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

A dream subject like an elephant can be a difficult one to really explain with any certainty. Because dreams are reflections of our subconscious mind, and they may represent symbolic references to our waking-life, no single explanation will ever work for everyone.

Below are three interesting interpretations of dreams about an elephant, written from very different viewpoints.

Which of these insights best matches your dream?


What does an elephant 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 an elephant often hints at strength, power, and longevity. But the specific meaning of an elephant in a dream obviously depends on your present circumstances.

It may suggest that you're dealing with a heavy burden or a challenging issue, but you have the strength to overcome it. If the elephant is friendly or you're interacting with it positively, it could represent wisdom, patience, and honor. If the elephant is aggressive, it may indicate you're avoiding a problem. Elephants are also associated with memory, so it could be a reminder of a past event or person. In some cultures, dreaming of an elephant is considered a good omen, symbolizing prosperity and good luck.

An elephant is a very rich and colorful dream concept to offer a definitive opinion on. To say with any kind of confidence, it's really necessary to really 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
Psychoanalyst,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

To have dreamed of an elephant, in Freudian terms, could be an embodiment of the id, the primal, instinctive component of the psyche.

The dream-symbol can have many permutations however. It's vast size and strength may be a representation of suppressed desires or emotions, yearning for release. Interacting with an elephant could signify an attempt to reconcile these unconscious urges with the ego, the rational self. If the interaction is peaceful, it suggests successful integration, leading to personal growth and self-awareness. However, a hostile interaction might indicate internal conflict, a struggle between desire and morality. The elephant's renowned memory might also symbolize the return of repressed memories or unresolved issues. Thus, an elephant in a dream is a potent symbol of the inner psychological landscape.

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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 an elephant, or interacting with one, can be a spiritual message about your inner strength and wisdom. Elephants are revered in many cultures as symbols of divine power and wisdom. If you've dreamt of an elephant, it may be a sign that you are being called to tap into your inner wisdom and strength to overcome a challenge. Interacting with an elephant in a dream could be a spiritual invitation to form a deeper connection with your higher self or divine wisdom. If the interaction is peaceful, it suggests you are in harmony with your spiritual path. If it's hostile, it may indicate a spiritual struggle or resistance to your spiritual growth. Remember, elephants never forget, so this could also be a spiritual reminder of a past lesson or experience.

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Which interpretation of the dream makes the most sense for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on an elephant best matches your your dream experience?

Only you can say for sure. Keep in mind that our higher mind can be a complicated thing to understand. Just about any object or action in a dream can signify a wide range of things — or be the result of many different activities in our daily life.

Got a different dream analysis on dreams about an elephant you can add? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your personal interpretation to the comments down below.

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