The appearance of animals in dreams can symbolize a number of different things. Most of the time, the significance of the animal depends on which type of animal pops up in the dream. In all areas of society, a wide variety of meanings and symbols are given to different animals, and when they show up in your dreams their purpose will most likely be a reflection of you and your beliefs about that creature.
In general, animals in dreams probably represent the basic, physical characteristics of that particular animal as it relates to you and your life. Even more broadly, animals can symbolize our more primitive side and may be an indication of some type of primordial sexual desire. Animals are uncivilized, so they may appear in our dreams to indicate a desire to release something that seems to be crude or vulgar in life.
The most successful analysis of animals in dreams occurs when you find out what that particular animal stands for, and then determine what that symbolism means to your life and current circumstances. If you dream of one type of animal frequently, you will want to find out what that specific animal is trying to tell you when it appears in your dreams.
Some animals are more common in dreams than others. Snakes in dreams can mean a number of things, including warning of something sneaking up on you and getting ready to take a bite. Spiders are associated with femininity, and dreams of spiders spinning webs can have a variety of meanings, from creativity to being entangled in a sticky situation or relationship.
If you dream that you are fighting with an animal, it may indicate that you are fighting with yourself to hold back a hidden, perhaps primitive side of your personality. It may even be an awakening that this particular part of you exists in the first place.
Dreams about talking animals usually have something to do with extended wisdom or knowledge about something. Sometimes, dreaming of an animal talking to you provides an insight into your own abilities and hidden potential.
Dreaming that you are saving an animal’s life may be a way for you to accept certain parts of your own personality that are similar to the characteristics of that particular animal. If you are saving a dog, for example, that may be your way of telling yourself that you are a loyal and worthy friend.
As with all dream analysis, examining the meaning of animal appearances in your dreams is highly subjective. In order to determine what any dream really means, you must meditate and concentrate on the dream and its symbols to figure out what they are trying to tell you about your life and current circumstances.