Spiritually, games are a form of ritualized conflict between two opposing forces. Wars and tribal localized fights were used previously by elders and priests to channel aggression. In the same way, because they are mock fights, games in dreams can be used as expressions of aggression against other people.
Psychological / emotional perspective: Specific games such as football, baseball, rugby and cricket (which are team games) represent for many the strong ability to identify with a ‘tribe’ or a group of people. They indicate the way in which we gain identity and how we connect with people.
A referee in such a game signifies the monitoring of our behaviour. In dreams, games that require the power of thought and strategy – such as chess or draughts – often give some idea of how we should be taking a situation forward. Decisions may need to be made where we have to gauge the result of our action and take into account our opponent’s reaction.
Material aspects: Playing a game such as golf in our dream indicates that we are taking note of how we play the game of life.
If we are playing well we may take it that we are coping well with circumstances in our lives.
If we are playing badly we may need to reassess our abilities and identify which skills we need to improve in order to do things better. Consult the entries for chess, gambling and win / winning for further information.
(Amusement; Cynicism; Playing games; Playing) To play games or to act sprightly in a dream means pride, arrogance, being cynical, profanity or defiling what is sacred in one’s religion and lacking reverence for it. Playing backgammon in a dream means exaltation, gaining power, honor and rank, or it could denote one’s pride, arrogance and cynicism. Playing with a wedding ring in a dream means concealing secrets, except if someone else appears in one’s dream, then it could mean looking for a missing person. Sitting and playing with one’s heels in a dream means governing. Playing football in a dream means reconciliation or making peace with one’s enemy. Ifa sick person sees himselfplaying a game in a dream, it means recovering from his illness and returning to a normal healthy life. Playing cricket ball in a dream means a fight followed by reconciliation and peace. (Also seeBackgammon; Cock fighting; Gambling; Ball; Bullfight)
Playing a game means attainment of ambition.
If your are losing, expect obstacles. Observing games, expect contentment. See Sports for outdoor games.
Piaying games in a dream is generally a good sign if there is no reference to whether you are winning or losing. Games of skill have a better chance, and outdoor games of an athletic nature are best of all.
Each game envisioned in a dream has different meanings, depending on its focus.
For example, chess stresses logic, forethought, and strategy as a key for victory, roulette wheels reflect gambles and uncertainty, word jumbles symbolize the need for ordered communications, and Monopoly might represent cautious use of money.
Figuratively, playing games with people instead of being forthright.