7 Meaning & Interpretations When You Dream Of Flies

Dreaming of flies isn’t a nice experience to say the least, and you may wake up feeling like you’ll never be clean again! 

After a dream of something so horrible, you might be wondering why flies manifested in your dream in the first place.

It should be a relief to know that dreaming of flies isn’t as bad a sign as it sounds, though most of us can agree that flies are annoying at best, and absolutely disgusting at worst.

Read on to discover what your dream of flies may be telling you.

A Manifestation Of Frustration

Flies appearing in your dream can be reflecting your own feelings of frustration.

If you’ve been trying to concentrate, for example, and a fly whizzes past your ear, either to land on you or repeatedly bang its face against a nearby window, you’ll see the connection.

Maybe you feel like a fly trying to get outside, but things just don’t seem to go your way.

Despite all the effort you’re putting in, it feels as though you’re not gaining any traction, or making any headway towards your goal. Sound familiar?

This dream can simply be a manifestation of your annoyance, anger, and frustration.

Someone Is Trying To Sabotage You

Sometimes the simplest answer isn’t always the best. The flies may not be an outlet for your frustration after all.

Flies in dreams can symbolize someone or several people who don’t want you to succeed.

Maybe they’re working towards the same goal as you, and there’s only one spot.

In which case, they might feel a niggling doubt that they cannot beat you fairly, so they resort to underhanded tactics instead.

Or, it could be that they’re jealous of you, and they don’t want to see you succeed. People do strange things when they feel unfulfilled, sometimes becoming petty or even hostile.

Whatever their reasons may be, don’t get into confrontation. It will not serve you, and it may only show them that they’re succeeding in getting to you. 

Don’t give them the satisfaction.

It’s vital that you’re smart about how you treat people, and you should also approach these situations strategically. 

Unresolved Problems With Someone Who Has Died

We all know that flies are closely linked to decay and death.

Sometimes, when a single fly appears in your dreams, it means that you’re thinking of someone who has died, and everything you did not get to resolve.

Death hardly ever gives you a chance at reconciliation. More often than not, you don’t get to say goodbye, or apologize for something, or tell them that you loved them.

Flies can also signify guilt, too, with the natural revulsion that they inspire in us. 

A dream like this is not a message telling you to do anything, it’s simply a dumping ground for those heavy emotions that you will find a healthy way to process. Give it time.

This dream is especially common when you’ve been tasked with sorting out the deceased’s belongings, will, or last wishes. 

You’re Carrying Around Unnecessary Stress

Dreaming of a cloud or a swarm of flies points to how you’re holding onto emotional baggage, causing you more stress and worry than you really need to carry around with you.

As we think of flies being filthy, your dream may be telling you that it’s time to ‘cleanse’ yourself of anything that’s adding to your emotional plate.

Maybe you’ve outgrown something or a relationship isn’t what it was. Perhaps you can’t stop thinking about the past, so much so that you can’t see what’s in front of you. 

Whatever it might be, it’s time to let it go.

A Renewed Purpose And Success

Not all dreams of flies are bad signs for the future, or a reflection of how bad things might be in the present.

Sometimes, they can even be a good sign.

If you dream of killing a fly, or clouds of them, this dream is drawing your attention to your strength of will, and focus.

Using both of these qualities in waking life will mean that you’ll go far, if you utilize them correctly. 

It’s a reassuring sign, as the flies can represent current problems that are plaguing you, and how you will ‘swat’ them away in time. 

You Are Your Own Solution

If you dream of being annoyed by a fly, and you only have your bare hands to catch it in your dream, this has some interesting symbolism.

This dream may be telling you that you have all the tools you need to solve an issue in waking life, if you do manage to capture the fly between your hands.

It may require a little more patience, and you may have to redouble your efforts, but you will solve that problem, or reach that goal, eventually.

If you fail to catch the fly with your hands in your dream, you may be applying similar basic methods in waking life. 

Maybe you’re ignoring a simpler way of doing things, thinking that yours is better, but it may end up costing you more time, which is the most precious commodity you have.

You might want to seek outside help or change methods completely, as what you’re doing currently isn’t working.

Take Care Of Your Health

Flies appearing in your dream could be a warning that your health may take a bad turn in the near future, if you don’t take care of it.

As you know, flies are associated with decay, so they do symbolize illness, and everything that comes with it. 

If you dream of flies swarming a trash bin or even a mountain of rubbish, this dream is urging you to rethink your diet. 

Flies in your dream can represent something which you’ve hidden from yourself in waking life. Maybe you’ve been ignoring a worrying sign that’s been niggling at you for a while.

Even subconsciously, you know that you should get it checked. This dream is urging you to do so.

Or, perhaps you’ve been skipping corners when it comes to your health because ‘you don’t have time’.

The one thing you should make time for is your health, whether that’s your physical or mental wellbeing. Even the smallest step can make a difference.

Carve out time to ensure that you’re moving your body enough, eating the right things, varying your day if you can, drinking plenty of water and spending enough time with other people who enrich your life, and noticing the world around you.

Remember to take some time to do what you enjoy, and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Sometimes we are so busy that we forget our health is our wealth, and without it, things can take a nosedive pretty quickly. 

This dream in itself, is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a good thing, as it is an early warning, meaning that you can take steps to make sure that you stay well.

What Does It Mean When You Dream Of Flies?

While the thought of flies can make us feel ill, they are an important part of the ecosystem, and in our dreams, they carry a range of meanings.

As they are part of both life and death, they can represent both positive and negative subjects.

Decay, toxicity, illness, death, frustration, and straying from your path are the conclusions we may jump to when flies appear in our dreams.

But they can also symbolize renewal, determination, tirelessness, and a solution that you already possess, one you just haven’t realized yet.

When interpreting your dream of flies, always explore the meaning that seems right to your specific dream.

Only you can decide what your subconscious is telling you, as dreams are so very specific to one person, carved out of your experiences, and your hopes and fears.


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