Crab, Dream Interpretation


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.

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

Person who is grouchy

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.

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

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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

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.

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.”

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

1. Suggestion that one tends to complain too much.

2. Try to move a little faster.

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.

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.

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

(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.



Crab | Dream Interpretation

Keywords of this dream: Crab

Ariadne's Book of Dream

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.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

Little Giant Encyclopedia

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.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

The Complete Dream Book

Catching crabs in a dream indicates a complicated state of affairs in a courtship or in matrimony, though not necessarily beyond hope of solution. Eating crabs is an indication that selfishness is likely to get you into difficulties. Seeing them displayed for sale predicts that a mystery will shortly cause you great concern.... The Complete Dream Book

Dreamers Dictionary

Symbol: The crab symbolizes resurrection, since it renews/ changes its protective shell regularly.

Vision: Looking at one or more crabs: your plans are delayed (one step forward—three steps back) and it will take time to get back on track.

If you or others are eating crabs: your financial situation will improve. Having cancer: somebody wants to destroy your livelihood—expose this as quickly as possible!

Depth Psychology: This animal is a sign that some of your personality traits are in conflict with your values and/or the environment. Seeing a crab in your dreams often means you are too accommodating.

If you dream that you have cancer, it is important to know where the cancer is located (the head, neck, chest, stomach, etc.).... Dreamers Dictionary

Mystic Dream Book

Both these are favourable omens for your love affairs, or your domestic happiness.... Mystic Dream Book

Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of Scrabble signify that you are playing word games and giving mixed messages. Perhaps you are trying say the right thing to score points and win someone’s favor. See Word, Game and Spell.... Strangest Dream Explanations
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