Water gives life, but it also possesses unimaginably destructive power. It could breathe life into millions of living souls on Earth, but, in a matter of second, it could devastate the same life to the ground.
Water is, perhaps, the most valuable matter on our planet, the one with immeasurable biological, physical, material, spiritual and symbolic value.
In Biblical terms, it is the essence of life, as well, but also a powerful destroyer.
Water symbolism is vast and full of meanings. Just as many other words and terms, water is used as a metaphor in many of the Bible’s verses. Of course, water is also mentioned in its original meaning.
The dry climate and lack of proper water sources in ancient Biblical lands were the main reason for great appreciation of water in cultures of the area.
Almost all life of Ancient Israel was dependant on rainfall. All ponds and wells, all sorts of natural and artificial water sources were a common symbol for life and existence.
Ancient people would, of course, store water for their needs, filling large basins, pools and tanks with precious water, but also everyone knew the true importance and beauty of living and moving fresh water; rivers or lakes have always been considered precious and important for human life.
Not only water was used to plant crops, to cool down or to satisfy thirst and hunger, but also it has always been an important element of many rituals and both spiritual and religious practices.
Water symbolizes purification and transformation.
The practical use and need for water made this life giving matter an incredibly powerful symbolical fluid.
People have been using water to wash their hands both before and after a meal for ages.
Water has been used not only for regular bathing but also for ritual baths. Some of the most important Christian practices involve the use of water; for example, christening.
In Biblical, religious, spiritual and symbolical sense, water represents the abstract, non-physical aspect of human soul.
Water also symbolizes regeneration, rejuvenation and refreshment, purification and spirituality in general, so no strange it also stands for the Holy Spirit.
The bible says how the Holy Spirit ‘flows’ and how believers are ‘fulfilled’ by its presence.
All water sources have been praised, admired, worshiped and awed since dawn of time.
Biblical water symbolism in dreams
What about dreams featuring water, in general and Biblical terms?
Symbolism of water related dream is quite similar from any point of view, be it Biblical or spiritual in general terms. Water is one of common dream motifs and it occurs in different forms in our dreams.
In most of the cases, water represents the flow of time, our destinies and life. Flowing water, such as a river or a stream, embodies the idea of an everlasting, infinite change.
In dreams, water also represents energy, a creative energy, refreshment, vitality, longevity and activity. Since it comes in various forms, dreams may vary in meanings.
For example, you could dream about a river or about a lake. You could spill some water, drink water or bathe in water.
There are also dreams about rainfall, floods, big waves and many other destructive manifestations of water. Emotions you had in the dream are important for interpretation.
If we analyze water motif in dream from a Biblical interpretation point of view, we could summarize the most common meanings.
Water can be seen as God’s blessing, the ultimate creative force, an inevitable destructive force, a purifying agent, the one that promotes abundance, fertility and the whole life.
These meanings are close to any other approach of interpreting water motifs in dreams. What are the most common water related dreams and what are their meanings, let us find out.
Dreams about calm and pure water
Dreams about beautifully clean and calm water are always good ones, especially if you dream, for example, about crystal clear lake water that is also calm. Such dreams indicate you are feeling calm and satisfied with your real life.
Pure water in dreams means your thoughts are pure.
Even if you still feel a bit nervous or anxious in reality, this dream is soothing and it means you will soon get relief from worries in your waking life. Seeing clear water in dreams is encouraging.
It symbolizes vitality, purity, youthfulness and good health. You could dream about seeing a glass of pure water, a pool of clear water or else.
No matter the source, the meaning is always positive. Pure water symbolizes purity of mind and soul; it is a symbol of harmony within. Clear water in dreams is a good, positive omen that encourages us to breathe in and enjoy life to the fullest.
Dreams about muddy, impure water
Impure water represents negative emotions and worries that surround you in your waking life and fill your mind and heart with sadness, discomfort and frustration. Dreams about muddy water often occur in people who have many worries and problems in reality or have an unclean conscience.
This dream means you are being misunderstood and rejected in reality. You feel as if there is no way out of a currently bad situation and a negative environment. This especially applies to dreams in which you fall into muddy water. It means you feel lost and very insecure about yourself.
Maybe you see certain problems much more dramatic than they really are. In fact, you are the one who create them and give them fuel to develop. Dreams about falling into muddy water remind us to fight and move forward, not letting negative circumstances drown us.
Dreams about the sound of water
If you hear the sound of flowing water in your dreams, it is generally a good sign. It could be any sound; for example, sink water, the sound of waves, a stream or a river. Even rainfall could be interpreted as a flowing water sound in dreams.
This dream is neither extremely positive nor an extremely negative. This dream means you are in a phase of deep thinking.
Perhaps, you are summarizing your decisions, actions and steps taken in life so far. You may also think about the future. The sound of flowing water symbolically represents your flowing thoughts. You feel relaxed, calm, but thoughtful.
This dream often occurs in people who have come to an end of something they were planning or working on, so they have to see if such things paid off and decide what to do next.
Dreams about the sound of flowing water are common in generally calm people, in moments of introspection and retrospection, as well as those related to future steps.
Dreams about drinking water
Dreams about drinking water are good. Just as we have said, water represents life, rejuvenation, vitality, longevity and good health. Drinking water in dreams is a positive omen, meaning you will feel energetic, vital and optimistic in the following period.
Dreams about drinking fresh, pure water symbolize peace, tranquility, fortune and general well-being.
However, if you dream about drinking spoiled water, it could symbolize illness, misfortune and bad luck.
If you drink salty water in your dream, it could be a reflection of an emotion of sadness, even if you feel calm on the outside.
Sometimes, we long and grieve over things we are even unaware of in reality.
However, if there is a situation in real life that provokes such emotions, it is not unlikely to dream about drinking salty water. Salty water symbolically represents human tears, so the association is clear.
Dreams about walking on water
Dreams about walking over a water surface, without falling into the water are rare and incredibly inspiring and interesting. These dreams are positive and they could give you great encouragement.
Such dreams symbolize control, self-reliance, strength and capability.
It means you are aware of your own capabilities and you have taken your life into your own hands. If you feel as if you do not control things in reality, the dream reminds you you have all needed resources to do so.
Walking on water in dreams means you are actually in total control over your emotions, thoughts and decisions.
You conquered your fears and worries and, even if there are troubles and hard times, you do not let those bring you down.
This dream is a reflection of your self-confidence, an encouragement to stand for yourself and hopeful omen. If you dream about walking on water, you are truly blessed, because such things are miraculous.
Dreams about flooding water
Dreams about a flood always reflect emotional life of a dreamer. This dream means you are occupied and overwhelmed by your emotions, usually in a negative sense.
If you dream about your house is being flooded, it means you feel helpless in front of certain situations in life, because you let your emotions prevail over your sense. You feel fragile and vulnerable, so others easily manipulate you.
This dream is a warning sign; you should stand for yourself and resist to those whose ideas you do not approve. Even if it means struggle, you should stay true to your own desires.
If you dream about a great flood, for example, in your town or so, it means you feel hopeless about the future.
This dream also reflects your concerns, worries and unwillingness to accept changes. You know time changes and both negative and positive changes will definitely come your way.
You feel comfortable in your routine, so that idea scares you.
This dream reminds you changes, no matter of their nature, are an inevitable and essential part of all people’s lives.