“Last night I had a dream about a snake!” Snake dreams are one of the most common dreams that are reported among dreamers. The meaning of snake dreams will depend on your culture, background, and your own life experiences.
To interpret a dream about a snake, it is important that you take your own background and personal experiences into consideration. You need to ask yourself how the dream made you feel during and when you awoke from the dream. Did the dream have a negative or positive meaning?
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Snakes?
In Kundalini yoga, the snake is the energy center coiled at the base of your spine. This is the seat of creativity and emotions. Snake dreams are therefore often connected to your creativity and the instinctual part of your being.
The snake is often the inner you – the deepest part of your humanity. In snake dreams, you may gain insight into your deepest desires, the motivations that inspire your actions, and the creative muse that you should follow. The path that the snake takes is often the direction your subconscious wants you to go.
Snake visits your dreams when you need to shed the old emotions and old habits to move forward. You need to do this to let new opportunities in. Nothing new can penetrate the old skin until you completely let it go.
Snake brings messages of huge changes in your life.
Ensure you know exactly what you need and want to take you towards your dreams. This is a time when the universe manifests anything you ask for so you need to make sure you ask for the right things. Remember the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for”? Keep this in mind at this time. Snake brings positive messages there is nothing to fear in these changes. You can make them work for you.
A visit from snake reminds you to discard the old habits of the past. You can do this by staying connected to the natural elements. Feel the earth’s vibrations. Hear the wind rustle through the trees. Feel the sun’s warmth on your skin. When you stay connected to the elements it keeps you centered and focused on what you need to do. Now walk your truth.
Dreaming of a snakeskin may mean your health is protected. There is nothing to worry about. Just keep up your good health regime. Seeing a headless snake could mean you are refusing to acknowledge something dangerous around you. It is a warning you could be caught unawares in a dangerous situation. Is there something or someone you underestimate? Is there someone you fear? Open your eyes. Follow your intuition to avoid a dangerous situation.
Dreaming of snake may awaken your fear of the unknown striking at any time. What or who is there to fear? Why fear the unknown? The fear is usually worse than the reality. This may even be a fear of your sexuality. You may fear intimacy and commitment when others get close to you. A snake may even refer to someone who is callous and cold. They are ruthless, calculating, and manipulative, and you may not be seeing this. You may be under threat without even knowing it. You need to look deeper at those you trust and see who it can be. Trust your gut instincts.
A snake bite brings reminders of hidden fears. They often haunt you, surfacing when you are ready to move forward. Snake is alerting you to this so you can avoid self-sabotage.
When Snake crosses your Path
Snake crosses your path to remind you of spiritual unity. She comes to reawaken your consciousness after disconnection with the world around you.
Snake Dream Meanings – Common Interpretations
Snakes are often seen as being harmful and dangerous, not only because they may be poisonous, but because Western religious myths label the snake as the cause of the fall of man. Because the images we learn as children sink deeply into our subconscious, the snake may also represent to a Westerner a danger, a person who cannot be trusted, or the fear of betrayal.
If you see a poisonous snake in your dream it can indicate feelings or contamination. Sometimes these dreams may indicate your fears of failing in your goals or losing something that you love. It can also indicate that there is someone is who ruining you.
Possible Temptations in Your Life – Because the snake played such an important Biblical role in tempting Eve to take a bite of the forbidden fruit, the snake is often associated with making the morally wrong choice or a situation that is difficult to resist.
You may have a temptation to do something that you know is morally wrong. This could be anything to do with your work or personal relationships. Your dream may be telling you that you need to take a hard look at the decisions you make because they will effect those around you.
Being Bitten by a Snake – If you dream that you are bitten by a snake it can indicate that you may have succumb to a negative influence in your life or have feelings of being a failure. It may also indicate that you have suffered some loss of some kind in your life.
Even though the snake in mysticism is intimately connected with the subconscious and the creative side, a snake symbol that indicates danger and betrayal may also be a completely legitimate Western dream, especially for those from an Abrahamic faith, as it reflects a symbol imbibed from childhood.
Pay attention to the circumstances and especially the emotions surrounding the symbol of the snake, especially if you were raised in an Abrahamic faith, as it may symbolize either the creative urge or a lurking danger. However, when analyzing your dream, do not be quick to assume that the snake is evil.
Regardless of your religious background, snake dreams are incredibly powerful and revealing about interior aspects of yourself. Even in yoga traditions, the Kundalini snake can be dangerous if uncontrolled. It is important to understand the snake and to examine what it is about in your own dream, rather than to simply translate it as a dream symbol.
Snake Dream Symbols
The following are some other symbols that a snake may represent in your dream. To understand which of these your dream represents, or if it represents a combination of them, use the surrounding symbols and the emotions present in your dream, as well as your intuition to determine the meaning of your snake dream.
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Phallic symbol: According to Freudian dream analysis, the snake is a phallic symbol, and as such it represents male energy or your sexuality. Your snake dreams may be giving you insight into your own sexuality, or else they may represent the aggressive, goal-focused male energy that is often described as the root of business success.
Even if you are a woman, this aggressive, somewhat ruthless energy is often necessary for achieving your goals, and the snake in your dream may give you insight into how to do this more effectively. As a symbol of sexuality, your snake dreams may be indicating to you a need to become more comfortable with this part of yourself, especially if you dream of a poisonous snake or otherwise feel fear about the snake in your dream.
Wild side/Instincts: A snake, of course, is a wild animal which man may tame and make accustomed to his touch, but which will never ultimately be the sort of companion to man that a dog or a cat is. Dreaming about a snake may therefore represent the wild and untamed side of you; the passions that may go against cultural and societal expectations. As such, the snake may be an intimidating and uncomfortable symbol because it may reveal desires in you that you would not admit to in your polite waking life.
Spiritual nature: As the root of the Kundalini, the snake is a symbol of your spiritual nature, which can also be an uncomfortable facet of yourself to confront, especially if you have become accustomed to living life on the surface, becoming distracted by day-to-day needs and stresses and failing to examine your deep spiritual needs or desires.
Following the snake can teach you a lot about yourself, especially in the aspects which you have heretofore not addressed or confronted. Though the snake may seem sinister, it has a lot to teach about your innermost self; in fact, for many of us, truly confronting our innermost self is itself a sinister and sometimes frightening experience.
Spirit guide: In many traditions, a person will have an animal act as a spirit guide, appearing in dreams, daydreams, and visions at times of decision or change, or when the person is struggling and in need of guidance. If your spirit guide is a snake, you are a very lucky person, because this means that you are a deeply spiritual individual and profoundly in tune with your spiritual, instinctive, and creative sides.
Healing: Snakes are a symbol of healing, from the Biblical event of Moses placing a serpent for the Hebrews to look at to cure them, to the staff of Asclepius, the Greek healer, with its signature serpents entwined about it. In fact, the symbol of the medical field itself, the staff with two serpents, is a reference to the practice of Asclepius and the symbolic healing power of snakes.
While you might think of snakes as being connected to venom, illness, and death, they are also a powerful symbol of health and healing. The practice of Asclepius was intimately connected with dreams, as dreams were supposed to be a place to receive insights about the causes of your afflictions so that they could be cured, and cures themselves were supposed to happen in dreams at Asclepieion dream temples.
If you are dreaming of a snake, therefore, it may be pointing you to the remedy you need or telling you about the ailment that is making you ill, causing your life to stagnate, or bringing unhappiness into your life.
Ancient beliefs: In Irish Christian myth, St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland, which has long been considered a metaphor for the banishment of the druids in the wake of Christianity. A snake in your dream may be a symbol of an ancient, forgotten wisdom that has been suppressed by more modern views and beliefs.
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Questions to Ask Yourself
- Is there anything that has been bothering you in your waking life that you have been putting off?
- Are there any temptations in your life that you have been fighting off?
- Was your dream sexual in nature? Do you think it corresponds with the Freudian belief that the snake is a phallic symbol?
- Is there are a wild or untamed side of you that is expressing itself in your dream?
- Was the snake a spirit animal that is trying to guide you on your journey in life?
- Does your snake dream represent an underlying fear that you have in your waking life that is expressing itself in your dream?
- Are you feeling more drawn to become more spiritual in your waking life?
Common Snake Dream Scenarios
- Being cornered or attacked by a snake
- Being swallowed by a snake
- Having a snake jump out at you while you are walking along a path
- Seeing a friend or family member bitten by a snake
- Having a snake wrap itself around you
- Snaking sneaking around in the grass
- Seeing a snake eat another animal or snake
- A snake that is coiled up
- A snack that lashes out at you with its fangs