One of the most troubling nighttime visions you could have is to dream about having lice.
Lice are unpleasant in real life, and you best believe they are also a hassle in your dream life.
Don’t be all that shocked if you wake up in a panic scratching your head because you just had a dream about having lice.
There’s just something about this insect species that literally gets under the skin of a lot of people.
What Does It Mean to Dream About Lice?
A dream about lice symbolizes that you are feeling overwhelmed by many things going on in your life.
This could be your duties, responsibilities, and roles.
What all of these have in common is that people are making requests from you, both explicitly and implicitly.
Roles, for instance, indicate a range of responsibilities.
People don’t even have to ask you.
Just by you assuming that role, you know what to do.
For example, if you’re a parent, you have certain things to do on a day-to-day basis.
Otherwise, you’d be a lousy father or mother.
That’s just how it works.
And it is no surprise that when you have all these duties, responsibilities, and roles to attend to, you feel that you just have so much to do that there’s no time left.
The dream meaning of having lice speaks to this sense of responsibility.
There Are Different Types of Lice
If we are going to get to the root of the true meaning of a dream about having lice, we must first focus on the type of lice in our dream.
This is where a lot of people have a tough time because, for the most part, they only know that they are suffering from head lice in their dream.
That is pretty much the long and short of it.
They don’t look past that detail.
That’s really too bad because if you take a look at the lice in your dream, this detail can go a long way in helping you interpret it more accurately.
There are fat or very large lice, and there are light-colored lice.
Fat or very large lice can become dark as they suck up your blood.
In certain contexts, you can have issues from real life in green lice dream meaning.
Some lice have a natural green color.
When you have green lice dreaming of other things, the green color actually packs quite a bit of meaning.
There are also brown lice, white lice, black lice, and adult lice.
You have to zero in on the color, shape, and size of your lice.
In certain, shall we say, unusual lice dreams, there are even talking lice or giant lice.
Giant lice, of course, don’t occur in the natural world.
We’re talking about lice the size of a dog. Talk about a terrifying site!
People also even dream of small, microscopic lice.
It’s crucial that you pay attention to these details because the colors, size, and type of lies indicate context.
They also indicate the different severity of the symbolic meaning and implications of those meanings of head louse in your lice dreams.
Some people think that lice dreams involving green bugs are related to worm dreams or dreams of bed bugs.
While there is a common denominator of some sort of cringe factor, you have to look past your disgust to pay close attention to what kind of spiritual awakening these lice images are actually pointing to.
Your body finally signals to you in your dreams that it has certain needs.
And if we don’t pay careful attention to these needs, we get the impression that we truly don’t have much control over our own lives.
The reality is that we are always in control.
It may not feel like it. It may seem like somebody else is always talking over us, or it seems that our feedback and our own ideas always take a back seat.
But we’re always in control.
We can control what we think about, and most importantly, we can control how we think about the world.
Let’s put it this way. You may not be able to control the image of that car crash happening in front of you.
But you can control how you respond to it.
Always remember that.
You Are Always in Control of Your Thoughts
Dreaming of lice is actually a visualization of the negative and pessimistic thoughts that can often fill your head.
Just because this has been your past pattern doesn’t mean that they are impossible to get rid of.
It doesn’t mean that you always have to give in to them and let them negatively impact things that you say and do.
If you are spiritually open, eventually, you will become spiritually attuned to the point that you can separate your emotions from the stimuli that you perceive from the greater world.
This is control.
This is personal mastery.
Of course, this doesn’t happen overnight.
While it’s easy to see the great benefits that you get if you’re able to achieve this level of control, it takes some work.
The Idea of Bad Luck
One of the most persistent ideas that hold people down is the idea of bad luck.
When you dream about lice, it’s natural to think of something bad happening to you.
You may be under the impression that bad luck is just around the corner because you’re seeing all these lice: colored lice, green lice, yellow lice, and brown lice.
You are ultimately the person that gives meaning to these things.
They don’t have a sting, nor do they have any poison unless you give them such qualities.
Such dreams can only trigger negative feelings if you allow them.
Nurture Your Personal Tolerance
When you have lice dreams, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you your ability to tolerate certain things from the Universe up to a certain level.
This is not set in stone.
When we were babies, we couldn’t tolerate much of anything.
Every little challenge throws us off, and we fall to our worst instincts.
Plus, we could barely control our impulses.
It’s as if bad decisions greet us around every corner.
But as we get older and we figure out how things work and what to expect realistically from other people and from ourselves, we get better at it.
This is not a smooth transition, nor is it the same trajectory for everybody.
This maturing process also requires a tremendous amount of stress.
What if I told you that if you were to give tomato plants in a pot all the nutrients they need, there’s a good chance that they’re not going to bear any fruit?
I know that sounds crazy because a lot of gardeners think that if they just have the right set of inputs for their plants, their plants will come out gorgeous, and they will have a bounty of fruit.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
You see, plants, like animals and human beings, are selfish creatures, and being selfish, we’d rather grow, enjoy ourselves, and get fat, instead of bear fruit or be accountable or serve others.
So just like people, if you give a tomato plant everything it needs, you get a lot of leaves. In fact, it gets this majestic tomato plant with amazing, broad, green leaves.
Everything looks good. Its stems are amazing.
There’s a lot of fresh growth, and it’s budding all over the place.
But there’s one thing missing.
It doesn’t have any fruit, or if it does manage to bear fruit, you have to content yourself with a handful of tomatoes.
But if you plant other plants in the same pot that that tomato plant is in, the tomato plant becomes thinner.
Its leaves start to become smaller.
Some parts of it might even shrivel or get stunted.
But here’s where the magic happens.
It starts to bear fruit.
Stress, despite the fact that we hate it, brings out the best in us.
When somebody or something holds our feet to the fire, we tend to produce.
That’s how it works.
So as cringeworthy as these lice dreams may be, your subconscious is trying to tell you that you need to stop running away from what stresses you .
Stop expecting some ridiculous level of tolerance, which in reality is intolerance.
I mean, let’s face it. If you ask a hundred people what level of stress they can tolerate, most will tell you that they prefer low stress.
Don’t be all that surprised!
That’s just how people are.
That’s how YOU are.
So when you get rid of the idea that everybody has to have the same tolerance or you can only tolerate certain things and instead choose to confront life as it is and it exists on a day-to-day basis, you start to grow.
Even areas in your life that you may think are unconnected to your head lice dreams or your openness to other people and other ideas, start to change.
You start enjoying a good sex life.
This is nothing new.
According to ancient dream lore, lice represent the power of humanity to attract the reality that they desire, and of course, great sex is part of this.
The same with money, power, status, and sustenance.
What Does Darker Color Lice Represent?
Darker color lice in your dream interpretation mean that good luck is on its way to you.
Now, don’t get excited.
Good luck can only happen when you work for it.
I know this seems counter-intuitive, but there is a lot of truth to the old saying,
“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
Do you think people who find themselves doing the right things at the right time with the right people to produce the right outcome happened to be there just by accident?
The truth is that doing the right thing — regardless of what time it is, regardless of who is looking, regardless of what you feel like — eventually prepares you to take full advantage of great opportunities as they appear.
In fact, knowing how to do things and doing things at a high level of quality and dedication and commitment enables you to see opportunities in the first place.
Where people see nothing but hardship, disappointment, and even humiliation, you see the glimmers of a great opportunity.
Many people who seem “lucky” just make it look easy.
In reality if they are consistently lucky, they have put in the time.
Don’t let what they say fool you.
Either they’re just trying to be humble, or they’re clueless as to what’s really happening.
But make no mistake!
The “good luck” they’re enjoying resulted from the solid groundwork that they have prepared.
Beware of Rough Times Ahead
Lice dreams for business people or professionals can indicate some sort of professional danger.
For a business person, this can indicate issues with serious debt or debt implications.
For an entrepreneur, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.
Serious debt, when paired with the right risk-taking attached to a solid execution plan, could be a good omen.
It could mean the difference between a mediocre business and spectacular success and prosperity.
The key is to pay attention to your thought patterns.
There’s a lot of people who have negative thoughts that plague them about their present and future prospects.
They let their pessimism get in the way of their intelligence in business know-how, and they end up with something mediocre.
Just like lice getting on an otherwise healthy dog, the dog may not be able to perform its best because it’s struggling with lice no matter how small the number of these pests it may have on its skin.
The same applies to you when it comes to your professional prospects or your business.
You have to understand that the secret to success is not aptitude but attitude.
In fact, aptitude comes later.
If you have the right attitude and you’re willing to learn what you need to learn so you can get ahead regardless of the circumstances facing you and you’re willing to commit, things will work out.
In many cases, they will work out in such a way that blows away your dreams.
On the other hand, if you got all the certifications and you went to the right graduate programs, and you dotted every I and crossed every T, but at the same time, you have the wrong attitude, things will fall apart.
There’s nobody on this planet, and there is no weapon formed that can destroy you without your permission.
You are your own worst enemy.
Remember that, so focus on your attitude.
Ask yourself these questions:
• Am I open-minded enough?
• Am I giving myself permission to succeed?
• Am I giving myself permission to make the necessary sacrifices so I can learn what I need to learn?
• Am I open to changing myself?
• Are my expectations of myself realistic?
These and other questions and your answers to them are what lice and the business context are all about: self-awareness.
A lot of people look at heavy debt as automatically a bad thing.
However, somebody who has the right mindset and who can pair leverage with the right opportunities see heavy debt for what it is: a gold mine.
Beware of the Different Forms of Stress in Your Life
Dreaming of lice — lice crawling, many lice, fat lice, lice eggs, big fat lice, partial lice, dead lice, or hair lice — may seem like a confusing mess of different lice or lice-like images, but they all point to one common denominator.
While each of these dream images has different contextual “spins” from which you can go on to many different directions in terms of interpretation, they all share the common bond of stress.
When you dream at night and you see all these images of lice, especially dead lice or partially cut-up lice, your subconscious mind is confronting the stress of your waking life.
There is a strong symbolic meaning in your dream about lice which will give you clear warning signs of either future trouble ahead or challenges that may seem overwhelming.
But if you are able to navigate them successfully, it might actually lead to great, potentially life-changing opportunities.
Dreaming of lice shows the dreamer’s issues with their waking life involving personal dilemmas, hard choices, family problems, self-trust or self-care issues, and a wide range of other issues involving personal stress.
All of these themes really boil down to stress!
And the sooner you come to grips with how you handle stress, and the sooner you come up with a more effective way of dealing with stress, the better off you will be.
What Does Dreaming of Lice on Other Parts of Your Body Signify?
In addition to finding lice on your head, if you see lice on other parts of your body in your dreams, this can indicate a clear warning to you that issues that you’ve let fester or go unattended will come to haunt you.
Usually, people tend to just write this off as bad luck.
But you have to dig deeper.
The reason why these events finally come together and manifest themselves as “bad luck” in one form or another is because of the wrong intention.
Have you ever met somebody that at first was kind of neutral to you but eventually developed a dislike for you?
Has this happened to you when it comes to other people?
Of course, you meet them, and you don’t think much of them, and then before you know it, they start disliking you or possibly even hating you.
These are all reflections of the power of intent.
All these bad intentions that show up in stress-related dreams about lice involve things that you need to deal with today, not tomorrow.
Maybe your mother or father did something to you or said something to you that rubbed you the wrong way.
Whether you care to admit it or not, what they did actually have a day-to-day impact on how you see yourself and, by extension, how you behave around other people.
You may be thinking to yourself:
“In the big scheme of things, that’s nothing.
I’m just a drama king or drama queen.”
Well, think again!
If it has that impact and your intentions regarding those events are not fully described and fully analyzed, you only have yourself to blame.
Your mindset triggers words and actions that have such a negative effect on others that it blows up in your face.
Sadly, most people only deal with this type of issue when it’s too late.
When the house of cards has finally collapsed, then only then would they take action.
But that’s too late!
You know that all these bad intentions within you have put you in a negative place emotionally.
Deal with this.
There’s no better time than now.
This is especially true if you see in your dream lice crawling all over your body or different parts of your body.
These are subconscious signals for you to take care of business right here, right now.
And the most important business is internal, personal business.
What Does Head Lice in Dreams Mean?
Generally speaking, head lice just in of themselves (and doing nothing else) denote good luck.
Now keep in mind that it’s not crawling, and it’s definitely not laying eggs.
You just see it on your head in your dreams.
This can show good things that are going on in your life.
Now a lot of people might say: “That’s disgusting!”
This is especially true if you live in the United States or Western Europe.
What this dream means is that you’re having an easy time with self-sustenance.
I’m talking about money.
I’m talking about being able to buy what you need.
And I’m talking about your economic life, both now and in the future.
The reason why head lice dream symbols tend to be positive is because of ancient dream lore.
Generally speaking, ancient dream lore from different parts of the world shows head lice as a sign of being good with personal finance and, in particular, with business.
When you have lice, what do you think happens?
People will try to avoid you because they don’t want those lice on their heads.
The interesting by-product of that instant space that’s created is respect.
This is always a good sign.
I remember when I was growing up in California, and it was the first time I took a public bus with my Mom in Los Angeles.
There was this homeless man that came onto the bus, and he stenched like a million garbage cans.
I had to breathe through my mouth.
That was how bad it was.
The smell was kind of a cross between a dead rat and a large, open cesspool.
That’s how bad it was!
You have to understand that the bus was crowded.
Everybody was standing.
Everybody was hanging on to the overhead rail to keep their balance as the bus jerked forward to go on its route.
But when this homeless man came, suddenly out of nowhere, it turned out that that bus had a lot of space because, exactly 3 feet all around that man, he had empty space.
People around him found a way to cluster like sardines just to avoid the stench.
I say this to you in the context of head lice in dreams to highlight the power of respect.
People may not be respecting you in your life and in your business because you are too accommodating.
You’re a pushover.
You seem to blur the lines that people initially thought would honor.
Think of it this way.
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t honor his word, don’t expect others to honor their words with you.
In fact, I’m going to take it a step further and say that don’t expect people to take you seriously.
Just like that homeless man, if you want respect, be prepared to offend.
Be prepared to turn people off.
At the end of the day, it has nothing to do with being liked.
Business has nothing to do with being liked.
It’s about having standards. It’s about having procedures.
It’s about having policies that you will stick to.
And if you’re able to do that, a lot more people will respect you.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that head lice, generally speaking, means good luck, especially in a business context.
A little bit of self-respect to the point of consistent application of personal principles goes a long way in establishing professional success.
What Do Lice Eggs Mean?
In your dream about lice, if you see a few lice or a few lice eggs, this usually represents people you know in reality.
The main dream interpretation of lice eggs is about the range of people you interact with on a day-to-day basis.
These are both positive and negative people.
This dream helps you understand that negative people arise from negative consequences of how you interacted with these individuals at an earlier stage.
Of course, how you interact with them is really just a reflection of how you’re attempting to solve other issues in your life.
Think of people as mirrors.
They only have so many features in of themselves.
Instead, they reflect different parts of your face.
Be careful how you look at yourself when you’re looking at other people.
You might not be giving them the benefit of the doubt, nor are you looking at yourself from the best angle.
There’s an old Filipino saying: “The thief is angry at other thieves.”
Oftentimes, what pisses us off about other people are things that offend us about our own selves.
So if you look at it from a big-picture perspective, what you really peeved at is not what that other person is doing or what they’re saying.
It’s what they remind you of yourself.
If you see somebody lying and you’re annoyed, chances are, it’s because you’re annoyed at the fact that you, too, lie about certain things a certain way.
It’s too close for comfort.
Dreaming about lice eggs can also indicate that you’re in a negative cycle caused by bad choices and decisions.
Remember, every action produces a reaction.
And because of your lack of awareness about this cycle, pessimistic thoughts quickly invade your mind.
These are never neutral.
They eventually cause bad choices and decisions.
If you see the lice eggs and they become lice and eventually you see dead lice or you’re killing lice in your dream, this indicates that you’re beginning to see a bigger picture regarding how your thoughts influence your reality and how your emotions influence your choices.
This is a good sign.
Killing lice is always a good sign in dreams because it indicates choosing one direction over another, or at the very least, reasserting your control and ownership over your feelings and your ability to shape your personal reality.
In this context, dead lice can be interpreted as the beginning of freedom or at least the awareness of the need for freedom.
What Does Killing Head Lice Mean?
Killing lice in your dreams means that you are ridding of bad influences in your life.
It also means doing some “house cleaning” when it comes to your interpretations of certain thoughts, memories, and triggers from the outside world.
A lot of people go through their lives hanging on to the same set of “trigger interpretations.”
That’s why they don’t change.
That’s why they see themselves as fish out of water in many given situations.
It’s not because other people are bad or things have changed permanently for the worse.
In many cases, they just refused to adapt.
Killing head lice in your dreams is indicative of good things coming into your life because you are taking control of your life.
The first step, of course, is to change how you respond to things.
The second is to change how you define things.
And then, before you know it, you start talking differently, thinking differently, and pretty soon, you start behaving differently.
That’s when the game changes.
The world doesn’t really care about your motivations or intentions, but it does care about what you do.
The moment you start changing your behaviors, the moment you start getting different results.
When you dream of killing head lice, your dream reveals that you are beginning to reassert your power over your ability to conceptualize what’s going on in your life, as well as picking and choosing among the things that you choose to be real or you choose to continue to believe in.
At the same time, these dreams warn you about the consequences of refusing to take responsibility.
Killing head lice can lead to freedom, but if you hesitate or you do it the wrong way, you might actually end up putting yourself in a situation where you generate head problems.
You are actually making things worse.
So to make sure that things pan out the right way, focus on self-awareness.
This is how you lay out a path to good fortune and good luck.
This is how you will be able to sleep peacefully at night with no worries about your future.
Now keep in mind that in other cultures with different symbology and history, they interpret killing lice as mastering bad thoughts and redirecting energy.
What Do Dead Lice Mean in Dreams?
According to some dream dictionaries and dream symbology databases, head lice dreams represent issues of money, luck, and family.
For others, head lice dreams point to situations where you have too much debt and have a lot of worries to deal with and a general sense of confusion.
If you dream about lice eggs, one consensus among these different resources is that you are at some level or other sexually hungry.
This, of course, means different things for different people.
It’s not just physical.
The actual “hunger” behind the need for sex can indicate other unmet needs on the spiritual, emotional, and psychological levels.
Regardless, if you see dead lice in your dream, this can indicate that you may be in for some bad luck.
As you probably already know, if you’ve been reading this blog and if you’re just reading this post, there are many different ways to interpret this.
There are also many different aspects to this otherwise troubling dream image.
In Ephesians 6:14, it says:
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.”
This suggests that you have problems that linger in your head and that you are prone to thinking negatively and pessimistically.
Other Bible verses regarding having dreams about lice mostly mention that you are put both in men and beasts in order to fight against the bad things in the world.
So in this context, lice are not necessarily bad.
What’s important is God’s will.
Lice, of course, can attach themselves more easily to long hair.
But did you know that in the Bible, committing yourself to the Lord and, as a result having long hair is a sign of dedication and commitment?
Specifically, in Numbers 6:18:
“And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of their head of his separation, and put in the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace offerings.”
This suggests that when you commit, you have to go all the way.
You can’t deviate, and there’s a symbolic public element to this.
There’s the shedding of the hair, and while you’re under the commitment, you have to keep your hair long.
In broad strokes, this means that if you’re going to commit to something, people must be able to see your commitment in your day-to-day lives.
You can’t say to your girlfriend, “I love you, and you mean everything to me,” but people see you with other women or people see that you have a Tinder on your home.
What you do on a day-to-day basis just doesn’t line up with what you say.
The same goes for the promises you make to yourself.
If you say that I’m going to pursue my dream, or I’m going to build this business, or I’m going to make a million dollars next year, then whatever you choose to do on a day-to-day basis must line up with that.
At the very least, you can’t just spend hours on end on the PlayStation 5 eating Cheetos, talking on the phone, and playing video games.
Or if you say, “I’m going to excel at my career,” but find yourself checking email endlessly at work, watching the hours vaporize.
I hope you get what the reference to the Nazarite means in this context.
Dreaming of dead lice can also be a subconscious sign that there are people around you that can be your ruin.
What makes this tricky is that a lot of these people that can lead you to totally just abandoning your hopes and dreams and live a failed and compromised life, don’t mean to do you harm!
In fact in many cases, they’re just doing their thing.
The problem is that they are on their own path.
And if you copy them or their attitude becomes so infectious that it invades your life like lice invading your scalp, you will quickly find out in the worst way possible that their path doesn’t line up with yours.
Their coping mechanisms and their strategies have nothing to do with where you want to go or where you wish to end up.
So you have to understand that lice crawling in the context of dead lice can refer to the influence of people in your life that may not lead you to where you want to go.
So it’s really important to focus on who you want to become.
What kind of values would that person have?
How would that person think?
How would that person sound?
And most importantly, what kind of things does that person do repeatedly on a day-to-day basis?
You are what you repeatedly do.
There’s no space for one-time-big-time here.
Anybody could get inspired and do the right thing in a very public and glorious way but still end up broken, spent, and disappointed.
The reason is simple as well as obvious.
They’re not who they want to be!
If you want who you want to be, then you must act a certain way regardless of whether people are looking or not.
You must act that way repeatedly.
Again, you are what you are repeatedly.
So if you are dreaming of lice walking all over your skin, this is an indication that you need to be aware of the different aspects of who you are: your hopes, your dreams, and your fears.
Your fears are actually just a reflection of your hopes.
They’re the shadow of your hopes.
Everything is lined up.
Otherwise, dreaming of lice or hair lice will consistently be a bad sign for you because your dream simply just celebrates your worst instincts and intuitions, which you feel you cannot break away from.
That’s really too bad because you have a lot of potential.
Whether you believe it or not, or whether you accept it or not, you have a lot to give to the world.
All of us are put on this planet with a destiny.
So understand that when you see big, fat lice or small lice interestingly showing up in your dreams, look at the big picture.
Don’t just focus on easy interpretations of cringe elements that sum up all your physical conditions.
Dream meanings don’t just involve a negative future.
They also indicate patterns that can lead to extremely successful outcomes, especially involving your family.
So focus on how this otherwise disgusting imagery can let you know more about how you think, how you respond to things, and how you behave with others.
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.