Our dreams are a critical explanation of what’s unraveling in our subconscious. Dreams of snakes, in particular, can be quite revealing.
The term ‘snake’ is often used to describe a treacherous person, which could apply to your dream. Snakes often represent people you don’t trust or otherwise harbor concerns over. Snakes can also stand in for a difficult situation in your life, suggesting that you’re not confronting problems.
Dream experts have lots to say about the role of snakes in the subconscious. Let your snake dreams play out, and pay attention to what occurs. The narrative could unlock a secret in your waking life.
Why am I Dreaming About a Snake?
As many people are terrified of snakes, dreaming about them can be tantamount to a nightmare.
Interestingly, that’s not always the case. Rather than shaking off and trying to forget what you considered a night terror, ask yourself: “what does it mean when you always dream about snakes?”
Interpretations of Dreams About Snakes
Dream interpretation is more of an art than a science, so your viewpoint may vary from that of an expert. What do snakes mean in dreams – spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually?
Meaning of Colorful Snake Dreams
Snakes in dreams come in a veritable rainbow of colors, each of which has a different possible meaning. This table breaks down the varying ranges of snake color in a dream:
|Black Snakes:||Black snakes represent black moods – negative emotions, such as jealousy, pessimism, or unfairness.|
|White Snakes:||Naivety or lack of knowledge – you feel that you’re walking blindly into a situation.|
|Red Snakes:||Red is the universal color of danger, and a deep red snake is a warning that you need to be alert – trouble may be brewing.|
|Pink Snakes:||The color of the divine feminine – a pink snake in a dream is usually symbolism of passion or romance.|
|Yellow Snakes:||A decision, possibly a very tough one that will define your future, is on the horizon and needs to be made soon.|
|Blue Snakes:||Blue snakes are often claimed to represent feelings of guilt or worry that a secret is set to be exposed to the world.|
|Gold Snakes:||Money worries are on your mind. You may be worried about missing out on a financial opportunity.|
|Brown Snakes:||This snake represents a burden in your life. What the snake does, or what you do with it, will be very revealing.|
|Multicolored Snakes:||Somebody has made a positive first impression, but you’re worried there may be more to them than meets the eye.|
The color alone isn’t always enough to determine a snake’s meaning in a dream. The behavior of the snake, or your behavior toward it, will also carry meaning.
Meaning of Different Snakes in Dreams
The breed of snake in your dream can be just as important as the color.
Dangerous and venomous snakes, such as rattlesnakes, vipers, or cobras, represent troubling situations. You may be overcoming them, or they may be overwhelming you.
Constrictor snakes, such as an anaconda, are slightly different. These snakes represent problems that are slowly but surely threatening to consume you. You need to be vigilant about observing these issues.
Non-lethal snakes, such as garter snakes, still represent problems in your life. The core variance here is that these dreams suggest that the concern has passed or you have it under control.
1/ Dreaming of Giant Snakes
This isn’t a subtle dream. The snake’s mass is directly proportionate to the size of your worry. Similarly, if you dream of a long snake, the problem may take longer than you were hoping to resolve.
While it’s tempting to pinch yourself and wake up at the sight of a giant snake in a dream – it’ll be pretty scary – try to let the dream play out and learn more about the issue in question.
2/ Dreaming of Handling a Snake
If you’re holding a snake in your dream, pay attention to how this makes you feel.
Are you disgusted and wondering where the snake came from? Or does the snake feel familiar, as though you have encountered it before?
This is an important distinction, as the snake likely represents somebody or something you struggle to trust. If the snake feels familiar, your subconscious is warning you about somebody close to you.
If not, you may be more worried about an acquaintance.
3/ Dreaming of People in Your Life Holding a Snake
Almost a direct reversal of the above.
You’re worried about how you are coming across and being interpreted by the person holding the snake. Do you feel that you are giving this person any reason to question your intentions?
4/ Dreaming of Snakes in Your House
Snakes in your home are another warning that something is amiss in your living situation.
Likely, this dream means that you distrust somebody in your home. Ask yourself if you need to review your relationship with a spouse, child, or roommate.
The dream could also represent changes and disruptions to your daily routine. Perhaps you are struggling to keep on top of your housework or other essential tasks?
Take a deep breath upon working and decide if you need to rethink your strategy.
5/ Dreaming of Snakes at Work
Snakes at work in your dream are like snakes in the house.
For example, if you find snakes in your boss’s office, you have about his or her honesty. Equally, a snake in or on your desk at work may signify trouble keeping on top of your workload.
6/ Dreaming of Snakes on Fire
Snakes often represent concerns about people or situations in your life, and a snake on fire represents an overwhelming urge to do something about it. The flaming snake suggests that you’re growing increasingly impatient in searching for a resolution.
As fire is dangerous, this dream could also be a warning to be mindful of your reaction. Fire often represents burning passion, but also potentially jealousy or fury.
Don’t let your emotions get the better of you when tackling problems in your life.
7/ Dreaming of Snakes Crawling on You
Few people like the idea of a snake crawling all over their body, especially when not prepared for such an outcome. Concentrate on what is attracting the snake’s attention.
This dream suggests the body part may need attention or that your physical or mental is unbalanced.
8/ Dreaming of Snakes Biting Your Hand
A bite on the hand from a snake means that something in your life needs urgent attention.
A big decision is coming your way. Alternatively, maybe the need to make a choice is already hanging over your head like the sword of Damocles. Either way, you need to do something soon.
9/ Dreaming of Snakes Attacking You
A bite on the hand is one thing – a bona fide attack in your dream, especially from multiple snakes, is entirely something else. This suggests that you’re feeling increasingly overwhelmed by problems in your life and braced for a significant impact.
This dream is also common among procrastinators. If you keep putting things off, you’ll find more and more snakes approaching you in your dream.
The only way to stop this is by confronting whatever is bothering you.
10/ Dreaming of Snakes Attacking Somebody You Love
If you dream about snakes attacking loved ones, you’re worried about their general health and well-being. Ask yourself if you have been neglecting somebody in your life and if you want to spend more time with them.
11/ Dreaming of Snakes Chasing After You
The snake that chases you in this dream usually represents a person.
You may be worried that somebody in your life is a toxic influence that is doing you more harm than good. The chase is your way of keeping your distance but concerned that they will not leave you be.
12/ Dreaming of Being Unable to Outrun a Snake
If you dream of being chased by a snake, you’ll usually keep a distance.
Sometimes, this isn’t the case. If you do not manage to outrun a snake that shows aggressive intent, you are not facing up to a conflict. You need to confront and handle an issue.
13/ Dreaming of Catching Snakes
If you chase after and catch a snake in your dream, you have acknowledged that you have a bad habit and are prepared to manage it.
You’re ready to eradicate negativity from your life and start afresh.
14/ Dreaming of Cutting Up Snakes
This is another dream that is not exactly subtle.
You have faced up to a problem in your life and are taking the time to deal with it, chopping the setback into increasingly small pieces until it becomes almost invisible.
15/ Dreaming of Eating Cooked Snakes
According to Freud, dreaming of eating a snake suggests that you have unfulfilled aspirations or ambitions. Freud typically links most of these interpretations back to sexual desire, but they could also represent an interest you have not nurtured.
Another explanation for this dream is that you have cooked your problem and are preparing to consume it. This is a favorable interpretation, suggesting that you are seizing control of what ails you.
16/ Dreaming of Two Snakes Intertwined
Like the famous ouroboros symbol, two snakes entwined could suggest that you are looking for some permanence in your life.
It usually means that you feel trapped and that you’re going around in circles, though.
17/ Dreaming of Snakes in Water
A snake swimming in clear water, without displaying any sign of threat or danger, suggests a sense of serenity in your life. If the snake looks aggressive as it swims, you may not be reacting appropriately to a threat in your path.
Snakes that lurk in dirty or unclean waters are a warning that you are surrounded by lies or falsehoods, whether by accident or design.
This dream could also suggest that you lack clarity of thought with an important decision coming.
18/ Dreaming of Dead Snakes
Dead snakes are a more positive dream than you may be expecting. As snakes represent problems, dead snakes suggest that you have managed to overcome your problems.
19/ Dreaming of Baby Snakes
Baby animals are usually cute, but snakes could be considered an exception.
A young reptile in your dream is warning you that you have been underestimating and ignoring a potential issue for quite some time. It’s time to wake up and confront your problems.
20/ Dreaming of Snakes Eating
The way that snakes eat makes many people feel a little uncomfortable, but the act has many possible meanings in a dream. It depends on what the snake is eating.
A snake eating a mouse, for example, represents one larger problem overcoming another, smaller one. Maybe you have been focusing so much on one issue that you’ve allowed another to snowball? This dream expresses this meaning.
If the snake is eating you, you feel increasingly overwhelmed by your problems. You feel like they are devouring and dominating your every waking moment. A snake eating somebody else, though, signifies somebody can hurt your feelings.
21/ Dreaming of Mutated Snakes
It’s quite common to dream about snakes with mutations, such as multiple heads – or no head at all. Dreaming of a two-headed snake suggests that you’re facing a challenging scenario and you feel pulled in two separate directions.
Multiple heads, similar to a hydra, suggest many problems. Dreams of a snake with countless heads suggest that your worries are spiraling out of control. This dream is popular with people that live with generalized anxiety.
A dream about a snake with no head suggests a significant problem or obstacle in your life that you are unaware of. Be vigilant about looking out for any issues that you have been ignoring.
22/ Dreaming of Snakes Laying Eggs
Snake eggs are representative of problems in your life – whether you’re aware of them or not. If you dream of a snake actively laying eggs, latent difficulties and concerns are becoming increasingly prevalent and can no longer be ignored.
23/ Dreaming of Adopting a Pet Snake
If you dream about taking on a snake as a pet, especially a dangerous breed like a cobra or viper, you are overcoming obstacles in your life. This is also a sign that you feel dominance and dominion over people in your life.
A dream about a wild snake attacking your own pet is a warning that you lack trust in somebody. For example, if a friend allows a snake to attack your dog in a dream, you have no faith in this friend.
24/ Dreaming of Snakes in Your Shoes or Boots
Like many snake dreams, this one revolves around choice. Finding a snake in your shoe suggests that you’re worried about making the wrong decision in your life.
If you’re weighing up a change in your career or relationship, this dream points out that one bad move could be costly.
If the snake is hiding in the shoe, it’s a warning that you do not feel entirely comfortable with your choices or certain aspects of your personality.
25/ Dreaming of Talking Snakes
The idea of talking to a snake is somewhat biblical in nature, so it could be considered a warning that temptation is coming your way – something that you may need to resist. Most dream experts have a different view, though.
A common view is that dreaming of conversing with a snake means that you’re working out something in your mind. The snake represents your own subconscious, and you’re talking through any ideas, concerns, or worries.
Listen to what the snake has to say – it’ll essentially be revealing your innermost dreams, desires, and ambitions. The dream is basically a free therapy session.
Snakes are symbolic animals with a rich history and tradition in myth and legend, so you’ll never struggle to find an interpretation of a snake dream.
Take what you learn and consider how the dream meaning could apply to your life and circumstances. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something important.