The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, October 8, 2000
Dream theme

What do dreams of horses tell

Now the great winds shoreward blow,
Now the salt tides seaward flow;
Now the wild white horses play,
Champ and chafe and toss in the spray.

ó Mathew Arnold

By Vinaya Katoch Manhas

SUCH a sight in a dream is very favourable as it indicates prosperity, pleasure and pleasant friends. If the horse is sickly, soiled and underfed, then you should be watchful of jealousy among friends.

Riding horses is an indication of the upswing in fortune and personal satisfaction. But if the horse bucks, then your desires shall not be fulfilled and if it throws you down then beware of a strong rival. If the horse kicks you, then your love shall be repulsed and your health shall suffer.

A white horse depicts the spiritual awareness of the dreamer, whereas a black horse is the passionate side of the dreamerís nature. A brown horse indicates the more pragmatic and down-to-earth side of your nature.


Wading through a stream on horseback portends good fortune and rich pleasures. If the stream is dirty or the route is full of obstacles, then anticipated joys shall not be in accordance with your desires.

If you attempt to catch a horse and succeed in bridling it, then you will prosper in all matters. If you fail then fortune will play false.

To dream of having a horse shod is again indicative of success. For a woman it brings forth marital bliss. To shoe a horse portends success in endeavours undertaken.

Mounting a horse bareback brings wealth and comfort, but only after a lot of struggle. Riding a race horse symbolises prosperity and happiness. To see a horse limping, denotes unexpected unpleasantness. To have somebody follow you on a black horse, warns you of a relentless enemy.

In the Ratnachur Kathas its given that to see a dream of a horse brings forth happiness and prosperity for the whole family. If you see yourself betting on a racehorse then do not start on any new venture, for you shall not meet with success. To fall from a horse forewarns you of a lot of worries and troubles, whereas climbing it shall bring forth success. To receive a horse in your dream, brings you a position of authority.

Psychoanalytically, for a man to dream of a mare denotes the anima, a woman. For a woman to dream of a horse kicking her indicates the animus or her relationship with a man. To see a horse as a beast of burden is the mother archetype.

To understand this very complicated symbol let us take an example.

In my dream I saw a white horse being ridden by an angel. She entered my room through a wall, like a ghost. I am a 32-year-old man.

Instinctively, such a dream could be easily interpreted either spiritually or as the symbol of Anima. However, such a dream is more an interpretation of the suppressed aspect of the dreamer; the collective shadow. It is that part of our psyche which we refuse to accept, or rather are afraid to accept. This individual, in all probability, takes himself to be a self-confident, down-to-earth man who does not believe in a show of sentimentality and emotions. Whereas the dream potrays a hidden aspect of his personality which is religious, humane and very feminine. The dreamer has to come to terms with this aspect of his personality and not be ashamed to portray it.

This dreams also help us in becoming complete individuals by bringing forth hidden aspects of our own self.