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Did You Dream About Juggling? Here's What It Means

A dream subject like juggling can be a complicated one to get one's brain around. Because our dreams are like echoes and patterns from our subconscious mind, and they often include symbolic references to our everyday lives, no single explanation will ever work for everyone.

Below are three possible interpretations of dreams about juggling, written from very different angles.

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

What does juggling 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 juggling objects signifies the dreamer's struggle to manage multiple responsibilities or tasks at once. But the specific meaning of juggling in a dream obviously depends on your present circumstances.

It can also indicate a need for balance in one's life. If you're successful in juggling, it suggests you're able to maintain harmony amidst chaos. If you drop the objects, it implies you're overwhelmed and may need to delegate or let go of some tasks. Watching someone else juggle, by contrast, could symbolize admiration for someone who handles their responsibilities well, or it could represent a feeling of being on the outside, observing others manage their lives effectively.

Juggling can often be a deep and multifaceted dream experience to make any kind of definitive analysis about. To really know for sure, it's really necessary to really dig deep into the dreamer's past and current situation.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of juggling objects, in Freudian terms, may symbolize the unconscious mind's attempt to reconcile disparate aspects of the self.

Thinking a bit more creatively... It could represent the ego's struggle to balance the id's primal desires with the superego's moral constraints. Success in juggling may indicate a harmonious integration of these conflicting forces, while failure suggests internal discord. Observing another juggle, however, could reflect the dreamer's projection of their own internal struggle onto an external figure. This may be a defense mechanism, distancing oneself from the anxiety of self-conflict. Alternatively, it could represent the dreamer's unconscious admiration or envy for those who seem to manage their internal conflicts with apparent ease.

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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 juggling objects is a spiritual message about the delicate balance of life's responsibilities and the need for harmony. If you're juggling successfully, it's a sign that you're maintaining equilibrium amidst life's challenges. If you're dropping objects, it's a divine nudge to reassess your load, perhaps delegate or release some burdens. Watching someone else juggle can symbolize your spiritual admiration for those who handle life's complexities with grace, or it may reflect a sense of feeling like an observer in your own life, a call to take more active participation in managing your life's journey.

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Which dream interpretation makes the most sense for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining juggling fits with your dream vision?

Only you can know for certain. Remember that our higher mind can be a complex landscape. Each and every object or image from a dream can represent a wide range of meanings — or be the result of multiple activities in our waking life.

Have a unique analysis for a dream about juggling of your own? Contribute your personal thoughts in the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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