I did a little reading. None of the interpretations online resonate with me regarding my plane crash dreams. This is partially because I’m not in the planes that are crashing, which is what most references discuss. Also, I don’t feel a connection to any of the craft that crash in my dreams. I worry because something is crashing, but I don’t know anyone involved, just me trying not to get hit by the debris. However, for reference here’s one of the better explanations I found online.
So what do airplane crash dreams symbolize? Part of the clue to interpreting these dreams can be found in the word ‘airplane’ itself. Separating the word into ‘air plane’ may reveal that the dream has something to do with our thoughts. In the Zodiac, the Air Signs are those that deal with thinking and all manner of mental activity. If you dream of an airplane crash this may symbolize an overactive mind, one that needs a rest from thinking. It may also symbolize a need to get out of your head and bring your ideas down to earth. An airplane crash may also symbolize spending a lot of time worrying and fretting about things over which you have no control.
Control is one of the basic differences between a car and plane crash dreams. Cars are vehicles over which we typically have control or at least know how to operate. Unless one has studied to be a pilot, the same is rarely true of airplanes. When we take a trip by plane, we are relying on the skill and expertise of someone else–we are completely out of control of the situation.
This lack of control may be another concept a plane crash dream symbolizes. Do you feel like you are in a situation where not only are you not in control but there is absolutely nothing you can do to rectify what is occuring? When planes crash there are also devastating consequences, not to a singular person but to everyone aboard the plane. Do you feel a situation is occuring in which not only you but many people could be injured? Do you feel that the person in charge of the situation is ill-equipped to handle it?
Most plane crash dreams involve the dreamer as a passenger, however, there may be times when you dream that you are, in fact piloting a plane which is crashing. Piloting a plane means being responsible for a massive vehicle and the welfare and lives of many other people. If you are dreaming that you are piloting a plane that is going down, it may be an anxiety dream. You may be experiencing some fear of responsibility or a fear that you have undertaken a project which is too big for you to handle. Remember though that these dreams are telling you how you are feeling–not what is going to happen. What is important is that you look at the situation and honestly evaluate it to decide if the fear is a warning or just an anxiety about doing something completely different.
Plane crash dreams can also be seen as the Tower card in the tarot. In the Tower card, the typical image seen is that of a tower being struck by lightning sending its inhabitants plummeting toward the earth. The Tower card is typically thought of as extremely negative, and usually its appearance does indicate an intense, abrupt, completely life-altering experience. However, despite the pain which may accompany this change, the ultimate result is usually one of the person’s life being completely cleared out which results in liberation from a stagnant life.
The same may be true of airplane crash dreams. They may represent a necessary change, usually in your thinking that allows you to enter another ‘plane’ of existence–the current ‘plane’ must crash to allow new freedom of existence. Should this be the case, remember that what always survives the crash is the black box–that part of you that keeps your memories, your dreams, and your soul alive!
Sure, I overthink. And I can have control issues, but that’s not what these dreams feel like. Of course, I can work on believing that I can reach the heights I aim for, and reduce thinking and such. I don’t think that will do anything for this dream though.
Also, what does it mean when the craft crashing doesn’t even exist? I mean, the various planes I’ve seen run the gamut from old fighter planes to modern Harriers to small passenger planes and single engines. More recently they have been rockets, experimental airplanes, and now a spacecraft that doesn’t make sense on any level. In all cases, I’m observing the crash though, without personal connection. What is that? Other people’s dreams crashing? But I don’t see correlation in my waking life either. I don’t see a pattern.
One thought, which is likely wrong, is that I’m being conditioned not to panic in the event of a real emergency. In the past year I’ve been having dreams of buildings collapsing, falling over, things going haywire in general. Not apocalypse, but not normal life either. Maybe I’ll make time tonight to meditate on this. Ask for a new symbol to add to the puzzle. It’s been so long since I wasn’t too tired to meditate, it would be nice to do so.
I guess I didn’t get very far with this. hahaha It will take time. By documenting my thoughts I can refer back to them more often.