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

Did you dream about an old woman? It's a curious dream symbol that has multiple possible interpretations.

Scroll down for three different perspectives from our dream guides on what it means to dream about an old woman.

Which of these insights makes the most sense for you?

What does an old woman 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 old woman often symbolizes wisdom, guidance, or nurturing. There are many different takes on that idea though.

She may represent a maternal figure or a connection to your subconscious wisdom. Your interaction with her could reflect your relationship with your own intuition or the feminine aspects of your personality. If the interaction is positive, it suggests acceptance of these aspects. If negative, it may indicate a struggle with accepting wisdom or nurturing from yourself or others.

An old woman is often a complex and fascinating dream image to to give you a single, definitive meaning for. To really know for sure, it's really necessary to really get to know the dreamer's background and 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 an elderly woman, in Freudian terms, may signify the archetype of the "Great Mother" - a symbol of wisdom, guidance, and the unconscious mind.

The dream-symbol can have many permutations however. If you interact with her, it may be a reflection of your relationship with your own inner wisdom or the feminine aspects of your psyche. A positive interaction suggests a harmonious integration of these aspects, while a negative one may point to internal conflicts or resistance. This dream could also be a manifestation of the Oedipus complex, representing an unresolved attachment to the mother figure. It's crucial to examine the emotional context and personal associations to fully understand its implications.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"

Dreaming of an elderly woman signifies a spiritual encounter with the divine feminine, embodying wisdom, nurturing, and guidance. This figure often represents the Great Mother archetype, a spiritual symbol of your inner wisdom and intuition. Interacting with her in your dream reflects your relationship with your own spiritual growth and acceptance of divine guidance. A positive interaction indicates harmony with your spiritual journey, while a negative one suggests internal spiritual conflicts. This dream is a divine message, urging you to embrace the wisdom and nurturing aspects of your spiritual self. It's a call to connect with your higher self and embrace the spiritual journey you are on.

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Which dream explanation works the best for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for an old woman best matches your your dream experience?

Only you can say for sure. Remember that our subconscious mind can be a complex and multifaceted thing. Each and every concept from a dream can signify multiple things — or be the result of many different realities from our waking life.

Have a unique dream interpretation on a dream about an old woman that you want to share? Contribute your own ideas to the comments at the bottom of this page.

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