A dream in which the blackness of coal, a coal mine or a coal pit was a feature is a warning to retrench and prepare for a period of financial embarrassment. However, if the coal was burning brightly or you were stoking a coal fire, you can expect a promotion or satisfactory reward for past efforts. If you delivered the coal or gave it away, the augury is of sudden social advancement. To shovel coal presages many obstacles to overcome before you succeed.