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What does it mean when you dream about soldiers?

In esoteric belief, soldiers symbolize God’s army of angels, and signify to the dreamer that divine retribution will expiate the wrongs experienced by the dreamer.

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And the boys whistled and the soldiers presented arms.
A soldier came marching along the high road--left, right
Yeh know," said the tall soldier, "I was out there.
The youth put forth anxious arms to assist him, but the tall soldier went firmly on as if pro- pelled.
When they had gone by, the same stream of soldiers followed, with the same kind of talk, and at last all stopped.
The soldiers squeezed themselves to make way for him, but again pressed on him so that they jammed his leg, and those nearest him were not to blame for they were themselves pressed still harder from behind.
He immediately ordered eight soldiers of the main guard to take their muskets and follow him.
When the people saw the officer and beheld the threatening attitude with which the soldiers fronted them, their rage became almost uncontrollable.
Then in came the old man with the most pleased and happy face, the most delicious preserves, apples, and nuts, and so the little boy thought no more about the pewter soldier.
And how my comrade, the other pewter soldier, lives
Just as he was going to lie down, the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine; but the soldier threw it all away secretly, taking care not to drink a drop.
At this moment the Soldier with the Green Whiskers returned, and the Scarecrow asked: