The meaning of the dream symbol: Labyrinth

A labyrinth is a symbol of the unconscious. Is there a frightening monster guarding something valuable at the centre of the labyrinth? You must come to terms with the frightening contents of your unconscious if you are to uncover your true self.

It may be a symbol of mother. Getting out of the labyrinth means liberation from a smothering mother-attachment.

Jung described the 'individuation' process as a 'labyrinth' path, meaning that progress towards self-discovery and self-fulfilment does not follow a straight line, but involves periodic returns to earlier starting-points.


The complex symbolism of the Labyrinth involves the dead ends and open passage ways towards life’s goals. As such, we find ourselves driven toward an unseen purpose. The dream may be illustrating the necessary obstacles and pointless roads which we must traverse in order to find the fulfillment of our own wisdom. In the mythological sense, the labyrinth’s goal is guarded by the Minotaur who represents the last bastion of our own repression. In order to overcome his base influence and aggressive behavior we must place our spiritual quest far above our mortal fear. Accordingly, the labyrinth dreamscape may illustrate the complex and obstacle ridden path explored faithfully by the guiding enlightenment of our deepest emotional, psychological and spiritual convictions.

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