Crab Symbolism, Crab Meaning, Crab Totem, Crab Dream, and Messages
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Crab Meaning and Messages

In this case, Crab symbolism is reminding you that not all paths lead directly to your personal goals. In other words, sometimes a sideways approach is necessary. Therefore, with this spirit animal, you must shift your focus to what is all around you because your inner senses are trying to guide you more directly. Alternatively, the Crab meaning can be reminding you that community is vital for growth. However,  equally important is a time of introspective seclusion. Thus you need to know when to withdraw and discern what is right for you.

Moreover, Crab symbolism can also be letting you know that it is crucial to nourish your curiosity on all levels. The exploration of the world around you leads to discovering new horizons and vibrant life.

These marine invertebrates are related to Jellyfish, Lobster, Coral, Starfish, and Octopus.

Crab Totem, Spirit Animal

People with the Crab totem are usually delicate, shy, and self-protective. You will have to earn their trust. However, once they befriend someone, they become extroverted within their company. Folks with this spirit animal enjoy exploring new challenges in life, and their curiosity is never satisfied. They are always doing their inner work and deconstructing and rebuilding who they are. These people are consistently successful in reaching their goals. However, they love to use unorthodox methods in getting there.

Crab Dream Interpretation

When you have a Crab dream, it may signify that your perseverance and tenacity are bearing fruit. Abundance and success are at hand. Alternatively, this crustacean can also mean that you are hanging onto unhealthy emotions. Therefore you must allow yourself to release your fear of “feeling.” Only then will you be able to grasp the new gifts offered. You should also pay attention to the color of this creature in your dream. Red can be symbolic of anger, frustration, passion, and intention. White indicates purity, love, and connection. Light blue is representative of communication, and dark blue is symbolic of intuition and the third eye. The color yellow can mean communion, happiness, and positivity, as well as cowardice. The color green is indicative of emotional healing.

54 thoughts on “Crab”

  1. I had a dream about black Big crab attacking me in the river, I tried to remove it with my hands, and ran away,, after that I saw an unusual rash on my thighs and legs and went to the clinic. I am concerned what does this dream mean.

    1. A river symbolizes our lives. Just as the water flows and changes, so too do our lives. The crab represents primal emotions. Black is symbolic of the Jungian shadow which encompasses our dark thoughts and feelings. We cannot physically remove an emotion, that requires inner work and concentration on mindfulness. Ironically, emotions can however, affect us physically. By facing the black crab, we may observe that it holds no power over us because we in fact are its creator.

  2. I’ve had reoccurring dreams I walk out my front door and there are bright red super large crabs strategically placed throughout my front yard.

    My dog runs out and passed them without disturbing them. The feeling is that they are in fact land mines and to get to him I have to avoid them so that they don’t hurt me.

    I am able to cross my yard but not catch my dog. Waking up in tears every time. This dream has happened nearly every other night the last few weeks.

    What does it mean?

    1. In our dreams we are in an altered state of consciousness, in which our subconscious mind can communicate in the form of symbols. Walking through a door represents crossing the threshold into this realm where anything becomes possible. Crabs may symbolize automatic behavior triggered by certain stimuli. As we already know red represents anger and/or frustration, passion and intention. The dog is representative of comfort from security when we are able to navigate the landmines of unwanted but automatic behaviors. By practicing mindfulness, the thinking mind allows us to be aware of emotions that trigger our behaviors.

  3. I had a dream where I had filled a fish tank with warm water. Then realized that the was a fish surviving in the water. Then out of nowhere I started choking and pulling multiple crabs out my mouth. Then I needed help I knocked on a door feeling like my mom would come out.then mike tyson appread pulling them out my mouth . And the last and biggest one he used pliers. What does this mean?

    1. Water represents life, warm nurturing, producing first the fish and then the crab. Coming from the water but adapting to land, crab symbolizes primal, instinctive and automatic emotions that result in either positive or negative behavior. Often, we seek wisdom through the experience of our mothers but it’s our internal fighter that helps us to use our thinking mind. By staying mindful we can become aware of when negative emotions begin and choose not to “feed” them. Knocking on the door begins the search for any necessary “tools” to change and grow.

  4. I dream of a giant gold and white crab emerging from the sand and literally killing off “evil” things. Then it left

  5. I dreamt of many crabs inside our house when someone touches them it might go everywhere inside the house and i felt like i am chasing by them while the others were happily catching them. What does it mean?

    1. Hello There,
      Today just early morning I went with this old man to do a little ritual for me from my ancestors and before I sat down, I so a crab, at the top it was black and it legs were deep red. And it started to drizzle.
      What does this mean

    2. Human beings are capable of many emotions. When we create good energy from positive emotion, it spreads into our environment. Others may sense the good vibrations and happily accept them. However, you may still be searching for good energy from others. As individuals, all have different abilities. Even though one person hasn’t received his/her crab, they may still celebrate the fact that others are happily receiving theirs. Good dream of a home filled with good energy.

    1. You might be taking too much of a direct approach. Perhaps it’s best to take things in a diplomatic way, or seeing the areas of life around a situation. For example, if you struggle with the area of relationships, how does stresses from work contribute to stress in relationships? If you struggle from failure in work, then how does your health contribute to giving you less energy to work well? Connect to how different parts of your life influence each other.

    2. Why would you kill an animal that you can just sweep into a box or a dust pan and relocate? What you should do is watch ” the life of Buddha” and gain some respect for creatures smaller than you!

    1. These are called terrestrial crabs or land crabs. These are types of crabs that live very far from the water or the beach.

  6. Wow I can’t believe I got this! A couple of weeks ago I had a dream, and it has just stuck with me…

    It was a couple of days after I had started asking my spirit animal to come to me, when I had a dream about a yellow-brown-red crab, with weird pincers. It looked sort of like this:

    Anyway, I dreamed that it was in the very corner of my bed, on the side where I laid my head. I rolled over, and there it was, staring up at me. I screamed for my father to come and get it, though I wasn’t quite sure what we would do with it if we did catch it. It scrambled down my bed leg, and just seemingly disappeared. We looked everywhere for it, though we never could find it.
    I awoke from the dream, laying cramped with my head in the middle of my bed (for clarification: my bed is a long, skinny bed. I woke up with my head pressed to the middle of the long side, and my legs bent to fit.) As far away from any of the edges as possible. I was terrified, laying there in sweat and heaving heavy breaths, awake for three hours after the dream, even after I reassured myself there was no crab.
    Can somebody please tell me the meaning of this??? Its been in my head, and I have a feeling it will stay there unless this is answered.

    P.S. Sorry that the picture didn’t work 🙁 I just hope that the link does.

    1. This may act as a symbol to how secretly “crabby” or “moody” you feel in daily life, even if you deny it or try to repress it. It is a sign that you need extra rest, sleep and perhaps time watching tear jerking TV shows.

  7. Hi there,,
    i was dreaming last night picking crabs and lobster on my own and i didn’t bring it with me the basket or anything else so i wonder i put in my clothes and bring it with me to bring home and i show to my 3 sister and my mum.. Trying to go back and show to my sister and i could not find the way to go there…

    1. Perhaps like the crab and lobster, you are showing the “outer shell” of who you are to hide the vulnerable emotions underneath when it comes to your sister and mom. You feel scared to show the part of you that isn’t strong all the time, and by not carrying anything else with you, it communicates a feeling of nakedness without any shell to act as an “armor” to your own emotions.

  8. Hi there! Please I need interpretation of a dream, were i saw crabs in my room, trying to kill them, I manage to killed one.

    1. Dreaming of many crabs – If you dreamed of many crabs that dream is often a bad sign. Sometimes it indicates making mistakes because you are stubborn or irresponsible. Your attitude might bring you to some unwanted situations so you better pay attention to it. This dream is an advice to change your behavior and begin paying attention to other people’s feelings.

      In some cases, this dream could signify encountering obstacles and challenges in your career and the need to deal with them as soon as possible so you wouldn’t jeopardize your position.

  9. I had a dream where I was in a habitat for animals. The main attraction I guess you could say, you could get into this enclosure and you could hangout with a gigantic all white crab. I was sitting and waiting and all of a sudden the crab comes over to me and kind of nudged my shoulder. When I say gigantic, I mean the size of a miniature horse. I didn’t feel like it was a crab, even though it looked like one, more like a pet that wanted attention.

  10. I dreamed last night that i was entering a huge door, and when i got into it, it leads me to a beach with plenty of people. As i was wondering around i found this huge crab! Like not just ordinary huge! its a really big one! So big it was like a queen size bed! I tried to stepped on it too see if it was dead since it was hidding its body in the sand that’s where it moved a little. It was a greenish/grayish colored crab and it’s just resting there it didn’t harm anyone or whatsoever. I was just curious what could it mean in my waking life. I hope it’s something good. I just have enough of negativity in my life right now.

  11. Hi, just wanted to know the meaning of my weird dream. Me and my family were picking up a big crabs (color violet) in the sea and after it was cook and eaten, all of us vomited with lots of worms☹.
    Thank u.

  12. i had a dream, where my daddy went crab hunting. he came back home with a lot of crabs and they started climbing me, but because i was scared, i robbed them off my body.
    can i please have a meaning to this dream?

    1. Possibly related to trust? Father figures can symbolize trust and safety, and now this figure has brought in something that scares you. You’re not actually getting hurt in the dream, but it is scary.
      Maybe you’re feeling uncomfortable is a situation that should normally be providing you comfort or less risk?
      Hope this helps ♡

    2. You seem to be struggling with a lot of moodiness between you and your father or a father figure. Whether it is your father/father figure that is moody or you, if not both, is not clear from the lack of detail. Though clearly the relationship is very tense.

  13. hi, if you’re still around i could really use some help. for years now (maybe the last 7) i’ve had a recurring dream every few months that i have died, and when my autopsy is being performed, it is revealed that all of my organs are horseshoe crabs. in the dream i realize this signifies i am not human and have never been. when i see horseshoe crabs in real life i think they’re cute, but the ones spilling from my body cavity in my dream are horrible and evil. i don’t understand what it means, and i am so tired of waking myself up in tears or screaming

    1. Hi there! I’m definitely not an expert on things like this, but when I saw your post a thought occurred: what if the crabs are there to remind you that you ARE human? That you have been denying your human, earthy parts of yourself in exchange for some incomplete identity? What if they are there to remind you to be here on earth and to embrace your connection to everything in the planet, and not just what’s beyond it? Sometimes we get caught up in the mind, spirit, crown, and we forget the equally important and equally spiritual heart, gut, carnal, and grounded. Know what I’m saying?

    2. This dream seems related to self esteem (physical or mental idk, that would be for you to determine).
      The doctor, a professional who we typically trust, is cutting you open to reveal that you’re filled with something that is “horrible and evil”, when it is something that you normally find to be cute in real life. It seems like a manifestation of you feeling that you might be this negative thing, but you are not. It is natural and normal to second guess oneself in a wide variety of aspects in our life, but it doesnt make it less painful to deal with! ♡

    3. Crabs are associated with the home and the household, so I say that’s good luck when it comes to your home life.

    4. I’ve dreamed that I was with some of my high school and college classmates, which I often dream though I already graduated. They held my hand while running slow. I can feel that we were moving so slow even if I tried to be fast. One classmate said to me that I am now with them because her other friends were not her friends anymore. But, I refused because I have my real friends. When I was with my two real friends, I told to them what happened, and my friend said that they also wanted her to be their friends. And then we were walking on mud, but there are big crabs, feels like they are obstacles. I jumped to each stones I see, but my hands holding my cellphone was clipped to the crab and I can’t remove it. When I woke up, I was so sad. What does it mean?

    5. It seems like the crabs represent your moodiness and inability to move on from fake friendships to more real ones. Even if those were fake friends, you still missed that they were your friend, and that you feel hurt by them betraying your trust.

  14. Hi i had dream about finding crabs by digging into hard muds, then i saw my self and someone whom indont know working to tie the so huge crab

  15. Hi I’m grace
    Had a dream on 06/06/16
    Saw once a coconut crab coming to me and giving me a key
    Than saw it pointng to a huge gold statued bull
    Went towards the statued and saw a key hole
    When I inserted the key hole
    The golden bull started to move and
    It showed me a cave inside was
    Gold treasures
    Than I woke up

    1. Need major helo in understanding the crab dream…had my very 1st ever dream of a red angey bit my ass and i had to destroy and kill it because i was bleeding everywhere and it wouldnt let go…i had no choice..once i ripped its head off its let go of my ass…blood was everywhere..i felt very weak and sad and then i woke up…

      Cant stop thinking bout this dream

  16. Interpret please ….. I’ve been stuck on what I should do with my career and asking for guidance today I thought maybe the navy was a bad idea and I should just pursue my longing to be a nurse work two jobs and go to school but I had a dream about my youngest son choking and bringing up about 3 crab.

  17. Hi Sofia, i will be much obliged if you can interpret my dream. I dreamt about my mother, who died 3 year ago. I am inside our family home with friends. It was starting to get dark and my mother hasn’t arrive back from the town, and I’m starting to worry. suddenly I saw her passing along heading to the back or kitchen door. I rushed to meet her in the kitchen, then she handed me a basket full of crabs, there was one big crab in can see in the middle of the basket and many small ones. what is the message my mother is trying to pass on to me? thank you ever so much.

    1. > there was one big crab in can see in the middle of the basket and many small ones

      It may mean that there is one thing which is most important to you, which you will have to figure out for yourself and hold on to, and learning what to hold on to or discard in that basket of crabs (i.e. emotions?).

      After all, it’s both a gift and a puzzle, isn’t it?

  18. I have these same nightmares since I was a child about a huge hermit crab shadow on my walls. The shadow started out small and began to grow bigger and then I walked to the wall, touched the wall and I go to turn my head and there it was.. A huge pitch black hermit crab just sitting there behind me.. I t started to snap it’s claws at me.. then as the huge pitch black hermit crab was snapping his claws at me.. it was moving towards me as if I was the threat.. I walked up to it to try and show it I mean no harm.. It clamped my hand with it’s sharp strong claws and I began bleeding.. I tried to pull it off of my hand.. it began clamping even tighter and harder. Then I pulled it off of my hand and ran and it began to chase me.. To my knowledge hermit crabs crawl slowly.. This one was crawling really fast.. Then I woke up in cold sweats.. Heart racing.. Mind and body in shock.. and yelling calling out mom and dad… I began to break down crying and screaming saying I saw it again…. I saw that huge scary looking pitch black hermit crab again…. I still to this day have that nightmare.. I don’t know what it means…

  19. I had saw a “clairvoyant ” 2 or 3 years ago. She had told me my spirit guide is the Crow. What I want to know is this…I see crows almost everyday for the last few years. It’s not just 1 or 2, it’s a whole flock of them! When I’m at home, they like to sit and shriek on the street lamp post that is right close to my balcony. Sometimes they go down to the ground. Other times when I’m just out somewhere I’ll only see 1 or 2…not a whole flock. What does this mean? What are they trying to tell me? I sometimes think it’s because I’m going to die soon.

    1. Dear Friend, don’t be worried!
      There’s no such thing as evil Spirit Guides. They are part of the beautiful dance of what we perceive as this life and when they come, they’re there to help you. Know that there is divine balance in everything. Without darkness there can be no light and without spirituality there can be no physicality. You are being guided through this. What exactly their message for you is, you need to find out for yourself. Just ask! 🙂

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      Love & Light!

    2. I’ve dreamed that I was with some of my high school and college classmates, which I often dream though I already graduated. They held my hand while running slow. I can feel that we were moving so slow even if I tried to be fast. One classmate said to me that I am now with them because her other friends were not her friends anymore. But, I refused because I have my real friends. When I was with my two real friends, I told to them what happened, and my friend said that they also wanted her to be their friends. And then we were walking on mud, but there are big crabs, feels like they are obstacles. I jumped to each stones I see, but my hands holding my cellphone was clipped to the crab and I can’t remove it. When I woke up, I was so sad. What does it mean?

  20. I dreamed of a place near the sea. The night sky was the most beautiful sky I’ve ever seen and there was a majestic full moon! I was walking towards it trying to get a better view. The path was rough and I stepped onto something that hurt my foot. I had a closer look and to my horror I saw a small WHITE CRAB that was trying to enter my skin. It was half way in when I started squeezing my foot and struggled to get it out. I finally managed to get rid of it…! Please help me get the meaning of this!

    1. So eerie, I literally have just woken from almost the same dream, though the small white crab entered my hand as I was climbing on rocks next to a river. I struggled as well to remove it from my hand. It broke through the skin and escaped, though there was no pain, and no blood. I would live to know what this signifies. Blessing

  21. I really think I have Crab as a totem animal, your description sounds just like me. And once when I did a guided meditation to find my animal spirit guide a crab came to me. Which is surprising because I never really thought or been drawn to crabs, but it is all very thought provoking.

    1. It is what it is. Don’t overthink it. It’s just processes. Just observe, remain aware and trust that everything is. Everything is good. You are blessed.

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