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

When an interesting dream vision like scissors is revealed in your dreams, it can have many different explanations.

Below are three analytical ways of interpreting dreams about this dream subject from our dream experts.

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What does scissors 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 using scissors signifies making a decision or cutting ties with something in your life. But as you know, a dream seldom has such a simple interpretation.

It's a symbol of power and control, indicating you're ready to take charge and make changes. Seeing someone else use scissors, however, may suggest that someone in your life is making decisions that affect you, or it could represent a fear of being cut off or disconnected from a person or situation. Both scenarios emphasize the theme of separation and decision-making.

Scissors is a somewhat rich and colorful dream concept to really clarify with certainty. To really know confidently, it would be necessary to really dig deep into the dreamer's life 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 utilizing scissors, in the Freudian perspective, may symbolize a subconscious desire to sever or dissociate from a particular aspect of one's life, perhaps an unresolved Oedipal conflict or a repressed traumatic memory.

Likewise — It's an expression of the ego's assertiveness, a manifestation of the reality principle in action. Observing another person wielding scissors, on the other hand, could be a projection of your own anxieties about being subjected to another's decisions or a latent fear of castration, a common theme in Freudian psychoanalysis. Both instances underscore the dynamics of power, control, and separation in the dreamer's psyche.

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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 using scissors can be a spiritual symbol of transformation and liberation. It suggests that you are ready to cut away the old and unnecessary, making way for new growth and enlightenment. This dream is a divine message that you are in control of your spiritual journey and personal growth. On the other hand, seeing someone else use scissors could indicate that you are feeling the effects of someone else's transformative decisions on your spiritual path. It may also symbolize a fear of spiritual disconnection or separation. Both scenarios highlight the spiritual themes of transformation, personal control, and the fear of disconnection.

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Whose dream interpretation matches your dream?

Which of the preceding perspectives on scissors makes the most sense for your unique situation?

Only you can say for sure. Keep in mind that our higher mind can be a complex place. Any object or action in a dream can represent multiple meanings — or symbolize multiple themes from our conscious lives.

Have a better interpretation on a dream about scissors of your own? Add your personal interpretation in the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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