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Roach / Cockroach

Roach / Cockroach.

To see roaches in your dream can be scary.

However, roaches are good signs most of the time. Unless the roach is eating you out of house and home or causing illness, a cockroach can be a sign of longevity and tenacity. Roaches can live through just about anything – even a nuclear war! When you see a roach try to ignore your own fear or queasiness and realize that they are a symbol of making it through a tough situation and that perseverance pays off in the end.


In this dream, you may have...

  • Stepped on a roach.
  • Had a home or building overrun by roaches.
  • Been afraid of a cockroach.
  • Seen an abnormally large cockroach.
  • Eaten a roach.
  • Found a roach in your ear.
  • Had roaches climbing out of your body.
  • Gotten sick from a roach or many roaches.

Positive changes are afoot if…

  • You are a roach and find a way to survive.
  • You talk to a roach.
  • You smoke a roach.

Detailed dream meaning...

When you are working through issues with friends and loved ones that are reflections of guilt because of your own lack of follow through or stamina then you may find that you dream of roaches or other symbols of tenacity. Dreaming of many roaches or being overrun by roaches is a negative dream indicating that you do not have the strength to keep your promises or know that you are letting people down.

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A few roaches in a dream or a big roach is just fine – because they show that you can beat the odds and even if you have taken on a lot, you will adapt and be okay. Consider in your own life, how you are overreaching, or if you are taking on too much and realize that right now. If you have already made commitments, then you need to stick to them and be creative and adaptive in your surroundings. The worst situations will pass and you will be left standing – you can make it through a difficult time in your life but you have to take it one day at a time.

Cockroaches can make you sick and some people are highly allergic to them. If you have a negative reaction physically, to a roach in a dream, then this can indicate a health issue that is linked to sanitation or personal care. Consider how you are being taken care of. Do you have reliable outlets or time for your basic needs? This can also be a reminder to simply take better care of yourself.

Having a fear to roaches is normal in the waking world but in the dream, world roaches can’t hurt you. You are, after all, dreaming. Your fear is unfounded and this indicates that you are holding yourself back by fear in your waking world.

When you see a dead roach or kill a roach, think about ways in your waking world where your own lust for life has died. Are you feeling melancholy or unmotivated to go on in your life? Do you simply not know what to do next? Being indecisive is alright if you allow yourself the time to find a solution, however, make sure you are not blocking out opportunities for reward and growth. Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of a cockroach: Fear. Disgust. Worry. Concern. Unsafe. Dirty. Gross. Contaminated. Unhealthy. Scared.


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