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Did You Dream About Thunder? Here's What It Means

So you dreamed about thunder? This is a rich and colorful dream symbol that can have several possible interpretations.

Keep reaading for 3 different points-of-view from our dream guides on what it means to dream about thunder.

Which analysis best matches your dream vision?

What does thunder mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about hearing thunder signifies a violent or aggressive outburst of emotions. But the meaning can vary.

It may indicate pent-up anger or frustration that needs to be released.

Alternatively, seeing a thunderstorm in a dream symbolizes turmoil and trouble in your waking life. It could represent a situation or relationship that is turbulent and unpredictable. However, thunderstorms also bring rain, which is a symbol of cleansing and renewal. Therefore, this dream could also suggest that you are going through a period of personal growth and transformation, and the storm is a necessary part of that process.

Thunder can be a somewhat rich and colorful dream concept to get one's head around. To really know without any doubts, I'd need to really dig deep into the dreamer's life story and current life scenario.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of hearing thunder, in Freudian terms, could be an auditory manifestation of the subconscious mind's attempt to communicate a suppressed conflict or fear.

With that being said, thunder can be more complicated than that. It's a symbolic echo of an unresolved issue that reverberates in the psyche. Seeing a thunderstorm, by contrast, may be a representation of the dreamer's perception of external conflicts or challenges. The storm's unpredictability mirrors life's uncertainties and the dreamer's apprehension towards them. Yet, it's crucial to remember that thunderstorms also precede the calm, signifying that resolution and tranquility may follow the tumult. Thus, these dreams could be the psyche's way of preparing for, or seeking resolution to, impending or ongoing conflicts.0

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of hearing thunder or seeing a thunderstorm can be a spiritual call to awaken and pay attention. Thunder, a powerful force of nature, symbolizes divine messages or warnings from the spiritual realm. It's a reminder to listen to your inner voice and intuition. Seeing a thunderstorm, by contrast, is a manifestation of the spiritual turbulence you may be experiencing. It signifies a period of chaos before a breakthrough, much like the calm after a storm. It's a spiritual journey of self-discovery and transformation. Remember, storms are nature's way of clearing the air and making way for new growth. Similarly, these dreams could be guiding you towards personal growth and spiritual enlightenment.

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So whose dream analysis matches your dream?

Which of the preceding perspectives on thunder best matches your dream?

Only you can say for certain. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complicated place. Each and every image in a dream can signify a wide range of meanings — or result from multiple themes from our conscious lives.

Have a slightly different explanation on dreams about thunder that you want to share? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your own ideas to the comments below.

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