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

A concept like a king can be a challenging one to explain. Because dreams are abstractions of our subconscious mind, and they may represent specific references to our everyday lives, no single explanation fits every dream about a king or any other symbol.

Below are three contrasting interpretations of a dream about a king, taken from three different perspectives.

Which interpretation best explains your dream?

What does a king 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 being a king points to things like a desire for control, power, or authority in your waking life. But it's often a dream image with multiple nuances.

It can also reflect feelings of accomplishment and recognition.

Alternatively, dreaming about meeting a king can symbolize guidance and wisdom. It may suggest that you are seeking advice or validation from a figure of authority in your life. The common themes among these possible variants can also represent a need for balance between power and responsibility.

A king is colorful and puzzling dream symbol to to give you a single interpretation of. To know without any doubts, it would be necessary to really get to know the dreamer's life 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 embodying a king may be a manifestation of the ego's yearning for omnipotence, a Freudian concept where the self seeks absolute control, a reflection of the id's unchecked desires.

Also: It could also signify a latent Oedipus complex, where the dreamer sees himself as the symbolic father figure. Conversely, dreaming of encountering a king may be a representation of the superego, the moral compass, personified as an authoritative figure. It could indicate the dreamer's quest for approval from this internalized authority. The common themes among these potential variations could be seen as the psyche's attempt to negotiate between the id's primal urges and the superego's moral dictates, a struggle Freud termed as psychic conflict.

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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 being a king signifies your soul's yearning for spiritual sovereignty, a call to embrace your divine authority and power. It's an invitation to recognize your spiritual potential and to rule your inner kingdom with wisdom and grace. Conversely, dreaming of meeting a king symbolizes an encounter with a spiritual guide or higher power, a divine entity that imparts wisdom and guidance. It's a call to seek spiritual counsel and validation from a higher authority. The common themes among these dream variations are spiritual journeys, a dance between the human and the divine, a quest for balance between earthly power and spiritual responsibility. They are a reminder of your spiritual lineage and your divine right to rule your life with wisdom and love.

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So whose dream analysis is best for you?

Which interpretation above for a king makes the most sense for your unique situation?

Only you can say for sure. It's worth noting that our subconscious mind can be a convoluted thing. Each and every concept from a dream can represent a long list of meanings — or result from many different activities in our conscious lives.

Got a slightly different explanation for a dream about a king that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear your personal thoughts to the comments below.

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