There are many definitions of forests, but in short, they all represent large areas of land, covered with trees. Different definitions of forest use different criteria for defining such as density, height of the trees, ecological function, etc.
Forests are spread all around the world and are responsible for 75% of the primary production of the Earth’s biosphere. They represent different eco-zones such as: boreal forests which are located around the poles, tropical forests, located around the Equator, and temperate forests which are situated in middle latitudes.
Forests have been an important factor for human survival and progress, and they have a beneficial influence on the human society. Humans, on the other hand, negatively affect forest ecosystems and jeopardize their existence with their activities.
They have been attributed mystical and secretive powers since ancient times and are prominent in the folklore and mythology of many cultures. In reality, forests can be scary places, especially when someone happens to get lost there both at night and during daytime.
There are many forest deities, present in the mythology of different cultures and people, like African, Arab, Celt, Aztec, Chinese, Egyptian, Etruscan, English, Greek, Germanic, Hindu, Japanese, Mesopotamian, Korean, Mayan, Persian, Nordic, and many others.
Forests are a part of our daily lives and are often present in our dreams as well.
They are often considered a symbol of abundance and life. They also symbolize mysterious, secretive, and dark forces.
Dreams about forests can be induced by a recent experience in a forest, or they can appear after watching a horror movie where the movie plot takes place in a forest.
For the deciphering of a forest dream, it is important to note the overall feeling you had during the dream and other details of the dream; whether it was a happy and joyful dream, or whether it was a scary nightmare, etc.
Depending on the content and details of the dream, your forest dream could have a protective meaning, but also a menacing one.
Forest appearing in your dream could symbolize wealth and fortune of the person; it could also be an indicator announcing that wealth and fortune are coming into the person’s life.
These dreams sometimes signify the spiritual growth the person is going through or is about to go through. They can reveal the person’s desire to isolate and find peace and balance. Oftentimes these dreams are indication of harmony and balanced life.
Dreams about forests could be an indication that we are under a lot of stress and that we need time to retreat and relax.
In some cases, dreams about forests indicate keeping secrets from the people we love.
Forest – Dream Meaning and Symbolism
Dreaming about a forest in general – If you dreamed about a forest without many specific details, the dream is usually a sign of changes you are about to experience. The changes are often related to your lifestyle, your career, or in private life.
Dreaming about walking through a forest – If you were walking through a forest in your dream, the dream could reveal your desire to cling onto something that you don’t have access to anymore. It could be a sign of insecurity and fear from the future. It often indicates the loss of confidence and focus in life.
In some cases, this dream reveals the person’s worry and contemplation about a problem.
It could indicate the person’s effort to find a solution to some problem. Often this dream indicates deciding about something important very soon.
According to some interpretations, a dream about walking through a forest indicates being successful in your current efforts and endeavors.
Dreaming about a forest fire – If you dreamed about a forest engulfed in flames, the dream is actually a good sign. It indicates receiving some beneficial news about some areas of your life.
Dreaming about being chased by someone through a forest – If you dreamed of running through a forest because someone was chasing you and trying to hide yourself, that dream usually indicates having problems in communication with others or with a certain individual, which is often represented by the person or thing that was chasing you in the dream.
Dreaming about being in a forest somewhere abroad – If you dreamed about being in a forest somewhere in a foreign land and you might not know where exactly, the dream is a beneficial sign, indicating the success of your actions despite your doubts.
This dream is also a sign that you need patience to wait for the desired results to come.
Dreaming about observing sunlight through tree branches in a forest – If you dreamed about observing the sun shining through tree branches in a forest, the dream is a good sign, indicating that you will soon be able to resolve some problems you have been struggling with for a long time.
Dreaming about being in a forest with small trees – If you dreamed about being in a forest where the trees were all shorter than you, the dream is not a good sign. It is often a sign that you could soon experience a public embarrassment.
Dreaming about being in a forest and the wind blowing strong – If you dreamed about finding yourself during a windy day, the dream is actually a sign of your strength and independence. You are a person who is reliable, and you also rely on yourself.
Dreaming about being followed by someone in a forest – If you dreamed about being followed by someone in a forest, the dream could be a sign that something from the past has come back to haunt you or is repeating again.
It could indicate the need to learn some lessons from your experience, for example, the lessons you didn’t learn previously.
Dreaming about a rain in a forest – If you dreamed about a rain while being in a forest, that dream can indicate receiving help from people you don’t know well or complete strangers. If you have previously experienced bad things with people, that will restore your faith in people.
Dreaming of cutting forest trees – If you dreamed about cutting forest trees, the dream is a good sign indicating some successful projects you are about to start soon. In some interpretations, this dream could indicate missed opportunities.
Maybe it is a sign of your inability to make priorities. Maybe you tend to focus on the worst opportunity missing the good ones.
Dreaming about walking or driving down a forest road – If you dreamed about walking or driving down a forest road, that dream usually reveals your loneliness or feelings of being isolated from people. It could also be a sign of uncertainty and confusion.
Dreaming about being lost in a forest – If you dreamed about being lost in a forest, the dream is usually a sign of losing something important. It can also be a sign of not being able to express your desires and ideas clearly or making the wrong decisions because of your poor judgment.
This dream often indicates a physical decline and worsening of your health. If the forest was very dark the dream could indicate becoming ill.
Dreaming about a dense forest – If you dreamed about walking through a dense forest or only seeing it, the dream is not a good sign, often indicating conflicts and disagreements. It could be an indication of disagreements with your family members or possible conflicts at work.
Dreaming about a bare forest – If you dreamed about a bare forest, seeing it or walking through it, the dream is not a good sign indicating potential stressful situations. If you saw or walked through a forest without leaves, the dream is usually a sign of some issues and problems that are preventing your progress.
This dream is a sign of unexpected but unfavorable changes you could soon experience that might slow down your progress towards your goals.
Dreaming about a dead forest – If you dreamed about seeing or walking through a dead forest, the dream is not a good dream symbol, indicating disappointments that await you soon. This dream could often be a sign of putting in efforts into goals that are not likely to come to fruition.
It is a sign of frustration because of missed opportunities or efforts gone wrong.
Dreaming about animals in a forest – If you dreamed about seeing some animals in a forest, the dream usually indicates a message that you will soon hear regarding your future success and things you need to do and achieve it.
Dreaming about being alone and scared in a forest – If you dreamed of finding yourself in a forest, scared and alone, the dream is usually a sign of betrayal and broken promises.
Dreaming about looking for the right direction in a forest – If you dreamed of being in a forest and looking for the right direction, the dream is often a sign of lack of self-confidence and doubts you have. This dream is asking you to strengthen your confidence and self-trust.