Snake Dream Meaning

What the snake means in your dream?

Snake and dreams the real dream interpretation

Snake dream meaning


The presence of a snake or serpent in your dream indicates that it is important to harness your energies.

You may be feeling bitterness, which has resulted from problems in your life. To see any type of animal in your dream is often considered to be a representation of your own personality. In order to make it as easy as possible to interpret the dream of seeing snakes, it is important to understand the surroundings of this dream, and your actual feeling at the time of seeing the snake.


In your dream you may have…

You see a snake.

  • A snake around your body.
  • A poisonous snake.
  • A snake in the grass.
  • Lots of snakes.
  • A dead snake biting you.

Positive changes are afoot if...

  • Return to the real world and be content and happy.
  • Recognize if someone in your entourage is disloyal.
  • Recognize your responsibility problems.
  • Face up to reality.

Detailed dream interpretation...

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The details around your dream are important when understanding the meaning. If you have encountered any threat from the snake in your dream, this is an indication that you are finding it difficult to cope with your subconscious mind. You may find in life everything is content and happy, but underneath there are some things that are concerning you.

There are various factors that you need to consider when seeking an interpretation. Generally, the image of either a snake or serpent represents your power within. It is important to understand that this dream equals some kind of emotional storm in your life, normally as mentioned in the opening sentences above, around relationships and energy. Let’s first review the old dream meanings.

1930s occult dream meanings...

  • If you have a snake around your body, this can show some type of entrapment and ongoing problems in a relationship. This can signify marital difficulties and divorce. Even though it may be a negative situation and cause problems, the feeling of happiness will return eventually.
  • If you see a snake on top of a dead body, this represents the sexual act of intercourse, but can also show control over your libido.
  • If you see in your dream a dead body and a snake or worm inside the corpse, according to Freud this is directly associated with passion that has not been recognized in the waking life.
  • If the snake is on the floor performing, or on a carpet, this shows the bitterness and emptiness that you are currently feeling will soon pass.
  • Dreaming of a snake in the grass means that you are going to hear news that will upset you, and which involve frustration, regret and depression.
  • If you are swallowed by a snake, then this means you need to consider your reasons of thinking negatively, and you need to return to the real world and be content and happy.
  • If the snake is surrounding your body, then this dream is a direct interpretation of entrapment, which may be connected to a love affair.
  • If you see a snake in the countryside on the grass, river or field, this dream indicates that somebody in your life is currently being disloyal, and that you need to be able to recognize it.
  • If you are swallowed or eaten by a snake, this shows that you have upset too many people around you at the moment, and it is time for you to seek space.
  • If the snake is poisonous, then this is a direct representation of your fear.
  • If you have seen the mythical figure of Medusa with her head surrounded by snakes, and she turns people to stone, then this dream represents you have conflicting feelings inside, and they are starting to harm your inner peace. It is important to make sure that you totally forget about the past, and ensure that you are on the journey of self healing.
  • If you find yourself in ancient times visualizing snakes in your dream, this means it is time for you to embrace a situation and transform the good from it, in order to progress in life.
  • To dream of a viper it indicates that forces in your working life are threatening you. If you dream that the viper attacks you, then your enemies are going to encircle you in order to find your weak points, and they will try to ruin you. It is important that you recognize any problems with responsibility that you have.
  • To dream of many snakes it means that a person is going to make sure that you are displaced.
  • If your dream involves a domesticated snake, then this indicates you are in the process of overcoming difficult times. The fact that the snake is domesticated indicates that you have been able to maneuver yourself in difficult situations, and overcome any obstacle in your way.
  • To see a serpent or snake in your dream often has a sexual significance. 
  • Ancient dream interpretation of a snake or a serpent (Pre 1920s)…
  • If you are a woman and you dream of a dead snake biting you, this shows you are going to suffer some type of defeat in a situation connected to a friend. This dream usually foretells evil in different forms and stages. For a man this is a warning to not look into situations too deeply.
  • To see the snakes near you in a dream or if you are handling a snake, this indicates your going to have a strategy that would overcome obstacles. Noticing the snakes moving across your indicates that struggles are likely to develop in your life.
  • If you kill a snake, then you are going to have a great opportunity to advance yourself in respect to others around you. This is a positive dream in that you are going to overcome all obstacles that stand in your way.
  • If you find yourself walking over snakes, then this indicates you are going to be able to change your own visions and destiny.
  • If the snake fights you, then influences in your life are going to take over affairs. These influences on the positive side of your life.
  • If you dream that a snake is spotted, then you are likely to be deceitful, and this dream is a warning to the subconscious mind. The message is to treat people the way you like to be treated.
  • If you step aside a snake in order to let the snake pass, this dream indicates that your efforts will help you overcome any obstacle that may stand in your way.
  • If you dream that the snake coils itself around you or other people, this means you are likely to be in a position of power in the future, but which will be taken away from you very quickly.
  • If you see snakes turning into different animals or different objects, this dream symbolizes that any difficulties are likely to be destroyed by you in the future.
  • If your dream involves seeing a snake attacking another person, this foretells that a friend is going to hurt your feelings.
  • If you see small snakes, then this is directly associated to joy in the future.
  • If you see children playing with snakes, or that you are playing with a snake, this dream indicates that you are going to be able to distinguish between enemies and true personalities in the future.
  • If you hit a snake, then you are likely to be able to overcome enemies that intend to do you harm.
  • To see a snake rising up in the air is a direct indication of conspiracy. Somebody is trying to be extremely brave in their life, and it is important that you recognize this action, so that you can congratulate the person for overcoming his anxieties.
  • If you are hypnotized by a snake, this indicates that your rights are going to be maintained.

Snakes can often reflect a situation that is currently in your life. Perhaps it is time that you face up to reality. If you find the snake cut in half in your dream, this is an indication that you need to adapt better in social situations. The key message is that you can never be too nice. Consideration and respect for others is recommended. The color of the snake may also provide additional interpretation to your dream.


If you see a baby snake in your dream, then this is a direct indication of your child light. It is a symbol to show that it is time for you to act better with money. If the snake in your dream changes itself into another person, this can indicate that it is time to give up a bad habit. If the snake bites you and the bite is not fatal, then the dream relates to patterns that you have formed in your life. If the bite was fatal, then you have an enemy around you at the moment. To have sex with a snake indicates that you crave for sexual gratification. To feed a snake means you have been undertaking hard work and it is time to refresh your mind and think about what will make you feel all creative.

If the snake is frightening you in any way, then this dream relates to trying to overcome a difficult problem or a troublesome person.  Often this dream occurs when you are suffering some kind of grief or separation in your life. The symbolism of the snake means it is time to close the door on a period of your life and move on. If you see a snake in the grass or in the sand, then this dream is connected to a particular person or situation that is likely to harm you in the waking life. Often the other factors of this bizarre dream are important to interpret.

In the occult work, snakes have often been associated with death and coldness, and this is because they are associated with poison and fear.

Further dream meaning of the types of snake...

The various types of snakes that are featured in your dream are important to the meaning. If the snake in your dream is an Adder, then this is directly associated with a friend. This dream has an ancient interpretation: the Adder is likely to mean that you are going to encounter money problems. 


The Asp is the modern Anglicization of the word "Aspis", which in antiquity referred to one of several venomous snake species found in the Nile region. If your dream involves seeing an Asp, this is a negative dream for a woman, and it indicates that she has a few enemies that want to do her harm. If you are a man, this indicates that you are going to overcome any difficult problems in regards to a masculine situation. Cleopatra tested a wide range of deadly poisons on condemned people and animals for her entertainment, and she concluded that the bite of the Asp was the least terrible way to die. Therefore, in dream terms, it is important to understand that bad times are not that bad in the bigger light of things.

To dream of a boa constrictor it generally indicates that stormy times are likely to be in your life in the near future. If you kill this type of snake, then it is a positive dream, indicating that you can overcome any difficulties you face, and you have a strong character. According to the ancient oracles, a snake is generally a warning of troubles and difficult times to come, especially if the snake is injured. If you kill more than one or two snakes, this indicates that you are in danger from enemies that wish to do you harm. Ensure that you are not cheated by someone you trust in the future. If you harm or get rid of all the snakes in your dream, this is an indication that you can overcome any hostile or difficult people in the future.  If you walk over snakes without trying to kill them it suggests that in the end the tables can be turned, and justice is going to run its course. If you dream that the experience of handling the snakes is positive, then you are a likely to be led astray by somebody. If your dream featured a professional snake charmer at work, or someone who is on a carpet controlling the snake, this indicates there is likely to be gossip in the future.

Carl Jung tried to make a connection between earth and heaven, and he believed that snakes mean a representation of death. This dream shows the balance between evil and sexuality, which has led most dream interpreters to mix this dream with things that are likely to influence your sexual power. The fact that snakes shed their skin it also represents the importance of change in your life, and that you may be forced to make a change in the future. 

The Freud snake interpretation... 

Freud believed that the dream of snake is directly related to some aspects of emotional passion. He believed that the dreamer needed to come to terms with his or her own personality that has been oppressed due to his or her urge of sexuality. On a more basic level, this dream also has a direct relationship with the penis. If we look at ancient history, the snake or serpent signifies the evil as illustrated in the Garden of Eden. Yet Freud thought this dream was a direct interpretation of an uncontrolled passion. The snake or serpent also suggests some type of temptation and search for spiritual power.


As a snake is a wild animal, it is directly associated with dangerous situations. It is important to recognize there may be some negative forces arising from your subconscious mind. These forces may threaten your inner peace, and this dream is a direct indication of trying to cope with your anxieties. If the snake spoke words in your dream, then it is important to recognize that this is instinctive wisdom. The greater spiritual power is trying to tell you to stop and think before you rush into situations.

Most cold-blooded animals such as snakes generally represent destructive situations in the waking life. The message of this dream is that you need to recognize negative energies have existed, and it is time to clear the air and move on in your life. 

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of snake.

Terrified. Surprised. Anxious. Worried. Strange. Insecure. Furious. Upset. Overwhelmed. Offended. Insecure. Upset. Angry. Scared.

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