Powerful wind, such as tornado, could carry strong symbolism, especially if a person dreams about it.
The power of wind is commonly associated with destructive energy of the nature itself; the one that humans worship and fear of, at the same time. Winds are something that represents constant motion, activity, strength and liveliness.
Tornado, seen as one of the strongest and the most destructive types of wind, clearly symbolizes devastating power; at one side of symbolic sense, tornado represents total destruction and horror.
On the other side, every natural destructive phenomenon that in people induces fear for life and survival, in symbolic sense represent a possibility for new beginning, renewal, rebirth, new opportunities and options.
Tornado represents a magnificent force, powerful, unconquerable and mind-blowing. Tornado razes things to the ground; it demolishes everything and has no mercy at all. In that sense, it symbolizes forces of destruction, but seen as an inevitable part of the cycle of creation.
Tornado destroys everything, clearly putting out that all things have to be built from nothingness. That is only a part of natural cycles of change.
Without endings, there are no beginnings; without destruction, there is no creation, and so on and on, until the end of the world we know. Destructive energies are symbolically always strongly related with those of birth and creation of a newer and better world.
Tornado represents aggression and threat and it is commonly used as a metaphor for such concepts in art and literature.
Tornado and other related devastating winds are often featured in mythology and folktales. They usually appear in creation myths and always play an important role in missions of building up a new world.
In mythology, tornado often symbolizes inevitable and needed destruction that leads to establishing of new system of values and more beautiful and prosperous environment.
Dreams about tornados transmit all these concepts and ideas to deeply personal level of a dreamer.
Dreams about tornadoes
Dreams about tornadoes reflect the strongest of human emotions. When a tornado appears in a dream, it actually represents an escalation of person’s waking life emotions that are somehow restrained, silenced and suppressed.
Such dreams could reflect certain emotions that are so strong and overwhelming in reality that they completely blind a person and affect all of his or her thoughts and actions.
On the other hand, they could be reflections of emotions so deeply rooted, usually frustrations and stresses built up over longer period; those are emotions a dreamer (un)consciously does not express in reality.
Whatever the real cause, tornadoes in dreams are always a metaphor for a releasing valve for these emotions.
Tornado in dream helps a dreamer express and let go some of these strong feelings, even if it is not in waking life.
General interpretation of tornado related dreams
Dreams about tornadoes could appear scary, but they are usually positive. They are special channel for our stressed minds to let go off things we cannot always express in reality.
Frustrations that make a person feel miserable and lead to destructive behavior, especially self-destructive, could be dangerous for our bodies, minds and souls. Dreams help us deal with them.
On the other hand, positive emotions could also be devastating if excessive, so dreams about destructive energies, such as tornadoes, help with these, as well.
Changes and turnovers
In general, tornadoes symbolize sudden and inevitable change, which may come as a result or a consequence of devastating, but short-term actions. There are many things in life we are unable to predict or even to imagine.
And yet, they happen all of a sudden and surprise us, in a positive or a negative way. If you dream about a tornado, it could possibly mean a big change will soon take place.
Tornado sweeps away everything you have known and you will have to start fresh.
Such change related interpretation could be quite disturbing, because it is in human nature to be afraid of changes.
People actually love routine and when that routine is shaken, we become insecure and fragile.
However, it depends on your personality and the nature of changes, of course. If you keep dreaming about tornadoes, try to think through situations in your current life.
There are certainly some signs of an approaching change; the dream comes as both a warning and a blessing.
In most of the cases, dreams about natural destructive phenomena, such as devastating winds, reflect a dreamer’s current emotional status.
Generally, such dreams are a channel for a dreamer to express suppressed emotions and built up frustrations and tensions he or she is unable to express in reality, for any reason.
Maybe a person is unsatisfied with his or hers job, relations with colleagues or friends, even with family members. Maybe a person feels restrained and under pressure in his or hers emotional, romantic relationship.
On the other hand, some people get so emotional that even expressing these feelings in reality is not enough
. They need even more space to let these intense feeling out. In dreams, tornadoes, being aggressive, destructive, raging and intense are a perfect imaginary channel for such emotions.
If that is the case, emotions we are talking about are usually combination of incredible rage, anger, feeling of helplessness and weakness. Such strong feelings are usually expressed in reality, but they also reflect on a person’s dreams.
Loss of control
Tornadoes’ destructiveness could also symbolize certain unpleasant, damaging and harmful situations in a dreamer’s waking life. If there is anything in your life that has been bothering you for quite a time, it could reflect in your dreams.
Perhaps you have found yourself inside a circle you are unable to break; toxic working environment, certain obligations related to family life, a relationship you feel no longer works.
To make things worse, you are not in charge of the situation; you feel weak, drained and manipulated.
A dream about tornado could symbolize your loss of control over emotions, which is best interpreted through other two explanations we have given.
You feel as you do not even know yourself anymore; you cannot help yourself act destructive, self-destructive etc. You have got overwhelmed by emotions and you do not know how to get out of that situation. You worry a lot, you are anxious over everything in your life, but you are unable to calm down.
Moreover, dreams about tornadoes could be related to certain really disturbing and serious situations, such as realizing and finding out you are ill or someone you care for is ill.
If these are conditions without known cause, long-term or known to be fatal, a dreamer really feels out of all control.
It produces tones of stress that is usually released through symbolic channels and mediums, such as dreams about devastating, sweeping over, demolishing forces.
Specific dreams about tornadoes
Now when we have got the picture, let us move on to interpretations of the most common tornadoes related dreams. Meanings are quite similar, because tornadoes have very determined nature and they could be seen only as destructive and powerful.
There is no such thing as quiet or benevolent tornado, even if its true nature is neutral, natural.
However, in symbolic sense, tornadoes are always destructive, but the destructiveness itself could lead to creation and progress. Tornadoes suggest no fresh start is easy.
Dreams about seeing a tornado
Dreams about seeing a tornado could be related to any of already given interpretations, but there are several ones that are more specific. Tornadoes in dreams could be an omen and a prediction of changes in your life.
Such changes are usually sudden and they could be either good or bad. However, dreams about tornadoes usually mean that such changes eventually bring progress and reward, even if they appear tough and uneasy at the first glance.
It means you will face challenges, great ones, but you will overcome.
More specifically, certain interpreters claim seeing a tornado in a dream indicates a conflict and confrontation in your waking life; you cannot stand certain situations or people any longer and you will confront them and clear things up.
If a woman dreams about seeing a tornado, it means she would most likely get in an argument with her partner/lover. Interestingly, many interpretations report pregnant women are more likely to have tornado related dreams.
Usually the case is that a woman is still unaware of being pregnant, so such dreams are true blessings.
Dreams about seeing more than one tornado
If you see several tornadoes in your dream, but you are away from them so they cannot hurt you, it means you have found yourself in a turbulent period of your life, but changes and troubles around you will not greatly affect any aspect of your life.
You will be able to save yourself; you have enough common sense to not take risks in turbulent times. You should be patient and wait for a storm to pass.
On the other hand, if tornadoes are too close, you may not be able to avoid troubles and you could get damaged.
Specifically, this dream could be related to financial failure, unresolved social relations, many conflicts in life in general.
Dreams about more than one tornado could also indicate you have surrounded yourself with instable characters, those who change mood and mind quickly and you never know what to expect from them.
You should perhaps step back and take another, wider perspective.
That way, you will be able to see if some of these people mean you harm.
Dreams about being inside a tornado
Dreams about being trapped inside a tornado carry particularly strong messages. If you are in the middle of a tornado and it does not hurt you, it means you are actually in control over your emotions.
It has been a troubling period and you had difficulties to finally restrain your emotions. They seem overwhelming and they color your life, just like tornado wind is twirling around you, but you do not get harmed.
You are able to recognize your emotions, but you do not let them control your life.
On the other hand, this dream could indicate you find yourself stuck in certain situation and you cannot get out of it.
However, you are aware you have to be patient. This dream suggests you should follow your instinct and wait for things to clear up. You cannot affect them, but you do not need to be damaged by them.
If you are inside a tornado, but it hits or carries you, such a dream indicates you have totally lost control over your emotions.
Dreaming that someone else is inside a tornado
If you dream that someone of people close to you is caught inside a tornado, you might need to focus on them in your waking life.
It means you are the one who is able to see if there is something that threatens their well-being and you should warn them.
On the other hand, such a dream could suggest you have become too self-obsessed, so you neglect your loved ones needs and you do not show enough care and attention.
Maybe your dear ones are trying to get your attention in reality, but you fail to see that.
Dreams about escaping from a tornado
If you dream about trying to get out a tornado, it reflects your desperate need to avoid unpleasant situations or even duties in your waking life.
It could also mean you really do not want to confront someone or you feel anxious about an approaching, but unavoidable meeting (e.g. meeting with your boss, doctors’ appointment and so on).
If you dream you have successfully escaped or that you have survived a tornado, it is a positive omen, of course. It does not mean you will avoid certain bad things, but you will be able to overcome them.
Such a dream could mean you will face challenges and come out as a winner. Your path of progress will continue, in any area of your life you are currently dealing with the most. Finally, you will see an end to a difficult situation.
Surviving a tornado in dream symbolizes an end of a life chapter and a fresh start and new, positive, bright opportunities.