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

So you dreamed about a ladder? It's a colorful dream symbol that carries several fascinating interpretations.

Keep reaading for 3 different perspectives from our dream guides on what it means to dream about a ladder.

Which explanation best explains your dream?

What does a ladder 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 climbing a ladder symbolizes your ambition and the journey you're taking to reach your goals. What a ladder means in your dream may be more nuanced.

It's a positive sign of personal growth and advancement. If you're ascending with ease, it suggests you're on the right path. If it's difficult, you may be facing obstacles in your waking life. Seeing someone else climb a ladder can represent your perception of their progress and success. If you're happy for them, it reflects your supportive nature. If you're envious or anxious, it may indicate feelings of insecurity or competition.

A ladder can often be a complex and fascinating dream concept to pin down. To know confidently, I would have to get more information about the dreamer's life story and current life scenario.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

In the realm of the unconscious, a ladder may signify the Freudian concept of sublimation, the process of transforming base instincts into socially acceptable behaviors.

With that being said, a ladder can be more complicated than that. Climbing a ladder, thus, may symbolize your unconscious efforts to elevate your primal desires to a higher, more refined plane. The ease or difficulty of the climb may reflect your internal struggle with this transformation. Observing another climb a ladder could represent your projection of this struggle onto others, a common defense mechanism. The emotions you feel in the dream may reveal your underlying attitudes towards this process of sublimation, whether it be acceptance, resistance, or envy.

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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 climbing a ladder is a spiritual metaphor for your ascent towards enlightenment or a higher state of consciousness. It signifies your spiritual journey and the steps you're taking towards self-realization. The ease or difficulty of the climb mirrors your spiritual struggles and triumphs. Seeing someone else climb a ladder in your dream can symbolize your recognition of their spiritual growth, or it may reflect your own spiritual aspirations projected onto them. The emotions you experience in the dream can reveal your feelings about your own spiritual progress or your attitude towards others' spiritual journeys.

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Whose analysis of the dream matches your dream?

Which of the preceding explanations for a ladder best matches your dream vision?

Only you can say for sure. Remember that our higher mind can be a complex place. Each and every image in a dream can signify a wide range of things — or be the result of multiple realities from our daily lives.

Have a unique dream analysis on dreams about a ladder you can add? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your own analysis to the comments at the bottom of this page.

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