This spiny, succulent desert plant may appear to indicate endurance through difficult circumstances.
The cactus may encourage self-protection or represent a person you have difficulty communicating with. It may also represent a sticky situation.
A cactus can symbolize a hindrance to your progress in life
Survival in dry desolate times
To dream of a cactus is an indication that you feel your personal space is being invaded. You feel unable to breathe and are seeking space and privacy.
The spines of the cactus are the physical representation of this wish. In many cases, you may feel you are in a situation you cannot get out of. Conversely, the cactus may indicate a personal desire to learn to protect yourself.
To dream of a cactus may also be a subconscious reminder that you need to learn to grow as your life changes.
Vision: Looking at a cactus: you are isolating too much from people around you; you have become very “prickly.” Getting punctured by a cactus: thoughtless actions on your part will cause you harm. Watering a cactus: you are much too nice to people who don’t deserve it—they are “false friends.” Looking at a small cactus on a windowsill: you are too stingy—with yourself and others.
Depth Psychology: The cactus stands for the injuries that others have inflicted on you or for disappointments caused by false friends. It might also be symbolic of your own “prickliness.” See Porcupine.
Dreaming of a cactus is usually the indication that you are feeling crowded, or that someone is invading your space, and since the cactus has the prickly spines for defense this represents to the dreamer a wish to establish a boundary and protect your privacy.
A cactus also represents winning out over adversity as it is found in the desert and has adapted itself to hot, dry, growing conditions, thus the dream could be telling the dreamer to adapt to the existing circumstances if he/she cannot change them.
(Aloe plant) Eating or smelling a cactus plant in a dream means sorrow, sadness, separation between husband and wife or it could mean enduring an unhappy life.
Defense, brusqueness, distance, hate-love and, in general, contradictory emotions. This image often comes up in dreams when you are in a situation in which you fear you have been injured. It points to the need for new boundaries and distance. This need for boundaries is often an expression of your sensitivity. Are you often acting irritably toward the world around you.7 Or, are you feeling overwhelmed by the intensity of your emotions.7 Take your emotions seriously and look for an appropriate way to express them.
Dreaming of a cactus suggests you feel like your space is being invaded by someone.
1. Need to keep others away for various reasons.
2. Feeling old.
3. Feeling odd.
Dreams of a cactus symbolize your egoic exterior that keeps people and opportunities at bay. Your subconscious mind is giving you the message that when your spiky edges are revealed, you have an opportunity for a breakthrough in intimacy. Intimacy and love are meant to bring up everything unlike itself.
The cactus can also represent good karma and your ability to survive extreme circumstances. See Boundary and Desert.
(see Desert, Sand)
Metaphorically, prickly situations that require careful handling.
Protection and safety.
The needles on this plant may speak of your own need for protection, or possibly they represent the armor you place between yourself and the world.
Unexpected refreshment from an equally unexpected source. In the desert, cacti are an alternative source of water.
Because of the cactus’s natural ability to safeguard its nourishment, this symbol can also reflect a wise, frugal attitude.
Dreaming of a cactus indicates you’re feeling crowded, that someone (or something) is invading your space. You’re feeling the need to establish boundaries and protect your privacy.
The dream could also be telling you to adapt to existing circumstances if you cannot change them; just as the cactus has adapted itself to the hot, dry circumstances of its desert environment.