When you see ashes in a dream, it usually represents disappointments and regrets.
Ashes can by symbolic of failed relationships or failed endeavours.
Perhaps you feel like the best part of your life is over and you don’t think you have anything left to look forward to.
On the other hand, ashes can mean that you are dwelling too much in the past and need to focus on what is happening to you right now. You need to learn to let go and live for today.
If you were cleaning up ashes in a fireplace or stove, you may feel a dissatisfaction with your life. Are you in a rut and feel trapped in your familiar routine? If so- It’s possible you need to shake things up.
You might be in need of a new beginning- a fresh start so your subconscious could be telling you to get on with it.
Ashes are thought to represent change too. Perhaps you have recently had a big change in your life or are anticipating one. You may be ready but if you’re not- it could be preying on your mind and therefore in your dreams as well.
Ashes are proof of something- a fire burns out and all that is left are ashes- so you may be left with the remains of something following a negative experience. A reminder of what was done, an acknowledgement or penance for an act. Whatever happened makes you feel uneasy and unhappy.
If the ashes were still hot or smoking in the dream then you might be holding onto a grudge or bitterness towards someone- is it time to let this go?
If you were burned by some hot ashes, you need to be more careful about who you trust- even more so if you have this dream over and over again.
If you were shovelling ashes, then someone in your professional life will give you a menial and unchallenging task to do.