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

When an interesting dream-concept like a turnstile shows up in your dreams, it can have many possible explanations.

Here are three different explanations of dreams about this dream topic from our dream experts.

Which explanation sounds right to you?

What does a turnstile 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 passing through a turnstile signifies transitions and progress. But the meaning of a turnstile can be nuanced depending on the dreamer.

It suggests that you are moving from one phase of your life to another, and it's a positive sign of advancement. Seeing someone else use a turnstile in your dream, by contrast, could indicate that you are observing others' progress and changes. It might also suggest feelings of being left behind or stagnant. Both of these dreams emphasize the importance of personal growth and the passage of time.

A turnstile is complex and fascinating dream image to really interpret with certainty. To really say with any kind of confidence, I would need 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 passing through a turnstile may symbolize the unconscious mind's attempt to negotiate boundaries or restrictions, a Freudian manifestation of the superego's influence.

Also: It could indicate an internal struggle with authority or societal norms. Observing another navigate a turnstile, however, may reflect the ego's projection of these struggles onto others, a defense mechanism to avoid confronting personal limitations. It could also be a kind of an unconscious recognition of others' ability to overcome barriers that we perceive as insurmountable. Both of these dreams underscore the psychoanalytic concept of conflict between the individual's desires and societal expectations.0

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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 passing through a turnstile symbolizes the spiritual journey of the soul, marking a transition from one spiritual state to another. It's a divine sign of spiritual growth and evolution. Seeing someone else use a turnstile in your dream, conversely, may indicate your spiritual awareness of others' growth and transformation. It could also be a reflection of feelings of spiritual stagnation or a longing for your own spiritual advancement. Both of these dreams highlight the spiritual significance of personal evolution and the passage of time in the soul's journey.

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So which interpretation of the dream matches your dream?

Which of the preceding perspectives on a turnstile fits with your dream?

Only you can know for sure. It's worth noting that our higher mind can be a complex and multifaceted puzzle. Each and every image in a dream can symbolize many different things — or result from multiple activities in our waking life.

Got a unique analysis on dreams about a turnstile you can add? Chime in with your own ideas in the comment section below.

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