In dreams, fire typically symbolizes something new or exciting in your life. It can mean passion, aggression, enlightenment, desire, purification or destruction. Meanwhile, water often symbolizes the opposite mental state. It shows knowledge, spirituality or healing. When the two symbols are combined in your dream, it often reflects a state of confusion. It may mean that you are pulled in two different ways and are unsure which direction to go to.
At a basic level, it may represent a conflict between your desire for knowledge and spirituality and your passions and desires. You may feel like your quest for a deeper meaning in life is constantly in conflict with your animalistic desires.
Both water and fire are power elements in nature. They can nourish you through heating your food, providing warmth or giving you sustenance. At the same time, both elements could destroy you as well. Water can flood your home or arrive in a tsunami to destroy you. Fire can burn down yourself, your life or the fields that you use to grow your food.
These elements have been immortalized in many cultures. The ancient Greeks considered air, earth, water and fire to be the four basic elements of existence. While they were elements of the world, they also symbolized other things. Typically, air symbolized the ability to communicate your ideas. Earth represented practical issues and stability. While water symbolizes your emotions, fire was thought to symbolize passion.
The Meaning of Fire in Your Dream
The circumstances in your dream is extremely important in determining its meaning. Fire may represent anger, passion, destruction or purification. Often, it shows that something new is arriving in your life while something old is leaving. When placed on water, it could mean that you have to undergo healing or gain knowledge (through water) before you can attain something new in your life (fire). If the fire is difficult to reach on the fire, then it shows that you are unable to achieve this yet.
There are also a number of other meanings given to fire in different cultures. We will cover some of the most common interpretations.
Individuals: In some cases, the fire in the dream is a metaphor for a fiery personality in your life. You may be trying to grow closer to this person, but you are unable to breach some barrier like the water in the dream.
Risk: The phrase “playing with fire” exists for a reason. In a dream, fire can indicate a warning to avoid dangerous activities. Avoid taking risks at this time.
Symbolic Meanings: Sometimes, fire is symbolic for your creative energy, drive or motivation.
Contained Fires: A contained fire in your dream may mean that an inner transformation is taking place or your internal fire is burning brightly.
Houses on Fire: If your house is on fire in the dream, it shows that you may not be ready for a great change. It may also mean that you are resisting the changes that are ongoing in your life. In some cases, a house on fire shows an intense love and passion for the people around you.
Burned by Fire: If you are burned by fire in your dream, it indicates that you are letting your temper get the best of you.
Putting Out a Fire: If you are putting out a fire in a dream, it shows that you are able to work hard to overcome any obstacle in your life. In comparison, setting a fire shows distress. You may feel desperate or want to destroy some aspect of yourself.
The Meaning of Water in Your Dream
Like fire, water symbolizes your emotional state of mind. It is the living essence of life and the psyche. As such, it represents healing, spirituality, refreshment and knowledge. We will cover some of the most common interpretations of water in a dream.
Calm Water: Calm water shows that you are in tune with your own spirituality. It often shows peace of mind, tranquility and rejuvenation.
Boiling Water: Boiling water in your dream shows that you are in a state of emotional turmoil. Deep, unconscious feelings are bubbling up to the surface, and you need to find a way to release that energy.
Dirty Water: Dirty or muddy water shows that your mind is clouded by negative emotions. If you are completely immersed in dirty water, it shows that you are completely overwhelmed by your emotions.
Walking on Water: If you are walking on water in your dream, it is extremely auspicious. It means that you have control over your emotions and have faith in yourself.
Running Water: The sound of running water in your dream shows a deep state of reflection and meditation. You may be in the process of reflecting on how you think and feel about the world around you.