Dreaming about snakes can be a frightful experience for many people. It is not uncommon to be afraid of snakes! This is why when we dream of snakes, it is very important to look at the context of the snake in the dream and how it relates to our waking life.
Your own personal experiences and beliefs about snakes will greatly depend on what dreaming about a snake means.
To interpret the meaning of your dream, the first step is to ask some questions:
How did the snake make you feel? Were you scared and anxious about the snake or were you feeling relaxed? The way the snake made you feel signifies your own feelings about a situation in your life.
What type of snake was it? There are many different types of snakes - dreaming of a boa constrictor for example would have a different meaning than dreaming about a rattlesnake or garter snake.
Researching the snake and its common characteristics can help provide further insight to the dream. For example, if its a boa constrictor - something may be "choking you" - whereas with a rattlesnake, something may be "rattling" you. And if it's a garter snake? Well, chances are whatever it is that may be bothering you is probably a lot less threatening than it appears.
What Colors Were the Snakes? The colors of a snake can have great meaning also. A green snake might have a different meaning than a red snake. Learn more about color meanings here.
Once you answer these questions, it will help make it easier for you to decide what the snake means in your dream.
Here are some of the possible meanings of Snakes in our Dreams:
Betrayal: Snakes have long been a symbol of betrayal, going all the way back to the first stories of mankind and in the garden of Eden. Is there someone in your life who you feel like you cannot trust or has wronged you recently?
Reminder to Be Flexible: These creatures are quite flexible, and can go almost anywhere! Without legs or any rigid structure, they are able to easily adapt for a number of different types of situations. Seeing a snake in a dream may be reminding you to remain calm and stay flexible in whatever situation you are currently dealing with.
Being Bitten by a Snake: Dreaming of being bitten by a snake can mean you need to be more aware of what is happening to you or that you need a "wake up call" in your life and serves as a warning that you need to pay attention to what threatens you in waking life. Dreaming of a snake bite could also mean you are undergoing a painful transformation in your life.
Fighting a Snake: Dreaming of fighting a snake could mean your resistance to change or your need to overcome fears.
Hidden Fears: Since snakes are one of the most feared animals in society, dreaming of a snake can often symbolize other things you are afraid of. Think carefully about the context of the snake in the dream and what fears you may have that are holding you back.
Killing a Snake: To dream of killing a snake in your dreams, can symbolize overcoming your fears. It can also mean overcoming betrayal.
Pet Snake: If you have had pet snakes in the past, or currently have a pet snake, then the dream could represent your need for companionship. If you have never had a pet snake (and would probably never have one) - it could mean you have a hard time trusting new friends.
Temptations: Snakes can also sometimes be a symbol for temptation. Think back of the story in the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve realize they are naked and not wearing clothes.
Intimidation: Many people are afraid of most reptiles, because it can seem they are very powerful or sneaky. Dreaming of a snake can sometimes mean you feel overpowered, intimidated or manipulated.
Snake Charming: To dream of charming a snake, or having control of a snake, can signify that you have control over your fears. You may also be wondering if you should "use your charm" in order to get your way in a situation. To dream of someone else snake charming, it could mean that person is a great source of wisdom or mystery in your life.
Two Headed (Or More) Snakes: Snakes with multiple heads can have several different meanings. A two headed snake could mean you are have conflicting views about something in your life, or you feel pulled in two different directions. Snakes with more than two snakes could signify the number of fears you have that are holding you back in life.
Venomous Snakes: To dream of a venomous/poisonous snake in your dream means that something is threatening you or you are feeling threatened in your life.
Wisdom: In some cultures, snakes are revered and can be seen as a great source of wisdom.
Snakes as a Spirit Animal
Yes, even though many people are afraid of snakes, snakes can be messengers of spirit in our dream! There is a lot of wisdom we can learn from snakes.
As a spirit animal or dream messenger, snakes are here to remind us to confront our fears. Snakes are also able to adapt and move as necessary - they can often fit through tight spaces and into places we as humans could never imagine fitting into.
The message from the snake is this: Be flexible!
Do you have any questions about dreaming about snakes? Any additional snake dream interpretation meanings we may have missed? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below!