Have you ever wondered what the colour orange means as a dream symbol?
In this article I take inspiration from the bible to investigate the spiritual meaning of orange in dreams, what that means for us in practical terms, and why I believe we are in a season of perseverance.
We will explore its meaning in positive and negative contexts, with some real dream examples too!
Orange all around
As I write, it is early November and we have just passed Halloween. So for a while the shops were full of pumpkins and orange decorations. As a follower of Jesus, I don’t choose to celebrate Halloween myself, but all the orange did catch my attention!
There are many wonderful orange objects naturally occurring in our world. As well as pumpkins, there are oranges, carrots, satsumas and butternut squashes. I have some vibrant orange flowers on display in a vase; there are still some golden marigolds in the garden, and the autumn leaves are beautiful as they glint in the sunlight.
Orange is a glorious colour! So let’s unpack what it could mean!
Consider the context
As with any dream symbol, each colour can potentially have both positive and negative meanings. The context, feeling and atmosphere of a dream will give us clues to help us determine whether to interpret it in a positive or negative way. The colour orange seems so positive: full of joy and hope. But it can sometimes appear in a negative context too.
See ‘Colours in dreams: Inspired by nature during lockdown‘ for more examples of positive and negative meanings of other colours.
When I trained under John Paul Jackson’s ministry, he taught that orange represents perseverance in a positive context, and stubbornness in a negative context. In both aspects there is a sense of something enduring, whether for good or bad! This meaning has borne out in my own experience.
Positive context: Orange as perseverance
Most commonly, when orange appears in dreams in a positive context, it represents perseverance. Perseverance carries a positive sense of not giving up; of patiently waiting; of keeping going despite everything.
PERSEVERANCE: Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. Dictionary.com
I decided to ask God why orange means perseverance, or endurance, and when I did so, this bible verse came to mind: Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 136:1
Another way of translating this is that God’s love endures forever. Then I came across this article in mydreamstories.com, reminding us that that orange is the name of a fruit as well as a colour. In Galatians 5, love is the most important fruit of the Spirit. So maybe that’s why orange represents perseverance and patience – because it reflects God’s love! It could also be because there is also a sense of us needing to persevere in order to see the fruit of our efforts.
In real life terms, the colour orange is an encouragement to keep going at a time when we feel like giving up.
In the bible, perseverance always carries hope, for example:
- Hope that we will be transformed and changed for the better through the process.
- Hope that we will receive what we have been promised in the end, if we do not give up.
- Hope that we will see the fruit of our efforts in due time.
To illustrate, here are some scriptures:
- Hebrews 12:1 …let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…
- Romans 5:4 And endurance produces character, and character produces hope…
- Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
- Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Therefore, when interpreting dreams relating to the colour orange as perseverance, whether for yourself of someone else, make sure that your interpretation carries God’s heart of hope and fruitfulness, as revealed in the bible.
Examples of orange as perseverance in dreams
|From a friend: I was looking at the sky and could see two bright planets. My companion pointed out that Mars was the colour orange.||This dream was to encourage my friend to hold on and not lose hope. A difficult situation she was enduring seemed never-ending, but it would change in due time.||God has always used the sky to speak about the times and seasons. By highlighting the orange planet, the dream revealed she was in a season of perseverance. Note that is is saying that is will end, although it seems endless.|
|A few months ago I dreamed that I wrote a blog post about the colour orange, and I could see its impact spreading out through the internet.||In my blog, I would need to persevere and be consistent. If I kept writing every week and didn’t give up, eventually I would make an impact. (At the time I really needed the encouragement!).||The meaning could be literal, and this blog post about the colour orange will go viral(!!), but I’m pretty sure it was symbolic of perseverance. And it has given me motivation to keep going.|
Negative context: orange as stubbornness
Sometimes orange appears in a negative context. We can tell this from the context of the dream. It could feel unpleasant, or we might think it is a horrible shade of orange. Or maybe the object has the potential to hurt us, like an orange snake or spider.
The negative meaning of orange is usually stubbornness.
STUBBORN: Unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving: fixed or set in purpose or opinion. Dictionary.com
Stubbornness still carries the sense of endurance, but in a negative sense. In other words, we are refusing to change, or have carried on down a particular path for longer than we should have.
God is kind. So if we are resisting Him in some way without realising it, or have missed an opportunity, He will show us in a dream so we can change.
We could also be facing a stubborn situation, such as a stronghold in our life, or an issue that won’t go away. Again, in this sense, if God highlights it to us in a dream, it means that He intends to set us free from it, and is inviting us to cooperate.
Here are some bible verses:
- Deuteronomy 1:6 The LORD our God said to us… ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Resume your journey and go…’
- Psalm 32:9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.
- Hebrews 3:7-12 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…”
- 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
Examples of orange as stubbornness in dreams
|A few years also I dreamed of a tree. A very long orange snake was curled around the tree, almost down to its roots.||God was going to set me free from a stronghold (lie)that had been in my life for a long time, nearly from the start. (This did actually happen that year).||A snake is usually some sort of lie. The orange colour, combined with the length, indicated that this lie had been there for a long time, embedded in my worldview.|
|From a friend: A baby snake with attractive orange markings came out of the grass and tried to bite me. I was told there would be a mummy nearby, and to get out of there. I ran!||This dream was telling her that it was time to leave her current situation, and not be tempted to delay. A small delay could lead to a much longer stay if she wasn’t careful!||She had decided to leave her job, but out of kindness was thinking of staying a bit longer. This dream confirmed the decision to leave soon. She now has a great new job!|
A few more possible meanings
Amber light or traffic light: An orange (or amber) light is usually some sort of hazard warning. In traffic light signals it tells us to get ready, or to be on standby for either stopping or starting. A flashing amber light is nearly always a hazard warning – and tells us we need to be careful.
Amber is similar to orange, but as a colour it has some meanings in its own right, and it appears in the bible. It could be a topic for another time!
Fire: Fire can sometimes appear orange. The context of the dream will tell you whether fire is the main point, or whether it is the colour orange that is important.
Pumpkins and Halloween: Pumpkins are orange coloured, but are also connected culturally with Halloween – and everything associated with that (witchcraft etc.). If orange appears in a dream in the context of Halloween, it will need to be interpreted accordingly.
Objects that are normally orange: If you dream of carrots, oranges, pumpkins, or other naturally orange objects, it’s worth asking yourself the following question: Is it in the dream because it is orange (i.e. is orange the main point), or is it is there for another reason and it just happens to be orange?
A season of perseverance?
At the time of writing, I have been seeing a lot of orange everywhere; even Mars is looking orange in the sky, just like in my friend’s dream!
With COVID, we all thought (initially at least) that we were in for one intense lockdown period. But it has turned out to be more of a marathon instead. I feel as though we are now in the endurance phase, but if we persevere we will get through.
So if you feel discouraged, keep going and keep your hopes up. And if you dream about the colour orange – you’ll know what it means! 🍊 🍊 🍊
In a positive context orange usually represents perseverance, and carries the hope of fruitfulness and reward, after we have endured for a time.
In a negative sense orange generally symbolises stubbornness or longstanding issues, but brings with it the opportunity for change.
Here are a few closing thoughts:
- The colour orange in a dream could represent any number of things. The above ideas should give you a good starting point.
- I believe that only God can tell us what the colour means in a specific dream, so you could try asking Him!
- Consider the atmosphere and context of the dream to see whether the colour is being used in a positive or negative sense.
- In additional to the meanings that I have shared, remember that it could mean something personal or culturally significant to you, that isn’t mentioned here.