Dreaming of Vampires – Meaning and Symbolism

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Dreams about vampires are not uncommon, since vampires are, by far, some of the most popular supernatural beings all around the world, mainly thanks to the popularization that comes from nineteenth century novels about vampires, namely Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Dreams about vampires could be strange and disturbing and they are full of symbolic meanings.

Well, the very idea of such a being is loaded with symbolism. Before we jump into the mysterious world of vampire related dreams, lets us learn something about vampires themselves.

The idea of vampires is much older than Bram Stoker’s novel and all the depictions that came after.

Vampires are actually mythological beings originating from Slavic folklore.

What are vampires?

Folk beliefs about vampires are particularly common in Balkans and Ukraine.

There are various local interpretations and depictions of vampires in these areas, but they all agree that vampires feed on the energy of the living ones, regardless of if they themselves are undead or alive.

Some of the most common interpretations of how vampires come to ‘life’ say they are actually dead people made alive by evil spirits or devil.

The idea of such a mythological being is very old; some evidence even traces it into prehistoric times.

However, the name vampire was not popular until the beginning of the eighteenth century, when folk beliefs from Eastern Europe have spread into the Western world. The growing hysteria related to various interpretations of vampire beliefs consumed Europe of the time.

Eastern European and Balkan vampires appeared innumerous forms and depictions.

They were not described as those vampires we see in movies and series. They were sometimes described as almost completely human form, but other times as bloated, disgusting living corpses with bloody eyes and no bones in the body.

However, Western depiction of vampires mostly relies on early nineteenth century ‘vampire literature’.

The first popular vampire novel was not that of Bram Stoker, but John Polidori’s Vampire. Lord Byron has also written about vampires, for instance. However, Stoker’s Dracula made vampires famous, in form of Romanian count Vlad III.

The very term ‘vampire’ is of Serbian origin, vampir, although there are several other variations that relate to the same mythological being.

Dreams about vampires

Most of the world today imagines vampires as these romanticized undead creatures from Western depictions. Regardless of how people imagine them, dreams about vampires could carry different meanings.

What does it mean to dream about vampires? The meaning of vampire related dreams depend on the context of the dream and of personal impression of a dreamer.

Dreams about vampires could be interpreted in many ways. Most of the interpretations are related to certain fears and negative ideas, since vampires generally represent negative entities, bloodthirsty demons and so on.

They inspire fear and represent threat in symbolic, waking life sense. However, not all dreams about vampires necessarily hide negative meanings and messages.

The most common interpretation says vampires in dreams represent threat and danger; something bad is about to happen to a dreamer or his or hers closest ones.

Dreams featuring vampires are usually experienced as threatening and negative. Some dream interpreters suggest the dream could mean someone would try to rob you or trick you in recent future, so you should be careful.

Vampires are commonly described as seductive spirits that would easily trick a common human in order to get what they want.

Vampire related dreams often reflect inner fears and insecurities. A vampire represents negativities that happen to you in the past or something that haunts you.

Maybe you did something you are not proud of, so it haunts you in the form of a blood-seeking being, such as vampire. The negative feeling drains your energy, just as a vampire would drain someone’s life out.

Such a dream is not necessarily that bad, although unpleasant. It suggest you should face your ‘demons’ in waking life and deal with the situation that bothers you for so long, before it exhaust you and drain all of your energy out.

Dreams about vampires could sometimes be interpreted as very positive. Interestingly, they could suggest a romantic offer or a love encounter or something similar.

These are only basic ideas related to dreams about vampires. In older to understand the meaning behind your vampire related dream, you have to consider all the details.

How did the vampire look like? Was it a demonic, ugly creature or a beautiful, charming Hollywood type one? Was it hostile or friendly? Was it actually someone you know in your waking life?

It is also to recall what did the vampire do. Were you bitten or hurt by a vampire? Were you a vampire yourself? Have you turned another person into a vampire? Did it make you feel afraid or not?

In following paragraphs, we will talk about some specific vampire dream scenarios and help you better understand the message behind your dreams.

Dreams about seeing a vampire

If you dreamed about seeing a vampire, that should not be a reason for much concern, according to some interpretations.

Perhaps the dream would scare you, but if you only happen to see a vampire, the message could be either a warning sign for something you might yet prevent or a reflection of your inner insecurities.

A vampire could only be a strange embodiment of problems that bother you in reality.

There is something in your life you should get rid of. It could be toxic people and environment, but it is more likely those are some things you try to suppress.

It could be a problem that you have not dealt with. It spoils your joys and makes you nervous.

On the other hand, this dream could be of very different meaning. Dreams about seeing a vampire could be romantic and very positive.

This dream indicates a love offer, a romantic relationship in near future. You will be amazed by someone, seduced and in love. Since a vampire is a mythical, supernatural being, the dream also suggests this love offer might find you unready, even confused.

Maybe someone would take your breath away and you will not know how to react. Dreams about seeing a vampire also indicate lust and seduction, especially if the vampire is beautiful.

This could be a challenging dream. It means there is someone in your environment (or soon there will be) who is very attractive to you, someone whom you desire, knowing that the person is not right for you.

Maybe you are in a relationship or even married, but someone appears and makes you question your feelings. You should be very careful about it, the dream suggests.

Dreams about talking to a vampire

In almost all versions of interpretations, the dream about talking to a vampire is considered of negative symbolism. Since vampires are strongly related to the concept of death, talking to a vampire in a dream is not considered a good thing.

Some interpretations go as far as to suggest that this dream means you will die very soon.

Of course, this is, indeed, a drastic interpretation, but the dream indicates some form of danger, closeness to death. You should be careful about yr activities, observant and watchful.

Maybe someone close to you is in danger of falling gravely ill or you are.

This dream might be your intuition telling you something is wrong. However, it could be a warning sign just in time.

Dreams about being attacked by a vampire

If you dream about being attacked by a vampire, it means you feel frustrated and insecure in your real life.

People who constantly annoy and torment you surround you. In this dream, a vampire does not bite you, but attack you physically. This means someone underestimate you and mistreats you.

Usually, this dream refers to an unhealthy working environment, bad situation within family or friends.

The dream shows you had enough of others torturing you and you want to end it, however, maybe you still do not have courage to say no or to give up your job, for example.

The dream indicates you are deeply frustrated and that you should either stand up for your own causes and regain your integrity or that your integrity and self-confidence would return if you give it up and choose another path.

Both way, you are under pressure and you should do something about it. If a vampire chases you in your dream and tries to hurt you, it means you feel threatened by someone in your waking life and you know it. It is just something you probably pretend to see.

Dreams about being bitten by a vampire

Dreams about a vampire biting you could mean several things.

If a vampire in your dream bites you anywhere on the body, it indicates an illness and health issues in general. It could also indicate a mental intoxication, to say so.

You may be seduced by some bad ideas and make some very bad choices. Someone is trying to manipulate you and make advantage of you.

If a vampire in your dream has bitten you on your neck (as if in classic depiction of bloodthirsty vampires), it could mean that you have someone in your life that is sucking your blood, figuratively speaking.

In other words, it is a toxic person who irritates you and drains your energy.

It could be indeed someone with bad intentions, a bad person, someone who wants to exploit you and use you for their own causes. Think about if there is such a person in your environment.

On the other hand, it could represent someone who does not wish you any harm, but actually harms you by trying to control you.

It could be a possessive partner, an over-protective parent or a relative or anyone else who manipulates you out of good intentions.

Yes, it may sound paradoxical, but it could be true. You do not know what to do and how to make it stop.

Dreams about becoming/being a vampire

If you dream about being a vampire or becoming one, it indicates you feel empty and dead on the inside. You feel as if there is nothing actually to make you happy, but you find comfort in repetitive activities you know are not good.

For example, you become dependent on something material or you torment others because of your own inner emptiness.

You probably burden other people with your problems and drain their energy. On the other hand, this dream could reflect your suppressed need to be in control of others.

Being vampire makes you capable of turning others into vampires.

This dream suggests you are obsessive about something, as well. It means you would like to be in full control of a person.

Dreams about someone you know was a vampire

If you dream that someone you know is a vampire could suggest two things.

If it is someone close to you, like your partner, a relative or a friend, it could mean all the same as if you were a vampire. That person tries to control you out of their protective nature or jealousy.

You could try to assure them there is no reason for doing so. If it does not work, just try not to burden yourself with their problem with jealousy or so.

It could be also a person you know, but who is not fond of you.

The dream clearly means this person would like to submit you and to gain full control over all of your activities and decisions.