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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.

Dreaming About Snakes

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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668 Responses to Snake Dream

  • Fish

    I had a dream about seeing silver snakes everywhere in wild nature place. Some of those snakes are curled up, some of them are moving. I scared and ran, but a silver mid sized snake somehow wrap around my right leg, I was so scared as I am afraid the snake may bite me, but it did not. A guy, I do not know him, took the snake off my leg. I woke up immediately, and feel a little sore at the place of my right leg that snakedwas hung on. I then fell asleep again, another dream about a kid looking for her mom, but both my husband and I appeared in the dream, we try to help her to find her mom, but no result. What does the snake mean? What does the little child mean?

  • Jen

    My daughter had a dream that she was in the car with me and her sister and she was bitten 3 times by a yellow snake she could hear her cuzn sayn it isn’t poisonous. The snake was very angry at her and she was confused about what this could mean. I have always associated a snake bit with death….tell me I’m wrong

    Jen

  • Dayhana

    I recently got fired from my job .. Im not mad but im worry now. So I went to ved that afternoon nd I had a dream about a snake. Theirs like a bush next to my aunt building, I was on the ohobe with my cousin and she was telling me how she and her sistee ( my other cousin) went by the bush nd saw the snake , I was surprised so I got near the bush for I can check if is true , I saw it , it was really big and I got scared I was like ” Omg yes I do see it ” and I was walking away from it nd when i looked back at it again the snake came out the bush nd we the other way. That’s all I can remember from the dream.. I really wish I can know what it meeans..

  • Jennifer tan

    on Friday morning I dreamt of big snaked chasing after even I run to 7-11 store n climb up to the highest boxes hopefully this snake cannot reached me but unfortunately this big snake found me n saw me , snake straight away all the way up n wanted to bite my hand n I caught the snake’head n I killed it throat all the way now all bloody on the floor n store man call police while waiting for police I saw my late mum at opposite of this building but I can’t reached her..n that moment my younger son wake me up for breakfast..wow so scary sia. I wake up apologise to SU God n thank u for his protection.

  • gleeglare

    in my dream last night. I saw two snakes ,one is black and the other is white snake.while shake us long and seemed to be old.the black snake killed the white snake infront of me and then the black snake went away from my home in the chase for the the rat.This dream was followed by other dream in which a unknown lady stopped me and told her story that she was died yrs ago by a King.the king burned her yrs ago brutally.in my dream I saw that King.suddenly we all went to the past where I saw that lady and king being young. The king tried to burn her but this time she escaped following this dream I got that snakes dream.so please help me out. What does it mean? and I’m an Indian

  • ava

    I dreamt of a colorfull bright yellow orange, huge big head snake like three times more than my hands.I directed and orered him to stay in a kind of hole in a tree nest. I had the fear of how huge the snake was, but although I thought it was wild, it was controlable and tamed as I got rid of a small dark greyish snake that was mesmerized by the big snake as well

  • Mary

    i dream of lots of snakes and it was colorful i cut all the head and bit me ,and when i run to the room snakes all over the room and climb to my child so i kill it and cut of the head and also snake bit my child but they are so slow and colorful,what does it mean?

  • Esther

    I dreamt that a snake was around or hold it’s self on my waist and its head was in my stomach. The snake surrounded my waist tight though not much. I wasn’t scare of the snake and seem that I had it for two days and my fellow was like wondering why I didn’t react and I said to them I didn’t scared coz I used to drama so it was nothing that will disappear just like in movies they told me I should go to pastor to get the snake at that moment the snake was like hit my stomach with its head but not hard to feel even a bit pain so I was like put my hand beneath it head, out I took their advice and decided to go but before I was given the basket with the bowl of rice and another gave me a bowl of cooked beans I told her that rice was enough but she insist so I took and place on top of the rice coz It was open I saw peace of clothes green in color on their sofa I beg for it so I could cover the food, but I decided to take mine so I took a white towel with pink flowers and covered it before I started going to the pastor. I wake up from the dream.
    Am confused why snake around my waist, no fear and the food why taking them and why I didn’t react please help me

  • joyce

    i was at the back door of our house when suddenly i heard a sound of a snake.. then i quickly close the backdoor and ran inside our house.. when i came in the living room there i saw the snakes’ huge body lying at the window. i then fetch the 2 little babies which i dont know who and told my son to take the other baby..and we ran together outside the house.. as i scream for help.. neighbors quickly ran and get something to kill the snake.. some get an airgun..some got their bolos and other tools that would help them to kill the snake.. after a while they got the big snake out and killed it.. it was a huge snake about 15 feet long and a body size of a five yrs. old baby.. i was crying of fear then.. when my mom woke me up and noticed that it was just a bad dream… CURIOUS AND WORRIED IF WHAT DOES IT MEAN.. ANYBODY CAN HELP ME GIVE A DEEPER MEANING OF IT?? THANKS

  • misty

    I had a dream that I felt something moving inside of me. On my shoulder i had like a pimple amd i popped it alot of puss came out. Then a clear yellow snake came out of my shoulder. Once it came out i still felt like she left baby snakes inside of me i felt them move in my arm and hand.

  • Munroe

    Two ppl ik think it was my brother and my bf were looking for somethinh n they ended up goin into a swamp looking for it and were surrounded by blue n redish pinkish poisonous that were adults compared to the little green snakes I encountered the previous time i had this dream,they had to fight them off with machetes but were bitten n when they get out some ppl were trying to call the ambulance for but two men came out of nowhere n tried to kill them with little poisoned needles but I tried to stop one n I had a friend who tried to stop the other one but he went missing n was never found n i tried to run away from the man I try to stop n he threw a knife with poison after me in hit me in my back n I died
    In my previous dream the ambulance was called n my brother and boyfriend were fine

  • Ms

    In the dream, the snake’s slowly becomes visible behind a sofa in a flat that my daughter is thinking of renting. When i move the sofa I see that is an extremely long black snake with the head of another kind of snake – a black mamba with a python head. I ask everyone to get out of the flat and I’m trying to shut the door but my husband is still looking up at this snake that is now hanging down from the ceiling. The snake is lowering itself from up there and I wake up.

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