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

Whenever an interesting dream vision like a flame appears in your dreams, it can have many possible explanations.

Here are 3 different explanations of dreams about a flame from our dream experts.

Which interpretation best matches your dream vision?

What does a flame 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 flame often hints at transformation, passion, or enlightenment. But it's not always such a simple interpretation.

It could indicate a burning desire or a light guiding you through darkness.

Alternatively, dreaming about something being engulfed in flames could suggest a sense of loss or fear of destruction. It may symbolize a situation spiraling out of control in your waking life. However, it could also be a kind of purification and transformation, as fire is known to consume the old to make way for the new.

A flame is a somewhat difficult dream concept to interpret with any certainty. To really say for certain, I'd want to really dig deep into 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"

In the Freudian context, a flame in a dream may signify repressed desires or subconscious thoughts seeking release, a manifestation of the id's primal energy.

Getting a bit more complex: It could also symbolize the superego's attempt to illuminate the ego's rationalizations. To have dreamed of an object engulfed in flames, however, may indicate a struggle with destructive impulses or anxiety about potential disintegration of the ego. This could be a reflection of the dreamer's fear of losing control or a manifestation of guilt. Yet, it may also symbolize a cathartic process, where the old self is being 'burned away' to allow for psychological rebirth or reconfiguration.

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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 flame can be a divine message, a beacon of spiritual awakening or enlightenment. It may symbolize your inner light, guiding you towards your spiritual path. Conversely, dreaming of something being engulfed in flames can be a spiritual cleansing, a purging of negative energies or past traumas. It may be a representation of the destruction of the old to make way for a spiritual rebirth. This could be a sign from the universe urging you to let go of what no longer serves your higher purpose and embrace the transformative power of the divine flame.

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Which analysis of the dream works the best for you?

Which interpretation above for a flame best matches your dream?

Only you can say for certain. It's worth noting that our higher mind can be a convoluted landscape. Just about any image in a dream can represent a wide range of meanings — or symbolize multiple themes from our conscious life.

Got a different dream interpretation for dreams about a flame of your own? Add your personal interpretation in the comment section down below.

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