Apart from being food the egg is used in dreams to indicate your potential, the parts of you as yet unrealised or not fertilised by your conscious action or quality.

It might also represent the female ovum, prenatal life, being pregnant and from that the possibility of new life, new opportunities. Because of this connection with being unborn it sometimes is used to show a retreat from life, a desire to stay in the egg.

An egg is fragile and because it holds the potential of life, can express the feeling of vulnerability with something precious.

And obviously a food that you enjoy or do not eat.

If the shell of the egg is figured it may be saying, ‘come out of your shell’, grow up, or even “I do not want any part of life out of the womb”.

Whether the egg has hatched or not shows whether what is new in your life has emerged yet, or is still latent and needing further caring support.

Eggs can also represent nourishment, and if being eaten again link with potential – in this case nourishing your potential and helping it to develop.

The environment the egg or eggs are in gives a clue to the situation you are in regarding your potential and the development of what you are capable or. Basically you need to see if the eggs are protected, or in a difficult or threatening situation. If the latter, then you need to be more aware of how you are failing to support your own possibilities.

Example: Now I felt like an egg, like a chick in the egg. Somehow my shell had been taken away and all I wanted was to curl up and not have to be alive. Events were not offering me what my instinct had led me to expect. Without any certainty of being wanted, I was exposed, alone and vulnerable. There was nothing for me to unfold for or want to live for. Prior to this experience I had watched a documentary on the hatching of turtles on a beach. They were all impelled to run toward the sea, and if they made it they were comparatively safe. But on the way the seagulls swooped and ate many of them. As the baby I had no impulse to run for the sea. I was too aware of the dangers to want to move. I didn’t even want to be without a shell. There was no way the baby me wanted to unfold and participate in the adult life of M. So the baby me said “NO” to M who was asking me – the baby to take part in life, because without it I was a failure. But as M, observing this part of myself that had decided right at the beginning not to get involved in the difficulties or possibilities of life, I realised I had to find a way to induce it to change. If I did not manage this, a whole spectrum of my energy and potential would be missing.

Idioms: a good egg; all your eggs in one basket; don’t put all your eggs in one basket; don’t teach your grandmother how to suck eggs; egg me on; egg on my face; goose egg; kill the goose that lays the golden eggs; nest egg; suck eggs; walk on eggshells; hard like a boiled egg.


Useful Questions and Hints:

How do I relate to the egg – am I caring for the vulnerability of life?

Is this showing me the possibility of new life or new growth?

What does the theme of the dream suggest?

Has the egg hatched?

Is this egg being used as food?

Where is the egg?

See Processing DreamsThe Egg of Juno – Techniques for Exploring your DreamsEvery 7 Years You Change


-Lin 2017-07-17 20:02:43

I recently found out that I’m pregnant. About a week after that I had a dream of a hard boiled egg cut in half. I remember feeling mostly surprised by the egg, I didn’t eat it. Do you think that could mean twins?

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