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

Did you dream about a torch? This is a colorful dream symbol that carries multiple possible interpretations.

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

Which interpretation best matches your dream?

What does a torch 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 torch often hints at guidance, leadership, and enlightenment. But the meaning can vary.

You may be seeking clarity or truth in a situation, or you may be the one guiding others. If you see someone else carrying a torch, it could indicate that you are seeking guidance or inspiration from that person, or it may be a representation of a transfer of knowledge or power. Both of these dreams suggest a journey, either physical or spiritual, and the torch serves as a beacon of hope and direction amidst darkness.

A torch can be a somewhat difficult dream image to offer a definitive opinion on. To really know confidently, I would have to understand 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 holding a torch can be interpreted as a manifestation of the id's desire for illumination, a Freudian symbol of self-awareness and introspection.

Thinking a bit more creatively... It may suggest an unconscious yearning to shed light on repressed thoughts or unresolved conflicts. Conversely, observing another carrying a torch might reflect the ego's recognition of an external source of wisdom or guidance. This could signify a subconscious acknowledgement of one's need for external validation or direction. Both of these dreams, in essence, represent the psyche's quest for enlightenment, albeit from different perspectives: one from the self (the torchbearer) and the other from an external figure (the observer).

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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 torch may be thought of as a spiritual call to enlightenment, a divine beckoning towards self-discovery and truth. It signifies your soul's readiness to illuminate the dark corners of your existence, to bring light to your spiritual path. Conversely, seeing someone else carrying a torch might symbolize your soul's yearning for guidance, a spiritual mentor, or a beacon of wisdom in your life. It could also be a kind of a spiritual transition or initiation, where the torchbearer is passing on sacred knowledge or spiritual power. Both of these dreams, in essence, are spiritual journeys towards enlightenment and self-realization, one being a personal quest and the other a guided pilgrimage.

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Whose analysis of the dream makes the most sense for you?

Which interpretation of a torch applies to your dream?

Only you can know for certain. Remember that our dreaming mind can be a complex and multifaceted place. Just about any dream concept can symbolize many different meanings — or be the result of multiple realities from our conscious lives.

Got a different interpretation on dreams about a torch you can add? We'd love to hear your personal ideas to the comments below.

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