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

Did you dream about a department store? It's a rich and colorful dream symbol that carries a few possible interpretations.

Read on for 3 different points-of-view from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about a department store.

Which of these interpretations makes the most sense for you?


What does a department store 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 department store or shopping in one often signifies choices and decisions. But the specific meaning of a department store in a dream obviously depends on your present circumstances.

The department store represents life's opportunities and the variety of paths available to you. If you're shopping, it suggests you're actively exploring these options. The items you're shopping for can provide further insight. For example, shopping for clothes might indicate you're seeking a new identity or role. If the store is chaotic or overwhelming, it may reflect feelings of being overwhelmed by choices or unable to find what you need in life. Conversely, a calm, well-organized store could suggest satisfaction with your current path and decisions.

A department store can be a somewhat rich and colorful dream object to really clarify with certainty. To say without any doubts, I'd need to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's background and current situation.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of a department store, a veritable cornucopia of consumer goods, often symbolizes the unconscious mind's representation of the multitude of choices and possibilities in one's life.

The dream-symbol can have many permutations however. Shopping within this dream-scape can be seen as an active engagement with these options, a manifestation of the ego's quest for self-actualization. The specific items sought can be symbolic of latent desires or needs. For instance, seeking clothing might signify a yearning for transformation or a new persona. A chaotic store could reflect an inner turmoil, a sense of being besieged by life's decisions, while a serene, orderly store may denote a sense of contentment with one's current trajectory.

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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 about being in a department store or shopping can be seen as a spiritual journey of self-discovery and exploration. The department store symbolizes the vast universe and the myriad of spiritual paths available to you. Shopping signifies your soul's quest to seek wisdom and enlightenment. The items you shop for are symbolic of spiritual gifts or lessons you are seeking. If the store is chaotic, it may indicate a spiritual unrest or confusion, a need for grounding and clarity. On the other hand, a calm and organized store signifies spiritual harmony and alignment with your life's purpose. This dream is a call to introspect, make conscious choices and align with your higher self.

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So whose interpretation of the dream makes the most sense for you?

Which of the above interpretations for a department store best matches your unique situation?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a complex and multifaceted thing to understand. Each and every dream image can signify multiple meanings — or symbolize many different activities in our daily lives.

Have a unique analysis for dreams about a department store that you want to share? We'd love to hear your own analysis to the comment section down below.

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