What Does The Color Red Mean In Your Dream?

Color symbolism in dreams is both not as complicated as it sounds, and more than it appears. 

You will already be familiar with some of the associations of certain colors, which will help you when it comes to interpreting your dreams, but you may be surprised by some of the interpretations, too.

For example, most of us are familiar with the idea of red signifying romance, passion, or even danger, but there are many things to consider, such as the shade of red, and how it appears to you in your dream.

Let’s take a look.

At A Glance: How Red May Manifest In Your Dreams

  • Red objects that are normal such as apples, cars, someone with red hair, lipstick or flowers, 
  • Unusually red objects, animals, or people, drawing your attention to the dream symbol
  • Red eyes: emotions getting the better of you, denial, feeling hunted, ill, or rundown
  • Seeing someone’s face go red: anger, sickness, or passion
  • Feeling furious in your dream and seeing red
  • Bought or received a gift of something red

Why Am I Dreaming Of The Color Red?

The color red may appear in your dreams when you need to acknowledge how you are feeling, both in your dream and in your waking life. It may be that you’re ignoring some or all your emotions right now, and this will not serve you.

If you think about it, red is the color of attention. We send red roses to those we have romantic feelings for, to make sure they know we’re thinking of them. Red is also the color used the most in warning signs on roads and sidewalks, to grab and hold your focus.

It’s also important to think about how you feel when you see the color red and connect it with your associations and memories. 

After all, your dreams are tailored to your experiences, so not taking your feelings or memories into account would mean that you miss the point of your dream.

Maybe a certain shade of red reminds you of a certain flower that you like growing or that someone has given you. This could be a call to reconnect with an old flame.

Perhaps the color red makes you instantly alert or angry, reminding you of a time you’d rather forget. It could be that you’re on the verge of repeating a mistake, regret, or something that’s made you uncomfortable in the past.

If an element of your dream is something you wouldn’t normally pay attention to, but its red color keeps you focused on it, this suggests that you’re focusing on the wrong things in waking life.

There may be something you’re unwilling to recognize, or there are too many distractions for you to see what is important. Red may suggest that right now you cannot handle the truth of a situation, so you are denying it instead.

You may also see a lot of red in your dream when you have feelings for someone. You may be sure that they like you in the same way, or you may be wondering if you are reading too much into their behavior, and red may simply reflect your feelings.

Red can also manifest in your dreams when now is the time to be creative. You have a lot of energy and a lot of ideas at the moment, and it would be a shame if they went to waste. A dream like this may act as encouragement to start a new project.

Consider The Shade Of Red:

The shade and tone of red that appears in your dream also matters. Here are a few examples to get you started.

If you see a deep dark red, this can refer to blood, vitality, motivation, renewal, and change.

A very pale red or even a pale pink suggests guidance, affection, doubt, or feeling weak.

A mixture of red and gray implies that your lack of desire or drive in life is making everything more difficult.

An earthy red, or seeing red earth points to healing, renewal, the collective unconscious, productivity, and spiritual wealth.

Emotions That Red Can Signify In Dreams:

  • Romantic love
  • Protection
  • Fury
  • Aggression
  • Desire
  • Rage
  • Impulse
  • Temptation
  • Protective love
  • Danger 

Red Dream Summary

The color red may manifest in your dreams when:

  • You’re not acknowledging something obvious
  • You need to be careful or self-disciplined in a relationship
  • You are about to start a new relationship
  • You may return to an old desire or passion
  • You’re about to start a new phase of your life

Positive Things Are Coming, If:

  • You feel happy or satisfied when you see red in your dream
  • The color focuses your attention on something important, something you’d otherwise miss

Final Thoughts

There are many ways red may appear in your dreams, so make sure that you pay attention to every detail that you can to find the meaning.


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