We may think that to dream about rats is bad luck, but it can also be a positive sign. In this article, we will take a look at the meaning of rats in dreams.
What Does it Mean to Dream About a Rat?
What your rat dreams mean will considerably depend on the way you look at rats. Probably most people think of them as dirty, dangerous, and as pests. However, there are also people who love rats and keep them as pets. After all, they are highly intelligent animals and can be friendly.
If you dream about rats, they are symbolic of something going on in your life. It isn’t a dream you should ignore.
Some cultures think of rats as holy and they are in fact one of the Chinese zodiac symbols. On the other hand, they can be thought of as dark and sinister creatures.
Intelligence & Problem Solving
Rats are very clever and if you see one or more in a dream, it can mean that you have to use your own intelligence to solve a problem or difficult situation in your life. You shouldn’t have to rely on others. You have enough intelligence and intuition to resolve the problem yourself.
Another meaning is that you need to be resourceful and to act quickly otherwise you might lose the opportunity of gaining something that you want. Perhaps you want a promotion at work but have been slow at filling in the application form. If you really want this job, now is the time to act otherwise someone else will be awarded the position.
Lack of Trust
Seeing rats in your dreams can refer to a lack of trust. This could mean that you don’t trust someone or that somebody doesn’t trust you.
It is not uncommon to see rats in movies and in stories. They are usually portrayed as bad and manipulative. Someone could be trying to manipulate you, or the dream could be a sign that you should stop manipulating a colleague or partner.
To dream of rats could be telling you to trust your gut feelings. Perhaps, for example, you are involved in a business deal, but you don’t trust the people you are doing the deal with. The dream is telling you it’s time to trust your feelings about the other firm. They could be trying to take advantage of you.
The Pack Rat
You have probably heard this expression. It means that you tend to keep everything and not get rid of things you no longer use. If you dream of rats, it could be telling you that it is now time to have a good clear out.
On the other hand, if you are in the midst of a good spring clean, the dream could be telling you that you are doing the right thing. It’s time to get rid of clutter and make your house look spick and span.
Common Dreams About Rats and their Meanings
We have looked at the general meanings of seeing rats in dreams, but we can be more specific. We are going to look at their characteristics, what they are doing, and what situation they are in.
A White Rat
To see a white rat in a dream could have different meanings. White rats can represent truth and honesty. However, they can also be symbols of distrust. You need to work out how you feel in the dream. If you are happy, people in your life are more likely to be honest with you than not. However, if you are feeling anxious, somebody could be lying to you. If you are worried about a situation with somebody, seeing a white rat could hold some significance. On the other hand, the dream could mean that you don’t trust yourself to make the right decisions in life.
A black rat could mean that you are going to receive bad news. If you have been feeling depressed, you might dream of a black rat and your state of mind might not get better in the foreseeable future. Black rats represent our darker emotions.
Being Chased by Rats
Being chased by anyone, be it a person or an animal, means that we want to escape from them, or it can be that you want to escape from a situation. There are so many situations you could want to escape from, but only you will know exactly who or what you are trying to run away from. Perhaps you are afraid that a decision you have made has been reckless and you want to turn the clock back. Maybe you are afraid for your own safety and if you dream of black rats chasing you, this could well be the interpretation. Perhaps you are worried about your health and are scared of dying. Other meanings could be that you are worried about your finances or that someone close to you has gone behind your back.
Dreaming About a Giant Rat
If you dream of a large rat, it could mean that you are not happy with your weight and want to lose some pounds. On the other hand, perhaps you have big problems that you are overwhelmed by. The dream is telling you that you can’t ignore them anymore and it is time to sit down and work out what you are going to do.
A Lab Rat
To dream about a rat in a lab going through painful tests could mean that you too are in physical pain. It could also mean that you feel that you are being controlled by someone else and feel that you have no means of escape.
Can a Rat be a Spiritual Animal?
Some people would laugh at the thought of rats being spiritual animals as they think of them as pests. However, because they are so intelligent, they can appear in your dreams to guide you through problems and difficult situations. We can often benefit from their wisdom.
As we have said, the rat is a Chinese zodiac symbol. Those born under this sign are likely to be intelligent and able to solve problems. They are also able to make decisions and many will end up as lawyers or judges as they have a good sense of judgment.