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

A concept like an inheritance can be a complex one to really explain with any certainty. Because our dreams are like echoes and patterns from our subconscious mind, and they often include symbolic references to our waking-life, no single dream interpretation will ever work for everyone.

Below are 3 different interpretations of a dream about an inheritance, seen from very different angles.

Which interpretation best explains your dream?

What does an inheritance 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 receiving an inheritance can symbolize an unexpected gain or reward in your waking life. That's the most general analysis.

It may also represent the acceptance of a quality or knowledge from a parent or ancestor.

Alternatively, dreaming about someone else getting an inheritance could indicate feelings of jealousy or being overlooked. It might also suggest that you are recognizing the value others bring into your life. Both of these dreams highlight the importance of legacy and the transfer of wealth, knowledge, or power.

An inheritance is a very difficult dream concept to pin down for sure. To really say for certain, I would need to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's past and current environment.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of receiving an inheritance may reflect an unconscious acknowledgement of personal growth, a maturation of ideas or the assimilation of wisdom from one's own experiences.

Some alternatives: It could also signify a latent desire for validation or recognition. Conversely, dreaming of another's inheritance might symbolize a sense of displacement or inadequacy, perhaps a manifestation of the Freudian concept of 'castration anxiety'. It could also be a kind of an unconscious recognition of the other's potential or value. Both of these dreams underscore the psychoanalytic principle of transference, the process by which emotions and desires originally associated with one person are unconsciously shifted to another.

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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 receiving an inheritance can be a spiritual message of divine favor and blessings coming your way. It signifies the universe acknowledging your efforts and rewarding you. It may also symbolize the spiritual wisdom or traits you've inherited from your ancestors. Conversely, dreaming of someone else receiving an inheritance could be a spiritual nudge to appreciate the blessings and talents others possess. It might also be a call to introspection, to understand any feelings of envy or inadequacy. Both of these dreams spiritually emphasize the concept of karma and the universal law of giving and receiving, reminding us of our interconnectedness and the cyclical nature of energy.

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Which dream interpretation makes the most sense for you?

Which interpretation of an inheritance applies to your unique situation?

Only you can say for certain. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex and multifaceted place. Just about any object or action in a dream can signify a long list of things — or be the result of multiple forces in our conscious lives.

Have a slightly different dream interpretation on dreams about an inheritance you can add? Contribute your personal analysis to the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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