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

When an interesting dream vision like a swimming pool makes an appearance in your dreams, it can have several potential explanations.

Written below are 3 possible explanations of dreams about a swimming pool from our dream analysis gurus.

Which of these explanations makes the most sense for you?

What does a swimming pool 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 in a swimming pool often symbolizes relaxation, comfort, and rejuvenation. But the dream is often more nuanced.

It can indicate a desire for a break or a period of self-reflection. If the water is clear, it suggests emotional clarity, while murky water can signify confusion or turmoil. Seeing someone else in a swimming pool can represent your perceptions of that person's emotions or state of mind. If they are enjoying themselves, it may indicate a positive relationship, while if they are struggling or drowning, it could suggest concern for their well-being.

A swimming pool is a somewhat deep and multifaceted dream object to get one's head around. To really know without any doubts, I'd want to really get to know the dreamer's life story and current circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of oneself in a swimming pool, in Freudian terms, may symbolize a return to the amniotic fluid, a desire for regression to a state of absolute dependency and protection.

Taking that analysis a bit deeper... The clarity or murkiness of the water can reflect one's emotional transparency or obfuscation. Observing another in a pool, however, may project one's own feelings onto that individual. If they are at ease, it may reflect a sense of peace within oneself; if they are in distress, it may indicate internal turmoil. The pool, as a contained body of water, can also symbolize the unconscious mind, with swimming being an exploration of one's deeper self.

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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 in a swimming pool signifies a spiritual cleansing. It's a divine invitation to wash away negative energies and renew your spirit. Clear water indicates you're open to this purification, while murky water suggests resistance. Seeing someone else in a swimming pool symbolizes your spiritual connection with that person. If they're enjoying, it reflects shared positivity and spiritual growth. If they're struggling, it's a call to provide spiritual support. The contained water of the pool represents the spiritual realm, a space for introspection and understanding of the divine within us. Swimming, therefore, is a journey of spiritual exploration and self-discovery.

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So which dream explanation is best for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining a swimming pool applies to your unique situation?

Only you can know for certain. It's worth noting that our dreaming mind can be a convoluted place. Any object or image from a dream can symbolize multiple meanings — or be the result of multiple activities in our conscious life.

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