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

Did you dream about a dove? It's a colorful dream symbol that has several possible interpretations.

Scroll down for 3 different explanations from our dream guides on what it means to dream about a dove.

Which of these insights best matches your dream vision?

What does a dove 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 dove typically symbolizes peace, tranquility, harmony, and innocence. The meaning isn't likely to be quite so simple, however.

It may indicate a period of calm and relaxation in your waking life or a resolution to conflicts. Hearing the cooing of a dove in a dream can be a call to introspection, a reminder to listen to your inner voice and trust your intuition.

It can also signify a message or communication from a loved one or spiritual guide. Both of these dreams suggest a positive and peaceful period in your life.

A dove is a somewhat complex and intriguing dream concept to to give you a single meaning for. To say confidently, I would need to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's background 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 dove, in Freudian terms, may be a representation of the id's yearning for the purity of the pre-Oedipal phase, a time of innocence before the onset of sexual desire.

The dream-symbol can have many permutations however. It's a symbol of the ego's wish for harmony and peace, a respite from the constant conflict between the id and superego. The cooing of a dove, by contrast, could be interpreted as the unconscious mind's attempt to communicate with the conscious self. The soft, soothing sound may symbolize the superego's call for moral introspection and adherence to societal norms. Both dream scenarios reflect a desire for inner peace and moral rectitude.

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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 dove signifies a divine message of peace and purity. It's a spiritual symbol of the Holy Spirit, indicating divine guidance and blessings. It's a call to embrace serenity, innocence, and harmony in your life. The dove's cooing, by contrast, is a spiritual call to awaken your inner wisdom. It's a divine whisper, urging you to listen to your intuition and inner voice. It's a spiritual reminder that you're not alone; you're guided and protected. Both of these dreams are spiritual nudges towards inner peace, self-discovery, and divine guidance. They're reminders of your spiritual journey and the divine presence in your life.

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So which dream interpretation makes the most sense for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for a dove fits with your your dream experience?

Only you can say for sure. Remember that our dreaming mind can be a complicated landscape. Just about any dream concept can represent many different things — or result from many different realities from our daily lives.

Got a different dream interpretation on dreams about a dove of your own? Add your personal analysis to the comments down below.

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