The most obvious attribute of the octopus is its many “arms.” So dreaming of an octopus indicates that you are either participating in too many things at once or that you are feeling pulled in many different directions at the same time. The dream octopus is also a symbol of greed and has been associated with the number 8 – because it has eight appendages.
The dream octopus is associated with concepts such as multi-tasking, shyness, busyness, or approaching a problem from several different angles. It is sometimes thought to be a symbol of the mother or a mother-like figure.
The appearance of an octopus in a dream can also mean that you are entangled in some kind of difficulty or that you are being too “clingy” in one of your personal relationships.
The actual symbolism of the dream octopus depends on how you feel in the dream. For example, if you have a negative emotional reaction to it, it could be a warning to avoid getting into a situation where you are juggling several relationships at one time. If you dream of eating an octopus, it suggests that you have just been through a period of romantic turmoil and have moved on from it. If you feel happy about seeing the dream octopus, it suggests that you are ready to become involved in many different activities and adventures.
If you dream that you are an octopus, it suggests that you have a desire to “grab’ another person and make them subject to your emotions – you want to possess them. Alternatively, it suggests that you are afraid of being possessed by strong emotions or being set upon by some other kind of irrational fear.