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

A dream symbol like an exorcism can be a complicated one to analyze. Because our dreams are like transmissions from our subconscious mind, and they may represent symbolic references to our everyday lives, no single explanation will ever work for everyone.

Below are three interesting interpretations of dreams about an exorcism, written from three different angles.

Which of these interpretations best matches your dream vision?

What does an exorcism 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 performing an exorcism suggests you're confronting issues you've been avoiding. That's the simple dream interpretation, at least.

It's a symbol of personal transformation, indicating you're ready to face your fears or negative aspects. Witnessing an exorcism, by contrast, implies you're observing someone else's struggle or transformation. It could be a call to offer support or understanding to this person in your waking life. Both of these dreams are about confrontation and change, but the first is introspective while the second is empathetic.

An exorcism can be a very deep dream symbol to interpret with any certainty. To know for sure, it's really necessary to get to know 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 performing an exorcism may signify your subconscious effort to expel deeply rooted, negative psychic elements.

Somewhat similarly: This Freudian 'repression' is a defense mechanism, and your dream may be an attempt to confront these repressed thoughts. Conversely, witnessing an exorcism could represent your awareness of a similar struggle within someone else's psyche. This could be a projection of your own internal conflict, or a manifestation of your desire to aid others in their psychological battles. The common themes among these potential variations, while differing in perspective, revolve around the theme of psychic purgation and the confrontation of the 'shadow self', as Jung would term it.

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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 performing an exorcism signifies a spiritual awakening, a call to cleanse your soul from negative energies or past traumas. It's a divine message that you're ready to confront and release these burdens, paving the way for spiritual growth. Witnessing an exorcism, however, suggests you're being guided to help others in their spiritual journey. It's a sign that you may have the ability to provide emotional or spiritual support to someone grappling with their own inner demons. The common themes among these dream variations are deeply spiritual, the first one is about personal healing and transformation, while the second one is about empathy and spiritual service to others.

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Which dream explanation works the best for you?

Which interpretation above for an exorcism fits with your dream?

Only you can know for sure. Remember that our dreaming mind can be a complicated thing. Just about any image in a dream can represent many different meanings — or result from multiple activities in our conscious life.

Got a different analysis for dreams about an exorcism of your own? Chime in with your personal ideas to the comment area down below.

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