Did you dream about a map or maps? These dreams can be really intriguing. Maps are all around us. When we imagine the world we live in, we usually imagine a map of planet Earth.
Maps are what we use to orient ourselves in the world – and this was the case since ancient times. While 500 years ago a traveler needed a paper map to find their way, these days we tend to use our smartphones. However, the point is still the same. The map.
One who is lost uses a map to find a way. When we need directions or help to find our way, maps might appear in dreams. And even when we don’t feel lost, maps can appear as signs that we are getting some important directions on how to proceed. But this is just one dream meaning a map can have!
Maps are also strongly related to plans. When we plan a trip, or an expedition, we use maps. And, in general, whenever we want to go somewhere new we check a map first.
But, as you can see from this brief introduction, maps seem quite straightforward but can point to a variety of things in dreams. To solve the mystery, we’ll start by overviewing the three big interpretations that maps in dreams commonly point to. After that, we’ll go over the typical dreams that involve maps. If your dream was one of those, you’re in luck, you can find the meaning here. However, if you had a really peculiar dream that doesn’t fit any of the scenarios we describe, you’ll find some tips at the end on how to find the right interpretation of your own, unique, dream.
So let’s start!
What It Means to Dream About Maps?
As mentioned, maps in dreams can have multiple meanings, but these are the three most common ones:
When was the last time you found yourself lost in an unfamiliar place? What did you do? The chances are, you reached for a map. And if you didn’t have a map, then you probably looked for some signs or a person to show you the direction. The thing is, all of these things have the same meaning as a map. They give you an image of the world around you that clarifies the spot you are in as well as the direction you need to go.
But what does it mean that a map points towards feeling lost? Well, there are a couple of typical dreams that are connected with this meaning. First of all, in dreams we often reach for a map but it can turn out difficult to read. We look and look at the map, but it doesn’t seem to work. This kind of dream strongly suggests you are feeling lost. This doesn’t have to mean physically, of course, but you could be feeling confused about anything. Maybe it’s a relationship, maybe it’s the direction of your career…
A similar dream is when you dream about yourself needing a map but not having it. This strongly indicates that you feel unprepared for the challenges you are facing. The good news is, this could just be an issue of low self-confidence. You might just need to trust that yourself that you will find a way, even without a map.
Finding Direction, Navigating Challenges
Okay, so sometimes we have trouble following maps in dreams. But sometimes we don’t. If you are reading a map in your dream, and following it without an issue, it is a sign you are doing well at dealing with the challenges of life. Life might have given you lemons, but you are making lemonade! And you might not even be aware of it.
If you are leading a group of people with your map reading skills, this means you are a leader in real life and ready to show the way. If, on the other hand, someone refuses to follow you, it could mean you are the one with the right sense of direction, but people in your surroundings might not be ready to understand it.
Making Changes, Making Choices
What do maps represent? Spaces, usually. Bat more often than note, maps give us an overview of the different routes we can take. This is why maps represent choices. When we look at a map, we might often find two or more routes to get to a single place. Which one will we choose? That’s up to use. And with that comes responsibility.
When you dream about choosing routes on a map, or pondering over crossroads, it is probably a reflection of being faced to make choices in your real life. When you have to choose one thing or the other, not knowing for certain what lies ahead, it can be difficult. But stay strong. Weigh your choices and make an informed decision.
On a similar note, sometimes a map in a dream will show you things like roadblocks, or any variety of things that you might want to avoid. Maps in dreams are not like those in real life – they can show us what is happening somewhere, they can show fantasy places and beings, and even people we know.
When this happens, you might be receiving messages from your subconscious about the right choice to make. Is there a dilemma you have faced lately in any area of your life? Consider the obstacles appearing on a map. They might be telling you how to solve this.
Common Dreams About Maps and What They Mean
So far we have talked about the general meanings of maps in dreams. However, there are different kinds of maps and they appear in dreams in different contexts. Below are some common tropes that appear in dreams that involve maps. Look through, and see if any of these speaks to you.
You Are Looking at a Clear, Easy to Read Map
When you looked at the map in your dream, was it clear to you why you are looking at it? Was the goal apparent and you knew exactly how to get there? If this is the case, it could be a sign of clairvoyance. You see clearly what is around you, and what is in front of you. It is a message to trust yourself and your own intuition.
Seeing a map with a clear plan ahead of you can also signify a start of a new journey. If you’ve been planning a trip or a move lately, then this is the reason why this appears in your dreams. If not, though, it could mean that new opportunities are about to appear. Be ready to embrace them!
You Are Looking at a Hard to Read Map
When you are unable to understand the map in your dream, there are two possible interpretations. First of all, it could signify you lack the confidence in your own abilities. You are looking for someone to show you the way, but maybe the answer is inside of you all along.
Second, it could actually mean you don’t have enough information to make the right choice about something in your life. You might feel confident, but this sign in your dream could mean there is something you are not seeing. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or a second opinion!.
You Are Lost Without a Map
Was your map dream actually a map that is not there. Maybe you are in a situation where a map could help, but you simply don’t have it. This can have a double meaning too. First, it could mean that you are feeling lost and without direction. The interpretation is similar like the one when you see a hard-to-read map.
However, it could also be a positive sign. You could be craving adventure, seeking change, and craving to carve your own path. This could mean it’s time for you to choose your own direction – no maps needed! To find the right interpretation, consider how you felt in the dream. Did you feel free and excited without a map, or did you feel scared and insecure? What events followed in the dream after you found yourself lost without a map?
You Have or Are Making a Hand-Drawn Map
Drawing your own map means you are building your own reality. Maybe you have been feeling like you cannot succeed due to the influence of your surroundings. Drawing your own map is a sign that you can do it!
When you dream about drawing your own map, it could point towards new beginnings. A new chapter in your life might open up ahead of you (and this can sometimes happen when you least expect it).
You might also want to consider the contents of the map you have drawn. Was it a very simple map? Were there any marked routes, specific places? Or was it very complex? A complex map without a clear goal might mean you are confused and need more clarity in your life.
You Dream About a Treasure Map
Treasure maps in dreams can be connected to money and wealth. You might be about to come into some unexpected income. But that’s not always the case.
Is there something in your life that you’ve been searching for? Maybe the right person? Maybe a new place to call home? Dreaming of a treasure map could mean that the way towards what you are craving is getting clearer. Even if you are not sure what the treasure exactly is, the map indicates that you are on your way to get it.
Additionally, dreaming about treasure maps could also represent a search for yourself. Sometimes, we start feeling like we lost our authentic self due to the pressures of life. A treasure map tells you that you are searching, and not everything is lost. The aspect of yourself that feels lost can be found again.
Did you reach your destination in your dream?
An important factor in map dreams is what follows the consultation of the map. Was your destination clear? Did you reach it? If you did, this is an indicator of success. Whatever it is you are striving toward, your dream is telling you it is within your reach.
If you didn’t reach your destination…
In most dreams you don’t really get to reach the destination. But this is not necessarily a bad sign. Sometimes we are simply awakened from dreams before they get to play out completely. Additionally, consider what happened instead. Did you end up on a detour? Did you reach the wrong destination? In any case, how did you feel about it?
If you are having repetitive dreams where you cannot reach your destination, it is probably a reflection of fear or anxiety you might be feeling. However, these emotions could be stopping you from actually finding your way. If this is the case, you really need to work on finding the root cause of such dreams.