If you’ve ever had a dream about cockroaches, either seeing them on the floor or, worse yet, crawling on your skin or biting you, it’s very easy to freak out. No wonder when it comes to dreams about cockroaches biblical interpreters and experts seem to be all over the place.
These are, after all, not exactly cuddly and cute creatures.
But if you are looking for the meaning of dreams about cockroaches biblical overview , you’ve come to the right place.
The general meaning of cockroaches in dreams
Generally, when human beings think about cockroaches, they don’t think about positive things.
Cockroaches indicate decay, carelessness, filth, grime, or some sort of breakdown that enabled these pests to appear.
They don’t just come out of nowhere.
When your home suffers a cockroach infestation, maybe it’s because you leave a lot of food out or you’re less than careful when cleaning up, or you don’t clean up at all.
There’s this connection between a breakdown in some sort of maintenance or care and cockroaches appearing.
In a biblical context, this indicates some sort of logical consequence for past decisions.
You can phrase it in the form of a punishment or some sort of curse.
But the truth is the cause and effect pattern is there.
There has to be some sort of decision that would trigger a result that you would rather avoid.
Take the case of Moses, the Pharoah, and the ten plagues of Egypt.
Insects play a role in at least three of the plagues.
For these plagues to take place, Pharoah has to do something.
Namely, deny the release of the Israelites from Egypt.
You can see the causal chain between the decision and the result.
Of course, the Pharoah did not choose the specific type of infestation or curse that fell on his land.
But the fact that there is this pattern should’ve given him all the notice that he needed.
But he still kept doing what he did.
When you have cockroach dreams, your subconscious is telling you to be more mindful of the consequences that you are already living with.
The biblical symbolism of roaches
The spirit of Beelzebub or one of his demons carries over to roaches.
They indicate sickness, breakdown, lack of order, carelessness, poverty, and sin.
What these all have in common is the level of care one has over their lives.
The most basic care involves our relationship with God.
As Jesus himself said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven, and all these will be added to you.”
In other words, righteousness comes from God.
It is not something that we build on our own, nor is it something that we stumble upon based on our personal goodness or enterprise.
It is an act of grace.
Jesus frames the proper relationship with the divine as one of dependence.
So seek ye first, meaning there’s no independent source.
It’s definitely not with us already; the kingdom and its righteousness.
Roaches, on the other hand, symbolize the opposite.
So, when we insist on doing things our way or insist on our personal power, because of human nature, we become neglectful, distracted, or simply can not be bothered.
Whatever the case may be, decay comes in.
Poverty and sickness are not just physical or financial; they are also spiritual.
In fact, one can be spiritually poor and materially rich.
If this imbalance continues for too long, then one also becomes financially poor.
What does it mean to dream of a roach crawling on you?
If a cockroach crawls on your skin in your dream, your subconscious is trying to draw your attention to the concept of deceit.
People around you are not playing straight with you.
Either they’re trying to put up a front because they want to get something from you, or they’re putting up appearances.
You have to remember that people put up appearances for a variety of reasons.
A lot of those reasons have nothing to do with you.
They feel that they have to act a certain way because that’s what’s expected of them.
Others see their parents doing one thing but saying other things, and they do the same.
These have nothing to do with you, but these are a form of deceit.
When you see people putting on a show, it’s very easy to fall into the trap that they did not intentionally set.
You believe in the show.
You believe in the charade.
You believe in the lies.
All this time, they’re lying to themselves, and they don’t really care about what you think.
But you become complicit in keeping the lies going.
Before you know it, you also fall for the lies.
Intent is important.
You have to keep this in mind when trying to understand the meaning of roaches crawling on you because bad friends, whether they intend to or not, will harm you.
Either they set you on the path to bad mental, spiritual, and psychological habits, or they intentionally try to harm you on an emotional level.
What does it mean to dream about a dead roach?
This is a good omen.
As distressing and disgusting as it may seem to some people, seeing dead roaches indicate that the period of spiritual and psychological stagnation, decay, and neglect in your life has come to an end.
It may not seem like it, after all, bad habits do die hard, but if you are completely honest with yourself, you can see that the worst part is over.
You’re beginning to see the light at the end of the long tunnel.
The key here is to believe and to act on the belief that you can take control over key areas of your life.
You can call the shots and have things work out according to what you desire.
This is not always easy because, for the longest time, it seemed that you are hopelessly not in control.
But things are beginning to lift, and the more you see the connection between your decisions and the kind of life you’re living, the stronger your resolve will become.
Focus on what’s going right.
It’s very easy, as you work through this process, to become discouraged.
Maybe things don’t seem like they’re happening fast enough.
But focus on your ability to make a decision and see things line up with that decision to push you forward.
What does it dream of flying cockroaches?
Attitudes are infectious.
Just like somebody sneezing in a packed room, it’s very easy to disperse false assumptions, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and toxic expectations, much like an airborne virus.
Beware of who you hang out with.
Even if you don’t hang out with too many people, beware of what social media content you consume.
Pay close attention to your emotional reaction to the content that you expose yourself to.
This is how you know if you are consuming the right things.
If you’re not careful, you will be infected, and your mindset would change.
This can trigger a chain reaction that would lead to bad news.
What makes this tricky is the bad news will hit you like a ton of bricks as if it’s some sort of surprise.
But in reality, if you’re being completely honest with yourself, you caused this.
You made a decision or you allowed things to continue, and the result is not all that surprising.
What does it mean to try to kill a roach that refuses to die?
If you see yourself struggling with this dream imagery (and believe me, it can be quite traumatizing), you are dealing with a dream metaphor for bad habits that refuse to go away.
You have to understand that habits have three parts.
There’s the trigger, there’s the habitual action, and then there’s the reward.
For the most part, we can’t do anything about the triggers.
They are what they are.
There’s just something about them that triggers us to do something else.
The same goes with rewards.
Once you do an action and you get rewarded a certain way by a state of mind or some kind of emotional rush, you’d want to keep doing that action again and again to get that reward.
It would be safe to say that the reward is also going to be almost impossible to change.
What does this leave us?
We can change our habitual action.
This can range from things that we say to other people, things that we say to ourselves, things that we think about.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be physical action.
So if you put all this together, if you want to truly get out from under your negative or even toxic habits, do something different when you are triggered that produces the same rewards.
For instance, if you normally go back to sleep once the alarm starts, try getting up and brushing your teeth.
The reward is a sense of satisfaction.
But this time, the action leads to something more positive instead of you coming to work late almost all the time.
Do you see how this works out?
That roach that refuses to die in your dream can be killed.
The question is can you find the resolve and the willpower to carry through?
What does it mean to dream about killing a lot of roaches?
When you see yourself basically trying to become a pest exterminator in your dream and just knocking out a lot of roaches, this indicates that your subconscious is seeing that certain relationships that you have are overwhelming you.
The bottom line is that these people may have some redeeming qualities to them.
After all, that’s why you became involved with them in the first place.
I’m also even talking about relatives, although we didn’t choose our relatives.
The problem is their toxicity has reached a point where it’s overwhelming you, and it psychologically feels like you’re in the middle of a roach infestation.
There are severe conflicts with either family members or long-time friends that threaten your relationships and possibly even your emotional wellbeing.
Your subconscious is trying to push you to come up with a workable solution where you emotionally contain these people without necessarily cutting them out.
There is such a thing as emotional distance.
In other words, once you establish that your friend has a certain maximum dosage of exposure, you can then simply minimize your dosage or cut things off for a bit and then resume things.
This way, once you get a hang of it, you get to enjoy their company and be there for them, but at the same time, you don’t suffer from their toxicity.
It can be done.
It just takes quite a bit of time because there’s a lot of trial and error involved.
What does it mean to dream of a giant cockroach?
This type of dream imagery relates to David and Goliath in the bible.
If you read first Samuel very closely, it indicates that there’s something medically wrong with Goliath.
He was seeing double swords, and he was also being assisted.
Somebody was helping him.
People were also carrying his equipment.
He was not a healthy man.
Still, the Israelite army was scared stiff.
All they can see is his height.
All they can focus on is his massive size.
Do you see the disconnect here?
Do you see the false assumptions?
Strength does not equal size, height, or even the kind of weapons a person has.
Strength means willpower.
The ability to push through regardless of what you seem to be up against.
On this level, David has him beat because David placed his faith, not on size or things that people could see.
He put his faith in God.
When you’re dreaming of a giant roach or anything of a massive size that is terrifying, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you to question your assumptions.
A lot of the times, if you take a certain range of actions based on faulty assumptions, you will get the same frustrating results.
The way to change this, obviously, is to change what you do.
But the best way to change what you do is to examine the assumptions behind them.
That’s how you make progress.
That’s how you come out victorious like David.
What does it mean to dream of roaches crawling to the front of your house?
One’s home, when it comes to dream symbology, indicates one’s total inner identity.
It symbolizes who you really are.
This is the one place in the universe that you don’t need to explain yourself because you totally belong.
I’m talking about yourself, at least your inner self.
When your dream features roaches crawling to the front of your home, you’re sensing that your sense of self is being encroached upon.
Pay careful attention to this because you might be in a relationship where it seems that your identity is being sucked into some other form that you may not be all that comfortable with.
Are you ready to make that kind of commitment?
Are you ready to lose yourself?
This doesn’t just apply to romantic relationships.
It also applies to parenthood.
A lot of people lose themselves caring for their children, and they get all caught up in their parent role that nothing is left.
When the children leave home, what do you have left?
It’s not a surprise that a lot of American couples divorce once they have an empty nest.
Remember, for you to love other people, you must first love yourself because you can only give what you have.
If you can’t be bothered to respect and love yourself enough, can you really love others?
You don’t have anything to give.
How can you truly love others?
So make sure you have something to give.
This is where self-care, self-respect, and self-love come in.
What does it mean if a roach is crawling on your face?
If the main image of your cockroach dream involves roaches crawling on your face, this indicates unrealistic expectations.
This can also indicate that a lot of the false fronts or false impressions that you’ve set up throughout the years are beginning to crumble, and you don’t know what to do.
It also can indicate that you’re dwelling too much on past events.
Either these are false memories, or you basically just blown things out of proportion, and they have a crippling effect when it comes to certain areas of your life.
In this context, you are your own worst enemy.
If you want to be happier, make sure that your expectations are realistic.
If you want to be more content, make sure to examine what your assumptions are.
Finally, if you want to be truly happy, learn to let go of the past.
Just because you let go of them doesn’t mean that they will continue to haunt or torment you by repeating themselves over and over.
Remember, the past doesn’t have to repeat itself.
It can definitely rhyme, but it doesn’t have to repeat itself.
What does it mean to crush a roach underfoot?
This is a very positive dream because this takes quite a bit of commitment and focus.
Roaches can indicate the power of the devil to sow confusion.
A lot of times, we’re confused precisely because the thing that we’re confused about speaks to, at some level, to our desires.
That’s what throws us off, much like Eve and the garden.
When you see yourself crushing a cockroach underfoot, you’ve become deaf to the appealing lies.
A lot of times, you almost have to temporarily go blind just to do what you need to do to find the result to do what you need to do at the right time to get it done.
In the bible, it is only when Samson got blinded they began to realize what he needed to do.
In one giant sacrifice, he took out many enemies.
He found his strength again through the spirit of God.
When you dream of crushing a roach underfoot, you’re only able to do so when you have become blind to your disgust, uncertainty, and fear of cockroaches.
You just did what you need to do.
You can do the same in certain problem areas in your life.
You do have that strength, but it requires faith.
What does it mean to dream of a cockroach eating your food?
This indicates a sense of disloyalty.
Now, this is a very tricky type of dream because there is disloyalty that is easy to figure out.
For example, if your romantic partner sleeps around behind your back, that’s disloyalty.
Easy to see.
Open and shut case.
You’re perfectly justified to feel betrayed in that context.
But other scenarios are not as clear-cut.
For instance, if you’re passing yourself off as a rich person and you’re bribing people to become your friends, when you run out of money because you were never rich, to begin with, what do you think the perfectly natural response would be?
People can see through you, so they drop you like a bad habit.
In that situation, are you really justified to feel that these people were disloyal to you when they fell in love with or grew respect for a false image that you cultivated?
So pay careful attention to both sides of the coin.
Dreaming of a cockroach eating your food is not as easy to analyze and get through as you would think.
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.