Did you have a dream about magic? Black magic, white magic, incantations, spells, voodoo, alchemy, potions, witchcraft, curses, hexes, divination, and illusion. There are many terms for magic, and many more types than those listed above. It doesn’t matter if you believe there is any form of magic in the world of reality.
The themes of magic have strong symbolism, as we often see in works of fiction and popular culture. If you have found some form of magic in your dreams, your subconscious has found an interesting way to give you a message. Let’s explore further to better understand your dream message.
What it means to dream of magic
Transformation + Change
Have you heard the phrase “magic bullet”? This term speaks of an immediate and absolute cure or solution to a problem. It can cure a disease without consequences. You can solve a problem without backtracking. In reality, a magic bullet does not exist, but it is something that we humans constantly strive to find for our daily problems.
The magic bullet transforms our problem into a solution, making the problem disappear, as if by magic. Magic has long been used as a symbol of transformation and change, even when it comes from a place of disbelief or skepticism. Change and transformation can come in good and bad flavors.
In the fairy tale where the princess kisses the frog and turns into a handsome prince, this is presented as good, however in some versions of this story the princess ends up turning into a frog, and I think most people I would consider that… less good.
If you are performing magic in your dream, it is likely that you are undergoing some kind of transformation, or are thinking of embarking on one. The fact that you are doing the magic on yourself suggests positive changes, and as we will see later, that you are harnessing your own personal power to bring about these changes. If someone else is doing magic to you, this can also mean a transformation and a change in your life, however, it can suggest that you either feel that you need some kind of outside help or support to make these changes, or that some of the change is happening. feel out of your control.
This could put a negative spin on the transformation, suggesting that you may be feeling stressed or fearful about these changes.
Control + Power
Having the ability to perform magic would give you great power. Many works of fiction feature powerful wizards and warlocks, some using their power for good like Dumbledore, Glinda, or Galdalf, and others wielding their power in the most destructive and evil ways like Voldemort, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Saruman. Just as humans in positions of power in our world have the opportunity to do as much good with that power as they can, some choose to abuse that power…and these themes can appear in our dreams at both ends of the spectrum.
- If you are performing some kind of magic in your dream , this may be an indication that you feel powerful and secure in your waking life. But it could also mean that you WANT to feel that way. Perhaps you don’t feel very powerful and in control in your hours of awareness. Your dream could be a sign that you need to step up and take back control of your life.
- If someone else is doing magic that affects you in the dream , this again suggests that you feel that you are not in control.
- If the magic being performed does not help you in the dream , this is a good indication that this dream is about someone else’s power over you in your life. Do you feel that someone in your life is too controlling? Do you feel like you don’t have the power to change something, but someone else could? Consider what is going on in your life and the emotions you are experiencing to help figure out what you need to take from this dream message. You may need to have a tough conversation with someone, or finally take a stand on something important to you.
Help + Support
When someone we know is suffering or going through something difficult, we might wish we could “wave our magic wand” and make it all go away for them.
If you find yourself doing magic in the service of someone else in your dreams this may mean that you want to help and support other people in your life, or even people you don’t know.
If someone else is doing magic to help you , this may mean that you have a great support system in your life and feel supported, or that you are looking for one. Consider how you feel in the dream as well as the type of magic that is being performed to help you understand the root of the message. Do you feel like you need help in some area of your life? This dream may be telling you to extend your hand and ask.
“Those who do not believe in magic will never find it” – Roald Dahl
Some other things to consider:
The type of magic in the dream is important, but what is more important is the impression one gets from the effects of the magic.
Was it “good” or “white” magic? So this suggests positive changes, support, help, as well as mastering your own personal power.
Was it “bad” or “black” magic, curses, spells, etc.? This can indicate a series of negative emotions that you feel about your situation in life, feeling controlled or attacked by others, blocks or challenges that take you away from your goals, worry and fear.
Who is doing the magic? If this is you, this is often positive and speaks to our confidence, personal power, as well as a beneficial transformational being on our horizon.
If it is a friendly person we know, then this is also probably positive and speaks of the help and support of others, as long as the dream magic is not aimed at harm.
A dream with a stranger doing magic can indicate surprises, opportunities, abundance, or a desire to learn on the positive side.
But if the magic is “black” magic or meant to harm you , then this dream could be about fears of the unknown, or feelings of being targeted or attacked by unknown individuals or groups. Of course there are many other variables that can arise in your dreams about magic that are not listed here. Use your intuition to get to the bottom of the messages they are giving you.
Common dreams about magic and their meaning
Now that we’ve covered some common themes and variables, let’s take a look at some dream scenarios that involve magic.
You’re doing magic to help yourself
This dream is probably talking about transformation. Either you are currently on a journey to transform yourself, or there is something about yourself that you want to change. Think about how you feel in the dream. Do you feel powerful or in control? This suggests a positive change in your life. Do you feel desperate to change something?
This dream can be a manifestation of fear, guilt, shame, or even a lack of acceptance of yourself. Do you suffer from any health problem? Worried about something in your life that you wish was different? Did you do something you wish you could take back or change? Consider all of these questions to help understand the message.
Someone is doing magic to hurt you
If someone attacks us with magic in our dreams, it is very likely that we will feel attacked in our lives, or fear some kind of attack. Maybe you have a rivalry at work or school, an overly controlling parent or relative, or you have a terrible fear that you will start to be hurt or betrayed by your partner. This type of dream could be about any negative emotion you can think of. Fear, anger, guilt, shame, jealousy, anxiety, worry, all of these emotions (and more) harm us in some way, and could be represented in this dream. In which part of your life do you feel attacked?
You find a magic item
Finding a magical item is an exciting and powerful dream of finding something within ourselves. This magical item probably represents something positive within us, such as our personal power, confidence, spirituality, or our higher self. This dream is a good omen that we are on the right path, and that we are being encouraged to continue on this inner journey.
You try but you are unable to do magic
Trying and failing to perform magic in our dreams can be a sign that we feel burned out, overwhelmed, or unsupported. Perhaps we feel that we are letting someone down in our lives, that we are not meeting expectations, or that we lack confidence.
You’re watching a stranger do magic
Seeing someone you don’t know perform magic can represent several things. A magician performs tricks and illusions, and if you find yourself seeing this in your dream you may be surprised or impressed by what you see. But you can also feel cheated and lied to. This is also true if you are watching a witch or wizard perform “real” magic. Magic has the power to deceive us, with illusions and “glamour” – especially if we ourselves do not possess magical powers.
Does this remind you of a situation you are currently going through? Seeing another person perform magic can also be an indication of our own desire to learn. Perhaps we are seeing the performance through the eyes of a trainee. This dream could be a manifestation of our desire to master some skill in our lives, or even to learn something new. To better understand the meaning of your dream, ask yourself these questions:
- What do you think of magic in everyday life?
- Do you have any personal association with magic?
- What kind of magic was it? (black/white, witchcraft, magic tricks, voodoo, potions, spells, etc.)
- How did you feel emotionally in the dream?
- What other symbols appeared in the dream?
- Are you going through a big change?
- Do you feel you have a good support system?