Dreams of snakes meaning

Dreams About Snakes

The snake in dreams represents our life cycle. We are born, live, and then finally die. If the snake was aggressive in a dream is often connected to hidden enemies.

What is the symbol of the snake in dreams?

The snake itself can be a symbol of life and death and is connected to how we are perceived by others. Many occult writings include the snake as a symbolism of energy, the energy and life force of life itself. In ancient history, we associate negativity with snake symbols. For example the goddess and snake priestess. The snake in this sense is often symbolically connected to a rebirth of life this is due to the fact that it sheds its skin. There there is Hindu mythology the snake is associated with the rebirth process of the dead. Snakes can also be connected to fertility and wisdom in life.

A snake in a dream is a symbol of change and transformation according to dream psychologists. If we look at a more general interpretation of the snake dream this can be associated with how we handle life's difficulties, it can suggest that our waking emotions are going to be unsettled for a period of time and predict that an enemy will come to light. There is, however, a positive side to this dream interpretation in that snakes also represent healing and overcoming adverse problems and difficulties in waking life.

Many dream dictionaries online and in books have many interpretations of the snake, from seeing snakes on the floor, snakes entangled in your hair or even being chased by snakes. This interpretation is generally used when you require any interpretation of the snake alone.

Snake dreams indicate; relationship frustrations, finding it hard to cope, hidden emotions, transformation and the need for focus in life. Sigmund Freud stated in his famous book that the snake is connected to our internal energy. Feud identified that a person's dreams are connected to their subconscious mind. So we can conclude that according to Freud the presence of a snake or serpent in your dream means that this dream is about connection!

In Jewish-Christian scriptures (in biblical times) the snake (known as a serpent) is considered a form the devil. In dreams the snake could be used to symbolize healing, deception renewal, and a new life.

Every snake dream holds a different meaning so scroll down to find yours.

What is the general dream interpretation of a snake?

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 a dream interpretation. Generally, the image of either a snake or serpent represents your power within. If the snake is large in the dream this can suggest that there is somebody that wishes to do you harm, the good news is that you are powerful enough to take this on.

What does the snake signify in dreams?

In ancient mythology, the snake was a symbol for immortality this was due to the snake being able to shed it's skin, it is also the emblem of the Graeco Roman god of medicine. This emblem with its tail in its mouth represents the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.

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 a 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 the 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 for 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. Now, to be swallowed or eaten by a snake in a dream 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. Do you recall 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 snake 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 the 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. 

What is the spiritual meaning of a snake dream?

To dream of a snake from an Anacortes perspective is all about the requirement of security in life. Perhaps you have been feeling that a situation is getting out of control? Do you feel happy in your job at work or is your home life the sort of environment you want? Snake dreams can often appear when there has been a period of struggle. The Gypsy interpretation of the snake dream is that the snake indicates that a “great opportunity” will be yours in the future. because snake lives on the ground it could also represent the fact that you need to meditate in order to ground yourself in life.

What is the ancient spiritual 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. 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.

What does a two-headed snake dream mean?

A two-headed snake is externally rare, normally 1 in 10000 snakes actually have two heads. The actual name of a two headed snake is known as bicephalic or dicephalic. Surprisingly, these snakes still make decisions as two separate snakes. In dreams seeing a polycephalic snake (more than one head) can indicate that you have multiple options in life. If we turn to both Greek and Roman mythology, the two headed snake is normally connected to demonic connections. For example in Hercules, Lernean Hydra was killed, which is a person with many heads.To dream of a two-headed snake has a mysterious significance associated with your security. In ancient dream dictionaries this dream indicates danger and multiple threats. To dream of a two-headed snake denotes you’re going to encounter a difficulty or a conflict with a person you once cared about. Maybe you’ve hurt the person and now they’re planning some kind of a revenge. You know who this person might be and it’s better to solve the issue before it becomes complicated. Communication is the solution. My advice is to talk openly about life.

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 the 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 to social situations. The key message is that you can never be too nice. Consideration and respect for others are 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.

What does it mean to be frightened by a snake in your dream?

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

What does walking near snakes mean in a dream?

To see the snakes near you in a dream or if you are handling a snake, this indicates you are going to have a strategy to 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 with 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 in the dream, 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 are positive. 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 or avoid a snake or to let the snake pass, this dream indicates that your efforts will help you overcome any obstacle that may stand in your way.

What do dreams mean for certain species 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 regard 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.

What is the Freud dream snake interpretation?

Freud believed that the dream of the 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 suppressed due to his or her urge in life. 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.

What does it mean to see a snake speak in a dream?

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 with your life. 

What is the biblical meaning of a snake dream?

If we turn to the Christian interpretation of the snake it is considered a dark omen, bringing evil and worry. But don’t take this literally! This interpretation is very much based on the fact that God created the snake for temptation and to gain knowledge from Adam and Eve. It is my belief that snakes can often represent hidden fears in life.

What is Carl Jung’s dream interpretation of snakes?

Carl Jung tried to make a connection between earth and heaven, and he believed that snakes mean a representation of the end of a problem. This dream shows the balance between evil and, which has led most dream interpreters to mix this dream with things that are likely to influence the dreamer's 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. Carl Jung believed that there is a hidden area in our unconscious mind known as an archetype. What is an archetype? This is just a symbol of your dream - such as the snake.

Carl Jung believed that symbols are themes to our dream. Another way that I like to put this is that an archetype is really a symbol or a theme that is deep in our minds, Ok, now you understand. We can turn to folklore, spirituality and also religion where archetypes are prevalent. In his book, a handbook of theory and practice of dream interpretation. Carl Jung covers the famous snake dream in quite some detail. He agreed with Freud's theory that the snake itself could possibly be a phallic symbol. Now, bet you’re wondering what this means?

Basically, Freud believed that snakes represented the penis. That the whole snake dream is focused on our own desire and possible frustration. So are you up for some action? Going back to Jung, on a spiritual level archetypes are always associated with a higher self if we relate this to the snake dream and Jung believed that snakes were archetypical. What does this mean I hear you say! Basically, Jung believed that the snake itself represented our awareness of life and it was connected to our inner energy and personality.

From Carl Jung’s book, he believed that snakes represent our own energy and life. Especially when they’re presented in large numbers in the dream state. Jung believed that the serpent in the dream is connected to wisdom and also healing. This is because of the staff of Asclepius, which is widely used as the symbol representing the medical world. Interestingly, when reading his book I was quite surprised to read that he also thought that a snake was connected to poison and danger. Carl Jung said that snake dreams occurred during REM sleep, He also connected this dream to our outer egos. additionally, Carl Jung believes that the possible symbolic meaning of the snake could be a reproduction of what you have experienced in waking life.

Why am I having a reoccurring snake dream?

It is not uncommon to see a snake in our conscious mind every day and not even be aware of it. This may be the reason for your recurring dream. Perhaps you have this dream because you saw a statue or picture, or even watched a snake on the television. I’m not saying that your dream does not mean anything because it definitely does, but sometimes “external” influences do affect the dream state. As our dreams unfold it is very rare to remember each and every dream. The fact that you remember the snake dream is a great sign. Having covered that, let’s now review the history of snakes in different cultures.

What do snake dreams mean in different cultures?

In both Greek and Roman cultures, the symbolism was associated with healing. From a biblical perspective, the snake in the Bible illustrates the source of temptation as well as a forbidden knowledge. Moving onto the modern symbol of a snake. If we look at cartoons, TV shows and even movies the snake represents deception. The snake is normally portrayed as the baddie!

What does it mean to fall into a pit of snakes in a dream?

Falling into a pit of snakes is a warning. The pit of snakes itself represents many worries that you are experiencing in life. As snakes can symbolize difficult times this dream can be connected to how we are perceived by others. Are you happy with the way that you arbitrate work? Falling into snakes indicates that you will need to review how you approach your connections at work.

What does it mean to dream of entwined snakes?

Okay, I’m going to quickly give you an overview of what the Greeks believed entwined snakes mean. The Greeks believed that the entwined snake symbolizes healing. This comes from the Greek Mercury’s caduceus, which is a symbol of the medical world, so the interpretation of this dream is quite obvious. If you see entwined stakes it means that you need to look after your health, try and watch your diet and eat better.

What is the dream meaning of snakes attacking?

If a snake attacked you in your dream or attacked someone else it can suggest your fragile mental state. Are you feeling worried? If you’re feeling anxious and stressed then don’t worry things will work out in the end. To see multiple snakes attacking you in a dream means you should become more aware of a situation that can harm you in the near future. Maybe you’re entering a dangerous relationship with someone you like but you know you should focus on yourself. Now, the good news is that your dream is also a symbol of spiritual revitalization. You are going to become a much stronger person through any difficulties in life.

What is the dream interpretation of snakes biting?

If you dreamed of a snake biting you it implies that you may be having second thoughts in life in a situation in life. The “bite” is a representation of the anxieties that you are suffering in life. The snake bite itself is telling you that you need to suddenly turn around and the fact what is coming. Additionally, if the snake bit you on the legs it can denote spiritually that you may encounter a time to review your life. I have already focused a specific dream meaning on snake biting by clicking here so don’t forget to check this out. Now to some degree seeing a snake bite someone else or attacking is a reminder of the difficulties in your past and often a reminder.

To find yourself with a bite mark on your body or to see scars can remind you that you should not lose focus in life. It’s time you leave your past behind and move forward to your future with happiness. To see other people bitten by snakes in a dream indicates you can’t fix other people’s attitudes. Work on your self-confidence and rebuild your life. You can do it and still be proud of your scars of the past problems and worries. The snake may also be the wake up of facing a threat in life.

What does it mean if of a snake bite on the left hand?

If a snake has bitten you on your left hand, it represents your weakness in life. You feel vulnerable or weak in someone’s presence and you want to overcome your fears of getting hurt. You also fear you will make a wrong choice and you’re concerned about your mental health. My advice is to try to overcome your fears by facing them. Focus on becoming an independent person in life. Once you do, you won’t fear people will hurt you or betray you anymore. You will feel confident enough to continue living your life even if it happens.

What does it mean to dream of a snake bite on the right hand?

If you dreamed of a snake bite on your right hand, it indicates a negative experience will soon happen in near future. You won’t be able to avoid it but you will overcome it thanks to your strength. I believe that the snake bite on the right hand is about how you approach your goals in life. After All, the right hand is what we make our life according to palmistry! If the snake bite was deep on the right hand it can indicate a hidden pattern of behavior. This may be your own or others.

What does it mean to dream of poisonous snakes?

If you dreamed of poisonous snakes, it means you’re in some kind of ‘poisonous’ relationship. A person you believe is improving your life, is actually doing the opposite. Try to think about who this might be! Do you already know who the person is? Keep your distance until you review and understand the relationship.

What does it mean to be surrounded by snakes in your dream?

In my opinion, to be surrounded by snakes which are wriggling and slithering often indicates your own anxieties in life. Perhaps you fall over the snakes or they crawl on you. This can be a rather disturbing dream I know.If you are surrounded by snakes it indicates that there have been a number of possibilities to progress your life. The fact that you were dreaming of snakes indicates that even though you have that opportunity for change were worried about the future.

So how can this help interpret your dream? The way you felt in the dream is equally important to do not cause you any harm at all. I want to end with an important message. In my view, you don’t need a psychologist to interpret your dream. If you remembered the dream well you can think about areas of your life that could have resulted in this dream. I’m asking you to pay attention to your intuition when you translate what your snake dream means. I truly believe that you will find the solution to your dream by looking deep inside yourself.

If you had a dream of being surrounded by snakes as I have already outlined it can be a concerning dream, the snakes themselves in a dream represents fake friends. So, if the snakes are everywhere it represents people are not being themselves! Yes, I know that is not what you want to hear! So if you are surrounded by snakes it indicates you are among people who don’t deserve your trust and friendship, and you know it. At times, we always come across people that have the power to change us. Small things become big and remember that winter turns to spring. The greatest change I ever saw was after I had this dream. It meant that I had to review the people around me, remember It’s always better to be alone than with the wrong people in life.

What is the connection with a snake dream and lottery number?

The connection between a lottery number and a snake dream is spiritual. If you dreamed of a specific number of snakes, it means you should play the lottery with the number and try your luck. It is very uncommon to dream of winning numbers so please be vigilant that you may not win! Snake dream lottery numbers: Now, according to my dream book: Aunty Sallys dream book on lucky numbers, If you dreamed of a viper the number you should play is 67, to dream of multiple snakes the number is 6, to dream of a green snake the number is 34, a red snake the number is 23. If in your dream you dream of a white snake then the number is 13. Obviously, this is just for entertainment purposes, so don’t read too much into it! Good luck!

What do green snake dreams mean?

Green snakes in a dream represent hope and your connection with your own soul. You’ve been experiencing some inner conflicts but you’re going to solve them on your own soon. Always look for peace within yourself, not in someone else, or someplace else. Green from a spiritual perspective is connected to grounding in life. You need to review how you focus on your own spiritual development. To read more about a green snake in a dream click here.

What does it mean to kill a snake in a dream?

If you killed a snake in your dream, it foretells you’re going to successfully avoid danger in waking life. You will also end a relationship with a toxic person who’s doing more harm than good in our life. Often, in many psychological dreams meaning books regarding snake dreams killing a snake is connected to our desires in life.

What does it mean to dream of eating snakes?

If you ate a snake in your dream state, it means you feel content and happy with your life. Your dream also signifies a desire for someone you know you’re not allowed to have. You’re not satisfied with your love life and you wish you had someone to fulfill your biggest desires. The actual "eating" a snake can also be connected to how you are feeling inside. Maybe you want more or are feeling a sense of helplessness in waking life? Eating snakes on a plate, for example, can indicate that you are wanting a new partner. So go out and get one!

I want to share a secret with you before I go. When I was 11 years old I started to begin to dream of snakes. This would be at least once a week, there would be hundreds of white snakes everywhere in my garden, bedroom and on the sidewalk. The snakes weren’t threatening to me at all. But as I was so young it did cause me some concern. Why was there so many snakes in my dream? I would sometimes half open my eyes in the morning and wonder if a snake was under my bed and I can remember feeling that I just wanted the snakes to go away. If I opened my eyes in the black of the night I could sometimes feel the movement of the snake. The dream at this time was extremely vivid and this led me to the path of dream interpretation that was nearly 30 years ago! So yes, I feel well-placed in order to decode your dream and I’m so grateful and thankful that you have found the website.

What do old dream books say about snake dreams?

Now, I have many spiritual magazines, research papers, and books, in fact, a whole library full of material related to the snake dream. In order to understand what this dream means I turned to the 1930s occult dream meanings. This is what they say: 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 love, but can also show control.

Why is the snake dream so popular?

The dream of snakes appears more than once during this tremendous timespan. What I find even more fascinating about all the dreams that I have decoded about snakes is the fact that generally in waking life we do not encounter snakes on a regular basis! This has led me to believe that perhaps the fact that we subconsciously see snakes may be why the dream is so popular. Snakes also represent an opportunity to change and the ability to grow dependent upon the details of the dream.

What is the Chinese interpretation of dreaming of snakes?

In the Chinese culture, the snake is connected to intelligence, mystery, and manipulation. Unlike Islamic and Christian meanings, the snake doesn’t have an evil connotation in the Chinese culture. If you see a snake in your dream, the Chinese interpretation of your dream is associated with your personal growth, inner strength and acquiring power in waking life. If you’re being attacked by a snake in your dream, it’s a sign of endurance and mental strength. Your dream reveals your preparedness to deal with unexpected challenges.

What did snakes mean in ancient cultures?

Many ancient cultures viewed snake as a symbol of immortality because they believed snakes reincarnate themselves when changing their skin. They’re also associated with immortality because of their ability to bite their tails and form a circle without a problem. In the process of forming a circle it looks like they’re forming spirals, and we all know that spirals and circles symbolize eternity and immortality. The circle was seen as an important symbol to Dahomeyan myth where the snake Danh that was represented as a god, circled the world like a belt, preventing it from flying apart in splinters.

According to Egyptian myths, the state of existence before the creation of everything was symbolized as Amduat – snake from which Ra the Sun and all of the creation arose, returned every night, and were reborn each morning. The snake biting its tail symbolized the sea as the infinite ring which held the world tight. In Egypt, snakes have healing abilities and supernatural power. Egyptians actually believe that their gods manifest through snakes.

A snake is seen as the Devil in Christian traditions because of her involvement in the baning of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The Biblical story says that Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating a forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. And the one tempting them to do it was a snake. First, Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit which in the case was an apple, and then she convinced Adam to do as well. You probably know the rest. God banishes both of them from the Garden of Eden and curses the snake. Meaning, in Christian traditions, a snake is a manifestation of the Devil.

What do snakes mean in Greek mythology?

In Greek mythology, snakes are respected creatures. They’re associated with healing and the ancient myth of Aesculapius, whose snake-familiars crawled across the bodies of sick people at night and licked them. This affected their health in a positive way. Allegedly, they were all waking up healed in the morning. In parts of South Asia, snakes are seen as possessing creatures with aphrodisiac qualities. According to myths in Greek culture, those who could not see or hear we're supposed to get licked on their eyes or ears by a snake in order to acquire back their sight and hearing.

What do snakes mean in Aztec tradition?

The Aztec culture is one of the most mysterious but also most successful cultures around the world. And as in many cultures, the primary and crucial gods in Aztec culture were the snakes. They’re seen as symbols of health, creation, and vitality. Snakes played an important role in the Aztec culture that can be noticed in the surrounding buildings. The Coatepec or as many like to call it “hill of the serpents” is considered as holy ground. Allegedly, It’s the birthplace of the god Huitzilopochtli, which makes the ground sacred. Western cultures responded negatively to venomous snakes because, in the mind of people, snakes were dangerous and negative creatures. However, in Aztec culture, people admired snakes and their power to kill with their venom, instead of fearing them and their presence.

What is a snake as a phallic symbol?

The snake is a phallic symbol according to Sigmund Freud’s theory. For him, snake dreams are closely related to your unconscious desires. From another perspective, Carl Jung viewed snakes as a representation of some conflict you’re facing. He also believed that snakes are symbols of life forces and the inner healing you’re experiencing.

Freud claimed that the snake in dreams represents your drive. If you’re a female, it represents only your relationship and some person you find highly attractive in waking life. His interpretation of your snake dream is associated with your love life and the male figures you’re attracted to. If you’re a male, it shows that you’re having desires. As I have said before, the snake symbolizes a penis, meaning your snake dream is associated with your love life. Maybe it represents how you experience your own manhood. It’s possible that you’re having difficulties with expressing yourself or getting your needs fulfilled.

Jung perspective on snake dreams is a bit different. When analyzing a snake dream, remember that he thought of the presence of something wild in your dream means you will acquire greater wisdom from nature. Don’t take the shorter and easier way to success but the harder and longer one. Sometimes, it’s not all about the destination but the journey and the obstacles you overcome on the road. This dream includes experiences you may find dangerous but useful. Also, according to Jung, the snake in a dream represents danger.

In summary, when we dream of snakes it can indicate that we have a situation on our hands in waking life. Every single snake dream has slightly different meanings depending on the context of the dream itself which I hope you enjoyed reading. Maybe you had a dream of snakes biting you, vomiting snakes or even snakes in the grass all have different meanings. Despite the fact that the snake is considered an archetypical symbol, it is often connected to progress in life.

Snakes symbolism in a dream is connected to rebirth and transformation in waking life.

If you have dreams of snakes and you are looking for the meaning - then this indicates that you are going to face in challenging times ahead. If we look at the interpretation of famous dream psychologists, Freud believes that the snake is connected to a masculine figure. This could possibly be a male energetically or alternatively the sexual organ of the male organ. Freud believed that snakes are a rich symbol which is associated with our dreams.

 In your dream

  • A snake was seen in the dream state.
  • You were frightened of seeing a snake in your dream.
  • Other people were frightened of seeing a snake in your dream.
  • You killed a snake in your dream.
  • Other people killed a snake in your dream.
  • A snake with many patterns was featured in your dream.

Is this dream of a snake good or bad?

If we look at shamanism the snake itself can be seen as an important animal guide. The snake is connected to how we interact with other human beings. This could be how we communicate or deal with difficult and unsettling situations in waking life. There is a number of different elements that you need to undertake in order to determine what the dream of snakes signifies. Firstly the general dream meaning should be defined - followed by the aspects that are featured / included in the dream. Consider the general meaning of the snake found in dreams. Many people are fearful of snakes and this is not uncommon in the dream state. If you see a snake attacking you in the dream this can be connected to having a sense of shock in defeating an enemy. If the snake appears friendly in your dream then this can be a suggestion that you are likely to face some difficult problems in the near future - but you will have help in overcoming these going forward.

The snake itself can symbolise our psychic energy. It's basically a production of our energy into the world. Depending upon the colour of the snake it can signify passion, anger, conflict, upheaval and rebirth. Equally, the snake can also be associated with kindness, healing and a new start or beginning in waking life. The snake itself is associated with force and survival. In occult terms, the snake can suggest the unfolding of different events which ultimately will have a successful outcome.

The snake can certainly cause serious injury or death in the dream. If the snake does attack you in the dream state and you are able to escape from the snake in your dream then this indicates powerful growth. It can suggest that you may be in relationships which you are likely to grow. If we look at life itself everything has a cycle.

Many fear the snake due to their venom so in dreams this is associated with your inner energy rising up. Most psychologists identify that the snake dream is connected to our mind, how we navigate life. How we interpret intimacy and bonding with different human beings. If we look at ancient South Americans they connect the snake with being a messenger, they believe that snakes are used to send a message to others - which is negative in nature. In our dreams, the snakes deliver us a message. Another interpretation of a snake dream is that of healing. If we look at some of the ancient statues of snakes around the world we see many that use the symbol of the snake as rebirth. The snake can represent different advice depending on the details of the dream itself. As we have already outlined the snake is representative of our life cycle in the world.

There appears to be little universal meaning the symbol of the snake in a dream. We look at the Christian religion it defines the snake Satan in disguise. Equally, in Judaism, the snake is also considered evil. Some religions (pre-Christian) considered the snake sacred this was due to the fact it sheds its skin which is associated with rebirth. In Egypt the snake is representative of positive and negative energy this is cosmic energy.

To see two snakes twisting in a dream is associated with healing. If we look at the symbolic meaning the two snakes twisting is similar to the Roman staff of Mercury that creates a healing symbol - used by doctors throughout the world. In the Hindus tradition, the snake represents a force of life known as the kundalini which lays at the base of the human spine. In this tradition, the snake energy provides mental illness or spiritual development. If we look at the occult meaning of the snake the Greek goddess Hecate and Artemis carry snakes.

Summary of a snake dream

The snake has both male and female aspects. Consequently, in the dream state, the snake is associated with female power. Many old dream dictionaries foretell that the snake symbol is associated with deceit. In the Indian tradition typically the Badaga dreaming of snakes represents a new threat in the home. In Mexico the snake dream is connected to quarrels, feeling trapped, wealth and also money. The snake dream is also connected to shamanic power and a sign that the dreamer is strong. A famous theory of the snake by Sigmund Freud is that the snake represents the male reproductive organ.

The snake can represent different advice depending on the details of the dream itself. As we have already outlined the snake is representative of our life cycle in the world. The snake itself can be a symbol of life and death and is connected to how we are perceived by others. In many occult writings the snake itself is a symbol of energy, the energy and life force of life itself.

In order to understand the basic dream interpretation, it is important for us to look at the different elements of the dream. In life sometimes we dream vividly, in black and white alternatively we dream in colour. The snake dream is often connected to nightmares, thus, can be terrifying or worrying. It may be that you wake up and are worried about your subconscious mind? It is important to recognize that the snake is connected to our subconscious hidden emotions and in terms of the occult the snake symbolizes healing.

 In many ancient dream dictionaries, the snake represents discontentment and also the importance of healing. If you are bitten by a snake then this is generally associated with an enemy in life. If we look at the snake as a symbol it sheds its skin and is a sign of rebirth/transformation. To see more than one snake in a dream can suggest that you have a number of enemies that are against you at the moment. 

Research Sources

  • Spiritual dreams (1920s) Sigmund Freud, the interpretation of dreams (1900)
  • Book Occult Magazine (1920), Snakes the encyclopedia (1920)
  • Snakes by Chris Mattison ISBN: 9780691132952, Amazing snakes by Sarah L.

About the author

In total over 8,000 people have contacted me in the last decade about their snake dream. Oh before I forget, I am psychic and have been in the field of dream psychology for 25 years.

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

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

By Flo Saul
Jul 4, 2017