Spiritual Meaning of Rats in Dreams

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As with all dreams, the spiritual meaning of rats in dreams will need extra context to get the full meaning from it. The interpretation of the dream depends on context within the dream itself and within your waking life at the moment. The meaning of rats in dreams will thus vary depending on what’s going on in your life right now, as well as your past experiences and future aspirations.

In this post we’re going to look at various meanings of rats in dreams, as well as look at the spiritual meaning of rats in general. When reading this post it’s important to remember that we’re not looking at dreams about pet rats. If you have a pet rat of your own it’s quite likely you might have dreams of them with no spiritual meaning at all.

When interpreting dreams about rats, you’ll also need to consider your own feelings towards rats. Many people love them. Others don’t. The context surrounding how you felt in the dream, particularly about the rats, is of utmost importance to its interpretation.

If you need more specific meanings for your dreams we’d recommend contacting a dream counsellor (you can get in touch with one by clicking the person in the bottom right hand corner for a chat!) as they will be able to into account your full dream and current life context to better help you.

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Is it Good To See a Rat in a Dream?

Despite rats generally being somewhat shunned in most societies, often labelled simply as disease carrying vermin (which of course they are), seeing a rat in a dream can be a sign of good luck. This is particularly true if there is any Chinese context to the dream since in Chinese culture, rats are considered to be lucky symbols.

This is because the Chinese word for “rat” (shǔ) sounds similar to the word for “luck” (shù). So, if you see a rat in your dream from a Chinese cultural perspective, it could be interpreted as a sign of good fortune coming your way.

Rats, in the real world, are also incredibly resourceful and adaptable. They can quickly learn their way out of mazes for example[1]. So, depending on the context, the rat could signify your own resourcefulness and adaptability in tough circumstances – which is definitely a good thing.

What Do Rats Represent Spiritually?

Rats are often seen as dirty, disease-ridden creatures that scurry around in the shadows. But there is more to these little creatures than meets the eye. In many cultures, rats are actually considered to be good luck charms and are believed to represent fertility, prosperity, and abundance.

In China, rats are one of the 12 zodiac animals and are associated with the element of water. People born under this sign are said to be intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, and resourceful. Rats are also seen as a symbol of wealth and success in Chinese culture. In fact, the Chinese word for rat (shu) sounds very similar to the word for “abundance” (sho).

In Hinduism, rats are revered as the vehicle of Ganesha, the god of good fortune. Ganesha is often depicted riding on a rat or with a rat by his side. Rats are also associated with Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Hindus believe that if you see a white rat it is an auspicious sign that indicates new beginnings and good luck.

In Native American cultures, rats are often seen as messengers from the spirit world. They were also thought to be shape-shifters who could take on human form when necessary. In some tribes, rats were even considered to be totem animals – symbols of strength, courage, and resourcefulness.

Rats have also been associated with death and resurrection in many cultures. In ancient Egypt, rats were revered as sacred animals because they were thought to be able to guide souls into the afterlife. In medieval Europe, black rats were often seen as an omen of death and disease. However, white rats were also sometimes kept as pets during this time period, which may have helped to change their reputation somewhat over time.

Today, rats continue to be seen as both good and bad omens in different cultures around the world. Whether you see them as pests or lucky symbols, there’s no denying that these creatures have a long and fascinating history full of symbolism and meaning

Spiritual Meaning of Being Bitten By a Rat in a Dream

When you find yourself bitten by a rat in a dream, it is important to take notice of the context and your own reaction in order to understand the spiritual message. For this dream it’s important to note that, even though we’ve said in previous sections that rats can actually be a positive sign, in this particular dream, it’s more about the notion that rat has bitten you that has significance. Being bitten by something is almost always a negative experience, so this dream may be a warning about something or someone – including yourself.

The rat, being a nocturnal creature may be trying to tell you something about your shadow self – those dark aspects of your personality that you keep hidden away. The rat may also represent repressed anger or rage that is bubbling up to the surface. Alternatively, this creature could be a metaphor for some kind of addiction or destructive behavior that you need to address. The answer to this is going to need some deep introspection on your behalf to figure out if there’s anything you think might need addressing.

On a spiritual level, being bitten by a rat in a dream can symbolize feeling trapped or helpless in a situation. The rat may represent someone or something that is causing you anxiety or making you feel powerless. Alternatively, the rat could be a reflection of your own negative qualities, such as greed or envy.

If you are being chased by a rat in your dream, it could suggest that you are running away from your problems instead of facing them head-on. The rat could also represent an aspect of yourself that you are trying to suppress. Alternatively, this type of dream could simply be symbolic of feelings of anxiety or insecurity.

Whether the rats in your dream are friendly or menacing, when they bite you this usually indicates some kind of problem that needs to be addressed. If you keep having dreams about rats, it might be time to take stock of your life and see if there’s anything that needs to change.

Spiritual Meaning of Finding a Dead Rat in a Dream

Dreams about dead rats are actually quite common, and they can be interpreted in a number of ways.

One of the most popular interpretations of dreaming about a dead rat is that it symbolizes some aspect of yourself that you feel is dirty or unclean. This might be something physical, like an addiction, or it could be something more psychological, like feelings of guilt or shame. Alternatively, it could also represent some part of yourself that you feel is “dead” or dormant – like your creativity or sense of adventure. The context of the dream will help you to work out which of these it might be. Were you underground at the time – perhaps this would indicate a psychological issue. Were you instead somewhere nice, posh and upmarket and yet here was a dead rat? This could indicate feelings of yourself being unclean or unworthiness.

If the dead rat in your dream was diseased or rotting, this could suggest that there is something rotten in your waking life too. This might be an unhealthy relationship, a toxic work environment, or anything else that is sapping your energy and making you feel bad. The dream is perhaps therefore trying to let you know that you need to let go of something that is no longer serving you. On the other hand, if the rat was clean and healthy looking (despite being dead), this could symbolize new beginnings and fresh starts.

Whatever the specific details of your dream are, finding a dead rat usually indicates that there are some negative feelings or emotions bubbling under the surface. It’s important to take some time to explore what these might be so that you can address them head-on. Only then will you be able to move forward in your life with confidence and clarity.

Spiritual Meaning of Rats Running Away in a Dream

When you dream of rats running away, it can symbolize a variety of things. Maybe you feel like you’re being overrun by something in your life. Alternatively, this could be a sign that someone is trying to take advantage of you.

If you feel like you’re being overrun by something in your life, it might be helpful to consider what the rats represent for you. Do they symbolize an actual infestation? Or are they more metaphorically representative of some kind of problem or stressor in your life? If it’s the latter, then the dream could be prompting you to take action and address whatever is causing you anxiety or concern.

Alternatively, dreaming of rats running away could also suggest that someone is trying to take advantage of you. This interpretation is often connected with feelings of vulnerability or powerlessness. If this is the case, then the dream may be prompting you to stand up for yourself and set boundaries with those who are crossing them. It’s important to remember that not all dreams involving rats are negative – sometimes they can simply be indicative of change.

On a more positive note, dreaming of rats running away can also indicate that you’re about to make some positive changes in your life. This interpretation is often connected with feelings of excitement or anticipation. If this is the case, then the dream may be prompting you to seize an opportunity or take steps towards achieving a goal. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to pay attention to how you feel in the dream as this will give clues as to its meaning for you specifically.

Spiritual Meaning of Killing Rats in a Dream

There are many different interpretations of dreaming about killing rats, but one common thread is that it symbolizes getting rid of something negative in your life. This could be anything from an unhealthy habit to a toxic relationship. If the rat was particularly large or aggressive, then it may represent something that is really holding you back. Whatever the case may be, killing the rat signifies that you are ready to let go of whatever is weighing you down.

Of course, not all dreams about killing rats are so serious. Sometimes, these creatures can simply represent annoyances or nuisances in your life. If you kill a rat in your dream and feel triumphant afterwards, then it could be a sign that you finally got rid of something that had been bothering you for awhile. In this instance, the rat usually represents something petty or inconsequential.

Whether the rat in your dream is representative of something major or minor, getting rid of it typically signifies progress. Dreams like this usually occur when we are going through some sort of change or transition in our lives. We may be starting a new job, ending a relationship, or moving to a new house; whatever the case may be, change can sometimes be difficult to adjust to. The act of killing a rat in your dream suggests that you are ready to let go of the past and move on with your life.

If you have recently gone through some sort of traumatic experience, then dreaming about killing rats might also be therapeutic for you. Many times, we suppress our emotions after experiencing trauma because we don’t want to deal with them head-on. However, denial only makes things worse in the long run. Dreams like this serve as a way for our minds to process what has happened and start working through any residual pain or anger. By facing our fears head-on (even if they’re only appearing in our dreams), we can begin to heal and move on with our lives

Spiritual Meaning of White Rats in Dreams

White rats are often associated with cleanliness, intelligence, and resourcefulness. They are also symbols of new beginnings, newness, and purity. In some cultures, white rats are even considered to be good luck charms.

When you see a white rat in your dreams, it can be interpreted as a sign that you need to start fresh in some area of your life. Perhaps you need to let go of something from your past that is holding you back. Alternatively, the white rat could represent a new opportunity that is coming your way. Embrace the change and seize the chance to make something great happen in your life.

If the white rat in your dream is acting aggressively or trying to harm you in some way, then this could be a warning about someone or something negative entering your life. Be cautious and trust your intuition when dealing with new people or situations. Protect yourself from anything that feels like it might bring you harm or cause you stress.

You may need to couple up the symbolism of the white rat with what it is doing, which we’ve written about earlier in this post. A white rat that is biting you might be quite different to a white rat that is running away from you for example. The colour of the rat, coupled with what it is doing, can give a different meaning to a dream versus, for example a black rat doing something. In general though, seeing a white rat is likely to be a more positive meaning than seeing a black one doing the same thing.

Spiritual Meaning of Brown Rats in Dreams

When you see a brown rat in your dreams, it symbolizes the earth and its grounding energy. This creature is associated with fertility, abundance, and new beginnings. Brown rats are also said to represent good luck, so if you see one in your dream, it could be an indication that something positive is about to happen in your life.

As mentioned above, brown rats are linked with the earth element and thus carry grounding energies. If you’ve been feeling scattered or disconnected lately, dreaming of a brown rat could be a sign that you need to connect back with nature and Mother Earth. Spend time outside in nature; go for walks barefoot on the grass; meditate under a tree; take some deep breaths and feel yourself rooting down into the ground beneath you… These kinds of activities will help bring balance back into your life and center you once again.

Rats are often seen as symbols of fertility due to their high reproductive rate (they can mate up to 500 times per year!). If you’re hoping to conceive soon (or even just wanting more abundance/good fortune generally), then seeing a brown rat in your dream could be interpreted as a positive sign from the Universe telling you that your wishes will come true. Trust that everything is working out exactly as it should be and have faith that abundance is on its way into your life – whether that takes the form of children/grandchildren/pets or simply good luck/fortune financially speaking.

Spiritual Meaning of Gray Rats in Dreams

When you dream of a gray rat, it symbolizes that something is gnawing at your subconscious. This may be an unresolved issue from your past or something that is currently bothering you. The rat may also represent repressed anger, rage, or aggression. The rat could also represent other negative traits that you have, such as being sneaky or untrustworthy. If you feel like you’ve been acting like a “rat” lately – doing things that you know are wrong or harmful to others – then this dream may be a way for your conscience to send you a message.

Alternatively, the rat could be a metaphor for someone who is “ratlike” in their behavior (e.g., sneaky, disloyal). If there’s someone whom you don’t trust or who makes you feel uneasy, they may be appearing in your dreams as a rat. Alternatively, this person could also be someone who is currently taking advantage of you in some way. If this is the case, then your dreaming mind may be prompting you to cut ties with this individual and move on with your life.

Spiritual Meaning of Black Rats in Dreams

When you dream of a black rat, it is often a sign that you are feeling threatened or even betrayed. The color black can represent many things in the spiritual realm, including death, darkness, and evil. If you feel like someone is out to get you, the appearance of a black rat in your dream may be a warning from your subconscious mind.

Some believe that rats are actually helpful creatures in dreams, as they can symbolize new beginnings. If you have been through a tough time recently and are ready to start anew, seeing a black rat in your dreams could be a good sign. On the other hand, if you are currently going through something difficult and feel like you’re stuck in a rut, dreaming of a black rat could be symbolic of your fear of change.

In some cultures, rats are considered to be auspicious symbols while in others they are reviled. In Chinese culture, for example, rats are seen as good luck symbols because their pronunciation is similar to the word ‘fortune’. In contrast, Hindus believe that rats are reincarnated souls who have not yet attained moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death).


There’s a running theme throughout this post. The spiritual meaning of rats in dreams is often a warning sign that something needs to change in your life, although there are some dreams where this isn’t the case. As, of course, with all dreams this article can only be a very rough guide as it isn’t able to take into account your life aspirations and current activities. It also can’t know the full context of your dream.

Context – and culture, are king in the interpretation of this dream. In some cultures rats are despised. In others, they are revered. In pretty much every culture though they do carry disease and tend to scavenge on anything they can. This tends to give them their reputation for being dirty and sneaky.

If you’d like a more personal interpretation of the meaning of dreaming of rats for you, try talking with a dream counsellor who can take into account your personal life at present. You can use the ‘chat head’ at the bottom right of your screen to speak to one today.

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1: Rat Behaviour and Biology. Rats and Mazes. Fetched from http://www.ratbehavior.org/RatsAndMazes.htm on Sep 3 2022.