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This may be that you sense something 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.

One can be a rat, or smell a rat, or rat on someone. Underhand activities carried out without admitting the real motives, such as sex without love, or for material gain. Is also said to represent time gnawing away unknown at our life, and we may turn to find it empty. The rat can also depict what we most hate or feel repulsion toward.

Sometimes a rat in your dream can remind you of love that was betrayed, or intuitions about a person being a ‘rat’ – doing things behind your back or underhandedly – or deserting a relationship or situation 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. It can point to the unacceptable parts or yourself.

In some dreams the rat has the character of most rodents, the gnawing inquisitive searching out of things. It can therefore relate to your 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.

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”.

In Indian tradition, rats are seen as the vehicle of Ganesha, 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.

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.


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.


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

Useful questions are:

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?



-Breena 2014-11-19 10:14:32

Hello , I have a problem that is troubling me veary much. I had a dream that my friends were out on a picnic and the number 41 popped up, suddenly a man jumped out of nowhere and murdered them. Then he came after me and my dad my mom was gone out of town so we here in the house we are closing the blinds to the upstairs window and I saw him coming up the stairs I didn’t know who he was, but it scared me I ran into my room later right down up there with his God I tried to call the police by the time I take call ID woke up from this dream. Please tell me what this means it scared me half to death


-Breena 2014-11-19 10:20:14

Omg sorry, I’m meant to say , it scared me so I ran into my room leaving my dad outside with a gun, I heard them wrestling, than I heard what sounded to be my dad’s gun going off , I tried to call the cops , but by the time I pressed the call button I had woken up.


    -Mika 2014-11-28 13:36:00

    Hi Breena,

    I have to start off by saying that I am no professional dream interpreter. I do have the ability to forsee events and even insights into my life and others through dreams, and have done so for my entire life since I was a child.

    41 to me represents separation.

    This dream of yours sounds like an issue may occur within your group of friends that may leave you feeling guilty. What were you feeling when you saw the man murdering your friends? Shock? Guilt? Fear? Anger? This could all tie into the situation.

    Thankfully, it sounds like you have a very strong foundation and refugee with your parents/family. There is no need to call another source of help… Trust that their love & protection is strong enough to save you ^_^

    I hope this helps & I hope that no matter what you face in life with your friends you always find relief. Take care xo


-Perla 2014-12-06 14:21:24

I have had 3 dreams so far about rats in the last 5 years. I always wake up screaming. The first was I was about to get in the shower and about 20 rats jump on me and they’re all over the bathtub and I wake up screaming, this was about 4 years ago. 2 months ago I had a dream where I was walking up the stairs and rats start chasing me, I wake up shaking, trying to run away and screaming. Last dream occurred 2 nights ago, I was trying to get out of the basement through a small door and a rat keeps trying to attack me I keep scarring her off but she comes at me feet and that is when I get out and I wake up screaming. I have never seen a rat in person so I’m not sure if I have a fear of rats. I just find it odd how I wake up screaming every single time.


-Del 2014-12-15 22:16:20

I had a dream about a big rat it was half white and half brown. In my dream I think it was my pet it was walking on my arms then my neck then chest then i grabbed it with both my hands. I’ve never had a pet rat. I wasn’t scared of it in my dream I was playing with it. When I was little we had a pet rabbit that was half white and half brown. But ithe wasn’t a rabbit I dreamt of it was a rat.


-Ashlie 2015-01-22 21:20:57

I had a dream where there was a large talking rat. It ran around the kitchen and then into the living room. My fiance caught it and threw it out of the door. What does this mean?!?


-lisa 2015-02-02 19:20:07

I have this recurring dream, I’m back in my old room at my parents house (not sure why I’m staying there again) and when I lay down in my bed I hear noises in the walls. Then gray rats start pouring into the room out of the walls and the closet. They always try to jump on the bed and up until last night they didn’t succeed. Last night one of them was very aggressively trying to get at me and when I tried to swat it away it bit my wrist and wouldn’t let go. I had to break it’s neck to get it loose. Then my arm (the one that was bit) developed this horrible blistery rash. My mom and dad never help me in this dream, and my husband is never with me, he’s always at work or sometimes downstairs with my parents while this is happening. Any ideas what this could mean? Please help.


-Shiba Chan 2015-02-07 16:54:06

I was in an empty portion of a house – the walls werent painted, the photo frames were placed in a way so that they faced the walls and I couldnt see the pictures. I saw a heap of discarded magazines on the floor, they were the kind my aunt reads. I saw one which was unexpectedly a manga… and at that moment a saw a white mouse in the heap and I guess I ran to the next room (the kitchen). There was a chair with piles of books on it blocking the way and I saw a rat – one that had like three or four pairs of paws…I thought it would leave like the mouse did, but it was coming towards me. I kept on thinking about getting out of the place but I couldnt since the rat and the chair was blocking my way.
I kept on trying by throwing something at it but it kept on getting back.


-Rowanne 2015-03-06 8:42:27

Hi i just had a dream of finding a rat in my room amongst my clothes, i went to investigate and a black/grey rat runs under my bed. I scream and call for my brother (who I live with) but it comes out as a whisper as i realise its not real but im dreaming. I am going through some difficulties in my current relationship. Could my dream be something related to that?


-Anna 2015-03-12 12:45:41

Rowanne- this dream needs your personal associations with the symbol of the rat. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/association-of-ideas-with-dreams/#Working
Or you could try “being the rat” in order to find out what is hiding under your bed. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
The dream could be related to feelings of fear about your relationship.
Anna :-)


-Helga 2015-04-02 13:09:18

I dreamt that I was with a relative who resides abroad (so I don’t see her often), and was being introduced to her place of work. She introduced me to a room where they kept pets amongst them a ‘playful rat’ who wanted to play at all costs. This rat clung onto my hair and I had to shake it off since I am terrified of any type of rodents. What is the meaning of this?


-Angelica 2015-04-09 8:57:24

I had a dream with just one rat. The color was gray and i was able to see the rat wiskers and its cute ears. Not sure if i was laying down or sitting but the rat was to a distance near my face where i believe it was on top of something where the rat was able to stare at me look at me kinda like curious and with his two feet up smelling me.. That rat didnt look harmful at all just curious, but in my mind a thought came a crossed of knowing that in real life i am afraid of rats… , but i was not afraid in my dream i just looked at it and moved my face back but no fear was felt with in me. As soon as i woke up that was my reaction my head moved back but didnt wake up scared nor with a smile.. Just wondering what that meant.. I tried to analize my dream by walking back the place i was in had some clarity… I was able to see the rat and the color.. Able to see the wiskers and the two front feet.. The rat was not dirty at all and the ears was shaped cute enought to feel not afaird of it.. The body language of this rat was just curious like analizing me. Thats as much as i can think of nd recap of my dream???


-Anina 2015-04-13 3:58:12

I had a dream that I was in a room and I was carrying a crate full of rats once I realize what I was carrying I immediately put the crate on top of a dresser and one of the rats were trying to get out as my girlfriend came in the house I immediately screamed and said hey we have rats in the house and then one of the rats jumped out and I ran away and was very scared


    -Anna 2015-04-14 7:30:58

    Dear Anina – In our life we carry about with us the sum total of all we think and feel – the burden of being who we are, so what you are carrying in the dream is important to understand.
    Running away from “your rats” is a symbol for not meeting problems in a way that will resolve them.
    Please try to understand that these rats are merely a symbol for what you have created in your inner world. They 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.
    If you watch yourself you will notice that whatever you think about you have a feeling reaction to. Obviously it is noticeable in regard to frightening dream images. And dreams are only your feeling reactions put into images and drama.
    To feel fear in a dream means that you have not yet developed abilities to cope with what is symbolised as causing the fear. One of the wonderful things about dreams if you work with them, is that they gradually show you how to deal with the parts of your nature that need to grow or to be healed. They show how to meet the parts of yourself that need release, or to be understood or healed. If it takes courage to meet these buried or painful parts of yourself, then your dreams will gradually take you on a journey that helps you to unfold your resources of courage. You will be enabled to face your fears, and in fact gain power and instruction from them.
    A start to work with your dream is to ask yourself what feelings are so much a part of me that I constantly carry them around? If this is difficult to answer ask the girlfriend who came into the house in your dream, for often other people are more aware of what we still (try to) hide for ourselves.
    Another question is: What can I learn about myself from this?
    Please also read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/processing-dreams/
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)


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