As a part of our face, the meaning of cheeks in a dream can symbolise how we present ourselves to the world, what we want people to think about us, and how we signal feelings and thoughts that may be going on inside. Depending on what is going in your life at any particular point, this may make you feel bold, guarded or vulnerable.
A Slapped Cheek
To dream of being hit or slapped on the face or cheek can be an expression of shock and hurt you are trying to assimilate, that you feel you have been “slapped in the face.” This may be as a result of some favour or kindness being taken for granted or betrayed, of being let down by another’s actions, or even your own behaviour or choices.
Other symbols in the dream can help point to what this action may be. Being slapped on the cheek could alternatively be a representation of shock, that something completely unexpected has caught you off guard. Dreams can try to warn us when we are overlooking or ignoring something important. A slap on the cheek may be your subconscious trying to give you a wake-up call, urging you to pay attention!
Cheeks as Puns
The meaning of cheeks in a dream can have interesting meanings when we look at the roles of puns. If the cheeks are large or prominent in some way, do you feel that you or someone you know is being “cheeky” with you? And is this cheekiness a fun, pleasant thing, or do you feel that someone is taking advantage, and that the cheekiness is a little bit naughty? Or might this be an urging from the subconscious to not be so timid, to be a bit bolder in some regard and have a little “cheek?” If the dream is “tongue in cheek”, could there be a joke you are missing, where things are not exactly as they seem?
To dream of one cheek may be a reference to “turning the other cheek.” A dream such as this may be asking you to forgive, to let an offence or insult pass by and to move on. Or it may be a reflection that you have learned to do just that, and that your personal growth has taken away the power of others to hurt you.
Left and Right Cheeks
If you dream of one cheek side in particular, it is worth considering the role you assign to left and right in your life. The right side, for right handed people, tends to be our dominant side, the one we use to control and manipulate things in the world. A right cheek then could be the way we present ourselves to the world, what we want people to know about us, the image we project on purpose. To a right hander, the left is a side that is less used, and can represent the more passive, or the hidden aspects to our nature.
The left cheek then can be about our “deeper” selves, the part of our personality we do not wish others to see, or that we prefer to have some control on how and when it is revealed. Most of these meanings will be reversed for a left handed person.
Cheeks and Feelings
Our cheeks can be barometers of our feelings in waking life and in also dreams. Flushed cheeks can reveal shame, embarrassment, anger or frustration. If shame is indicated in dreams, there will often be other symbols to help you recognise this. Actions in a dream like hiding, burying, covering or running from someone or something may appear if you are trying to avoid the source of shame. Dreams of revealing, uncovering, being naked in public or “caught in the act” may arise if you feel confronted with your source of shame.
Red cheeks can also indicate the gentler feeling of being caught gazing at the object of our affection. This is still a little embarrassing, but not really shameful – more bashful! Dreams of this nature will often include other symbols of a crush, such as flowers, hearts, the colour pink and so on. Sexual imagery may appear if the crush is more passionate.
If the red cheeks indicate anger or frustration in a dream, you may also notice symbols of things being broken, stretched, shattered, torn, put under stress or weighed down etc. Volcanoes, steam, explosions, other instances of the colour red, sharp or jagged objects, fists, finger nails, pulling hair and loud noises can all help reveal that anger or frustration may be at play in dreams of red cheeks. Be careful though, as some of these symbols, such as volcanoes, can also indicate other forms of passion!
Red cheeks though can also be signs of being happy and jolly, as Santa Claus, a clown or a person who is slightly inebriated. It usually does not take much to recognise happiness in a dream, but to dig deeper, you may wish to question who is the happy one, and how are they important in our lives? What can we learn from them?
We may occasionally also dream of cheeks that are a different colour. As well as considering the meaning of the colour itself, we can look at how the cheek came to be that colour. If it was painted, was this as a mask, trying to project a certain image? Was it sacred and celebrational, representing a special ritual, or rite of passage? This can happen when we pass through a period of great learning or difficulty, or when we change life stages, such as graduating, marrying, giving birth, losing a loved one, becoming single again and so on.
Painted cheeks can also be warrior signs. Have you undertaken, or are you about to undertake some great struggle? This may or may not be a “battle” that is visible in the outside world. It could be a fight against injustice, a fight to achieve a goal, a struggle to let go of a fear or limiting behaviour or belief. Painted cheeks can also be a sign of loyalty, such as to a country or sports team. If the cheek is not painted, but a strange colour, is there an emotion that is dominant in your life? Could you be green with envy, or white with fear?
A kiss on the cheek is a chaste kiss, in a dream it may indicate affection or respect, or both. When we have close, intimate encounters such as kissing in dreams, it is usually a profound and special occurrence. To be kissed, or to kiss on the cheek can symbolise that you are integrating a new aspect of yourself into your psyche, that you are recognising and respecting your wise elder, your caring parent, your inner child, your Shadow or another important archetype. Such dreams are special gifts indeed!
The meaning of cheeks in a dream to relates fundamentally to our face, what we are prepared to face up to, and what we want others to know about us. Cheek dreams ask us to question our vulnerability and boldness, and to explore the “who” we show the world we are, and then the “who” we really are.