The bat is generally symbolic of transformation, intuition, and adaptability. As creatures of the night, bats represent the unseen, intuitive side of our nature, and their echo-location abilities associate them with discernment and clear perception. The bat’s life cycle, where it hangs upside down to rest and then takes flight into the darkness, symbolizes rebirth and personal growth.

Bat in Dreams

Dreaming of a bat can suggest a need for transformation or a signal to let go of old habits for personal and spiritual growth. Bats in dreams can also represent hidden fears that need to be confronted. Psychologically, the bat can signify intuition, and dreaming of it might indicate a need to trust your intuitive abilities more.

Bat in Myths and Folklore

In mythology and folklore, the bat holds a variety of meanings. In many cultures, it is often associated with the underworld due to its nocturnal nature. The ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations viewed bats as symbols of rebirth and death. In Chinese culture, the word for bat, “fu,” sounds similar to the word for good fortune, so bats are often used as lucky charms. In Western culture, bats are traditionally associated with darkness, mystery, and often the supernatural, as epitomized by the iconic character of Batman in comic and film lore.

Olex Lys

Reviewed by Alexander Lys, M.L., a specialist in the field of symbolism research and dream psychology. A certified participant in numerous psychological seminars and courses, the author of hundreds of articles on psychology, including studies on symbolism in dreams and myths from a scientific perspective.


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