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

A dream image like an artist can be a difficult one to pick a single interpretation of. Because dreams are portals into our subconscious minds, and they often represent specific references to our everyday lives, no single explanation fits every dream about an artist or any other symbol.

Below are three different interpretations of dreams about an artist, taken from three different viewpoints.

Which meaning works the best for you?

What does an artist 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 an artist signifies your desire for self-expression and creativity. It can be more nuanced than that though.

It suggests you have ideas and emotions that you wish to convey in a unique way.

Alternatively, watching an artist at work in a dream reflects your admiration for someone's skill and dedication. It could also mean that you are observing and learning from someone's creative process in your waking life. Both of these dreams highlight the importance of creativity, expression, and learning in your life.

An artist can be a somewhat colorful and puzzling dream concept to really clarify with certainty. To say for certain, I would have to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's background 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 as an artist may indicate an unconscious yearning to manifest latent talents or unexpressed aspects of the self.

Some additional thoughts on this: It can also symbolize the ego's struggle to reconcile with the id, a Freudian concept referring to the primal, instinctual part of the mind. Conversely, observing an artist at work in a dream can represent the superego, the moralistic and critical part of the mind, scrutinizing the id's raw, unfiltered expressions. This could suggest a need for self-evaluation or introspection. Both of these dreams underscore the ongoing dialectic between the id, ego, and superego, and the necessity of achieving a harmonious balance for psychological well-being.

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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 being an artist is a spiritual call to manifest your innermost thoughts and feelings into the physical world. It's a divine nudge to embrace your unique creative abilities and express your soul's essence. Conversely, watching an artist at work symbolizes your spiritual journey of learning and growth. It's a reflection of your soul's desire to learn from others' experiences and incorporate their wisdom into your own life path. Both of these dreams are spiritual reminders of the importance of creativity and learning in your soul's evolution. They highlight the divine interplay between self-expression and wisdom acquisition, both of which are crucial for spiritual growth and enlightenment.

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So whose interpretation of the dream matches your dream?

Which interpretation of an artist applies to your unique situation?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex thing to understand. Just about any concept from a dream can symbolize a wide range of things — or be the result of multiple themes from our daily lives.

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