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

Have you ever dreamed about a car? It's an interesting dream topic that has several possible interpretations.

Scroll down for three different points-of-view from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about a car.

Which of these interpretations makes the most sense for your dream?

What does a car 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 driving a car often hints at your life's journey and how much control you feel you have over the path you're taking. Of course, dream interpretations are seldom that simple.

If you're driving confidently, it suggests you feel in control. If you're driving erratically, it may indicate you're struggling to make decisions. Being a passenger, by contrast, suggests you may feel others are dictating your life direction or you're passively going through life. The condition and type of car can also provide insight into your perceived social status or self-image.

A car is a very complex and fascinating dream image to really clarify with certainty. To know without any doubts, I'd need to get to know the dreamer's life story and mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of operating an automobile can indeed be a metaphor for one's sense of agency and autonomy.

Taking that analysis a bit deeper... If you're at the wheel, it may reflect your ego's attempt to navigate through the unconscious, the road symbolizing the course of your life. However, if your driving is fraught with obstacles or anxiety, it could indicate unresolved conflicts or repressed fears. Conversely, being a passenger might suggest a relinquishment of control, a submission to the unconscious or to external influences. It could also denote a desire for guidance or a sense of camaraderie. The car's condition and model might further symbolize your self-perception and societal standing, as well as your aspirations or inhibitions.0

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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 driving a car is a spiritual symbol of your soul's journey and your sense of control over your destiny. If you're driving smoothly, it signifies that you're in harmony with your spiritual path. Erratic driving, however, might indicate spiritual turbulence or uncertainty. Being a passenger, by contrast, can suggest a spiritual surrender, allowing the universe or higher powers to guide your journey. It could also indicate a feeling of spiritual detachment or passivity. The car's condition and type may reflect your spiritual health and self-perception, as well as your spiritual aspirations or inhibitions.

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So which dream explanation makes the most sense for you?

Which of the above interpretations for a car fits with your your dream experience?

Only you can know for certain. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a convoluted thing to understand. Any image in a dream can represent a long list of things — or symbolize many different forces in our conscious lives.

Do you have a better dream analysis on a dream about a car that you'd like to share? Chime in with your personal ideas to the comments down below.

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