Sometimes a dreamer may stand on a pier looking out over the ocean (or other large body of water). Sometimes waiting for a ship or a boat. The water symbolizes the unconscious and our emotions. It could also be considered the “water of life,” with meaning ranging form the simplest (as the necessity for life) to the most profound (life itself and all of its complexities). Its meaning can be drawn though analysis of your current situation and internal dynamics. If we are waiting for the opportunity to begin a new adventure, it could be reflected in this dream. Additionally, you may have a desire to get to know yourself better, to explore your own unconscious, and to grow in an emotional, psychological, or spiritual way. You are standing on a pier because you need or want to go on a journey in daily real life or an internal journey to your own unconscious.