Rat Dream Meanings and Interpretations
Dreaming About Rats
People commonly dream about rats. Rats can represent a variety of different things in our waking lives, depending upon the scenario of your dream. Each dream situation, with its accompanying emotion, can give insight into your subconsciousness.
Determining the meaning for your dream is not a simple task. It will require that you dig deeper into the circumstances of your dream and draw connections to your waking life. For example, did you dream about chasing a rat or did a rat bite you? In your dream, were you afraid of the rat, or was it helping you in some way? Your answers to these questions will help you determine your dream's meaning.
In this article, we will discuss rat dreams and symbolism. We will also review rat dream meanings and hopefully guide you in the right direction, so you are able to determine what your rat dream means to you.
What Do Rat Dreams Represent?
Your dream's meaning might depend on how you view the rat in your waking life. How do rats make you feel? Do they terrify you or do you think they're cute? Many view rodents as nuisances or pests. Some people fear rats while others just hate them and still, others have them as pets, so you'll want to consider your own feelings about rats when interpreting your dream.
Other things to consider: A rat might also represent a snitch or a thief (a "dirty rat"). Rats carry a variety of diseases (the Black Death is widely believed to have been an outbreak of bubonic plague spread by fleas that lived on rats). However, rats are also survivors that seem to thrive in harsh conditions.
If you see a rat, how does it make you feel? Each one of your answers to these questions can help in interpreting your dream about rats.
Rat Dream Meanings and Scenarios
For centuries, the rat has existed all over the world. It is an animal that is known and recognized everywhere, and it means different things in different cultures. As a symbol, the rat might represent a variety of different meanings, depending on your cultural interpretation.
Rat dreams often represent negative emotions and situations. However, some rat dreams may actually represent positive things in your life. Since rats are widely interpreted, your rat dream meaning can widely vary.
- Biting, chewing, or gnawing rats: You rat dream may suggest someone or something is consuming or nibbling away at you. This might relate to anyone or anything that is bothering or "eating" you in your waking life. On the other hand, if you are bitten by a rat in your dream, it might be a warning that you should beware of your surroundings. This type of rat dream can symbolize that someone is out to get you or may suggest that someone close to you will betray you. It could be any meaningful person in your life, but it is possible that it may be someone that you don't know. In this rat dream, you are the target.
- The "dirty rat," snitch, or informant: Dreaming about rats can also point to unethical behavior on your part or the part of another. It is possible that your rat dream is portraying traitorous behavior, a betrayal, or deceit in your waking life. A rat is often described as a thief or someone who can't be trusted. Your rat dream might be a warning that someone is trying to betray you or might represent your fear of being betrayed. You may want to keep your eyes peeled. On the other hand, your rat dream may be suggesting that you are the one that can't be trusted.
- A dead rat: If you see a dead rat in your dream, this might symbolize that your emotions may be compromised. This type of rat dream points to uncontrolled emotions of fears about a certain situation in your waking life. Dreaming about dead rats may also represent the ending of something in your life, such as a friendship, relationship, job, or a phase of life. On the other hand, if you kill a rat in your dream, this may symbolize that you will be victorious over your enemies. If there is a person that has betrayed you, you will have the last say. This rat dream may point to a former friend or someone close to you. However, it may also point to a certain situation or circumstance in your life.
- Chasing (or being chased by) a rat: This may mean that disputes will bring you down. This dream can refer to disputes about anything. Your rat dream is warning you to keep your guard up. This is a classic sign of betrayal by someone close to you. Remember, the rat can be a symbol of disloyalty, deceit, treachery, guilt, envy, helplessness, and doubt. Your dream about chasing or being chased by a rat could point to any one of these emotions.
More Rat Dream Interpretations
- If you are able, it is important to try to remember every aspect of your rat dream. Try to remember how you felt when you saw the rat. Were you happy, sad, anxious, fearful, or terrified? The emotion you felt in your dream can give you a clue to what the dream represents.
- Dreaming about rats can also symbolize sickness, illness, or disease. In many cases, you or someone you know might have an illness. This dream isn't a prediction of the future, but rather a reflection of present fears.
- The color of the rat in your dream might be meaningful. If it was a white rat, this might symbolize overcoming trying times: You will go through trying situations, but you will prevail. If you dream about a black rat, this may suggest that you will be deceived and that betrayal is upon you. (On the other hand, some cultures believe that the black rat is a sign for good luck in love and marriage.) If you dreamed about a brown rat, this might represent illness or treachery. Examine your associations of the color of the rat to decipher the meaning of the dream.
- Rat dreams can also suggest that we are fearful of not being accepted. Just like the detested rat, you may be fearful that you will be outcast. We all want to feel love and feel that we belong and if we don't, this can trigger bad dreams.
- Dreaming about rats can simply represent your fear of rats. If rats terrify you or if you saw one recently, your dream may have been brought on by that fear. Rat dreams can also suggest the aspects of ourselves that we don't like. Your rat dream may point to things you don't like about yourself—your attitude, appearance, or bad habits, for example.
- It is equally important to remember other symbols and elements that you saw in your dream. These symbols and elements can change the meaning of your dreams. They may suggest other meanings or possibly nothing at all.
- Remember, not all rat dreams are negative. Rat dreams may also represent perseverance through trying times. Life can throw a lot at you at any given time. The rat knows this. Your rat dream may be a sign to hang in there. Keep trying—don't give up. In the end, you will be successful.
Have you ever dreamed of a rat?
© 2013 Richard Ricky Hale