What Does It Mean When You Dream About Snakes?

Dreaming About Snakes

When you dream about snakes, chances are that the meaning of what you just dreamed about is related to challenging issues and feelings that you’re facing in your daily life.

According to Freud’s classic dream interpretation theory, a snake featured in a dream represents a phallic symbol that could relate to a male figure, male energy or how you experience your sexuality.  Interpreting what your dream about snakes means does not stop there however. To fully understand its meaning, you need to look deeper into the interpretation of this rich symbol.

What Does it Mean to Dream about Snakes?

To get start interpreting what dreaming about snakes means, here are the most common meanings associated with snakes in dreams:

  • A snake is a symbol of the unconscious
  • Snakes or serpents indicate you’re in the process of healing and resolving issues
  • The snake is a symbol for an untamed part of yourself or an untapped resource
  • Snakes could represent your intuition or spiritual aspects of yourself; your instinctual drive, what moves you from the depths of your soul
  • Snakes or serpents tend to show up in dreams in times of transition and transformation
  • From the classic Freudian perspective, a snake or serpent is a phallic symbol







Generally, a snake featured in a dream means that you’re dealing with a difficult situation or unsettling emotions in your waking life. On the positive side of this dream analysis, dreaming of snakes could also mean that healing and transformation are taking place.

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3 Keys to decode the meaning of your snake dream:

  1. Look at general dream meanings.
  2. Translate the elements of your dream into meaningful dream interpretation clues.
  3. Connect the content of your dream with your daily life.

If you know how to interpret your dream, you may discover ways to resolve these issues and encourage your personal growth. Like the snake that strikes when it feels threatened, the presence of the serpent in your sleep symbolizes a wake up call to look at fears about your own feelings or a threatening situation in your waking life.

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Go further with the interpretation of your Snake Dream

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What does it mean when I dream of a snake?

If you feel fear when you see the snake in your dream, it indicates that you are having difficulties facing the unknown or uncertainty in your life.

 

When the presence of the snake in your dream is neutral or friendly, it suggests that you are dealing with fears or concerns with assurance. It is an indicator that healing is taking place.

If you’re dreaming of a wild snake, it may denote negative aspects associated with the animal, such as worries, fears or concerns about something that going out of control.

If you’re dreaming of a pet snake, it could relate to an opportunity for healing or positive changes in your life.

When you are fighting with a snake, it means that you are resisting a change or struggling with a decision or feelings in your waking life. It may represent a power struggle in your intimate relationship or at work.

Being chased by a snake means that you are facing an intimidating situation in your life that is haunting you. Emotions that you have not dealt with are coming back at you.

A dream of being attacked by a snake, it could be calling you to explore a challenging situation in your life and how to deal with it.

If you are dreaming of being bitten by snake, it means that you need to pay attention to something that you’ve been avoiding because it was too intimating or uncomfortable.

If the snake spits its venom at you, it suggests that there’s a negative influence in your life that’s difficult to handle. It may represent a “poisonous” relationship or negative words or rumors around you.

Talking to a snake suggests that you are engaged in a process of understanding higher knowledge about yourself and your world. It indicates that you are open to receiving information of a more mystical nature.

If you have a dialog or if the snake talks in your dream, it signifies that your potentials are being realized and your opening up to new possibilities in life.

For more interpretation of snake dreams, consult the snake dream meanings section.





Connect your Snake Dream with your Life

Here are dream interpretation hints to guide the analysis of your snake dream. A general interpretation method consists in associating traits that belong to the animal you dreamed about with situations in your waking life or aspects of your personality. You may find that the following generic snake characteristics are present in your dream, as well as in your daily life.

  • Snakes are wild, untamed animals that cannot be trained. They are beyond our control.

Interpretation hint: Look if you are currently experiencing feelings or a situation that feel that way in your waking life; look withing to see if you need to pay attention a an untamed part of yourself that needs more space to express itself or develop harmoniously.

  • Snakes are unpredictable. They tend to strike by surprise; they appear unexpectedly and disappear as fast as they showed up.

Interpretation hint: Can you associate these qualities with a fear you may be having or your own behavior when facing a challenging situation?

  • They primarily evoke aversion and fear in humans.

When snakes and humans meet, there’s a danger that the snake will attack, mostly as a reaction to fear or feeling threatened.

  • Snakes move close to the ground and are associated with the earth.

Interpretation hint: Feel into your own connection with the earth; whether you feel grounded, with your feet on the ground or not; how you relate to your primal instincts.

  • Snake shed their skin when they grow, leaving behind the old during their transformation process.

Interpretation hint: Snakes are great symbols for personal transformation; look at what’s changing in your life or in yourself or what you hope to change or leave behind in order to move on.

  • Some snakes’ venom is poisonous, even deadly, if they bite.

Interpretation hint: Death or the fear of dying in a dream is not to be taken literally. It’s often symbolic of the death of the old and the opportunity to leave behind what you no longer need. It could also represent grieving a loss of something or someone who was important to you.

  • They possess the antidote to their own venom.

Interpretation hint: Often, a challenging situation is also an opportunity to discover something new and take on an opportunity. Look at how this relates to your life right now.

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Conclusion: Key Points to Enhance your Dream Interpretation

Here are two key points to refine the interpretation of your dream.

Reconnect with the Snake in your Dream

The snake featured in your dream is most likely a transposed image or symbol of something that’s actually happening or preoccupying you in your daily life. It’s important to remember and recall the presence of the snake as it was in the dream.

For example, you can project yourself back in the dream, recall all sorts of details about what the snake looked like, how it was moving, how you were feeling. You could even imagine you can ask the dream snake questions about its intentions, what message it has for you, etc. This will get you started in decoding what the snake in your dream could symbolize.

Snake Dream & Call from the Unconscious

When interpreting a snake dream, a key point is to keep in mind that the serpent in your sleep means you’re symbolically receiving a wake up call from your unconscious.

Dreaming about a snake is usually an indicator that you need to pay attention to something important that you perhaps have been avoiding or that has escaped your awareness until now. Interpreting your dream will help you discover what it is and what you could do to about it.

When you’re dreaming of a snake, you can use your interpretation to encourage positive changes in your life. A snake dream can function like a two-sided coin: For each negative feeling in the dream, such as fear, apprehension, anxiety, or confusion, there’s an opportunity to realize something positive that will serve you in your waking life.

Bonus: Snake Symbols in Popular Myths and Traditions

The symbolism in a snake dream is primarily anchored in the personal life of the dreamer. Because the snake is a powerful symbol in many traditions and cultures, a snake dream can also be influenced by a wider meaning given to the snake or serpent in one’s culture.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the snake tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. It is tinted with negative connotations and a symbol for temptation, evil, and sin.

In the Hindu tradition, Lord Siva wears a snake around his neck, as a representation of the control of dark forces and temptation. It also symbolizes the power of kundalini, the life force.

In ancient Greek mythology, Medusa is a Gorgon, represented as a woman with snake hair who can turn into stone whoever she looks at. According to the psycho-analytic perspective, it is a symbol for castration or repressed sexual energy.

Another popular Greek myth is about Aesclepius, Greek god of healing and medicine, who inspired rituals where snakes were used. Today, the rod of Asclepius is what we know as the Caduceus, symbol for modern medicine. In our dreams, it represents the opportunity for healing.

The feathered serpent from the Aztecs of South America is a symbol for the creator of life.

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3759 Responses to Snake Dream

  • Parth Sehgal

    Please if someone have any idea about how to stop seeing snake in dreams, then please tell. Im 18 years old and I’ve got approx 3 dreams of snake till now. And it is really scary.

  • Rick

    I remember parts of the dream but the biggest part which is still fresh to me is a black mamba snake crawling inside the back pocket of my favourite jeans, while I am still wearing it. I then took off the jeans in fear of being bitten to go seek help. With no luck, I went back to the jeans and found another male figure wearing the jeans. when I first warned him about the snake he refused to take them off until I told him to put about the snake and the dangers thereof. He then took them off experiencing the same fear as myself. I am struggling to understand what the presence of the snake symbolises.

  • Priya

    I saw a big snake slowly crawling in my bedroom and then in front of my kid . I was very panic in dreams . Seeking for help. But not recieving it properly . Wat does it mean.

  • Chanell

    In my dreams there were snakes everywhere….on the ground, in the house, everywhere! Big snakes, small snakes and different colors. I was afraid to walk and I was barefoot. I can remember attempted to kill them as I tried to get away.

  • Mrudulla

    I have seen s big snake was searching a boy to kill but I am protecting tat boy in my house from that snake it was searching in front of my house what’s it means please tell the meaning

  • Kirn

    Saw a white snake moving on the ground, when I noticed the moment I called my friends to see the white serpent however it was only visible for my eyes and suddenly almost 3-4big snakes wer found next to the white serpent. I was not harmed,panicked or scared in my dreams

  • prachi

    i saw that there was a baby snake (almost 15 inch size) coming to my bed .snake came to my bed then anyone lift that snake and throw it from window.

  • Micx

    I need to know the interpretation about me dreaming of a snake…yesterday i have a dream that a big snake is under my bed so i shouted and my dad came in the room and killed the snake and hit it in the head…my dad left but when i look under the bed i thought that the snaks is still there but i saw the snake leaving my room and then i woke up…can u please make me understand what my dream is all about…

  • Rae

    I’ve dream of 2 pythons (?). One yellow, one white and both of them wearing red feather crowns with beads hanging off it. Both snakes are docile and friendly and we were in this dark smokey place. Then I was talking to the snakes asking them about what is going on but they told me to stand still in between them. I wasn’t threatened or anything. In fact, I felt protected and comforted by their presence and the three of us were chatting.

    After some time the snakes glowed a bit and told me that it is time for me to leave and I woke up in feeling extremely weak. Able to interpret?

  • Bhaskar

    I dreamt that I was in friendly gathering where a poisonous snake was being discussed. Later, I saw a long snake lying beside me in my bed. I got scared and tried to hit it with a night lamp and the snake went away.

    Please help in interpreting this dream.

  • Joanne52

    My dream is a snake eat my dog and my grandson it was really scary but could not wake my self out of the dream

  • Mel

    I dreamed of a small red and black snake crawling up to my feet.and when I felt it and saw I panic and shout then the snake moke a bit faster..  and since I am afraid then I woke up
    So I am wondering what does it mean???

  • Eskro

    I had a dream about two snakes fighting each other…

  • Jessica

    I had a dream that a professional snake handler had boxes of snakes and were showing me and my family. She brought a snake up to my face and I was terrified and struggled to breath, I felt like I was choking and I was shaking from fear. She then took out a box of green snakes and I managed to run away from it. My sister then ate a cooked snake and I was disgusted telling her not to eat it.

  • D

    In old asian culture, dreaming/seeing snake/s means its possible either u(if ur a young female) or someone close around u may get pregnant. Honestly, believe it or not it actually happened to me twice in my life. So therefore, i believe in it 🙂 but i know everyone and every culture has its own explanations. Just here to share mine 🙂

  • is

    i have seen snake with baby snake passing front of me.and i was wondering snake given eggs how come snake deliver the actual baby snake??

    what does that mean?

  • Tonia

    I was out side in my dream and every where was big snakes in trees pond but they never bit me..

  • Maggy

    I Had A Dream Of A Rattlesnake.  Moved My Bed Covers And It Struck & Bit The Covers Near My Neck.I Threw The Covers Off & It Fell On The Floor.I Felt The Wet Venom On The Covers. There Was My Deceased Grey Tiger Cat Fighting With This Snake.She Was Not Harmed. There Was This Wide Window Opened In My Bedroom. I Grab The Snake By It’s Tail &Swung It Out The Window.I was On A high Apartment Floor (Maybe 5 Or 4th Flr). The Snake Hit The Ground & Broke In 5 Pieces.

  • Valerie

    I had a dream that I was laying down somewhere unknown on a dirt path. I was laying on top of snakes and the snakes were slithering all over me. I wasn’t super fearful of them but I remember the feeling of them and how they felt real smooth against my skin. I wasn’t happy they were there but I wasn’t terrified either. I was prepared for the snakes mood to change though but that fearful moment never came. But I remember thinking that they are dangerous and they could attack me.

  • Mary Grace Keogh

    I had a dream last night about the snake… the snake is wrap on my forehead and moving around on my forehead… i really don’t know what my emotions in my dreams because while the snake moving around on my forehead I feel ticklish then when I saw the snake head I thought the snake going to bite me but no… please anyone can tell me what it means? Thank you

  • Mary Grace Keogh

    I have a dream the snake crawling and wrap on my head… it’s ticklish because crawling then I saw the snake head… the snake in my dreams seems friendly… it’s not scared me when I saw the snake head… just ticklish… please tell me what it means? Thank you

  • raashmiranjan fash

    I dream lot of snake move around in body.i am uncomfortable.Then see Lord Shiv take the bite in his tongue.What its means.

  • DEBRA

    I HAD A DREAM THAT THERE WAS A SNAKE IN THE HOUSE ALWAYS IN THE CORNER UNDER SOMETHING (OVERHANG OF SOME SORT) IT WAS A RATTLE SNAKE.  ALWAYS LOOKING AT ME. LIKE IT WAS WAITING FOR ME TO MAKE A MOVE.  MY NEW KITTEN WENT OVER TO IT AND LAID DOWN BY IT AND THE SNAKE BIT THE KITTEN, BUT IT DID NOT DIE.  I WAS VERY UPSET ABOUT THE SNAKE BEING THERE AND BITING THE KITTEN.  THEN THE SNAKE WAS COMING UNDER A FENCE TOWARD ME AND I WAS SWEEPING OR SHOVELING AND I RAN OVER AND CUT IT’S HEAD OFF.  ALL THE WHILE THE SNAKE WAS LOOKING AT ME.  AFTER THAT I WENT IN TO THE HOUSE AND THERE WAS THE SNAKE IN THE CORNER WITH IT’S HEAD ATTACHED LAYING NEXT TO THE KITTEN.  I DON’T REMEMBER A LOT OF THE DREAM BUT THE SNAKE WAS ALWAYS THERE AROUND SOMEWHERE.  ALWAYS ON MY MIND.  LIKE IT WAS WAITING TO CATCH ME OFF GUARD SO THAT IT COULD BITE ME. THEN I WOKE UP.

  • Christel7700

    I had a dream. On our room me, my older sister and my father were there. then suddenly we heard something. A loud sound of a snake coming then a snake came out on my side. I was nervous then I was trying to take away the snake but I couldn’t. ON n the third attempt I was about to attack by the snake, And I woke up.

  • Lordschosen

    I had a dream of a talking serpent, with marking on the Vatican, and wing of America, It swallowed up every religion and world power as the whole world went up in a ball of holy flames, burning all humans and demons and then the world turned to a new with Zion it’s only capital.

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