To dream of a river represents negative situations or uncertainty in your life that is temporary. You are directly confronting obstacles, unfamiliar situations, or unwanted changes that are necessary in the interim or as part of the "flow of your life." Bad moods or temporary fighting. A short term busy schedule.
To dream of crossing a river represents a obstacle of uncertainty, difficulties you need to overcome, or unwanted situations. Unpleasant situations that are temporary. Crossing a river symbolizes moving through a phase prior to achieving a goal.
To dream of floating down a river in a boat represents navigating temporary difficulties or unpleasant situations. How well you sail down the river reflects how well you are dealing with problems in your life.
To dream of a dirty river represents your feelings about a temporary problem or obstacle being very immoral or questionable. Feeling that you may temporarily have to face a short term problem that is exceptionally unpleasant, distasteful, or requiring you to lower your ethics. Temporarily confronting a very ugly situation.
Positively, a river may reflect your ability to take chances in social situations or to try new things you've never tried before. The thrill of life. Taking important chances.
To dream of a frozen river may reflect a freezing of your interest in taking chances in life. Shutting yourself off socially or allowing yourself to feel old.
To dream of a river overflowing represents feelings about a temporary problem becoming more unstable or dangerous that you first expected. A temporary or short term challenge may be starting to feel more difficult than you first expected.
Example: A woman dreamed of throwing large stones onto a frozen river to break up the ice and get the river flowing again. In waking life she started to get over her son and husband's death and begin living again.
Example 2: A woman dreamed of seeing a red river. In waking life she was experiencing her menstrual period.
Example 3: A woman dreamed of looking at a river and seeing two men fighting. In waking life she was debating whether to leave her husband and move to another country. The river may have reflected her feelings about leaving her husband being a temporary moment of uncertainty that she had to "cross over" in order to be happy.
Example 4: A young man dreamed of sailing a small boat in a river. In waking life he was experiencing fighting with his father that he believed was temporary, but necessary.
Example 5: A young man dreamed of having trouble crossing a river. In waking life they were having difficulty having the motivation and energy required to study hard enough to pass a difficult test at school.
Example 6: A woman dreamed of needing to cross a river. In waking life she was experiencing a lot of grief over the death of a loved one and was trying hard to get over her grief.
Example 7: A woman dreamed of jumping across a river. In waking life she was very uncomfortable as she tried to escape friends that she felt were becoming a bad influence.