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

A dream image like varnishing can be a complex one to offer an interpretation for. Because our dreams are windows into our subconscious minds, and they often represent specific references to our everyday lives, no single explanation can ever match everyone's dream.

Below are 3 possible perspectives on a dream about varnishing, taken from very different viewpoints.

Which of these insights best explains your dream?

What does varnishing 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 varnishing something suggests a desire to protect or preserve something in your life. It can be more nuanced than that though.

It could be a relationship, a project, or even your own feelings. You're trying to keep it safe from harm or damage.

Alternatively, seeing an object with a varnish finish in a dream symbolizes the final touches or completion of a task. It might be a sign that you're nearing the end of a journey or project, and you're ready to present it to the world. The common themes among these dream variants indicate a focus on preservation and completion.

Varnishing is a very complex dream image to get one's head around. To say confidently, it's really necessary to get to know the dreamer's life and current situation.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of varnishing an object may symbolize a Freudian defense mechanism known as "isolation," where one attempts to cover or mask distressing thoughts or feelings, much like applying a glossy veneer over a rough surface.

But varnishing can say quite a few things — It could also be a kind of a need for validation, as varnish enhances an object's aesthetic appeal. Seeing an object with a varnish finish, however, may denote a sense of accomplishment or finality. It could be a manifestation of the "pleasure principle," where the ego seeks gratification and fulfillment. It may also suggest a yearning for perfection or an ideal state, as varnish points to things like flawlessness and refinement. Both of these dreams reflect a deep-seated desire for protection, enhancement, and satisfaction.

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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 varnishing something signifies a spiritual quest to safeguard and honor the sacred aspects of your life. It's a divine call to shield your spiritual journey or emotional well-being from negative energies. It's a spiritual act of preservation and protection. Seeing an object with a varnish finish in your dream symbolizes the spiritual completion of a life phase or spiritual task. It's a divine affirmation that you're ready to showcase your spiritual growth and accomplishments. It's a sign of spiritual fulfillment and readiness to move to the next phase of your spiritual journey. The common themes among these dream variations are spiritual messages about protection, completion, and readiness for the next spiritual phase.

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So which dream interpretation works the best for you?

Which interpretation above for varnishing makes the most sense for your your dream experience?

Only you can know for certain. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a multifaceted thing to understand. Just about any concept from a dream can represent a wide range of meanings — or be the result of many different forces in our conscious life.

Got a slightly different explanation for a dream about varnishing you can add? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your own ideas in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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