In literature animals have long been used to symbolise aspects of human emotions and traits. Animals may represent urgent, unthinking emotions, animal vitality and energy; or at worst, crude, animalistic behaviour. If you dream you are struggling to control an animal, it may be that you are trying to tame the instincts expressed by that particular creature. If an animal threatens you in a dream, try to tame it rather then kill it. If it is slaughtered, the instincts it embodies may be completely lost to you. Dreams about animals may also refer to the signs of the zodiac, with which they are associated, or in the Far East, with the Chinese astrological system.
In Native American traditions, wise men or shamans, often assume the form of animals in their dreams. Creatures that act as guides during the shaman’s journey to other worlds.
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