Dreaming Lens: What color was the blood? Was it a healthy red, or a depleted blue? Was it a strange and unnatural color? Was it flowing from a wound? If so, was it being lost slowly or rapidly? Was it in a container of some kind? Was blood being removed from or added to the physical body? Did you find it repulsive, or a source of fascination?
Personal Focus: The elixir of life, blood courses through our veins and keep our bodies alive and healthy. Lose enough of it and life slips away. If your dream includes receiving or losing blood, this may reflect a message that you are either in need of more energy or are being depleted by some situation. How this occurs in your dream will add texture to your interpretation. A wound inflicted by another may reflect an external struggle, whereas a medical procedure connects more to an internal process necessary for healing.
Science tells us that there are different kinds of blood and that certain types are incompatible with others. In fact, disparate types between a mother and her fetus can be life threatening. Therefore, dreaming of blood types could connect to conflicts about compatibility that are deeply rooted and may be impacting you in areas of life that you are passionate about. When blood type and compatibility are being examined, the stakes can be as high as life and death. HIV brings a whole new view of blood as something that is potentially dangerous, because it transmits this disease, effectively shifting our collective conscious view of blood as a substance to be potentially feared as contagious on a life-threatening level. Incorporate the Dreaming Lens into whatever issues of compatibility may be surfacing in your waking life.
Bloodlines have figured prominently as coveted evidence of ancestry throughout history. While this perspective may appear to be an archaic form of class-consciousness, we are now aware that blood typology is an effective tool to establish biological ties between family members. If this idea is expressed in your dream, your interpretation should reflect blood as connected to primal feelings about your family connections. Your dream may be expressing this as powerfully passionate, or energetically depleting, depending on the Dreaming Lens.
The color of blood is significant in a number of ways. If this is thematic in your dream, your interpretation must examine the meaning behind it. Oxygen-rich and healthy blood has a distinctive color of deep red that is found nowhere else in nature. If tapped out of nutrients, it turns blue. In the world of science fiction, the blood of alien beings can be anything from green to colorless chemical compounds made up of deadly acids.
There are also many culturally-based meanings associated with blood. The term “red-blooded” is synonymous with virility and strength. Conversely, to be “blue-blooded” connotes a passivity and lethargy related to wealth or privilege. Issues of racial prejudice often included erroneous beliefs that blood differed significantly between people of different cultural background or skin color. The mixing of bloodlines was considered by many as likely to have disastrous results. While that level of ignorance is not as prevalent today as in our past, the foundation of these beliefs still resides in the collective unconscious and can appear in your dreams and is worth considering.
Your personal reaction to blood is also a factor in interpreting this dream symbol. Some people are squeamish and the sight of blood can be very upsetting. For others, curiosity or a sense of eroticism may be stimulated. There are those, too, who are unaffected by the sight of blood by being accustomed to it if their profession frequently brings them in contact with it. Any of these responses can reveal your relationship to the levels of passion and life force you are currently experiencing.