What does a dream about war mean?

War imagery is very disturbing for most people. One doesn’t even have to see the dismembered and destroyed bodies of war victims. They only need to hear the bombs being dropped and the screams. That’s enough to wake anybody from any dream about war.

There’s no surprise that the general interpretation of this dream involves personal struggles. These can take many different forms, from your finances to educational issues to even conflicts within your relationships. These struggles take a lot of effort to resolve to assume they even unwind at all.

A dream about war can also indicate a conflict with somebody who has a very strong personality. This is especially hard when the person is your parent or somebody you have a lot of trust and respect for.

Conflict is a key part of this dream imagery, whether in the context of struggles or having to deal with somebody with an outsized personality and impact. Of course, strong emotions run through such dreams and there’s a constant fear of losing. Either you’re losing something you own or you’re losing control of the situation or you’re losing another person’s respect, loyalty, and love.

Finally, another general interpretation of this type of dream involves fighting for your health. This doesn’t have to involve you being on your deathbed in the hospital somewhere but it can also involve the difficulty of changing to a healthier lifestyle.

Pay special attention to the contextual dream interpretations of war imagery in the sections below.

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Dream about the war in the city


When you see the war break out in an urban environment, this indicates that you are struggling with the environment you find yourself in. This can be a relationship, it could be a workplace, could also be school. Whatever the case may be there are other people around you and there’s a tremendous amount of stress.

You don’t know what you should focus your time and attention on because there just seems to be so much going on. In reality, your subconscious is telling you that you are just afraid of taking a direct role in the current situation in your life.

Remember, if you are confused and you can trace the cause to other people, this gives you a sense of relief that if there are any mistakes that will happen you can safely blame others.

What does it mean to dream of war and escape it?


You need to look at your situation in life for what it is. Don’t go into any denial. Look at it straight in the eye and deal with it. The good news is you have the strength to make the necessary but tough choices to finally break free and live the kind of life you are capable of living.

This type of dream indicates that you are trying to relax or trying to run away from your situation. Now’s not the time. You have to make hard decisions and you have to allow the experience to change you for the better.


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War tank dream interpretation


If you see a tank go down the street or up a hill or end up firing at a target in front of you, this indicates that you have enough skills, ability and potential to deal with your current situation effectively. This is usually a far cry from your waking consciousness.

You may be feeling that you’re basically just treading water. And there are just all these things that are happening around you that you’re not really in control of. Well, you are in more control than you give yourself credit for. In fact, you are so in control that you can safely cut off toxic relationships.

Love and respect yourself enough to do that, because these people are not doing you any favors. When you see a tank in your dream, either going down the street or firing from a location it indicates your repressed fear or your disguised insecurity regarding people that you should trust and respect like your friends and family members.

There are people out there that are simply not good for you. Wake up to that reality and deal with it accordingly.


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Winning a war dream meaning


When you see yourself part of a victory parade or you see a conclusive scene where a war is won, this is a sign of a rising consciousness that only your future actions can bring you happiness. This is a good sign because you’re no longer relying on other people.

You’re not waiting for the world to change. You’re not waiting for other people to get their act together. You are taking responsibility to invest the right time and focus on things that will work out for you.

In other words, you are taking responsibility and this is a good sign. You’re not blaming, you’re not waiting. But this indicates though, that you have to deal with conflict. It’s one thing to mentally and emotionally realize these things. It’s another thing entirely to act on them.

Being a commander in your dream


When you see yourself in the role of a war commander, you are getting in touch with your real nature. You are in more control over your life than you give yourself credit for. Be confident enough to impose your views on other people.

Let your voice be heard. You’re not just another face in the crowd, you do have an impact. And if you’re able to do this, your inner strength will continue to grow and you will become more confident and more effective in many areas of your life.

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Being called to go to war in a dream


If you find yourself being drafted or being conscripted in your dream, this is your subconscious telling you that you feel that there are certain things in your life that are unfair. You are ready, willing, and eager to point the finger at certain people and say that they are oppressing you. In reality, you are not going to be in your situation if you did not agree with it.

Take control of this choice. But the sad truth is you are a coward. Here you are blaming other people for oppressing you when in reality you are where you are because you consented to it. If you don’t like it, get out of it. You have that power.

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Dream about playing a war game


If you’re playing a war game, either as a kid or as an adult in your dream, this indicates that there’s a part of you that is comfortable with chaos. This is not bad news. In fact, it’s the opposite.

Allow yourself to be comfortable with the chaos to the point that you can control the outcomes and you will become an effective part of the community. The last thing you can do is to run around like a chicken with its head cut off and add to the general panic and confusion of the people around you.

Declaring war in your dream


When you see yourself in a legislative chamber or watching TV where war is declared, this indicates that your subconscious is picking up some conflict or tension with somebody close to you.

You should learn to tolerate differences. You should learn to understand that not everyone who disagrees with you, is personally against you. There is a big difference between the two. Learn to live with differences.

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Dreaming about you making preparations for war


When you see yourself preparing for war in terms of food or ammunition or equipment, it’s a good sign. This indicates that you are getting your mental, emotional and spiritual equipment together to take on whatever life has in store for you.

Of course, you’re not always going to succeed. But as long as you’re ready, willing, and eager to learn from what life has in store, then you will come out ahead eventually

Being chased in a war in your dream


When most of the images in your dream involve you being chased, and there’s a war raging around you, your subconscious basically drawing your attention to the fact that most of the time you’re awake, you’re running away from conflict. Either these are conflicts with other people or more likely conflicts within yourself.

Stop running away from these big questions and look at them straight in the eye. Understand that you have what it takes to overcome but you need to take a stand. It’s not going to be pleasant at first, but the more you pick out it eventually you will get close to a breakthrough and you will overcome.

Being in a civil war in a dream


When it’s obvious that you are in a civil war, your subconscious is telling you that people you trust may be communicating with you in a toxic way, but their heart is in the right place. Know the difference. Understand that different people can arrive at different conclusions and this doesn’t mean that they have to be enemies.

So be civil. Understand that you are all on the same team. And when you look at these common interests and work from there, a lot of the struggles and toxicity among people around you will start to resolve and you will gain trust and respect from those you love the most.

Dream about witnessing a gang war


This is an alternative or a variation of the typical war dream. This is not military, obviously. When you see yourself in the gang wars, this indicates that you have a problem with differences of opinion. In fact, you tend to categorize people based on whether they agree with you or not. And if they don’t agree with you, you come up with all sorts of reasons why you should eventually hate them.
Stop doing this to yourself because you’re painting yourself in a corner. While it’s important to understand that you don’t have to please everybody by the same token, you don’t have to put people in neat little boxes either.

Dreaming about an invasion


If the key image in your war dream involves some sort of military invasion, this indicates a seeming lack of comfort in changes in your life. You feel that things are happening too quickly and too strongly. What you’re really telling yourself through your subconscious is you need to learn to adapt.

You are more flexible and versatile than you give yourself credit for. So put yourself out there. Sure it’s going to be uncomfortable at first, but eventually, you will get used to it and before you know it with a little bit of giving and take, things will turn out to your favor.

Dreaming about a medieval war happening


When the war images in your dream involve knights and horses and possibly even fantasy creatures, this indicates that you are dealing with a situation that you don’t fully understand. There’s a cloud of confusion, and people tend to talk past each other.

Do yourself a big favor, and seek to understand people first before insisting on being understood. You’d be surprised as to how far you would get with this listening strategy. Before you open your mouth, don’t assume things and start listening.

Witnessing a post-war era in your dream


If all you can see is the desolation of the after-effects of war, this dream image shows you that you don’t have to hang on to the traumas of the past. You can’t read too much into painful past memories. Instead, you have to deal with reality as it exists now because you can’t go back to the past. You can’t change it. All you have is now.

Allow yourself to live in the now and deal with things as they are instead of how you wish they would have turned out. If you’re able to make this change, all sorts of breakthroughs will be possible for you.

You will get better relationships. You will feel better about yourself, and you will be a more effective person. This can have a positive impact on your finances. It can definitely help you look better in the eyes of other people, which in turn will open more doors of opportunity.


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