A cage is designed to keep something captive while still allowing an illusion of open space. You may be feeling confined in some way in your life.
Who or what was in the cage will feature largely in how you interpret a dream that has a cage in it. If it is you in the cage, then look to ways in which you have limited yourself.
Dreams of a cage symbolize that you are feeling trapped, smothered, stuck, powerless and victimized. Perhaps you have a desire to break out, leave, fight or flee the situation you are in. For a more precise understanding of this dream, identify who is jailed, who is the jailer, and the location of the key. If you put a wild animal into a cage, this either represents that you are gaining mastery over your animal instincts or that you are suppressing them.
In your dreaming if you see a cageful of birds, you will be the happy possessor of immense wealth and many beautiful and charming children.
To see only one bird, you will contract a desirable and wealthy marriage.
No bird indicates a member of the family lost, either by elopement or death.
To see wild animals caged, denotes that you will triumph over your enemies and misfortunes.
If you are in the cage with them, it denotes harrowing scenes from accidents while traveling.
To dream that you are cage fighting indicates that you are feeling restricted or confined in a current relationship.
An aspect of yourself is fighting to be expressed or let out.
To watch a cage fight represents conflicting ideas or beliefs.
Animal in a cage
An animal in a cage can symbolize restraint of instincts or drives, particularly the wilder ones. A powerful animal like a lion or bear can symbolize freedom to roam, to make your own decisions, but a powerful animal in a cage carries the opposite idea. A small animal like a gerbil or mouse can symbolize the instinct to make yourself unnoticeable, to avoid scrutiny or danger, but at the expense of personal freedom. A biting animal such as a snake in a cage can symbolize restraining the instinct to strike.
This can indicate restraint or entrapment or feeling stuck in a job, lifestyle or relationship.
Is your freedom somehow restricted in waking life? Are your inhibitions stopping you expressing your per- sonality? Is your job humdrum? Is your partner possessive?
If you opened the door in your dream and let the bird out to fly away with joy in your heart, this is almost certainly a message from your unconscious to take steps in waking life to release yourself from restrictions and or inhibitions.
If the bird wouldn’t or couldn’t fly away, are you putting limitations on yourself? If the bird’s wings were clipped, is someone deliberately holding you back? Freeing a bird from its cage relates to expressing your emotions.
If the bird in the cage is a pet bird, this often suggests happy memories.