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

Did you dream about smoke? This is a memorable dream symbol that has a few possible interpretations.

Keep reaading for three different explanations from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about smoke.

Which explanation explains your dream the best?

What does smoke 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 smoke generally symbolizes confusion or uncertainty, as smoke obscures vision and makes it hard to see clearly. The exact meaning of smoke vary quite a bit, however.

It can also represent feelings of danger or fear, especially if the smoke is associated with fire. If you dream about being surrounded by smoke, it may indicate that you feel overwhelmed or trapped in a situation in your waking life. You may be struggling to find clarity or direction. It's important to pay attention to your emotions in the dream, as they can provide further insight into what the smoke symbolizes for you.

Smoke is a very complex and intriguing dream object to to really give you a single answer for. To know for sure, it would be necessary to get more information about 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 smoke, in Freudian terms, could be a manifestation of the 'fog' of the unconscious mind, a symbol of repressed desires or unresolved issues.

It's a complex concept though... It might be a reflection of your internal struggle to bring these to the conscious level. If you find yourself enveloped by smoke, it could signify feelings of being trapped or suffocated by these repressed emotions or unresolved conflicts. The smoke, in this context, acts as a veil, obscuring your true feelings or thoughts. The emotional context of the dream is crucial to deciphering its meaning. It's not the smoke per se, but your reaction to it, that holds the key to understanding the dream's significance.

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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 smoke or being enveloped by it can be a spiritual signal of transformation, akin to the Phoenix rising from the ashes. Smoke, in its ethereal form, can symbolize the transition from the physical to the spiritual realm, indicating a need for inner growth or enlightenment. If you're surrounded by smoke, it may suggest you're in the midst of a spiritual awakening, but are yet to gain clarity. The smoke is a spiritual fog, a divine mystery you're being called to unravel. Your emotional response to the smoke can provide further insights into your spiritual journey. Remember, in the spiritual realm, smoke is not a barrier, but a bridge to higher consciousness.

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So whose dream interpretation matches your dream?

Which of the above ways of explaining smoke fits with your dream?

Only you can say for certain. It's worth noting that our higher mind can be a complex thing to understand. Any object or image from a dream can represent a long list of meanings — or result from multiple realities from our conscious life.

Got a different interpretation on dreams about smoke you can add? Chime in with your personal ideas to the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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