In a spiritual sense transport is being carried from one state of consciousness to another. This change in consciousness is not necessarily by our own volition. Riding either a horse or a vehicle suggests that we are happy to have the changes take place.
The lift in mood can just as easily be due to external circumstances such as a beautiful day or extreme emotion and this can be reflected in dreams. You might also like to consult the individual entry for aeroplane and the section on archetypes in the introduction for further information.
Psychological / emotional perspective: The type of transport used in dreams may suggest how we are moving through this particular stage of our lives. Previously the horse was used as an image to depict how we dealt with life, although nowadays the car, the aeroplane and other more modern forms of transport have been substituted.
A vehicle that appears in our dreams often conforms with the view we hold of ourselves.
For instance, we may be driving a very basic type of car or a rolls-royce. In today’s modern world there are so many diverse means of transport that each has developed its own symbolism. Some of these are given below.
Material aspects: Images of vehicles and methods of transport often represent either our physical body or our personality.
If we are driving, we perhaps feel more in control of our own destiny.
If a passenger, we feel others are trying to control our life.
If we are with friends we may be aware of a group goal whereas if we do not know the other people we may need to explore our ability to make social relationships. Heavy traffic symbolizes external pressure and stress. Traffic accidents and offences can arise in dreams when we have perhaps not been paying sufficient attention to detail. We have offended a code of conduct that is important for our own safety. Consult the entries for accident and passenger for additional clarification.