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Color in Dreams

I want to start by dispelling the myth that people only dream in black and white. I'm reminded of an argument between my mother and eldest brother. She was arguing that cats can only see in black and white but he was having none of it. Voices got raised and my sister came in to see what the commotion was. "Oh, Jimmy was here in his last life as a cat", smirked my mother with victory in her eyes. Quick as a flash Jimmy replied, "And mother was here as a color blind one!"

If you have not dreamed in color or cannot remember doing so it simply means just that. It does not mean that others do not. When I first hear a dream I zero in on any colors that are mentioned because they are so easy to interpret. I then look for symbols to support the interpretation they give. Always after covering this aspect on my courses people detail lots of colors in subsequent dreams they submit. I think that until that point they don't put any significance on colors in dreams and that is why they are not recalled.

The interpretation of colors in dreams comes from their interpretation in the human aura (refer to my previous article The Human Aura & Chakras here). As with anything else in your dreams each color is there for one of three reasons. 

  1. To heal you
  2. To guide you
  3. To indicate your normal reaction to the subject matter

Positive colors (described below) are in your dreams as a form of healing or guidance. The negative shades and negative combinations of colors are a reflection of your fears and reservations about such healing and guidance. For example, if you find yourself in a pink room, a green field, a yellow toilet, driving a brown car, watching an orange sun the dream is trying to heal you with love (pink), harmony (green), letting go (yellow), practicality (brown), ambition (orange) and so on. Refer to the Color Healing Chart below.

Colors worn or brought by a healing agent (a positive, helpful or supportive character) indicate what emotions you need to develop in yourself to ensure good health. Colors worn or brought by a guide (a positive character in a position of authority) indicate what gifts (healing, intuition, etc.) you should develop and use.

Negative shades of colors worn by negative male characters indicate what negative attributes you 'picked up' from dad. For example, a black coat indicates that you copied his fear or he made you afraid. Negative shades of colors worn by negative female characters indicate the negative effect your mother had on you. For example, a red and black dress indicates anger.

The position of the color is important. Colors underfoot or where you must walk show what you must overcome in yourself. For example, black and white tiles (a need to overcome extremism), day old chickens on the floor (immature fears need to be overcome). Colors high up on the wall or in the sky indicate something to strive for or ideals.

This rest of this article covers the main colors and color combinations that you find in dreams. Where appropriate, the keyword or phrase for the color is in italics. This is the most common interpretation for the color but it could be any of the other listed meanings. If a particular color is not listed then combine the meanings of the colors which constitute it. If the dream is about physical health refer to the meaning in the Color Healing Chart.



Negativity, fear, anxiety, hatred, resentment, guilt, depression (no hope / faith).

Black is never a positive color to see in any dream. When mixed or associated with other colors it adulterates their meaning e.g. darker shades of red, blue yellow, etc..

Black and White indicates intolerance or simplistic extremism - ‘If something is not good it must be evil’



Spirituality, religion, art, culture, philosophy, attitude to life itself.

Dark blue (negative philosophy) e.g. superstition or fearful form of religion. When fear (black) is mixed with blue (fear pollutes attitude to life).

Blue is probably the most common color to see in dreams. When you see other positive colors with it you are being asked to add their meaning to your philosophy of life. When you see negative ones you are being asked to remove these from your philosophy. For example, if you dream of blue and gold you are being asked to accept that you are a spiritual healer as part of your philosophy. If you see the colors of the American flag you are being asked to add joy and hope (red and white) to your philosophy of life (blue).



Earthy, practical, of the earth.

Dark or dull brown: unenlightened or depressing earthiness, denial of spirit, negative materiality. People who have not bonded well with the earth, are not happy with their body or constantly think that life in spirit is so much better can often dream of brown. Dreaming of a brown door on a church asks the dreamer to be practical (earthly) when considering their spiritual development. In other words don't give up on this life in the hope that the next one will solve everything.



Acceptance, tolerance, a growing maturity or a need for tolerance.

Quite often cream appears in dreams as an antidote to white. It asks the dreamer to be less critical of themselves and others. A woman wearing a cream blouse in a dream would be asking you to accept your mother as she is. Through doing this you are developing tolerance and growing through it. Parents are always the most difficult to deal with. Life is designed to be that way. I have met countless people who will accept mother or father if they will just . Fill in the blank yourself. That intolerance will cause you to dream of cream. If a person tells lies about you do you set out to correct your image in their eyes of everyone they spoke to? That will cause you to dream of cream. Don't focus on controlling others. Rather, focus on being the person you know you are.



Need for healing, harmony, balance, reconciliation (within self or self with others).

Dark green (inability to share, jealousy, rivalry). Need to balance male and female aspects.

Green, another common color for dreams, asks the dreamer to restore balance and healing for the heart, circulatory systems and emotions by becoming more giving, generous and emotionally 'open'.

Green is the color of the heart chakra so dreaming about it is healing for the heart. Dreams in the countryside where you are surrounded by green are asking you to open your heart and share your feelings.

Green also attempts to harmonize opposites. Dreaming of green pork meat, for example, means your body cannot digest pork. The dream tries to put the food in harmony with your body by making it green. Always stop eating foods shown in this way.



uncommitted, uncertain - 'gray area'. Mental denial of emotion, depression.

A common color for relationship dreams. In these cases the dreamer is not usually aware that they suppress their feelings. They tend to say things like, "I know she loves me - she's wants to marry me", rather than, "I know she loves me because I can feel it."

Gray clouds would indicate depression, either present or imminent.




Spiritual healing, creativity. The dreamer has a spiritual healing ability which they are being asked to use.



Drive, ambition, (mix of yellow and red). Energizing color, especially in career dreams.

Black and orange always indicate career.

Orange on its own can also indicate digestive system trouble as this is the color of the sacral chakra (at the stomach). Drinking orange drinks in dreams is healing for the digestive system.

Orange also has to do with assimilation of new ideas and can indicate a profound change in perspective is being attempted by the dreamer. Dreaming of being cut open at the stomach can also indicate this.


Empathy. If a guide wears or brings peach or pink and green it means that the dreamer has the potential to be a counselor (having empathy and harmony).

Love (mix of red and white), need for unconditional love, usually mother love or love for mother.

This usually means that the dreamer didn't bond with mother or mother didn't give unconditional love at birth.



Nobility of purpose, spiritual leadership, spiritual teaching, regal, power, authority in spiritual matters e.g. bishops wear purple.

Shade of purple is important Mauve: endurance Lilac: responsibility Indigo: clairvoyance




Joy, sexuality, aggression, animal passion, fun.

Shade of red is important 

Scarlet: lust
Maroon: frigidity
Red and black: anger
Red and white: need for joy and hope - especially if worn or brought by a healing agent


Intuition. The dreamer is being asked to develop their intuition / psychic abilities.




Hope, faith, purity, perfection, confidence, enlightenment.

When mixed or associated with other colors it purifies and refines their meaning.

White alone can indicate a proud, rigid, judgmental immaturity - a 'should be', controlling attitude. This type of person is very hard on themselves and rarely impressed with their own efforts. They can never reach the exceptionally high standard they set for themselves. Most others cannot reach this standard either!

Soft or pearl white can indicate the gift of prophesy.



Mental activity, intellect.

Pure, bright yellow (intuition or enlightened intellect). Muddy yellow or mustard (timidity or need to rationalize fear).


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Color Healing Chart


Healing Effect


Brings spiritual peace. Heals insomnia, tumors of the brain. Calms highly-strung, excitable people.


Develops psychic perception, intuition, Heals eyes, ears, nose and mental problems.


Fights infections. Heals throat, fevers, etc.. Gives peace of mind.


Creates balance of energy. Heals the heart, circulatory system. Helps you overcome fear of giving, sharing, adaptability.


Heals nervous system, elimination, liver, intestines, pancreas. Balances adrenal glands, heals skin troubles, diabetes. Stimulates intellect.


Help digestion, assimilation of new ideas, removes repression and inhibitions. Broadens the mind, helps you cope with life and career.


Heals the creative, reproductive systems. Stimulates circulation of blood and flow of adrenaline. Energizes, gives confidence and courage.


Taken from the Aisling Dream Interpretation Newsletter, September 2002

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