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

A concept like a candle can be a complicated one to analyze. Because dreams are blurry reflections of our subconscious mind, and they may include specific references to our daily lives, no single explanation can ever match everyone's dream.

Below are 3 different perspectives on a dream about a candle, seen from three different angles.

Which interpretation makes the most sense for you?

What does a candle 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 a candle often hints at enlightenment, wisdom, and spiritual growth. But the interpretation can be more multifaceted than that.

It suggests you're seeking guidance or clarity in some aspect of your life. If the candle is lit, it indicates you're taking steps towards understanding and enlightenment. If you're lighting a candle, it signifies your intention to ignite some positive changes or embark on a spiritual journey. However, if the candle is extinguished, it may be a representation of feelings of despair or loss. Remember, dreams are subjective and your personal experiences and emotions play a significant role in their interpretation.

A candle is often a complex and intriguing dream object to offer a firm opinion about. To really know without any doubts, I'd need to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's life and circumstances.

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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 candle, in Freudian terms, could be seen as a representation of the id, ego, and superego.

It's a complex concept though... The flame, unpredictable and passionate, represents the id's primal desires. The wax, providing fuel yet slowly diminishing, symbolizes the ego's mediation between desire and reality. The act of lighting a candle could signify the ego's struggle to balance these forces. If the candle is unlit, it may suggest repression or denial of the id's desires. Conversely, a brightly burning candle might indicate a well-balanced psyche, where the ego successfully mediates between the id and superego. As always, personal context is crucial in interpreting these symbols.

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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 candle symbolizes your divine inner light, a beacon guiding you on your spiritual path. If the candle is lit, it signifies your awakening to spiritual truths and your readiness to illuminate the darkness with your wisdom. Lighting a candle in your dream signifies your conscious effort to kindle your spiritual awareness, a sacred act of inviting divine guidance into your life. An extinguished candle, however, may indicate a temporary disconnection from your spiritual self, urging you to reignite your spiritual journey. Remember, your dreams are divine whispers, guiding you towards your spiritual evolution.

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Whose dream interpretation works the best for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining a candle best matches your dream?

Only you can know for certain. It's worth noting that our subconscious mind can be a convoluted thing to understand. Just about any dream concept can symbolize multiple things — or result from many different forces in our waking lives.

Have a unique dream interpretation on a dream about a candle that you'd like to share? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your personal analysis to the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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