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

So you dreamed about a guillotine? This is a curious dream symbol that carries a few fascinating interpretations.

Keep reaading for 3 different points-of-view from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about a guillotine.

Which of these interpretations best explains your dream?

What does a guillotine 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 guillotine symbolizes drastic measures and sudden change, often related to ending a situation or relationship that's causing distress. There are many different takes on that idea though.

It represents a desire for a clean break. Witnessing someone being guillotined can signify feelings of powerlessness or fear of punishment. It may also reflect guilt or a fear of consequences for actions taken. Both of these dreams suggest a need for resolution and closure.

A guillotine can be a deep and fascinating dream symbol to to really give you a single answer for. To really say confidently, it would be necessary to get more information about the dreamer's life story and circumstances.

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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 guillotine may be a representation of an unconscious recognition of a self-destructive behavior or thought pattern that needs to be severed.

We can take this reasoning to another level: It's a potent symbol of radical transformation, often indicating a need for self-liberation from oppressive circumstances. Witnessing a guillotine in action, by contrast, could symbolize a projection of your own suppressed aggression or guilt. It may also indicate a fear of judgment or retribution, possibly stemming from a perceived failure to meet societal or personal expectations. Both of these dreams underscore a deep-seated desire for change and liberation from psychological burdens.

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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 guillotine signifies a spiritual awakening, a call to cut off negative energies or toxic relationships that hinder your spiritual growth. It's a divine message urging you to sever ties with what no longer serves your higher purpose. Witnessing a guillotine in action symbolizes your inner turmoil, a spiritual struggle between your higher self and ego. It's a reflection of your fear of karmic retribution or divine judgment. Both of these dreams are spiritual prompts for self-reflection, urging you to release what's holding you back and embrace transformation for spiritual ascension.

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So whose interpretation of the dream is best for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for a guillotine applies to your dream vision?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a complex puzzle. Any object or action in a dream can symbolize a long list of meanings — or symbolize many different realities from our waking life.

Do you have a different explanation on dreams about a guillotine you can add? Add your own interpretation to the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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