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Did You Dream About a Cage? Here's What It Means

When a rich and colorful dream-concept like a cage makes an appearance in a dream, it can have several possible interpretations.

Below are three insightful ways of interpreting dreams about a cage from our dream analysis guides.

Which interpretation makes the most sense for your dream?

What does a cage mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about being in a cage often hints at feeling trapped or restricted in some aspect of your waking life. But the dream is often more nuanced.

It may reflect feelings of confinement, limitation, or inability to express oneself.

Alternatively, seeing someone or something else in a cage can represent your desire to control or dominate that person or aspect, or it may reflect your feelings of powerlessness to help or free them. These dreams are a call to examine your life for areas where you feel confined or where you may be exercising too much control.

A cage is a very deep and multifaceted dream symbol to interpret. To really know for sure, I would need to understand the dreamer's background and current environment.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of oneself in a cage, from a Freudian perspective, may signify an internal struggle with repressed desires or instincts, a manifestation of the Id's conflict with the Superego.

We can take this reasoning to another level: It's a symbolic representation of self-imposed restrictions, perhaps due to societal norms or personal inhibitions. Conversely, observing another entity in a cage could suggest a projection of one's own feelings of entrapment onto others, or a subconscious desire to suppress aspects of one's personality represented by the caged entity. It could also denote a sense of helplessness in aiding others in their struggles. These dreams serve as a mirror to our subconscious, urging introspection and resolution of internal conflicts.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of being in a cage is a spiritual message about feeling confined, not necessarily in a physical sense, but in terms of personal growth and spiritual development. It's a call from your higher self to break free from limiting beliefs or situations that are hindering your spiritual journey. Seeing someone or something else in a cage, by contrast, could symbolize your perception of their spiritual stagnation or your own inability to assist in their spiritual liberation. It may also reflect a subconscious desire to control or suppress certain aspects of your own spiritual nature. These dreams are spiritual wake-up calls, urging you to seek freedom and growth on your spiritual path.

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Whose dream analysis works the best for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for a cage fits with your your dream experience?

Only you can know for certain. Remember that our subconscious mind can be a complex and multifaceted landscape. Any dream image can represent a wide range of meanings — or symbolize multiple themes from our waking lives.

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