Dead Rabbit Symbolism (6 Meanings) – In Backyard & Dreams

Dead animals often send messages about things that are missing in your life. If the living rabbit symbolizes happiness, then the dead rabbit will likely symbolize the absence of happiness.

So, reflecting on what living rabbits symbolize can help us understand what the dead rabbit message is sending us.

With that in mind, dead rabbits often symbolize that you should:

  • Embrace Financial Opportunities
  • Try to be more Creative
  • Try to be more Spontaneous
  • Work on Self-Improvement
  • Try to be more Positive
  • You’re Moving too Slow

Interpreting the meaning behind a dead rabbit is highly subjective. It depends largely on your life and your situation. So, while the above possible meanings can be instructive, it’s important to reflect on which meaning seems to speak a truth to you.

That doesn’t mean picking and choosing what you want to hear. Maybe the message is one you don’t want to hear at all! But it does mean reflecting on which message seems to be the one that rings true to your life.

Dead Rabbit Symbolism

Dead Rabbit Symbolism & Meaning

1. Money: Embrace Financial Opportunities

Rabbits have long been a symbol of prosperity. This may be because they tend to thrive and multiply wherever they are.

A dead rabbit, however, can be a sign that you’re not embracing financial opportunities.

If you’re feeling as if you’re low on money, this might be the message for you. Keep your eye out for upcoming financial opportunities such as a new job or even an entrepreneurial opportunity.

If you embrace the right financial opportunities, you may start seeing living rabbits around the place. This would be a sign that you have listened to the dead rabbit symbol and you’re now on the right financial path.

2. Creativity: Try to be more Creative

Rabbits are historically seen as symbols of creativity and intelligence.

But a dead rabbit might be telling you that you’re not being creative enough.

This could be the message for you if you’ve found that you are stuck into routine and habits that don’t allow you to exercise your creative spirit. This really commonly happens to people when they’re stuck in a job that’s boring and doesn’t let you use your mind.

It might also be the case that you have recently given up creative hobbies like music and painting.

If this is you, consider how you can integrate creativity into your life. Take up old creative hobbies or even new hobbies that can help you exercise some creative expression.

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3. Spontaneity: Try to be more Spontaneous

Rabbits also historically represent spontaneity. They hop in one direction then the next with seemingly little idea about where they’re going or what they’re doing. They seem to just make up a decision about where to go on a whim!

But a dead rabbit may symbolize lack of spontaneity. You may be starting to feel like you’ve gotten old and lost that playfulness of youth. But this dead rabbit is a reminder that you need to get that spontaneity back.

You’re not too old to be spontaneous. You can re-focus and get back to embracing new things that come your way.

Consider saying ‘yes’ to more things, especially if they’re new!

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4. Self-Improvement: Work on Self-Improvement

Rabbits symbolize self-improvement. I’ve never really gotten to the bottom of why. But it’s a pretty widely-reported symbol for rabbits.

But we can guess what the dead rabbit might symbolize based on this.

The dead rabbit could be sending a message that you haven’t been working on yourself lately. You might not have been focusing on yourself lately because you’ve been preoccupied on working for someone else and managing your household.

When we get busy, sometimes we forget to work on our own lives.

If you feel this is you, then perhaps the dead rabbit is a sign that you work on those things that achieve self-improvement: learning new skills, taking courses, or going to the gym.

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5. Positivity: Try to be more Positive

Rabbits are upbeat animals. Watching them hop around, they appear to be energetic and enthusiastic creatures.

And seeing a rabbit in your dreams often symbolizes something very positive!

But seeing a dead rabbit isn’t quite so good. It often is a sign that you’re life is lacking the positivity that you need. It could be a message that it’s time to focus on the good in your life, smile more, and seek positive people around you.

Positivity is a mindset. People who work on creating positive energy around them can achieve positivity and greater happiness.

And it may be the fact that the rabbit is telling you it’s time to start creating that positive energy around you.

6. Speed: You’re Moving too Slow

Rabbits are known as being able to get around – fast! So we often see them as sending us a message about speed.

The trouble, though, is knowing what the message is. Are they telling us to speed up or slow down?

Usually, I tend to think a dead rabbit is a sign that you’re moving too slow. This is because dead animals tend to tell you that you’re not embracing something the animal symbolizes in life. In other words, if the rabbit symbolizes speed in life, then the message of the dead rabbit is likely that you’re not moving very fast.

This could be in relation to your career or your relationships with people in your life.

Read Also: Speed Metaphors


Animal symbolism is very subjective. When you think a dead animal has been placed in your path – either in your backyard, your dreams, or somewhere else – it’s important to look at the messages it’s sending in the context of your own life.

Not all of the above possible meanings will be the message for you. Consider which message seems to be sending you the truth that you need to hear. That doesn’t mean it’s the truth you want to hear, but it’s the one that resonates most clearly with the hurdles you face in your life right now.

Furthermore, the message being sent to you might not be the one in this list! So, keep an open mind and, most importantly, the message being sent to you can only be interpreted by you. But these seven messages can be reflected on as part of that process.