1- A shovel in a dream will signify a need to dig into past experiences for information. We may need to uncover a past joy or trauma, or possibly even a learning experience.
The type of spade or shovel will be of relevance.
A garden spade would suggest being totally pragmatic, whereas a fire shovel would indicate a need to take care.
2- Since a shovel can suggest a degree of introspection, of covering up, what is being shovelled is important. We are needing to be mindful of the content of our lives. Shovelling compost, for instance, would mean considering the sum total and most fertile aspects of our lives, whereas shovelling sand might suggest an experience of time.
3- A shovel is an implement or tool which can be used to help us uncover what is spiritually correct.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Psychological / emotional perspective: Since a shovel or spade can suggest a degree of introspection, of covering up, what is being moved is important. We need to be mindful of the content of our lives. Digging compost, for instance, would mean considering the sum total and most fertile aspects of our lives, whereas shovelling sand, with its attendant dangers, might suggest trying to manipulate time.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Vision: With a spade we unearth things that hide beneath the surface—the side of our personality that is invisible to the world. In a positive sense the dream symbolizes the continued hard work you do in order to grow. See Pickax, Shovel.... Dreamers Dictionary
Dreams of a spade signifies that you are brutally honest, are telling the truth, and are calling a spade a spade, realizing that sometimes the truth cuts like a knife. Dreams of this fighting instrument with a sharp point, symbolize focus, cutting through the fog of uncertainty, and that you are feeling defensive and the need to attack and protect your vulnerability from adverse forces.... Strangest Dream Explanations