Ability to assert oneself, desire for control, often carried too far, bad behavior.
The image of the axe also points to chopping wood and, with its rhythmical movement, carries a sexual connotation that implies aggression.
The meaning here could be crudeness, but it may also express the joy of sexual vitality. In addition, chopping wood always is connected to chopping trees, clearing the way to create farmland.
The soil is prepared for something new, is cultivated, which is a reference to the intellect, the power to divide, as in Sword. It could also be a reference to strength and usefulness or to something that is being chopped down. Here the question is: What are you being separated from? Or what is it that you must let go of?
In a famous dream of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon sees himself as a tree that is later chopped down and the tree stump left exposed to the weather and without protection. This depicts the King’s haughtiness and admonishes him to let go of his arrogance.
As with all tools, the axe, according to Freud, has a sexual meaning, which here is easy to see.
1- If our attention is drawn to the base of an object we may need to go back to the starting point of a project in which we arc involved in waking life. We should consider how stable we are in any situation.
2- To dream of base metal indicates that we are dealing with something which is somehow inferior and needs refining in some way.
3- Crudeness, unformed material. Our ‘basic instincts’ may be brought into question.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Spiritually, base material suggests crudeness and the unformed – something which has not yet taken shape. Our ‘basic instincts’ may be brought into play, requiring that we go back to original material.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Psychological / emotional perspective: Crudeness suggests the rawness of emotion which has not yet been allowed proper expression. It also suggests instinct as opposed to intelligence.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Vision: Splitting a log: you are trying to straighten out a “blockhead,” and bring him to his senses. Stubbing your toe on a log: boorish, uncouth people have insulted you. Carrying a log on your back: you are taking on an unnecessary Burden, one that will do nobody any good.
Depth Psychology: The log stands for an unnecessary’ burden or irritating responsibility you have assumed and for which you will not be rewarded. It can also be a warning to defend yourself against the rudeness of others.... Dreamers Dictionary