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

So you dreamed about a hedgehog? It's a complex dream topic that carries a few possible interpretations.

Scroll down for 3 different perspectives from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about a hedgehog.

Which of these explanations makes the most sense for your dream?


What does a hedgehog 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 hedgehog can symbolize self-protection and self-preservation. But the dream is often more nuanced.

Hedgehogs are known for their ability to roll into a ball when threatened, their spikes serving as a deterrent to predators. This could reflect your own need to protect yourself emotionally or physically in waking life. Interacting with a hedgehog, by contrast, might suggest that you are trying to reach out to someone who is defensive or guarded. It could also indicate that you are learning to navigate a prickly situation with care and tact.

A hedgehog is a somewhat complex and fascinating dream experience to offer a firm opinion about. To really know for certain, it's really necessary to get an understanding of the dreamer's background and current life scenario.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Psychoanalyst,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of a hedgehog, in Freudian terms, may be a representation of the id's manifestation of latent content, symbolizing repressed desires or fears.

We can take this reasoning to another level: The hedgehog's spines could signify a subconscious defense mechanism, akin to Freud's concept of repression, where one pushes distressing thoughts into the unconscious. Interaction with a hedgehog might represent the ego's attempt at mediating between the id's primal urges and the superego's moral standards. It could symbolize a struggle to penetrate the defenses of one's own psyche or another's, suggesting a need for deeper self-understanding or empathy. The dreamer might be grappling with the challenge of maintaining boundaries while seeking intimacy, a delicate balance indeed.

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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 hedgehog signifies your spiritual journey towards self-discovery and self-protection. The hedgehog's unique ability to shield itself with spikes mirrors your spiritual armor, protecting your inner self from negative energies. This dream is a divine message to guard your spiritual wellbeing. Interacting with a hedgehog in a dream, however, symbolizes your spiritual quest to connect with those who may seem unapproachable or guarded. It's a call to exercise compassion and understanding, to gently navigate through the prickly defenses of others. This dream serves as a spiritual reminder that every soul, no matter how guarded, yearns for connection and understanding. It's a call to balance self-protection with the need for spiritual connection and empathy.

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Whose dream interpretation works the best for you?

Which interpretation above for a hedgehog best matches your dream?

Only you can say for sure. Keep in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complicated thing. Just about any dream image can signify multiple things — or be the result of multiple realities from our daily lives.

Have a better explanation on a dream about a hedgehog that you want to share? We'd love to hear your own thoughts in the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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