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

Have you dreamed about pruning? It's a meaningful dream topic that has a few fascinating interpretations.

Read on for three different explanations from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about pruning.

Which interpretation best explains your dream?

What does pruning 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 pruning a plant signifies personal growth and self-improvement. It's often not quite so simple though.

It suggests that you are in a phase of life where you are cutting off the unnecessary aspects, habits, or relationships that are no longer serving you, to make way for new growth and opportunities. If you are watching someone else do the pruning, it could mean that you are observing changes in someone else's life or you feel that someone is influencing your life decisions. This dream symbolizes transformation, change, and the process of letting go for better things to come.

Pruning can be a somewhat complex dream concept to to give you a single meaning for. To really know without any doubts, I would need 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, pruning a plant may be a representation of the Freudian concept of sublimation, where one redirects unhelpful impulses towards more beneficial activities.

The dream-symbol can have many permutations however. It's a manifestation of the ego's attempt to balance the id's primitive desires and the superego's moral compass. If you're observing another prune, it could suggest a projection of your own need for self-regulation onto another. This dream may be an invitation to introspect on your own behaviours and attitudes, and to consider what might need 'pruning' for psychological equilibrium.

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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 pruning a plant symbolizes your spiritual journey of self-reflection and purification. It reflects your inner desire to shed off the negative energies, thoughts, or habits that are hindering your spiritual growth. This dream is a divine message, urging you to make space for positive energies and spiritual enlightenment. If you've dreamt of watching someone else prune, it signifies your role as a spiritual observer, witnessing the transformation of others. It may also indicate that you are learning from others' experiences and incorporating their wisdom into your own spiritual journey. This dream is a spiritual call to embrace change, growth, and purification.

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Whose analysis of the dream makes the most sense for you?

Which of the above interpretations for pruning applies to your dream vision?

Only you can know for sure. Remember that our dreaming mind can be a complicated landscape. Each and every dream image can represent multiple things — or be the result of many different realities from our daily lives.

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