Last Updated on August 26, 2021
Did you dream of a castle? Wondering what it means? Learn how you can understand the castle symbol and what it means to dream about a castle below!
There are many things we associate with castles, thanks to both history and works of fiction. Castles are where royalty live, where valuable treasures are found, but also where monsters imprison fairy tale princesses, where power hungry kings go mad, and bloody scenes of killing and torture take place.
These huge buildings can be found bustling with people, packed with a large community of workers and inhabitants. They can also be found empty, derelict and abandoned. Consider how the castle appeared in your dream and continue below to find out what your dream could be telling you.
What it Means to Dream About a Castle
Power + Strength
Is there a more common symbol of power and strength than a mighty King in his castle? Dreaming of being in a castle may suggest you feel a sense of personal power or achievement.
You might be thinking very highly of yourself, considering yourself to be the most important person within a situation or group. This can of course be positive or negative.
Feeling this high self opinion could be arrogance and ego, and you would be better served to consider that even from your position of power or recognition, that everyone is valuable, and you are no better than the next person. This could be an invitation to humble yourself in some way.
This could also be a positive symbol suggesting you are feeling strong and powerful, able to overcome challenges, meet and achieve your goals, or stand up for yourself against an attack. Take this dream as encouragement, and get out there and live your dreams!
Consider, how did this sense of power feel within your dream?
Did it feel aggressive or out of control? Did it feel freeing and energizing?
Prestige + Luxury
A castle is certainly a common symbol of wealth, luxury and prestige. The King and Queen sit atop their fancy jewel encrusted thrones, being waited on hand and foot by a bevy of servants. Their every need is attended to, and it is of course assumed that they hold great wealth allowing them to do or buy anything they could ever desire.
If you dream of living in this way, surrounded by opulence, perhaps your dream is telling you that you are destined for great things. You may be given opportunities in your daily life that can help springboard you into a life of more comfort and abundance, so pay attention. You don’t want to miss your moment.
This dream could also simply be telling you that you are unhappy with your station in life and desire more wealth or prestige in your life. Think about what in your life is unsatisfactory, and what you can do right now to change it. Remember, no matter how hopeless a situation may seem, you always have the power to change things.
Isolation + Loneliness
Castles are built to be fortresses, with impenetrable barriers to entry. They also contain large chambers of space. It must be very easy to feel lonely inside a castle.
If you are alone in your dream castle, this could be an indication you are isolating yourself from people in your waking life. Are you putting up barriers to keep people out?
It can be very easy to push people away, all the while feeling lonely and sorry for ourselves. This may be a wake up call, letting you know you can do (or cease to do) something to improve your situation.
Even if you are not alone, you still may feel isolated within this dream. Take into consideration the emotions you experienced to better understand your dream.
“Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Common Dream Interpretations for Castles and Fortresses
Now that we’ve gone over some possible themes in dreams about castles, let’s take a look at a few dreams scenarios involving a castle or fortress.
You are living in a castle
As mentioned above, a dream about living in a castle could indicate you desire to live like a King or Queen. That you feel unsatisfied with your station in life, and aspire to live a life that includes more wealth, luxury, comfort, recognition, power, etc. Take into consideration the state of the castle, who and what else was in the castle with you and how you felt in the dream.
You are inside someone else’s castle
A dream of someone else’s castle could indicate you feel like you are frustrated having to deal with someone else’s rules or expectations. Maybe someone in your waking life is controlling, or just fussy, and you don’t like having to put up with it.
It could also be that you simply feel out of control. You are in someone else’s world and certainly not the person in power. What can you do right now to take back your power?
Trapped inside a castle
Unsurprisingly, a dream of being trapped in a castle suggests you feel trapped in some way in your waking life. Maybe you feel out of control in regards to a health problem, trapped in an unhappy relationship or job, or hopeless about some other situation.
This dream may be an invitation to think outside the box to solve whatever personal problems you are grappling with. See related symbol: Being Trapped in a Dream.
Being led out of a castle
If you are leaving, or someone is leading you outside of a castle, this is a good sign that you are letting down your guard, leaving behind the barriers you put up to isolate yourself. You may already be breaking out of your shell, or you may soon be given new opportunities to challenge yourself to do so.
You are locked out of a castle
As a castle does represent wealth and luxury, it can also represents opportunities. If you have been locked outside of a castle in your dream, you likely feel like you have missed out on something in your conscious hours.
Do you feel like you have been cheated out of some fortuitous circumstance? You very well may have missed out on something, but now that you are aware of this, what can you do to move past it?
To understand more about what your dream means, ask yourself these questions:
- How do you feel about castles?
- Do you have any personal associations with castles?
- Where inside (or outside) the castle were you in the dream?
- Was the castle in good shape or disrepair?
- Were you alone?
- What other symbols appeared in the dream?
- Do you ever feel isolated?
- Do you feel like you are destined for greater things?
Did you have a dream about a castle? Tell us about your dream and what it means for you in the comments section below!