Dreams About Monkeys

Monkeys are interesting dream symbols, they have great personalities - which makes them excellent metaphors for human behavior. In some cases, monkeys may be seen as a representation of our primal instincts and base desires. They can also symbolize chaos, disorder, and mischief. 

What does a dream of a monkey mean? 

To explain this dream, l commence with my little story that will hopefully teach you the meaning of this dream. Sitting in a tree, a monkey dreams of life. His dream depicts a vast jungle teeming with life. As he swings from vine to vine, climbs to the top of the tallest trees, and leaps through the air, he feels alive and free. As he awakens from his dream, he finds himself still seated in the tree. Rather than seeing the jungle as an adventure, he now views it as a dangerous place. In the vines and trees, he feels hemmed in, and he fears falling if he jumps.

Seeing the sun shining down on him, the monkey looks up at the sky. At that moment, he realizes that his dream was not about life, but about fear. Freedom does not exist in the jungle; it is full of traps and dangers. Awakening from the dream is the only way to escape. Thus, the monkey sits in the tree, dreaming of life and waiting for the day when he can escape the jungle of his mind. What is on your mind? Through escaping the jungle of his mind, the monkey learns to think positively. It is only by letting go of all negative thoughts and believing in himself that he can be truly free. In the end, the monkey decides to take the leap and leave the jungle behind. Now that he's free to live his life as he pleases, he's happier than ever before - by taking that leap of faith and starting to live his life the way he wants to, which leads to contentment. This is the key message of the dream, what is holding onto your mind? Why is it like a jungle? Therefore, after this dream it is important to clear your mind and look at your behavior.

The reason being, is that monkeys are often used in metaphors to describe human behavior. For example, the phrase "monkey see, monkey do" is used to describe how people often imitate the behavior of others around them. Monkeys are also known for being playful and curious, which can be seen as a metaphor for the childlike innocence of humans. As well as this, monkeys are often thought to be mischievous and cunning, which is used to describe people who are up to no good.

What is the dream about a monkey mean spiritually?

Based on different cultural traditions, there are many possible dream interpretations of monkeys, depending on the details and we will look at your dream in greater depth. There are many cultures (from my research) where monkeys are seen as positive symbols and others where they are seen as negative symbols. It is possible to dream of a group of monkeys as a symbol of chaos or mischief, depending on the context. In your dream, the monkeys could be in tropical and subtropical regions, in your house, or even at the zoo. The place the monkey is found in the dream needs to also be interpreted. Remember, Monkeys can live in trees or on the ground, depending on the species. Typically, monkeys eat fruits, leaves, flowers, and insects. Thus, seeing monkeys eating food in a dream can indicate that you need to get back to nature.

What did you see in your dream?

There is no consistent definition of what constitutes a monkey. Some species may overlap with apes – especially the chimpanzee and the bonobo – and/or lemurs, therefore you might not know precisely if your dream was of a monkey or ape but my dream meaning here is based on you seeing monkey-like figures in the dream. Colloquially, the terms monkey and ape are widely used interchangeably. Also, a few monkey species have the word "ape" in their common name.

This is also a dream about your intelligence as Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent, particularly the Old World monkeys. Grouped with my earlier interpretation it can mean it is intelligent to work through those jungle thoughts - clearer thinking and getting back to basics. Various monkey species have been found to be capable of using tools and solving complex problems. Sign language is also used by some monkeys!

In some cultures, monkeys are also signs of the spirit, and here are the spiritual messages:

  • Care and tenderness are needed
  • Curiosity and wonder should be our approach to life
  • Fresh starts or new beginnings
  • Hope and possibility are symbolized by this symbol
  • It's a reminder that we are all connected and interconnected
  • The innocent side of us that represents our inner child
  • Life's simple pleasures are worth enjoying
  • Making mistakes and learning from them is okay
  • Having fun and being playful
  • Our interconnectedness and interdependence is needed in order to live our best life. This dream is about gaining what you need and I feel that it does mean you need to watch out for "monkey business."

Is the dream of a monkey good or bad?

It is mixed. It can be good or bad, depending on what the monkey was doing in the dream. Generally speaking, in older dream books, monkeys tend to symbolize mischief, chaos, and disorder. They can also represent our primal instincts and base desires. In some cases, monkeys may also be seen as a representation of our shadow selves - the darker, repressed aspects of our personality that we may be unwilling or unable to confront. Think about what parts of your life are out of control or chaotic if you dream of a monkey. What base desires or instincts do you feel like you are struggling to keep in check? By confronting and addressing these issues, you may find greater clarity and peace in your waking hours. A group of monkeys is called a troop and this indicates they are social creatures, so seeing a group of monkeys in a dream is a positive omen.

The number of monkey species known to exist is approximately 260. There are two distinct lineages of monkeys, the New World monkeys (platyrrhines) and the Old World monkeys (catarrhines). Monkeys from the Old World make up about 75% of all monkey species. It is common for monkeys to have curved fingers and toes, as well as limbs that are shorter than their bodies. Their skulls are narrow and their snouts are pointed.

What is the 1930's dream meaning of a monkey in a dream?

I have many dream books in my home, I am going to run over some of the popular dream meanings I have found in my treasure chest of information on dreams.

  • An attack by a monkey in a dream could symbolize feelings of overwhelm or stress. The dream of a monkey in a tree might represent a problem or situation that you need to get on top of.
  • When you dream of a climbing monkey, you are progressing towards your goal or challenge.
  • The sight of a dead monkey could be a sign that something negative is coming to an end.
  • If you dream of fighting a monkey and you are defeated, you might get sick of an incurable disease.
  • The same explanation is given if you eat monkey meat in your dream.
  • To dream that you attack a monkey signifies that you could have conflicts with others. Watch out for thieves if in your dream a monkey sits on your shoulder.
  • Those who dream of owning a monkey will have trouble in real life.
  • To see a monkey in your dream brings out the vast amount of immaturity in your character, the qualities of adolescence, selfishness, and even threat by others. This dream locks in the need for adventure in your life at the moment. Stop being fearful of the future.
  • To see more than one monkey denotes that you will be in the company of people that are trying to find a humorous way to approach life. Maybe you will be involved in a group task that will provide humor and laughter going forward.
  • If the monkey was pregnant, then this shows you need to make sure that you go back to your youth and have a hobby that will help you become happier in your life.
  • A monkey eating a banana in the jungle shows that you are likely to come into wealth.
  • If you dream that a monkey is contained in a zoo, then this shows that your body is relaxed and that you will find life beautiful. However it is important to stop having bursts of negativity in your life, you must keep positive, even during tough times.
  • Any dream of monkeys predicts trouble with false friends and business partners. It is usually an omen of disappointment and enmity, deceit, scam, not to be diddled, and evil, perfidious and hidden enemies.
  • If you see an agitated monkey, this means dark times are coming your way. Having a monkey in your dream tells that you have hateful enemies.
  • If you dream of playing monkey, you may buy a new house.
  • If the monkey is eating, you may get rid of a shameful situation, but you could also have difficulties and possibly a stomach disease.
  • Watching a monkey in your dream tells you not to count on your luck.
  • A monkey walking on a leash means constancy in love.
  • A monkey jumping from tree to tree predicts pleasant news from a relative.
  • Dreaming of holding a monkey in your arms means a new love will come into your life.
  • Having a monkey as a pet in your house tells that you are surrounded by enemies.
  • If you dream of a monkey in a tree, this can be the omen of an illness.
  • For a woman to see a monkey in a dream can mean that she is likely to meet an unusually large, handsome man over the next year. In summary, monkeys can mean different things depending upon the circumstances around them. And all dreams which involve this animal reflect that you should not take life too seriously!

After reading the above, it is clear that monkeys have been featured in many books as omens and represent different things from a dream perspective. 

What does the monkey mean in your dream?

Let’s now focus on your monkey dream. A monkey is often seen as a symbol of good fortune and good luck in Chinese culture. Additionally, they represent strength, dexterity, and intelligence. As we may be unwilling or unable to confront our inner fears, they can be seen in various cultures of representations of what we hide - repressed aspects of our personalities. This dream's meaning goes deeper. 

What does it mean to dream of a pet monkey?

I can remember as a child in the 1970s pet monkeys were popular, I also watched a Netflix documentary on how dangerous it was to keep monkeys. In dreams, pet monkeys are about coming to the surface and being able to care for something. A friendly monkey in a dream is a positive omen, a symbol of a new beginning in caring for yourself. 

What does it mean to dream monkey attacks you?

Anger or aggression that has been repressed is bubbling to the surface in waking life if you dream of a monkey (or more than one) monkey attack. Wild monkeys especially in Japan attack many people, which is on the rise. This could include being scratched or even bitten. Another interpretation is feeling overwhelmed or out of control in a situation. In your waking life, it may also indicate that you are being bothered by someone. An attack by a monkey that is particularly violent or frightening may indicate deep-seated fear or anxiety. Based on your unique circumstances, only you can determine what the dream means for you. In dreams, this is about being attacked by something in life. You may find that the monkey is either large or small in life. 

What does it mean to see a monkey in a cage?

A monkey in a cage as a dream symbol might represent feelings of being trapped or confined. Also, it could be a symbol of something negative that you feel powerless to change. You may also associate this image with boredom or lack of stimulation.  Symbolically, a cage can represent spiritual confinement or be trapped. It can also symbolize feelings of being limited or held back.

What does it mean to be scared of the dream monkey?

Having negative feelings or fears about monkeys during a dream can mean you are scared of a problem you are facing. Equally, this dream vision might represent some part of yourself that you find chaotic or mischievous. A situation or problem that feels overwhelming could also be symbolized by this dream. You might be stressed or anxious if the monkey attacks you in your dream. This attack could also be a metaphor for something that is hurting your emotional well-being. You should explore what this fear in your life might represent if you are scared of monkeys in your dreams. 

What do dreams about white monkey's mean?

A white monkey featured in your dream could symbolize new beginnings or a fresh start. The childlike side of you may also be represented by this image. A pure white monkey might also symbolize purity, cleanliness, or newness. Corruption or deceit could be symbolized by a dirty or gray monkey. A white monkey entering the dream could have positive or negative connotations depending on its context. 

What do dreams about blue monkey's mean?

Blue monkeys may symbolize sadness or depression. It might also represent feeling blue or down in the dumps. In a happier and more playful monkey, the emotional state might be more positive. It could symbolize sadness or grief if the blue monkey is sad and crying. Connotations of the blue monkey in a dream may be positive or negative, depending on what the monkey is doing. 

What do dreams about a green monkey mean?

A monkey that is green may symbolize growth or a new beginning. The image might also symbolize your jealousy or envious side. An ill or dying monkey may represent feelings of illness or decay. Growth or abundance may be symbolized by a healthy, vibrant green monkey. A green monkey may have positive or negative connotations depending on the context of the dream. 

What do dreams about an orange monkey mean?

Symbolically, orange monkeys symbolize creativity and self-expression. Alternatively, this image might represent your mischievous or playful side. If the monkey is angry or aggressive, it could symbolize feelings of frustration or rage. If the orange monkey is calm and peaceful, it might represent balance and harmony. 

What does it mean if the monkey is black in a dream?

When the monkey is black in the dream, it could symbolize your shadow or darkness. I also believe that a black monkey in a dream denotes your shadow self or a hidden part of yourself that you keep hidden from others. If the black monkey is frightening or aggressive, it could symbolize your fears or anxieties. If the black monkey is calm and peaceful, it might represent your ability to face your fears - yes you can! 

What does it mean if the monkey is pink in a dream?

When the monkey is pink, it could symbolize love or compassion, seeing a group of pink monkeys could represent your caring and nurturing side. If the pink monkey is sick or injured, it could symbolize feelings of vulnerability or fragility. If the pink monkey is healthy and happy, it might represent healing and wholeness. As we all know, monkeys behave in a certain way, and the pink monkey may indicate that you need to take better care of yourself.

What does it mean to dream of a brown monkey?

Brown monkeys may represent stability or reliability. Another interpretation of this image would be to represent your practical side. A dirty or unkempt monkey may represent feelings of abandonment or neglect. Clean, well-groomed brown monkeys may symbolize self-care or self-love. The brown monkey might have positive or negative connotations depending on the context of the dream. 

What does it mean to dream of a red monkey?

It may symbolize aggression or passion when the monkey is red. This image might also represent your fiery side or temperament. If the monkey is bleeding or injured, it might symbolize anger or rage. A calm and peaceful red monkey may symbolize balance and harmony. Red as we know is also a sign of danger, therefore what are you running from in life? Is there a problem you are not wishing to face?

What does it mean to dream of being chased by a monkey?

If you are being chased by a monkey in your dream, it could symbolize feelings of insecurity or vulnerability. Alternatively, this image might represent something that you are afraid of or trying to avoid. If the monkey is caught up with you and attacking you, it could symbolize your fears or anxieties. If you are able to outrun the monkey or escape from it, it might symbolize your ability to face your fears. The meaning of this dream image will depend on its overall context and tone. 

What does it mean to see a monkey in a tree?

In your dreams, you might see a monkey in a tree symbolizing intelligence or resourcefulness. You could also interpret this image as your ability to view things from a different perspective. A monkey high up in a tree may symbolize your goals or aspirations. It might represent your current situation or circumstances if the monkey is low down in the tree. Depending on the dream's overall context and tone, this dream vision may have a different meaning, but I do think it means you will see things from a higher perspective.

What does it mean to dream of feeding a monkey?

Dreaming of feeding a monkey may symbolize your nurturing side. Remember, I said above they eat insects - therefore, the dream of feeding the monkey (maybe a banana) might also represent your need to care for others. It could symbolize vulnerability or fragility if the monkey is sick or injured. Healing and wholeness can be represented by a monkey that is healthy and happy. 

What does it mean to dream of a baby monkey?

A baby monkey represents a fresh start or a new beginning. It could also represent innocence or purity. It could symbolize vulnerability or fragility if the baby monkey is sick or injured. The baby monkey might symbolize hope and possibility if it is cute and you enjoy seeing or holding the baby monkey.

In your dream, you may have

  • You have a monkey.
  • You see a monkey.
  • More monkeys.
  • A monkey eating a banana.
  • A monkey jumping from tree to tree.
  • A playing monkey.
  • A monkey eating.
  • A monkey on your shoulder.

Positive changes are afoot if

  • Be more mature.
  • Do not fear the future.
  • Get a hobby that makes you happy.


What can you learn from a dream of a monkey?

A monkey featured in your dream can suggest oppression. The dream is probably representational of a partnership in waking life. It is important to follow your own instincts and also mind, which usually produces feelings of independence. This dream indicates that you need to remove discord within your life. The monkey may symbolize a particular area of interest in regard to a work situation and suggests that you sometimes jump from one thing to another, without actually making a decision or focusing on one task.

Because of our own encounters with monkeys, this dream may also signify that it is time for a new start. The actual monkey may also at times illustrate the primal pet that is associated with self-awareness. Therefore, it can indicate the particular difficulty in realizing that you are in the wrong as well as problems underlying your current personality. Animal tendencies are present in all of us and the monkey can indicate being disobedient in waking life. Sometimes we see this in social structures, spiritual and also political groups, or even two countries fighting with each another. It is, therefore, occasionally exactly like Monkey.

To see a white-colored Monkey indicates an understanding. It may suggest our human difficulty when trying to become an expert in your profession. The actual intelligence of the white monkey could result in a nightmare if we allow it. A monkey dream is a nightmare. The Western tradition explained the dream as meaning hostility from others and spiritual problems, doubts, and suspicions, especially from the people you work with. The Eastern tradition says that if you dream of a monkey house, you will deeply fall in love.

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

Embarrassed. Astonished. Confident. Happy. Bewildered. Angry. Upset. Surprised. Disturbed.

Updated On: 7th August 2022

By Florance Saul
Oct 12, 2012