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

A subject like shopping can be a challenging one to explain. Because dreams are like portals into our subconscious mind, and they often represent specific references to our waking-life, no single dream interpretation fits every dream about shopping or any other symbol.

Below are 3 contrasting interpretations of a dream about shopping, taken from three different viewpoints.

Which of these interpretations works the best for you?

What does shopping 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 shopping often symbolizes choices and decisions you're making in waking life. But as you know, a dream seldom has such a simple interpretation.

It can reflect your consideration of new ideas, beliefs, or lifestyle choices. If you're feeling overwhelmed, it may indicate too many options or feeling lost in decision-making. A dream about being in a shopping mall, a place of consumerism and variety, can represent your search for identity and self-expression. It may also symbolize opportunities and potential paths available to you. Both dreams can be a reminder to make conscious choices that align with your true self and not to get lost in the distractions of materialism.

Shopping is colorful and puzzling dream symbol to really interpret with certainty. To say with any kind of confidence, I would have to get an understanding of the dreamer's life story and current circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of shopping, in the Freudian sense, may reflect your subconscious grappling with the concept of desire and acquisition.

Also: It could symbolize your id's pursuit of pleasure and satisfaction, or perhaps a latent wish-fulfillment. The act of choosing and buying may represent decisions or commitments you're contemplating in your waking life. On the other hand, a shopping mall, a labyrinth of consumerism, could symbolize the collective unconscious, a place teeming with societal norms and expectations. It may represent your ego's struggle to navigate and conform to these external pressures. This dream could be a manifestation of your search for identity amidst the cacophony of societal demands. Both dreams, in essence, may be your psyche's way of exploring the tension between individual desires and societal expectations.

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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 shopping is a spiritual journey of self-discovery, reflecting your soul's quest for fulfillment. It symbolizes your divine free will, the spiritual power to make choices that resonate with your higher self. Being in a shopping mall, a microcosm of society, signifies your soul's journey through the material world. It represents the spiritual challenge of maintaining your divine essence amidst the distractions of earthly life. Both dreams are a divine reminder to stay true to your spiritual path, to make choices that align with your soul's purpose, and not to lose yourself in the materialistic maze of society. They are a call to balance earthly desires with spiritual aspirations.

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So whose dream interpretation matches your dream?

Which interpretation of shopping fits with your dream?

Only you can know for certain. Remember that our higher mind can be a complex puzzle. Just about any concept from a dream can symbolize a long list of meanings — or be the result of multiple realities from our daily life.

Do you have a slightly different interpretation on a dream about shopping that you'd like to share? Contribute your own analysis to the comment section below.

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