Are demons real, visiting you in your most vulnerable state to tempt you, to convince you that everything is lost, and you should do what you want anyway? Or do they represent part of you, as many dream symbols do?
Dreaming of demons can be a bewildering experience, as why they manifest in our dreams has been argued over for years, deeply embedded into many belief systems.
One of the main principles of dream interpretation is because every dream is unique, you need to decide for yourself what a dream symbol means to you specifically in order to understand the meaning behind your dream.
Here’s everything you need to know about the dream symbol of a demon (see also Dream Symbols Beginning With D), and what it might mean if you dream of one.
Common Demon Dreams and What They Mean
You’d be surprised at how common dreaming of a demon is, as it’s not as widely admitted as, for example, flying in a dream. This is probably because not many people want to be judged for this, as it can raise many eyebrows.
But if you think about how many people throughout history have claimed to be visited by a demon in their dreams, you’ll start to see that as a dream symbol, the demon is a pretty common one.
Demons appearing in our dreams broadly represent one of two things. Firstly, and most obviously, temptation, where your subconscious is manifesting your buried impulses into your dream.
Demons also appear in a dream when you are hugely conflicted, or something in your waking life feels utterly wrong or unnatural.
Things aren’t the way they are supposed to be, and finding out the reason why the demon appeared in your dream will help guide you forward and help you to fix things.
Dreaming of a Demon in a Crowd of Evil Monsters
If you dream of being surrounded by monsters and demons, and you feel unable to escape, this indicates that something in waking life is only a source of internal conflict for you.
You’ve been trying to sort things out in your head to come to a decision, and despite your best efforts, you can’t seem to get any further. There are two opposing viewpoints or ideals, and you’re not sure what to do.
Dreaming of Dancing with a Demon
If you dream of dancing with a demon (see also Dancing Dream Interpretation), this indicates that you have a lot of influence over other people, and you should be careful not to let this power go to your head.
It can also suggest that you have a lot of luck right now, but be careful how you use it, as it will run out quicker than you think.
Alternatively, dancing with a demon implies that you’ve been taking too many risks lately, and it’s very likely that you will get burned.
Being Possessed by a Demon in Your Dream
Dreaming of being possessed by a demon signifies that you are your own worst enemy. The biggest problem within your life is yourself.
You’re giving into your impulses, always tempted by instant gratification rather than something that could be satisfying in the long term.
Or, you can’t seem to let go of destructive behaviors or habits which are holding you back. You have recognized that these habits are damaging, or they are risky, but you can’t bring yourself to stop.
Or, dreaming of being possessed by a demon implies that you need to look to the powerful figures within your life for advice.
Feeding a Demon in Your Dream
Dreaming of feeding a demon reflects waking life, where you’re not only surrounded by negativity, you’re helping to ‘feed’ it.
You’ve let negative influences start to rule your life, affecting your outlook and your behavior. You need to learn to let go of it.
This negativity may be a stressful situation that you have no control over, or it may be a person who is manipulating you, or is otherwise bad company to keep.
If you have a dream like this, it’s worth looking a little closer in order to find out exactly what the source of the negativity is, so you can regain control over your life.
Fighting a Demon in Your Dream
If you dream of fighting a demon, or many demons, your subconscious is warning you that you need to be assertive in waking life.
Take control of a situation which needs your attention, and while you might be tempted to ignore any conflict, it’s worth facing it head-on.
Dreaming of fighting a demon can also point to future conflict, where you might come up against someone you love and care for because their opinion on a situation is so polar-opposite to yours.
Your subconscious is warning you to be prepared for this future clash, which will probably end up in an emotionally-charged situation.
A Demon Invading Your House in a Dream
If you dream of a demon coming into your house, this demon symbolizes something which has threatened your sense of security in life.
This may be a huge argument with a friend or close loved one, or a situation that’s affecting you to your core. This demon reflects the conflict or issue, while your house in your dream represents your identity, and your ideals, showing you just how much you are affected.
If you dream of a demon trying to get through a front or back door, and you manage to hide or drive it away, this suggests that while you’ll be caught up in a moving situation, you’ll be able to overcome it quicker and easier than you might think.
Bargaining with a Demon in Your Dream
If you dream of bargaining with a demon in your dream, this implies you have an underlying insecurity where you feel you cannot get what you want under your own power.
You feel the need to bargain for it instead, and while that may be true of some things, it’s worth taking another look at what you are capable of.
Why Do We Dream of Demons?
Dreaming of demons can be a worrying or even terrifying experience, and it may take you a minute or two to realize that your dream isn’t real. Demons are not coming after you. But why do we dream of them in the first place?
The Dream Symbol of a Demon
Demons appearing in your dream have a few meanings, but these dreams usually have one thing in common: you feel something isn’t right.
Just like the existence of a demon is wrong – when you look at demons in religion, they are typically a corrupted form of an angel, your dream is drawing your attention to something in particular that shouldn’t be.
Temptation, Impulses, and Desire
This symbolism should come as no surprise, really. In many religions, demons act as a push to give into temptation, greed, desire, or your most basic impulses, which starts off a chain reaction of conflict, stress, and regret.
In dreams, demons can play a similar role, and because we’re so familiar with it, this is a common form that they take. In dreams, demons can represent desires and temptations that go against your conscience, but that doesn’t stop you from wanting things.
In these dreams, your subconscious is acknowledging your temptations, and how you react to these demons in your dream will give you a pretty good idea of how well you can resist these impulses in waking life.
Conflict, Stress, and Warring Opinions
Demons in dreams also represent sources of stress. This may be a situation in waking life which you have no control or influence over, or an ongoing source of stress that’s unlikely to get any better anytime soon.
The demon in your dream may also represent two conflicting opinions or issues that you’re struggling to deal with.
How to Interpret Your Demon Dream
One of the easiest ways to find the meaning behind any dream is to examine how you feel during the dream. Your emotions within a dream are at their most raw, and they are also the biggest indicator you have.
For example, if you feel terrified when you see the demon in your dream, it’s likely that the demon symbolizes something which feels wrong in waking life and is a source of vulnerability, whether that’s a situation going badly, a life goal not being what you wanted, or a relationship turning sour.
If you feel relieved or glad when you see the demon in your dream, this indicates that you’re trying to control everything in waking life, and not being able to is a source of anxiety.
You want to feel free to choose your own path, or you want things to be much easier than they are.
It may be the case that the demon represents how you want to give into your desires and let go of some control.
You may need to acknowledge what you really want, not just what you should be doing, or what you think other people would want for you.