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

Did you dream about a canary? It's a memorable dream symbol that can have multiple possible interpretations.

Read on for 3 different perspectives from our dream guides on what it means to dream about a canary.

Which interpretation works the best for you?

What does a canary mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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

Dreaming of a canary signifies joy, freedom, and personal expression. That's the simple dream interpretation, at least.

It's a positive symbol, often associated with happiness and satisfaction in life. If the canary is singing, it's an even stronger symbol of self-expression and communication. It may indicate that you're finding your voice or need to express your thoughts and feelings more openly. If you're hearing a canary's song, it could be a reminder to listen to your inner voice or pay attention to messages from your subconscious. Overall, canaries in dreams are generally associated with positivity, self-expression, and inner harmony.

A canary can be a colorful and puzzling dream image to analyze. To know for certain, I'd have to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's past and current life scenario.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of a canary, or its mellifluous song, may be thought of as a manifestation of the Freudian concept of the "pleasure principle." The canary, a creature of the air, symbolizes the id's desire for immediate gratification, unbound by earthly constraints.

This can be a multi-faceted dream symbol though — Its song, a form of communication, may be a representation of the ego's attempt to mediate between the id and the superego, or societal norms. If the canary is silent, it might suggest repression of desires or emotions. Conversely, a singing canary could indicate a harmonious balance between the id, ego, and superego. In essence, a canary in dreams may reflect one's struggle with or mastery over the inherent tension between instinctual desires and societal expectations.

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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 a canary or its song is a spiritual message of liberation and divine communication. The canary, a celestial creature, symbolizes your soul's yearning for spiritual freedom and enlightenment. Its melodious song is a divine whisper, urging you to tune into your inner wisdom and spiritual guidance. If the canary is silent, it may signify a spiritual disconnect or a need to seek inner peace. A singing canary, by contrast, is a sign of spiritual harmony and alignment with your higher self. Essentially, a canary in your dreams is a divine messenger, encouraging you to embrace spiritual growth and express your true self without fear.

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So which interpretation of the dream works the best for you?

Which interpretation above for a canary best matches your dream vision?

Only you can know for certain. It's worth noting that our dreaming mind can be a multifaceted puzzle. Each and every concept from a dream can symbolize multiple things — or be the result of many different themes from our waking life.

Do you have a unique interpretation for a dream about a canary that you want to share? Please consider adding your personal interpretation in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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