Humans have come up with many uses for eggs over the years including eating them, hiding them, and throwing them. As dreams often use the imagery of common life events, you may need to know what it means to dream of eggs.
Egg Dream Summary
Egg Dream Symbolism
Humans commonly eat the eggs of chickens and other birds, so a dream of eggs can symbolize nourishment. One characteristic of the bird eggs humans eat is their fragile shells that break easily when dropped, so a dream of eggs can symbolize fragility.
Birds, reptiles, and some other animals grow inside eggs before they hatch, so an egg dream can symbolize that some part of you is growing and getting ready to meet the world.
Humans also have eggs that are involved in the process of reproduction, though the details are different from those of bird and reptile eggs. Dreaming of eggs can therefore symbolize concerns about pregnancy or fertility.
Common Egg Dreams
- Dream of breaking an egg
- Dream of egging a house
- Dream of an Easter egg hunt
- Dream of hatching from an egg
- Dream of collecting eggs
- Dream of a rotten egg
Egg Dream Symbolism
Eggs often break when dropped, so a dream of eggs can symbolize that someone or something in your life is fragile. You could be worried about physical fragilities, like delicate electronic equipment, or someone who has a medical condition that makes them more susceptible to broken bones.
More commonly, however, a dream of fragility has to do with emotional fragility, where you are afraid that you or someone else will have an emotional breakdown if things do not go according to plan. The saying “walking on eggshells” generally refers to this type of situation.
The Mother Goose poem “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall” is a famous personification of the fragility of eggs. This aspect of egg dream symbolism is also similar to glass dream symbolism and broken glass dream symbolism.
While the complex topic of which animals lay eggs is addressed in more detail by WorldAtlas, those most known for it are birds and reptiles. After laying the egg, the parent may have to sit on it to keep it warm, especially in the case of birds, but the parent is separate from the egg at that point, and the baby then grows inside the egg until it hatches.
Humans and some other mammals have their young grow inside their bodies instead of laying eggs, but the internal process still involves eggs getting fertilized by sperm. A human making a serious effort to get pregnant might hear and think a lot about eggs, especially if a fertility doctor has gotten involved.
Dreaming of eggs could therefore symbolize that the possibility of getting pregnant is on your mind, whether you are trying to make it happen or trying to avoid it. Pregnancy dream symbolism such as creativity and nurturing may also be relevant, though sometimes pregnancy dreams seem to be about everything but actually being pregnant.
If you have a lot of anxiety about the state of the world, a dream of eggs could reflect concerns not just about your own personal fertility but about the fertility of society in general. Any apocalyptic dream, whether it focuses on people becoming unable to reproduce or on other issues, can symbolize that you feel a lack of control over your life.
Eggs symbolize potential that has not been fully realized yet. Dreaming of an egg can therefore suggest that some part of you is developing. As in the Beach Boys song “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man),” you may wonder what you will be at the end of this process.
As noted in dragon dream symbolism, dreaming of the eggs of a particular animal can symbolize that you need to or are trying to develop qualities associated with that animal.
Common Egg Dreams
Dream of breaking an egg
The saying “You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs” means that sometimes you have to do something that hurts in the moment in order to have the best possible outcome in the long term. A dream of breaking an egg could therefore symbolize that you need to take action to move forward, even if not everyone agrees with what you think needs to be done.
Before you take action, you often have the potential to move in many different directions. Once you commit to a course of action, however, that usually cuts off at least some of your other options.
A dream of breaking an egg can likewise show that your approach to a situation has moved (or needs to move) from a place of infinite potential to committing to a particular course of action.
If you are breaking an egg in order to eat it, this could symbolize that what you need to nourish yourself comes at some cost to others, or that you need to be a little bit aggressive in order to take care of yourself. This is similar to the component of wolf dream symbolism that focuses on hunger.
Dream of egging a house
People sometimes throw eggs at another person’s house to express displeasure with them. Even if it is done as more of a prank, egging a house is still an act of vandalism that can damage property, according to Hunker.
If you dream of egging the house of someone you know in waking life, this could symbolize that you feel anger toward them that you don’t know how to express constructively. If you dream of egging the house of a stranger, this could symbolize that you feel angry at the world in general and feel entitled to take your anger out on others. If anger doesn’t sound like the right interpretation to you, though, maybe your dream means you are unaware of the impact of your actions on others.
As discussed in house dream symbolism, your house can symbolize your identity. Dreaming of your house being egged can therefore symbolize that you feel personally attacked.
If the person who egged your house in the dream is someone you know in waking life, the dream could certainly be a comment on tension in your relationship with that person. If you don’t know who egged your house in the dream, though, that could symbolize that you feel like you are just under a cloud of bad luck in general and that the whole world seems to be out to get you.
Dream of an Easter egg hunt
In an Easter egg hunt, typically adults hide eggs, either real hard-boiled eggs or plastic eggs filled with candy, for children to find. CBS News reports that this has been associated with the Christian holiday of Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as the egg represents the tomb that Jesus escaped.
In the context of technology, Easter eggs are bonus features that are hidden in video games and websites. For example, cognitiveSEO maintains a list of the Easter eggs in Google products.
Dreaming of hunting for Easter eggs could be a promising omen that there is good out there for you if you look for it. As Easter eggs, whether physical or technological, are typically hidden by other people, a dream of hunting for Easter eggs may alternately symbolize that you are trying to figure out how someone else’s mind works – if they were to hide something important, where would they put it?
Dream of hatching from an egg
If you dream of hatching from an egg, this could symbolize that you are getting ready to reveal a new side of yourself to the world. If you have to exert a lot of effort to break through the eggshell in the dream, this might show the presence of obstacles that prevent you from expressing yourself. These obstacles may be put in place by other people, or they might simply be your own inhibitions.
Dream of collecting eggs
If you dream of collecting eggs from chickens, ducks, or other birds kept in a coop for the purpose of providing eggs to humans for food, this could symbolize that you are confident the resources you need to survive will be provided to you. If collecting eggs in this way is very different from your normal routine, however, this might symbolize that you need to be more flexible in how you get your needs met or more aware of the costs of getting your needs met.
Dream of a rotten egg
In most cases, you only find out that an egg is rotten after you break it open and are confronted with the nasty smell, though Medical News Today notes that there are exceptions. Dreaming of a rotten egg can therefore symbolize that there is unseen danger lurking in some person or situation in your life.
Though eggs are common objects that can be taken for granted, their symbolism includes some of life’s very deep issues.