Hippo Dream Meaning | Dreaming of A Hippopotamus

The hippo dream meaning can actually be something quite different from what you think. A few nights ago I had a dream of hippopotamuses. It occurred to me that I had dreamed of them a few times before, so I wanted to try to work out what the symbology meant for me.

Dreaming of a hippopotamus is not one of the more common dreams, but it is common enough that many people see this animal in their nocturnal travels. The strange thing is – most of us do not live in countries where hippos are native or common – but they are such an interesting, unique animal that they have a firm place in many of our imaginations since childhood. Does the hippo dream meaning indicate something latent from childhood?

Dreaming of a hippopotamus might indicate aggressiveness

Why are hippos and aggression intertwined? It could be because of their unique characteristics. I loved this commentary on the hippo’s personality from Wikipedia: The hippopotamus is among the most dangerous animals in the world as it is highly aggressive and unpredictable.

Despite this, they are mostly herbivorous, and survive by eating plants. They are semi aquatic, which means they live partly on land, partly in water. The hippo is a warm blooded mammal, native to sub-Saharan Africa.

“Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it is capable of running 30 km/h over short distances.”

So, with those few facts we can see that the hippopotamus is an unpredictable animal. It does not look or behave how you would imagine it too; and even though it probably doesn’t want to eat you, it might attack you, because it feels threatened.

Sound familiar?

If you have been dreaming of a hippopotamus, then it might indicate that you feel under threat. One of my favourite dream guides Dream Stop says, the hippo can also mean, “…you are being territorial. You feel threatened. Someone or something is pushing you into a corner.” Is this true for you?

Hippo Dream Meaning | Dreaming of A Hippopotamus

Hippos in your dream might symbolise aggression: yours or others’?

What are the hippos doing in your dream?

I often dream of crocodiles and sharks beneath the water in my dreams – I have come to realise that these indicate my addictions; which also lurk right beneath the surface, and have some ‘bite’ in my life.

When I dreamed of hippos, they too were just beneath the water. I could feel them swimming around in the dark, murky water beneath me and I was afraid. Someone in my dream told me not to be scared, and reminded me that they were plant-eaters.

“I don’t care that they’re only plant eaters,” I thought in my dream. “These things are freaking me out and I want to get out of the water!”

Hippos are both gentle and strong – tune into your latent strength

Hippos have powers on land and in the water, so they are adaptable and surprising. If you see a hippo in your dream, you may have some latent powers within you that you need to call upon to achieve your goals. Lurking just below the surface, you are ready, you are poised – you are waiting – even if no one else can see you. The hippo dream meaning might be something you didn’t expect.

According to Dream Stop, “A hippo might also mean that your life has been emotionally turbulent for a while and it is a time where this is cleared.” For me, this seems to be true. In my dream, I found myself suddenly in the water, I was surprised, and not happy to be there. When I felt and saw these dark, moving creatures, I felt even more afraid. Yes, for me, there had been lots going on under the surface for a while.

Your hippo dream meaning is worth investigating

“Common hippos are recognisable by their barrel-shaped torsos, wide-opening mouths revealing large canine tusks, nearly hairless bodies, columnar legs and large size; adults average 1500 kg,” according to Wikipedia.

Do you feel under threat? A hippo dream may indicate that you feel that someone is stalking you, and means to do you harm. Hippopotamuses are threatened by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.

While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land. This means that the hippo can symbolise the aggressive characteristics in you. However, it is also a reminder to tap into your hidden strengths.

The hippos in my dream were also murky and dark. They were mysterious. In real life, hippos emerge at dusk to graze on grasses. They come out when they feel the moment is safe; perhaps you also need to exercise caution about when you “come out” about a project or issue. Wait for the right time, and make sure your predators are not around.

Can you really tell me the meaning of my dreams?

No. Only you can work out what the meanings of your dreams are. For more information on how to remember your dreams, check out my post on How to remember your dreams: in 7 foolproof steps. You might also enjoy What is Astral Projection and Lucid Dreaming? Tips from Erin Pavlina.

I also have a book available for less than $2 – head to Amazon to buy How to Understand and Interpret Your Dreams: The Symbols That Can Reveal Your Hidden Messages. A hippo dream symbol is more common than you think.

Tell me your hippo dreams below in the comments – what do hippopotamuses do in your dreams?

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Have you had a dream about a hippopotamus? The hippo dream meaning is very interesting and usually means aggression. Here’s why.
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