know when I am laid down upon it (Leviathan), you mark my path". This speaks to both our mortal limits while also allowing us an opportunity to work with natural forces rather than against them; providing wisdom on how best to manage our own limitations in order to achieve spiritual growth and success.

A second interpretation focuses on the dream of fish mentioned alongside Leviathan in Job 41:1-4 ["Out of his mouth go burning lamps... Out from his nostrils comes smoke as out from a boiling pot over burning rushes]. This could mean metaphorically how we create in life -- and this can be harnessed through imagination and industry - something we see reflected across every part of life today from you right now reading my website, creating a strategy, and surviving in the world. The story of Leviathan offers an important reminder that although some things may seem too big or too powerful for us handle on our own - whether it be natural disasters or creative breakthroughs - if we have the right determination then things will work out well.

An old tradition says that fish in dreams is a positive symbol. The exception is only the dream displaying a dead fish or a fish that you dropped from your hand, rod or net. This last dream heralds a troubled soul, or a disappointment. If anyone dreams of fishing, this foretells a favorable event. Dreaming of sea fish means winning something and good luck. Large fish predicts that people tend to gossip about you. Small fish represents damage or losing something. If a pregnant woman dreams of a fish coming out of her body, she will give birth to a baby girl.

What does dreaming of fish during pregnancy mean?

Many people have contacted me to ask if fish in dreams are related to being pregnant. To dream of fish swimming in the sea in old folklore represents the insight of your unconscious mind, especially if you see more than one fish swimming in the ocean. To catch a fish in your dream symbolizes your awareness and to a lesser degree indicates you are gaining insight into your own (or someone else’s) personality. Fish represented in dreams is an extremely common dream in pregnant women. This dream also has a prophetic meaning. Allegedly, many females claim that when they dream about fish, someone they know (a friend or relative) ends up pregnant! So, this leaves me questioning if dreaming of fish foretells having a baby in waking life. The answer is, it might. Many dream books (ancient ones) claim that dreaming of fish during pregnancy foretells giving birth of a beautiful baby girl. If you’re pregnant and dream of seeing black fish, it represents the birth of a strong baby boy. If you dream of “fishing” when pregnant it signifies a smooth and easy delivery to a healthy baby.

If you see carps in your dream while being pregnant, it can foretell that you’re going to give birth to an intelligent, and talented child, most possibly a daughter. If you catch a fish in your dream (while pregnant) in waking life this symbolizes giving birth to a boy who will accomplish great success in life. To dream of fish during pregnancy is mostly associated with “positive signs” and holds a positive meaning and interpretation.

Does dreaming of fish mean pregnancy?

Dreaming of fish in certain circumstances foretells pregnancy. According to old dream books, it isn’t the only thing, seeing “fish eggs” in your dream foretells a new beginning and the need to express potential. Alternatively, to see fish eggs in your dream also denotes an incredible idea or a new path you will take to achieve elements in life. But besides this, fish are often interpreted as a symbol of personal development, growth, and fertility. To see a fish in your dream (as I have already mentioned) may represent conception. And most women dream of fish swimming in the water when they’re about to get conceive a baby! This is according to ancient folklore.

What does dreaming about fish that is not in water symbolize?

Fish is one of the most common symbols in dreams. It has both positive and negative interpretations. However, most of the associations of dreaming fish are positive. But what does it mean if you feel uncomfortable while dreaming about fish? For example, you see a fish out of the water and it makes you feel unpleasant and you suddenly feel the urge to help the fish get back in the water in order to survive. I know I had a dream once where I did feel pressure to help the fish. Either way, such a dream foretells unpleasant situations and troubles appearing in your waking life. This dream might foretell disappointment, especially if you could see muddy or dirty water along with the fish out of water in your dream.

What does a dead fish mean in a dream?

If the fish is dead, I’m afraid this is a negative sign according to dream folklore. A dead fish in dreams symbolizes problems and illness in the future. Seeing a fish out of water has a similar interpretation. You may find yourself in an uncomfortable and unexpected situation in your waking life. Perhaps you will feel uncomfortable in the presence of someone. Your dream is probably suggesting that you should make some changes. On a symbolic level, some dream books that I have suggest that seeing dead fish in dreams can represent disappointment in regard to goals or plans no longer being achievable. It could also signify a lack of progress or feeling trapped in an unfulfilling situation.

What does dreaming of fish in muddy water represent?

If you see fish swimming in muddy water in your dream, it represents a bit of a challenge in life, depending on the clearness of the water. I always think that the cleaner the water the more positive the dream. If you saw a fish swimming in clear water, it’s a positive sign. Such a dream represents success and financial gains, especially if you run or lead your own business. On a positive note, you will find the following month or two extremely lucky. If you work in a regular job, this dream can signal obtaining a promotion that will take your career to the next level.

Fishing in muddy water usually represents an illness and complex problems appearing in your life. Don’t panic because, with a good plan, taking better care of yourself, and changes, you can overcome everything. There’s no such thing as an unsolvable problem.

What does it mean to dream of a large fish?

As I have mentioned before, to be attacked by a big fish, means going through major changes that will “attack” your current point of view, and your belief system and open your eyes for good. However, if you just saw a fish in your dream, and it didn’t harm you in any way, it symbolizes a person who’s going behind your back in waking life. It’s possible that the person’s been talking about you behind your back if the fish was threatening in any way. In other words, such a dream represents gossiping. Seeing a large fish in your dreams might also signify stress and social anxiety, and also certain obstacles you will need to overcome soon. As you can notice, your dream has a complicated interpretation. But the final outcome (if the dream is positive) is victory over enemies.

A big fish seen in a dream is about the fact that you are about to be happy. The water element in itself in the dream speaks to cleansing and taking away worry or negativity.  When something seems "big" – especially when it's out of our mental grasp – it's easy to feel overwhelmed and scared that things can get insane as I fear when I'm dealing with something too large for me to handle alone.

In addition to fear, the big fish might also represent abundance; your dreams could be showing you that there are greater riches or resources available for achieving your goals than you may have initially believed possible. Along these lines, this type of dream might indicate growth in some areas related to success such as wealth, career advancement, reputation, etc.. Again feeling overwhelmed may arise but these types of dreams often remind us that we have the strength and courage necessary to find solutions if we don't give up hope despite any obstacles standing in our way!

I'm sure you will agree that every person's interpretation will be unique so take time to reflect on why this particular image was presented to you by your subconscious mind! In doing so perhaps inner truths will emerge from the depths about what specifically seeing a big fish means for you!

What does it mean to dream of a black fish?

At times, you just have to try different things in life before you find something that makes you happy. What’s more there might be a somewhat endless supply of problems. If you dream of a black fish, it represents the feeling that you want to find something that makes you happy according to older folklore. It can denote that you might feel anxious and stressed of late. If you’re going through a hard time in life, your dream might reflect what you’re feeling inside. Now, to see yourself as a black fish (that’s unique and swimming around freely indicates a fresh new start. Alternatively, seeing a black fish in dreams predicts rainy weather, so if you’re a fan of rainy stormy weather, you will be in or a treat! Whitefish, on the other hand, represents the state of your current relationship. If you have a profound, pure relationship with your lover then the blackfish is positive. And if you’re not in a relationship, you will probably meet someone sincere and special. Seeing a green fish stands for selfishness and represents your desire to start over in life.

What does dreaming of colorful fish stand for?

If you dream of a colorful fish, it denotes great health and the need to care for yourself (sorry to say!). If you catch a colorful fish in your dream it represents your open mind. The dream could imply that you are an opportunist who holds a colorful. This dream implies that you do however like to take risks because you’re aware that sometimes you have to “risk” more. Alternatively, such a dream foretells a great marriage in the future, so be prepared! A few dream books I have read indicate that seeing marine fish might represent your creativity and crazy ideas!

What does it mean to dream of eating fried fish?

To eat fish for example from a fish and chip shop in your dream state foretells good news coming on your way. Cooking white fish indicates that you are in perfect health. However, in order to keep great health, you will need to pay more attention to your lifestyle and be more active. This dream also symbolizes prosperity and luck. However, on a more negative note, it represents obstacles, especially if you choked on the bones in your dream. Alternatively, eating a fish in your dream in many of my dream books denote financial gains and an improved financial situation. If you watch a fish get prepared and cooked, then eaten in your dream, it’s a good omen. It might foretell wealth and inheritance. To eat or see different types of fish in a dream, is also a good omen, meaning your efforts and hard work will result in a positive outcome. You will achieve professional success. However, many people who dream of eating fried fish sometimes wonder about its meaning. To dream about eating fresh fish means that your prayers will finally be answered. Also, it means that everything will go as planned for you and you will get to enjoy life. Eating smelly or rotten fish, on the other hand, signifies cheating and experiencing a bad marriage.

Takeaways: To cook and eat fish reveals how you take care of yourself and your soul in waking life. You always put yourself first. To clean the fish on your own in a dream signifies your way of expressing your emotions. You’re not afraid to do it, no matter whom you’re expressing your feelings to. Such a dream proves your mental strength.

What does the symbol of a fish mean in dreams?

I know I have mentioned this quite a bit so far but here I am going to focus on the 1930 dream meaning of fish and what it means. I went over my old dream books and this is what it says. If you dream of fish, this generally suggests the emotional side of your character according to Irish folklore. Each fish (in a dream) holds its own individual meaning. If you dream of a salmon or pink fish, this generally symbolizes that you are going to have some important experiences in the near future. If you see a white fish, things are looking positive in regard to your love life.

In some occult books, the dream is also connected with the Zodiac sign of Pisces, the symbol is two fish swimming together. The important symbol of this dream is that the two fish are opposites. Based on this dream interpretation, the dream suggests there are two aspects of your personality, and you need to be able to improve your self-image. If you are eating fish, including fish and chips, this shows that prosperity is coming your way in the near future. If you are catching fish, it indicates that a good idea will provide you with financial independence.

If you see flying fish, then it is likely you will be able to overcome difficulties in the future. If you dream of a fisherman, you need to be able to take time off in order to rest and relax. If the fisherman is catching fish, it means you need to be patient with others. Dreaming of fishing and then eating the fish is a sign of an incurable disease in your family or in your group of friends, but it can also refer to an accident. If in your dream you are killing a fish, it is a sign that you will defeat some of your enemies.

Strange-looking fish means that you are quite annoyed with your life, and it can suggest that something is inhibiting your activities. Catching fish from a dirty lake indicates an obstacle in business created by some important people. Colored fish means healing the sick. Buying fish refers to greed and illness. Boiled fish means loss, while heavy fish means danger. Trying to catch a fish with your hands suggests sentimental disillusion according to 1930s dream books. A fish in a water stream is the sign of offspring coming in your life soon. A fish swimming at the bottom of the water means danger, while one swimming at the surface means wealth.

If in your dream you eat fish, this foretells health, steady income, or winning the lottery. Petting a fish in your dream means you will have to deal with easy women that bring with them prejudices. Lots of dead fish represent sadness, loneliness, poor hope, and that you could be followed by treacherous people. I hope this has given you some insight into your dream and get in touch if you need any help. 

What does it mean to dream about catching fish with your hands?

I have read a lot about catching fish with bare hands and salmon and trout are the easiest to catch. In Indian folklore, dreaming of catching a large fish with your hands is a sign of is a sign of gossip and mudslinging. If you use a fishing line to catch it, this means represents a jumble of meaningless words. Dreaming of catching a fish with bare hands is somewhat quite poetic. To dream about catching fish with your bare hands serves as a kind of text message from our subconscious telling us important things beyond the surface level. This could include reflecting deep beneath the words and imagery itself to catch meaning we normally wouldn’t take time out for in daily life; by doing this, we can understand how particular aspects and many parts of our life or perspective influence us.

To dream about 'catching fish' in a river using your 'hands', can imply success - where the fishes signify opportunities or goals being achieved while the hands represent catching and taking control over it all too. Biblically speaking, there is even an old proverb that states ‘He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down without walls’ (Proverbs 25:28). Here this speaks directly about having control over any difficulties but ultimately still knowing where one's limits stand for best overall satisfaction too - which relates back nicely to my previous interpretation.


In your dream, you may have

  • Seen a fish.
  • Gone fishing.
  • Caught or encountered a very big fish.
  • Caught or encountered small fish.
  • Seen dead fish.
  • Been unable to catch a fish.
  • Seen sea fish.
  • Seen pink fish such as salmon.
  • Seen a white fish.
  • Been eating or preparing fish.

Positive changes are afoot if...

  • You send the fish back after catching it.
  • You see a fish interacting with its environment.
  • You see a big or small fish, as long as it is happy.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of fish

Sad. Lonely. Hungry. Jolly. Content. Inpatient. Cheated.

By Florance Saul
Oct 12, 2012