Autumn Dream Meanings

Would you like to know some autumn dream meanings? For diviners, fall (also known as autumn) is a very exciting time of the year! We have the Mabon celebrations, Halloween, Day of the Dead, and the lead up to the winter equinox. It’s the time of year where we are officially classed as experts, not weirdos (ha). 

Due to the fact that it’s so heavily linked with magic, ritual, and mystery, a lot of symbols are associated with fall. These signs will regularly appear in your life and have you thinking, “WTF did that mean?”

In this post, I’ve unraveled the mystery and revealed the meanings of some of the most popular fall symbols in divination and fortune-telling. The meanings outlined here apply to most forms of divination, including dreams, tea leaves, crystal balls, Tarot cards, and more!


Autumn Dream Meanings: Nature


The acorn is a common symbol to see in many types of divination, even Oracle cards! If you read crystal balls or tea leaves, the acorn symbol will make an appearance time and time again.

Because it’s heavily associated with this time of the year and fall artwork, acorns typically serve as a timing symbol. Just as a snowman may tell you that something’s going to happen around Christmas time, the acorn will tell you that something significant will happen around fall. For example, if you dream of fish and an acorn, you can predict that you’ll receive some money sometime around fall.

For some people, the acorn is a symbol of family, and it’s a rather frequent occurrence for them to be read this way in European fortune-telling. You’ll find that many symbols usually associated with fall and winter are also associated with family. I’m unsure why this is, but it might be because, pre-industrial revolution, this time of the year used to be especially dangerous, so families had to stick together and work as a team to survive (hence the recurrent dual meanings).


It’s almost universal that corn is a symbol of abundance, fertility, and growth. To dream of corn or see it in another form of divination is a very good sign predicting everything from longed-for babies to riches. The only time corn takes on a negative meaning is if you dream of a barren cornfield, as this symbolizes financial ruin.   


The meaning of the pumpkin is pretty obvious and doesn’t need much explanation. Sometimes, they are a timing mechanism representing October/November. However, for most people, they are symbols of spiritual development, magic, divination, and an increase in spirit communication (obviously because of their association with Halloween). Dreaming of a smashed or rotten pumpkin means that your spirituality is superficial and you feel a level of uncertainty around your chosen spiritual path.


It’s pretty obvious that leaves are a symbol of nature in divination. Leaves represent the natural circle of life and predict healing. If you’re not in great health, getting leaves in any method of fortune-telling is a positive omen.

For witches and magical practitioners, leaves can predict that you will conduct more rituals. Whether this is a good or bad thing is dependent on context and the feel of the dream.

Sometimes, if they appear in a dream, the color and state of the leaves will give you a timeframe. Growing leaves represent spring. Healthy green leaves come out in summer. Orange, crispy leaves symbolize fall, while leafless trees predict the dead of winter.

Autumn Dream Meanings: Animals 


Before I get into what it means to see a birdhouse symbol in fortune-telling, I should warn that a birdhouse isn’t the same as a birdcage. Dreaming of anything that cages an animal is usually a bad omen; a birdcage symbolizes a lack of freedom and can even predict prisons and abusive relationships. A birdhouse is completely different, because a bird chooses to spend its time there and can come and go as it pleases.

The birdhouse has several different meanings depending on the context. Sometimes, a birdcage can represent the body. If you dream that you’re building a birdhouse, you will work toward the body you desire, but if you destroy one, this obviously means you will destroy your body in some way.

Because birds make homes in them, birdhouses can also symbolize the home. Usually, birdhouses can represent a time when you’re transitioning from being fun-loving and carefree to more settled down.


Chickens have a dual meaning in fortune-telling. On one hand, they symbolize gossip and slander. However, on the other hand, they’re a symbol of divination. Therefore, the meaning of the chicken will change depending on context – what’s going on in your life at the time and how you view the chicken.

For millennia and across the world, chickens have been used for divination, and many religious traditions use chickens in their rituals. Therefore, to dream of a chicken pecking or being sacrificed can predict that you will form a closer relationship with the spirits around you. Your fortune-telling skills will increase. Dreaming that a chicken is flying means you are exceptionally gifted in metaphysical matters.

However, being a Romany Gypsy I tend not to read chickens so favorably. We generally don’t like anything that isn’t one way or the other. For example, chickens are birds but they cannot fly, so they’re also like mammals; this causes me to interpret them negatively. Because they all huddle around each other clucking and don’t soar in the sky, I read them to symbolize gossipers who talk badly about the other birds, who are out there doing their thing. 


Turkeys represent special events and gatherings. A fat, healthy turkey predicts a happy home life. A dead or injured turkey symbolizes family disagreements. 

Autumn Dream Meanings: Indoors


 Because you place items in a basket, they’re usually read as symbolizing riches and rewards. If you’ve been hustling recently, you can look forward to being recognized for your commitment.

Autumn dream meanings for fall
Although these meanings have been writing with dreams in mind, you can apply these meanings to other symbolic methods of divination such as crystal ball reading.


Buckets carry water, which represents emotions. However, because they’re holding water, buckets mean you will evolve to the point where your emotions are under control.

If you dream about a bucket that has holes in it and the water is leaking out, it means you will try to control your emotions during times when you should, but will be overwhelmed and not be able to. If you dream of empty buckets, this can predict a lack of care.

The exception to the above meaning is if you have a dream in which your basket breaks. In the case of a broken, fallen, or lost basket, it means you’ll be putting a lot of hard work into your endeavors to receive nothing but disappointment in the end.


It’s quite a common superstition in many countries that a broom falling predicts unexpected visitors. Therefore, for one to appear in your divination also means you’ll receive unexpected visitors.


Candles are almost always symbolic of spirituality and ritual. If you see a candle in your crystal ball, tea leaves, or other forms of divination, it can predict that you will progress spiritually. The meaning of dreaming of lighting a candle is similar; it marks a time when you will discover spiritual truths. However, if you dream that you snuff out a candle, this can mean that you’ll turn your back on your spirituality.  


Although fun, there’s a rather negative meaning behind dreaming of a costume or dressing up. In divination, costumes are symbols of deception. To dream that everyone around you is wearing a costume means that others are trying to deceive you. Dreaming that you’re wearing a costume means you’re either deceiving others or deceiving yourself. If your costume is destroyed, this means you will be exposed for the way you really are.


The pie is another common divination symbol. Because many people have an image of granny making pies, they are homely symbols of the older generations in your family. A beautiful pie represents a happy family. Dreaming of a pie dropping can warn of a death.

Sometimes, pie can also represent counseling. If you’re worried there is no-one there to listen to your problems, don’t fret – you will soon have an outlet for your concerns.   

Autumn Dream Meanings: Outdoors

Cart or Wheelbarrow

Carts and wheelbarrows symbolize home improvements, particularity in the garden; usually, you will be making these changes yourself. If you dream of a broken cart, you will take on more than you can chew in regard to DIY.


The fence as a symbol is always a sign of stress, effort, and labor. In Tarot, the Nine of Wands are stacked as a fence; this card symbolizes delays, hard work, and canceled plans. The more solid the fence, the heavier your burdens.

To dream you have built a fence means you’ve taken on a lot of responsibility which wasn’t initially yours, but now you’re stuck with it. Dreaming of painting a fence means you’re trying to spruce up a negative situation but aren’t really lessening the stress on yourself in the process.

The meaning of climbing a fence or wall is a positive one; dreaming you’re doing so means you will overcome your obstacles. However, this will not be an easy feat. Nevertheless, you will achieve your goals in the end.   


The scarecrow is a very peculiar symbol that many diviners read differently. In a good dream or session, it can be a sign that you have divine skills such as prophecy. In a more negative dream or session, it can be a sign of restrictions (not only does it restrict crows, but the scarecrow itself is restricted on a pole).   

The scarecrow can also be read very similarly to The Magician. The role of the scarecrow is to believe things that aren’t there. For these reasons, on the one hand, the scarecrow is a symbol of manifestation. On the other, it’s a symbol of the con-man.


Spades appear in playing-card divination and as Swords in Tarot. Just like other symbols, they can also pop up in dreams, crystal balls, etc. As positives, they represent responsibilities that you’re quite happy to take on. As negatives (which they usually are), they predict problems and issues. To dream you have broken a spade means that you will give up.   

Watering Can

Watering cans are quite joyful symbols. In divination, they’re a sign that someone will offer you their assistance without making you feel creeped out or weird. Dreaming of a watering can also mean that you will soon invest in new technology.

Closing Thoughts on Autumn Dream Meanings

So, there’ say list of Autumn dream meanings! Did you find what you were looking for? Or, do you feel that other symbols should have been added to this list? Did you enjoy this post?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below where myself and my fellow diviners are listening.

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