Did you know that the oldest dream symbol ever recorded is the snake. You might have seen the coiled serpent engraved on the hieroglyphs in ancient Egypt, or perhaps you may have even noticed the Buddha meditating behind a cobra? Though, in the Bible the snake is considered a symbol of temptation or evil according to the Adam and Eve story.
So what do snakes really mean in our dreams?
Anybody who gives you a short answer on the meaning of a snake dream would be lying to you. These iconic yet enigmatic dream symbol contains both elements of healing KUNDALINI, or a potential threat or hidden danger if you are not aware of something. The snake in our dream is a tricky symbol that is often unconscous to the dreamer, often connecting to their primal instincts, behavior or urges.
Find out what the meaning of the snake represents in your dreams before it could be too late.
Dreaming Of Snakes
These cold blooded reptiles get a bad reputation due to the human brain is hardwired to be scared of snakes. Our fear of snakes is a “genetic phobia” due to our long evolutionary history in which pythons preyed on people.
However in the dream realm, snakes can be considered a unification between the conscious to unconscious state; our life force energy or fertility. Due to its two extremes how do you know if the snake is considered a good or bad symbol?
Often times your interaction with the snake determines the outcome of your dream. The good news is your dream will provide you with the right amount of clues that can be interpreted metaphorically. This is not such as easy task, though the minor details such as your location, type of snake, symbols, being attacked, bitten or chased.
Snake Bite In Dreams
Snake Bites are common dream symbols that bring your awareness towards deceitful people in your life. Considered a bad omen when a poisonous snake has attached itself to you. This is a warning to protect yourself from people, situations or things that pose imminent danger.
The symbols, location and people around you are clues to direct you to the threat. Alternatively the snake bite could be unconscious urges or behaviors you possess.
- Warning of people, behaviors, or instincts that have a destructible force.
- The venom can determine how paralyzing this perceived attack may be.
- A hidden yet lethal force that you are unaware of.
- Temptation has its sting.
- People who have bad intentions, ill will or hatred against you.
Type Of Snake In Dreams
The type of snake will provide the dreamer with a clue to help narrow down its motif in the dream. With over 3000 types of snakes in the world it would be impossible to break down each individual snake meaning, however each snake has its own individual characteristics that will alter the meaning.
We understand that venomous snakes that range in the category as “pit vipers” a symbol that metaphorically emerges as a threat due to the fact its deadly strike shuts down or central nervous system.
- Rattlesnake – Appears as a minor threat, metaphoric to ‘rattle’ or shake you up.
- Cobra – A symbol of personal transformation, unconscious fear or an enemy you have provoked.
- Black Snake – Connecting to the unknown (shadow) the most deadly.
- Boa Constrictor – Metaphoric for constricting the life blood out of you, depleting energy; life force.
- Python – Fast with the ability to wrap itself around you so you cant escape.
- Anaconda – Points to your emotional unconscious fears that need to be explored.
- White Snake – This is a special color is commonly associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity.
- Rainbow or Multi Colored – A threat that blends in or relates to your emotions, feeling or unconscious energies.
- Snakes everywhere – Connected to your fears or hidden unconscious energies that are rising.
- Killing Snake – Considered a positive omen, however due to its complex nature not all snakes are considered bad symbol, in fact they are known to possess healing properties and fertility.
- Two Headed Snake – Two headed snake contains elements of rebirth or confliction in one’s life.
Snake Bite Location Dreams
Certain parts of your body like your back suggest an attack from behind. This will be an attack that will catch you off guard or possibly not know who is plotting things behind your back. Metaphoric in nature suggesting something that has been left behind or forgotten about; turning your back away poses a threat.
Snake Biting Hand
Often times a snake that bites your hand is synonymous with deceitful friends, people you may encounter or ones close to you. The proverbial ‘bite the hand’ suggests what good deeds you may do for others will not be appreciated; in turn coming right back at you. This could indicate bad minded people who wear a mask, pretending to be someone they are not. A right hand is someone close to you; the left suggests something unclean.
Snake In Hair
If you noticed a snake in your hair it could imply issues with your thoughts; stuff that grows out of your head. Medusa known to have snakes coming out of her head might connect with the feminine; devouring mother.
Dream of Snake Biting Neck or Throat
An attack near the neck or throat brings your attention to your ability to voice your opinion or lack there of. This is an attack on your communication or the ability to express your emotions. If the snake happens to be blue it might connect you to stuck energies that are by the throat chakra.
Dreaming of Snake Biting Face
A snake that bites your face could be an personal attack or connected to your shadow. As the mask we wear in public, who we are (ego) is under threat. The location of your head or face brings your awareness to your mind or image that is threatened. If it is close to your mouth or throat it might be an attack on your communication.
Dream of Snake Biting Foot
The location of the foot is metaphoric for your movement or path that is hindered. The bite is an attack on progress or advancement as you move forward in your life. This might be something you stand for being jeopardized; your support system under attack.
Snake In House
Snakes that appear in your house connect the dreamer to the mind/psyche; a negative and positive connotation depending the context of the dream. Different levels to the house translates differently.
Snake In Bed
The bed is often connected to the sexual side of the dreamer. Alternatively the snake may imply a phallic symbol or seen as a threat. This is a place of peace and rest that is disturbed – the unconsciousness. To explore personal romance, sexual issues or repression of urges. The symbol of the snake being under the bed relates to things that are hidden; dangers or lack of awareness.
Snakes that bite your family members might be connected to a unconscious perceived threat you are picking up on. To examine possible threats that surround them, changes in behaviour or emotional disturbances. The type of snake, color and location will help provide you with clues in order to help decode the dream. If the venom penetrated the skin determines if the attack will affected them emotionally.
Snakes Dream Analysis
Dreams of being chased as synonymous with running or avoiding something in your life. Being chased by a snake could reflect people that pose a threat to you; or the negative aspects of yourself you are unaware of. In essence you want to face the snake and kill it; a need to reflect to become less agreeable, or noticing these traits within.
Snakes that attack animals might be a reflecting or hindrance to your unconscious instincts. Common dreams of a snake biting your dog or cat connects to your feminine or instinctual side of the dreamer. Common dreams themes when your own dog is attacked by a snake; a connection to a friend or something that provides unconditional love. See alligators and spiders.
When you notice a snake in water this brings attention to the emotional side of the dreamer. These dreams could suggest a threat or metaphoric danger relating to your unconscious emotional state.
Snakes that appear in your car brings your attention to your drive or path ahead of you. Something might come you way that will pose a threat from you moving forward in life.
If you are killing the snake is a positive sign that signifies you will be stopping this threat from its attack. These can relate to people, situation or aspects of your shadow that are no longer a threat.
Dead Snake Dream
A dead snakes in your dream can emerge when there is an ending to a possible threat in your life. They can also connect to your energy life force, feminine energy or healing that is dormant within.
Snakes Everywhere Dream
Noticing Snakes Everywhere in your dream suggests to look at the dangers or threats you are around in your walking life. To investigate if the snakes relate to negative thoughts or behaviors, toxic friends or places you associate with. However it can be a symbol of unconscious energies that are now being tapped into.
Baby Snakes Dream
A symbol that manifest to potential healing energy, non threatening; fears that seem small but are still dangerous.
Three Headed Snake
A symbolic dream that implies three separate beings may represent either a triad who ones always appear as a group. Collective minds as one, feminine archetype, triple goddess – mythology hydra and Cerberus.
Snake Dreams: Behaviors
To notice a snake shedding it’s skin it is a possible omen suggest death and rebirth. The process called ecdysis can be translated to new growth, change and transformation occurring in your mind. Shedding the negative aspects for the new to develop.
Often times snake eggs appear in dreams when change is about to occur. The cycle of death and rebirth; transformation new beginnings. A connection with the feminine
Turning Into Human:
A snake that turns into a human can suggest a transformation or a possible underlying threat. Depending the context and what the person means to you it may alter.
Wrapped Around Body:
A symbol of healing or rebirth. If the snake is posing a threat it can suggest the people who drain the life blood out of you.
The iconic symbol of the ouroboros the snake eating its own tail. These dreams might be a symbol of personal transformation, wholeness or infinity.
When a snake crosses your path or you are are aware of its presence suggests the dangers that lurk around you. These might be dangerous people that might not necessarily be a threat to you but are in your daily life.
Colors Of Snake Dreams
Rainbow colored or multiple colored snakes are known to appear for many different reasons. The colors can be associated with our CHAKRAS related to blocked or opening often in these energy vortexes.
- Red – anger, lust, emotions, passion, rage, blood and lust.
- Green – envy, greed, finances, harmony, renewal and growth.
- Yellow – Intellect, caution and jealousy.
- Black – The shadow or dark side of the dreamer, unknown; awareness to the shadow archetype.
- White – Pure, innocence, transformation, light and safety.
- Brown – Connects you to the earth, mother nature the feminine energy.
- Orange – Bright, witty, spontaneous, generous, optimistic, eager and bold.
- Golden – Connects to the soul or self, a symbol of wisdom and knowledge.
- Purple – Power, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, arrogance and royalty.
- Pink – Points to friendship, affection, harmony, childhood, feminine or inner peace.
Snakes Dreams: Healers
Many Eastern cultures think of the snake is a symbol of awakening or life force. The snakes energy remains coiled within at the base of our spine in the sacrum, waiting until its ready to move. The kundalini is portrayed as lying “coiled” at the base of the spine as a goddess waiting to arise in the body.
This type of movement is the complete joining of the masculine and the feminine through the heart. When this is complete healing energies might be active throughout your body.
This could suggest you are in need of spiritual guidance. You might be in a phase in your life where you need to pay more attention to your spirituality as transformation could be near.
It may suggest for you to open up more on a spiritual level so you can possibly become a healer or some sort.
Snake Dreams: Primitive Fear
Researchers have concluded that humans have evolved an innate tendency to sense snakes; this fear has shaped our evolution. This primordial fear gave us an advantage to survive and reproduce during a time governed by reptiles.
Unconsciously the snake might appear as unconscious fears that pose a personal threat to you. You would be surprised to know even ruthless dictator Saddam Hussein had a dream about trying to kill a snake while he was being held captive.
- Loss of control
Snakes In The Bible
We all know the story about Adam and Eve, the temptation of the snake forcing them to go against God and his teachings. In chapter 2 the serpent appears to convince Eve that God did not really mean what he said to Adam about not eating of the one tree, and after taking a good look at the tree, Eve tries the fruit.
She loves how it tastes, that it is a “delight to the eyes,” and that it is “to be desired to make one wise”. The snake is used as temptation or desires that we might not be able to control in our daily lives.
Snakes In Mythology
The snake symbol dates as far back as 3000 B.C. in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. The Hindus, Christians and ancient Greeks acknowledged the importance of this mysterious serpent – it has emerged in your dreams for a specific reason.
The symbol referred to medicine was that of two snakes on a rod that was derived from ancient Greece. Caduceus is a winged staff with two snakes wrapped around it associated with the Greek god Hermes, the messenger for the gods, conductor of the dead and protector of merchants and thieves. This symbol can be used a healing as well depending the context of the dream.
The Ouroboros (snake eating its tail)
This ancient symbol of the snake eating its tail suggests a possible complete integration of the psyche. The unification between the conscious and unconscious mind. This symbolizes could represent a cyclic Nature of the Universe: creation out of destruction, Life out of Death.
The ouroboros eats its own tail to sustain its life, as a everlasting eternal cycle of renewal. In alchemy this symbolizes the soul of Mercury, the power to permeate all matter in its existence. This is transformation and rebirth.
The Native Americans refer to this unique symbol as something of a masculine meaning. This would be associated with the phallus of lightning which is considered a medicine staff of tremendous assertive power.
To the ancient Celtics this symbols was considered something of knowledge, cunning yet can transform the dreamer. If you remember the story of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. He is credited with expelling all the snakes from Ireland, and today, not a single snake can be found there.
Snakes, nagas, have high status in Hindu mythology. The Snake symbol indicates rebirth, death and mortality, due to its casting of its skin and being symbolically “reborn”.
Carl Jung Snake Dreams
Carl Jung was also intrigued by this symbol and had a very strange experience that led him to investigate further. A young 28 year old client of his had told Jung she had a snake in her belly. She went on to say that the snake at a time was dormant, just laying there.
One day it became active and started to move slowly upwards finally to come out of her mouth where she saw the head as golden. He linked the snake to the collective unconscious that was connected to the Kundalini.
The image of the snake in the abdomen, Jung says, “is well known in India.” Although the woman “had nothing to do with India” and although the image “is entirely unknown to us,” he says that “we have it too, for we are all similarly human.”
The snake is the symbol of the great wisdom of Nature, for the too direct way is not the best way; the crooked way, the detour, is the shorter way.
– Carl Jung