Buffalo Dream Meanings & Symbolism

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Ah, the powerful Buffalo, grand emperor of the wild plains. Perhaps surprisingly, this ancient, sacred, and seemingly a bit scary animal brings such a sweet and thoughtful message to dreamers everywhere. How’s your gratitude of late? What and who have you appreciated recently?

When you dream about Buffalo, certainly the animal can represent things like sustenance, food, provisions, power, strength, and raw survival. This symbolism signifies the Buffalo as sacred. The Buffalo was at one time honored and revered by those who consumed it or made ‘products’ from its skins, bones, etc.

The Buffalo was considered to have been placed here by the Great Spirit – to sustain our life, help keep us alive. And so, the Buffalo dream symbol sends messages of gratitude, thankfulness, and the joy that comes from living a life of abundance. If Buffalo appears in your dreams, the large beast might be telling you to focus more on living a life of gratitude and less on worry, or that it is time to enjoy the abundance that is coming your way.

Just as the Buffalo symbol can mean great abundance and prosperity in life, it can also indicate a lack of abundance. Say for example you have a dream narrative where you see field upon field with Buffalo grazing – an image that connotes abundance and a good food source. Now imagine the dream scenario where you see but few Buffalo scattered across several fields at a great distance from one another … now the dream image and message transforms from one of abundance to one of lacking. If you do dream of lacking, then your dream messages may be telling you it is time to tighten your belt and your wallet until you make it through this rough phase where abundance is absent from your life.

To dream of the sacred White Buffalo is the most coveted of dreams, as the appearance of the creature connotes abundance, prosperity and serves as a good omen for the dreamer. The White Buffalo delivers dream messages about purity, innocence, and goodness, all of which can be instilled in one’s life when one’s intentions, gratitude, and appreciation are all in alignment in the waking world.

The gargantuan size of the beast itself is an icon of strength. As a dream message, the appearance of the Buffalo might suggest needing to stand your ground, to focus on your strengths and to forge forward knowing you have the strength you need to make things happen or to handle a given situation or course of action.

Buffalo symbolism and dream messages also point to familial connections, roots, and ancestors. The creature might be conveying a message of the importance of family, in maintaining family ties, in forgiving transgressions so that ties can be maintained, and the need for reconnecting with and honoring one’s ancestors of old.

The dream meaning of the Buffalo is highly dependent on the context in which the creature appears and the action or inaction occurring in the dream when you see the Buffalo in your nighttime visions. The most general dream messages of the creature are to respect and honor what one is freely given and to not make waste of that which one receives. The Buffalo is a symbol of provisions, those things which are necessity, and the gifts one receives from the land, the animal kingdom, and nature. The Buffalo asks all dreamers to remember to honor and respect all they receive.

I hope you can use the dream messages of the Buffalo to bring more harmony, peace, and blessings into your life.

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12 thoughts on “Buffalo Dream Meanings & Symbolism

  1. jose c. says:

    i had a dream from earlier today of a field with heard of white buffalo and a herd or the size of the herd a pack of white wolf big in size but more like dire wolves the had skinny legs with big paws. the wolf in the middle of the pac noticed me as it approach i felt i compelled to tel it to “sit!,sit!” it then hesitated. since i was next door to my grand parents house and they have a grassy nole thats now a vacant lot of my once neighbor next door the dream flashes with me next door in the pouse with different people and family. the herd was all around the back yard together. knowing they were wild animals still even though i could tell i was dreaming, someone tried to open the glass sliding door to the back i told them to close it an warned they are still wild animal what are you doing. something along those lines but i remember that i wasnt affraid but i have an agressive imagination that is alway concious and i didnt want the dream to go south…if know what i mean. then i woke warm an all. if you can tell or get this out to native tribe or any out of the order strong spiritualist from any religion who care i thank. i think message is finally to be out in the open…contact me when the urge is many..

    • Trish says:

      Your dream may be telling you to calm down and not worry so much because things will be ok for you and your family.

  2. Trish says:

    I had the following dream of the white buffalo. I was in a cemetery and saw many brown buffalo of all sizes grazing in the distance. Suddenly a huge white buffalo came out of no-where charging at me. I was afraid and ran to climb a near-by spiked metal fence for an escape. I realized I could not get over the fence before the white buffalo would reach me. I immediately became calm because I knew the white buffalo would bump me to the other side of the fence. It did bump me gently over the fence and I walked along as the buffalo followed and watched me from the other side. I knew that in time I would meet the white buffalo again at an opening in the fence. As I drew near the opening I saw a stairway that I would climb. I awoke and my dream ended. I have a wonderful feeling of awe and blessing after this dream that I can’t explain.

  3. bonnie caarol says:

    I dreamed i was in a car and could not drive anywhere because there was a buffalo in the car. He blocked access to the padals grear shift and everything, I awoke thinking .GET THE BUFFALO OUT OF THE CAR

    • Jasmina says:

      I dreamt baby buffalo very big as it is with beautiful blue hair, dark blue. It came to my bed in dream and layed down where are my legs to sleep, as cat would do, as coming to the mother, as I was a mother of that buffalo baby…it was a bit uncomfortable like that to sleep but i let buffalo baby in and we slept together…my mother showed up that died 3 years ago and she was peting this buffalo baby as she was knowing it forever

  4. Cynthia Mahoney says:

    I dreamed of a blue buffalo. Almost like a royal blue buffalo. He approached me in my dream. He was beautiful.

  5. Kevin says:

    I had a dream of two baby buffalo ( maybe one, one and half year old) they walked up to me then backed off three times. The third time when they ran off I noticed a third baby buffalo which was smaller and maybe a new born or just a month old or so.

  6. Marie Baker says:

    This morning I had a dream that I was walking with a few friends along a dirt road lined with pine trees. We came upon a buffalo that was lying down on its side. His body was hidden in-between the pines and its gigantic head was exposed. As we were carefully walking by, it jumped to its feet and began to walk toward us. One friend asked “do you have a lighter or a match”? I said “no, why?” She said “the light keeps them calm”. As we slowly backtracked, the buffalo followed us. You could feel his energy and intention. We were frightened and continued to walk slowly without any quick moves. As we rounded a corner, herds of buffalo were running toward us. We tried to get off the path and into the fields but even more buffalo we coming. We found ourselves in the middle of thousands of buffalo, some were bleeding from injury. We survived the stampede w/o incidence and suddenly found ourselves in a small town trying to find help for the injured buffalo. You could sense how steaming mad the buffalo were at everyone and how they tried to intimidate us, but never actually charged.

  7. Jen says:

    This morning around 4 AM my time I dreamed there are two buffaloes not too far for me they came together – then all of a sudden they start fighting with one another and while they were doing that they were every now and then they would look at me and I kind of got scared it’s like They can ran over us -so they fight and they stop

  8. Tahlia says:

    I had a dream of a black or possibly dark brown buffalo that was kind of running towards me on this empty yellow field, the ground was dry. I got in the car with some friends I think, or possible family, and then all of a sudden the bull was in the boot, and was licking my ears with its massive tongue and kind of acting like a puppy, and trying to jump on my shoulders from the back but I remember it being very heavy and was almost squashing me down, I remember feeling scared, like how do I get out without hurting myself

  9. Debbie says:

    I had a dream about a HUGE off white buffalo running up my street. I was on the front porch and when I saw it I let out a gasp because it was enormous and well, I really didn’t expect to see a buffalo in my neighborhood. It heard me gasp and turned to look me right in the eye and then continued up my street. It was a good dream actually…

  10. Crystal says:

    I had a dream, I was in a house (I think in my dream it was my house and it looked like a mobile home, but it wasn’t really my house in real life). My daughter was younger than she is now and when I saw her go out the front door I looked out the door and saw 2 elk with big antlers. But the 2 elk had the back of their heads to me because they were looking at something else. I looked out further and saw a buffalo coming toward the house. I told my daughter to hurry and get inside the house. She wasn’t taking me seriously and took too long to get inside so I wasn’t able to shut the door before the buffalo got there. He came to the doorway right behind my daughter. I told her to hurry to the bedroom and lock the door. The buffalo was a warm rusty brown color and huge. His head had smoother shorter hair than normal buffalo. I thought to push him out the doorway with my hand and then stopped myself because I thought it would make him mad. Also, I felt like I wanted to just put my hand on his forehead, But I was scared to (even though I felt a calm feeling for a moment and a connection to the buffalo like it would be okay) and he came all the way in the house and was slowly coming at me as he made his way into the kitchen area. He never was able to hurt me though. Then I woke up.

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