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

Have you dreamed about a totem pole? This is a meaningful dream topic that carries multiple fascinating interpretations.

Scroll down for 3 different points-of-view from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about a totem pole.

Which interpretation makes the most sense for your dream?


What does a totem pole 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 a totem pole signifies your connection to your ancestry and cultural heritage. Of course, dream interpretations are seldom that simple.

It represents your identity, personal growth, and spiritual beliefs. If you're carving a totem pole, it suggests you're actively seeking to understand your roots and personal history. Seeing a totem pole in a dream indicates you're acknowledging the different aspects of your personality and how they come together to form your unique self. It's a call to respect and honor your personal journey and the wisdom of your ancestors.

A totem pole is a somewhat deep and fascinating dream concept to to give you a single meaning for. To say for sure, it's really necessary 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 a totem pole, in the Freudian perspective, may symbolize the hierarchical structure of the unconscious mind, with each figure representing a different aspect of the self.

Taking that analysis a bit deeper... The act of carving a totem pole could be interpreted as the dreamer's attempt to shape and understand these various facets of their psyche. Seeing a totem pole might suggest a recognition of the complex layers of one's personality and the interplay between them. This dream could be a manifestation of the individual's ongoing process of self-discovery and self-integration, a journey that Freud believed to be at the heart of psychoanalysis.

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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 a totem pole signifies your spiritual journey towards self-discovery. It's a divine message urging you to delve deeper into your ancestral roots and spiritual beliefs, to understand your true self. Carving a totem pole in a dream symbolizes your active role in shaping your spiritual identity, a divine calling to mold your life's path according to your soul's purpose. Seeing a totem pole is a spiritual reminder of your multifaceted personality, each layer representing a unique aspect of your being. It's an invitation to honor and respect your personal journey, acknowledging the wisdom of your ancestors and the divine guidance they offer.

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Which interpretation of the dream matches your dream?

Which interpretation of a totem pole best matches your dream vision?

Only you can know for sure. Keep in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complex and multifaceted landscape. Just about any dream concept can reflect many different meanings — or symbolize multiple forces in our daily life.

Have a unique analysis for a dream about a totem pole you can add? We'd love to hear your personal interpretation in the comment section below.

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