Water, as most symbols, can have both negative and positive meanings in dreams. It is important to consider the following to help you analyze and asses your particular dream’s meaning.
Dreams of a Bathtub or Shower
Bathing often relates to self-renewal, cleansing, and shedding the past burdens, stress, and emotional residue of a situation.
Seeing a bathtub or shower in a dream may indicate the need to relax, take a break, and take care of emotional and/or spiritual concerns.
Rain dreams can be negative as well as positive. Although rain could be a symbol of depression, sadness, and shedding tears, it could also relate to grace from God (or a higher power) and forgiveness.
Dreams of Lakes
Lakes are similar to ponds in that they are natural (usually) and can be a place of peace of mind but may also reveal the dreamer’s lack of an emotional outlet. Lakes are larger than ponds and tend not to carry a meaning of solitude the way a pond does.
Dreaming of Oceans
The ocean is the largest water surface on the planet, still not researched completely, due to its vastness and depth. No one knows the secrets it still keeps hidden. For that reason, the ocean is a symbol of our emotions, and dreams about the ocean, reflect the current state of our feelings and emotions. Dreams about oceans might also indicate being full of deep emotions.
The ocean in a dream might be a sign of tranquility, spirituality, calmness. It might indicate your feelings of empowerment.
If you dreamed about watching a calm and serene ocean surface, admiring its beauty, such a dream is a very good sign. This dream is foretelling finally finding peace and resolution of problems, and things bothering you for a long time.
If you dreamed about being in a stormy and raging ocean, especially without being able to see the shore, such a dream is usually a bad sign. This dream might indicate some conflicts and scandals you might be provoking.
Dreams of Waves and Tsunamis
As with most symbols, waves can have both negative and positive meanings.
Riding a wave is a positive representation of effectively managing emotions and difficult challenges in life. This may represent the dreamer’s ability to go with the flow at times and act decisively and deliberately to work with circumstances at hand. This type of flexibility allows the dreamer to surpass obstacles and achieve goals.
Creating or making a wave demonstrates the dreamer’s ability to control emotions, thoughts, and behavior and use creativity and their own personal power/choices to shape the circumstances around them.
To see a waterspout in your dream indicates that you tend to be subjective and let your feelings get in the way of your decisions. Your emotions also effect those around you.
Dreams of Pools
Pools often relate to relaxation and enjoyment associated with summer, spending time with family or friends, and vacation, but they can also have deeper meanings.
To see or drink from a water fountain indicates that you are feeling emotionally refreshed and rejuvenated.
Dreams of Aquifers or Underground Pools
Since aquifers are an underground layer of water, they often relate to the unconscious and unconscious emotions.
Although not visible, these unconscious aspects of self are present and may influence the emotional terrain of the dreamer.
Similar to roads, rivers often represent your life’s journey and your emotional, psychological, and spiritual state that is either supporting your journey or hindering your progress.
Dreaming of Ponds
Ponds are often associated with tranquility, stillness, the need to sit quietly with oneself and reflect, and being emotionally calm in general.
Although ponds contain emotion, they are natural bodies of water and often represent the quiet, tucked-away emotions and unconscious self that has been present all along but not yet fully explored.
Dreams of Floods
Floods can be damaging. In dreams, they tend to relate to emotional pain, devastation, and feelings of overwhelm.
Dreaming of a Hose or a Sprinkler
Do you feel like you are being “hosed” in a situation?
Hoses and sprinklers can relate to how the dreamer is directing emotion. Where is the dreamer directing his or her emotions? Is it appropriate or displaced?
To see a water purifier in your dream means that you need to express your emotions more effectively and clearly.
Puddles in Dreams
Puddles often represent the emotions we have overlooked. They can be minor although they may develop into something bigger the dreamer will need to address down the road.
Streams can represent the flow of emotions for many dreamers.
Streams can also represent new and inspiring thoughts or ideas. A stream may indicate to a dreamer that thoughts are spontaneous, free flowing, and not over-thought.
Dreams of Faucets and Drains
A faucet often represents the dreamer’s ability to control the expression of his/her feelings.
If you dreamed of a faucet, do you find you are able to turn your emotions on and off easily, or do you yearn for that kind of emotional control?
Dreaming of a faucet you cannot control could mean you are attempting to over-control your emotions and are feeling overwhelmed.
Your feelings cannot be completely contained and will gush through whatever barriers you have put up.
Dreams of Waterfalls
Waterfalls often relate to a great release of emotion, rejuvenation, and renewal of spirit.
Tears in Dreams
Tears in general relate to positive and healthy expressions of emotion that have allowed the dreamer to grow from a psychological and spiritual standpoint. Depending upon the context, tears can also indicate pain, compassion, release, or healing.
Ice or Frozen Water
If you dream of ice or snow, it could mean you are quite literally experiencing cold emotions, or that you are denying your true feelings. You may feel like something is preventing you from moving forward in life.
Glass of Water
To dream of a glass of water signifies thirst. You may actually be dehydrated while you are sleeping, or it can mean you are thirsty for something else in your life. Also ask yourself, is the glass half empty or half-full?
It will provide whether you see things with optimism or pessimism. To dream of a glass of water overflowing means abundance. You may wish to also look at the meaning of food in dreams and what it means to eat in a dream.
To see or use a water bottle in your dream indicates that you are keeping your hopes up about something. It also means spiritual renewal and rejuvenation.
If the water bottle is empty, then it means that you are holding onto something for too long. Alternatively, an empty water bottle indicates a lack of spirituality in your life. There is a void that you are unable to fill.
To see or use the water cooler in your dream suggests that you are literally bottling up your emotions. You are looking for safe and controlled release.
Alternatively, a water cooler indicates that you are seeking spiritual nourishment or just conversation. Consider the phrase “water cooler talk”.
Pool of Water
To see a swimming pool in your dream may have a number of meanings.
Think carefully about the shape and size of the pool, and how you feel about swimming.
Someone who swims everyday for exercise would have a different meaning for this dream than someone who is afraid of water!
A swimming pool can mean feeling confined, or it can mean bottling up fears and emotions.
If you enjoy swimming, it could mean feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Being Splashed by Water
To dream you are splashed by water may mean you need a “wake up call” or to be alerted to something important going on in your life. You may also literally be trying to “make a splash in the world” and want others to notice you.
To see or throw a water balloon in your dream symbolizes an outburst of emotions. You are venting your frustrations and anger in an indirect and playful way. You have difficulties experiencing your true feelings.
To dream that someone throws a water balloon at you represents some negative emotions or anger that is directed at you, but you are oblivious to.