To dream of a cave represents mental or emotional retreat, sanctuary, or a psychological safe haven. Caves symbolize the manner in which you think to escape problems, or prevent yourself from feeling pain, or harm to the ego. Often a symbol that appears during an transition or upsetting situation. Introversion, avoiding people, or choosing to spend time by yourself. Choosing to do nothing except be by yourself. Feeling that it’s important to be by yourself.
Negatively, dreaming about a cave may represents feelings about choosing to be alone, feeling that nobody likes you, or feeling that socializing is too emotionally dangerous. Powerful insecurities that you are retreating to avoid exposing. Feeling that you have no choice about being alone. Feeling ugly and not wanting to be around people. Fear that motivates you to isolate yourself.
To emerge from a cave in dream represents renewed strength, certainty, or confidence. Choosing to socialize or be extroverted.
Caves may appear in dreams of people who are doing a lot of deep self-reflection or taking hallucinogenic substances in private.
Example: A young man dreamed of walking into a cave. In waking life he had an embarrassing illness and choose to avoid all his friends and stay home as much as he could.