What does it mean to dream of hamster visions?
I got to admit, the hamster, although a member of the rat family, strikes quite an interesting figure. You cannot quite put your finger on it but there is something cute about a hamster. Its appearance and behavior are quite different from that more famous member of the rodent family – the rat.
While most people automatically feel nauseated, disgusted and repulsed by the image of a rat (no matter how clean and well-fed), the same people would find the typical hamster interesting to say the least.
In fact, a lot of small pet enthusiasts consider a hamster an ideal pet. Not only is it cute but doesn’t take up much space, has a fairly short life cycle and is easy to maintain. Another fact is that a typical hamster pet cage setup pretty much takes care of itself.
When it comes to ease of handling, the hamster is right up there with the cat.
If you ever owned a kitty, you would know that it pretty much takes care of itself. Given you have enough food available, it will make sure that it doesn’t eat all the food at once. It also cleans up after itself as long as you have a proper kitty litter set up for the feline pet.
Almost the same type of system applies to your typical hamster. As long as you have the right beddings and enough food for your furry little friend, it pretty much takes care of itself.
This is why it is sure quite interesting when people see these small, innocuous and even cute little rodent in their dream.
Make sure that your dream is truly a dream of hamster images.
Let us start with the centrality of the hamster image.
In a typical dream, you are going to see many different sights, you may be going to one place to another or you might even be going on a trip and going through some sort of process.
The scenery in your mind’s eye changes. That is how a normal dream plays out but, if you noticed that the central motif of your dream is a hamster, you need to sit up and pay attention.
If the hamster keeps showing up again and again, your subconscious is telling you something. It is obviously using the hamster symbol to drive home a point.
How the subconscious works in a dream interpretation.
Your subconscious is a distinct blend of other people’s influence on you and your own experiences.
Keep this in mind, just because you live in a certain culture with a certain range of dream symbology doesn’t necessarily mean that you are stuck with that culture and symbology. You also have to factor in the impact on your dream imagery and symbol choices caused by your experiences.
You are your own person regardless of whether you are aware of it or not. You have a distinct way of looking at your life as well as the larger world out there.
It may seem to you that you are not all that special, or you might even think that you are just another face in the crowd, but think again. You bring something special to the table, whether you are aware of it or not. This is a crucial aspect of any kind of dream interpretation.
Whether it involves a hamster central image or not, you have to begin your interpretation with a distinct blend of cultural dream symbols or even dream dictionaries that you somehow absorb from the larger culture surrounding you and your own distinct take.
A lot of people think that if you live in a certain part of the world or you believe in a certain religion or a member of a certain ethnic group that you are pretty much set in your ways in terms of how you think and how you view the world.
That obviously is wrong.
While there is some truth to that, the overarching factor when it comes to dream interpretation or even remembering your dream is that it boils down to your personal experiences. Your personal experiences that forms part of your own memories take part in the formation of your dreams. These are what make you distinct.
Please understand that there is this interplay between the starting point of any kind of attempt at figuring out a dream that is meaning something and the actual interpretation.
Dreams about hamster images are no different.
Always look to your specific personal experiences when trying to make sense of such symbology otherwise it is very tempting to think that because there is some sort of a long-standing cultural dream vocabulary and if you will that it somehow means that there is only one way to interpret your dream.
A dream which is meaning something can really only be meaningful on a personal level. That is where it all starts and ends. With these in mind, pay close attention to the different contexts of your dream involving hamster images.
Where were you? What were you doing? What type of hamster is it? Was there only one hamster or is there a group of them? What were they doing?
Now you may be thinking the only thing you can remember is that the central figure of your dream was a hamster.
Welcome to the club.
Usually, when people dream exotic or unusual night visions, it is the out of the ordinary that jumps out of them because they tend to remember only that. They forget the context.
It is also really important to pay close attention to the other details that are involved in the dream. Take the time to try to remember the five W’s of your dream.
The five W’s are who, what, where, when and why. You should also throw in the question of how. Once you find all these details that you are closer to a more balanced and there I say accurate reading of your hamster dream.
Dream meaning often turns on context.
Just because there is an overarching interpretation of a particular dream motif doesn’t necessarily mean that it applies to your specific dream. You have to look at as many different details as possible because they can make a big difference.
When you dream of a hamster in one context for example, the proper interpretation as far as accuracy in your waking life is concerned may be the exact opposite of another interpretation brought about by a different context.
I hope you understand what I am getting at here. Try to get as many details as you can.
The good news is, when you have strong dreams, the dream image usually comes back again and again.
It might even seem that your subconscious is playing tricks on you because it tends to appear in different forms and in different settings. But, when you pick all these different contextual details apart, they are actually saying the same thing.
At the very least, if you keep seeing a hamster or a group of these creatures in your dream, night after night, several times in a specific dream or several points in a week, you should try to keep some sort of dream journal.
The more contextual clues you can detect, the better and more accurate your dream interpretations will be. With that out of the way, let us take a look at hamster dreams in general, and the different contexts that they appear in our nighttime visions.
What do hamsters in dreams normally mean?
Hamsters in terms of size are roughly equivalent to mice. But unlike mice and rats, this rodent is actually desired by a lot of people.
Many people consider hamsters as the ideal pets. Not only are they cute, but they are easy to take care of and are actually very clean. You don’t need to prod them, trim them or put extra effort in cleaning up after themselves.
Hamsters normally spend a lot of time grooming and they don’t stink. When you hold them, they are not dirty. In many cases, when you sniff them, they smell really good.
That is how clean and fastidious hamsters are even though they are in the same family as rats which many people consider disgusting and repellant.
Hamsters are extremely sensitive and are quite exotic. They are generally not vicious nor aggressive.
Considering these traits, it is easy to see that a hamster dream indicates some form of contentment in many areas of your life. It is as if you don’t have to worry all that much even though you may not be making as much money as you possibly could or hold down a high prestige job.
When you look at the kind of life you have as represented by the hamster, things are going well.
There seems to be this automatic system that you built up unconsciously over the years that lead you to where you are now. It is not the best nor is it the worst. Things are just going well and you feel comfortable emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.
Another take on the common hamster dream image involves resource management.
Hamsters are quite efficient managers of their resources.
They don’t eat more food than they need to. They are quite clean and don’t leave a mess. They make sure that the bedding that you layout for them is nice, clean and odor-free. This aspect of this small rodent speaks to your need for better physical management.
Your subconscious is telling you that for you to be comfortable enough in life, you need to take more control over your finances.
This does not necessarily mean that you are going to somehow change overnight and become the next Warren Buffett or some sort of super investor, instead, your subconscious is telling you that your financial state is well within your control.
You do, can and will come across money, that is not the problem.
Earning money is not the issue.
The issue is whether is it going to stay in your hands. The issue is whether you are going to get enough use out of it so you feel that you are not frustrated, stuck or left behind. Thankfully, these issues are well within your control.
What does it mean to dream of a hamster giving birth?
When you see images of a hamster giving birth in your dream, it is generally a positive indication that opportunities are already present in your life.
The main reason why a lot of people feel that they are just unlucky or they don’t get the best that life has to offer is that they have often become blind to opportunities. Maybe they think that they are not “lucky enough” or they believe that they don’t have what it takes.
Whatever the case may be, they have slammed the door shut to opportunities because they refuse to see it.
When you dream of a hamster giving birth, this indicates that your subconscious is waking you up. You are beginning to develop a certain skill set to identify opportunities and connect the dots.
The big difference between people who move up quite a bit in life and those who remain stuck at the bottom or at the middle is in the difference in emotional intelligence or EQ. In many cases, it just boils down to the ability to both spot opportunities and take advantage of them.
When you dream of a hamster giving birth, please understand for that event to happen, the hamster must have gotten pregnant and must have waited for some time before giving birth.
The birth itself is the culmination of incubation.
A lot of things have to fall in place the right way for the outcome to turn out the way it does. The same goes for opportunities in your life.
It is not enough to spot the opportunities, although this is the most important part. you also have to put in the time, effort and commitment and if needed, the sacrifice to make it happen.
When your subconscious keeps showing you of an image of a hamster giving birth, pay close attention to the opportunities that you are aware of. Try to connect the dots and realize other opportunities that you may be overlooking.
What does it mean to see a hamster in a cage in your dream?
To see a caged hamster indicates that your relationships seemed compartmentalized. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing, that is beyond us.
We live in a fast pace society and unfortunately, relationships whether intimate family ones or more casual distant friend variety are quite expendable.
Many people have different friends in a different context in different areas of their lives. We are actually more comfortable with this reality than we are aware of because we compartmentalize.
We say this to ourselves. That is Jim from the office so I am friends with him only up to a certain extent, talk about only certain topics and not others. That’s Jen from church so I only talk about her certain things and it’s mutually agreed that other areas of my life are off-limits.
I can go on and on. We do this automatically. It is as if we are not even thinking. It is a learned skill. It happens almost as if by reaction.
It is also important to keep in mind that this is happening because if they don’t, you won’t get to realize that you are in its cage. This emotional, spiritual and psychological cage that you have set up for yourself when it comes to your relationships as well as who you think you are.
When you see a hamster in a cage, your subconscious is reminding you that there is compartmentalization in your life and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
What makes it problematic?
It is when you are so unaware that this is going on that you feel that your family and friends are distant to no fault of your own.
Everybody likes to play the victim. Everybody likes to play a passive role.
Truth is, things only play out the way they do because of some decisions that we have made and in many cases, we repeat that decision over and over again.
Do yourself a big favor. If you keep seeing this image of a caged hamster, take a look at your relationships with the most important people in your life as well as the many different other people in your life.
Are those relationships as healthy as you would like? What is it that you can do to reach out and carry yourself in such a way that your relationships will be more rewarding?
Please understand that when it comes to any kind of advancement, I am talking about intellectual, spiritual, psychological and even financial, our relationships play a big role.
In fact, you can tell that somebody’s going to do well in life based on the company they keep. That is how important our relationships are. Unfortunately, when you compartmentalize them the wrong way, you only have yourself to blame.
What does it mean to dream of wanting to catch a hamster?
If one of your dreams involves you getting all stressed out chasing after a hamster or holding a net trying to capture it, it indicates that there are certain opportunities or even actual money issues in your life that you feel guilty over. Maybe you feel that you didn’t step up and do what is needed to fully capture the opportunity.
In many cases, you think that other people are doing so much better than you when it comes to careers because you keep running after the wrong targets.
When you keep seeing that image of you wanting to catch a hamster or running after this small furry creature again and again, sit up and pay attention. Try to mentally take stock on all the opportunities that you have run after.
Did you really put in the effort? Were you going in the right direction? Did you have the right assumptions and expectations?
These are the type of questions you should be asking yourself because otherwise, it is very easy to say “I don’t have what it takes. I am just a loser.” You know that is not true.
Perhaps the reason why you keep missing out on opportunities or you feel that whatever opportunities you have taken advantage of never really played out the way you would like is because of how you approach the situation. By starting out with a clean slate when it comes to your assumptions, expectations and mindset, things will be better this time around.
You have to understand that life is just a giant chase. That is what it is.
You have to put in the effort. You have to commit to that journey and be willing to incorporate whatever it is that you have learned along the way to make you a better hunter the next time around.
What does it mean to dream of a hamster in the field?
This seemingly innocent dream image is actually quite interesting. It is very deep because it has many different levels.
When you see the typical pet hamster living in a cage, it is a controlled environment. You lay the bedding and you pick the surroundings. You might even put hamster toys or a treadmill inside.
You are in control.
You might be making certain assumptions regarding certain people in certain major areas of your life like your career and then it turns out that you have less control than you realize.
The worse part of all of these is the surprise that comes at the end. You think that you are doing the right thing, making the right calls, deciding things and setting up the right goals only to end up with nothing or something close to it.
When you dream of a hamster in a field, this indicates a sense of control. You might need to adjust your assumptions and expectations and take different actions accordingly.
Dreaming of different colors of hamsters.
If the hamsters in your dream come in different colors, pay close attention to what color symbology means in this context.
To dream of a white hamster means you are likely to fall under the influence of a person. This person might be from work, school or could even be a family friend. This is not necessarily bad.
When people fall under the influence of others, they start to see eye to eye with that person to the point that they absorb that individual’s view on life. Again, this is not necessarily bad because it can enrich you.
There are more than seven billion people on this planet. That is seven billion different pairs of eyes and seven billion different ways of looking at life in the human condition. So, when you allow yourself to be influenced by others, you tap into that collective wisdom.
Of course, there are limits to this. It is one thing to have an open mind it is another to just let anything fall in. Please know the difference.
To dream of a brown hamster on the other hand means that you might be about to experience some sort of health-related difficulty.
If you keep seeing brown hamsters again and again and it seems that the color of this animal is the central motif of your nighttime visions, pay careful attention.
You might need to go see a doctor. Get a workup going and at the very least get yourself looked at because your subconscious might be picking up on body signals that your busy and distracted mind might be completely oblivious to.
What does it mean to dream of a dead hamster?
There are many ways to interpret this image but the most common situation that this type of hamster dream imagery signifies is some sort of conclusion.
It could be the end of your career or it could be the end of your educational journey. It can also be the end of a certain relationship.
A lot of people might panic and consider this automatically negative. Well, this is not necessarily a true idea. You have to understand that for you to grow and reach a certain stage, at the very least, the old you has to give way.
When you think that your career is going well but you end up hitting a wall and you feel like you want to quit because other people are quitting, this is not necessarily the end. In fact, this can be the beginning of something new but you have to embrace the ending.
You have to understand that there is no such thing as forever in all areas of your life. If you’re aware and you accept that, then you would be able to devote your energies to making better choices. You would be able to make the most of whatever choices you have made up to this point.
If you can’t, bad energy otherwise, will surround you.
It is no surprise that when people see a dead animal in their dreams or more specifically a dead hamster in their dreams, they realize that they have been putting a lot of time, effort and energy into the wrong projects in the wrong areas of their lives. They feel stuck and frustrated when in reality, they could have easily turned things around.
To sum up the problem, they were barking up the wrong tree.
Don’t get freaked out when you see a dead hamster in your dream. It is actually a wake-up call to take stock of how things have been working out and make necessary adjustments so you can get to where you need to go.
The same applies to relationships.
For relationships to progress and go to a higher level, believe it or not, they have to die. That is right. The old relationship, may it be actual or purely physical has to die so that the more spiritual or emotional in tuned relationship can grow and blossom.
The old relationship has to die for a more significant type of partnership to grow. Do you see how this works?
There is always progression involved. Don’t get stuck on the death part. It is absolutely necessary for things to develop.
What does it mean to dream of a fat hamster?
When you see a fat hamster alone or in a group, this actually indicates feelings of sexual gratification.
You sense that you are going to be enjoying sex more deeply or at least, your subconscious is telling you that you have a lot of physical loving coming your way.
It also indicates messaging from your subconscious that you need to be more proactive when it comes to your needs.
Maybe when your partner has sex in a certain way and he or she gets what they want but you are kind of left out in the cold, by speaking up or being more active in taking up a more proactive role, you can both be fulfilled.
Remember, in any kind of relationship, in whatever kind of manifestation, it has to be a two-way street, otherwise, it is not a relationship at all.
Dreaming of many hamsters running around in your household.
When you see hamsters running all over the place, it indicates that there is a lot of activity going on in your life whether you are aware of it or not.
This can indicate financial gain. This can also indicate things are quickly moving in terms of career advancement or educational opportunities.
Whatever the case may be, this is usually the kind of a dream image experienced by people who feel stuck in their lives.
It is not uncommon for people who think that they are stuck in their lives because of the “bad choices” that they made. It only turns out that they are blind to all these activities going on around them, many of which are triggered by them.
By being more aware of your impact on others as well as the seeds that you are planting when it comes to relationships and opportunities in many areas of your life, you start to take more control. While it is a good thing that there is a lot of activity that can possibly lead to better financial outcomes, it is much better to call the shots or at least try to do so to the extent you can.
Dreaming of hamsters playing in a hamster wheel.
When you see hamsters playing in a typical hamster wheel, this could mean that your subconscious is telling you to take a break, step back and breathe deeply.
A lot of people handle their lives the same way a hamster handles a wheel. It just keeps running in place. It may seem excited or at a certain point even panic but one thing is sure, it is not going anywhere.
The scenery might change but you are still stuck in the same place.
If this is the kind of imagery your subconscious is sending you, it means that you have to do something different on a profound and deep level in your life.
That change has to start from within.
By changing what you assume and expect out of common situations and events in your life, you start the process of ending up somewhere different. As the old saying goes, anxiety is defined by doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result each time.
If you are just spinning in a wheel mindlessly doing the same things that you have done the day before and the day before that, don’t expect things to change. It is this expectational change that frustrates you.
Do yourself a favor. Focus on the outcome. Take ownership of the fact that whatever you decide to do today and the quality of your actions determine the results that you get.
You are responsible, not your childhood, not your background, not your parents and certainly not the people around you. Ultimately, you are responsible for the results of your life.
The best way to take control is to be more aware of your mindset and its impact on the decisions you make on a day-to-day basis. This is the foundation for real profound personal change.
Dream Example #1
I sat in my bedroom when two of my female cousins joined me. Our houses were very close. We surprised-visited each other often.
My room was small with a double bed, placed in the center. There was a dresser on one side of the bed and a massive cupboard on the other side. It had both books and clothes in it.
My cousins visited me off and on to catch up on me. They are pretty. One is a curly-haired, tall woman in her teenage. The other, an older and rather attractive one, with straight hair and the same height, is in her twenties. They both were great company. My sisters and I look forward to their visits.
We start the session by discussing everything. The horizon of our conversations was vast. It covered all the topics from entertainment to sports, from recent incidents to life lessons. Talks about shows and movie series, award functions, current sports events, and horror story discussions.
Tittle tattle about other family members and other incidents that some of us happen to have missed.
My cousins planned to stay the night. We adjusted ourselves in the same room. One bed was not enough for all four of us, so three women took up the bed. I ended up volunteering to sleep on a mattress on the floor.
After discussing the whole world, we ran out of topics and decided to watch a movie to make the best of the night. After a couple of arguments, we agreed on watching a horror movie. We picked the most horrifying film possible.
After the movie ended, we decided to call it a day and headed to our sleeping spots. My older cousin brought a hamster with her. She recently adopted one and was taking great care of it.
It was a beautiful white hamster with a pink nose. She brought the hamster in a basket with her to our place.
She was well aware that the rest of the people in the room were afraid of her pet. She thought a basket would help.
When the women in the room saw the hamster, they shouted and ran to a corner. They told her to get rid of it. She explained to everyone that the creature was harmless and adorable. We agreed to its stay only if it stayed inside the basket and had a lid over it.
Before sleeping, she felt like petting the hamster. She took it out of the basket and kept it beside her without anyone noticing.
We turned the lights off. We were exhausted from the long day, so we slept hurriedly.
After a while, the hamster started wandering here and there.
The woman in the room didn’t realize it until they heard me shout. It came to the floor and walked on my hand.
I was afraid of the movie already. When I felt the hamster, I jumped from the mattress and started crying.
The hamster got afraid and flipped back. It went under the cupboard. My cousin tried to bring it out by using a stick. It did not show up until the next day.
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.