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

When a complex dream vision like a cylinder appears in your dreams, it can have many potential interpretations.

Below are 3 different explanations of dreams about a cylinder from our dream gurus.

Which of these insights makes the most sense for you?

What does a cylinder 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 cylinder can symbolize balance and stability, as it is a shape that can stand upright and roll smoothly. But the meaning can vary.

It may suggest that you are managing different aspects of your life efficiently. If you're using a cylinder, it could represent the tools or methods you're employing to maintain this balance. However, a cylinder can also symbolize confinement or restriction, as it is a closed shape with no corners or edges to escape. If you feel trapped or limited in the dream, it may reflect feelings of being stuck or confined in your waking life.

A cylinder can be a complex and intriguing dream image to pin down for sure. To say confidently, it's really necessary to really get to know the dreamer's life story and circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

In the Freudian context, a cylinder might symbolize the phallus, a common motif in dreams, representing masculine energy or sexual desire.

Also: If you're using a cylinder, it could signify an active engagement with these aspects of your psyche. However, the cylinder's symmetry and continuity also suggest the ego's striving for wholeness and self-realization. If the cylinder appears oppressive or confining, it may reflect the ego's resistance to acknowledging or integrating certain aspects of the self. This could indicate an internal conflict or repression in your waking life. Remember, dream symbols are highly subjective and their meanings can vary greatly depending on the dreamer's personal experiences and associations.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 a cylinder can be a spiritual symbol of your journey towards enlightenment. The cylindrical shape, with no beginning or end, may be a representation of the eternal cycle of life, death, and rebirth, or the continuous flow of spiritual energy. If you're using a cylinder, it could signify your active participation in this spiritual journey, perhaps through meditation or other spiritual practices. However, if the cylinder feels confining, it may indicate a spiritual blockage or resistance to spiritual growth. You may be feeling trapped in your current spiritual state and yearning for liberation. This dream is a call to introspect and identify any spiritual barriers that may be hindering your progress.

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So which dream explanation matches your dream?

Which of the above ways of explaining a cylinder makes the most sense for your dream?

Only you can know for certain. Remember that our subconscious mind can be a complex and multifaceted puzzle. Each and every object or image from a dream can reflect a long list of things — or be the result of many different themes from our conscious lives.

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