To some people, lightning is the ultimate display of nature’s ferocity, linking us again to the natural world when we get too caught up in our worries to pay attention to the world around us.
To others, lightning is a natural disaster, something we should shut ourselves away from, a reminder that we cannot control everything, and in some cases, only nature is in control.
What does Lightning Mean in a Dream?
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Lightning striking in your dream is rarely a negative sign for the future. In some cases, it can be telling you to pay attention to what’s going on around you.
Lightning appearing within your dream implies that a solution that you’ve been searching for is not an internal epiphany. It won’t come from within, but you will find the answer in looking at the signs surrounding you.
You may find something unexpected will give you the inspiration you need to come up with a definite answer to a problem in waking life.
If you’ve been stalling because of a lack of ideas or how to approach a new project, something seemingly random and insignificant could be what you’re looking for.
Dreaming of lightning can also indicate that a relationship in your life needs your attention.
Maybe it was something you did, or the connection between you is just starting to deteriorate on its own, but the quicker you dedicate some time to it and resolve things, the better.
If you dream of a single flash of lightning, rather than seeing its impressive display in the sky, this implies that you’re not seeing the whole picture of something.
You need to consider things from a different angle, or get an outside perspective, in order to help you move forward.
Pivotal Change is Coming
Lightning within dreams can indicate that a part of your life, or your entire life as you know it, is about to change.
This change may seem negative at first, bad enough to feel as though the world is ending, but it will end up being positive.
For example, your job may come to an end in an abrupt way, when you expected it to be the start of something.
This worrying time will make way for a much better, more fulfilling job, perhaps in a completely different field, where you get a lot of purpose or meaning from these new changes, once you have adapted.
Maybe you’ve subconsciously realized a relationship in your life isn’t what it should be, it’s only now a source of stress or turmoil, and you or your partner may end it.
While it will seem horrible at first, it will be better in the long run, especially if you’ve been very unhappy for a long period of time.
This dream can also suggest you’ve outgrown an area of your life. Maybe a pastime, hobby, or habit which once helped you through things or defined who you are is no longer needed, and you get this fulfillment from other things.
Don’t be tempted to cling onto things which no longer serve you, even if that’s painful or frightening in the short term. Casting off your comfort zone is one of the best things you can do to enrich your life.
Pivotal change may also be extremely positive. You may find yourself in a relationship which you’ll be in for the rest of your life, or a new hobby which will become a career.
Maybe this change has already happened. In which case, the lightning in your dream still embodies the change, and the turmoil that it has already caused you.
Just like after a lightning strike, you may be in shock, concerned if something else that significant is about to happen as well, while you wonder what you’re going to do, or how you can possibly adapt.
It refers to the upset and uncertainty that this change causes, rather than the event itself.
Tend To Your Emotional Wellbeing
Weather in your dreams can reflect how you’re feeling, whether that’s in waking life or something lying in your subconscious. This is also true for lightning.
Lightning represents impulsive behavior and anger. It may also be a warning that you’ve been pushing your emotions aside too much recently, and the smallest thing in waking life could set you off, where all of this emotion will be released at once.
Lightning, in this instance, is urging you to process your emotions in a healthy way. Don’t be tempted to push them away because you don’t have time, or something else needs your attention.
Make time for it. There’s no reason why you can’t react to things emotionally, as long as you don’t let them get in the way of living your life, or meeting your responsibilities.
Perhaps someone is ignoring your opinions, and while you could look past this, it’s important not to become complacent, especially in your professional life.
Make your opinions heard, especially when you think you have the solution to something, or you’ve thought of a better idea.
Common Lightning Dreams and What They Mean
Lightning Strikes an Object in Your Dream
If you dream of lightning striking an object, it refers to the need to change something. Consider the object the lightning struck, as this will inform exactly where you need to make some alterations.
Dreaming of lightning hitting a tree (see also What Do Trees Mean In Dreams?) refers to your spirituality, and how you feel a lack of purpose or satisfaction in life.
If the tree bursts into flame, something may challenge your beliefs and everything you stand for. It will also affect how well-grounded you feel in waking life.
A Fork of Lightning Highlights Something
Maybe the lightning in your dream doesn’t actually strike an object, and it forks behind a cloud. The light is still enough to see by, though, and it highlights an object within your dream.
This dream suggests that you need to look at your recent choices. You may have made the wrong decision or taken a wrong turn somewhere. Remember the object within your dream, and what it may represent in your waking life.
This dream can also reveal a bad habit of keeping your thoughts or emotions to yourself. While you don’t want to share them right now, it’s important to stay connected to other people.
Being Struck by Lightning
While dreaming of being struck by lightning can be a worrying thought and a frightening experience, it is a good sign.
Getting hit by lightning in your dream reveals that you’ll soon make huge progress on a personal journey, maybe even spiritually. You will feel miles more capable than you have in the past, and this experience will teach you to trust yourself completely, if you don’t already.
Think about a goal you’ve been dreaming of. Having a dream like this is a sign that you should go after it with absolutely everything you have.
Watching Someone Get Struck by Lightning
Dreaming of watching someone get hit by lightning points to an inner frustration or anger you’re harboring toward them.
You are holding something against them, and focusing so much time and energy on negativity will only serve to hurt you in the future. You need to learn to let go of it.
How to Find the Symbolism Behind Your Lightning Dream
While there are some overlapping themes when it comes to dreaming about lightning, it’s important to find out exactly what your dream means, specifically to you, especially if this dream is urging you to change something in your life.
Here are some tips to help you understand what your dream is trying to tell you.
Consider the State of Your Waking Life
Take some time to reflect on how you feel things are going. Do you think things could be better than they are? Is it within your control or own power to change them, and how could you start?
Do you feel as though something critical is about to happen? Can you prepare for it?
Consider also your own associations and memories with lightning, and what this might mean for your dream.