Dream meaning of circle

Dreams of a circle represent wholeness, infinity, cycles, unity and your connection with feminine essence. If something is in the center of the circle, it represents wisdom, spirit, and that which is most important to you. A circle can also represent repetition.

Any spherical shape represents the whole world, or the well-rounded self. You are aware of the soul, your destiny, or what exists in the present moment. A ball represents a specific mental focus or state.

A circle completes a line, and a line is associated with time, as in “time line.” You complete the line when your child has a child. Your life as a parent comes “full circle.” Or you teach a pupil about a subject that’s important to you, and it feels as if something about yourself is completed.

A process—sometimes lasting many years—is finished.

A circle or sphere can symbolize the complete picture of your life and who you are. It’s the picture of unity between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind, a circle within a circle.

The inner circle represents the ego, the center of the conscious mind, and the outer circle represents the unconscious mind. The entire image – the circle within a circle – represents the Self, the archetype of the complete personality. Carl Jung calls the process individuation.

You are born with this blueprint for growth and development—the Self—embedded in the foundation of your mind, and throughout your life you dream about using it to complete the picture of your psyche, unify the conscious mind with the unconscious mind, and align the ego with the Self.
When aligned, the ego sees and acts based on the big picture of who you are and what you can be.

Most people do not complete the picture or even know it exists. They don’t see beyond the ego.
For some people, the picture is fragmentary, pieces of a puzzle scattered willy-nilly, and it shows in their life. But any effort in the direction of wholeness is more than worth the try.

Your energy naturally flows in this direction, and it’s aided by your desire and persistence. Anything you do to better yourself helps. And keep in mind that your unconscious mind meets you halfway. The energy you consciously put forth is matched by the unconscious and can reap unexpected benefits.

When you dream about circles, especially circles divided into quadrants, circles within circles, and circles that spiral, it’s likely to be a story about the development of your psyche.

The process of becoming a whole, complete person can be illustrated in dreams about playing a game involving a circular object such as a ball. In the actions of the game you see your progress or lack of it and what’s holding you back or helping you along. Dreams can also use circular images such as balls, pizzas, and pies to symbolize the individuation process.

Dreams about marriages and weddings can also speak to this process of unification. The entries for Marriage and Wedding touch on this subject, and to go deeper with it.

A circle or sphere can symbolize the idea of something being inside or outside your “circle of friends” or “sphere of influence.” Inside the circle is what you allow into your life, and outside the circle is what you keep at a distance or cannot reach.

A circle can be a bull’s-eye or related idea of a target you’re trying to hit.

Physical Physical
You are focusing on cells or atoms, your energy field, or a specific reality. Throwing a ball indicates communication. Ball sports depict cooperation within a group.
Emotional Emotional
You’re experiencing oneness, peace, and wholeness. Standing inside a circle is protection from evil. You are going in circles, or have come full circle.
Spiritual Spiritual
Any spherical shape represents the whole world, or the well-rounded self. You are aware of the soul, your destiny, or what exists in the present moment. A ball represents a specific mental focus or state.


The circle or disk is, very frequently, an emblem of the sun (and indisputably so when it is surrounded by rays). It also bears a certain relationship to the number ten (symbolizing the return to unity from multiplicity), when it comes to stand for heaven and perfection and sometimes eternity as well. There are profound psychological implications in this particular concept of perfection.

As Jung observes, the square, representing the lowest of the composite and factorial numbers, symbolizes the pluralist state of man who has not achieved inner unity (perfection) whilst the circle would correspond to this ultimate state of Oneness.

The white circle stands for energy and celestial influences and the black square for telluric forces.

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5 Definitions
  1. A circle encompasses many meanings in numerous areas: the wholeness of numbers in mathematics, the spiritual oneness depicted by the circle and the mandala, protection from evil by the ritual drawing of a circle, bringing attention to something by circling it. It may also express frustrations, as when one doodles in circles or goes around in circles.

    Socially, it may represent being “in” the right circle of friends.

    The love relationship is sometimes symbolized by the wearing of a ring, around the finger, the neck, or in the nose.

    In Jungian psychology the circle is a symbol of the self archetype. 

  2. The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke April 4, 2022 at 6:19 am

    The circle or disc is often a solar emblem. It also symbolizes, in many cases, heaven, perfection, and eternity.

    According to Jung, the square represents the pluralistic state of the subject that has not reached internal harmony (perfection); while the circle corresponded precisely to such final phase.
    The relationship of circle and square is very common in the universal spiritual morphology, especially in the mandalas of India and Tibet, as well as in the Chinese emblems (Yin and Yang). The circle also represents the idea of protection, especially when you dream that you are inside it.

    For Chinese people, circles have good feng shui. The omens of this dream, therefore, are always advantageous. Symbol of victory, a golden circle predicts inheritance; an iron circle, defeating enemies.

  3. The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett April 9, 2022 at 5:19 am

    As opposed to a naught, a circle in your dream is a forecast of success beyond your highest hopes, unless the circle was badly drawn, in which case you will still achieve your aims but only after some delay.

  4. Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson April 17, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Circles are powerful symbols that represent the cyclical nature of all things: birth and death, creation and destruction, all flowing into each other and back around.

    If you dream of drawing or otherwise making a circle, you feel integrated into your own life cycle and you feel confident that things will be okay.
    If you dream of standing inside a circle, you feel protected.
    If you walk, run, or drive in a circle and feel frustrated or angry, you aren’t making any progress in your life right now.
    If you are moving in a circle without feeling any particular emotion, and/or you see other objects or people moving in a circle or on a wheel, you are experiencing karma: what goes around comes around.
    Circles can also represent female energy, and if you dream of giving someone a circular object like a ring, key chain, or hula hoop, you are expressing your love or sexual desire.

  5. The Complete Dream Book » Gillian Holloway July 18, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Whoever dreams of a circle should carefully avoid committing any indiscretion that might possibly influence their marital happiness.

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