To dream of having to pay a ransom represents feelings of being forced to met an ultimatum to restore a situation to normal. Feelings about some area of your life being held from you or “kidnapped” unfairly. Criminal, arrogant, or untrustworthy negotiation type tactics. Feelings about demands being made of you to get something returned. Feeling that someone or something is so terrible that you can’t do anything you like until you do something that you don’t want to do. It may also reflect feelings of having to lose something important to you or give up power in order to restore your life back to normal. Feelings about your life being on hold because of something you can’t trust at all. Feelings of risk associated with dealing with someone you can’t trust at all.
Alternatively, a ransom note may be a sign that may feel deceived by someone you trusted.
To dream of the newspaper ransom note effect represents feelings about an ultimatum that uses a small bit of every other means of communicating to convey a message instead of risking communicating directly. A message being conveyed to you that’s careful with why it’s doesn’t want to be identified. A message conveyed that intentionally hides the ability to identify the source noticing that you can’t do anything about it.