With all the festivities occurring at this time of year, it should come as no surprise that images we see around us every day start infiltrating our minds and affecting our subconscious. So if our sleeping mind starts picking up on the symbol of eggs, what can that mean to us personally?
So what does it mean when we dream of eggs? On the one had, eggs have a deep and universal reference to new life, new beginnings. Eggs can symbolise potential as yet unrealised, new birth yet to happen. Eggs can also refer to wholeness – nothing is more self contained and complete than an egg.
If we dream of eggs, we might consider:
– What new projects or ideas are emerging in our lives?
– What is the unrealised potential we are seeking to tap?
– Where in our life are we seeking, or have we found, a sense of completeness and wholeness? Or what do we need to do to achieve this?
But eggs can have many other symbolic representations. Egg shells are fragile and easily broken. If we dream of breaking eggs, it can indicate that something in our life is very fragile – is it our feelings? Are they easily hurt so that we feel broken? Or does somebody we know feel like that, so we must protect them? Or if it is not feelings, is there a new project starting, or a new relationship, that is still new and needs to be handled carefully before the rough and tumble of every day life is exposed to something so delicate? Or can egg shells be a symbol for a superficial surface, especially if decorated and adorned – could this dream mean that we wish to not be distracted by a pretty veneer, and seek a deeper meaning within?
Broken eggs can have different meanings still. If we dream of a broken egg, is there something we feel has been irretrievably destroyed? Like Humpty Dumpty, not even all the King’s horses and all the King’s men could put Humpty together again. But this need not be a bad thing. After all, we need to break a few eggs to make an omlette. Maybe this is a sign of needing to commit to change that you know you can’t be undone – no-one can unscramble eggs – and this can be a scary thought. Change can be intimidating if we feel there is no going back. But only real commitment can result in positive change for the long term. Or perhaps the broken eggs are not about a change in ourselves, but a symbol of needing to tread carefully – a feeling we are “walking on eggshells.” What area of your life do you feel needs to be dealt with with extra sensitivity?
And yet despite all these symbolic meanings, eggs can have a a far simpler meaning at this time of year due to the prevalence of the images we see every day in media, in shopping centers and other places we go. In this way, eggs may represent all that we love, or loathe, about Easter – they may symbolise family and gatherings and celebration; they may represent hunting, the lost being found, discovering of treasure; they may mean indulgence, decadence, and treats; or they may represent a gaudy fakeness, a commercialisation of a natural process/idea, and even gluttony and greed. Only you will know what you own feelings about the Easter time are, and your own reaction to the idea of eggs.
Regardless of your feelings, to dream of eggs is a hopeful dream. Even if you feel disillusioned by the commercialisation of eggs, or of the hollow emptiness of chocolate eggs, that you know what the idea of an egg is – the idea of a new life, of potential, shows that within your frustrated soul you still seek the nurturance and joy of what eggs are about, and that nurture and joy can be found, once we realise that we need to seek beyond the supermarket shelves and the commercial hijacking of our deeper spiritual and psychological needs.