A – Symbols Dreams And Visions

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A – Symbols (The meanings or the interpretation of most symbols in this dictionary are derived from the Bible)


Ezekiel 23:45

And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.

A person committing adultery in a dream symbolizes a church or a congregation not being faithful to Christ. Be careful not to walk after alternative ways of obtaining righteousness or spiritual blessings. Watch out for such a person or such a temptation. He or she may influence people not to walk in harmony or in unity with Christ but to seek carnal ways or alternative ways to please God. In a spiritual sense, these people shed spiritual blood by causing spiritual injury or death.


See “Vehicle (Airport)”

Alabaster box

Mark 14:3

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

An alabaster box symbolizes a person whose life is a pleasant fragrance to God. Such a person serves God in truth and in spirit and lives a life of praise and worship.


Ephesians 5:18

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.

In a positive sense, alcohol represents Christians allowing themselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We as Christians should not get drunk on wine but in this sense, we should be drunk in the Holy Spirit.

In a negative sense, alcohol represents people allowing themselves to be under the influence of other people. We should never be under the influence of other people. God should be the only person controlling our minds and our hearts. Dreaming of being drunk or using alcohol or dreaming of liquor thus symbolizes people being under the influence of other people. We should actually be under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

See “Drunkard” for a better understanding of this symbol.

Altar (Cross of Jesus)

Revelation 8:3

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

An altar symbolizes the sacrificing of oneself or our own carnal desires by taking up the cross every day. The color of the altar and other symbols on the altar or relating to the altar will reveal more information about the type of personal sacrifice. We should progressively die in our selves so that Christ can live in and through us.


Hebrews 6:18-19

18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.

An anchor is a symbol of safety or security and hope. The color and size of the anchor will reveal more information on the meaning of the particular dream. Dreaming of an anchor is a confirmation that we are anchored in Christ and that we are safe in this world. God will be with us in all circumstances. He is the Captain of our ships in the sea of the world. See “Sea.” Please take note that the color of the anchor and the condition of the anchor reveal more information about the specific situation.


Luke 1:11-13

And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.

Isaiah 40:3-5

3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

An angel in dreams and visions can be a literal angel appearing to you in a vision or in a dream. It can also symbolize a person who is a messenger of God like John the Baptist was when he announced the coming of the Messiah. Dreaming of an angel thus symbolizes a message from God.

Angel (with goat feet)

Beware of a person who appears to be a messenger of God but in fact leading people astray. The goat feet symbolize that such a person (a real person) is actually not a messenger of God but a person whose purpose is to mislead you. Such a person was probably sent by satan or an evil spirit to mislead you. This is a symbol in dreams and visions warning you against people who are walking in evil and stubbornness (goat feet).

Please take note: Satan can appear to people as an angel or as Jesus Christ pretending that it is a vision. Remember that when you see a vision of an angel or Jesus Christ, always ask for Scripture references when you can speak to the angel. Compare what you have been told or what you saw with Scripture. If it does not compare with Scripture it was not a vision at all but rather the devil appearing to you to mislead you. Read my post, “Can satan deceive us through dreams and visions?”, for a better understanding of this aspect.

Angel (statue)

When someone dreams of a statue of an angel, he or she believes that angels are powerful but do not believe that angels are active in their ministry. They believe that angels cannot affect them or their ministry.


Luke 13:32

And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox (Herod), Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Job 12:7-8

7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

In dreams and visions, the characteristics of animals symbolize attitudes, weaknesses, sins and demonic influences in the lives of people. This aspect is about the discerning of spirits. When you dream of a giraffe, for instance, the Holy Spirit warns you that you are going to deal with a person who is haughty or a person with an overweening spirit. Remember that symbols of animals are to help you to discern the attitude of people. Do not forget that it also gives you insight into the demonic influences in these people’s lives. This means that the symbol may speak of a specific person but it can also speak of demonic activities in that person’s life. If the dream was about you it speaks of you directly but it can also speak of evil spirits trying to influence you in a negative way. As I said it is about the discernment of spirits which do include the activities of evil spirits.

Please take note that in real life all animals are all the same in God’s sight. He loves all the animals. He created them all. There is no such thing as a bad animal. Animals do not sin. They live as God created them. It is true that animals do display good or bad or evil behavior but this is how God created them to be. The same with insects.

See “Creatures (Of the land)”, “Creatures (Of the air)” and “Creatures (Of the sea)”

Animals (In a Cage)

A cage with animals (birds and other animals) symbolize the attitudes, weaknesses, sins and demonic influences in the lives of a specific group of people who are experiencing the same environment or the same situation (as symbolized by the cage). Animals in a zoo speak of something similar but in a broader sense.

See “Animals”

Anoint (Act)

1 Samuel 15:1

Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord.

When someone is anointed in a dream it symbolizes that such a person is set apart by God for service in his kingdom or in the church. Anointing is never about a position but it is all about a service or a function of a person in the body of Christ. All ministers serve people the body of Christ. They are not served by people. We, the five-fold ministry, as well as other church members all serve God and we all serve others. We are not anointed to be served and we are not anointed to be in a position (office).

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Proverbs 6:6-8

6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

8 Providence her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

Ants and the activities of ants in dreams speak of preparation for the future. It speaks of diligence or industry or wisdom for provision Wisdom is to gather precious treasures in heaven.

See “Insects” for a better understanding of “Ants”


In a negative sense, an anthill symbolizes accumulation for the future based on greed or fear. Such a person is like the rich man who has built himself bigger storage rooms to enable him to keep more than enough provision for himself and for his family. This task is his first priority and it is all that he thinks about. It drives him to gather more and more provisions for the future.

It can also speak of a person or people accumulating provision by means of secret activity. This secret activity is usually illegal or immoral.

See “Insects” for a better understanding of “Ants”

Ape (monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons)

Proverbs 29:11

A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Apes, monkeys, chimpanzees, and baboons symbolize people who are inclined to engage in frivolous, silly, foolish and superficial behavior. Such people are often out of control and loud. This attitude hinders spiritual growth and development. The bigger ones like baboons are more aggressive than the smaller ones. Baboons are rebellious toward God, the church, spiritual matters and people in a business or work situation, almost like a gorilla but not as aggressive. See “Gorilla”

See “Animals” for a better understanding of this symbol.


See “Clothing”


Song of Solomon 2:3

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

Song of Solomon 7:8

I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples.

Apples symbolize love relationships and refreshment from God. The color of the apple will reveal more information about the meaning of the dream or vision. We know that love drives out all fear. Dreaming of apples or an apple tree symbolizes the love relationship we have with God but also with other people.

Ark (Like Noah’s)

Matthew 24:39

And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

An ark symbolizes Jesus Christ who is our safety and salvation. He is the ark that saves us from this world. When the world comes against us we do not have to fear because we are kept safe and protected in Him.

Arm (Of God)

Psalm 89:10

Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.

An arm symbolizes God’s power or God’s help or mightiness or strength in our lives. He is mighty to deliver us in all situations. This speaks of God being there to assist us and help us with whatever we need. His arm is always strong enough to perform or do whatever we need in any situation.


Joel 1:4

That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.

Revelation 19:14-16

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

An army symbolizes good or evil spiritual powers and strength. A strong Christian army is Christians who are not easily deceived into all kinds of temptations. They abstain from sin when tempted. They also do not doubt God’s word. This makes them a good army of God who keeps the enemy outside their personal border posts and outside the “borders” of their lives. Just like real armies patrolling the borders of their countries and manning the border posts of their countries with the sole purpose of keeping the enemy out, so does a good Christian army in a spiritual sense. They do not give the enemy any foothold in their lives. Please take note that they are not good fighters. They are rather good in their efforts to walk obediently in the ways of God. They are not involved in spiritual warfare but rather always ready to see through the strategies of the enemy and preventing evil powers from getting a foothold in their lives by them getting involved in worldly things like sin or unbelief.

A weak Christian army is Christians who fall for the lies and temptations of the enemy by getting involved in sin and unbelief. They allow the enemy to enter into their areas of influence or to get a foothold in their lives. They give the enemy a foothold by not resisting him or not keeping them outside the “borders” of their lives.

A “strong” evil army are demons who succeed in influencing people to get involved in all sorts of sins and to doubt the word of God. The most successful strategy that they use is to use other people to influence people in a negative way.


Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Military armor is equipment utilized for protecting the army. Symbols of military equipment thus symbolize divine equipment for resisting evil. The armor of God keeps the enemy outside the border posts and borders of our lives. We resist evil by keeping evil from entering our lives (influencing different aspects of our daily lives).

We do not give the enemy any foothold in our lives. This means we do
not fall for the enemy’s lies and temptations. All the spiritual armor that God gave us is about “faith” and “believe.” It is all
about the word of God and it is all about living a holy life. Only
the sword of the Spirit is offensive. We use the sword of the
Spirit to speak things into existence. All the other pieces of armor
of a soldier are there for protection and therefore defensive of


Psalm 64:2-4

2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

Deuteronomy 32:23

I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.

Arrows are all about words. It symbolizes negative and positive words. In a negative sense, the enemy attacks us with words of judgment and critical words of condemnation, lies, and deceit. People can attack us with bitter words of criticism, anger, and hate but people can also build us up with positive words of faith, love, exhortation and comfort.

In another sense, according to Deuteronomy 32:23 arrows also symbolize the judgment of God.


Hebrews 9:13-14

For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Ash speaks of a person who is in mourning and in deep sorrow. It speaks of people mourning.

Ash also symbolizes complete destruction and/or desolation. Such a person or group of people need counseling and deliverance.

Ash of a dead person applied to a human body (for instance a person in a bathtub) by rubbing it on himself or by another person speaks of a person who is attempting (dead human ritual) to cleanse himself from the sins (and influences) of his forefathers or to give reverence to his forefathers. This speaks of a person who practices ancestor worship or who is influenced by a person who practices ancestor worship. It means that we are to worship and revere God only and not our ancestors. It is all about the wrong influences.

Ash also symbolizes the sanctification and the cleansing of oneself from all manipulative influences enabling us to make good and sober decisions. This meaning of ash is derived from the Bible, where spiritual and financial prosperity, because of the sacrifice of the fattened calve (red Heifer), becomes a reality in our lives. See “Calves (Red Heifer).” When we repent and live a life of obedience (symbolized by the sacrifice of the red heifer), we are in fact sanctifying ourselves and cleansing ourselves from wrong influences. In a business sense, this is protecting ourselves from business people who are manipulating all sorts of situations by means of all sorts of methods and tactics to influence us to make the wrong business decisions. Their goal is to benefit financially by influencing people to make wrong business decisions. When we repent of our sins and seek God in prayer before we make business decisions, we are in fact cleansing ourselves from manipulative influences. Us submitting ourselves in this regard is a spiritual sacrifice of obedience. When we live like this we make good and sober decisions and we will enjoy spiritual and financial blessings because of that.


Ephesians 5:14

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Romans 13:11

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Being asleep speaks of spiritual inactivity. It can be because of a positive cause but also because of negative circumstances.

In a positive sense, being asleep in dreams and visions symbolizes spiritual rest or refreshment.

In a negative sense, it symbolizes a person who is spiritually indifferent, lazy or spiritually insensible. Such a person does not understand the will of God and is ignorant of God’s ways.


Genesis 49:14

Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens.

Job 11:12

For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt.

Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

In a positive sense, an ass symbolizes a person who has a spirit of patience or endurance or fortitude or strength. This is a person whom you can trust. He will be of great value. He will get the work done.

In a negative sense, an ass symbolize a person who is stubborn and/or stupid. A person with this attitude will make things difficult for you.

See “Animals” for a better understanding of this symbol.

Awake (Person waking up)

Ephesians 5:14

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

1 Corinthians 15:34

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

A person waking up represents a person who is raised up from spiritual death (born again) and now watchful and alert in spiritual matters. It can also symbolize a Christian who lived an ignorant life but who decided to seek God’s ways and God’s will for his life. Such a person woke up from spiritual indifference, laziness or spiritual insensibility.


Exodus 21:5-6

5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:

6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.

An awl symbolizes a person who loves Christ. A person who loves Christ is like a slave who serves his master out of free will. In the old times, slaves who were set free could stay on serving their masters. These people took such a servant and they pushed an awl through their earlobes into the door of his house. With this act, the slave became a lifelong servant of his master. The reason these slaves did this was that they were treated very well by their masters, they loved their masters and their families and they wanted to serve them for life.

Ax (Hatchet)

Matthew 3:10

And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

An ax (hatchet) symbolizes the judgment of God. An ax is an instrument that is used to cut down a tree. A tree represents a human being. This could mean that a certain person has reached the end of his time of grace. According to Isaiah 65:20 this usually happens when a person reaches the end of his life. According to this verse, there is a time of grace because of the fact that Jesus has taken the punishment of mankind on Himself on the cross of Cavalry. When an unbeliever reaches the end of his life without accepting the redemption gift of Jesus Christ, the judgment of God will suddenly come over him at the end of his life. God does not judge people anymore. His judgment does not come until right at the end. (Isaiah 65:20 – There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child (Christian or righteous) shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed).

This does not mean that seeing an ax in a dream or a vision means that a person is going to die. It sometimes means that God will perform some type of punishment in a person’s life, especially if that person is a Christian. God does not chastise unbelievers but He does chastise his children. Please read my post, “Biggest Shock of Your Life!”, for more information of this aspect of God.

An ax can also speak of a person who is judgmental toward another person. Such a person needs to repent. People are always supposed to accept one another and to forgive one another at all times. We cannot judge other people. Only God can be our judge.

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    • Hi Linda,
      I am sorry for the misunderstanding. The online dictionary is free. The book is for sale. Please read the announcements on the free “Dreams Symbols Interpretation Course” subscription page. I think it explains it in more detail: https://www.asrmartins.com/
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