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

Have you dreamed about a wave? This is an interesting dream symbol that carries a few possible interpretations.

Scroll down for three different points-of-view from our dream guides on what it means to dream about a wave.

Which of these explanations works the best for you?

What does a wave 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 wave often hints at powerful emotions or significant changes in your life. Of course, dream interpretations are seldom that simple.

The wave's size and nature can provide further insight: a calm wave might suggest a peaceful transition, while a tsunami could indicate overwhelming emotions or situations.

Alternatively, dreaming about surfing signifies your ability to ride the ups and downs of life. It reflects your confidence and resilience in facing challenges. If you're successfully surfing, it suggests you're in control and navigating life's changes well. However, if you're struggling or fall off the board, it may indicate feelings of helplessness or fear of losing control.

A wave can be a complex and intriguing dream image to to give you a single meaning for. To really know with any kind of confidence, I'd want to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's background and current situation.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of a wave, in Freudian terms, may be thought of as a manifestation of the unconscious mind's attempt to grapple with repressed emotions or desires.

Thinking a bit more creatively... The wave, a force of nature, could symbolize the id's raw, instinctual energy that is seeking release. If the wave is tumultuous, it may indicate inner turmoil or conflict between the id and the superego. Conversely, a serene wave might represent a harmonious balance between these psychic structures. Dreaming of surfing, however, could be interpreted as the ego's effort to maintain control amidst the id's powerful urges. Successful surfing may suggest a well-adjusted ego, adept at managing the demands of both the id and the superego. Struggling or falling off the surfboard could signify an overburdened ego, struggling to maintain psychic equilibrium.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 a wave can be a spiritual message about the ebbs and flows of life. Waves are symbolic of the divine rhythm of the universe, reminding us that life is a cycle of highs and lows. If the wave is calm, it may suggest spiritual harmony and acceptance of life's natural rhythm. A turbulent wave, however, might indicate a spiritual awakening or a call to confront unresolved emotions. Dreaming of surfing on a wave, by contrast, signifies your spiritual journey and how you navigate through life's challenges. If you're surfing smoothly, it indicates spiritual balance and resilience. If you're struggling or fall off the board, it may be a spiritual nudge to seek inner peace and equilibrium.

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Whose interpretation of the dream matches your dream?

Which interpretation of a wave applies to your dream vision?

Only you can know for sure. It's worth noting that our subconscious mind can be a complex and multifaceted landscape. Each and every object or action in a dream can signify multiple things — or be the result of many different forces in our conscious life.

Have a better analysis for dreams about a wave of your own? Chime in with your own analysis in the comments down below.

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