Dreaming about Cockroaches – What Could It Mean?

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Dreaming about cockroaches is an unpleasant experience that can leave you feeling disgusted and frightened, especially if, like many of us, you’re afraid of them. Many who see cockroaches in their dreams believe that it’s a sign of bad luck. However, it can be quite the opposite.

As unpleasant as cockroaches may be, they signify many positive things, but this depends on the context as well as the elements in your dream.

Symbolism of Cockroaches

Resilience and Survival

Cockroaches are known to be extremely resilient creatures and to dream of one could mean that you, too, are just as resilient. You may have a strong character, with the ability and determination to survive any problems that life may throw at you. If you’ve been feeling disappointed in yourself recently, your subconscious mind could be showing you this dream to draw your attention towards your positive characteristics and to remind you of your strength and capabilities.

Cleanliness

While it may seem ironic that cockroaches would have anything to do with cleaning, dreaming about them can have both a figurative and literal meaning. Figuratively, it could mean that you need to ‘clean’ up any toxicity in your life. If you’ve been associating with toxic people who tend to bring you down and fail to value you for who you are, this could be a signal to eliminate these people from your waking life.

From a more literal point of view, the dream could be giving you a sign that you’ve been letting yourself go and need to practice proper hygiene. You may also want to work on cleaning your surroundings and removing all the dirt from your home.

Rebirth and Independence

Cockroaches are regarded as symbols of rebirth due to their oval shape. The word ‘oval’ means ‘egg’ in Latin which is possibly how this symbolism came about. Female cockroaches have the ability to produce eggs on their own without a mate. In fact, they only need to mate once after which they store the sperm for later. Therefore, if you’re a female dreaming about a cockroach, it could mean that you have a desire to be independent or that you already are. 

Dreams about Cockroaches – A General Interpretation

Dreams about cockroaches

Cockroaches are well-known for their toughness and endurance as they can survive in hostile circumstances. It’s possible that dreaming of one or more cockroaches could point towards the fact that you will soon overcome the obstacles that stand in your way and keep working hard until you finally achieve your goals.

You will be amazed to know that creatures may announce an increment in your salary or profits if you have a business or have made some type of investment. So, cockroaches are also associated with an improvement in your financial condition. In fact, the appearance of roaches in your dream may indicate that you are going to have good luck ahead, in the coming days.

Cockroaches in dreams can also be harbingers of good news. They could mean that you’ve got some important events coming up such as a wedding, a housewarming, or any kind of celebration. The appearance of cockroaches in your dream could mean that everything will go smoothly and perfectly just as you had planned.

While there are many cockroach dreams with positive meanings, there are also a few that can have negative interpretations. For example, these insects love to dwell in unsanitary conditions, so dreaming of cockroaches can imply that you or a loved one will be afflicted by an illness.

Sometimes, dreams about cockroaches may highlight your nature of having irrational or baseless fears about something. The dream, therefore, may suggest that you should work on becoming more mentally strong and fearless. 

Seeing cockroaches in a dream can also be a reminder that you have the power to live up to the promises you have made to yourself or your loved ones, but you lack faith in yourself. This can motivate you to keep working hard regardless of the obstacles that may come your way.

Dreams about Cockroaches – Common Scenarios

Cockroach dream

Dreaming of Cockroaches in Your House

If you dream of cockroaches inside your home, it could represent that your home needs to be cleaned. It may be a good time to work on organizing, cleaning, and minimizing the clutter in your living environment. This dream could also be a reminder to address any current issues you may have in your waking life since prolonging them could only result make them worse.

Dreaming of Cockroaches in Your Bed

To see one or more cockroaches in your bed could signify that you may be feeling threatened about something in your waking life. It could also mean that everything in your life may be running smoothly, but you should not be too complacent about it as a sudden change in circumstances could leave you feeling disappointed and disheartened.

Dreaming of Cockroach Poop

A dream about cockroach poop may seem strange and disgusting, but it can actually have a positive interpretation. Cockroach poop symbolizes rejuvenation or cleansing of your life. In fact, the image of poop in the dream also symbolizes good luck, wealth, success, and prosperity. Therefore, this kind of dream implies that you’ll soon experience good times ahead in your life. You may be coming into a large sum of money shortly.

Dreaming of a Cockroach Falling on You

This dream indicates that you will finally achieve the goals that you’ve been working towards for years. It could also mean that some problems you’ve been facing will unexpectedly be settled or that you will receive sudden good news.

Dreaming about Cockroaches Crawling Around You

When you dream of a myriad of cockroaches moving around you, it could point towards your fear of leaving behind something that you had gained after sheer hard work. Probably, you are too possessive of the material items that you own. Therefore, it is obvious that you will have a hard time parting with things that you had secured after a long period of perseverance and hard work.

Dreaming about a Cockroach Lying on its Back

Cockroach lying on its back

The sight of a cockroach lying on its back in a dream is a positive sign that you will soon receive good news. If it flips over eventually, it means that even though you may be going through some problems, you can turn your life around.

If the cockroach dies on its back, it could mean that a long journey awaits you and you need to start preparing for it. You may literally travel to another country or the figurative meaning could be that you have a long way to go in order to reach your goals.

Dreaming about Cockroaches in Food

Dreaming about having cockroaches in your food suggests that you’re feeling anxious about something in your waking life. It’s common to have this kind of dream if you have an important exam or an interview coming up.  Your subconscious mind could be trying to tell you to relax or you may have a nervous breakdown.

Dreaming about Catching a Cockroach

If you dream of catching a cockroach, it could be an indication that you’re about to lose control of certain aspects of your life. You may already be feeling as though this is happening to you and it’s likely you’re worried about the changes you would have to go through.

Dreaming of a Flying Cockroach

A dream in which you see a flying cockroach indicates that you are going to face rivalry or competition in your professional or personal life. If you are engaged in a romantic relationship with your partner, the dream may point towards the arrival of a third person who may emerge to be a potential competitor in your love life.

Similarly, you may also experience tough competition from a rival in your business or workplace. This dream, therefore, sends you a warning signal to stay cautious of the entry of a new person into your life.

Dreaming about Cockroaches Roaming in Your Mouth

This dream scenario is more of a nightmare, especially if you have a fear of cockroaches. It can represent miscommunications or misunderstandings that you may have with someone close to you in your waking life. It can also be a reminder to you to be mindful of what you say to others and think twice before you speak.

Dreaming about Cockroaches Rushing Towards You

This scenario may indicate that you’re at the risk of being betrayed by people you thought were your friends. Your subconscious mind could be warning you to stay alert and avoid sharing too many details of your life with your peers so that they won’t have the opportunity to backstab you.

Dreams about Cockroaches Based on Color

Cockroach color in dream

A Black Cockroach

Dreams about black cockroaches can represent the anxiety you feel about something in your waking life. In dreams, black cockroaches can also signify interferences and overthinking. Therefore, seeing a black cockroach in a dream could be a sign that you should prepare to face some issues. It’s also possible that you will have trouble with your current endeavors and may need to put a hold on them for a while.

On a positive note, black cockroaches can be a sign of something good that’s about to come your way. Additionally, if you’re not already in a relationship, this dream could represent the start of a new relationship.

A White Cockroach

Seeing a white cockroach in a dream implies that you have lost your motivation to achieve your goals. You may need to focus on positive things in your life and work on getting your motivation back.

This dream scenario can also be warning you of possible betrayal in your personal or professional life. There may be someone you have unresolved issues with who is spreading gossip about you and wants to see you fail in life.

A Brownish-Red Cockroach

Brown cockroaches can represent that you may soon gain financial help from someone at your workplace, a family member, or a relative. If you’ve been doing well and working hard at your job, your boss may want to reward you by giving you a raise.

A Yellow Cockroach

Yellow cockroaches indicate that someone who hasn’t been in touch with you for a long time will soon re-enter your life. It could be a long-lost relative or an ex-lover seeking reconciliation. If you see yourself touching or holding a yellow cockroach, it signifies that you will most likely be the one to take the first step towards reconnecting with this person.

A Green Cockroach

Green is a color commonly associated with money. Therefore, seeing a green cockroach in a dream can indicate that a wealthy person has decided to entrust you with their wealth. This person may believe strongly in you and that they will be making a good investment by giving you their money.

A Pink Cockroach

To dream of a pink cockroach could symbolize minor issues in your life that you need to resolve as soon as possible. Although these may not be serious problems, they could be bothering you and robbing you of peace. The sooner you start working on them, the sooner you’ll be able to relax and destress.

In Brief

A dream about dirty roaches may unnerve you but always remember that cockroaches hold positive symbolism as well. Quite a lot of cockroach-based dreams have similar interpretations that announce the forthcoming good luck, prosperity, and success in your waking life.

However, cockroaches appearing in certain dreams might be cautionary alerting you to possible dangers or challenging situations that may occur in your life. As we always emphasize, take proper note of the elements that you saw in your subconscious stage. The elements of the dream are what influence its interpretation.

Apsara

Apsara

After completing her post-grad in Values, Ethics and Indian Culture, Apsara is sharing her knowledge of symbolism, mythology, history and culture through her blogs. Apsara lives in India and believes in getting a first-hand understanding of culture through travelling.

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