Of all the things you could dream about, one of the most interesting images that can come into your nighttime visions involves crabs.
If you’ve been having dreams about crabs, please understand that the meaning is not as shallow, simple, and “easy” as you may think.
Dreams about crabs actually involve primarily our emotions.
Crabs, after all, come into contact in the real world with quite a bit of water, which is the almost universal symbol for emotions.
As you can well imagine, when it comes to emotions, all bets are off.
This is why it’s really hard to put your finger on just exactly what crab dreams and any other water-related night vision images truly mean.
In this article, we will focus on the general interpretation of this dream symbol along with its contextual meanings.
The general meaning of dreams about crabs
Generally speaking, crabs represent emotional hurt.
Either you experienced some sort of emotional trauma in the past or you’re going through it today.
It can also indicate your ability to get hurt.
Now, please understand that these are two totally different things.
Being hurt is one thing, worrying or fearing about being hurt is another thing entirely.
Unfortunately, a lot of people confuse the two.
It’s easy to see why.
If you’ve been burned once before, you will do everything you can to avoid being put in that same situation.
Maybe you feel guilty. Maybe you feel like you were some sort of sucker.
Whatever the case may be, it’s very easy to develop strong feelings regarding times when we feel we have been hurt, embarrassed, humiliated, or somehow emotionally and mentally harmed by other people.
In fact, it can get so bad that a lot of people go overboard.
Put simply, things that normally wouldn’t throw people off or things that people would normally brush off, blow out of proportion.
They make mountains out of molehills, and it’s no surprise that all the relationships somehow some way become toxic at some point.
Do you see how this can be bad news?
Crabs can also represent your desire for stability.
A crab is still an animal that breathes air and it has to walk a fine line between living in the water and getting enough air.
The same goes for human beings.
While we need to live in a rational world and be formed by logical decisions, we are at our core emotional creatures.
How do you make sense of all of this?
This is precisely the tightrope walk that you need to do.
What does it mean to dream of catching crabs?
When you see yourself on some sort of shore trying to catch crabs, this can indicate that you are trying to make sense of past memories or things that you think are memories.
This is a little bit tricky, just like catching crabs because, on the one hand, there are things that we can remember.
But there are also things that we do not remember or worse yet, false memories.
These do exist.
And unfortunately, a lot of our strong emotions are tied up in these.
We often are bent out of shape over things that never really happened.
Even if things did happen in the past, we read so much of our present frustration, anger, and guilt, as well as fear into them that they no longer are based in reality.
No wonder a lot of people who dream about catching crabs find themselves conflicted and unable to tell what is real from what is assumed or exaggerated.
It is no surprise then that a lot of people who dream about catching crabs tend to have a lot of fake friends.
Because it’s very easy to surround yourself with people who try to reinforce the mental picture that you give yourself.
This is your way of insulating yourself from reality.
In fact, one of the best ways you can tell if someone is a real friend is their ability to say no to you.
They are also able to tell you unpleasant truths.
These people are not to harm you or hurt your feelings.
Instead, they are your anchors to reality.
What does it mean to dream about spider crabs?
This is a very special specific type of dream.
When you dream about spider crabs, your subconscious is symbolizing your sense of being trapped or restricted in a personal situation.
You think that it’s uncomfortable, you think that it’s dangerous to your personal growth, but you can’t pull away.
This is what makes it so frustrating.
What kind of personal prisons do you live in?
Do you love your job? If not, why haven’t you quit?
Do you love the person that you’re with?
If not, why haven’t you broken up?
Do you love your children?
If not, why haven’t you raised them the way they should be raised?
These are hard questions, undoubtedly.
And unfortunately, too many of us refuse to ask these questions and that’s why we continue to live in our mental and emotional prisons.
Sure, the walls are completely invisible but they are now less restrictive than prison walls that you can see and touch.
What does it mean to dream about eating crab?
If you’re eating crab meat from a can or you see yourself boiling a crab in your dream and then eating its meat, this indicates that you are ready to take on a new personal challenge.
These personal challenges do not exist outside of you.
I’m not talking about a new job or some sort of sports adventure or a new vacation.
It doesn’t involve a new relationship instead.
It is very deep and meaningful precisely because it’s happening within you.
Your new challenge is to dismantle a lot of your old thinking.
A lot of your memories have developed in such a way that you read too much of your day-to-day frustrations into them but you end up making things worse for yourself.
Why? You remember the past in such a way that it holds you back and drags you down.
Worse yet, you use the past as some sort of repository or one excuse after another to prevent you from doing the things you know you should be doing now to live the kind of life you want to live.
The past is very useful to you.
Unfortunately, it’s also a crutch that is debilitating.
What does it mean to dream of being chased by crabs?
Depending on the context, this can indicate being in a situation where you feel other people are pulling you down.
Have you ever seen crabs in a barrel?
It’s not a pretty sight.
One crab can be very enterprising, hardworking, and ambitious.
It can try to move up the side of the barrel and almost get to the top until another crab pulls it down.
This is where we get the term crab mentality.
It’s a real thing.
Because a lot of people don’t really want to put in the work to reach the highest heights in life. Instead, they get a lot of pleasure from shared misery.
Put simply, they’re saying to themselves, “If I can’t make it, I will make damn sure those around me will not make it as well.”
Nothing hurts them more than other people’s success.
Look for these types of people in your life.
Feed them what they want to hear while making your move.
Plan quietly and act decisively.
This way, you can leave them in your dust so you can say goodbye to their toxicity forever.
Another interpretation of being chased by crabs is your own negative attitudes regarding your past trauma.
You have to understand that you are more capable and durable than you give yourself credit for.
Sure, there may be a lot of bad things that have happened in your past.
Some of them may be very horrific to most people.
But you have to leave those things in the past.
You have to draw strength from the fact that you have overcome them to a certain point.
Think about things this way.
If you can make it this far, what’s stopping you from making it all the way?
All of us cannot choose our childhood.
We definitely cannot choose our parents or the people who cared for us.
But at the same time, we can choose how we respond to situations today.
We can choose how we frame our past.
Will you frame your past in such a way that it’s a crutch to you and a source of excuse after excuse that prevents you from maturing as a person?
Or do you view your past as a source of inspiration?
Whatever the case may be, you are in control. Use your choice wisely.
Please understand that you are where you are precise because of the past choices you have made.
If you want things to change, make different choices.
What does it mean to dream of being swarmed by many crabs?
You may be in a situation where there is a lot of emotional static.
People are just sending off signals that are conflicting and leave you conflicted.
There just seems to be so many signals coming from different people in different contexts that you feel that you can’t even figure out what you are feeling.
This is precisely the time that you need to take a step back, take a few deep breaths, and focus on yourself.
Understand that the reason why you feel emotionally overwhelmed is that you have not properly prepared.
You can now choose to prepare.
You can’t just block people out of your life.
Because a lot of the time, they are just being who they are.
Most of the time, what makes the situation negative is how you read it.
So do yourself a big favor.
Understand that you are always in control of how you respond to the otherwise neutral stimuli that life sends your way.
Interpret this stimulus in such a way that it moves your life forward.
Only you can make this decision.
What does it mean to dream of being attacked by a crab?
If you see your finger being punctured or pinched by a crab in your dream, this is an indication that either you imagine somebody’s attacking your character or reputation or you are doing the same to other people.
You have to understand that the human mind can be projective.
In other words, you can accuse other people of what you desire or what you’re doing.
So please understand what’s going on.
Be honest enough to admit to yourself whether you are suffering from crab mentality.
And if you don’t like it, do something about it.
Please understand that other for other people to succeed doesn’t necessarily mean you have to fail.
There is such a thing as a win-win solution.
So stop thinking of life as some sort of zero-sum game where for one person’s slice of the success pie to get bigger, yours have to get smaller.
It doesn’t work that way.
There is such a thing as growing the pie.
Be the person who grows the pie and you will be an asset wherever you go.
Because people like you are few and far between.
What does it mean to dream of seeing a blue crab?
Blue crabs are actually fairly common.
But if you see a crab and it seems to be radiating the blue color, this indicates there’s a call to action from your subconscious to be the better person.
It’s very easy to just be a defensive person.
When people say stuff that seems somewhat negative, you go on the defensive.
Be the better person by just blowing that off and picking out the information from what they’re saying.
People are going to be people.
We didn’t all come from the same backgrounds.
We didn’t all have the same upbringings.
That’s just the way it is.
So pick out what is useful, build on them, and move on.
If you are going to continue to be so touchy and sensitive to what people say, you’re not going to move forward in your life.
Because it’s rough out there.
Life has never been fair.
This is a form of entitlement mentality when you expect life to be easy.
It has never been easy.
So do yourself a big favor and just take what is useful from your interactions, and just let people be people and move on.
What does it mean to dream of a fast-moving crab?
If you see a crab skittering quickly across the sand or some sort of surface, this indicates that there are opportunities that are opening up in your life on an emotional level.
You have to be quick to take advantage of them.
What makes this really tricky is that a lot of these opportunities often take the form of a challenge.
Maybe you just had a fight with your significant other, maybe your parents and you had some heated words, maybe you got fired from your job.
Believe it or not, as emotionally crushing and as these turmoil-filled situations may appear on the surface, they actually pack quite a bit of opportunity.
Because if you keep making the same decisions as in the past or you keep hanging on to ideas of how you should be treated, things will never change.
So look at the pain and trauma that you’re feeling and use them to motivate you to make the necessary changes.
What does it mean to dream of stepping on a crab accidentally?
This is actually a good sign because a crab can be an emotional habit that is hard to break. Just as a crab has a tough exoskeleton, a lot of our habits seemed impervious to even our most sincere attempts to change them.
If you see yourself stepping on a crab accidentally, this indicates that one of your emotionally negative or toxic habits is under distress.
You have certain situations that can either reinforce them or break them apart.
It’s your choice. Please understand that this requires honesty.
So please understand that you’re always in control.
Take confidence from the fact that your life is a choice and you have made your choice, and that’s why you’re living the life that you’re living now.
Take comfort from the fact that if you can choose this life, you can choose a slightly different one.
What does it mean to dream of cooking crab?
If you see yourself cooking crab meat or steaming crabs, this can indicate that you’re feeling overwhelmed or overworked.
Normally, when people steam a crab, a little bit of boiling water in the steam cooks the crab.
Well, emotionally speaking, you’re feeling that kind of pressure.
It feels that you’re getting it from all directions and you don’t know where to turn.
You also don’t have a clue as to who to trust.
This indicates that you need to take the lid off by being more honest.
Because at the end of the day, this image of cooking a crab is really a projection of your subconscious of how you emotionally feel.
You feel that you’re inside that pot and there’s really nobody you can vent to.
But the truth is, this is just the choice that you’re giving yourself.
You can make other choices.
What does it mean to dream of eating a crab?
To dream of eating a crab, it suggests that you’re enjoying some good luck and success in your current projects.
Crabs can also symbolize somebody who is aggressive, hostile, and dangerous.
And if you see yourself eating a crab in your dream, this indicates that you’ll find a way to deal with that person without hurting that person’s feelings or necessarily jeopardizing your career.
The same can also indicate that someone is undermining your success but you found a way for their efforts to actually benefit you.
What does it mean to dream of seeing crabs in water?
If you’ve seen crabs swimming in the water, this is an indication of things turning your way.
This is your subconscious telling you that things are on the right track and a lot of your earlier efforts are not only being recognized but are beginning to pay off.
The key here is to get proper credit and also to keep doing what you’ve been doing so you can build on earlier successes.
What does it mean to dream of a running crab?
If you see a crab that is just running away and it’s not really skittering on the shore, this indicates that you are feeling rushed or feeling put on the spot.
It’s as if you’ve been asked by people that you don’t want to disappoint to make a decision on an issue that normally would take you a long time to decide.
This is eating you up inside and you’re feeling naturally overwhelmed.
The truth is, things are only out of control if you let them.
In reality, you actually already know the answer.
And don’t be afraid to say no because this can be one of those challenging situations that can actually lead to new doors of opportunity.
What does it mean to dream of a dead crab?
Dead crabs can indicate dead emotional habits of the past.
It represents feelings of helplessness and stagnation in one’s life.
Also, depending on the context, it can also be a metaphor for cancer or some sort of disease.
What does it mean to dream of finding a crab?
Depending on the context, this can indicate a sign of good fortune if you find it in salt water.
On the other hand, if you find it in the lake, this can indicate that whatever good start you’ve had has come to an end.
Now, things are going to be a little bit rockier and you have to focus on the effects of your efforts.
That’s not really that big of a deal but you need to be more conscientious.
What does it mean to dream of a huge crab?
This represents your protective and tenacious nature.
Normally, this is a good thing.
By tapping into the side of your personality, you can find the strength that you need to be resourceful in many different situations and to come out ahead.
The problem is when you take things too far, things can swing the other way.
And when you become too protective and too tenacious, you become stubborn.
You refuse to change and end up smothering other people and things devolving into some sort of toxic relationship.
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.