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

Have you ever dreamed about lava? This is a rich and colorful dream symbol that carries several fascinating interpretations.

Keep reaading for three different points-of-view from our dream guides on what it means to dream about lava.

Which explanation best explains your dream?

What does lava 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 seeing lava signifies a transformation or transition in your life. What lava means in your dream may be more nuanced.

It's a symbol of raw energy and intense emotions that are bubbling up from your subconscious.

Alternatively, dreaming about being engulfed by lava suggests feelings of being overwhelmed by these emotions or changes. It may indicate that you're struggling to control your anger or other strong feelings. It's a call to address these emotions before they consume you. The common themes among these dream variants are a reminder to manage your emotions and navigate changes with grace and resilience.

Lava is often a deep and fascinating dream image to really clarify with certainty. To know with any kind of confidence, I'd want to really dig deep into the dreamer's life story and current 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 observing lava may be a representation of the Freudian concept of the id, the primal, instinctual part of the psyche that houses raw, unprocessed emotions.

Thinking a bit more creatively... It's a visual manifestation of your repressed desires and passions, seeking an outlet. Conversely, being engulfed by lava in a dream could symbolize an overwhelming confrontation with these repressed emotions or desires. It may indicate a fear of succumbing to your baser instincts, or a struggle with self-control. Both of these dreams suggest a need for better integration of the id with the ego and superego, the rational and moral components of the psyche, to achieve psychological balance.

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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"

Witnessing lava in a dream is a spiritual symbol of your inner fire, representing the divine energy within you that seeks expression. It's a call to harness this energy and channel it towards your higher purpose. Conversely, being engulfed by lava signifies a spiritual cleansing or rebirth. It may feel overwhelming, but it's a necessary process to burn away the old, making way for the new. Both of these dreams are divine messages, urging you to embrace change, manage your inner energy, and undergo spiritual transformation. Remember, just as lava shapes new landscapes, these intense experiences are shaping a new, spiritually evolved you.

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So whose analysis of the dream is best for you?

Which interpretation of lava applies to your dream vision?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex and multifaceted thing to understand. Any dream concept can signify a wide range of things — or result from many different themes from our daily lives.

Have a unique explanation for a dream about lava you can add? Chime in with your own interpretation in the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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