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

So you dreamed about a gallows? This is a memorable dream symbol that carries several possible interpretations.

Read on for three different points-of-view from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about a gallows.

Which of these interpretations best matches your dream?

What does a gallows 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 gallows or seeing someone hanged on a gallows can be quite unsettling. Of course, dream interpretations are seldom that simple.

Historically, gallows are symbols of punishment, judgment, and public humiliation. In a dream, they may represent feelings of guilt, fear of consequences, or a sense of impending doom. If you see someone else being hanged, it could indicate that you're projecting these feelings onto them, or it may symbolize a relationship or situation that you feel is destructive or harmful. It's important to remember that dreams are highly personal, and the specific meaning can vary based on your individual experiences and emotions.

A gallows is a somewhat difficult dream experience to really clarify with certainty. To know without any doubts, I would need to get an understanding of the dreamer's life story and current environment.

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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 gallows, or witnessing a hanging, can be a manifestation of the Freudian concept of the death drive, or "Thanatos." This is not necessarily a literal desire for death, but rather a subconscious grappling with mortality, guilt, or self-destruction.

Likewise — The gallows, a potent symbol of punitive justice, may reflect a deep-seated self-reproach or fear of retribution. Witnessing another's hanging could signify projection, where you displace your own feelings of guilt or fear onto another. However, it might also symbolize a perceived harmful situation or relationship, echoing the Freudian notion of the "other" as a mirror of the self. As always, the interpretation is contingent on the individual's unique psychological landscape.

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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 gallows or witnessing a hanging is a profound spiritual message. The gallows, a symbol of judgment and punishment, may signify a spiritual awakening or a call to self-evaluation. It's a reminder to reflect on your actions and their consequences, urging you to seek forgiveness and make amends. If you see someone else being hanged, it could symbolize your spiritual insight into a harmful situation or relationship. It's a call to intervene or offer guidance, reflecting your role as a spiritual beacon. Remember, dreams are divine whispers, guiding us towards spiritual growth and enlightenment. They are not to be feared but understood and embraced.

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Whose analysis of the dream works the best for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on a gallows makes the most sense for your dream?

Only you can know for certain. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex puzzle. Just about any object or action in a dream can reflect multiple things — or symbolize multiple forces in our daily life.

Got a slightly different dream analysis on dreams about a gallows of your own? Please consider adding your personal thoughts to the comment section down below.

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