Ashes represent purification and death and symbolically the perishable human body and mortality. Related DreamsAshes A dream of trouble and misfortune at hand. Christian symbol of mourning and grief.Ashes Mourning, repentance, dejection; figurative of destruction and transformationAshes 1. One’s waking dreams of achievement or promise have failed. 2. The loss of one’s ideals. 3. One has stopped being ambitious. 4. A sign that one is working too hard.Collecting or Carrying Ashes Collection or carrying ashes in the dream means that the person doing so is presently engaged in acquiring futile and worthless knowledge.