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

When a complex dream-concept like a shield appears in dreams, it can have several potential interpretations.

Here are three interesting explanations of dreams about this dream topic from our dream experts.

Which interpretation sounds right to you?

What does a shield 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 holding a shield points to things like a need for protection or defense in waking life. What a shield means in your dream may be more nuanced.

It may indicate feelings of vulnerability or a desire to guard oneself from emotional harm.

Alternatively, seeing someone else with a shield could represent an individual in your life who you perceive as protective or defensive. This could be someone who is shielding themselves from you, or someone who is protective of you. Both of these dreams encourage introspection about personal boundaries and emotional safety.

A shield can often be a rich and colorful dream image to to give you a single meaning for. To really say without any doubts, I'd have 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
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of holding a shield, in the Freudian perspective, may symbolize the ego's defense mechanisms, a psychological strategy unconsciously used to mitigate anxiety.

Some alternatives: It could represent repression, denial, or projection, among others. The shield, thus, embodies your subconscious efforts to protect your psyche from distressing thoughts or feelings. Conversely, observing another with a shield might suggest your perception of someone else's defenses. It could indicate a recognition of their emotional barriers or your unconscious projection of your own defenses onto them. Both instances invite a deeper exploration of your interpersonal dynamics and unconscious coping strategies.

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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 holding a shield symbolizes your spiritual armor, a divine protection against negative energies or harmful influences. It's a call to strengthen your spiritual resilience and fortify your inner sanctuary. Seeing someone else with a shield, by contrast, suggests that you're recognizing the spiritual defenses of others. This person may be a spiritual guide or a reflection of your own spiritual strength. Both of these dreams are invitations to deepen your spiritual journey, to understand the power of spiritual protection, and to respect the spiritual boundaries of others. These dreams are reminders of the spiritual warfare we all face and the need for divine protection.

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So which dream explanation is best for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining a shield applies to your dream?

Only you can know for sure. Remember that our dreaming mind can be a convoluted puzzle. Any concept from a dream can represent a wide range of things — or symbolize many different activities in our waking lives.

Got a slightly different interpretation for dreams about a shield that you want to share? Please consider adding your own thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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