What Do Dreams of Snow Mean?
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Last Modified 19 December 2022 First Added 4 August 2022
Do you remember playing in the snow as a child? If your childhood memories are full of happy experiences building snowmen, snowball fights and sledging, it’s likely this dream has positive connotations for your waking life. The fluffiness of the snow can be a sign of wanting to embrace your inner child, maybe as a break from being a responsible adult.
If you’re playing in the snow in your dream, this can also symbolise you letting go and allowing yourself to take pleasure in life’s little joys. Then again, if snow only brings up memories of being wet, cold and miserable, the meaning of the dream will be completely different.
In this article we’ll delve into all of the different variations of these dreams and what they could mean to your life.
It is the height of summer. The sun is blazing. The sky is a deep azure blue. You’re sunbathing on the soft white sand of a Mediterranean beach and there’s not a cloud in sight. A gentle sea breeze helps to keep you comfortably cool while you sip on an ice-cold piña colada watching the world around you, just relaxing and chilling out.
Then it starts. A single snowflake lands right on the tip of your nose! Wait, what was that? Another lands softly on your tanned chest. Several more snowflakes fall onto your face before – in a flash – a heavy snowstorm breaks out. What on earth is happening? How can it be snowing on a beach in Ibiza at this time of year?
Then you wake up at home in bed. It was just a bizarre dream. But just what could it mean?
Dreams about snow are symbolic of your emotions during your waking life. There are many different kinds of snow dreams, from dreaming of watching a snow shower or climbing a snowcapped mountain, to dreaming of it snowing in the middle of the summer. The following descriptions cover the most common variations.
Dreams about a snow-covered landscape are said to highlight your intuition and awareness and that you’re in tune with your instinct and gut feelings. Snow on the ground expresses your need to be noticed and to be the center of attention, says Dreams Directory. This dream is a signal for luck and prosperity and signals that, “you need to go for it and do not let anyone hold you back from achieving your goals.”
Dreaming of falling snow should be taken as a positive sign. This dream signifies your courage towards doing things you’ve always been afraid to do before. As such, you should be feeling confident to leave your comfort zone and explore new horizons. The dream can also symbolise happiness. It can mean you’re finally learning to appreciate the people in your life, including those you may have neglected.
On the other hand, if the snowfall comes in the form of a blizzard in your dreams, this usually has less positive connotations. According to Dreams & Myths, this dream can mean you’re fighting a personal battle in your waking life. If you’re battling to stay standing upright during a blizzard, it could represent your willpower against an opponent and that you’re not going to give in.
Dreaming of snow in summertime indicates a happy surprise. You’ll see a development in your waking life, something you never thought you actually need, which will improve your situation. You should take advantage of the good things you’re about to experience and remember to be grateful to the people who have always supported you, says Labex Cortex.
Dreaming of walking on or climbing a snow-covered mountain highlights big ambitions in your waking life. You might not have reached your goals quite yet, but, according to Labex Cortex, this dream could inspire you to live your daily life working towards its fulfilment. As such, if this dream keeps reoccurring you should eventually dream about arriving at the peak of the snowy mountain and take this as a sign that you’re just a few steps away from reaching your ambitions.
When analysing this dream, consider whether it usually snows where you live during the winter. If you see snowfalls every year, some of the actions or symbols here won’t be so compelling. For example, building a snowman will mean less if you’ve made dozens of them in real life, than if you’ve never had the chance to do it. This is because your dream may just be reflecting your actual life experience, instead of having any deeper meaning.
If a dream of snow reoccurs, it’s likely that your unconscious is trying to get a message across to you. Carl Jung’s work on dreams indicates that the presence of snow can give a brand-new perspective on a situation in your waking life, according to Aunty Flo. And if you’re regularly seeing snow in dreams, be prepared to start a fresh journey in your life.
Snow is the ultimate symbol of winter and also Christmas in the West. But ironically there’s no reason why snow should be linked to Yuletide as this cold climate phenomenon isn’t even referenced in the Nativity story.
In fact, it was the Victorians who created connections between snow and Christmas which are now so all-pervasive that shopping malls in tropical countries are decorated in fake snow throughout December. It’s all because Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert came from the colder climes of Germany where he was used to being surrounded by snow and ice at Christmastime. We have the prince to thank for popularising Christmas trees in the UK, along with stacks of other Christmas traditions.
In literature, those cultural cornerstones A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens give us historically significant descriptions of Christmas in winter. Born in 1812, Dickens experienced six white Christmases in London during the first nine years of his life, which could well explain why snow is so central to his literary works.
And in music, the mix of snow and Christmas is the subject of the most successful song in history, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”, first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1942. The original version has sold at least 30 million copies and the song has also been recorded by a host of other artists – selling over 100 million copies.