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

Whenever a rich and colorful dream subject like a shovel is revealed in a dream, it can have many potential explanations.

Written below are three possible interpretations of dreams involving this dream from our dream analysis guides.

Which meaning best matches your dream?


What does a shovel 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 using a shovel often hints at self-exploration and the process of uncovering aspects of your subconscious. It can be more nuanced than that though.

It suggests you are actively seeking to understand yourself better. Seeing someone else dig with a shovel, by contrast, may indicate that you feel someone is prying into your personal affairs or trying to uncover something you'd prefer to keep hidden. Both of these dreams highlight the theme of exploration and discovery, but the former is self-directed, while the latter involves external forces.

A shovel is a somewhat rich and colorful dream experience to to really give you a single answer for. To know confidently, it's really necessary to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's life and current circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of utilizing a shovel may be thought of as a manifestation of the id's desire to delve into the depths of the unconscious, to unearth repressed memories or hidden aspects of the self.

Somewhat similarly: It is an illustrative symbol of the psychoanalytic process itself, the arduous task of self-discovery. Observing another dig with a shovel, however, may be a representation of the ego's perception of external scrutiny or judgment. It could signify a fear of exposure or vulnerability, a resistance to the revealing of one's innermost secrets. Both instances reflect the Freudian concept of the unconscious mind, the first being an introspective journey, the latter a defensive reaction to perceived intrusion.

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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 using a shovel signifies your spiritual quest to unearth hidden truths about your soul. It's a divine nudge urging you to dig deeper into your spiritual self, to uncover and understand your true essence. This dream is a call to self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Alternatively, seeing someone else dig with a shovel in your dream might suggest that you feel your spiritual boundaries are being crossed. It could symbolize your discomfort with others probing into your spiritual journey or personal beliefs. Both of these dreams, though different, emphasize the spiritual theme of exploration and discovery, one being a personal journey and the other a perceived intrusion.

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So which dream explanation matches your dream?

Which of the above ways of explaining a shovel makes the most sense for your dream?

Only you can know for sure. Keep in mind that our dreaming mind can be a multifaceted thing to understand. Each and every object or image from a dream can symbolize many different meanings — or be the result of multiple realities from our waking life.

Do you have a different dream interpretation for dreams about a shovel of your own? Please consider adding your own ideas to the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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