The bat as a symbol has been associated with words like rebirth, intuition, communication, inner depth, initiation, and illusion. For most people, bats have a negative connotation – mostly learned from vampire movies – so a dream of a bat tends to inspire feelings of fear.
Native Americans, however, view the bat as an interconnected part of all creation, and the symbols attached to it typically involve intuition and vision. These associations are based on the fact that bats are very sensitive to their surroundings in nature. Native Americans might invoke a bat spirit if they needed special energy, such as the ability to “see” clearly and identify illusions or ambiguity in a matter, going straight for its core truth.
Bats symbolize rebirth because they live in cave-like environments and come out in the evening, effectively being “reborn” every night from within Mother Earth. Native Americans considered the bat to be a symbol of communication because bats have strong family ties and are extremely nurturing and social creatures. They are very sensitive to the other members of their group and constantly communicate with them. A dream of a bat suggests issues associated with free will and freedom as well, since bats can fly!
The dream bat indicates that you are very aware of the things that surround you in your environment and that you may be overly sensitive to the feelings of other people in your life. It also suggests that you are blessed with psychic perceptions and may have prophetic dreams. A bat’s appearance in your dream means you should make a greater effort at self-improvement and work on your spiritual and psychic education, perhaps confronting things that might be “scary” for you. If you follow the dream bat’s suggestion, you’ll be on your way toward your highest potential.
On the negative side, a bat dream is symbolic of the darker side of your personality. It may mean that you are relying on your intuition more than your logic – that you might be “blind” to certain things. To dream of a bat means that you should let go of old habits, evaluate facts more closely in a given situation so you don’t go “batty” or “crazy.” In some cultures, a dream of a white bat means the death of a family member, while dreaming of a black bat indicates you will face some personal catastrophe. And dreaming of a vampire bat indicates that you are being “drained” of your self-confidence or resources. If you see several bats in your dream, it could mean that you are worrying about your debts.