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

When a meaningful dream-concept like an onion appears in your dreams, it can have several possible explanations.

Below are three interesting dream interpretations of your dream topic from our dream analysis gurus.

Which of these interpretations best explains your dream?

What does an onion 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 onion symbolizes layers of your personality that you are uncovering. But the dream is often more nuanced.

It can also represent the tears, heartache, and sadness you are experiencing in waking life. If you're cutting or cooking an onion, it suggests you're trying to penetrate your barriers and defenses to understand your true self.

It can also indicate a process of healing, as you're 'cooking' or transforming your raw feelings into something more palatable.

An onion can often be a very deep dream concept to interpret. To really know for sure, I'd need to understand the dreamer's life 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 an onion, in Freudian terms, signifies the intricate process of self-discovery, akin to peeling away the layers of an onion.

Taking that analysis a bit deeper... Each layer represents a facet of your unconscious mind, waiting to be unraveled. The act of cutting or cooking an onion, on the other hand, is symbolic of the ego's endeavor to dissect and process these unconscious elements. The tears often associated with cutting onions may denote the emotional catharsis involved in this introspective journey. Thus, such a dream could be an invitation from your psyche to embark on a path of self-understanding and emotional transformation.

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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 onion is a spiritual call to delve into your inner self, each layer representing a deeper level of consciousness or spiritual awakening. It's a journey of self-discovery, peeling back the layers of your soul to reveal your true essence. If you're cutting or cooking an onion in your dream, it symbolizes the spiritual transformation you're undergoing. Cutting the onion signifies the painful process of self-examination, while cooking it represents the purification and refinement of your spirit. The tears shed while cutting the onion are a cleansing ritual, releasing old pains and making way for spiritual growth. This dream is a divine message, urging you to embrace this spiritual journey towards self-realization.

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Whose dream analysis makes the most sense for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on an onion fits with your unique situation?

Only you can say for certain. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex place. Each and every dream image can signify multiple meanings — or symbolize many different realities from our conscious lives.

Got a unique interpretation on a dream about an onion of your own? We'd love to hear your own interpretation in the comments below.

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