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

A dream subject like a flower can be a complex one to interpret. Because our dreams are abstractions of our subconscious mind, and they may include specific references to our daily lives, no single explanation fits every dream about a flower or any other symbol.

Below are three different perspectives on dreams about a flower, seen from three different angles.

Which of these explanations makes the most sense for you?

What does a flower 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 flower typically symbolizes spiritual growth, enlightenment, or the cycle of life. But let's talk about some subtleties in that general interpretation.

Each type of flower can have its own meaning; for instance, a rose may symbolize love or passion. Smelling a flower in a dream can indicate a deep appreciation for the beauty of life and a desire to experience joy and pleasure. Picking a flower, by contrast, may suggest a desire to possess or control beauty, or it could symbolize a fleeting moment, as picking a flower disrupts its natural growth and lifespan.

A flower can often be a complex and fascinating dream symbol to pin down for sure. To know without any doubts, I'd need to understand the dreamer's background 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 a flower, in Freudian terms, often represents the id's expression of organic and instinctual desires.

This can be a multi-faceted dream symbol though — The flower, a symbol of nature's raw and unfiltered beauty, may signify the dreamer's unconscious yearning for pure, unadulterated pleasure. Smelling a flower, by contrast, could be interpreted as the ego's attempt to mediate between the id's primal urges and the superego's moral constraints, a sensory experience that balances desire and restraint. Picking a flower might suggest an act of transgression, a defiance of the superego's rules, indicating a momentary triumph of the id's impulses. Thus, the dreamer might be wrestling with issues of self-control and moral boundaries.

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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 a flower signifies a spiritual awakening or a journey towards self-discovery. Each flower carries its own spiritual message; for example, a rose may be a representation of divine love. When you dream of smelling a flower, it's a call to awaken your senses and appreciate the divine beauty around you, a reminder to find joy in the present moment. Picking a flower in a dream, however, may symbolize a spiritual lesson about impermanence and the fleeting nature of physical beauty. It could also be a kind of a desire to hold onto something beautiful, a reminder that true beauty is ephemeral and best appreciated in its natural state.

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So which analysis of the dream works the best for you?

Which of the above interpretations for a flower makes the most sense for your your dream experience?

Only you can say for sure. Remember that our dreaming mind can be a complex thing to understand. Any dream image can reflect a long list of things — or symbolize multiple activities in our conscious lives.

Do you have a slightly different interpretation for a dream about a flower you can add? Add your personal analysis in the comment section below.

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