We know that ants are considered to be diligent, deceptively strong, and fierce in high numbers. But what does it mean when you dream of ants? Here’s everything you should know.
The Symbolism Behind Ants in Your Dream
While you probably wouldn’t give much thought to ants during the day (unless they are becoming a nuisance), these small and clever insects have a lot of symbolism behind them when it comes to their appearance in your dreams.
You probably know that ants are very strong, despite their small size. Ants can symbolize strength, or dreams involving ants can serve as a reminder to remember what you’re capable of, more likely the ants in your dream represent the importance of pushing on, or through problems.
While ants can lift objects which weigh 50 times their own weight, they can only take one thing at a time back to their nest. But that doesn’t mean they stop. But if something doesn’t work, they try a different method until they get where they need to be.
A dream of marching ants indicates that you need to carry on with your current path, project, or long-term goal. It’s vital that you don’t stop now.
The Importance of Teamwork
If you see one ant, there’s bound to be more somewhere close by. While you probably know that ants live in intricate and elaborate colonies, with each ant having a specific job to do, did you know that ants teach each other, like bees do?
Ants use pheromones to let each other know where sources of food are, new landmarks for them to be aware of, and dangers.
Dreaming of ants symbolizes the importance of communication and sharing your knowledge, or listening to other people’s experiences. This is the ‘shortcut’ to learning anything, though of course your experience may differ from other people’s.
Your subconscious may be telling you that it’s time you involved other people in a long-term project, or you should approach someone who has a lot of experience in order to get things moving.
But what about individual dreams involving ants? What do they mean? Here’s some of the most common dreams which feature ants, and the symbolism behind them.
Ant Dreams and Their Meaning
Dreaming of Ants Crawling on You
If you notice ants crawling on you in waking life, your first instinct would be to brush them off and probably panic. This isn’t dissimilar to the meaning behind your ant dream, either.
Dreaming of ants crawling on you suggests that what should be a small problem or a minor inconvenience has gotten much bigger than it should have, and you have bigger things which need your attention.
Or, ants crawling all over your body in a dream indicates that someone who you usually get on with very well will cause you some frustration or emotional turmoil in the near future.
This dream image can also suggest that you feel as though you have no control over a situation, or you’re distancing yourself from other people.
Consider what part of your body these ants were crawling over, as this can add to the meaning behind your dream.
Ants solely crawling over your head or hair, for example, is your subconscious drawing your attention to the need to stay objective in a tricky situation.
Dreaming of Ants Crawling over Food
Ants crawling over food in your dream suggest that you need to take better care of yourself, and your body in particular. Are you eating enough of a balanced diet? Taking enough time for exercise or for breaks?
If you dream of eating food and then ants crawl out of your mouth, this indicates that you shouldn’t take someone at face value. While their words sound good, look at the intent behind them, as they may not be what they seem.
Dreaming of Watching Ants March
If you see a line of ants marching somewhere in your dream, this symbolizes an epiphany or situation which you are desperately trying to ignore.
This may be something that you’re not consciously aware of, something that your subconscious mind has picked up on and is trying to make you understand.
If you see ants marching while carrying food, this indicates that you’re making great progress in your professional life, and you’ll soon enjoy the benefits.
Watching Ants Make a Bridge in Your Dreams
If you dream of ants making a bridge in order to cross a gap they couldn’t otherwise close, this is your subconscious drawing your attention to the importance of not withdrawing from people.
You can accomplish many things individually, but you stand to learn a lot from other people who have a wealth of knowledge, and have been where you are.
Killing Ants in Your Dream
If you dream of squashing ants, this is a good sign for the future. Any current issues which are distracting you will soon be over, and this dream also stresses the importance of not letting the little things get to you.
Concentrate on one thing at a time, breaking any larger problems into something smaller, and this will greatly help you in the future.
Dreaming of Ants Crawling on Flowers
The flower within this specific dream represents achievement, optimism, or joy. As ants can represent both industrious hard work and the importance of people and community, this dream image suggests that you may need to employ both in order to get to this period of achieving your goals.
Some Things to Consider
One of the most important considerations when it comes to decoding your dream of ants is to remember how you felt when you saw them.
Your own emotions in dreams can act as a signpost to the meaning behind the dream, as everyone’s associations with a dream symbol will be slightly different.
What do you think about when you think of ants? Are you repulsed by them? Fascinated? Unnerved? All of these emotions can lead to a different symbolism behind your ant dream, so it’s important to take this into consideration.