Ants


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What does it mean when you dream about ants?

Ants have a rich symbolic tradition out of proportion to their small size. Positively, they have been used to represent diligence, hard work, and foresight (because they store up food for lean times). Less positively, they have been deployed as a symbol of conformity and mass action. Most contemporary urban dwellers experience ants only as pests that disturb picnics and invade our kitchens, making them creatures that “bug” human beings. As with all dream symbols, the tone and setting of the dream indicate which interpretation is appropriate.

References in classic literature ?
It can be clearly shown that the most wonderful instincts with which we are acquainted, namely, those of the hive-bee and of many ants, could not possibly have been thus acquired.
One of the strongest instances of an animal apparently performing an action for the sole good of another, with which I am acquainted, is that of aphides voluntarily yielding their sweet excretion to ants: that they do so voluntarily, the following facts show.
With the ant-heap the respectable race of ants began and with the ant-heap they will probably end, which does the greatest credit to their perseverance and good sense.
"I know one, sure enough--the most charming one!" said one of the ants. "But I am afraid we shall hardly succeed, for she is a queen!"
"They will not sting, but they may infest the victuals," said Miss Allan, and measures were taken at once to divert the ants from their course.
Kirby and Spence tell us that the battles of ants have long been celebrated and the date of them recorded, though they say that Huber is the only modern author who appears to have witnessed them.
There in the Black Forest, on the mountainside, I saw an ant go through with such a performance as this with a dead spider of fully ten times his own weight.
(Ant. 2) Now Victory to Thebes returns again And smiles upon her chariot-circled plain.
(Ant. 2) Hither haste, my son, arise, Altar leave and sacrifice, If haply to Poseidon now In the far glade thou pay'st thy vow.
Fortunately, the ground where the tent had been pitched, being Just before the city gates, was hard and smooth; and while the Ant still crawled about, Glinda discovered it and ran quickly forward to effect its capture But, Just as her hand was descending, the Witch, now fairly frantic with fear, made her last transformation, and in the form of a huge Griffin sprang through the wall of the tent -- tearing the silk asunder in her rush -- and in a moment had darted away with the speed of a whirlwind.
[5] I was interested by finding here the hollow conical pitfall of the lion-ant, or some other insect; first a fly fell down the treacherous slope and immediately disappeared; then came a large but unwary ant; its struggles to escape being very violent, those curious little jets of sand, described by Kirby and Spence
(Ant. 1) For he of marksmen best, O Zeus, outshot the rest, And won the prize supreme of wealth and power.