(1) on the sexual level
(2) on an emotional level where your own emotions are perceived as undifferentiated and flowing
(3) as a fear of flooding, being drowned by the unconscious
(4) as a feeling of going with the flow
(5) as a feeling that life is chaotic.
This symbol is also the desire for a totally new orientation.
In alchemy, water is connected to feelings; it represents the wild nature of the soul in need of being conquered. Water is the place where the souls of the dead meet the spirits of the water; it is a place of repression, of secrets with unknown depths and an element of rapture. It can tear us away and sweep us off, and it can be very frightening. Water is the symbol of what is changeable. Diving into the water means to seek wisdom. Whoever looks into the water always sees the Self.
Water symbolizes women, the process of birth and pregnancy. Running water means experiencing sexuality in a positive sense. Standing water means losing vitality and your very center. Or it might mean, as in Pond and the fountain of youth, that water is the carrier of life’s energies and rejuvenation. Out of this understanding might have come the ritual of baptism.
Falling into the water means being swept away by emotion; hut this may also he a warning dream, pointing also to Diving and Drowning.
According to the Chinese understanding of nature, water is a symbol of the elemental, female force of yin.
For the Taoist, water is the essence of life, its movement an example for a life lived in harmony with nature.
The holy water in the Catholic Church and the water used for baptism represent the healing powers of water.
According to Freud, a water dream is often the memory of our life in our mother’s womb. And again, according to Freud, to come out of water represents the image of birth. Water for him was always connected to birth. See Baptism, Swimming, Bath, Diving, Tears, Drinking, Birth (rebirth).
What Does Water Mean In Dream?