What Does It Mean When You See A Lizard In Your House?

what does it mean when you see a lizard in your house

What does it mean when you see a lizard in your house? It usually means that something new is coming into your life, that your life is being ‘refreshed’ or that good luck, prosperity and abundance is coming to you.

It can also have some negative meanings like deception, unholiness and insomnia.

Lizards are robust creatures that survived millions of years. There is a lot to be learned from them and on a symbolic level they can teach some great lessons.

Seeing a Lizard and Its Meaning

Lizards can come into your life in many ways. Some people start seeing lizards in their dreams. Our dreams can be powerful purveyors of meaning in our lives and often provide guidance through certain life challenges.

Some see lizards and symbols of lizards everywhere in their life.

When lizards come into your house it has some definite meanings.

It could be one special lizard who shows up in your house in a completely unexplained way.

In my case, the house was infiltrated by lizards. Pest control could not explain it but shortly after I ‘got it’ and understood the message they all disappeared again.

Is it possible that lizards in the house are just coincidences or the result of them looking for food, water or shelter?

The difference is that you will ‘know’ – something will be ‘odd’ and your gut level reaction will be that there is something more to this encounter than mere coincidence.

They will usually stick around and keep showing up until you get the message.

Although there are many different meanings and interpretations of what lizards in the house mean, the most common 7 meanings are…

The 7 Meanings When You See a Lizard In Your House

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What does it mean when you see a lizard in your house? While it could be a coincidence as a result of certain weather conditions it often is not.

When lizards start showing up in your house they usually have a message for you. Until and unless you ‘hear’ the message they will keep showing up.

Lizards are deeply symbolic creatures and have a special place in almost every culture’s religious and/or spiritual traditions.

When you see lizards in your house it is usually more significant and meaningful. Your house is your place of safety – your refuge and in many ways an extension of who you are as a person.

When lizards come into this space, they quite literally enter your life.

It is important to point out that most lizards will avoid people as far they can. When you do see one in your home it is rarely a coincidence since they would want to avoid you.

There are 7 main explanations as to what it means when you see a lizard in your house.

  1. Something New and ‘Fresh’ Is Coming
  2. Prosperity and Good Fortune
  3. The Presence of Distrust, Deception and Deceit
  4. Presence of an Old Friend or Acquaintance
  5. Survival, Sacrifice and Destiny
  6. Unclean and Unholy
  7. Insomnia and Sleeplessness

1. Something New and ‘Fresh’ Is Coming

Lizards hibernate throughout winter and reawakens in spring. This is symbolic of rebirth and resurrection.

This can be symbolic of you being reborn and resurrected in your own life. Someone or something new can be coming into your life for you to be ‘reborn’ emotionally, spiritually or even physically.

The idea of something new and fresh coming into your life is a symbol of new hope. It is a good sign and something to be excited about – and to look forward to.

What does it mean when you see a lizard in your house when you feel stuck, worn out and like your life is not going anywhere?

It is usually a sign that change is coming and that your life is about to be ‘resurrected’ and refreshed with ‘new life’.

2. Prosperity and Good Fortune

In many cultures throughout the world, lizards in the house is a sign of good fortune and prosperity.

In Chinese cultures the lizard is seen as a ‘baby dragon’ and the presence of lizards is a symbol of good luck and good fortune.

Egyptian hieroglyphics often featured lizards and it was a symbol of abundance, of plenty and of prosperity.

In Celtic traditions the lizard is also very prominent and very symbolic. It is a sign of wealth, nobility and prosperity.

Celtic Newlyweds will also listen keenly for the call of the gecko on their wedding night. Hearing the call of the gecko is considered a sign of the marriage/union being blessed by good fortune.

3. The Presence of Distrust, Deception and Deceit

When you see a lizard in your house it does not always mean something positive. It can also be a warning sign.

Many lizards shed body parts as a defense mechanism. When they shed a tail, the wriggling tail acts as a distraction and causes predators to pursue the tail which allows them to escape.

This deceptive sense of continuing struggle is symbolic of having people in your house or close to you who are potentially deceptive and who can not be trusted.

If someone new is coming into your home or your family then you need to pay particularly close attention as the presence of lizards can act as a warning sign.

4. Presence of an Old Friend or Acquaintance

One of the most wonderful meanings when you see a lizard in your house is that it could be a symbol of an old friend, acquaintance or loved one who passed away.

In many Mediterranean countries, seeing a lizard in your house shortly after someone passed away is often seen as that person making an appearance in your life once again to help put your mind to rest and assure you that all is well.

It can also be a reminder of someone who passed away long ago but seeing the lizards now can reinforce certain memories or lessons from someone who has passed on already.

5. Survival, Sacrifice and Destiny

Lizards are creatures of amazing survival. They have survived millions of years despite all their limitations.

Their ability to adapt, change and survive is inspiring. What does it mean when you see a lizard in your house when you are going through tough times?

It’s a sign that you too can adapt, change and not only survive but thrive.

Sometimes you may lose something – like the lizard will shed its tail in order to survive. Sacrifice may be needed for you to once again thrive.

You will be ‘whole again’ and making sacrifices is only temporary – a way to survive through tough times to make it into prosperous times again.

6. Unclean and Unholy

In The Bible, lizards are symbols of something that is unclean and unholy. If you are religious and The Bible plays an important role in your life then you need to pay particular attention to this symbol of lizards in your home.

What does it mean when you see a lizard in your house when you are religious? It may mean that someone or something unclean and unholy has come into your life.

Pay particular attention to new people who are coming into your house or have recently come into your life.

In some parts of the Bible the lizard is even symbolic of the Devil himself. From this point of view, seeing lizards can symbolize pure evil coming into your home.

7. Insomnia and Sleeplessness

People who suffer from sleeplessness and insomnia often see lizards in the house.

In Celtic mythology it was believed that the Night Goddess Evaki stole sleep from the lizard’s eyes and handed it out to all the living creatures.

If sleep has been taken from your life then lizards might seek your company.

A lack of sleep can be very debilitating in your life in many ways. Dealing with unresolved issues in your past usually helps to clear the issues with sleeplessness.

Lizards will usually leave once your insomnia is cleared up.

Lizard Symbolism In Dreams and Everyday Life

What does it mean when you see a lizard in your house and it does not match any of the above 7 most common meanings?

The symbolism of lizards is much more in depth and there are many possible explanations.

An aboriginal friend of mine here in Australia had lizards everywhere in the house – completely unrelated to the season.

Shortly after she had a burst water pipe and the house was flooded.

One explanation can be found in Australian Aboriginal traditions where the lizard is an incredibly important symbol. Messages of lizards are used to divine water and totems are often made.

In Native American cultures the lizard is also deeply symbolic. Lizards are closely linked to intuitive and psychic abilities.

People who start to develop their own intuitive and psychic abilities often start seeing lizards show up in the house or in their lives.

On a completely different level, lizards are also linked to sexual energy. Japanese cultures consider the lizard as a very sleek and erotic animal.

When you start seeing a lizards in your house it can also be a sign of new sexual energy coming into your life and your home.

Is It Good Luck If A Lizard’s In Your House?

Is a lizard in your house good or bad luck? Luck is what we refer to as an unexpected good fortune that comes along our way.

Lizards are quite sneaky and often illusive. These qualities point to good luck and from this perspective seeing a lizard in your house is a sign of good luck.

Lizards also have highly developed eyesight. Their main defense is their ability to see potential threats before and act before the threat comes too close.

This also points to the fact that they are an omen of good luck.

This good luck could be that you are lucky to escape some sort of harm or that you have apparent misfortunes that are actually protecting you from something else.

That flat tyre that you think is bad luck was actually saving you from an accident that would have happened otherwise.

The Prophetic Meaning Of A Lizard

Prophetic Meaning Of A Lizard

Many African cultures see lizards as an omen of sickness and disease. You will not see any of these cultures ever touching a lizard with their bare hands.

There is some truth to this as lizards can carry certain diseases that can be deadly in parts of the world that are not immunized or have modern medicine.

In some cultures, lizards are also considered auspicious.

They need to be respected and their lives are valued. Killing or harming a lizard can curse you for generations to come.

Lizards with their great eyesight also points to a prophetic meaning of being sensitive to potential dangers or threats in your own life.

It’s not just about life or death but all sorts of dangers. Things that can threaten your emotional, financial or relationship well-being.

What Does the Bible Say About Lizards?

In Biblical times, some lizards carried disease and were even (indirectly) responsible for some pandemics.

They carried the Salmonella pathogen and all the Biblical kings banned lizards from their palaces – believing that they are indeed responsible for the deadly bacteria.

The gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon. Of all those
that move along the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches them when they
are dead will be unclean till evening.

– Leviticus 11:29-30

That is why the lizard was seen as ‘unclean’ and the mere presence of lizards means sickness and disease.


With a passion for spirituality, self discovery, and understanding this life, Neod spends his time musing about what is, what could be and what might come about. After writing for 20 years he's still growing, learning, exploring and sharing with love, joy and compassion.

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