As a vital physical organ, the heart pumps the blood and oxygen we need for survival to all of the cells in the body. The core center of activity in many things and situations is frequently referred to as its "heart;" for example, "the heart of the city."
The heart is a universal archetype for love in society and culture. Dreams featuring the heart are the unconscious' way of evaluating or describing your emotional state. What is the condition of the heart in your dream?
A heart that is damaged or wounded indicates emotional pain or hurt. Is the dreamer ill, as in having a heart attack? If so,it's likely that the heart is "broken." Is the dreamer having surgery to repair the heart? Look at the other symbols in the dream to determine its meaning. Your dream might help you get to the "heart" of the matter. Is your unconscious suggesting ways to heal?
Is the dreamer angry or is violence involved? This might indicate an agitated or passionate emotional state that could be related to emotional hurt. Dreaming of being involved with a person you feel is "out of your league," such as a celebrity, may indicate self-esteem issues.
In some contexts, the heart may represent the core or center of an issue based on its critical role in supplying the entire body with what it needs to operate and survive. What parts of your system in waking life is your emotional state affecting?
Is the dreamer having heart problems in waking life? The dream may be a signal or reminder to take better care of yourself or make a medical appointment. Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women and doctors still fail to recognize our symptoms. Take action and learn more here:
If the symbols surrounding the heart in the dream are positive, the dreamer may be feeling emotionally healthy. If your dream heart is active and excited, perhaps you have fallen in love! Dreaming of being in love with a stranger may be giving you hints that something new and exciting is about to occur in your life or that you may be longing for love. Dreaming of being in love with your current significant other may symbolize your deep feelings of love for this person.
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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.