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WOLVES in Dreams - Meanings and Interpretations

Discover what it means for a wolf or wolves to appear in a persons dream. From singular or family groups, we can learn about the nature of the dreamer or people that the dreamer is connected to in their life. It can also reveal information pertaining to their spiritual growth and internal changes such as emotional growth, decisions surrounding personal relationships or even career goals.

Wolves are surrounded by notions of mysticism, magic and folklore. They are a strong animal totem in Native American spirituality and symbolism as well as being associated by characteristics that are very similar to human beings. They have rules in which they live by and a structured hierarchy of ranks that defines placement within the pack which are represented  by an "Alpha" male or "Alpha" female position. What is also unique to the symbolism of the wolf, is that they are known as loners as well as family oriented creatures. They have a very independent nature yet are loyal to family groups.

Listed below are common interpretations to what it means to dream of wolves.


When a wolf appears in a dream that has a specific color, coat or markings, the color can represent many subtle things.Aside from a territorial location that would define geographical terrain, colors can reveal even more about the nature of the dreamer or person the wolf represents aside from the dreamer.

  • Black- A black wolf can represent a more carnal nature or a situation that pertains to material and physical things. For example, some people will dream of wolves that represent the presence of specific people in their life. The nature of the wolf may be similar to the nature of the person which would reveal that this wolf could be seen as that persons animal totem. When the wolf is black, it can represent a sexual or physical relationship, or even the intention or thought towards one. This can also represent some of the more animalistic traits of a person or group.
  • Gray- A gray wolf can represent the balance between nature and spirit, or, Earth and spirit. It can also be known as the balance of life between the physical plane and etheric planes. A gray wolf can remind us to keep the balance within ourselves and the connections we have with family and friends. It can also remind us to pay more attention to the spiritual growth we are making. In the question of a friend, family member or potential mate, a gray wolf can represent them as a person in balance between their physical life and spiritual foundation. It can also represent that they are in the process of growth both physically and spiritually.
  • White- A white wolf can represent someone or something that is directly influenced by spiritual communication or teachings. Someone that would be very knowledgeable or connected spiritually could be represented by a white wolf. It can also represent the purity of a message that is delivered by a spiritual presence. It can also represent someone who is pursuing a stronger connection to their faith, spiritual practices or ceremonial activities. 
  • Red- A red wolf can appear as fully red or combination of other colors. Red can often appear rust colored or almost Coyote-like in appearance. A red wolf can represent passion or something of an emotional nature. It can also represent ideas, intuition and intentions. What is the intention of whom the wolf is representing? Is it authentic or inauthentic?


There are many varieties of wolves and sometimes a wolf will appear in a dream to remind the dreamer to pay attention to certain geographical locations. Perhaps the dreamer is planning on a move, or looking to further explore their heritage and genealogical origin. A wolf that can represent a specific region of the world can give the dreamer a heads up of where to look. It can also be a precognitive message to alert the dreamer of a new person entering their life that may be from a specific region. If this is the case, depending on the nature of the wolf or surrounding environment of the dream, it can forewarn the dreamer of the negative or positive nature of the individual.

Lone or Group

If a wolf appears to the dreamer without the company of his or her pack, it is important to pay attention to a specific person or situation that is relevant to the dreamer which would describe more of an isolated or detailed situation or person. When a wolf appears as part of a family group, depending on his or her behavior, the dreamer will know if the message pertains to how they relate to family and friends, or if it is an example of how they view others, even how they view society at large.


  • Timid- A wolf that is stand-offish or timid may represent that he or she is suspicious of the dreamers intention. They may show caution as a way for self defense and being prepared in the event the dreamer has an inauthentic intention towards another. But it also shows the dreamer is under watch and surveillance. The dreamer can question whom in their life could be timid or cautious towards them and can make choices that can relieve the nervous situation.
  • Aggressive- An aggressive wolf can represent defensive postures or fear based movements in life. Is the dreamer feeling under attack by someone or others? Is there an aggressive person in their life who is trying to intimidate them? 
  • Protective- Similar to aggressive tendencies, a wolf that acts based on protecting themselves or others sends a message to the dreamer that there may be a situation in which they will need to protect themselves from. It may also represent others who feel a need to be protected in a situation as well.
  • Playful- A playful wolf or group reminds us that regardless of how cruel nature can be, or how much we believe we need to keep up our guard, there is always room for play and relaxation. We can't always just operate based on survival instincts. We also need to keep life is balance with playfulness and fun.
  • Sleeping- Wolves that appear in a dream in which they are resting and asleep is more rare than other dreams. This can alert the dreamer that they have been sleeping through some of life's situations in which they need to pay more attention to. This can also in a different way, teach the dreamer they need to take better care of themselves. They can't be on alert at all times. The body, mind and spirit need rest from time to time.
  • Invisible- Sometimes when a wolf appears in a dream they appear to be unaware of the dreamers presence and go about their life naturally. This can mean a couple things. A single wolf that appears to do their own thing without interacting at all with the dreamer can show that the dreamer could be feeling neglected by a specific person in their life that is important. Or, they could be trying to form a connection and communication with someone that isn't giving them their time or attention. This can also show the dreamer that they may be more distracted in life and missing out on opportunities or connections that are there, but are not fully noticed.


The wolves environment plays a big role in what message the dreamer receives as well. Is it night? Is it day? What about the weather? Are the stars and moon out? What about the temperature and season?

  • Night or Day- A wolf appearing at night will reveal things either hidden in the subconscious or things that may not be "visible" in the dreamers perception. Something is happening that the dreamer is given an inside view on that otherwise has been elusive from view.
  • Clear Skies or Storms- Clear skies represents a clear solution or non-threatening and calm nature of a person or persons. Storms can represent difficult emotions or confusion in a situation and depending on the nature of the storm, it can tell the dreamer there is confusion surrounding the dreamer or a situation the dreamer is in.
  • Stars and Moon- If there is a moon visible in the dream, it can reveal to the dreamer the timing of something or in what stage something is in the process of. Is something nearing completion or is it just beginning? Stars have been known as guidance systems for millennia in most cultures and history. Whether through navigation of sea captains on ships, or calculating the change in seasons or even astrological calculations, stars can reveal a number of important things.

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

  • 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
  • Being Shot
  • Tornado's
  • Vehicles
  • Houses
  • Spiders

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Comments (14)

Wolves are so interesting, but never had one in a dream. If I do, I hope its a playful one:)

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That would be great. Perhaps having the intention will deliver just that.

This is very interesting. I have yet had dreams about wolves.

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Thank you P. :)

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Being surrounded by wolves is not a funny dream though :D . I had one of this at a place in the forest I often visit.(in real life :D). A week or two after this dream  I fainted(lost councious,being with blue lips) on my way to this place.After tons of medical tests I seem to be fine.My faint from unknown origin. And a month later I had a dream of a wolf giving birth (to a white cup/wolf) in my house garden being calm but protective when I tried to touch the little wolf and also a bear trying to get to me in the same dream. Only 2 times ever I had a dream about wolves.The second was a month ago.

I often have recurring themes in my dreams, one of which is the idea of me saving my pack of wolves. My wolf specifically is a white wolf and they are very protective of me as I am of them. The context often changes but its always the same idea :/ do you have any idea what this could mean?

I had a dream last night I came up on two white wolves fighting, one was badly hurt so I shot and killed it to end the suffering, I walked over to its body and cried over it. The victor wolf was standing off to the side watching. A man then came up to the dying wolf and took him away. I then ran into a nearby house and the victor wolf came up after me and I tried to block him out of the house by the front door but he overpowered me, he wasn't aggressive and then I woke up. im currently going through a tough breakup I did not want, anyone have any suggestions about what this means? 

I had a dream last night I came up on two white wolves fighting, one was badly hurt so I shot and killed it to end the suffering, I walked over to its body and cried over it. The victor wolf was standing off to the side watching. A man then came up to the dying wolf and took him away. I then ran into a nearby house and the victor wolf came up after me and I tried to block him out of the house by the front door but he overpowered me, he wasn't aggressive and then I woke up. im currently going through a tough breakup I did not want, anyone have any suggestions about what this means? 

I keep having this dream that three black wolves are chasing me down this long dark road to this abandoned house were i lock myself inside and they sit outside waiting for me to come out and then i wake up what does it mean

I had a dream last night about a large grey wolf, he was unkempt but I took him in and took care of him and he became my pet in a sense...he was by my side. There was a person that was a threat and he devoured that person. I was left with a very strange guilty feeling after the wolf devoured that person. Although that person was somewhat of a threat, I still felt this sense of guilt for my wolf having killed her. What the hell does that mean?
Thank you for this article. I had a dream last night of a white wolf. My husband and I were in the car. He opened the door and there was a white wolf looking up at us. I got nervous but then I noticed my husband must be familiar with this white wolf. My husband had to get out of the car to stand in line and I thought the white wolf left. But then I heard something in the back and noticed it was the white wolf. I don't remember him getting into the car. I got upset and thought, "How could my husband leave me with this animal in the car?" The wolf was actually not aggressive but I was too upset to realize. I got out of the car and thought, "I will just walk home even if it is 20 miles". As I started to walk home I thought I will stop and lay down to get some rest. Ironically enough I could hear a conversation between my mother and my husband and my husband was telling my mother what happened. My mother then said, "Well maybe there is something wrong with her and we should commit her." I then picked up a phone and I don't know where it came from and let my mother and husband know that I heard the entire conversation and I could not understand why they would conspire against me. Then I woke up.
Just had a dream last night of a white wolf, protecting me. In the dream the wolf teeth were deformed anything on that would be helpful?
I had a dream about a gray wolf just two nights ago, and in it the wolf seemed almost protective of me. It was hiding in some shrubs because I was at a campsite and the wolf didn't want to be seen. I befriended the wolf and because of that, something dark tried to get me and the wolf disappeared. I tried to get away from this darkness that was chasing after me, but when I was cornered, the darkness closed in on me and I awoke.