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

A dream symbol like a purse can be a perplexing one to interpret. Because dreams are like transmissions from our subconscious mind, and they may represent specific references to our everyday lives, no single explanation will ever work for everyone.

Below are three different perspectives on dreams about a purse, taken from very different angles.

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

What does a purse 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 purse generally symbolizes secrets, responsibilities, and material possessions. The exact meaning of a purse vary quite a bit, however.

If the purse is full, it may indicate a period of prosperity and wealth. If it's empty, it could signify financial worries or loss. Losing a purse in a dream often represents feelings of loss, identity crisis, or fear of losing something important in your life. Finding a purse, by contrast, suggests that you are coming into new opportunities and potentials. It could also mean that you are regaining something you thought was lost.

A purse can often be a deep and multifaceted dream image to to give you a single meaning for. To really say confidently, I'd have to get more information about the dreamer's past and current situation.

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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 purse, in Freudian terms, often hints at the dreamer's self-identity and personal values.

Likewise — The purse, a container, may be thought of as a symbol for the ego, holding the aspects of self. Losing a purse might signify a fear of losing one's sense of self or a feeling of disconnection from personal values or societal norms. Conversely, finding a purse could represent a discovery or reconnection with aspects of one's identity or values that were previously lost or overlooked. The contents of the purse, if any, could provide further insight into what aspects of the self are being explored or challenged in the dream.

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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 purse is a spiritual symbol of your inner self, your soul's repository. A full purse signifies spiritual abundance, while an empty one may indicate a need for spiritual nourishment. Losing a purse in a dream could suggest a spiritual disconnect or loss of self-awareness. It's a call to reconnect with your spiritual self and realign your life's purpose. Conversely, finding a purse in a dream symbolizes spiritual discovery or awakening. It's a sign of reclaiming lost spiritual aspects or embracing new spiritual paths. The purse's contents, if visible, could offer clues about specific spiritual aspects needing attention or cultivation.

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Whose dream interpretation is best for you?

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

Only you can know for certain. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a convoluted puzzle. Just about any concept from a dream can reflect a long list of meanings — or symbolize multiple realities from our conscious life.

Got a unique explanation for a dream about a purse you can add? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your personal analysis in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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