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Dreamt of An Axe? Here’s What It Could Mean

The axe is one of humanity’s oldest weapons, with stone-age hand axes dating back around 1.5 million years! As such, there is something primitive, brutal, and raw about axes, and seeing one in your dreams can be unsettling. These objects are usually associated with violence, looming danger, and lingering threats. 

Because axes are used for cutting, chopping, and separating things, the appearance of an axe in a dream may suggest that you are attempting to sever ties or relations with toxic friends or family members. Dreams of an axe may also point towards the fact that you have cut off some old habits, whether related to diet or lifestyle.

Some axe dreams such as getting beheaded or being chased by someone with an axe in their hands can be nerve-wracking. But let’s not get too emotional – just because you see it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen to you. Dreams are often messages that our subconscious minds are trying to convey to us. Here’s what an axe in your dream can mean.

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Axe Dream – General Meaning & Interpretation

Not all dreams featuring an axe signify negative aspects. In fact, there are some positive connotations associated with dream axes. An axe can signify that you’re being rewarded for the hard work that you’ve put into a project, relationship, or other cause.

Axes are also said to represent intelligence, great instincts, focus, and intuitive powers. Your subconscious mind is probably trying to advise you to follow your gut.

However, the Freudian psychoanalysis of an axe dream is a bit different. According to Freud, objects like axes are associated with sexual symbolism (no surprise there!). It may be interpreted as your wild fantasy to control your partner while engaging in a physical relationship.

Another notable interpretation of an axe dream could be the removal of negativities and toxicities from life. You may have made up your mind to cut off all sorts of negative habits and toxic persons from your life.  That is the reason why your subconscious mind is making you see the image of an axe in the dream.

Experiencing a dream of an axe can also direct you toward a major obstacle or conflict that you are going to face in life. You may get hurt or betrayed by someone close to you, that you consider your close friend.

As we all know, an axe is a deadly tool and just one stroke from it can kill, so a dream of an axe may point towards impending danger that can cause disruption in your life and relationships.  

Scenarios of an Axe Dream

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Dreaming About an Acquaintance Carrying an Axe

If you see someone you recognize holding an axe, it could mean that you are fascinated by that person’s attributes of perseverance, bravery, and determination. You consider that person to be your role model and you strive to be like them.

A negative interpretation of this type of dream could be that you are threatened by that familiar axe-carrying person in the dream. Perhaps he or she is someone you work with in your waking life, and you feel that they may do you some harm in some context.

Dream Of a Cutting a Tree with an Axe

This is often the use that we associate with axes – cutting down trees or chopping up wood. Seeing this dream, where a mighty tree comes falling down because of the consistent hacks from your axe, can indicate that someone or something that is negative and toxic in your life is going to be removed from your life. Whether you do this by severing ties with that person, the dream could be telling you that this will come to pass.

Dreaming Of a Person’s Head Being Chopped With An Axe

A dream in which you see that a person’s head is being chopped with a sharp axe can be spine-chilling and horrific. This is, after all, one of the most barbaric ways for a person to be executed. However, its interpretation carries a metaphorical meaning and does not have any literal connotation.

This dream can imply that you are going to bring about a change in your personality. You may gain a new perspective and observe things in a different light. There is going to be a shift in your attitude, and you may grow into a different person altogether.

Dream About Killing Someone with An Axe

If you see a dream where you are killing someone with an axe, it could represent the anxiety and stress that you are facing in your waking life. You may be trying to face the challenges that life is throwing at you. You are trying to escape from the specific problems in your life.

But in addition to this, this dream can also shed light on your state of mind, indicating that you are in need of healing. You may be stressed, upset, or in need of relaxation and rejuvenation.

It is also possible that you are quite furious with someone in your waking life and thus the dream acts as a vent for your deep-seated anger toward that person.

Dreaming Of Cutting Wood with An Axe

A dream in which you experience that you are cutting wood with an axe can have an interpretation linked to your personality and hard-working nature. The wood in your dream is a symbol of harmonious life. The dream, therefore, represents your goals in life and the efforts that you make towards attaining that goals.

Through this dream, your subconscious mind is exhibiting your highly determined nature of crossing every kind of hurdle that you face in your life so that you can lead the life that you want. After all, cutting wood is a time-consuming, labor-intensive task that up until recent times was a necessity if you wanted to fire and warmth.

Dream About Holding an Axe

Experiencing a dream in which you see yourself holding an axe can signify your intense mental strength and ability to fight the hardest of life battles. In your life, there may be a person or issue that’s troubling you, and the dream acts as an alarm to let you know that it is high time for you to get rid of such burdens from your life. This dream is a reminder of your powers and strength to sort out things in life and overcome the challenges that life throws in your way.

Dream About Sharpening an Axe

When you dream of sharpening an axe, know that it is a good omen. Sharpening an axe is symbolic of wisdom, right decisions, hard work and foresight. You may be on the right track in your career or business goals, about to reap the fruits of your labor. In short, it can be said that this dream stands as a symbol of your ability to come up with intelligent ideas that may come to fruition.

Dreaming Of Your Spouse Carrying an Axe

When you dream of your spouse carrying an axe, the dream can indicate a breaking relationship. This dream has a negative interpretation as it points towards the decline of your relationship with your partner and may suggest that you need to address any issues that could be lurking between the two of you.

Dream About Getting an Axe as A Gift

A dream in which you witness someone offering you an axe is a gift can be quite weird and might leave you confused. But it can indicate that you should try to listen to the advice and support of your close friends and family, who have your best interests at heart.

Dreaming About Someone Chasing You with An Axe

Always a frightening dream, seeing someone chase you can evoke panic and terror. But add to that an axe and you have the perfect recipe for a nightmare. But in such dreams, the axe can represent issues and problems in your waking life.

You may be hiding your true emotions in reality and attempting to escape them. The dream can also send you a warning to avoid taking unimportant risks in life.

Wrapping Up

Dreaming of an axe can hold positive or negative connotations, depending on the context and particulars of the dream. While such dreams aren’t literal, they may be telling you something about your waking life. Consider the details of the dream as these are what influence the meaning of the dream.

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Apsara Palit
Apsara Palit

After completing her post-grad in Values, Ethics and Indian Culture, Apsara is sharing her knowledge of symbolism, mythology, history and culture through her blogs. Apsara lives in India and believes in getting a first-hand understanding of culture through travelling.