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How to Interpret Eggs as Dream Symbols
The Meaning of Eggs in Dreams
Dream Eggs as Symbols of Hidden Strength
Eggs are generally thought of as fragile things, easily broken or cracked.
When hit or hit against something from the side, this is true.
However, despite this flaw, the truth is the egg's design is actually a marvel of strength as the video below shows.
The shape of the egg is basically the shape recognized the world over: the arch.
Arches are architectural marvels of strength as they compress the weight along its surface.
Dreams of eggs can therefore, indicate that the dreamer, while he may feel fragile, may even feel broken, has a hidden strength that perhaps he himself has not recognized or acknowledged.
Eggs dreams coming at a time in which the dreamer feels particularly vulnerable may be asking the dreamer to become more like the egg and the strength found in its arch shape.
That is, the dreamer must identity where her vulnerable spots are and nurture them, while simultaneously learning how to find strength along the lines she might not have previously considered looking.
Introduction to Dream Egg Symbolism
Unless cracked, when eggs appear in dreams, they usually function as positive symbols.
While they may be overlooked, dream eggs are actually quite complex symbols with myriad meanings and are a symbol that appears throughout various mythologies, including Christian iconography--and not due to the Easter bunny.
Some possible meanings for eggs in dreams include:
- Hope, new life, possibility
- Cracked eggs as broken dreams as well as freedom
- The cosmos
- Change on a core level
With so many possibilities, how does one sort out the white of the dream egg from the yolk?
Read on and learn!
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The Dichotomy of Dreams of Cracked Eggs
Dreaming about cracked eggs might seem to have an obvious meaning--something is broken, something that was fragile and needed protection was inadvertently destroyed, some hope or dream has been irrevocably and irretrievably ruined.
Oftentimes, this meaning is precisely what cracked eggs can symbolize.
This interpretation is particularly apt if the dreamer has suffered some sort of disappointment or loss.
The loss could be anything the dreamer considered particularly precious or something that the dreamer had just begun working on or a project that was just in its formative stage.
If the dreamer has suffered some precious loss, it is wise to allow the emotions over the loss to have their time, to grieve over the loss, to let it be and not attempt to get around it.
The only way through pain is through it--there is not way to maneuver around it.
However, if the dreamer has not suffered a loss and has dreamed of finding cracked eggs, the dream may have a far different meaning.
Cracked eggs can indicate that the dreamer has broken out of his or her shell, so to speak--he or she may be breaking free of limitations and that life that had been gestating inside the eggshell has finally reached that maturation point so long awaited.
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Dream Eggs in Nests
Dream eggs in nests are likely to be symbols of hope and the possibility of new life.
Nest eggs in waking life are typically associated with spring and the time of renewal and rebirth.
Dreams about eggs in nests can have a similar meaning.
Dreams about nest eggs symbolize that something that has been fertilized and is growing, waiting for the time when that life is finally ready to break out of its shell, fully developed and ready to make its way in the world.
Dreams about nest eggs may occur during a time when the dreamer has felt life has stagnated, has plateaued or has come to a complete standstill.
If the dreamer dreams of nest eggs, she must be careful to remember that although the overall meaning of the dream is one of hope and developing life, that like is still forming.
Life cannot be rushed, the time it takes for development to reach maturation is precise--rushing it along does not allow it the time it needs to reach its maximum potential.
Often when one has been feeling stagnated or trapped, one pushes, shoves, and flails about fighting the life that is quietly developing deep in the psyche where the activity is hidden from the dreamer.
One is advised to attempt patience and remember the words of the Miracle Max in the Princess Bride: "You rush a miracle, man, you get rotten miracles."
Let the miracle of the dream egg take all the time it needs, so one doesn't end up with rotten eggs.
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The egg, or rather the egg shape has been used as a motif for creation throughout many mythologies.
Sanskrit mythology posits the world as it is as hatching from an egg, while Chinese mythology explains the heaven and the earth as two halves of a cracked egg.
Interestingly enough, modern science has even postulated that the universe itself is egg shaped as a manner of accounting for it being eternal yet ever-expanding--the thought being that the singular structure that once was a compressed form that expanded and continues to expand roughly in an egg shaped form.
Eggs in Christianity
An Orthodox Christian tradition gives a reason for dyeing eggs as Pascha (Easter).
Tradition holds that Mary Magdalene, while holding an egg in her hand that she was about to eat as part of a dinner she was sharing with TIberias Caesar, began relating the Resurrection story to her host.
Caesar found the story ludicrous, remarking that is was as plausible that a man could return from the dead as it was that the egg the Magdalene held in her hand would suddenly, inexplicably turn red, at which point the white egg immediately turned scarlet.
This story is why some icons of the Magdalene include red holding a red egg.
Another story that involves eggs and Christianity is that the egg itself is a symbol of the stone rolled away from the tomb of the risen Christ, the symbolism being that the rock that once imprisoned the dead was transformed into that which holds life inside its shell--a symbol of the death of death.
What Does Mythology Have to Do WIth Dream Egg Interpretation?
Whether the creation story involving the egg comes from the Sanskrit or a scientific theorem or a Christian tradition, the one parallel in each is that there is something miraculous about the egg.
There is something marvelous going on inside its shell, some dynamic process unseen to the human eye that is, despite its invisibility, creating and forming life itself.
The egg appears nothing more than a fragile shell, lying silently, doing nothing, completely helpless and vulnerable to the elements and predators surrounding it.
However, what is actually occurring is that each stage of life is phasing through its part of the development of a whole being.
Alchemists, who we now know were interested in the the spiritual transformation of the soul--the transformation of the lead of human existence into the gold of a spiritual being, rather than learning the mundane process of creating physical gold from literal lead--believed that the most important and radical transformations took place inside a vessels that were hermetically sealed.
What all of the mythologies and alchemical tales of eggs have to do with egg dreams and the meaning of the egg as a dream symbol is that oftentimes dreamers find themselves in places as lonely as the single egg sitting in a nest.
Just as it is impossible for the outside observer to see what is going on inside the egg, neither can the egg see what is going on inside itself.
It sounds like a silly statement, but when individuals find themselves completely isolated, feeling completely alone, they often feel lost, abandoned, bereft and see absolutely nothing going on either in the world around them, nor can they comprehend that any internal process, other than pain, loneliness and depression is occurring.
Dreams of eggs can be reminders of what we can't see: that sometimes isolation, complete and utter isolation, is necessary to remove the distractions of the outer world so that profound progress can occur both in the inner world and the outer world.
Egg dreams may remind the dreamer that all the loneliness, the isolation, the pain the dreamer is experiencing will be forgotten once she cracks open and manages to fight her way through the shell that contained her.
Once free from that shell the dreamer sees the revelation of the manifestation that was there all along, simply hidden by that which was at once holding her back while moving her forward in life.
Fertility and Creativity
One of the most obvious symbolic representations of the egg is fertility--after all eggs are a part of the beginning of life.
In dreams, eggs can symbolize fertility, but fertility does not always mean literal fertility. Dream fertility can refer to a point in the dreamers life where the mind is particularly receptive to new ideas, where new plans are germinating, waiting for the time when they can be born in the waking world.
While dreams of eggs as symbols of fertility and creativity are positive omens, the dreamer must be cautious. Eggs are life at its most dynamic phase when all manner of transformation is occurring, but the life and ideas forming are at their earliest stage and at their most vulnerable point.
Whatever is germinating within the dreamer needs nurture and protection and it may be best to keep the new ideas and thoughts growing within safe from the outer world by keeping these ideas to one's self until they are safe and solid enough to be shared with others.
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