To understand what this dream means, we need to look at the background of the relationships you have with the family members that appear in the dream. Carl Jung believed that incest in dreams is not negative. In Carl Jung’s book (the source I’ve detailed below) there is a paragraph about how Caesar had numerous incest dreams with his mother. At that time, dream interpreters were employed in the Roman empire. According to legend, Caesar’s mother represented the kingdom and that incest itself represented part of our dream selves.
The fact that you had a dream about incest should not surprise you. It’s about his own psyche and how he’s dealing with his family‘s relationships right now. On a more negative front, dreaming of paternal incest indicates that there is complexity and difficulty in the relationship. This could be (in waking life) your own parents or someone who controls you (such as a partner). The frequency of these dreams will provide a clue as to how important it is in your life and the state of your psyche. It may be that a relationship with someone close is not explored and that is why this dream has arisen spontaneously.
What is the general meaning of dreaming about incest?
Dreaming of incestuous practices means something completely different. In dreams, this can indicate that you are trying to express yourself. In families, sometimes we are not given the freedom we want. A dream of this nature can result after having an argument or problem with a family member in real life. Also, your dream represents the relationship between the masculine and the feminine.
You are probably in a phase of your life where you are worried about the future. In essence, the dream is a symbolic union between the adult and the inner child. Alternatively, if you have recently had an argument with a family member, and express your desire to reconcile, then the dream may describe forgiveness. Or maybe you’re in a relationship with someone who reminds you of your mother or father, or another family member.
Positive changes are afoot if
- You become more understanding with yourself.
- You accept who you are in life.
- You give love to receive love.
Detailed interpretation of dreams
The story of Oedipus the King has as its main theme the incest between mother and son, and its tragic end. Oedipus is severely punished for his incestuous actions. He loses his sight, while his descendants are also punished for Oedipus’ incest. Therefore, incest is a very strong symbol, even if it only appears in the world of dreams. In ancient myths like that of Oedipus, incest between gods and goddesses was a way of gaining innocence, purity, and energy, and thus a dream about incest could portend a need to cleanse one’s strength.
Incestuous dreams completely disturb those who have them, believing that they see in them an unconscious desire or a perversion. Freud says that such dreams ignore the demands of morality. An incestuous dream does not represent repressed desire, and you do not need to get out of your mind if you have such an image in your dream.
If you dream of incest, it can be a harbinger of progress in life. Any dream in which uncomfortable events occur is a sign that you should try to maintain high standards by which to guide yourself in all areas of life. This dream may refer to your fear of love and maturity.
The dream connects your personality and also your fears in life. Any dream of this nature does not have a definite meaning, but on the contrary can indicate something completely different. Normally, such a dream symbolizes your unconscious longing for love from your mother, father or brother. Sometimes a dream involving a family member can mean that person needs your help, and your unconscious has picked up on this signal and lets you know that you need to take care of that person. The same dream can refer to your homesickness and homesickness if you are away from home.
The Arab tradition of dream interpretation states that such a dream suggests that you are acting against your nature, while the Western tradition suggests that you might lose respect or money. The dream interpretation clearly states that you will lose your honor. This is an old meaning, so I tend not to read into it much.
If you are a man and you dream of incest with your daughter, this is the symbol of your fear of a relationship in real life. If incest in the dream occurs between siblings, it is a reference to your secret desire to improve relationships with people you have had difficulties with.
The feelings you may have encountered during an incest dream
Disgusted. Anxious. Terrified. Surprised. Worried. Confused. Upset. Overwhelmed. Insulted. Insecure. Upset. Angry. Afraid. Strange. Insecure. Furious. Tired. Lazy. Sad.
Font used in the article
Jung‘s Dream Interpretation: A Manual of Theory and Practice by James Albert Hall