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Rat

What you sense as sick or negative, so can depict your fears or anxieties, frightening instincts or urges, physical sickness or anxieties about health. Perhaps also feelings of sexual repulsion, or using sex to gain material aims. But this was caused by the fallacy that rats carried the plague and are unclean, but rats are very clean.

It was found out by historical research that it wasn’t the rat that brought the plague to Europe but the gerbil was the culprit. Sometimes a rat in your dream can remind you of love that was betrayed, or intuitions about a person being a ‘rat’ or ‘ratting on you’ – doing things behind your back or underhandedly – or deserting a relationship when difficulties arise.

The rats can point to threatening things going on that you are not clear about, or a view of the underhanded side of yourself or others – the evil side of human nature, its dirt and squalor, or time gnawing away at your life. The unacceptable parts or oneself. In some dreams the rat has the character of most rodents, the gnawing inquisitive searching out of things. It can therefore relate to one’s anxieties, self questioning and worrying mind that disturbs or eats away at things like peace of mind or confidence.

Because we may have associations with rats used in laboratories they may suggest healing and sacrifice.

Pet rat: Quite different to general rat associations; vulnerability, instinctive intelligence, the caring feelings or drive to care; responsibility for caring. The rat is an intelligent creature, is a great survivor and explorative.

In China where various types of rat are cooked and eaten, the astrological symbols are replaces by animal symbols. The rat (sometimes referred to as a mouse) is the first of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. People born in this year are expected to possess qualities associated with rats, including creativity, intelligence, honesty, generosity, ambition, a quick temper and wastefulness. People born in a year of the rat are said to get along well with “monkeys” and “dragons”, and to get along poorly with “horses”.

RatsInHinduTemple

Here the rats in this Hindu temple are venerated, and are being fed.

In Indian tradition, rats are seen as the vehicle of Ganesha the elephant god, and a rat’s statue is always found in a temple of Ganesh – the elephant god the remover of all obstacles. In the north western Indian city of Deshnoke, the rats at the Karni Mata Temple are held to be destined for reincarnation as Sadhus (Hindu holy men). Rats are eaten by some people in India also.

Idioms: Rat on someone; rat race; smell a rat; feeling ratty; cornered rat; rats leave a sinking ship.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Am I confronting or remembering something that I feel is repulsive or evil?

Am I in a relationship that I intuitively feel difficulties about?

Am I being a rat in a relationship or situation? Is a worry or irritation eating away at me?

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-mlw 2015-08-28 23:08:47

Dreamed I heard noise and went into a room to find source a white rat ran from under the sofa. It got half way across the floor then stopped and turned to stare at me.

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-joel 2015-09-27 8:31:55

What is meant by dreaming a dead rat,and what number/s associated with the dream.

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-Sara 2015-09-28 23:32:00

I had a dream I was camping with my brother and 2 friends I haven’t seen in a long time in a cabin in the woods. I woke up in the middle of the night and a dark image ran towards my head and burrowed beneath it and started screaming an animal scream. When I went to grab it out it felt small like a mouse, but when I pulled it out it it was a black rat dangling from its tail.

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-erendida 2015-11-17 17:10:32

Dreamed I had to wake up my sister. Was walking to her room but seen something running it tried to go under the entertainment center when I seen it clear I jumped to the sofa and it was a giant rat trying to bite me.

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-samantha 2015-12-14 2:37:29

I recently had a dream that there was a huge dead rat at the end of my bed that even caused me to wake up and be genuinely scared, I had to check that it wasn’t really there, could this dream have any explanation?

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-Emanuel 2015-12-16 17:34:28

I have seen a dream with rats. I was fighting with them. And i was planning how to kill them. and with a pike i have killed a rat . And i was trying to throw in the cabbage. it was disgusting. Suddenly,i have seen the face of another rat rotating his mouth

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-rose 2015-12-18 9:28:56

I dreamt a rat chased by a person in the house but suddenly the rat transformed into human and I was shock because it was me.

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-Rose villarin 2015-12-26 2:45:45

I dreamed of soaking in a bathtub realizing there was a dead rat in it when I stood up. there were three one big and two smaller one. Pls tell me the meaning of this dream.

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-12-29 10:24:01

    Dear Rose villarin – Dreams can be understood on many levels and I am not sure about your dream. Some doctors consider dreams to show signs of illness and I wonder if your dream is about that (too).
    Soaking in a bath can also be a symbol of your body knowing that you have to cleanse it internally, because of some disease you might have caught.
    In your dream you successfully manage to “kill the rats” by bathing into clean water.
    So just check if there might be a chance that you caught the so called Leptospirosis, also called “rat catcher’s yellows”, because rats are the most important spreaders of this infection.
    You might catch it by contact with water that contains urine of these infected animals.
    See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptospirosis
    If you can exclude the physical level of what your dream might express, then please let me know and I will explore the symbolical meaning.
    You can help me with exploring your dream by sharing what you think might have triggered your dream or links with it in some way; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/not-enough-information/
    Anna :-)

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-Elena 2016-01-03 19:23:52

I don’t make anything of it, but I love to know if there is any meaning behind my dream. I don’t dream often but when I do, it means something. I had a dream of getting ready for a Christmas Party I was hosting and supposedly I rented a huge place in a very large building. The first day I saw the space I went and clean it, the floor had lots of bread crams and huge chunks of bread. I wash it nicely to be ready for next day party. When I got there the second time, the floor was same as day before, I try to open doors and look around and saw huge white rats running around. I did not have any trying to touch me, I was not scared of them but I kept saying “I can’t have the party here”.
I remember trying to clean again when wile I was telling myself don’t do it. I also recall sweeping a piece of red meet filled with fresh blood from the floor. White rats, bread all over the place and red meat, what that mean, I don’t know. Maybe you could help, Thank you Tony.

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