Do you know what a clock in a dream symbolizes? What is your subconscious mind trying to tell you? Let’s attempt to decode the universal meanings for clocks in dreams.
Just as in waking life, a clock is a reminder that time is limited, and that we need to use action to achieve our goals before we run out of time. It might also be an indicator of change – is there something in your life that needs to shift and you aren’t making time to change it? Dreaming of clocks may be your subconscious pushing you towards achieving that change in waking life.
A clock that is standing still on a time may indicate death, or the end of a life phase or project. On the other end of the spectrum, a clock with hands moving faster than they should may indicate feeling rushed, or a belief that time is running out on a specific part of your life. Many types of clocks can indicate different perspectives on time. More info here.
A clock that moves backwards indicates that you feel you are not progressing in life. Winding a clock indicates that more effort or work is needed to achieve a desired outcome in life. An alarm clock going off may indicate either this happening concurrently with your actual alarm clock, or it may be an indication that you need to wake up to an opportunity that may have a “time clock” on it.
Clocks are a strange symbol in dreams as it is only in the last few hundred years that everyone has adopted a “standard time” – before that clocks were set to local time. Standard time was introduced with railways so that they could run on a consistent schedule. This is why the common image of a historical train conductor always includes a pocket watch. Dreaming of this type of watch may indicate a desire to return to your roots or to right a past wrong.
Have you ever dreamed about a clock? What did it mean to you?