Dream meaning » tools

To see or use tools in your dream represent your self-expression, skills and abilities. You are using the resources that are available to you. It is also a symbol of masculinity. Perhaps you need to create and move toward a different direction.

Alternatively, to see tools in your dream suggest that a situation or relationship is in need of some damage control or attention. According to the Freudian school of thought, tools are symbolic of the penis and thus tools being used refer to intercourse.

The tool in your dream may also be a pun on how you are acting like a tool or that someone who is a tool. The dream may also be telling you that you are being taken advantaged of or that you are blindly following others.


To see or carry a toolbox in your dream refers to a situation that is in need of repair or attention.

Tool Belt

To see or wear a tool belt in your dream implies that you need to rethink the choices that you are making in you life. Perhaps you are headed in the wrong direction.
Alternatively, the dream represents your high level of confidence. You want everybody to know about your talents and skills. You may even be a little too boastful or arrogant. Also consider the significance of the types of tools in the tool belt.


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The Dream Encyclopedia
The Dream Encyclopedia

Beyond the phallic connotations, tools in a dream can represent our practical abilities. Different specific tools represent different things, such as “hammering” someone or throwing a “monkey wrench” into something. Also might be alluding to the meaning of certain idioms, such as “tools of the trade.” If one works regularly with tools, then tools in a dream could just be a reflection of daily life.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke
The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke

Dreams in which tools appear have clear positive meaning. These usually don’t evoke unpleasant activities. But, if you don’t like the work you are doing with tools, you should interpret the dream as an invitation to overcome your own limits.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox
Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox

Tools are for fixing and building, and as such, they relate to a masculine approach to problem-solving. If you dream of tools, there may be some obstacle or challenge in your life that requires a hands-on approach to be solved. Consider the type of tool.

A hammer indicates that a strong and definitive step should be taken. A screwdriver may imply the need to work your way slowly into the meaning of a problem. More complex tools may relate to the need to approach a situation with a level of finesse and sophistication.

Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson
Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson

Dreaming of working with tools symbolizes your ability to make things happen. You are a self-starter.

Dreaming of losing or breaking your tools means you don’t feel you can live up to the image you’ve created of yourself.

Injuring yourself while using tools symbolizes your frustration or anxiety about a current project. You aren’t sure you can do this.

Getting new tools represents personal power and resourcefulness. Getting big tools represents sexual confidence.

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