The Pythonidae, commonly known as pythons, are one of the largest non venomous snakes that are found in warmer climates in the world. Unlike your typical snake that displays a venomous tactical strike, the python however uses a different type of skill.
If pythons dwell in the tropical areas of Africa and Asia and are spotted only in rainforests, savannas and deserts, why did it appear in your dream?
Your dream has delivered you a message in the shape and form of a “python”, you will need to explore how you interacted with it, as well understanding its natural behaviour. It’s specific characteristic can be translated metaphorically.
The extreme nature of the python contains both positive and negative traits in your dream, they may emerge as symbols of transformation, or possibly a person ready to constrict the life out of you.
Pythons tend to emerge in our dreams usually found in a house, attacking, chasing, of just noticing its large presence. The python offers the dreamer many clues that will help them understand who or what it might represent.
Now if you are attacked by a python in your dream you will need to figure out if this is a treat from the outside, or related to your unconscious instincts, drive and impulses that pose danger in our lives.
Alternatively if you are being chased by a python you are avoiding or not confronting something dangerous in your life. It remains unconscious to you until you turn and face it.
Since these snakes can grow up to 20 feet long it suggest that this threat has been growing for a long time. It belongs in places you cannot identify with encouraging you to explore the unknown.
Identifying The Python
They are considered ambush predators, in that they often remain motionless in a camouflaged position waiting to strike the unexpected victim. Do you know someone who has set an carefully planned intricate trap just for you to come close? Maybe it suggests to watch your movements in your walking life as this attack might be planned in the future.
After they’ve grabbed their prey in their long teeth, pythons kill it by constriction. The constriction is a key symbol that brings the dreamers attention things that metaphorically suffocate them. These can be people, places or aspects of themselves that they are unconscious of that is causing them a lack of movement.
- Toxic relationships.
- Inability to move (metaphor for places you are restricted in life).
- Once you are trapped it can devour you whole.
- A cold blooded person waiting to trap you.
Most python species have heat-sensing labial pits to aid them in finding warm-blooded prey. This might be a representation of cold blooded people that look for victims to leech off of your energy.
Due to their share size, pythons move by scooting forward in a straight line. This is called “rectilinear progression” direction that helps you identify what might be straight in front of you.
Python Dreams: Transformation
Even if the python has a threatening presence in your dream it also contain healing properties attached to it. Pythons are known for power, improving weakness, strength, to over come pain and hardships in our lives.
You can look at them to be guides that provide you with protection along your path, its grounded in nature allows you to become close to earth energies (life force/prana/chi/kundalini)
Another important key symbol is its ability to shed its skin hence why it has been used as a symbol of internal rebirth. By shedding its skin represents death of the old, for new life – inner transformation.
Python, associated with Greek mythology, a huge reptile that was killed by the god Apollo at Delphi as it didn’t want him in the oracle, being accustomed itself to giving oracles, or because it had persecuted Apollo’s mother, Leto, during her pregnancy.
In Botswana, San ritual practices surrounding pythons date back 70,000 years. Considered the python is a sacred creature that is highly respected.
In Ghana the python is represented in folklore as a helper to save people from their enemies by transforming into a log to allow them to cross a river.