The Meaning of Being Caged in a Dream

Dreams of being caged may sound quite simple to understand, but in reality they often prove more of a challenge than you might initially think.  For while we can easily understand that a cage represents some kind of restriction or loss of freedom, knowing why the cage exists, and how to be released from it can be a lot more challenging indeed.

When you dream of a cage, it can help to start by looking at who or what is in the cage.  By using some of the other posts I have written you may begin to realise which aspect of yourself is caged.  Is it a wild animal?  Maybe your inner wild nature is being restricted.  Is it another person?  Maybe an aspect of your personality is being shut-off or caged.

Dreams of being caged can also represent a difficulty your are facing in your waking life, where you feel circumstances do not allow you to be your real self, or where you are compromised in some way.  Take a look and see how much of this is really out of your control, and how much you are complicit in what is going on.  Are you just avoiding the confrontation or feel you lack the bravery it would take to change things?  For while cages can seem like a prison to some, to others they can be a safe haven.  Does the bird in the cage want to live there safe from the cat’s evil claws, or would it rather fly away to freedom?  If you are the bird, what is it you really want?  For others, the cage keeps the wild things safely hidden away.  But remember, these are all simply aspects of yourself.  If you are a lion, do you want to roar proudly, or cower in the dark in shame and humiliation?

The reason dreams of being caged can be so difficult to resolve is because often it is only our-selves who have constructed the cage in the first place.  Dreams of cages invite us to consider:

  • Where have we placed restrictions upon our-self?
  • What self-limiting beliefs or behaviours are we exhibiting?
  • What part of ourselves do we need to “set free”

As soon as we begin to realise that we can cage our-selves with our own thoughts, dreams of being caged may become less distressing of frustrating.  Often, we hold the key to our own release.  Address these areas of your life, and see how your dreams may change to ones with symbols of freedom, such as running happily, dancing, flying or floating.

Photo by Rostyslav Savchyn on Unsplash

It may also be helpful to look at my posts on Wild Animals Part 1 and Part 2, Other People, Obstacles, Bird in a Cage and A Wolf Who Wants to be Tame

7 thoughts on “The Meaning of Being Caged in a Dream

  1. alright but what does in mean when you see two empty cages, one for you and one for your lover, and what does it mean when you your lover is telling you why its good to be in the cage, all while another force is forcing you into he cage

  2. I’ve always had a dream where I was caged in a cage of a bird cage and I was crying or scared I don’t remember much but I always had that dream it was repeated several times ever since I was a kid I was also surrounded my monsters or weird creatures the water was black and the sky was brown everything was black

  3. I had a dream of a man who was kept in a cage , I was in a house with strangers who wanted me to do drugs and have sex and I kept saying no , when I seen the caged man he reached out begging for help , but the leader of all the strange people told me I couldn’t save him because he was theirs .. in my dream I had woke with the knowledge I had been drugged and raped and got up to escape , that’s when I seen that poor man in a cage . I couldn’t save him and I awoke before I could save him or me …

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