The first association when most of us think of sand is usually a sandy beach and waves crushing against the shore.
Others think of endless sand dunes in the desert.
Sand is composed of fine granular mineral particles and is covering beaches, deserts, and riverbeds across the world.
Depending on the material from which it is composed, sand can have a variety of colors, usually yellow, white, black, sometimes even green, or pink.
Usually it is made of silicon dioxide in the form of quartz or calcium carbonate.
Sand is composed of material that is millions of years old.
Because it takes millions of years to create, it is a non-renewable resource.
Sand made of larger particles of mineral is called gravel.
Sand is composed by rock erosion which happens over long periods of time.
The erosion is mainly caused by the impact of waves, water, and wind, which carry the sediments of rocks downstream where they continue to break into smaller pieces until finally becoming fine sand.
In deserts, sand is also formed by rock erosion, only caused by the influence of wind.
Due to its nature and the process of its formation, sand carries a strong symbolism.
Sand is composed of lose material which constantly moves and changes, and as such, sand represents the constant change of everything and the passing of time.
This trait also adds the symbolism of inconsistency.
Sand can also be a reminder that time doesn’t wait and remind you to focus on your goals and take action towards achieving them.
Sand is composed of billions of mineral particles, and this adds the symbol of abundance to sand.
Waste spaces of sand, both on the beach where this is accompanied with the image of water, waves, sun, and the skies, but also the desert where there’s nothing but endless space of sand, sky, and the sun, add the symbolism of peace and calmness.
Although sand is an everyday sight for many people on Earth, still for the majority it represents a symbol of distant travel destinations.
As such, sand is a symbol of distance and faraway places.
Biblical & Spiritual Meaning of Sand
The origins of the Bible scripts, its stories and main characters are closely related to countries where sand is a natural occurrence, both desert and beach sand.
This is most likely one of the reasons why sand is often mentioned in the Bible.
In the Bible, sand is often used as a referral to abundance and multitude.
For example, in the Old Testament, Book of Genesis, Chapter 22 it is said: “Both father and son yield to the will of God—Abraham’s seed will be as the stars and the sand in number”, or in the same chapter: “in multiplying I will multiply thy a seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea-shore”.
Also as a reference to abundance and multitude, in Chapter 22 of Genesis it is said: “and make thy a seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude”.
In the Old Testament there is also a reference to using sand to hide crime and murder, committed by Moses who observed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew and later killed him and buried him in the sand.
In Exodus, Chapter 2 it is said about Moses: “and he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he a slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.”
In the First Book of Kings, Chapter 4, sand is used to express the greatness and vastness of Solomon’s wisdom: “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.”
In the Book of Jeremiah, Chapter 33, sand is used as a symbol of something endless and immeasurable: “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured”.
In the Book of Mathew, Chapter 7, sand is used as a reference of something unstable:” foolish man, which built his house upon the sand”.
In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 13, John is envisioning standing on the sea shore and has a vision of the beast, representing earthly kingdoms which are controlled by Satan: “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the b sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”
Spiritually, this dream might represent your thoughts about life and its meaning.
It might also be a realization of its transience and how fast time is passing.
Sand might also be a realization that life is eternal, going from various stages and forms, but never actually ending.
The sand reminds you to take control over your life and stop wasting time. It reminds you to take action instead of waiting for things to come to you.
Maybe they never will if you don’t take the initiative, and you will be left with regret.
Specific Meanings of Sand in a Dream
Sand in a dream can have many different meanings and they are usually related to sand’s symbolism.
Because it is so unstable, dreaming of sand can reveal your feelings of insecurity.
This feeling is usually related with some circumstances in your life, or your life in general.
Maybe you lack financial security or emotional stability. Maybe you feel as if you’ve lost control over your life, and you feel falling through quicksand.
Sand can also be a sign of feeling like you are running out of time to do something, and you feel anxious.
For some, sand can be a reflection of their feelings and fears about getting older.
Sometimes a dream about sand can indicate issues that you refuse to deal with and instead you choose to “burry them in the sand”, or you burry your head there so you won’t have to confront them.
Sand can also symbolize unhappiness, trouble, money problems, but short lasting.
Sometimes it can be a sign of upcoming abundance in some area of your life.
Sand is also a sign of upcoming changes you can expect to happen in your life.
Dreaming of sand might also indicate having doubts in your abilities to achieve success or acquire something you desire.
Dreaming of walking on sand
If you dreamed you were walking on sand, such dream can be a sign of obstacles you are facing in your life currently.
Walking through sand is very difficult because it is unstable and requires effort to move. This symbolically represents the efforts you are putting to overcome the issues you are facing.
This dream is a reminder to use your mental and physical strength to overcome the challenges you are facing.
Sometimes this dream is an indication of upcoming challenges and is a signal from your subconscious to prepare for them.
This dream can also indicate unstable situations you have currently in your life.
If you were barefoot walking through the sand, this dream can indicate encountering issues because of your careless approach towards life and things in general.
Dreaming of lying on the sand
If you dreamed you were lying on the sand, such dream is also a warning of some challenges and instability approaching.
The dream might be warning you of issues in some areas of your life, most likely your finances, your profession, or your relationships.
You are likely to experience some changes in these areas that will shake your reality for a while.
The circumstance might cause you to feel weak and insecure, but fortunately they won’t last long and won’t have grave consequences.
This dream is not a reason for great worry. It is simply preparing you to stay alert and face the challenges the best way possible.
Dreaming of sleeping on the sand
If you dreamed you were sleeping on the sand, such dream can be a sign of warning regarding your physical wellbeing.
The dream might be a sign to take care of yourself better.
Maybe your lifestyle is detrimental to your health and the dream is a way of your subconscious to warn you to become seriously involved in your wellbeing.
Take time for yourself and rest.
Dreaming of your body covered with sand
If you dreamed your entire body was covered with sand, such dream can be a sign that you are bothered by some issues.
The details of the dream might reveal these issues. They are something that makes you feel suppressed and unable to take action but only temporarily.
The dream is a message from your subconscious to put in the necessary effort to overcome the challenges you are facing.
Sometimes this dream is a sign of your awareness about the mistakes you have made in life and have cost you a lot.
This dream might be trying to remind you to think well before making any decisions or taking actions because they might cost you a lot, and worse they might be irreparable.
If only your head was covered with sand, this might symbolically represent your refusal to deal with a situation or acknowledge some truth.
Dreaming of a castle made of sand
If you had a dream about a sandcastle, this dream is usually related to some desires you have.
Maybe you feel that your desires are unattainable, or you might feel that even if you achieve them they won’t last long, or they will be taken away from you.
This dream can refer to futile work and feeling as if your efforts won’t pay off.
It can also indicate regret for some emotional or physical effort and involvement you’ve done in the past and it didn’t pay off.
This dream can also be a sign of disappointment for something great in your life being ruined or ruining something great in your life.
Sandcastles can also be a sign of weak foundations in life’s most important areas, such as relationships, finances, or profession.
This dream can sometimes point out to feeling useless or doing a useless job or having useless efforts.
This dream is a strong sign of something you feel has no lasting power and this bothers you a lot.
Dreaming of falling in sand
If you dreamed of walking and falling in the sand, this dream can reveal your subconscious fear of losing stability and balance in life.
It is possible that some circumstances you are currently experiencing are forcing these fears, or the fear might be completely ungrounded.
It is possible that you are not aware of the fears you have, and your subconscious is trying to reveal them to you so you could face them.
This dream can also represent your doubts about your ability to handle a situation or finish a job, etc.
Symbolically the fall in the sand which is an unstable surface reveals how afraid you are of messing up in a situation.
Dreaming of seeing or falling through quicksand
Quicksand usually means there’s no easy way out. It is not a good dream symbol, but rather a disturbing one.
Quicksand in a dream usually indicates situations of uncertainty, unexpected danger, and situations it is hard to get away from.
The dream is a warning to pay attention and think well before making some action.
Dreaming about eating sand
If you dreamed about eating sand this might indicate a warning about the things you say. This might indicate someone using what you say against you or gossiping behind your back.
The dream warns you not to talk to people about your goals and plans, because they might try to obstruct your success.
Eating sand in your dream can be a sign of anger and resentment you feel about something or someone.
Dreaming about playing with sand
If you dreamed you were playing with sand, this dream is likely a good sign. It indicates times of rest and peaceful feelings.
This dream usually is a sign of calm period and harmony in your life currently, especially in your love life.
For some this might indicate meeting someone who can become your new romantic interest.
Dreaming of throwing sand
If you dreamed you were holding sand in your hands and throwing it, this dream can be a warning sign about your current attitudes and feelings.
Maybe you feel irritated for some reason, and you cannot control your temper.
Maybe you tend to overreact, and your reactions might be hurtful for others.
The dream is a sign to confront your anger and deal with it.
Throwing sand in a dream can also be a sign of your wasteful nature and prone to overspending and wasting property without thinking much about your actions and consequences.
Dreaming of wet sand
The dream of wet sand is usually a sign of difficulties you are facing, or you might experience soon.
Wet sand can indicate having difficulties deciding something.
Maybe you have a multitude choices to chose from and you don’t know which way to go.
Sometimes this dream is asking you to reevaluate your relationships with some people and let the ones that aren’t serving you good go.
This dream can be a sign of you trying to balance some situations in your life, or your life in general and the difficulties you are facing along the way.
Dreaming of seeing sand in an hourglass
If you dreamed of looking at sand passing through the hole of an hourglass, this dream is a sure sign you are being aware of the passing of time, or that time is slipping away in some situation.
You might feel threatened by how little time you have left to finish a task, or you are simply aware that time is passing, and you are getting older.
This dream should be analyzed through all its details to determine its meaning.
If you know you have a task at hand you need to finish soon, then it is clear what the dream means.
Sometimes this dream might be a reminder from your subconscious making you aware that you are wasting time with some activities, or that you are wasting your time by not taking any activities in a situation.
This dream is often a reflection of your fears and worries about the future and it is a reminder to stop fearing and start acting more to secure it and neutralize the worries you have about it.
Dreaming about a sandstorm
If you dreamed of observing a sandstorm or finding yourself in the middle of one, such dream is usually a sign to worry.
This dream can reveal the feelings of unrest or feelings of being lost in life without knowing what to do or where to go.
Maybe you feel as if you’ve lost ground in many important areas of your life, and you don’t know how to amend that.
Things seem to be happening beyond your control and you are simply an observer.
Sometimes this dream can mean that you are about to experience some disappointments or endings of situations, such as relationships or similar.
The dream is pointing out to something unstable you have in your life, and it is not serving its purpose at all, whether it is a person or some situation.
Sometimes this dream indicates that your efforts will be shattered by a set of circumstances and events that are beyond your control.
This dream reveals the unrest you are feeling and sometimes it can be a sign of great emotional disturbance.
This dream can also be a sign of something missing in your life.
Dreaming about black sand
If you had a dream about sand that was all black, this is usually a sign of short lasting problems and worries that await you, possibly at work.
Dreaming of white sand
Sand can vary in color and that depends on the content of rocks that it is made of.
White sand is considered the most beautiful of all because it causes the most beautiful shades of blue in the water.
A dream about white sand is a good omen, indicating you are spiritually well and possibly going through times of spiritual awakening and growth.
This is a good time to resolve many underlying issues in your life because you have the wisdom and calmness to approach them in the right manner.
White sand in general is a sign of happiness and peace.
This dream implies better times are coming and you will soon be able to get rid of everything that has been bothering you for a long time.
Things will seem as falling into place by themselves without you having to do much.
This dream can sometimes be a sign of wishes fulfilment.
Dreaming about footprints in the sand
If you dreamed of observing sand with someone’s footprints, such dream can be a revelation of your lack of trust and doubts about yourself or someone in your life.
If you observed your footprints in the sand, this dream could indicate yourself walking through life and fulfilling your goals.
It can also be a sign of some decisions you need to make about yourself and your life.
Dreaming about desert sand
If you dreamed about seeing sand in a desert, this dream could be a worrisome sign.
You might feel worried about some situations in your life, or you simply feel lonely and abandoned.
Maybe you feel as no one cares about you or you long to be with someone.
This dream can sometimes reveal feelings of depression or emotional emptiness.
Sometimes this dream is a sign of some hard attainable goal you have and feel it is impossible to achieve.
This can also be a sign of lacking something in your life.
If you were lost in the desert in your dream, this can mean that you feel hopeless about resolving some issues you have.
Dreaming about a sandy beach
Sandy beaches are something many of us daydream about, but when they appear in our dreams, they can mean a variety of things.
This dream can indicate having many goals in life.
For some this might reveal repressed emotional and physical desires for someone.
Sometimes this dream can be a sign from your subconscious that you need a break and take a vacation.
Usually it is a sign that you need to relax in some way.
Sometimes this dream can be a sign of problems that are piling up in your life, but the meaning can be determined from the details of the dream.
If it was sunny and the beach and the sea were calm, then the dream has an encouraging meaning, and if it was the opposite, the weather was gloomy and windy and the waves were huge, this reveals great turmoil both within and in your life in general.
Sometimes this dream can indicate your need to have time for yourself and distance from others and their issues.
Dreaming of building sand figures
If you dreamed you were playing with sand and building figures with it, this dream can both have good and bad meaning.
First, this dream can indicate times of careless and worry free approach to life.
Maybe your problems have been solved and you feel it is time to relax a bit. You want to allow yourself to simply enjoy life without thinking much about what will happen in the future.
This dream can also be a sign of warning from your subconscious about your careless and thoughtless nature.
Maybe you tend to build castles out of sand in real life too and this can be detrimental to your future.
You might be someone who has big dreams but isn’t giving much thought about whether you will risk everything to achieve them.
You might be prone to risky moves and decisions, and this might cost you a lot, especially if you gamble with your finances, but also with your time.
The consequences of your actions might be irreparable, and this is what this dream is trying to tell you.
Dreaming of being a child and playing in the sand
If you dreamed you were a child again, and you were sitting in the sand, playing with it, this dream can reveal your childlike nature.
Maybe you are childish and irresponsible or maybe you have an innocent and open attitude about life.
This is for you to discern by analyzing your dream.
For some, this dream can be a sign of irresponsible behavior in some situation that might cost you a lot.
You might say or do something that you won’t be able to take back.
The dream is warning you to pay attention to your words or actions in the future because you might hurt someone or yourself in the process.
For some, this dream might reveal their subconscious desire to go back into their childhood where everything was much easier and simpler than today.
For some this dream can reveal their open and joyful nature resembling a child’s.
Dreaming about your children playing with sand
If you dreamed of observing your children playing with sand, this dream can be a sign of your nurturing but also worrying nature.
You might be someone who is very concerned for the wellbeing of their children but also their loved ones in general.
Maybe you tend to watch over their every move. You might be also perceived as overprotective.
This dream can also reveal your stable family life and the love you share with your family members.
Dreaming of a couple running or walking along a sandy beach
If you dreamed of observing a couple on the beach, walking, or even running alongside the coast, this dream can reveal your desire to be romantically involved with someone.
Maybe you long for love and you desire to experience a love story just like from a romantic movie.
For those who are in relationship already, this dream might reveal their desire for their relationship or partner to be more romantic.
The dream might be a sign from your subconscious to reevaluate your existing relationship and make some changes if you realize you are not satisfied and you want more.
Dreaming of a sand on a construction
If you dreamed of being on a construction site and seeing a pile of sand, this dream can symbolically represent facing your issues and preparing or taking action to resolve them.
This dream can symbolically represent making decisions about your future and planning carefully how you would like to be.
Because it is placed in a construction site, and concrete cannot be made without sand, the dream implies that you are planning on making a sturdy foundation for your future.