Internal conflicts. There might be a bloody battle between one’s moral code and sexual needs, for instance; or between what we allow ourselves to feel and the self healing process which attempts to release childhood pain; or between intellect and body needs or emotions. Idioms : in the wars; on the warpath; war of nerves; declare war. See attack; fight; soldier under roles; bomb; air raid; unofficial Christ in Christ under archetypes.
To dream of war can be symbolic of the end-times, Matt. 24:6
Spiritual warfare, literal war
As a symbol, the disintegration of order inherent in war signifies some kind of conflict in us.
The natural order is breaking down and identifying the source of the conflict – often a difficulty in achieving some kind of balance between the inner and outer selves – will help to bring a sense of peace or closure. Additional information might be gleaned by consulting the entries for argue / argument, armed forces, conflict and fight.
Psychological / emotional perspective: War is ultimately a way of dealing with distress and discomfort. In theory, the outcome should be the re-establishing of order, but this can often only happen over an extended period of time. In dreams, when war breaks out we are dealing with destructive feelings that cannot easily be expressed in any other way.
Material aspects: War is often deliberately engineered rather than spontaneous and tends to have a more global effect than mere skirmishes. It therefore suggests that we need to be fully aware of the consequences that our actions may have on others.
Gives gender - specific: Dreams of war will depend on the experiences in waking life of the dreamer. In a woman’s dream traditionally she would have been on the periphery though this may no longer be true. In a man’s dream he is much more likely to be combative.
Vision: Being ill the midst of a war: you have to face official business, and perseverance is the only way to get through.
If you are taken prisoner: you will meet a powerful adversary who could harm you. Looking at war machinery: extremely difficult times are ahead.
If the war machinery is damaged: your present dilemma is going to ease.
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about war means that you are in a difficult situation: you are fighting with yourself. But the dream may also be an indication that you are “at war” with others— spouses, parents, colleagues, business partners, officials, etc. All these conflicts—the result of unrealistic hopes and/or expectations—will come to an end if you make a firm decision. See Fight.
To dream of a war being fought indicates that there will be a great scandal in which you will play a prominent part!
(Fight) In a dream, war means deception, betrayal, misleading, or trickery. War in a dream also means inflation, rising prices, a plague, food lines, adversities and stress.
If a soldier sees himself fighting an enemy in a dream, it means that he will gain benefits and success in his life. (Also see War correspondent)
Real fear of war. In addition, confrontation between different parts of the personality of the dreamer: inner conflict. This dream image points to current confrontations with your own aggressiveness. Check to see if you are too aggressive, or if you should express your aggression more directly.
To dream of war is an omen, warning of unhappy conditions at home and in love affairs.
If you dream that your country wins a war, your life will be significantly better in the near future. This dream can also be a normal reaction to upsetting news of war or unrest in real life.
To dream of War and affairs of War, signifies trouble and danger.
1. Chaos in one’s personal life.
2. Hostility toward someone or a group.
3. Feeling that a problem can only be settled with violence.
Dreaming of war, apart from wartime, forebode disputes.
Dreams of a war signify chaos, endings, death, and that you are tearing down old belief structures within you and are undergoing massive transformation with regards to internal conflicts within yourself. Also, dreaming about war can be a venting dream helping you to process and release the shock and trauma from hostile circumstances in your life. See Venting Dream and Fight.
1- In dreams war always denotes conflict. It has a more global cffcct than one-to-one combat, and would suggest that we need to be more conscious of the effect our actions will have on others. We also need to be aware that we are taking part in conflict which is deliberately engineered rather than spontaneous.
2- War is ultimately a way of dealing with distress and disorder.
The outcome should be the establishment of order, although sometimes this can only happen through the passage of time.
To dream of war, therefore, indicates that this natural process is taking place on an inner level.
3- War is a symbol of spiritual disintegration. We need to be aware of what is disintegrating within our lives to understand the full symbolism.
To dream of war, foretells unfortunate conditions in business, and much disorder and strife in domestic affairs.
For a young woman to dream that her lover goes to war, denotes that she will hear of something detrimental to her lover’s character.
To dream that your country is defeated in war, is a sign that it will suffer revolution of a business and political nature. Personal interest will sustain a blow either way.
If of victory you dream, there will be brisk activity along business lines, and domesticity will be harmonious.
Dreaming about a war or a battle suggests that the dreamer has internal conflict. One part of personality or psyche may be battling with another for control and the dream reflects this internal war. Another reason for dreaming about war is that you may be faced with a situation that requires you to be aggressive or assertive and to come to terms with opposition. War veterans and others who have experienced war first hand may, from time to time, have such dreams based on memory and trauma.
It is a forerunner of news detrimental to her lover’s reputation if a maiden dreams of his going to war.
If a man dreams of going to war, he should guard his actions in regard to his behavior toward women.
A dream warning of danger of persecution (Gypsy).