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

A concept like tennis can be a difficult one to really explain with any certainty. Because our dreams are vibrations of our subconscious minds, and they often represent symbolic references to our waking-life, no single explanation will ever work for everyone.

Below are three contrasting perspectives on a dream about tennis, taken from three different angles.

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What does tennis 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 playing tennis signifies your active participation in life, reflecting your competitive spirit and determination to win. It's often not quite so simple though.

It may also indicate your need for better coordination and teamwork. Watching a tennis match, on the other hand, suggests you're observing the back-and-forth of some situation in your waking life, possibly a conflict or argument. It could also mean you're evaluating options before making a decision. Both scenarios highlight the importance of balance, strategy, and agility in your life.

Tennis is often a deep and multifaceted dream image to pin down for sure. To say for sure, I would have to understand 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"

Dreaming of playing tennis may symbolize the Freudian concept of Eros and Thanatos, the life and death instincts respectively.

Likewise — The act of hitting the ball back and forth could represent the struggle between these two primal forces. It may also reflect your subconscious grappling with issues of power and control. Conversely, watching a tennis match might suggest a passive role in your waking life, observing the dynamics of interpersonal relationships or conflicts. It could also denote a period of introspection, where you are analyzing your own actions and decisions. Both scenarios underscore the significance of duality and equilibrium in your 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 of playing tennis is a spiritual symbol of your inner duel between the physical and spiritual realms. It signifies your soul's journey to strike a balance between worldly desires and spiritual enlightenment. The back-and-forth play mirrors the constant exchange between these two aspects of your existence. Watching a tennis match, however, signifies your spiritual self observing the ongoing battle between good and evil, right and wrong within you. It's a call for introspection, to understand the dynamics of this inner conflict and make conscious choices. Both scenarios emphasize the spiritual significance of balance, harmony, and conscious decision-making in your life's journey.

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

Which of the preceding explanations for tennis fits with your dream vision?

Only you can say for sure. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complicated thing to understand. Each and every concept from a dream can symbolize many different things — or result from multiple forces in our daily lives.

Have a different dream interpretation on a dream about tennis that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear your own analysis to the comments at the bottom of this page.

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