Fish

The creatures that live beneath the sea bring together the theme of instinctual behavior and the idea of what is repressed as emotion (water.) Fish live ‘below the surface’ and can portray how something previously unknown or unseen is actually alive and thriving. Any living thing associated with the sea will generally portray movement of the unconscious. Since ancient times, the fish has been associated with the idea of ‘trapping fate’ or a lucky break. You may dream of a fish when everything seems to be going your way. The different types of fish or creature and its Color, can shed light on how you are currently connecting with information from the unconscious. ‘A fish out of water’ is a symbol of the uncertainty you may feel in integrating your authentic nature with what is expected of you. Seeing fish in the air and out of water also symbolizes the free movement and release of what had previously been kept under the surface, as in an epiphany. People commonly dream of a fish floating in the air when a breakthrough is occuring through therapy or spiritual work. A dead fish often has an odor. It can symbolize an instinctive sense that ‘something doesn’t smell right’ or is 'fishy.' A dead fish can also symbolize how what you are hoping for is no longer an option. Finally, the fish can be symbolic of success, achievement and spiritual ideals. See also Sealife.