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

Whenever a curious dream subject like a war is revealed in a dream, it can have several potential explanations.

Below are three analytical explanations of dreams about a war from our dream gurus.

Which analysis best matches your dream vision?


What does a war 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 war signifies internal conflict, struggle, or turmoil. That's the simplest answer.

It may reflect a battle between your conscious and subconscious, or a decision that's causing you stress. Witnessing a war, by contrast, suggests you're a bystander in a conflict. This could mean you're avoiding involvement in a real-life situation or feeling helpless. The common themes among these possible meanings indicate a need for resolution and peace.

A war can be a difficult dream object to to give you a single meaning for. To say without any doubts, I would need to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's life story 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 participating in a war may symbolize an internal struggle, indeed, but it also can represent a Freudian "death drive," a subconscious desire for destruction or self-harm.

Also: This is not to be taken literally, but rather as an indication of a deep-seated anxiety or fear. Alternatively, observing a war in a dream may point towards a sense of disassociation, a defense mechanism where one detaches from emotional or stressful situations. This could suggest a need to confront and engage with these emotions rather than avoiding them. Both of these dreams underscore the importance of addressing unresolved issues and seeking equilibrium within oneself.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 about being in a war may be thought of as a spiritual call to arms, a sign that you are being asked to confront and overcome the inner battles that are hindering your spiritual growth. It's a reminder of the constant struggle between the higher self and the ego. Witnessing a war, by contrast, could symbolize your spiritual self observing the conflicts of the physical world, suggesting a need for you to intervene or provide healing energy. Both of these dreams are a call for inner peace and spiritual balance. They urge you to address unresolved issues, seek harmony, and strive for spiritual growth.

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So which dream analysis makes the most sense for you?

Which interpretation above for a war fits with your your dream experience?

Only you can say for certain. Remember that our higher mind can be a multifaceted landscape. Any object or action in a dream can reflect a long list of things — or symbolize multiple activities in our conscious lives.

Do you have a better dream interpretation on dreams about a war that you'd like to share? Contribute your own ideas to the comments down below.

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