In waking life cars are vehicles of transport; a way of moving our physical bodies around. In dreams however, cars are symbols of our bodies - the vehicles which our spiritual selves use as a means of experiencing physical reality. Dreams of cars, or most precisely, dreams of what is going on with the cars are symbols of how our psyche feels about what it is experiencing in waking life.
Most often when clients come to me for interpreting a car dream, it typically involves an out of control car, a car crash or a car which someone else is driving. Let's look at these dreams separately.
I often hear of dreams of cars which are out of control in some manner - the brakes don't work, the windshield wipers won't come on during a storm, or the car has mysteriously ran out of gas. Each of these dreams is making a comment on some aspect of your life that feels out of control. In the case of bad brakes, this dream normally points to a situation that you feel you need to end but can't. Faulty windshield wipers often mean that you feel like you are in turmoil but can't see your way out of the situation. Dreams of running out of gas often mean physical exhaustion.
A car crash dream usually means that you feel like your life is a wreck. Look at how the car crash occurred in the dream. Did another car hit yours? Was there ice or water on a highway? What leads up to the crash is usually a good indicator of how you are perceiving what is occurring in your life. If someone else hit your car you may feel the a situation is 'not your fault', that you are being victimized by an outside source over which you have no control. If we hit ice or water in the road, this indicates an emotional situation which is causing you to feel out of control. Look at the details of the dream and see what led up to the crash or loss of control.
Dreams of crashes may actually be a sign pointing to something in your life that needs repair - a relationship which is out of balance or a work situation that is causing you distress.
Dreams of someone else driving your car are potent dreams. Remember, your car is your vehicle. You are meant to be the driver plotting out your course. Your car is meant to be your ticket to freedom. When someone else in in the driver's seat it means that is symbolically the person you feel or may even wish were in charge of your life.
Look at who is in the driver's seat. Is it a parent, a spouse, a child, a friend? How do you feel about the person driving the car? Are you happy about where they taking you? If you like the person driving the car and are happy about where you are going, this dream might point to you wishing that you handled your life like the person in the dream does. It might also be a wish for being 'rescued' by that person from a situation in your life that you are unhappy with.
Alternatively, if you don't like the person driving or the course you're on, it may feel like that person is in charge of your life, or that you feel like you're making the same choices as someone whose life you feel is less than ideal.
Remember though, the person driving the car is a symbol. Dreaming of someone of the opposite sex driving your car can point to an animus/anima figure who you feel is in control. For women, the animus is the thinking part of the psyche, for men, the anima is usually representative of the emotions. Do you feel you are making decisions according to faulty logic or misguided emotions? This is where your feelings about the driver of the car give you the most information about the dream.
Look at dreams of cars and driving as sign posts giving you information about how you can regain control of your life and what you can do to claim your freedom and power.
Until next time, sleep well and dream out loud!
*~Aisling Ireland~* is an ordained Spiritual Counselor providing dream interpretation and Tarot readings. To make an appointment check out her website at:
Below are links to two of Barbara Walker's books. Both have interesting information about god/desses, mythology, and symbols. I use both frequently to help interpret symbols in my own dreams!