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Did You Dream About an Airplane? Here's What It Means

A concept like an airplane can be a challenging one to interpret. Because our dreams are like reflections of our subconscious minds, and they often include specific references to our waking-life, no single dream interpretation fits every dream about an airplane or any other symbol.

Below are three interesting interpretations of dreams about an airplane, written from very different perspectives.

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What does an airplane 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 flying in an airplane points to things like a desire for freedom, high aspirations, or a significant journey in your life. That's the simple dream interpretation, at least.

It may also indicate a need to gain a new perspective on a situation. Watching an airplane in the sky, by contrast, can symbolize your desire to escape from your current circumstances or a longing for travel and adventure. It may also represent feelings of being left behind or a fear of change. The common themes among these dream variants reflect a sense of movement and transition, suggesting that you are in a phase of personal growth or transformation.

An airplane can often be a complex and intriguing dream concept to really clarify with certainty. To say for certain, I'd want 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 being in an airplane may be a representation of the unconscious mind's attempt to navigate the complexities of the psyche, akin to Freud's concept of the "ego's navigation of the id".

Dream concepts like an airplane can be multilayered, however. It suggests a struggle for control and balance. Observing an airplane, conversely, may symbolize the "superego" - the observer and judge of the self's actions. It could indicate a sense of detachment or a yearning for objectivity. Both of these dreams, however, hint at a desire for ascension, a common motif in dreams, reflecting our innate drive towards self-actualization and transcendence.

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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 flying in an airplane can be a spiritual symbol of ascension and spiritual growth. It's a sign that you're elevating above earthly matters, reaching a higher plane of consciousness. This dream may be a divine nudge to rise above your current circumstances and embrace a more enlightened perspective. Alternatively, watching an airplane in the sky can symbolize your spiritual longing. It may be a representation of your yearning to connect with the divine, to transcend the mundane and reach the celestial. It could also indicate feelings of spiritual stagnation, a call to embark on a spiritual journey. The common themes among these dream variations, in essence, are spiritual messages urging you to ascend, to seek a higher purpose, and to embrace spiritual transformation.

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Whose dream interpretation works the best for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on an airplane makes the most sense for your dream vision?

Only you can say for sure. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complicated thing to understand. Just about any object or image from a dream can represent many different meanings — or result from multiple realities from our waking lives.

Have a slightly different analysis on dreams about an airplane that you want to share? Chime in with your personal analysis to the comments below.

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