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.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.A snake can appear in your dreams as an animal spirit guide or animal totem, bringing guidance about life direction and healing opportunities.
One of the most common animals found in dreams is the snake. Snakes are complicated symbols because they can have both positive and negative meanings. To understand the significance of the snake in your dream, it is important to consider your own personal experiences with snakes and how the snake is viewed in your culture. For example, if you keep a snake as a pet, then the dream will have a different meaning for you than a person who hates snakes or are terrified of them. The snake is also a strong symbol in many cultures and thus your cultural background can play an important factor in how your snake dream is interpreted.
A snake biting you may represent abusive or hurtful remarks made by you or others.
Running away from a snake that is chasing you may symbolize someone or something that you are unwilling or afraid to face or acknowledge.
If you are afraid of them in waking life, they may represent something that you are afraid of facing, accepting or dealing with in waking life.
May symbolize someone or something that you feel is threatening to your physical or emotional wellbeing.
May represent Kundalini energy rising from the base of the Root Chakra.
May also represent creativity and creative energy — the creation of something new by transforming a thought into a reality.
You may think of the serpent or snake in the Garden of Eden and so it may represent temptation or someone that is tempting you with something.
Snakes also appear on the Caduceus and the Rod of Asclepius, signs used by doctors and the medical profession and therefore they may symbolize a doctor or healing.
You may think of them as being slimy and so they may represent someone that is a slimy, low-life – someone that is not to be trusted.
Types of Snakes
A boa constrictor may represent someone or something that is constricting, strangling or restricting your movements or ability to act or move.
A rattlesnake, cobra, viper or adder may represent someone or something that is venomous (evil) or poisonous (negative or unhealthy).
A cobra in a dream may also symbolize being hypnotized or being captivated by someone’s charm.
A garter or garden snake may represent someone or something that you fear that is really harmless.
Colors of Snakes
A red snake may be a warning to stay away or stop what you are doing.
A green one may be telling you that it’s safe to go forward, your fears are unwarranted.
A yellow one may be advising you to proceed with caution.
Figures of Speech to Consider
These are some common idioms that reference a snake, which may or may not make sense in the context of your dream. You may think of others which can help you interpret your snake dreams.
- If it was a snake it would have bit you. (It was very close to you.)
- A snake in the grass. (A sneaky or despicable person.)
- Snake oil. (Useless advice or medication.)
Important Things to Consider
- The specific type of snake in your dream.
- Its color, where it is and what it is doing.
- Your personal associations to and experience with snakes and how you feel about them in waking life and how you feel in the dream.
Snake refers to fear: For many, the image of a snake can invoke fear. Snakes are unpredictable and can strike at any time without warning. Thus a snake in your dream may represent something in your life that is unpredictable and out of your control. You are afraid of the unknown.
Snake refers to hidden threats: Because snakes are sometimes hard to see and are slithering in bushes, they are also symbolic of a hidden threat and/or a betrayal. They lie in wait waiting for the perfect opportunity to make a move. If the snake bites you, then the dream is trying to alert you to something in your waking life that you are not aware of or that has not yet surfaced. To see a baby snake in your dream means that you are underestimating the threat. If you kill the snake or if the snake is dead, then it means that this threat has passed or that you have overcome it.
Snake refers to subconscious: As creatures that slither along the ground, a snake may represent your subconscious. Sometimes the snake can be found swimming in the water which is also reflective of emotions that you are suppressing. If you dream of a snake inside a box, then it implies that you are refusing to acknowledge some part of your subconscious. The dream snake may be alerting you or carrying some sort of hidden message.
Snake refers to sexual temptation: According to the Freudian school of thought, the snake is viewed as a phallic symbol and thus signifies temptation, repressed thoughts, raw sexual energy, or forbidden sexuality. In particular, to see a snake on your bed suggests that you are feeling sexually overpowered or sexually threatened. You may be inexperienced, nervous or just unable to keep up. If you are afraid of the snake, then it signifies your fears of sex, intimacy or commitment. To dream that you are eating a live snake indicates that you are looking for intimacy or sexual fulfillment. Your life is lacking sensuality and passion.
Snake refers to a callous person: As a metaphor, the snake in your dream can be symbolic of a person around you who is callous, evil and ruthless. In this scenario, the snake will try to strike at you, bite you or even eat you alive. Sometimes the snake may even change into a human form. Your dream is telling you not to trust her or him. If you are afraid of making your true feelings toward someone known, then you will likely dream of snakes.
Snake refers to transformation: With the ability to shed their skins, snakes represent transformation. If your dream left you with a positive feeling, then the snake dream represents positive change, self-renewal, growth, knowledge and wisdom. What new changes are occurring in your waking life or what are you looking to change? In particular, dreaming of a red snake highlights the positive characteristics of the snake, as well as your fiery passion. If you are fighting with the snake, then it means that you are fighting against change. You like things the way they are, even though you are not being challenged or fulfilled.
Snake refers to healing: In some cultures, the snake is viewed as a healing symbol. After all, poisonous snakes hold the antidote for their own venom. And the symbol for the medical profession is a caduceus which features two snakes. Thus snakes indicate recovery or protection from some illness.
Snake refers to creativity: Another positive interpretation of the snake points to your creativity and potential.
Conclusion: The symbolism of snakes can be either positive or negative, depending on your feelings toward the snake. Sometimes it is difficult to get past the initial fear your feel toward the snake so you can gain a more meaningful analysis of your dream.