Fish signify temporal and spiritual power. When pictured as two fish swimming in opposite directions, it is recognized as the sign of Pisces. The Collective Unconscious as Jung has called it – that part of life everyone shares, the common experience, awareness and knowledge that we all have – is becoming available to us.
Psychological / Emotional Perspective:
Dreaming of fish connects with the emotional side of ourselves, but more our ability to be wise without being strategic. We can often simply respond instinctively to what is going on, without needing to analyze it. The salmon symbolizes wisdom; a cooked fish is a completed task and other fish represent prosperity. The fin of a fish signifies positive movement and ‘going with the flow’.
Everyday Material Aspects:
In dreams the fish tends to represent anything – an idea or project – that is taking on form but at this point has not yet become conscious. Catching a fish is to get hold of such an idea. The fish and fishing can also represent the actual process of dreaming itself.
Gender / Specific Meanings:
It has been thought that small fish represent semen in a woman’s dream and larger fish suggest children. In a man’s dream, small ‘fry’suggest problems with self-image – he has not yet integrated certain aspects of his personality. The rod probably represents the penis.