River in the dreams symbolizes your flow of your life, the attitude that you have while going through the courses of events. During the dream about rivers, pay attention to the weather, the river surroundings, the activities that you are doing, and you general emotions surrounding the dream.
A river on a calm sunny day symbolizes joyful pleasures, peace, prosperity and fertility. However, a rapidly flowing river over a storm can symbolize a turbulent phase of your life. The river’s water flow becomes unpredictable and wild signalling obstacles and uncertainties.
Below are some of the most common scenarios when you dream about rivers.
Dream About A River Environment and Look
Depending on the appearance of the river in the dream, they can be interpreted a little differently.
River Bank Condition
Since the river represents your flow of life and energy. Pay attention to the land that the river nourishes through can give you some insights about your current life situation. For example, a river that flows through a field of snow and ice can represent that you feel cold. And river flowing through a farm land can symbolize life and nourishment.
Dry River or Dry River Bank
Dreams with a river or river bank has been dried up, could suggest that you have lost your creative ability to think and create. The water of the river symbolizes life force in this situation. An empty river thus represents that you no longer find joy and pleasure in life. Consider trying new ideas or activities to brighten up your day.
Clear and Calm River
A normal river without any noticeable events or purpose indicates that you are just going with the flow of life.
Contaminated or Dirty River
To see a contaminated river in your dream with either chemicals or junk, implies that you are feeling tired and lethargic. It may also be a sign of some physical illness. Perhaps you have not been eating right.
Frozen River Into Ice
To dream of a frozen river reflect a freezing of your interest in taking chances in life. Being frozen suggests that you are shutting yourself off socially to become isolated and stop flowing.
If the river is muddy, then it indicates that you are in turmoil. The muddiness of the river reflects your inner thoughts. The muddy river can also sometimes represent immoral thoughts.
Rivers Merging or Streams Branching Out
The river junctions reflect new stages in your life. Perhaps you have gotten to start a new family, or maybe you are leaving your parents to start out a life of your own.
Dream About River Rapids Flowing Fast
To see a raging, turbulent or an overflowing river in your dream signifies that your life is feeling out of control. You are feeling emotionally unsettled.
Dreaming about swimming in a rapid flowing river, suggest that you are ready to confront life’s challenges and life’s twists and turns.
An overflowing river to the river bank can suggest that the problem is now affecting the people around you. Although overflows typically suggest temporary issues and challenges that will eventually reside.
If the flooding gets to the river bank and does not reside, the flooding river mud here represent that you have trouble transitioning to the new phases. You have lingering emotions from the past phase of your life. You want to get rid of those negative feelings but they are not easy to be rid of. This type of dream can be triggered if you still have feelings for your ex boyfriend / ex girlfriend after a stormy break up.
Dream About River and Activities
Swimming upstream or in an overflowing river suggest that you are taking on life’s challenges. Dreams about swimming downstream suggests that you will easily succeed with your goals.
To dream that you are bathing in a river represents purification and cleansing. If the river is polluted though, it suggest that you are in an environment with negative influences that you can be corrupted.
Drifting Boat or Rafts
Flowing and drifting down the river on a boat or raft suggest that you are just going with life’s flows. You are taking life easy and just enjoying the view. However, in some cases it can also be a reminder that you ought to take a more decisive role in the direction of your own life.
Cross a River
If you are crossing a river in your dream through the stream and rocks, then it represents an obstacle or issue that you need to deal with in order to move closer toward your goal. If a bridge on top of the river is present in the dream, it suggest that someone has faced down your problems before, see if you can get help or mentorship from people with similar experiences.
Drowning in River
Dreaming about drowning in a river suggest that you cannot deal with the ongoing responsibilities or needs of daily life. Consider slowing down to fully understand the risks before you jump into a new activity. Consider checking out the drowning dream interpretations for better ideas.
Drinking from a River
To drink from a river from a dream, whether it is you or any other kind of animal symbol like dogs. Suggests that life force will be passed, you may be able to feel revitalized to move forward further in life.
Dream About Other River Symbols
Dream About River Colors:
To dream that a river is comprised of flowing red water like veins refers to the raw emotion and intense passion or anger that is flowing through you and yearning to be expressed. However, if the river is actually blood in your dream, it represents disasters and bad omen.
A river consisted of dark or black water represents disease.
Consider checking out the color representation in dreams for other colors.