The meaning of Altar in dream | Dream interpretation

(see Carcass, Church, Holy Ground, Monastery, Te?nple)

The meeting of two worlds: religious and mundane. This is the place where traditionally the gods are honored, offerings get made, and many rituals take place. So, look beyond the altar to see what appears on it, and what occurs around it, for more insight.

If a sacrifice appears before you, ask yourself what things need to be left behind so that you can get a fresh start. Alternatively, consider if you’ve been giving too much of yourself, and sacrificing personal needs in the process.

Approaching ail altar: Acknowledging an urgent need for outside assistance of some sort. We often go to our image of the Divine when we want answers to, or help with, particularly perplexing problems.

If you have hesitated to seek that help from friends or the Universe, now is the time for action.

Improved insight or visional*)’ capacity developing. In ancient Greece, a tripodal altar was used in many divinatory efforts (see Divination).

The Language of Dreams | Patrica Telesco

Place of worship honoring source of life; commitment within the self.

A sacrificing of the old and opening to the new; awareness of spiritual nature or God within.

The Dream Books Symbols | Betty Bethards

You will have a sudden release from pressing worries and/or good news from an unexpected source if an altar figured in your dream.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams | Stearn Robinson - Tom Corbett

To dream that you uncover or discover an altar betokens joy and gladness.

The Complete Dream Book | Gillian Holloway

This is a warning dream.

If there is a priest officiating, you should avoid all worldly pleasures.

The Complete Dream Book | Gillian Holloway

An altar could suggest acknowledgement, adoration, or exaltation for the most religious people. Altars also predict forthcoming weddings, although if they are ruined it is a reflection of grief and loss of moral values. From a religious standpoint the altar has different meanings.

It is a place of sacrifice, so this dream could refer to a sacrifice you need to make or something that you have sacrificed for a good cause.

It is not always related to something material. Sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice your own ego and to express your own real feelings some more. An altar is also a symbol of a marriage between the conscious and the unconscious. The union of this opposing elements favors the creation of a unique and strong personality.

Dreaming that you are in a church is a bad omen because it represents mistakes and signs of repentment.

If there is a priest by the altar, it warns against disputes and domestic or professional problems. However, if you look at this church from the outside, blessing and fortune are coming soon.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke

Sacrifice, willingly giving it up, letting go.

A sudden marriage or commitment. Joy, consolation in release of something negative. 

The Bedside Dream Dictionary | Silvana Amar

To dream of seing{sic} a priest at the altar, denotes quarrels and unsatisfactory states in your business and home.

To see a marriage, sorrow to friends, and death to old age.

An altar would hardly be shown you in a dream, accept to warn you against the commission of error. Repentance is also implied.

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation | Gustavus Hindman Miller

also see Table

1- An altar in a dream represents the means or need to give oneself up to something that is more important than the immediate situation. Usually an altar represents religious belief of some sort.

It is the table of communion togetherness but also it often suggests the division between the physical and the spiritual.

2- Psychologically, this depicts being sacrificed either willingly or unwillingly.

The act of sacrifice, or of making sacred, needs to be made in public so that it can be properly acknowledged (See Sacrifice).

3- In the presence of the Divine, we can give thanks, and be at one.

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball

Dreams of an altar symbolize that you are devoted to altering your spiritual life and that you have a desire to connect with your higher self. See Sacrifice.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous

A reminder about something that is unsatisfactory.

It is also associated with the seriousness of the manage vows.

Psycho Dream Interpretation | Ella Freeman Sharpe

1. Religious feelings.

2. Ready to “sacrifice” someone to achieve an end.

3. Symbol of god.

4. Desire to be christian.

New American Dream Dictionary | Joan Seaman - Tom Philbin

To dream you are inside a church is not considered fortunate; it does not carry the same fortunate meaning as a view of the outside of the sacred building.

Mystic Dream Book | Internet Archive - Anonymous

Dreaming of an altar represents renewal and letting go of old habits and attitudes

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean

Well-known holy place; a place of power, spirituality, personal growth, and development. Ideals that are held dear are addressed and should be either elevated or sacrificed.

The altar is the place of transformation and ascent.

Little Giant Encyclopedia | Klaus Vollmar

(See Temple)

Islamic Dream Interpretation | Ibn Seerin

Prosperity; peace.

A center point; a focal point.

Gypsy Dream Dictionary | Raymond Buckland

Depth Psychology: Dreaming about an altar: a project will turn out well. Lighted candles on the altar: certain plans will work out. Kneeling in front of an altar means you will receive help from “above,” or a secret wish will be granted. It also suggests that humility might help in resolving a specific problem.

An altar decorated with colorful flowers means a wedding is near. White lilies on the altar: death or burial of an acquaintance.

If you are decorating an altar, it means fun and good luck!

Depth Psychology: Dreaming about kneeling in front of an altar is a symbol for your respectful and reverent ethics and the ability to sacrifice small desires on the “altar of your ideals.” True, prayerful faith can make your desires and hopes come true. See Praying.

Dreamers Dictionary | Garuda

The meaning of an altar depends on certain other specific contents of the dream, as well as on individual associations. Clearly, an altar has a more complex range of meanings for a priest than for someone who has never attended a religious service. When an altar does not relate to worship or to specific associations with one’s church, it often connotes sacrifice (e.g., letting go of something, symbolically letting go of parts of oneself ), dedication (e.g., entering into a marriage), or new beginnings (renewal).

Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia | James R. Lewis and Evelyn Dorothy Oliver

In most religions the altar signifies a sacred space where we commune with the divine in the presence of the divine, we can give thanks and be at one. Spiritually an altar signifies both the barrier and the link between the physical realms and the spiritual.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

Psychological / emotional perspective: The act of sacrifice, or rather of making our lives sacred, needs to be acknowledged and can be done through ceremony.

An altar is an appropriate place to carry out such ceremonies, so in dreams it signifies a special place of great meaning. What is placed on the altar is significant and can be interpreted in the light of your religious belief or lack of such belief. Psychologically, it is worthwhile considering what is being sacrificed or given up, either willingly or unwillingly, in everyday life.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

Material aspects: An altar in a dream represents the means or need to give ourselves up to something that is more important than the immediate situation. It can also represent the centre of your world, the starting point for a new life, or the giving up of an old one.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

Gives gender - specific: Within the framework of the differences between men’s and women’s dreams, working at an altar can highlight the difference between the archetype of the sorcerer, who tends to use power dispassionately, and the priestess, whose caring is more intuitive and in tune with what is needed.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

A symbol of spiritual strength and help from the higher planes. Also, relief from pressing worries and good news from a surprising source.

Dream Explanations of Astro Center | Astro Center

Consecrated place

Dream Dictionary Unlimited | Margaret Hamilton

A symbol of sacrifice, Ex. 20:24

Christian Dream Symbols | Tyler Wolfe

An altar, a sacred place for worship and prayer, may express concerns about your spiritual life. It may also indicate the need to sacrifice your desires in favor of a personal quest for spiritual enlightenment.

Ariadne's Book of Dream | Ariadne Green

Self giving—this can be a very positive action, or a son of self punishment out of guilt; place of death, but also of rebinh. See archetypes.

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp

(1) An altar, besides being a place of sacrifice, may represent both death and resurrection. What happens at the altar in your dream may give you the clue to its meaning.

If you or someone else is being sacrificed on the altar, ask yourself what part of you must ‘die’ if new life - fuller, happier, more satisfactory life - is to be made possible. See also Sacrifice.

(2) The altar may symbolize a wedding. Possibly the wedding may be a psychic one: a (needed) union of opposites, of conscious and unconscious, to compensate for a one-sided development of personality. See also Marriage.

A Dictionary of Dream Symbols | Eric Ackroyd

Altar | Dream Interpretation

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Desire to return to a state of innocence, a religious way of life. ... New American Dream Dictionary


New American Dream Dictionary


An altar candle symbolizes the efforts you have to make to get to know everything around you, the passage of time consumed slowly. It conveys a sense of heaviness, slowness.

A lit candle is an announcement of marriage or birth. To see that it is slowly burning indicates good health; but if it is quickly consumed it predicts disease.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams


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