Snake Dream Meaning

What the snake means in your dream?

Snake and dreams the real dream interpretation

Snake dream meaning


What does it mean to dream of a snake? Sigmund Freud stated in his famous book that the snake is connected to our sexual energy. 

Hello there. So glad you found my site, I am Flo and I am here for you to decode this amazing dream. 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 researching the dreams of snakes for years. 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 indicates that you need to have sex!  I have a whole other article about the psychotherapist theories if you want to also open this up to review. You can find it by clicking here. But let's get back to your dream. Surprisingly, this is the most popular dream of all time. But why? What does it mean for you? Well, in my experience you may be feeling bitterness, which has resulted from problems in your life. It is true to say, that seeing any type of animal in your dream is often considered to be a representation of your own personality. 


I want to share a secret with you. 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. So let’s begin.

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. Ok, let's quickly look at the most popular dreams in connection with snakes to see if yours is there. The most obvious, you see a snake! Maybe the snake wrapped around your body, is poisonous, hiding in the grass, you see lot’s of snakes, a dead snake biting you or a snake in your hair! I have covered these all in the meanings below. Scroll down for your dream interpretation.

What is the general dream interpretation of a snake? Let's begin! 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 a dream 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.

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 the sexual act of intercourse, but can also show control over your libido. 

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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 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 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. To see a serpent or snake in your dream often has a sexual significance. 

Why is the snake dream so popular? Did you know we spend almost 25 years dreaming in our lifetime? Yet it’s not surprising that the dreamer 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 spiritual meaning of a snake dream? Let’s quickly turn to the occult meaning of this 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 are 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.

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. 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.

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 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. 


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 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.

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 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.

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 snake 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 sexuality, 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 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 sexual desire and possible sexual frustration. So are you up for some action - sexually? 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 in 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 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. 

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.

Sources: Materia 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. 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. 

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