Sheep or domestic sheep are ruminant mammals usually kept as livestock. Domestic sheep are the most numerous species of this animal. Female sheep are often called ewe, male sheep are rams, and young sheep are lambs.
Most likely, sheep descended from the wild European or Asian muflon. They are one of the earliest domesticated animals for agricultural purposes, especially for their meat, milk, and wool. Sheep wool is a much appreciated and valued material and is collected by shearing the sheep.
Sheep don’t appear in dreams often. A sheep as a dream symbol is usually a good sign, indicating joy, prosperity, and happiness. Sheep in dreams can sometimes indicate children.
Dreams about sheep could also indicate being pressured by someone or not having the freedom to think for yourself. It could also indicate being governed by someone for some reason.
It could also indicate your fear for not fulfilling your duties. In some cases, a dream about sheep, could indicate being used and manipulate by someone. This dream could also indicate feeling bad for needing to obey other people’s commands.
Sometimes, this dream could represent the people in your life that you are organizing and telling them what to do.
Sheep are often used as symbols of soft, weak, and timid people. This symbolism could also be transferred to some dreams about sheep.
For example, a dream about sheep could reveal your subconscious feelings about yourself. It is possible that you subconsciously feel that you are not capable or brave enough and symbolically depicted your feeling through the dream about sheep.
Dreams about sheep in general, could reveal some issues regarding our private life and intimacy.
They could indicate your inability to talk about your feelings and desires to your partner. Maybe you feel that you always agree to your partner’s wishes.
As with other dream symbols, dreams about sheep have different meanings, depending on the details of each particular dream.
Sheep in Dream – Meaning and Symbolism
Dreaming of seeing sheep – If you dreamed of seeing sheep, that dream could possibly be a reminder from your subconscious to find time to devote yourself to nurturing your personal relationships.
Maybe you have neglected your family or someone you consider close, and it is time to amend that.
If the sheep was ill or in some other way portrayed in a negative way in your dream, the dream is not a good sign and could indicate misfortune and sadness. It could also indicate conflicts and issues in the relationship with your partner.
Dreaming of eating sheep meat – If you dreamed of eating sheep meat, that dream could indicate experiencing minor setbacks, but being able to deal with them if you manage to calm down and patiently approach to solving the problem.
Dreaming of milking a sheep – If you dreamed of milking a sheep, that dream is often a good sign. It could indicate using someone’s passivity for your benefit. Possibly you are using someone conformist behavior.
Dreaming of sheep poop – If you dreamed of sheep poop, that dream could reveal the problems you caused by being too passive in some situation. It could indicate your issues caused by not being able to stand up to some authority.
Dreaming of a white sheep – If you dreamed of a completely white colored sheep, that is a good dream symbol. This dream often announces a birth of a child, whether yours or hearing the news of birth.
It could also be a sign of harmony and joy in life. This dream is also a symbol of loyalty and true friendship.
If you dreamed of a white sheep, that dream could indicate some of your friends who is completely devoted and loyal to you.
Dreaming of a black sheep – If you dreamed of a black sheep or a flock of sheep, that dream usually isn’t a good sign. It might indicate that someone in your circle of friends and acquaintances, or more than one person, don’t have your best interests in mind, and could potentially harm you in some way.
Dreaming of a flock of sheep – If you dreamed of a flock of sheep, that dream usually has a good meaning. It usually indicates that you will be able to accomplish your goals if you are patient enough.
This dream in some cases reveals your personality traits. You could be a person who doesn’t have leadership capacities and is satisfied with being a follower and doing what they are being told by others.
This dream could be a sign from your subconscious to consider whether you desire to continue your life behaving like that.
This dream could also indicate behaving thoughtlessly and making horrible mistakes due to your poor judgment and reckless actions.
Dreams about sheep in herd could also have a meaning regarding your financial and material wellbeing, in a way that they indicate accumulation of wealth and material possessions.
Dreaming of a very large flock of sheep – If you dreamed of an enormously large flock of sheep, that dream is an excellent sign. It indicates success and satisfaction with your work. You are most likely experiencing progress and career advancement, as well as accomplishing the goals you have related to your career.
This dream is a sign of a good period to take any risks to achieve the goal you have because it is likely to experience success of all your current endeavors.
Dreaming of a flock of sheep sleeping – If you dreamed of seeing a whole herd of sheep that were sleeping or resting, that dream is usually a good sign. It could indicate the enlargement of your circle of acquaintances.
Sometimes this dream could mean meeting some new people you will consider pleasant to hang around with.
This dream could also indicate making some acquaintances which could help you improve your career or business.
Dreaming of buying or in other ways acquiring a flock of sheep – If you dreamed of somehow acquiring a flock of sheep, that dream is often a good sign. It could indicate becoming the leading force of some group or organization.
It could also indicate a rise in your social status, becoming more influential, taking some kind of leadership role at your work or coordinating other people in a joint project, etc.
Dreaming of not being able to gather all the sheep in pasture – If you dreamed of not being able to gather all the sheep from pasture, that dream is not a good sign. It could indicate loss or some other disappointments.
This dream could also indicate becoming an object of gossip and criticism because of something you did or decided to do.
Maybe your actions have caused some damage and now people are talking about it.
Dreaming of sheep bleating – If you dreamed of hearing sheep bleating, that dream usually isn’t a good sign. It could indicate being disappointed by a person you consider very close.
Maybe they won’t show much interest in some things that matter to you or you won’t receive their support during some tough times.
Dreaming of slaughtered sheep – If you dreamed of seeing a slaughtered sheep in some space, possibly the butcher’s, that dream is usually not a good sign. It could indicate experiencing difficulties and challenges you will have a problem to overcome.
It could be a sign of problems you won’t be able to solve at all, which will cause you a great disappointment and grief.
Dreaming of sheep skin – If you dreamed of seeing sheep skin, that is usually a good sign in a dream. It could be a sign of work opportunities and growth. It could indicate receiving a promotion soon or even changing a job for a better one.
It could indicate an increase of income and happiness and satisfaction because of that.
Dreaming of not being able to catch a sheep – If you dreamed of a sheep which was running away from you and you weren’t able to catch it, that dream is not a good sign. It could indicate having problems with younger family members, possibly younger cousins, siblings, or even your children.
Maybe you have a controlling attitude towards them and they could try to rebel against your authority.
Dreaming of shearing a sheep – If you dreamed of shearing a sheep or someone else shearing it, that dream is not a good sign. It could indicate trying to blame someone else for your own mistakes.
Maybe you want to save yourself from the consequences of your actions, but your subconscious is reminding you through this dream that what you are doing is not a fair and right thing to do.
Dreaming of not being able to shear a sheep evenly – If you dreamed of shearing a sheep, but couldn’t do it properly, that is not a good thing. Your subconscious is probably warning you to give up on some plans that you know are not good for you.
You might get yourself involved in some business that you will soon regret, but won’t be able to change anything and could suffer great loss because of lack of thoughtfulness.
Dreaming of walking a sheep on a rope – If you dreamed of walking a sheep on a rope like a dog, that dream is not a good sign. It could indicate that either you are using someone close, or someone close is using you in some way.
Maybe someone is using you to fulfill their duties and you do it without objection.
Dreaming of a sheep giving birth to a lamb – If you dreamed of a sheep giving birth to a lamb, or even assisting it give birth, that dream is often a bad sign, especially if you have children.
Possibly your children could cause you some problems by involving themselves in some troublesome situations.
If you don’t have children, this dream could indicate that someone younger than you, like a friend, niece, colleague, neighbor, etc. could do something to make your life unbearable.
Sometimes this dream could indicate behaving overly controlling towards your children and not letting them develop their personalities independently.
If that is the case, than your subconscious is reminding you to back off and give your children the freedom they need and deserve.
Dreaming of a sheep with lambs – If you dreamed of seeing a mother sheep with its lambs, that dream is a good sign. It usually indicates your nurturing nature and maternal instincts. You are possibly very kind and helpful others in need.
Dreaming of a sheep lacking orientation – If you dreamed of a sheep that was completely disoriented, and wasn’t able to move in the right direction, that is usually not a good sign. It could indicate someone in your life who is very stubborn or not intelligent enough and is making your life difficult.
With this dream, your subconscious is possibly trying to make you aware of the need to distance yourself from this person and prevent them from making your life miserable.