The thought of clowns brings back childhood memories, as well as the humorous figures in circuses with painted faces and large hats and dresses that made them laugh.
Unfortunately, many figures today are reminiscent of horrifying news stories or terrifying tales where the clumsy and tender clown was transformed into a scary scarecrow. Consider Stephen King’s “It” novel, where the clown represents absolute evil. This is also the case with the practice of clowns hiding in darkness and using knives and sticks to pounce on passing motorists.
This phenomenon has been documented by media and the internet. It is a result of emulation among young people and misfits, and which we won’t explore here.
We are only interested in the changes that the symbol for the clown underwent over time and their influence on the collective dreams and fantasies of the people.
The majority of clowns in dreams today are seen as dangers in the same manner as thieves or murderers. They include evil clowns, dreamers, and clowns with a desire to kill.
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Cultural Clown symbolism
It is a mystery why. This fracture is the result of the dream symbol, the clown/jester. This symbol symbolized the opposite of the King and powerful, with his absurd qualities.
This symbol is a parody of and critique of power. It can be liberatingly laughed at. A symbol which today appears to be a representation of fear unknown and camouflaged violence.
This is why the symbolism of clowns or clowns in dreams and their symbolic meanings are affected by the fracture between the original intention of the clown (to make people laugh, make them feel superior) and his restlessness, which often leads to him appearing and painting a face from the darkness.
It is this space between the absurd and colorful clown mask and its incoherent actions (sudden Ambushes) that may determine the terrifying power of the clown.
The clown image was controversial in times past and often associated with something bad: Many of the greatest clowns from the past century had a negative aura that made them problematic, if not worse. (here is an article about this topic). The clown, despite being harmless and innocuous, can be a menace and nightmare if he is humiliated or ridiculed.
It is also the theme of clowns’ masks that explains in part restlessness, mistrust and real fear (coulrophobia).
This is again the gap between what appears and what it conceals. The exaggerated clown mask that prevents us from understanding its emotions and which, maybe for that reason, we perceive as exaggerated or opposed, shows the fixedity of this exaggerated mask. It can turn from joy to sadness, misfortune and sorrow, or tenderness into hate and malice. And it even makes awkward moves in premeditation.
Dreams about clowns – Meaning
The meaning of clown dream is not only about clowns, but also the importance of their mask. It’s a real identity card that connects to each person’s primary selves, and to how they protect themselves (often ridiculously funny or always hilarious).
It is important to remember that the meaning of clowns in dreams includes not only the tragic, painful, and emotional energies but also joy, imitation, parody, and stupidity as an alibi.
Consider the expression “Making the Clown” as a verbal description of someone who has silly or absurd attitudes. They use rice to attract attention to others and to diffuse tension.
The dreaming of clowns could indicate anything that is not in line with the rules of seriousness. Officially, authority, appearance, and any other form of officiality, the dreams of clowns may be indicative of everything that is irreverent and mocks adult values and rules. It could also indicate a sense of insecurity, fear of being “a clown” to others or a lack of credibility within his social circle.
Other dreams depict a clown as a symbol of the desire to be able to smile even in the worst situations, and to have fun.
Dreams About Clowns-Symbolism
The images of the bad clown in dreams are those that are caused by stories, films or news stories about the clown. These stories bring out the nightmares and psychic elements associated with the shadow: aggression and violence hidden under a clown appearance.
Dreamers will need to question themselves if they are this kind of evil clown.
Assassin clowns is a dream that many people have. This may be because they are influenced by both stories and films. These are opposite energies which reflect the same conflicting emotions in the dreamer.
It is imagining a clown following you, which can mean being pursued by an aspect of yourself that may be scary or interesting and entertaining. The dreamer will need to face the clown’s characteristics and reflect upon what he is capable of integrating.
A clown may pursue you in dreams, for example, and may invoke greater lightness and the desire to live with humor and simplicity. On the other hand, it may be a symbol of a deep-seated pain or suppressed anger or hatred.
The dream of a clown wanting to kill me has many similar meanings as the images before, but the subconscious’s request is more clear: There is a need to make a significant change. Dreaming of a clown that kills me in dreams indicates an element of him tied to anger repressed and comes into conflict, however, with other parts of his personality which are normal, peaceful and accepting.
This is not a dream to be taken seriously. It can also reveal much more if it’s made real and there’s a way for the dreamer to return to it. It may be the inner clown that influences the popularity and credibility of the dreamer within his group.
The dream of becoming a clown is an identification of excess or need. Asking the dreamer to consider whether the joy and lightness of the clown can help to alleviate a stressful situation or if it is causing him embarrassing and uncontrollable “clownish” behavior.
This image could also indicate the desire to “make the clown”, to be ridicule in order to achieve a goal or hide true feelings.
It is a dream of killing a clown. This means to try and eliminate or suppress a portion of your self with the characteristics of a clown, or seeing these traits in someone else.
A woman clown is a dream that you can have if you are a woman. This can be a way to see your seductive powers hidden under ambiguous or absurd appearances. For a man, it could indicate someone funny, tender and defenseless, but also a ridiculous individual.
The jester is the opposite of authority and power. Both of these characters represent the need to transgress from the rubble.
These premises make it clear that dreams are influenced by the feelings and thoughts of dreamers.
It is also clear that jesters, clowns, and clowns who are associated with negative or malevolent energies will often be seen in dreams. The dreamer’s renegade dreams will be recognized and reflected upon. It would be a joy to have happy and beautiful dreams where the circus clown is present.