Dreaming About Fire: What Does it Mean?

If you dream of fire, a lot of the dream interpretation rests in the situation.  For example, is the fire a “cozy” fire in a fireplace or is it a raging fire threatening anyone and anything in its path.

If the fire in your dream is a controlled fire (bonfire, fireplace, candles, etc) and there aren’t negative emotions connected to it in your dream, the fire stands for a type of renewal or regeneration in your life.  Maybe you’re feeling better about a situation that had been troubling you or perhaps you’ve recently made a very important change that you feel good about.

In dreams, fire is often symbolic of cleansing and renewal.  It is also symbolic of “warm” feelings and emotions.  If you dream of a fireplace, these warm feelings are probably of a romantic nature.  Many people believe that if you dream of lit birthday candles, you are excited about the future – maybe not, necessarily, your next birthday – but something in the future, or just the future in general.

If the fire in your dream is threatening or scary in any way, the symbolism is different.  Rather than indicating renewal, passion, romance, and warmth, this type of fire represents a feelings frustration and of being out of control (more likely than not emotionally).

Many people, after an argument in which they acted out in a way that left them sorry and embarrassed will dream of a raging fire.  Truth be told, it could also symbolize “cleansing” as they wish they could wipe the slate clean.   They feel as though they lost control and are frustrated that they couldn’t extinguish their emotions before they took on a life of their own.

Many people who are overwhelmed at work or school will also have fire dreams – because often their lives feel somewhat “out of control.”

If you dream of a wildfire that’s out of control, you’d be wise to really examine what’s going on in your life because this is your brain’s most extreme dream symbol that something is out of control in your life.  It’s pretty much telling you that you need to get a hold on the situation because it’s in danger of getting out of hand.

This is kind of cool:  If you dream of a fireman, a firetruck, or anything associated with putting out fires, you have recently overcome a negative passion, habit, or thought and feel pretty proud of yourself!