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

A dream concept like a plate can be a complex one to get one's brain around. Because our dreams are sketches from our subconscious mind, and they often represent specific references to our daily lives, no single dream interpretation fits every dream about a plate or any other symbol.

Below are three possible interpretations of dreams about a plate, taken from very different viewpoints.

Which of these explanations works the best for you?

What does a plate 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 an empty plate points to things like feelings of emptiness, dissatisfaction, or unfulfilled desires. The meaning of a plate may be more subtle than that, however.

It may reflect a situation in your waking life where you feel you're missing something important or not getting what you need.

Alternatively, dreaming about serving food on an empty plate suggests a desire to nurture others or to fill a void.

It can also indicate a sense of responsibility or duty to provide for others. The common themes among these possible variants highlight a focus on fulfillment and satisfaction, whether it's personal or for others.

A plate is complex and fascinating dream experience to pin down. To say for sure, I would need to get a deeper understanding of 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"

To have dreamed of an empty plate, in Freudian terms, may symbolize a latent fear of deprivation or scarcity, a manifestation of the unconscious anxiety about not having enough.

This can be a complex dream concept. It could also be a kind of a suppressed feeling of inadequacy, a subconscious reflection of not being 'full' or complete in some aspect of your waking life. Conversely, dreaming of serving food on an empty plate could be an expression of the id's desire to provide or to be seen as generous. It may also reflect the ego's struggle with the super-ego's expectations of altruism and selflessness. Both of these dreams, while seemingly disparate, are intrinsically linked to the psyche's complex interplay of desire, fear, and societal expectations.

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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"

To have dreamt of an empty plate can symbolize a spiritual hunger, a yearning for fulfillment beyond the physical realm. It may be a call from your soul to seek deeper meaning, to fill your 'plate' with spiritual nourishment. Conversely, dreaming of serving food on an empty plate can symbolize your spiritual role as a nurturer, a provider of sustenance for others' souls. It may indicate a divine calling to serve, to share your spiritual gifts with the world. The common themes among these dream variations, while seemingly different, are connected to the spiritual journey of seeking and providing nourishment, of hunger and fulfillment. They are a reminder that we are not just physical beings, but spiritual ones, needing and capable of providing more than just physical sustenance.

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So which dream explanation makes the most sense for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on a plate best matches your dream?

Only you can say for certain. It's worth noting that our higher mind can be a convoluted landscape. Any concept from a dream can signify a long list of things — or result from multiple realities from our waking lives.

Got a different dream analysis for dreams about a plate of your own? Contribute your own interpretation in the comments below.

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