(Bolter; Colander; Filter; Separate; Sift; Sort; Strainer) In a dream, a sieve represents knowledge, discerning, honor, rank and discriminating between truth and false.
A sieve in a dream is like a detector of true banknotes from counterfeit, a person who chooses his words, a choosy person of the type of work he does, or a discriminating buyer, a pious person, or it could represent a comb.
If a sieve is given as a collateral, or as a promissory note in a dream, it means that the depositor will flunk his promise, for a sieve does not retain water. (Also see Bolter; Strainer)
Something is draining away, but what counts remains.
Lost opportunities; make up your mind to grasp the next.
1- The sieve in dreams is a symbol of the ability to make selections.
This is in the sense of being able to sort out the large from the small, good from the bad etc.
2- On a psychological level the sieve represents the ability to know oneself. We are able to make conscious choices which will enable us to extract the best from life.
3- Spiritually the sieve is said to represent fertility and rain clouds in the sense that pure rain, or water, permits proper growth.
To dream of a sieve, foretells some annoying transaction will soon be made by you, which will probably be to your loss.
If the meshes are too small, you will have the chance to reverse a decision unfavorable to yourself.
If too large, you will eventually lose what you have recently acquired.
Using a sieve in a dream predicts that you will receive a gift from an older person.
A dream of waste and want (Gypsy).