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

Have you dreamed about an orphan? This is a colorful dream topic that carries several fascinating interpretations.

Keep reaading for three different explanations from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about an orphan.

Which of these interpretations makes the most sense for your dream?

What does an orphan 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 being an orphan can symbolize feelings of isolation, abandonment, or independence. But as you know, a dream seldom has such a simple interpretation.

You may feel disconnected from your social circle or family, or you're yearning for self-reliance. Encountering an orphan, by contrast, could represent your compassionate side, indicating a desire to help those in need.

Alternatively, it could reflect feelings of guilt or responsibility towards someone in your waking life.

An orphan can often be a complex and fascinating dream object to pin down. To really know without any doubts, I would have to get an understanding of the dreamer's past and mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of oneself as an orphan may be an unconscious manifestation of the Freudian concept of 'Separation Anxiety', a deep-seated fear of losing one's primary caregivers.

We can take this reasoning to another level: This could indicate unresolved childhood trauma or a latent desire for autonomy. Conversely, encountering an orphan in a dream might symbolize the 'Shadow Self', a Jungian term referring to the aspects of our personality we reject or deny. This could suggest a need to integrate these neglected parts of ourselves. Alternatively, it may be a representation of the 'Other', an individual or group we perceive as fundamentally different, triggering feelings of empathy or discomfort.

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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 being an orphan may be a spiritual call to self-discovery and self-reliance, a divine nudge towards understanding your unique path and purpose, detached from societal or familial expectations. It could also be a sign of spiritual isolation, indicating a need to reconnect with your higher self or divine source. Encountering an orphan, by contrast, could be a spiritual invitation to practice compassion and service, a reminder of our interconnectedness and shared humanity. Alternatively, it could symbolize a neglected aspect of your own spirit, urging you to acknowledge and nurture this part of yourself. In Both of these dreams, the orphan symbolizes a spiritual journey towards wholeness and self-realization.

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Whose dream interpretation makes the most sense for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for an orphan best matches your dream?

Only you can say for sure. Bear in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complex and multifaceted landscape. Just about any image in a dream can represent multiple meanings — or result from multiple forces in our waking lives.

Got a slightly different dream interpretation for dreams about an orphan that you want to share? Add your own analysis in the comment area down below.

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