Fish are universally seen as symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility due to their prolific breeding and their role as a valuable food source across numerous cultures. They also symbolize knowledge and wisdom, inspired by their perceived intelligence and ability to navigate vast and mysterious ocean depths. Moreover, in various spiritual and religious contexts, fish denote faith and divine connection, most famously seen in Christianity where the fish symbolizes Jesus Christ.

Fish in Dreams

In dreams, a fish is often considered an emblem of personal growth and transformation, indicative of the dreamer’s subconscious emotions and intuitive capabilities. Seeing fish in dreams can represent insights from the unconscious mind, the surfacing of hidden feelings, or the potential for healing. In psychological terms, this stems from the aquatic nature of fish, tying them to the depths of the human psyche, feelings, and the unconscious. A large fish may symbolize personal ambitions or significant emotional issues, while a school of small fish could represent a multitude of minor stresses or suppressed emotional thoughts.

Fish in Myths and Folklore

In numerous creation myths, the world is born from a cosmic fish. Hindu mythology, for instance, recounts the first avatar of Vishnu as a giant fish (Matsya), rescuing mankind from a great flood. In Celtic legends, the salmon is renowned as the bearer of profound knowledge and wisdom. Chinese mythology regards fish as symbols of good luck and fortune, with the goldfish and koi especially associated with prosperity and success. Moreover, in numerous fairy tales and legends, fish often grant wishes or provide guidance, serving as magical helpers or prophetic figures.

Olex Lys

Reviewed by Alexander Lys, M.L., a specialist in the field of symbolism research and dream psychology. A certified participant in numerous psychological seminars and courses, the author of hundreds of articles on psychology, including studies on symbolism in dreams and myths from a scientific perspective.


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