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Lightning Dream Meaning

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Wondering what it means to have a dream about lightning? Lightning is a naturally occurring weather phenomenon that we have all likely witnessed many times.

To understand what your dream about lightning means, it is helpful to first think about what causes lightning to happen naturally in the atmosphere.

A brilliant flash of light is created when two electrically charged regions in the atmosphere (clouds) or the ground briefly equalize themselves, thus causing the lightning flash as well as the thunder clap heard shortly after.

Lightning strikes approximately 44 times per second on planet earth. Some places get more lightning than others, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela, Singapore and Central Florida. Now that we’ve talked a bit about what lightning is, let’s explore what it can mean in your dreams.

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What it Means to Dream About Lightning

Here are some common dream themes we see when lightning occurs during one of our dreams.

Destruction, Renewal, Rapid Changes

If you’ve ever seen lightning hit anything, you know it can be quite destructive. But destruction is not always a bad thing. Traditionally in the tarot the Tower card shows a structure being hit by lightning causing it to catch fire while people can also be seen falling from the top.

This illustration represents destruction of something in your life to make way for something better. The tower must first come down, so you can rebuild. This symbolism holds true for our dreams as well.

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If you see something physical get struck by lightning in your dream, this could be representative of something in your life you need to rebuild or reconsider. Is there something that is no longer serving you that could benefit from a new perspective? Is there some sort of rule or belief system you are holding onto that may need reexamined?

A lightning strike can also represent a shocking turn of events. Has something surprising happened in your life? A sudden change you weren’t expecting? A dream of lightning may simply be your subconscious acknowledging this shock, inviting you to review how you feel about it.

Energy, Inspiration, Awareness

Dr Frankenstein harnesses the incredible power of lightning to give life to his creation. Benjamin Franklin conducted numerous experiments involving lightning to understand the connection between lightning and electricity.

The Navajo Indians believe that lightning is an important and powerful part of their healing rituals. These are all fine examples (even the fictional one) of how when harnessed properly, the power of lightning can be used in positive ways, to create or improve, not just to destroy.

Being struck by lightning in a dream could symbolize being struck by a sudden flash of insight or inspiration. You could be about to have a realization about a problem in your life, and how to solve it. Or perhaps a new exciting creative or business idea. This flash of inspiration could mean many things, most likely positive.

The flash of light can also represent your awareness. The sudden illumination of something in your dream could be prompting you to pay attention to it. Was your eye drawn to something in the dream when the lightning occurred? Consider this symbol an important clue when interpreting this dream. For more insight on what this could mean, check out the dream dictionary to browse through all of dream symbols.

Pressure, Tension, Explosive Emotions

Lightning in your dreams can represent your feelings and your inner state of emotion. A sudden flash of light can seem quite explosive whether you see it hit something or not. Lightning happens so fast and is gone just as quickly.

Witnessing this phenomenon in your dream could indicate you have something building pressure inside you, or a situation in your life where the tension is escalating. You may fear this will have a stormy end, and it may if you don’t address the emotions or situation in a timely manner. Consider what is causing pressure in your life and if there is anything you can do to let off some of that steam.

“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”

― Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Common Examples of Lightning Dreams & Their Interpretation

Now that we’ve covered some common themes it may represent, let’s take a look at a few dreams scenarios you may have found yourself in that involve lightning.

You are struck by lightning

If you dream you are struck by lightning, this could be symbolic of personal change or growth. You may be going through a time of physical transformation (weight loss/gain, a healing journey, gender transition, etc.) or you could be experiencing internal shifts. Although it would be unpleasant to be struck in your waking life, being hit by lightning in a dream is usually indicative of something positive.

Lightning strikes something near you

To see a tree or structure near you get hit by lightning could represent volatile emotions you are holding inside. Are you holding in anger, resentment, frustration or grief? You may need to find a way to channel these emotions somewhere before they burst forth in an uncontrollable way.

If you see a tree struck by lightning, you may wish to see our dream interpretation for trees for further insight in what this dream means.

Something is illuminated by lightning

When a flash of lightning shows you something specific in your dream you are being invited to turn your attention to that thing. If it shows you a specific person, you may want to consider your feelings towards them and the role they hold in your life. If you are shown an object, you may need to dig deeper into what that object symbolizes before you can truly understand what you are being invited to pay attention to. You may even already know intuitively what the object represents to you.

To understand more about what your dream means, ask yourself these questions:

  • How do you feel about lightning in everyday life?
  • Do you have any personal associations with lightning?
  • What other symbols appeared in the dream?
  • Are you going through any major changes right now?
  • Is there something you are neglecting in your life?
  • Are there beliefs in your life that you need to reconsider?
  • Have you recently been struck by a bolt of inspiration?

See Related Dream Symbol: Tornadoes and Storms

Did you have a dream about lightning? Tell us about your dream and what it means for you in the comments section below!

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3 thoughts on “Lightning Dream Meaning”

  1. I had this dream recently where it featured a lightning strike. I was in a vehicle with my mom, and it strikes somewhere near us. Also, it said there may be a tornado warning in the area. (Although, a tornado was never shown.) I think we were driving on a lane. There it was, the lightning coming out of the sky. Now, I’m not really certain if this occurred. I think it had hit something but probably affected us as well.

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  2. I dream that i was sleeping in the nnightin my bed and out of nowhere this lightning struck me and blood started to run out of my mouth and about a minute after another struck me same place and blood started to run out of my mouth. Believe me i don’t know the meaning of this dream and i would like your help with it please and thanks.

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  3. I’ve been having a recurring dream for the past few months. Its not the exact same every time because im always in a different environment, but for some reason I’m being chased by lightning that spawns out of nowhere from the sky. One dream it was trying to get home running through random neighborhoods. I knocked on someone’s door to escape the lightning & they let me in. I peeked my head out the window then the lightning struck me inside this room. I remember it burning my entire side of my body with intense pain. I even woke up feeling the pain where I was shocked in the dream. The other night, there was a lightning orb floating in some park/school like area. I was also trying to get home, but the lightning ball was preventing me from going in the right direction. A dream a month or so ago I was walking through a forest & found a random neighborhood of cabins. There was invisible electric strings that was shooting lightning out at me & keep in mind the lightning physically hurt really bad in my sleep. For some reason, lightning keeps finding me in my dreams recently & trying to hurt me or something and I’m unsure why…

    I have recently gone through a lot of changes in life & many of the symbolism behind dreaming about lighting I can totally relate to, but it is odd that the lightning won’t let me get home. Like I’m unable to go back to my comfort zone anymore & the lightning forces me out of my comfort zone. At one point it even felt like the lightning was a thunder spirit trying to force me to a new point in life instead of allowing me to go home to my comfort zone

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