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

A image like a ship can be a perplexing one to understand. Because our dreams are windows into our subconscious minds, and they often include specific references to our daily lives, no single explanation fits every dream about a ship or any other symbol.

Below are three different perspectives on a dream about a ship, seen from very different perspectives.

Which interpretation sounds right to you?

What does a ship 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 on a ship signifies your emotional state. The meaning isn't likely to be quite so simple, however.

If the sea is calm, it suggests you are handling your emotions well and are in control of your life. If the sea is stormy, it indicates emotional turmoil or uncertainty. Seeing a ship sailing in the distance, by contrast, represents your goals and aspirations. It could mean that your dreams are within sight but require patience and effort to reach. It could also symbolize a journey or transition you are about to embark on in your life.

A ship is a very deep and fascinating dream object to to really give you a single answer for. To really know for sure, it would be necessary to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's life and mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of being aboard a ship may symbolize your unconscious navigating the sea of the collective unconscious, a term coined by Carl Jung.

It's a complex concept though... The ship, as your ego, is afloat on this vast, unpredictable expanse, indicating your journey through life and the unknown. The condition of the sea reflects your current emotional state. Witnessing a ship sailing afar, conversely, could represent the Freudian concept of the "other," an entity separate from oneself. This distant ship might symbolize aspects of your psyche that you have yet to fully integrate or understand. It may also signify longing or anticipation for a future event or phase in your life.

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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 about being on a ship may be thought of as a spiritual journey of self-discovery and personal growth. The ship symbolizes your spiritual vessel, navigating through the ocean of life's experiences and challenges. If the waters are calm, it signifies spiritual harmony and balance, while turbulent waters indicate spiritual unrest or upheaval. Seeing a ship sailing in the distance, however, can be interpreted as a spiritual guide or a higher power guiding you towards your destiny. It may also symbolize a spiritual goal or aspiration that is within sight but requires faith, patience, and perseverance to reach. Both of these dreams highlight the importance of trust and surrender in the spiritual journey.

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So whose dream explanation is best for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on a ship fits with your unique situation?

Only you can know for certain. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex thing to understand. Each and every object or action in a dream can reflect a wide range of meanings — or result from many different activities in our daily lives.

Do you have a different analysis for dreams about a ship of your own? Please consider adding your own interpretation to the comments at the bottom of this page.

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