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BEING SHOT in a Dream - Methods, Meanings and Interpretations

Learn the different interpretations and scenarios of what it means to be shot or be a shooter in a dream.

Being shot in a dream can provoke anger, fear and a lot of confusion but there are practical ways to understanding and interpreting exactly what it means, especially if these types of scenarios are recurring.

As the dreamer, we often feel victimized, or hurt by the hands of another. Sometimes in these dreams we actually experience death but most often, it is the impact that is strongest component.

How we are shot, by what, and by whom can give us different meanings.

ARROWS

Being shot with an arrow or multiple arrows often leads us to question challenges, conflicts and difficulties with matters of the heart. Many traditional images portray a heart with an arrow drawn through it, or even picture the romantic notion of Robin Hood shooting an arrow into a bulls-eye for his honor and to win the love of his Maid Marion. However, some dreams portray very different scenarios such as those with a historical context of axes, arrows, and stones.

If someone is shot with a single arrow and can see the assailant, the interpretation would lead to a competition or rivalry, including undertones of jealousy when it comes to a relationship or partner. Who is it that is trying to attach to their already taken loved one? Or how about having to fight for the attention of another who has not yet become a partner to them? What is it about love that has such an impact that it could spark rivalry?

If the dreamer is shot with multiple arrows, this would indicate feeling bombarded by matters of the heart. This could be jealousy but often, this would indicate harsh words or judgments by friends and family members that pertain to a chosen mate. For example, a daughter-in-law that his family dislikes and makes verbal jabs against her to him. In a sense, this is a battle of words but can be overwhelming and cause emotional "bleeding" or even death to the relationship.

If the dreamer is the one who is shooting arrows, he or she needs to ask themselves who it is they are trying to compete with. Where is there a need for such a battle? What emotions are they suppressing that could be "shot" out one day when they lose their temper? What  are they having to fight so hard for when it comes to love or companionship?

GUNS

Guns have a similar context in the fact there is some form of conflict but guns represent something different. Instead of matters of the heart, guns represent dominance or a fight for survival and usually this pertains to lifestyle, social status or even career. Guns represent quick-to-action responses and defenses and depending on the type of gun or how many gunmen there are, the dreamer can determine the seriousness of the fight.

If the dream takes on an urban appeal with gang members or a type of gang mentality with assailants shooting to kill the dreamer, the tone of the dream comes across as the dreamer feeling overwhelmed by the majority and gives in to the imaginings of his or her biggest fears. The dreamer in life is being overwhelmed, overworked and feels weaker against the majority. Urban areas represent something manmade rather than natural so this can be more of a fight for survival of a financial status, social status or position of some kind that competes with the fellow man.

In a natural setting such as field, mountain, or park area, the dreamer is stepping into an environment that is cognitively very natural and familiar. For example, they are on familiar territory, even though in the dream they may be navigating through scenes they don't recognize. Nature and the outdoors reveals the dreamer is in a natural setting. So if the dreamer is the one being shot but cannot see the gunman, this shows that it is natural for them to feel stricken, shot, or hurt by others words. It is natural for them to be on the defense, watching every move that others make and keeping others at arm's length. If the dreamer is the shooter and cannot see the target, it shows a similar defensiveness but they feel they are the one in control of the situation.

If the dreamer is a shooter but is hunting an animal in a dream, this shows a need to survive, and the instinct to do whatever it takes to survive. If the dreamer is watching an animal get shot, it shows in real life they are surrounded by others who are willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Depending on the reaction the dreamer has to the animal being shot, he or she will know whether or not this is an ally or adversary.

TANKS OR BOMBS

This would represent a conflict with political power, political or governmental organizations or policies. If the dreamer is the victim, then it would be interpreted that the dreamer feels victimized by these organizations and it's come down to a fight for survial. Or, if the dreamer is riding in a tank or opertating a bombing system on a large scale, it would be interpreted that the dreamer in real life is willing to wage war against a nation, government or policy for a moral victory, or to stand up for a noble cause.

IN A CAR

If the dreamer is in a car and is being shot at, then it shows they are moving through a situation that is a really close call with someone or something they are in a conflict with. Depending on if they get away, determines the outcome or projected outcome in real life. It's a narrow escape. Or, if the person is in a parked car and is shooting at a target who cannot see them, this shows in real life they want to confront someone or something but haven't done so yet. This is more of an emotional release dream to release frustration over a situation they are conflicted by.

IN A WAR

Sometimes, on occasion, people will dream of being shot in a war. Depending on the nature of the dream, this can potentially be a deep soul recall memory of a past life experience. Sometimes however, this can represent an individual feeling at war with an agency, an ideal, a country, a policy and so on. It represents something much bigger than themselves but they are not alone in the fight.

DEATH

For those who dream of being shot and dying from it often experience a conclusion, a finality to whatever conflict they have been at war with. If the dreamer is the shooter and the target is killed by their shot, it shows they are the ones who are ending whatever conflict has been experienced.

Other dream interpretation articles I've written about on Factoidz which can be accessed through my profile are:

  • Wolves
  • Turtles
  • Teeth
  • Being Naked
  • Ex-Girlfriends and Ex-Boyfriends
  • Zombies
  • Giving Birth
  • Bats
  • Cougars
  • Fish
  • Dogs
  • Trees
  • Flowers
  • Downed Power Lines
  • Breathing Under Water
  • Phone Calls
  • Tornado's
  • Vehicles
  • Houses
  • Spiders

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Comments (12)

Very interesting analogy and very well-well written, too. This is good to know. I have read other articles written by you on dream interpretations and can relate to many of them. Thanks for posting...Voted

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Thanks so much Donata. It's a funny thing because often I'll write a new dream interpretation article and then I'll have a dream about one of them which answers my own question before I have it. I appreciate all your support and votes!

good article. I got a dream like I was falling from the top of a building once when I was probably 9 years old. I got the same dream almost after 10 years. What does this dream mean? Coincidentally, I almost fell from the 3rd floor of a building when I was 2 yrs old before my father saved me. Does this incident have any connection with the dream? i couldn't remember the incident... however, even now, my family members talk of that incident. Please tell me the meaning of this dream.

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I suppose it would depend on whether or not the dream ended in death and also if the details were exact. But I would have to say that perhaps it's a bit more complex than that. Possibly you are having two things happen at once. Falling in dreams is common. Falling in dreams in which death concludes the dream is a little less common but many people experience it. Also though, your actual fall at the age of 2 could be a repeat experience from a past life in which you actually did die from that and in this lifetime, you are repeating the experience to have a different conclusion. I feel they are a time marker if they do pertain to past life experiences that left an imprint on you that remained part of your soul signature this time around. I know that I drowned in past lives and I believe I also died of suffocation in another. In this lifetime, I have always been claustrophobic and I believe it is a fear imprint that is related to my past life memories that stayed with me. But understanding the root to where these come from help us release those fears, anxieties or residual emotions that can affect out health and well being.

Thanks a lot for that.. But how do we know what we did in the last birth. Is there any method to find who/what I was in the last birth or what kind of person I was?

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You're welcome. Some people choose to do guided meditations that are led by people such as myself who either use soft techniques of hypnosis or some people choose to use meditation CD's that use regressive techniques by slowing the mind, and leading people backwards from 10-1. And then there's also repetition with traditional meditation or meditation that is strongly visual in which people can connect with their guides in spirit who can deliver that information as people are ready. I like to do guided meditations for people to raise their vibration, keep it visually stimulating and move them through a little quicker rather than lowering the vibration and mental engine that can create regressive techniques that are painful or emotionally disturbing to recall.

Nice article

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Thanks Herman :)

Well explained.

Woww! A few days ago I had a dream about being shot in the face and lower back with multiple arrows by what looked like an army or guards at a palace. I almost died but a friend dragged me away. Just last night also, I had another dream about being shot in the lower back again but i cannot remember by what or whom. All I know is that in both dreams the shot felt painful and real.In reality I am in love with this guy but had to end the relationship because he is way older than me and my parents would not accept it. Could my dream be telling me something??

Debbie Edwards.....I had a dream which were i was in a maze of some sort, an i was fighting off evil things some clowns some others i can\'t even discribe. The maze was as if it was a office cube type maze wiith doors an weapons (not making any of this up at all.) As i to to another room it is was if i am at home i sit down on th couch an my tv comes on i find the flipper (remote) an can\'t turn it off, then to black figures sit next to me on the 3 seated couch, i stand up frighten with the fact they came from no were more i tryed to figure out what they were they got blury an more an so on ect. i Yelled whats going on, why? what? How come you are here? They respond with don\'t worry about it, they pull handguns from their pants shoot me as they shoot someone or something opens my door were i live an just got bright an then i woke up...an wrote everyhing down........PLease help me understand why of this my email tj1991_18@yahoo.com

DEBBIE, 

I had a dream lastnight about parking my truck outside of work and a man tried to clorophorm me and put a gun to my head!! i some how held my breath long enough for him to think i was passing out then headbutted him knocked him out and got away.. in the mix of our fight he shot me through my shoulder. i managed to get to the door where my boss seen me and called an ambulance.. while waiting i stripped my shirt and salted my wound. after waking up in the hospital the room was full of family and close friends. the wierdest part was my father being in the room, him and i havnt spoken in a while in real life and in the dream i wanted him to leave.. it felt so real that i woke up gasping for air!!.. why? i don't understand what this could mean??

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