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

A dream subject like licking can be a complicated one to get one's brain around. Because dreams are abstractions of our subconscious minds, and they often represent symbolic references to our waking-life, no single dream interpretation fits every dream about licking or any other symbol.

Below are 3 contrasting perspectives on dreams about licking, seen from three different perspectives.

Which of these insights makes the most sense for you?

What does licking 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 licking something can symbolize a desire for sensual or tactile experiences, indicating a need to explore and enjoy life's pleasures more fully. But it's not always such a simple interpretation.

It can also represent curiosity, as licking is a way animals investigate their environment. If you've dreamt of someone or something else doing the licking, it may suggest that you feel someone is overly interested in your personal life or you're feeling invaded in some way.

Alternatively, it could symbolize nurturing and care, as many animals lick their young as a form of protection and bonding.

Licking is a very deep and multifaceted dream symbol to offer a definitive opinion on. To really say for certain, it would be necessary to get more information about the dreamer's life story and current environment.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

In the realm of the unconscious, dreaming of licking may be thought of as a manifestation of oral fixation, a Freudian concept that suggests an unresolved issue during the oral stage of psychosexual development.

Getting a bit more complex: It may denote a longing for comfort or security, often associated with the act of nursing during infancy. If the dream involves another entity doing the licking, it could be a projection of your own suppressed desires or anxieties. This could reflect a sense of vulnerability or a fear of intimacy. However, it's crucial to consider the context and personal associations, as dreams are highly subjective and individualistic.

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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 licking something can be a spiritual symbol of longing for deeper connection or understanding. It might suggest a yearning to fully absorb life's experiences, akin to savoring every morsel of wisdom or joy. If you've dreamt of another entity doing the licking, it could represent a divine message that you are cared for and protected, as licking is a nurturing act in the animal kingdom. However, it could also indicate a spiritual intrusion, suggesting a need for boundaries. Remember, dreams are personal spiritual journeys, and their meanings can vary greatly depending on your own spiritual beliefs and experiences.

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So which dream explanation is best for you?

Which interpretation above for licking makes the most sense for your dream?

Only you can say for certain. Remember that our higher mind can be a complex and multifaceted puzzle. Just about any concept from a dream can signify a long list of meanings — or be the result of multiple activities in our conscious life.

Do you have a different interpretation on a dream about licking of your own? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your personal interpretation to the comments down below.

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