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Animals in dreams are common dream symbols and typically represent people you know in waking life who have the characteristics you associate with that animal. If the animal in your dream is not literal (such as a current pet), consider the qualities of the animal and your feelings about those qualities to determine who it represents. Horses can represent children, who are full of vitality, or the sexuality of adolescence and young adulthood (a "stud").  A mule in a dream can represent someone who is stubborn in your life. Similarly, a donkey in a dream can represent someone you feel is a "jackass." A fox may represent someone you feel is smart, crafty or sexy. A lion, tiger, leopard or panther, in dreams often represents a person in waking life who poses a threat, one who can metaphorically “consume” the dreamer for lunch, as does a cheetah, who has the added quality of being "fast." Bears represent people we know with tempers (don't disturb a "sleeping bear!").  A bull in a dream is most frequently associated with a male who has a big temper. Wolves represent people we perceive as threats, who might attack suddenly. Elephants and hippos can represent large, heavy or lumbering people capable of charging, while rhinoceroses are associated with tough, thick-skinned and dangerous people who can attack at any moment. A sloth commonly represents someone who is lazy or sedentary. A skunk often symbolizes someone you know who may seem appealing and harmless, but who can spray or pollute you with their "stink." Raccoons typically symbolize people who may appear adorable, but ultimately are mischievous or troublesome. A porcupine represents someone you feel has a "prickly" personality.

Any small or baby animal, especially those that are associated with pets, are a common fertility symbol, associated with human babies or children because we want to care for and/or treat them like a child. These are common symbols for pregnant women or those who want to conceive.

Aquatic or water animals are also common symbols in dreams. Amphibians, because their habitat is water, symbolize people or forces in our waking life with a large emotional charge. Fish in dreams are fertility symbols, because they are small, primitive creatures that live in water, not unlike an embryo in the womb. Sharks in dreams represent aggressive people, often in business or sexual contexts. Whales and dolphins in dreams are associated with the emotional and spiritual wisdom, except on an even larger scale.

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