Dreams about pigs have different meanings and symbols. Pig dream meanings all depend on context and details. The biblical meaning of pig in dreams is never clear cut or easy.
In the Bible, pigs are always viewed as dirty and unclean animals by others. The Book of Leviticus even says that these mammals are unclean for the children of Israel.
While the Bible has a negative dream interpretation for pig imagery, the context of a pig appearing in your dream can be seen in more ways the one. It may reflect concerns about your feelings, thoughts, or even life practices—like your diet or the quality of your lifestyle.
But contrary to the common Biblical dream interpretation involving this animal, you can view your dream of a pig as something that would lead you to a positive outcome. Dream symbols involving pigs may also point to wealth, abundance, prosperity, being content in life, or even a better understanding of the world.
Either way, pig dreams reflect your outlook on life.
Negative Connotation for Someone with Pig Dreams
The Bible’s negative outlook on this animal has carried over to most people.
Over the years, the term “swine” has developed to connote people who are “uncultured” or outcasts. Some would even regard a pig as a beast because of its eating habits and seeming lack of control and hygiene. Also, the words “pig” or “piglet” has been used to demean any man or woman who eats a lot or is bigger in size.
So when you see a pig in your dream, you immediately think it’s a sign of selfishness or overindulgence.
The Spiritual Meaning of the Pig Symbol
The spiritual meaning of pigs in the Bible can be teased out in context.
For example: in the New Testament’s “The Prodigal Son,” the younger son goes off to a far country, squanders his wealth, runs out of luck, and ends up working for a piggery.
Being a Jew, he had to work through a lot of his reservations to be able to do his job. In this context, the pig symbol points to hard work, honesty, and spiritual prosperity. The son’s self-indulgent search for gratification led to him learning how to work with the hand he’s been dealt.
Pig Sexuality and Plenty
Farmers in the United States have a nickname for their pigs: “mortgage lifters.” Simply, a pig can be considered a power animal because of the benefits you reap from even a single pet pig.
They’re much easier to raise than other animals. One mother pig can also have several litters in a year. For many farmers, pigs are the ones who can provide year-long income and sustenance.
If we focus so much on the filth and stench, we lose sight of the fact that this is fertilizer. It gives way to bigger crops and more feed for more pigs, which can then be sold for more meat.
Misinterpretations of Pig Symbols When Dreaming
A dream involving a pig can easily be misinterpreted.
When we think of pigs as over-indulgent with food, this leads us to think that a pig dream could be a sign of our shame about our own unhealthy diet.
But pigs in dreams offer much more.
Dream Interpretations of Pigs
The following dream dictionary for pigs is contextual. The table of contents in this section shouldn’t be read as the only possible meaning of pigs in your dream.
Tie in your recurring feelings and thoughts and the situations in your life when you had that dream. It’s important to establish context when dreaming.
Dreaming of Roast Pig
If you dream of a pig that’s already roasted, it’s a sign of celebration. It’s a sign that your search for triumph has come to a successful close.
This dream could also be a sign of victory for not giving up.
Dreams of Pig Chasing You
A pig chasing you in your dream means that you’re going through changes with someone.
Dreaming about this may seem unpleasant, but a big-picture perspective can encourage a deeper relationship with that person.
When you feel that a pig is chasing you, it could be the end of a cycle or the beginning. Either way, there is a sense of adventure. Try looking at the dream as an urging to take your relationships to a better place.
Dreaming of Pig Attacks
When you find yourself dreaming that you’re physically attacked by pigs, it may be about truths and secrets you’re embarrassed to share with others that are coming out in the open.
This is an opportunity for you to see who your real friends are. These are the ones who will be patient and understanding despite the scandal or embarrassment.
Dreams of Wallowing with Pigs
One variation of pig dreams involves getting into a pit with them.
When you have this type of dream, it can involve hygiene issues. It’s a valid dream interpretation, but it’s fairly shallow. Alternatively, it could be a reminder of the issues you need to address.
When you see this image in dreams, allow yourself to remember the uncomfortable compromises you’ve made in life. Oftentimes, when we make a mistake, we follow up with reasons and justifications. Still, these regrets will pile up over time and burden us.
A dream with this imagery asks you to confront your mistakes. This begins the long and rewarding process of wiping away the mud and filth from your life.
Dreams of Killing a Pig
You may think that killing a pig in your dream is good because it’s party time—the celebratory food is ready. But a dream about killing a pig or piglet can be either positive or disastrous.
The good fortune this dream depicts flows from the celebratory nature of eating something that you don’t normally eat—like a whole roast pig.
On the other hand, this dream also tells us about the things we need to face before we achieve certain victories in our life. The killing sequence can represent the reason why you fail in your search for success—you don’t want to get dirt on your hands.
You’re afraid to go through tough times because of past failures, so you no longer try to face the things hurdles in your life. This lands you in a perpetual search for success in your life that might never come.
If you take this dream as an inspiration to push through difficulties in life, it may well be the best spirit guide you need to give your life more meaning.
Dreaming of Watching a Pig
In “The Prodigal Son,” one of the duties of the son was to look after mother pigs and their litter. When you see yourself watching a pig in your dream, it may be an opportunity to become more aware of your stubbornness.
This type of dream is an invitation for you to start picking apart a lot of the things that you and other people thought were “real” in your life. Things like addiction, bad mental habits, and toxic relationships with other people don’t “define” you—they weigh you down.
The Bible’s Perspective on the Dream Meanings of Pigs
While the Bible is very clear about the separating line between what is forbidden and what is permitted, you have to look at pigs in your dreams in context. When you dream about pigs, they can still reflect prosperity, success, and joy.
Even though the Biblical meaning of pigs in dreams says that all pigs are unclean, you need to see the bigger picture. Pigs can transcend their Biblical meanings of being symbols of rejected worship, self-idolatry, and destruction.
Bible Verses About Pigs
Leviticus 11:7: “And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.”
Psalm 80:13: “The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.”
Deuteronomy 14:8: “And the pig, because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch.”
Proverbs 11:22: “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.”
Matthew 7:6: “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”
The Final Word on the Biblical Meaning of Pigs in Dreams
Our search for the meaning of our pig dreams can lead us from website to website, scouring the internet for clues, or even binging on YouTube videos that claim to have the answer. You may even be tempted to buy books with fancy markers like “all rights reserved” or “#1 bestseller” written all over it.
But, ultimately, our dream interpretations turn on the context of our dreams and also our everyday life. We need to first understand our lives and ourselves before we’re able to know the full meaning of the things we realize in our sleep.
Dream Example #1
There I was in my kitchen on a Sunday afternoon. The sun was high, the breeze cool, and I was dressed for church.
I had no shoes on my feet, and I had my shirt unbuttoned down the front. It was clear I had nowhere to be but at home.
I could smell my mother’s cooking. Sunday lunches were always a big elaborate affair up on the hill. Friends and family always came to be a part of the feast. No one expected the hog to walk in.
He strolled in like the place belonged to him, grunting as he crossed his way through the living him.
He walked straight into the kitchen. I wasn’t aware that pigs could climb. But, he clambered onto the kitchen counter, grunting all the while. It was a spectacle indeed.
He toed his way to the stove and stuck his snout into the boiling pot. There was a collective gasp from our guests.
Someone expressed concern about the pig hurting himself. That was my aunt, the animal lover. I turned to her and scowled at the barbecued bird leg on her plate.
Another person laughed like a pig sniffing our lunch as a dog was the funniest thing he had ever seen.
My funny bone was anything but tickled. My stomach growled in protest. A pig was nosing around in the food I meant to eat, and no one was doing a thing about it.
I picked up a machete and shouted a warning to him.
He lifted his head toward the ceiling and grunted in what I thought was defiance. My eyes narrowed on his rump. I imagined a roast. Thinking about it made my mouth water.
An uncle gained the sense to wrestle the pig off the counter, but it was too late for that porcine.
The idea had already formed in my mind. I had no plans of changing it. Who would kill the pig? No one could decide.
In the next second, my family was having swine for dinner. The pig that decided to walk up to my mother’s cooking was no longer cute. It was an enjoyable meal.
We were all seated around a long wooden table outside on the lawn. And we were enjoying the pork the hog provided.
Until the neighbor walked in.
He was searching for Helga, his hog. The table fell silent, and all eyes turned to me.
“I haven’t seen her,” I replied to the question he asked and shrugged. But a piece of Helga’s rump rolled around in my mouth.
I felt guilty, but I wasn’t about to admit to anything.
Our neighbor left us to our meal, but I could tell he was not satisfied with my answer. There would be retribution, but it would have to come after I had had my fill.
And retribution did come in the form of two uniformed officers banging on my mother’s door.
“We’re here about a missing pig,” one of them said. He had a flyer in his hand with a picture of Helga.
“All pigs look alike,” I said.
He pointed to the brand on Helga’s butt. And it was that brand that would give me away. Had I thought of it, I would not have skinned the pig.
I had no idea that my neighbor had rifled through the garbage bin outside to find the rest of the carcass. He caught me red-handed.
The officers took me away in cuffs. They stuffed me in the backseat of the car.
Then there I was in a cell with the door slamming shut. There was a judge dressed in a black robe, sitting on a tiny cot. He was the only one there with me.
I told him the tale of Helga the hog.
Now, you have to understand that we’ve warned our neighbor and his hog,” I said. “But both man and pig refused to listen.”
The judge looked at me as if I was insane. His sentence said as much. I was to pay my neighbor the price for a full-sized hog or spend a year in jail.
Dream Example #2
In my dream, I saw a pig that was strolling in our village. It was a white pig, and no one knew who owned it.
The snout of the pig was clean. Unlike other pigs who relished bathing themselves in the dirt, this pig looked like it had taken a bath at the village stream.
It ambled across the village square, poking its snout into the grass as if looking for food. When it left the village square and started walking towards the huts in the village, the children who were hanging about noticed it.
One of them said it was an evil pig because he had not seen a white pig in his entire life.
Another said the white pig had a curse on it. The children decided they would chase it out of the village.
The children started throwing stones at it. The rocks they were throwing hit the pig every time, and it groaned from the pain.
This made the children bolder. They started looking for more stones.
Finally, the pig ran away from them. It went back to the village square, but the children followed it.
As it ran towards the market close to the square, it ran into a car. Smack! The pig fell as the vehicle sped away, uncaring.
One of the children came close to the pig lying on the floor and poked it with sticks. He shouted to the others that it had died.
They decided to laugh. The devilish pig had met its nemesis, they all concluded. But at that instant, the pig rose and began walking to the other side of the road.
The children who were walking away saw this and called other children.
The number of children watching the seemingly dead pig had now increased. They spread the news that the white pig was devilish, and now it had resurrected from the dead.
They began throwing stones at it again.
This time, the pig would not run away. Instead, it stood its ground and absorbed the blows from the stones.
Then, when the children approached, it started chasing them. The first child it caught, it poked the child with its snout, turning the child over and over again.
When the other children saw this, they started screaming in fear. Their fears were now confirmed. This was indeed a devilish pig.
Some of the children ran to the adults to report what had happened to them. The adults gathered together and followed the children to where the pig was.
They wanted to see the pig that refused to run away. The adults began discussing in hushed voices. They had not seen a clean white pig before.
They started throwing stones at it like the children, but the white pig would not run away. Finally, when they saw that it was standing its ground, the adults decided they had to catch the pig and kill it.
It would bring a curse to the village if they didn’t.
A fisherman who was living nearby went to look for a big net. He brought the net to the villagers, and they made a circle around the pig.
They closed in on it, passing each part of the net among themselves. Then, they threw it at the white pig to catch it. Just then, the white pig disappeared.
I woke up from sleep wondering what the dream must mean. I felt sorry for the pig and thought the villagers deserved punishment.
Dream Example #3
I went to Indonesia for a two-week vacation in the Spring of 2010.
I was looking forward to this trip because it has been three years now since I took a time out from work to rest.
I was so excited for this trip. It was going to be a family vacation where we make lasting memories.
Everything worked out well. We visited the famous Island, Bali. It was a heaven on earth experience for me.
One of the memories I had in Bali was a dream of being shot in the chest. This experience is still fresh in my mind as if it were yesterday.
On a fateful day, we all drove to the beach. The kids were playing in the sand and building sand castles.
I went to have a massage in a spa. As I lay on the massage bed enjoying the massage, I drifted into a deep sleep and found myself in a deserted town.
It was a very beautiful town. The air slept fresh. Birds were chirping on trees. The architectural designs of the residential buildings were superb.
I have never seen anything like it. There is a fun park also right in the center of the part where adults and children relax and play fun games.
On the south-west part of the town, sits a beautiful beach with mini thatch houses. Inside the thatch houses, there are doing sets for families of six, a giant candle stick, beach towels and a mini bar.
The sight of the town was truly dazzling.
I walked round the town, but I didn’t see anyone. I searched every store I could find but there was no one of them.
It was getting dark, so I decided to look for a place to stay for the night.
The store, guest house, personal houses was locked. I called the emergency service number, but no one picked up my call. I began to wonder where everyone could be?
The door of a furniture shop was open. I entered and locked the door.
Inside the shop, I found a couch on display for sale and I decided to spend the night there.
The couch was comfy. I laid down to rest. As soon as I curled up on the couch to sleep, I heard a big bang on the door of the shop.
I looked it was four hefty men armed with shotguns. I was afraid that I could feel my heart sink into my stomach.
Refusing to open the door, I went to hide behind the couch. The next thing I heard was a big blast and the door came crashing down.
The armed men came into the shop and opened fire on me. As the hit my chest, it turned into bubbles. Within minutes the whole furniture shop was filled with bubbles.
The gunmen ran out of the shop. The came back with AK-47. They open fire on me and started shooting. As the bullet hit my chest, I woke up covered in sweat.
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Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.