Our dreams have been a source of fascination for centuries. Some ancient civilisations thought that they were messages from the gods. Greeks and Romans believed that our dreams could predict the future. The meaning of mirror dreams has been discussed by philosophers and physicians, and they have become a familiar motif in literature and art from around the world.

While the subject is still up for debate, today many people believe that our dreams can tell us things about ourselves that are hidden deep in our subconscious. They believe that certain objects or actions correlate with how we are feeling when we are awake. Mirrors are objects that are commonly seen in dreams and, depending on how they present themselves, carry many different meanings. Here are a few ways you might see mirrors in your dreams and how you can interpret them.

Reflections In A Mirror

Seeing Someone Else In The Mirror

If you look into a mirror and see someone else staring back, this suggests that you don’t recognise yourself at the moment. It’s a sign of personal changes, usually in your behaviour, that are making you feel like a completely different person.


If the reflection is of someone you know, this might mean that you are giving them part of your identity or power. This suggests that you might be dedicating too much time to them or that you are being heavily influenced by that person.

Seeing A Mirror With No Reflection

If you can’t see yourself in the mirror, it suggests that you might be struggling with your sense of identity. You might be going through a big change or in a situation that involves you conforming to the beliefs of others.

Looking At Yourself In The Mirror

Seeing yourself in the mirror implies that you are in need of a bit of self-reflection. Perhaps there is something happening to you, or something going on that you don’t quite understand. This meaning changes if you like your reflection in your dream. This signifies contentment, but it can also suggest that you are maybe only considering yourself in a certain situation.

Seeing A Strange Image In The Mirror

This suggests that you have some hidden emotions that have not yet made their way to the surface, whether they be positive or negative. Have you been burying your feelings in some aspect of your life? These kinds of dreams are a hint that maybe it’s time for a bit of self-reflection. Once you’ve identified what these emotions are, you can form a plan to deal with them effectively.

The Condition Of The Mirror

A Broken Mirror

broken mirror

Broken mirrors in real life may signify bad luck, but if you see a broken mirror in your dream can have several meanings. It can point towards a distorted self image, but can also represent a personal evolution through saying goodbye to bad habits or negative thoughts about yourself.

A Steamed Up Mirror

A steamed up or foggy mirror represents confusion, whether that be about your own identity or about a situation you may find yourself in. It could also be telling you something about your relationship with another person who is making you feel neglected or hurt.

A Dirty Mirror

In your dreams, a dirty mirror is symbolic of bad habits or a vice that has been holding you back. It is preventing you from seeing yourself as you truly are and undermining your self worth. If there is a habit that you have been feeling guilty about, this dream is a sign to nip it in the bud.

The Type Of Mirror

Hand Mirror Dreams

Using a small hand or make up mirror might mean that you are feeling self-conscious and have a constant need to evaluate yourself. This might be about yourself as a whole or simply about the way you look. Take this dream as a sign that you may need to stop worrying so much about what other people think.

Bathroom Mirror

Seeing a mirror in the bathroom in your dream signifies time spent reflecting on yourself. It suggests that you might need to dedicate a little more time nurturing yourself and your needs. If the bathroom mirror is steamed up it means that you might not currently have the time to do so. This is your mind’s way of telling you to make self-care a priority.

Rearview Mirror

If you are driving whilst looking in the rearview mirror in your dream, it means that you are spending too much time focussing either on others or on the past. If you are just sitting in the car, however, the meaning changes. This is a call for you to be cautious before setting off on a new journey, relationship or project.

Dentist’s Mirror

Teeth are another common theme in dreams, and if you see a dentist’s mirror this means that you should be aware of any relationship difficulties you are having. It suggests that perhaps someone you are close to is critical of your dreams or simply that you are having trouble trusting them.

Large Mirror Dreams

If there is a large mirror, that perhaps covers and entire wall or door, this suggests that you perhaps need a greater understanding of your life as a whole and how you represent yourself to others. Maybe you have a desire to look at your life from a bigger perspective. If you are using the big mirror to look at yourself from head to toe or are dressing in the mirror, this relates to your feelings about your outward appearance.

What You Are Doing With The Mirror

Buying A Mirror

Purchasing a mirror in your dream symbolises a period of self-reflection, suggesting that you may need to take a look at yourself and your current situation. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Take some time to reflect and see if there is anything happening to you or anything you are doing that you don’t fully understand.

If you are receiving a mirror as opposed to buying it, it is more to do with the person giving it to you than with the mirror itself. It may be that you are concerned whether you are reaching their expectations.

Cleaning A Mirror

This is a good sign, usually meaning that you will be either repaid by someone for doing a favour for them or that you are in the process of strengthening your character. Perhaps there is a habit or character trait that you have been wanting to change, or even that other people have suggested you change. Seeing yourself cleaning a mirror suggests that you are beginning to do so.

Breaking A Mirror

The meaning of this mirror dream varies depending on whether you broke the mirror accidentally or on purpose. If you broke it by mistake, this could signify bad luck in your near future. Be wary of any new projects you are starting or any big decisions you need to make. If you broke the mirror on purpose, this means that you are motivated to break away from your past bad habits. This is particularly true if those habits have caused harm to you or others.

A Falling Mirror

If you see a mirror falling in your dream, it suggests that you have recently let go of something that you would rather forget or that you have a strong desire to change something. This is another kind of mirror dream that’s all about self-reflection and self-awareness. You may not even realise yet that there is something you want to change. It’s all about giving yourself space and time to identify what is bothering you so you can take action.

Conclusion of Mirror Dreams

In real life, mirrors are used to reflect our own image back to us, so it’s no surprise that most mirror dreams are all about taking our feelings and actions into account. Of course, some might simply say that most of us have mirrors or mirror doors in our bedrooms, and that’s the only reason we see them when we sleep. But whatever you believe, looking into the meaning of our dreams is a great way to spark thought and reflection on what is going on in our day to day lives. It may not be an exact science, but dream interpretation can help us get a better idea of what we want and the steps we can take to get there.