Telephone Dream Meaning

To dream of a telephone symbolizes communication.

Problems using the telephone or getting the phone to work right represent issues in communication with the person you were trying to talk to on the phone. Telephones are a common and complex dream symbol. Here is a question for you, have you ever dreamed of ringing the phone, or spotted a phone ringing in your day and wondered? Maybe you have even lost your telephone? The funny thing is the difference between a telephone and a mobile but in the dream world, they are all the same. When phones pop up in dreams, I feel this is the universe that has dialed your number hoping you'll pick up a message. 

Telephones are spiritual symbols. I feel that when this appears in our dreams it can represent a pathway --- like a spiritual hotline -- to higher understanding and deeper connections. The spiritual world might be giving you a buzz, prompting you to listen closer to your inner self or the universe's mysterious energies. It's about tuning into frequencies that we often miss when we're stuck on life's loudspeaker.

Is the dream about telephones good or bad?

In many ways, I believe the telephone dream is positive (a good dream) and represents communication and connection across distances, a tool that effectively makes the world a little bit smaller. It has the power to close the gap between loved ones. In dreams, for instance, a telephone might symbolize receiving guidance or insight from your subconscious mind or even the spiritual world. A ringing phone that goes unanswered might mean there are missed opportunities or ignored advice.

The dream of someone you know calling you indicates that you are soon to be trusted in a situation, and you must understand the consequences of it. The way you approach the situation is extremely important. If you are talking on the telephone, this is an indication that you need to make sure you have open communication in your current life.

The telephone is an innovation that revolutionized how we connect. In the early 20th century, a phone call was a rare and important affair, one typically of a solemn or urgent nature.  To better understand the spiritual interpretation of a telephone in our dreams, I want to first touch on history. The development of the telephone coincided with increasing globalism and cross-cultural communication, and look at us now in 2024 with Tiktok, Instagram, Youtube all social media accessible from our pocket. 

What does telephones mean in your dream?

Old dream dictionaries (from the 1930s) state that the telephone demonstrates power in your life, and the numbers on the telephone are related to your influence over your life. If in your dream you were trying to avoid the telephone, then someone in your life is trying to control you and you are not too happy about this.

To see a telephone box in your dream means that things are going to be difficult in regards to communicating with others. To see yourself naked in a telephone box means that other people are trying to take advantage and the only way to overcome them is to increase your communication with others. A dream of seeing more than one telephone may indicate a significant change in life. To hear the telephone ring in your life means that someone is trying to contact you, so make sure you open the communication.

If we look at the basics of what a telephone is, we should underline that a telephone is a means of communication, and therefore in the dream, it may demonstrate your feelings and processes that affect your daily life. It is important when looking at this dream meaning to find out what part of your life this affects. Is there anything that has been stopping you from communicating properly? A relationship?

The telephone can be associated with life’s ups and downs, and it has the power to engage with others. To have this dream means that you are likely to undertake a situation that may require good levels of communication. In essence, this dream is focused on trying to improve your links with others in life. Telephones can be seen as a symbol of trying to let you know that someone has something to say if that is in the waking life or in the spiritual realm.

A dream about a telephone can portend love relationships. If in your dream you hear a telephone, this means you will receive sure news ahead. If the telephone is ringing, this indicates that your success in business is questionable. Your dream of a telephone heralds that you will have some gains in the future. To hear a telephone ringing means that people are going to get in touch with you soon about some good news!

The telephone is linked to mental skills such as telepathy or inclination towards prophecies. To dream that you make a telephone call it means that you will have a meeting with an old friend. A ringing telephone is a sign of some diseases and some worry ahead.

What does it mean to dream of hearing a telephone ring?

Dreaming of a telephone ringing can be a bit of a crazy dream. You might think your phone is really ringing in real life.  If you hear a telephone ringing, it offers an opportunity to answer something important in life --- and take action. It might represent the universe trying to contact you. And, I feel you may want to pay more attention at something, It also means that you will soon receive a call from someone important to you. If you were speaking on the telephone in your sleep, then this is a sign of a “message” It can mean sharing new ideas or gaining important information in life. This dream is often reflective of messages your subconscious is trying to write. It's like when you hear your favorite song on the radio out of the blue - then it feels like it might be significant, especially for you.

If you have been trying to call someone, in real life, for some time (and it just rings out) and fail to get that person to answer your call, you should be hearing some news in the next 60 hours that is going to change your perspective. If someone in your dream calls you, that is a spiritual sign that you need to be more open to new ideas or even relationships. The dream is trying to send you a message. 

Now, in my experience a ringing telephone in your dream suggests communication. It could be that there is something or someone you need to listen to more carefully in your waking life. I remember once dreaming about a persistent ring that I couldn't find the source of, and around that time, a close friend had been trying to share something important with me. It wasn't until I connected the two that I realized my dream was pushing me to pay attention. In some interpretations, the sound of a ringing telephone could also just be connected to aspects of your life that are calling out for your attention, perhaps something you've been neglecting or worrying about. I like to think of this dream as a sort of "internal notification" system alerting you to take action or to be aware.

Another cool thing about this dream is that it can predict news or decisions are coming. Maybe there's something you're anxiously waiting for in life, for example you are waiting for a call to come through with either good or bad news. 

What does it mean to dream of the rotary telephone?

I remember not long back buying a few rotary telephones from ebay and even today I don’t know what to do with them. I even remember having a red one which I think was quite sort after. The rotary telephone I remember at home in the hallway when I was a little girl, its physical dial, to me speaks of a time before the digital age, requiring patience and precision. When this type of phone appears in your dreams, it may be connected to the past. I also feel it is associated with our connections that are deeply rooted just like the spinning of the dial. When you have this dream, your spirit team is showing you the importance of taking the right steps at the right pace in your lives, particularly when it comes to communication.

In a spiritual sense, the rotary phone's appearance may represent a need to “reach out to older, wiser sources of information” -- speaking not necessarily of age, but of the timeless wisdom and stability in your life.

What does the cell phone mean in a dream?

Surprisingly, there are many questions/answers about dreaming of a cellphone online so I want to give you the true spiritual interpretation, I believe that the cellphone in a dream is a reminder to balance our modern, quickly shifting lives with the timeless need to connect with our inner selves and the divine. It may urge you to carve out moments of solitude and reflection amidst the constant connectivity.

As I highlighted above, dreaming of a cell phone can be interpreted as a symbol reflecting your communication with the world around you. Think of how integral cell phones are in our lives – they represent a lifeline to our personal community and the wider world. In the depths of our dreams (crazy ones sometimes), a cellphone might be a sign of your desire to reach out to someone or perhaps a reminder of a missed opportunity to convey something important. Reflect on whether there has been a recent incident where you felt unheard or wished to express something but held back.
I also feel this dream means is there a “message” you are waiting for. Or maybe there is the knowledge you subconsciously await to be revealed to you.

A cell phone in your dreams might denote anticipation or anxiety about incoming information that could potentially reshape your understanding. Consider, too, if the dream elicited any specific emotional response. What I mean by this is was you trying to operate a malfunctioning phone, or was it pleasant, receiving a call from a loved one? These feelings can be a mirror to your emotional life, reflecting your deepest yearnings or fears in the depths of your waking world.

In my experience, dreams have a way of distilling our conscious and unconscious thoughts into a cup full of symbols and narratives. Like a cellphone that sometimes loses its signal, we too can feel disconnected from ourselves and others. It is wise to take such a dream as an invitation, a call if you will -- to examine the quality of your interactions and how you connect with the world. It's about being honest with yourself and determining if the “mode of communication” in the dream is really about a call for you to take action. For example, troubleshooting a phone's connection could just be you having to repair human connections.

In your dream you may have

  • You hear a telephone ringing.
  • You speak on the telephone.
  • Somebody calls you on the telephone.
  • Communication is not possible on the telephone.
  • A telephone ringing.
  • Lots of telephones.
  • Telephone conversation.
  • The telephone is broken and you cannot use it.

Positive changes are afoot if

  • You were speaking to a relative on the telephone.
  • Overall the dream turns out well.
  • You work out how to increase your communication.
  • Your dream featured a red telephone, which means passion is about to enter your life again.
  • You hear the telephone ring it means someone is trying to contact you.

This dream is in association with the following scenarios in your life

A significant area of your life is depending upon good communication; make sure that you can keep the channels open.

  • Maybe it is time to call that long lost friend for a chat.
  • There may be quick changes that are likely to be positive.
  • Your spirit guide is trying to communicate, so meditate and try to open the channels and see what your spirit guide has to say.
  • A telephone can also indicate that an important letter or new relationship is on the horizon.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of telephone

Surprised. Content. Amazed. Curious. Enjoying. Concerned. Worried. Reminder. Recognition. Yourself. Old and strange. Rectify. Particularly unpleasant experience. Anxiety. True. Unexplained events. Unexplained consequences. Significance. Discovery

By Florance Saul
Oct 16, 2012