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

Did you dream about a subway train? It's a meaningful dream topic that can have multiple fascinating interpretations.

Read on for three different points-of-view from our dream guides on what it means to dream about a subway train.

Which explanation best matches your dream?


What does a subway train 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 riding a subway train often symbolizes the direction of your life path and your control over it. That's the simplest answer.

It may suggest you're following a predetermined route, possibly feeling trapped or rushed. If you're comfortable, it indicates acceptance of this path. Seeing a subway train pass by, on the other hand, could symbolize opportunities or life changes passing you by. It might also represent feelings of being left behind or missing out. Both dreams reflect your feelings about your life's journey and your level of control over it.

A subway train can often be a deep and multifaceted dream experience to really interpret with certainty. To really know confidently, I'd need to get an understanding of the dreamer's life and 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 riding a subway train, in Freudian terms, may represent the unconscious journey through the id, ego, and superego.

Likewise — The train's predetermined route may symbolize the superego's influence, reflecting societal norms and expectations. Your feelings during the ride might mirror your comfort level with these constraints. Conversely, observing a subway train passing by could signify the id's desires being overlooked or suppressed by the ego's reality principle. This could evoke feelings of missed opportunities or unfulfilled desires. Both scenarios, therefore, may be a manifestation of the ongoing conflict and negotiation between the id, ego, and superego within one's psyche.

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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 riding a subway train can be seen as a spiritual journey through the tunnels of your subconscious, reflecting your acceptance or resistance to life's predestined path. It may also symbolize your spiritual progress, as you navigate through the darkness towards enlightenment. On the other hand, seeing a subway train pass by might represent missed spiritual opportunities or lessons. It could also indicate a sense of detachment from your spiritual journey, perhaps feeling like an observer rather than an active participant. Both dreams, therefore, can be seen as spiritual reflections of your current life path and your engagement with it.

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Which dream explanation is best for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining a subway train applies to your dream vision?

Only you can say for certain. Remember that our dreaming mind can be a complicated thing to understand. Each and every dream concept can represent a long list of meanings — or be the result of many different activities in our waking life.

Got a unique explanation for a dream about a subway train you can add? Add your own ideas in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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