Are You Dreaming of Snakes? Here’s What You Should Know
When people dream about snakes, they usually wake up scared and frightened. This is particularly true if they were being chased or attacked by serpents in their dreams or if they’ve been having the same kind of dream for several days. But, if you happen to have this kind of nightmare, do you really have to be scared or should you see it as a good omen? And what do these dreams actually mean, anyway?
Snakes and Symbolism
Before we talk about the meaning of snake dreams, let’s first look at what snakes symbolize. Historically, these reptiles have both represented good and bad things. In Christianity, for example, the snake has been portrayed as evil when, in the Garden of Eden, it tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and convince Adam to take a bite as well. Greek and Norse mythologies, with their serpentine monsters like Python, Typhon, Jormungandr, and Nidhoggr, also endorse the notion that snakes represent evil.
In other cultures and religions, however, the snake is seen as a good omen or a symbol of good things. The Mayans, for instance, were convinced that snakes — because of the molting their skin — symbolized rebirth and renewal. They also believed in the Vision Serpent (which was the gateway between the mortal world and the spirit realm) and represented their god Quetzalcoatl as a feathered snake. The Hopi people, meanwhile, had an annual snake dance to pray for rain and ensure good crops.
Common Dreams About Snakes
If you search on Google, you’ll see that some of the most common dreams about snakes involve getting chased or attacked by these reptiles. However, these are not the only possible dreams you can have. Some people dream of lying on their bed and discovering that snakes are slithering on and around their body, while others dream of having snakes come out of their mouth. Still others have more innocent or mundane dreams, such as looking out of their window and seeing a snake in their garden, or hiking through a forest and coming across a coiled or sleeping snake.
Describing Your Snake Dreams
“I dreamed of a snake.” It’s easy to say this but, if you want to really know what your dream means, you have to be more detailed. The presence of a snake in your dream doesn’t really mean anything specific and won’t help dream experts interpret it if you can’t describe what happened.
So, when you see these reptiles in your dreams, try to remember as many details as possible. Where were you in your dream? Was it a familiar location or a place you’ve never been to? What were you doing? What was the snake doing? Try to notice its species (e.g. cobra or boa constrictor), its color, and its markings. Did the snake hurt you (or attempted to), or was it just lounging around? Asking these questions will help you remember important details that will help you and others interpret your dreams.
What Do These Dreams Mean?
As mentioned above, snakes can symbolize either good or bad, so you can’t really tell right away if having them in your dream is a positive or a negative sign. This is why taking note of the details of your dream is important; they can help you dig deeper and find out what your dream really means.
Colors and species
The color of the snake in your dreams, for instance, can lead to different meanings. Red snakes can be taken as a warning to be careful of what you’re doing in your actual life, while green snakes can be taken to mean as a “green light”, indicating that you can safely proceed with your plans.
The species you’re dreaming of is also significant. Garter snakes can indicate that you’re afraid of something that is actually harmless, while rattlesnakes and vipers may mean that you’re dealing with a toxic person in your life. Boa constrictors, meanwhile, represent a person or a situation that’s constricting your movements and making you feel like you’re trapped.
What psychoanalysts say
For Carl Jung, snakes represent wisdom. This wisdom can come from Mother Nature, who tells us to “move with a snake-like motion” and reminds us that “the too direct way is not the best way; the crooked way, the detour, is the shorter way”. It can also come from within people themselves, who connect their “right and left” through the wise bridge that is the snake. Jung likewise connected snake dreams to the Kundalini which, according to Dharma religions, is a primal energy that lies coiled within the body and is “awakened” through meditation. Kundalini is often depicted as a goddess or a serpent.
Sigmund Freud, on the other hand, considered snakes to be a phallic symbol, representing the penis and the person’s sexuality. So, if you’re a man who’s having snake dreams, you may connect them to your experience of your own sexuality. On the other hand, if you’re a woman, you can link your snake dreams to your experiences with the male figures in your life. Dreams of snakes can also signify a repressed sexuality or inner conflicts about sexuality in either gender.
What dream experts say
Aside from Jung and Freud’s interpretations, there are many other possible explanations that you can explore when you dream of snakes. One of these is fear. Evolution has taught humans that snakes are dangerous, which is why most people have an embedded fear of these reptiles deep in their minds. This means that your snake dreams can represent the concerns that you’ve been mulling over — and even the hidden fears that you don’t acknowledge but have been simmering beneath your consciousness.
Your dreams of snakes can also reflect the fact that you’re going through changes in your life, either good or bad. You might have been recently promoted to a higher position or are moving to a new city to grab a great job opportunity. You might also be involved in a fight with your closest pals and are worried that your friendship is breaking apart. Of course, these changes can refer to transformations on a deeper level — you might be experiencing spiritual development as of the moment or are learning how to unleash your creative side through painting or sculpting.
It’s important to note that culture can affect the meaning of dreams. Snakes are often portrayed as evil in the West while they’re often revered in the East — which means the culture that you grew up in and/or influences you most should be taken into account when interpreting your dreams. Personal background is also important; for instance, those who have ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) can infer more negative meanings from their serpent dreams than those who aren’t deathly afraid of these animals.
What Can You Do About These Dreams?
There’s almost nothing you can do to stop yourself from dreaming of snakes. However, you can do something when these reptiles appear in your nighttime visions, and this is to find out what they want to tell you. For instance, if your dream indicates fear, you might want to do some introspection and figure out what’s bothering you and making you afraid — both consciously and subconsciously. If your dream signifies that you’re being restricted by someone or something, identify this toxic person or unhealthy situation and find ways to free yourself.
Of course, if your snake dreams indicate something positive, the only thing you should do is to keep it up. Whether you’re experiencing a spark of creativity or going through spiritual awakening, you’ll want to continue pursuing it and improving your life.