What Does It Mean to Dream of a Waterfall?

Waterfall Dream Meaning

Waterfalls are beautiful to look at, so seeing one in your dream could be a special treat. Making the effort to interpret your waterfall dream can add valuable meaning to this pleasure.

Waterfall Dream Summary

Waterfall Dream Symbolism

A waterfall dream shares some of the basic symbolism of other water dreams, like emotions, cleansing, and renewal. As waterfalls have a predictable path, a waterfall dream would generally symbolize an emotional release that is controlled rather than chaotic.

As looking at a waterfall can be an awe-inspiring experience, dreaming of a waterfall could also symbolize adventure, power, and inspiration. Alternately, a waterfall dream might just refer to a physical need to go to the bathroom.

Common Waterfall Dreams

  1. Dream of a dry waterfall
  2. Dream of falling into waterfall water
  3. Dream of going over a waterfall unexpectedly
  4. Dream of someone coming out of a waterfall
  5. Dream of standing under a waterfall
  6. Dream of a rainbow at a waterfall
  7. Dream of drowning in a waterfall

Waterfall Symbolism

Watefall Symbolism

Adventure

Especially if there are not any waterfalls close to where you live, dreaming of waterfalls could symbolize that you are longing for adventure and new surroundings. You may need to find a way to pursue stimulation more exciting than your routine activities.

Emotions

Water in dreams often symbolizes emotions. While some water dreams, like those of floods and tsunamis, symbolize emotions that are out of control, a waterfall is a more contained body of water. Dreaming of a waterfall could therefore show that you are able to release your emotions in a way that is not chaotic or destructive.

Power

Waterfalls can be used to generate electricity, as in hydroelectric power. Dreaming of a waterfall could similarly symbolize that you are able to channel your inner strength into productive effort toward your goals.

Alternately, your waterfall dream might symbolize that you have a good eye for seeing things in your environment that can be put to productive purposes. The answer to a problem you’ve been trying to solve may be right in front of you.

Cleansing and Renewal

The endlessly flowing water of a waterfall is kept fresh without stagnation. Dreaming of a waterfall could therefore symbolize that you crave or are experiencing this kind of cleansing and renewal in your life.

Inspiration

Looking at a beautiful waterfall can inspire awe. Dreaming of a waterfall could therefore symbolize that inspiration is coming your way. This might give you the solution to a problem that has been troubling you.

Physical Needs

Like many dreams involving water, a waterfall dream could simply mean that you have a full bladder and need to urinate. This would generally be obvious when you wake up.

Common Waterfall Dreams

Dream of a dry waterfall

Dream of a dry waterfall

Dreaming of a dry waterfall could symbolize that you have hit a point of burnout, where your inspiration has dried up. You may need to rest before you are able to produce additional creative output.

As water can be symbolically associated with spirituality, a dream of a dry waterfall could also symbolize that you’ve lost touch with what nourishes you spiritually. You may need to make an effort to reconnect with that.

Alternately, this kind of waterfall dream could be provoked by a physical sensation, like having a dry mouth from breathing through your mouth while you’re sleeping.

Dream of falling into waterfall water

Dreaming of falling into a waterfall could symbolize a need or desire to let go of control in some area of your life. Though you may be afraid of a transition that you know needs to happen, your waterfall dream might show that surrendering to the experience has the potential to be liberating rather than scary.

Dream of going over a waterfall unexpectedly

Dream of going over a waterfall unexpectedly

Dreaming of going over a waterfall unexpectedly in a boat or raft could symbolize that you need to be more attentive to obstacles in your path. You might be in denial about some challenge that you really need to thoughtfully prepare for.

On the other hand, perhaps a dream of going over a waterfall unexpectedly could show that you can’t know everything, no matter how much you try to prepare for every possible outcome. You may need to accept that sometimes the only way out of a difficult situation is through it. See also boat dream symbolism.

Dream of someone coming out of a waterfall

Dreaming of someone coming out of a waterfall could symbolize that you will get the inspiration and guidance you need, perhaps from an unexpected source. Whether it is a person or a non-human figure who emerges from the waterfall in your dream, some people consider waterfalls to be spiritual places, and this sort of waterfall dream would be one to interpret in that direction.

Dream of standing under a waterfall

If you dream of standing under a waterfall and letting the water flow over you, this could symbolize that you are seeking cleansing. Perhaps you have been through a difficult experience recently and need to find a way to move on from it. See also shower dream symbolism.

Dream of a rainbow at a waterfall

Dream of a rainbow at a waterfall

Dreaming of a rainbow at a waterfall could emphasize the part of waterfall dream symbolism that involves cleansing and renewal. You may have the opportunity for a fresh start after going through a difficult experience, and you might feel inspired that you can move forward with hope of a positive outcome. See also rainbow dream symbolism.

Dream of drowning in a waterfall

A dream of drowning in a waterfall could symbolize that the cleansing and renewal you seek will not come easily. The level of transformation necessary to reach your goals may be so great that you will basically need to start over in at least one major area of your life. That said, going through the process might still be worth it. See also death and dying dream symbolism.

Conclusion

It’s hard not to feel awe when looking at a majestic waterfall, whether you see one while awake or in a dream. Your dream of a waterfall may give you a taste of this inspiring power, perhaps along with some clues as to how you can find it in your daily life.

Eva Sylwester

Eva Sylwester has been fascinated with the interpretation of dreams since middle school. She got a B.A. in psychology and religious studies from the University of Oregon in 2007. After that, she began exploring astrology and other new frontiers in spirituality. In her approach, the goal of dream interpretation is to help the dreamer articulate their own intuition. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, United States.