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

Have you dreamed about an albatross? It's a complex dream symbol that carries a few fascinating interpretations.

Read on for 3 different points-of-view from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about an albatross.

Which of these explanations best matches your dream vision?

What does an albatross mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

To have dreamt of an albatross can symbolize a heavy burden or guilt, reflecting the literary reference in Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." It's a sign you're carrying something emotionally taxing. It can be more nuanced than that though.

Seeing an albatross flying, however, has a more positive connotation. It represents high aspirations and freedom. You're being encouraged to spread your wings and explore new opportunities.

An albatross is a somewhat deep and fascinating dream experience to pin down. To know for certain, I would have to get to know the dreamer's past 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"

To have dreamed of an albatross, in the Freudian perspective, may signify the unconscious manifestation of an Oedipal complex, the albatross being a symbol of a dominant, parental figure.

This can be a multi-faceted dream symbol though — This could indicate unresolved childhood conflicts or feelings of ambivalence towards authority. Alternatively, witnessing an albatross in flight could represent the id's desire for liberation from societal constraints, a yearning for the unfettered expression of primal instincts. It's a call from the subconscious to embrace one's inherent nature, free from the super-ego's imposition of morality and order.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"

To have dreamt of an albatross may suggest a spiritual journey, a voyage of self-discovery. It's a symbol of divine guidance, a sign that you're being watched over by a higher power. This bird is often seen as a spiritual messenger, so its presence in your dream could indicate a message from the divine. Seeing an albatross flying in your dream, by contrast, symbolizes spiritual elevation and freedom. It's a sign that you're rising above earthly concerns and reaching for higher spiritual truths. This dream encourages you to let your spirit soar, to embrace the limitless possibilities of your spiritual potential.

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So whose dream interpretation works the best for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for an albatross makes the most sense for your dream?

Only you can know for certain. Bear in mind that our dreaming mind can be a convoluted thing to understand. Each and every image in a dream can represent many different things — or result from multiple realities from our waking lives.

Do you have a unique explanation on a dream about an albatross that you'd like to share? Add your personal ideas in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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