There are a number of dreams that are terrifying enough to wake you up from a deep sleep. A dream about your house on fire is certainly one of those dreams. Since a house can symbolize a number of different things, this type of dream can carry many different symbolic meanings.
A house is often a symbol of the family. It is the one place where you feel safe and at home in the world. It can represent security and love. When you dream about your house on fire, it may mean that your subconscious is afraid that you are going to lose one of these aspects. You may feel like you do not have control over what happens, and you are afraid that you are going to lose your family togetherness, your security or the love in your life.
Someone in your family may be about to move, or they may just feel distant to you. Financial problems could also make you feel like you are losing your home and security. There are a number of reasons why you may feel like you are about to lose this symbolic feeling in your life, and you have to address it.
Of course, there is always a case that the dream is just a dream. While some dreams show a deeper meaning from your subconscious mind, others just show a fear or a random event. You have seen your house thousands of time in your real life, so it holds an out-sized place in your subconscious. Because of this, it is entirely possible that your subconscious just chose the location at random. The dream may just be representing your fear of a fire or your fear of losing security in your life.
The only way to really figure out if your dream has a deeper meaning is to meditate on the dream, what happened in it and how you felt. Ideally, you should do this immediately after you wake up while the entire dream is fresh in your mind. Visualize what happened in the dream and how you felt. Were there other people in your dream? Were you trying to save someone? Were you distraught or did it feel like the fire was washing away your past? There might be a part of your subconscious that you are not listening to, and the dream is trying to tell you to pay attention.
Fires in Dreams
In a dream, a fire is typically a representation of things like energy, sexuality, passion and libido. It is that spark of energy that burns within you. While this spark can catalyze new ideas and excitement, it can also be all-consuming. When that fire burns too bright, it can take your happiness with it.
Meanwhile, the house may represent your soul or yourself as the dreamer. It could also represent your physical body or your family. If you feel cleansed instead of distraught as your house burns down, the fire in your dream may be like the mythical phoenix. It was said that this bird would burn up in a fire every 500 years only to be reborn from the ashes. If you are cleansed and peaceful at the end of the dream, then it may symbolize that you are going through this kind of transformation and reincarnation in your current life.
A house on fire only has the meaning that you give it. If you are distraught in the dream, it may mean that you feel like your own home, family or life are threatened and about to consumed. If you feel positive in the dream, it may show that you are transforming your past to make way for a new present and a bright future.
Other Types of Fire Interpretations
While a dream about your house on fire is quite common, there are other potential meanings behind fire in a dream. The following is a list of some of the more common interpretations of fire in a dream.
Bonfire: A bonfire is typically a sign that you have started down a new path in life. It may show that you are working toward a new goal and have let go of an old way of thinking.
Campfire: A campfire is often a sign of companionship. It represents sharing yourself with other people and a need to open up your emotions so that other people can get to know you better.
Burning Alive: If you are being burned alive in your dream, it demonstrates that you are getting consumed by our own ambitions in life.
Fireplace: A lit fireplace in your dream represents warmth, contentment and comfort. If you see an unlit fireplace, it shows disinterest, a lack of energy or disheartening feelings. If you are stirring or lighting the fireplace, it represents a stirring desire within your soul. Seeing two fireplaces in your dream shows that you are a hard time making a decision between two different choices in life.