In history and tradition, shields have been used in battle, to symbolize spiritual growth and to represent identity and lineage. Which meaning fits the shield in your dream?
The Brainy Dictionary defines "shield" as
- A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, -- formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body.
- Anything, or figuratively anyone which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
- To cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect from assault or injury
- To ward off; to keep off or out.
The practice of the "vision quest" is still alive within some Native American tribes and other earth-based spiritual paths. There were varying reasons for vision questing. The common reason was for a male tribal member to meditate and fast to be given his spiritual name, meet his spiritual guide, or both. Today, women also participate in this spiritual practice, which involves a period of fasting and meditation typically for three days and nights, usually in the wilderness. When the individual has finished their quest, a gift is brought to the tribe's medicine man, who transcribes an interpretation of the wisdom and insight gained to the person's individual shield. More than a means of physical protection, the shield has deep personal and spiritual meaning. Shields have also been employed in European cultures as a representation of the person's identity and lineage.
In our dreams, shields also symbolize physical or spiritual protection. You may be seeking protection from an outside threat or even yourself. Take a close look at the shield. Is it made of metal and suitable for battle, or does it have a symbolic design decorated with feathers, bones and beads? The difference can help you discern whether you are facing a physical, emotional or spiritual battle. If your shield contains an image, think about what significance it may have for you.
You may be involved a situation where you feel threatened and want to leave, or you may be experiencing threats to your self-esteem and emotional well-being. Are you involved in an abusive relationship where you fear for your safety? Your unconscious may be prompting you to take steps to get out before further hurt and damage are suffered.
You may be shielding yourself with your own arms, symbolizing that you are able or attempting to use your own strength to protect yourself. Your unconscious may be suggesting that you seek outside support. You may be using another physical tool such as a door or building. Take a look what this item represents for you emotionally to interpret the meaning of shielding in your dream.
May all your dreams come true!
Parthena Black is a professional social worker and ordained minister with experience in tarot and runes. For private spiritual counseling and intuitive readings via e-mail, please visit her at oymygoddess.com.