Large water bodies can be both beautiful and frightening. And since water symbolizes emotions and portals in the spiritual realm, dreams about lakes, rivers, seas, and oceans can be quite instructive. But while they’re both full of salty water, we can’t all differentiate seas and oceans, so as we interpret these dreams, we’ll combine these categories of water dreams.
Dream About Ocean (Interpretation & Spiritual Meaning)
1. Call to Ministry
In the Christian Gospels, Jesus has a dozen disciples who follow him around and share his ministry. Many of these stories talk about fishing miracles, from the overwhelming harvest by Andrew and (Simon) Peter to magically feeding 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish.
In total, four of the apostles were fishermen, and Jesus converted them into fishers of men. In the Bible, an ocean represents humanity, so if you have a dream of standing on the beach or fishing, you’re receiving a vocation to go into the ministry and turn sinning souls for God.
2. Booming Business
Throughout history, the ocean has played a massive role in business, conquest, discovery, and colonization. Indigenous islanders used rafts and boats to travel between mainlands. They interacted with unknown cultures and traded goods, knowledge, and even people.
Even today, ocean challenges like that Suez Canal debacle can damage commercial activities for months. So if you dream about the ocean, it could be a message related to the success of your business. Calm seas prophesy profit while troubled water hints at risky investments.
3. Lucky in Love
If you dream about standing on the ocean shore, the dream deals with the transactions around you. These things – whether good or bad – will affect you indirectly. But if you’re interacting with the ocean, the message may involve your love life on an individual level.
Suppose you dream of surfing, swimming, diving, or even jet-skiing. You have autonomy in these activities. Yes, you’re at the mercy of the sea, but you have some influence, and things will go well. Rough waves suggest a crisis though, so ask your spirit guides how to fix things.
4. Forbidden Passion
A few centuries ago, most people believed the world was flat. Back then, almost everyone believed that if you ran into the sunset, you’d fall off the edge of the planet. And modern flat-earthers still do! So what does it mean if you dream about sailing your boat into the horizon?
Well, it’s a bad sign for your love life, that’s for sure. This dream suggests you’re about to fall for someone you can never have. That could be your best friend’s girl, your brother-in-law, or your partner’s college roommate. Ask your guardian angel for help quelling those flames.
5. Overwhelming Emotion
In general, dreams about water represent transition and emotion. So what does it mean when you dream about massive ocean waves? In these dreams, the waves are massive and scary but they’re not drowning you. You might be snorkeling, or you might be a sea creature.
These waves suggest a feeling that’s overpowering you, but you don’t know what it is because you’ve suppressed it. Ask your heavenly helpers to clarify the scene. They can tell you exactly what the unknown emotions are and how you can handle them before they overcome you.
6. Waves of Creativity
Some of us are artistically inclined. Maybe we draw, write, paint, dance, or sculpt for a living. But even if we work regular office jobs, if we have a creative leaning, we might translate these skills into our professions. We might develop successful marketing campaigns or solutions.
So if you have a metaphoric mind and you consider yourself artsy or inventive, a dream about ocean waves can be a good thing. It means whirls of inspiration are coming your way, and fast! Call on your heavenly muse to help you catch these ideas and execute them well.
7. Spiritual Leanings
Religion is a curious thing. Most of us grow up believing what our parents, neighbors, or school teaches us. We don’t critically think about our customs until teenage, and many lose our faith in college, at work, when we discover philosophy or someone we love dies unfairly.
But as we hit our 30s and 40s, many of us return to the dogmas of our youth. The ocean represents spirituality, opportunity, possibility, and divine wisdom. So if you dream about staring at the water during a cruise, it might be your guardian angel renewing your faith.
8. Doubts in Love
We know water is a signifier of emotions. So what does it mean when you dream about being lost at sea? It often implies unease in your relationship. Maybe you’re unsure of your feelings for your partner, whether it’s your spouse, fiancé, or someone you’re just starting to like.
The ocean is – physically – full of dangerous and beautiful creatures. Metaphorically, it traps nymphs, sirens, marine spirits, and sea monsters. These are all potential threats to your romantic life, so if you feel lost in those murky waters, a couples’ counselor might be helpful.
Most of us know water is the best solution to unwanted flames. But as any action flick can tell you, pouring water on an oil fire or gas fire makes it worse. And those same movies tell us if the ocean surface is burning, you need to plunge quickly and swim under those explosions.
So what does it mean when you dream of diving deep into the ocean? It could be a warning that something in your waking life is about to burn. Your spirit guides can verify whether it’s a physical or metaphorical fire. Run through your safety protocols and get a new fire bottle.
10. New Friends
Imagine standing on the beach with softly foaming waves splashing your feet. It’s a hopeful image as the sand wiggles between your toes and the sun shines on that gorgeous ocean, full of life, wonder, and magical potential. You might have this dream at the start of a new job.
Or maybe you’re enrolling at a new school or moving to a new neighborhood. Remember, the ocean represents the vast swathes of humanity. So that water kissing your feet and licking your calves means you’ll make new friends and positive connections in this place.
11. Financial Prosperity
Oceans can seem vast and promising, especially on a calm sunny day. And just think of all the wealth that comes from those vast waters. We can get everything from pearls and oil to sunken shipwreck treasures. And don’t forget the profits from shipping freight and cruises!
Plus, the ocean is a major source of seafood. So if you dream about calm seas, it could mean money is headed your way. You might get a new job, a lucrative business deal, a surprise inheritance, or even a lottery winning. The ocean could even imply a promotion or a raise.
12. Emotional Exploration
Feminists fight the patriarchy because it causes untold harm to their lives, careers, and even their sense of self. But this philosophy damages men too. For one thing, it socializes them to hide all emotions except rage. It hurts the men themselves and the women they interact with.
So when a man is dreaming about the ocean, it might be his higher helpers’ way of releasing all the feelings he’s suppressing. It’s not safe for him to express those emotions in his waking life, so he releases them at night instead. He may wake up with a sense of calm and relief.
13. Imbalanced Sentiments
The previous interpretation referred to men (and certain stoic women) who knowingly hide their feelings and tamp them down. But sometimes, you squash your sentiments as a reflex, an unconscious defense mechanism. That repressed reality can cause ailments and unease.
So your guardian angels might send you a turbulent ocean dream. It alerts you to your inner imbalance. If you have an active spiritual practice, ask your heavenly guardians to show you what feelings you’re ignoring and help you address them in a healthy, holistic, strategic way.
14. Internal Conflict
The tides, currents, and waves of the ocean are in constant flux. And you may even have heard that oceans and seas can sometimes meet, but they never mix. So if you dream about a sea that’s constantly shifting, it indicates inner conflict. You’re facing an existential dilemma.
It might be that you can’t choose between two suitors, three job offers, or a career path to specialize in. You might dream that you’re in the middle of the ocean treading water. This means you have a whole world of possibility and you can’t choose. Ask your angels to help.
15. Loss of Purpose
You’ve probably seen people swimming on TV or in movies. Sometimes, they powerfully swing their arms and kick their feet. Other times, they float on the water looking relaxed and calm seemingly without a care in the world. What does it mean when you have that dream?
If you dream of yourself free-floating in the ocean, it means you’ve lost your drive. You’ve faced an emotional trauma and now you have no purpose or direction in life. You feel aimless and your life has little meaning. You’ll need angelic help to bring you back among the living.
16. Secrecy and Betrayal
A lot of us love picking seashells on the beach – they’re so pretty! But we rarely think about what those seashells mean. They protect the soft bodies of sea creatures, so finding a shell in the sand means the being it belonged to is probably dead. Shells preserve the beach as well.
They disintegrate to form sand and help reduce erosion. So if you dream of collecting shells by the sea or even diving to find them on the ocean floor, it’s an omen. Your precious secrets are about to be exposed and you’ll be betrayed by someone you deeply trust. Look sharp!
17. Possibility and Passion
Your ocean dream might not necessarily involve interacting with the water. Maybe you dream of walking on the sand with the waves beside you or behind you. It’s a romantic idea – lots of dating profiles claim to love these strolls. So it could be the promise of new love.
But the dream isn’t always erotic. It could be a symbol of a fresh opportunity like an exciting trip or a new project. It can also hold a spiritual secret, reminding you that your spirit guides are walking with you. Think of that poem about the footprints in the sand. That’s your angel.
18. Hidden Anxieties and Fears
Sometimes, your ocean dream can feel oppressive and real. What does it mean when you dream of struggling in the middle of the sea? You’re not drowning exactly, but somehow, you’re fighting the current without any progress. And you know you’re a strong swimmer!
This could mean you’re anxious and afraid of something, but you don’t know what it is. You have the (swimming) abilities to get out of this mess, but you have no idea what the troubling issue is. Ask your guardian angels to reveal the challenge to you, and to help you through it.
19. Self-Inflicted Problems
In rural communities, people sometimes wash clothes, relieve themselves, clean their animals, or bathe their bodies in the same water that they drink. They have no other water sources (and they don’t know any better) but it harms their health and their environment.
But some tourists bathe in the ocean too, filling it with potentially toxic soaps and shampoos. What does it mean if you dream of yourself doing this? Your spirit guides are warning you that your waking actions are irresponsible and inconsiderate. You’re about to lose allies!
20. Temporary Bliss
If you’ve been on a seaside holiday, you know the excitement and joy of low tides. You feel powerful running along the sand, going deeper into the ocean than you ever have before. You spot creatures and shells you wouldn’t ordinarily find, and you might even get a few trinkets!
But you have to rush back to safety before the water flows back! So if you see low tides in a dream, it implies temporary happiness. You’ll have a grand time, but it will be a short time. When that pleasurable event arrives, be present and enjoy each moment – it’ll soon be over.
21. Toxic Activities
You may have seen lost-at-sea movies where people drank their own urine because the sweater was too salty. First of all, don’t. It’s a myth and a bad idea. Second of all, what does it mean to see yourself drinking from the ocean in your dream? This is similar to ocean baths.
It means you’re engaging in self-harming activities, even though you’re not aware of it. Ask your guardian angel to identify your toxic habits, interactions, and partnerships. Your guides will also give you the strength to let go of these harmful activities, especially if they’re fun.
When was the last time you dreamed of the ocean? Tell us about it in the comments section!