Spiritual Meaning of Cockroaches

I am going to tell you a story that I hope you never experience, a story about cockroaches. So, you’ve just signed a lease to a brand new apartment, it’s your dream apartment. Everything is perfect about the location, the price, the neighbors, it’s all exactly what you want. You’ve been manifesting this wonderful place to call home. Everything is going according to plan. But, shortly after receiving the keys, you open the door to find roaches everywhere. Or maybe even just one. Oh no! How could this happen? What does it mean? What is the spiritual meaning of finding a cockroach?

Well, as with most symbols, the meaning of cockroaches depends on the context in which you find them. Cockroaches can show up when we feel unclean or need to face the shadow aspects in certain areas in our life. For example, in the story of finding roaches in your dream apartment, you might feel unworthy of living in that particular place. However, believe it or not, cockroaches are generally considered to be a good omen!

So, sit back and get ready to learn about the good things headed your way when you see a cockroach. In the meanwhile, if you have a serious problem, feel free to call an exterminator. Some things are worth the peace of mind!

Positive Omens of Cockroaches

Despite their association with dirty environments, cockroaches are actually considered to be very good luck. Simply because of their resilience and ability to lay eggs. When cockroaches take over a place, they are famously difficult to remove at time. They are extremely adaptable and plentiful. There is a longstanding belief that they would even survive a nuclear blast! Because of this, they are associated with abundance, fertility, and conquering all odds. In many cultures it’s believed to be a sign of incoming money whenever one crosses your path.

zebra cockroach
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It is also important to remember they are circular in shape, representing the cycle of nature, transformation, and rebirth. Whenever you see a cockroach, spirit is asking you to pay attention to areas of change in your life. What might you need to let go of in order to progress forward? All of your actions are helping to usher in a new beginning or chapter of your life.

It’s also surprising that cockroaches can represent togetherness. Since cockroaches often live in large numbers together, it makes sense that they would be associated with social skills. You might want to pay more attention to communicating and cooperating with others in order to achieve your goals. What can you do to work better with those around you?

Negative Omens of Cockroaches

One of the most obvious associations with the cockroach is filth. Seeing cockroaches might mean you feel dirty or unclean in some spiritual sense. You are being asked to look at why you might feel this way. Do you have a low self-value? Are you tolerating toxic behaviors from people in your life? Do you have negative beliefs in your life?

Another memorable feature of the German cockroach is that they quickly scatter when a light is suddenly switched on. On a spiritual level, this might mean that you are running from something you need to face. You might have a fear that even if you confront your problems, they might persist or evade you much like the cockroach hides in tiny corners. But, remember the cockroach is versatile and resilient. You have the ability to overcome your problems. What parts of your life might benefit from you facing your fears? What might you need to accept to move forward in life? Are you keeping things hidden in the dark?

Is It Bad Luck to Kill a Cockroach?

Despite the almost natural reaction to squash a cockroach, there are some surprising superstitions about killing them. Some cultures actually believe it is very bad luck to kill a cockroach. In the past in parts of rural Russia, people actually encouraged them to freely roam and multiply in their homes. It was believed they brought in abundance and good fortune. So, killing one would be very undesired.

dead cockroach
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On the other hand, in some cultures they believe it is very bad luck to not kill a cockroach. Killing one can represent inviting in a new opportunity, especially in matters of abundance and fertility. It is sometimes believed a new job opportunity will follow after killing one. It is also believed if you do not confront your problems, they will overtake you. So, it’s best to squash a cockroach at first sight before an infestation takes hold and overwhelms you.

However, as with most superstitions, it’s all a matter of belief. Listen to your intuition when it comes to anything, even killing a cockroach. Sometimes a bug is just a bug that wandered in. But, the most important thing is to pay attention to how you felt when it happened. Did you feel as if you were protecting your space from an invader? Did you feel the roach represented abundance before? Or, was it simply something you barely remembered doing until reading this article? Only take meaning from what you felt at the time.

Spiritual Meaning of Roach Infestations

So, now we know the positive and negative spiritual meanings of a single cockroach. But, what about an infestation? That certainly changes things! What’s the spiritual meaning of a cockroach infestation in your home?

Anytime we are faced with an overwhelming amount of anything, we are being asked to pay close attention. While not particularly pleasant, a roach infestation spiritually actually means that you will overcome whatever obstacles are in your way. You are going through a period of transformation and will be successful in the outcome. Keep moving forward. You are resilient, determined, and able to take on any challenge in your way! (Including getting rid of the infestation if that is your choice!)

Dream Meaning of Cockroaches

Have you had a dream about cockroaches? It’s actually a very common dream to have believe it or not! Since each dream is as unique as the dreamer, it is impossible to cover every meaning. However, there are some themes that the cockroach asks us to pay attention to when we are visited by one in a dream.

First, it is important to pay attention to how you felt during the dream. If you are afraid of cockroaches, it will have a different meaning than if you have no negative associations. But generally, cockroaches represent abundance, wealth, fertility, determination, and strength. It is important to pay attention to what is happening along with the cockroach though.

there are lots of different species of cockroaches
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For example, dreaming of dead cockroaches might mean that you will face struggles in your professional life. Dreaming of a group of roaches can mean that you should pay more attention to those around you, family and friends. Dreaming of eating a cockroach might represent facing up to issues you’ve ignored in the past and illumination, while dreaming of cockroaches in your food can represent negative things to come and possible jealousy. It is important to pay attention to every detail to fully understand the message.

But, overall, cockroaches in dreams represent positive change. They ask us to face up to what we might be ignoring, and overcome all obstacles in our way. Remember, you can endure any transformation when you keep an open mind and embrace the nature of the cockroach!

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