What does a dream about crab symbolize?

Crab Dream Meaning: From 26 Different Sources


The shell of bnttle emotions we guard ourself with, grasping or hurtful attitudes. Being nipped by crab: physical or psychosomatic pain or even illness caused by being too tight or self protective. See shellfish under fish.

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp


You see a crab or crabs: your illness or troubles will vanish

Chine Dream Interpretation | Duke Zhou


The crab is a water creature and so relates to feelings, emotions, and the feminine principle.

A crab’s habitat is connected to the tides, which relates these creatures to the interaction of the conscious and unconscious minds as well as the cycles of the moon. Their medicine can be hard to connect to because of their pinchers, which keep them out of our grasp. When the crab appears in your dream, powerful information is being offered from the depths of the unconscious, and that wisdom is best understood from a place of stillness and receptivity.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams | Dr. Mıchael Lennox


1. Believer with a hard shell; Matt. 4:19

2. Temperamental person; (crabby person)

3. Sharing an unclean thing; Lev. 11:9-10

Dream Dictionary The Biblical Model | Vincent Wienand


Person who is grouchy

Dream Dictionary Unlimited | Margaret Hamilton


To dream of a crab can denote that someone may be trying to deceive you. That you or someone you know is trying to side-step an issue.

Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation | Dream Meanings Anonymous


The astrological sign of cancer and the great mother are both represented by the crab.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Psychological / emotional perspective: Because the crab has a hard shell and is thus self-protective, in dreams this quality can be highlighted. When someone is ‘crabby’ they are irritable or morose.

The crab apple is small and sour and therefore has this same connotation.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Material aspects: A crab appearing in a dream can indicate mothering, particularly of the ‘smother love’ type, but can also be the qualities of unreliability and self-interest.

The crab can also, because of the way it moves, denote deviousness.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Gives gender - specific: In a woman’s dream the crab will often represent the different aspects of the three-faceted moon goddess, maid, mother and crone. In a man’s dream it is more likely to suggest the ‘smother mother’.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


To dream of a crab represents stubborn and determined aspects of your personality. You may possibly be too reliant on others and refuse to let go of a fruitless venture or dream. Crabs may also imply that you are feeling aggravated and frustrated.

Dream Symbols and Analysis | DreamForth


A symbol of both the sea and the sky, the crab can stand for physical nourishment from the ocean and intellectual nourishment from the interpretation of the horoscope. Claws are tenacious and clinging, which can indicate something about the relationships the dreamer is in, especially with the opposite sex.

Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia | James R. Lewis and Evelyn Dorothy Oliver


Signifies the possibility of a lawsuit with someone you thought of as a friend.

Gypsy Dream Dictionary | Raymond Buckland


It represents a man of sound character and strong principles. When he makes decisions he does so with confidence. His stoic beliefs sometimes give the impression that he is stern, proud and haughty.

Islamic Dream Interpretation | Ibn Seerin


A dream about crabs means you feel fulfilled emotionally and physically.

If a crab pinches you in a dream, your partner in a love relationship is being “clingy.”

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean


As in the case of all unusual creatures, this is a sign of coming difficulties.

Mystic Dream Book | Internet Archive - Anonymous


1. Suggestion that one tends to complain too much.

2. Try to move a little faster.

New American Dream Dictionary | Joan Seaman - Tom Philbin


Astrologically speaking, dreams of a crab represents extreme empathy, depth of feeling. Perhaps this dream is showing you that you have been crabby and are taking things too personally.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous


1- A crab appearing in a dream can indicate mothering, particularly of the ‘smother love’ type, but can also be the qualities of unreliability and self-interest.

The crab can also, because of the way it moves, denote deviousness.

2- By word association the crab can represent sickness, or something eating away at us.

3- The Astrological sign of Cancer and the Great Mother (see Introduction) are represented by the crab.

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball


At first glance a crab seems to be a very negative dream symbol. It could represent a “crabby” or unpleasant personality.

The claws could be symbolic of a clinging and hurtful person, or a side of your own personality. There may be too much dependence, clinging and forcefulness in your life.

The crab may also symbolize your inability to effectively move forward and address your own difficulties.

(Remember the crab often moves sideways or backwards.) Some folklore interpretations say that the crab is an omen of poor health. However, there is a more positive interpretation for the crab in your dream. In some areas of metaphysics, the crab is a representative of the sea and the sky. It represents physical nourishment which can be obtained from the sea and also intellectual nourishment. As with all water dwelling animals, the crab could also represent something in the unconscious and the emotions. See also: Animals, Cancer 

The Bedside Dream Dictionary | Silvana Amar


These animals are a symbol of indecision and doubt because of the backwards motion that characterizes them. When they star in your oneiric thoughts, they must be interpreted as a warning: you must not get carried away by prejudice because this would prevent you from moving forward.

It is the astrological sign of Cancer, armored but with a tender heart, romantic and in love with the past (in fact, he walks backwards). Its presence in dreams portends disputes and separations, especially if it is red; black indicates delays in business.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke


Look sharp for tricky rivals in business and/or love if you dreamed of this crusty fellow, unless you cooked or ate him, in which case it might be an auspicious time for a bit of cautious gambling—but don’t plunge!

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams | Stearn Robinson - Tom Corbett


Grabby, stingy, or needy.

Holding onto something or someone.

Grumpiness or irritability.

Emotionally well-protected or distanced.

Defensiveness, or defending yourself.

Dreaming of this animal can represent too much or not enough of one of those qualities, or someone or something you associate with the quality or animal.

Consider also the animal’s actions, context, and your feelings about it.

See also: Animal; Claws

The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary | Nancy Wagaman


Necessary to move ahead or problem solve in an indirect manner; or, you are now moving sideways rather than straight ahead. Your current disposition: crabby.

The Dream Books Symbols | Betty Bethards


The dream of a ruinous lawsuit (Gypsy); a modern expression for an ill-tempered person; the tenacity of the crab has become symbolic.

The Fabric of Dream | Katherine Taylor Craig


(see Fish, Zodiac Signs: Cancer)

Scuttling about, carrying half truths with you wherever you go.

The hard shell of the crab equates to armor that you may use for protection.

Metaphorically, a crabby or grabby personality manifesting itself.

A life in limbo. Among Buddhists, a crab is used to represent the time between death and the next incarnation. Perhaps you feel like everything is on “hold” right now.

If so, just be patient.

A fresh beginning is around the corner.

The Language of Dreams | Patrica Telesco

8 dream interpretations related to the symbols you see in your dreams.


To dream of crabs, indicates that you will have many complicated affairs, for the solving of which you will be forced to exert the soundest judgment. This dream portends to lovers a long and difficult courtship. ... crabs dream meaning

Crab Apple

(See Medlar tree)... crab apple dream meaning

Crab Lice

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Crab / Cancer

Often connected with fear of illness. Positive meaning: age-old instincts, and, in addition, hidden and rare wishes and fears. Now they can be more easily identified.

The way the crab is moving is important. You are not pursuing your goal in a straightforward line, but coming at it from the side. See Scorpion, Fish.

ASTROLOGY: A symbol of the emotions.

Folklore: The crab is considered a messenger that brings bad luck, illness, and death.... crab / cancer dream meaning

Cancer The Crab

The sign of the crab is an emotionally nurturing astrological sign.

The crab’s appearance may announce that a nurturing and caring individual has come your way or signify a need to make your home a more comfortable place. Finally, Cancer, the Crab, may be a warning sign that you are becoming a mother hen.... cancer the crab dream meaning

Lobster Or Crab

Both these are favourable omens for your love affairs, or your domestic happiness.... lobster or crab dream meaning


See under Trees.... crabapple dream meaning

Crustacean / Crab / Lobster / Shrimp

Crabs mainly inhabit the sea and therefore have traditionally been associated with aspects of your unconscious. They may symbolize the ability to cultivate homely energy in various circumstances, as crab power is the energy of making a home, however far away from home you may be. Crabs also represent the energy of the psyche that rejects change and finds it hard to let go; the side of us that hangs back instead of taking a chance.

If you are bitten or pinched by a crab in your dream, it is possible that some part of your current situation is resistant to change; this might be because of yourself, or because of another. The armored body of the crab suggests the need to protect yourself against something or someone, and the pincer-like claws show a willingness to attack or tackle whatever obstacles lie in their path.

If a crab appears in your dream, could it be a reflection of a crabby or bad-tempered aspect of your personality; an aspect that resists the attempts of others to penetrate the rough outer shell you have developed in waking life to protect your soft emotional center?

If your dreaming mind saw a crab or lobster without its shell, this is a symbol of your feelings of emotional vulnerability.

If the crab scuttled sideways in your dream, this may mirror a tendency to be evasive when others try to get too close to you or it may also reflect your inability to think logically or in a straight line. Additionally, with their habit of burrowing under the sand, the crab may represent anything that is sapping your energy. Bear in mind, too, that the crab is the symbol for someone born under the astrological sign of Cancer, so your dream crab may be referring to them.

If a shrimp appears in your dream, this may represent rivalry or resentment towards someone, as ’shrimp’ is often a disparaging nickname. But when coupled with the mother image of the sea, the shrimp may represent the reawakening of dormant sibling or childhood rivalries.... crustacean / crab / lobster / shrimp dream meaning