The Meaning of Snakes in Your Dreams: Waking and Sleeping…
Snake, is a Powerful Totem Animal! The Symbol of Death and Rebirth, of Life-Changing Transformation, Snake Might Well be the Mascot for the New Age!
The Symbolism of Snakes
I don’t like snakes, I mean I REALLY don’t like snakes, so I was pretty surprised when a fat python showed up as my totem animal when I was journeying with the drums recently. She’d shown up a few times before over the years, but I always dismissed her as quickly as I could. This time she made it clear that she was a totem for me and there was no point in my sending her away. She was around for a reason, so I might as well get used to it.
As usual, I tried to let the whole incident go, I REALLY dislike snakes… but my totem warned me that she wouldn’t be forgotten this time and sure enough, the very next night there was a strange story of a two-headed snake on TV and then we started receiving inquires about snakes in dreams… so, I was bitten… prompted by a another most interesting snake dream, we decided to do a little research among our team on the symbolism of snakes…
Snakes, a Symbol of Sexuality.
I had snakes (cobra) in my dreams for 4 days continuously. I would like to know that this signifies.
Well, generally snakes are predominantly a symbol of fear and also a sexual symbol. They say every woman dreams of snakes at least once in her life and the interpretation is often fear of a rival or fear of the male gender. I suggest this may be speaking to you of the fears around sexual expression and fullness that you may have. The serpent stands for physical drives and if something is not quite right in that area of life, the snake dreams can come. Now often by the time the dreams come, it is also signifying healing of this area or the desire to heal and balance this area of life.
Something in you has been oppressed. This could be by outside forces, societal rules or inner oppression of true desire. Something quite important is happening in your subconscious and will eventually give rise to a new dimension within your outer life. I will also say that sometimes the snake images do warn of danger, but mostly of hidden truths coming up for healing and often around sexual energy. The danger warnings are about not heeding the call to heal a particular area and so making the issues “worse” somehow. However, the predominant images do speak of a healing of fear surrounding the sexual expression area of life or fear surrounding men or a male in your life. Ponder on these thoughts and feel if there is any connection with these symbols inside of you. Take care. Mary-Anne
And Also of Change and Transformation…
Snakes speak to transformation, death and rebirth, the taking on of a new skin, new roles, responsibilities and even attitudes… and the cobra would speak to the fact that you may be afraid of the changes you feel coming. Lotsa LLLove, Danielle
Very often the snake can be symbolic of a message coming to you from a higher plane. As this is a cobra my sense is that you are being “challenged” in your life by the circumstances of your birth and family. I have this further sense that you are getting ready to “break free” in some way. Listen to your inner self for the Wisdom messages that the snake may have. Geri De Stefano, Ph.D.
Usually when you dream of Snakes, it has to do with some form of the Kundalini (sexual grounding power) You need to look at what the snake was doing and if you were frightened of it, than likely you would be subconsciously dealing with something of the sexual nature that makes you uncomfortable. Or if you were not afraid of it, maybe a part of you is breaking free and developing new strength.
Another meaning of snake is letting the old go and accepting the new. Because snakes shed their skin. You could be afraid of something new coming to be or you may be stepping into something new with ease. It does feel however that with the Cobra and it being so big to protect itself with the way it is built that you are trying to protect yourself from things that are happening around you. It feels like you want to accept some new things but are afraid of being hurt, and thus you can sometimes attack and get your back up instead of just accepting. I hope this has helped. Love n’ laughter Kimmi
The Serpent Dream
This morning I had a dream that I was in some sort of serpentarium with two other people that did not seem familiar to me, the other two men one to my left one in front of me wanted two show me this big red snake it was in the viper family I seem to recall it being a rattle snake but I’m not certain of that, any how it was approximately 2 and a half to three feet long but it was fat probably at least 8 to 10 inches around and a bright red. So the man in front of me opens the end of the cage towards me and the man to my immediate left pushes the edge of a cage that he is holding toward the snake and when the snake strikes at the cage the man holding the cage recoils slightly and the snake now extended in mid air during the process of striking falls to the floor in front of me and starts striking at my feet first one and then the other but I am able to keep from getting bitten by dancing on one foot and then the other. Then the man in front of me kills the snake on the floor in front of me with a shovel or some implement, and then I end up showing the other two men that I know how to skin it and I peel the skin off of the snake quite effortlessly. That was as much as I remember other than I had the feeling that the snake was very unique due to its coloring. When this dream occurred I had been up and down from bed tending to my Labrador that was dying from what I suspect was cancer, he ended up dying this morning shortly after I had this dream, he died in my arms on a stack of blankets in front of the fire place that I had just stoked up with fresh wood so it was crackling and warm he was facing the window so he could see the trees and the sky which is still overcast and gray and I had soft soothing music playing through the night and well past the time of his passing he was my faithful companion of thirteen years and I cry even now thinking of today’s events. I usually don’t remember my dreams but this one is so vivid and unique I hope that you can help me with it. And also what can you tell me of the after life for animals, where do their spirits go. Thank you. Paul K
Your dream is quite powerful! Throughout the dream you were protected by these two men, spirit guides perhaps. Then in the end you showed your strength too.
The serpent speaks about the cyclical nature of life, birth and death and birth, etc.. Just as your dog was shedding his skin-fur suit you symbolically shed the skin of the snake. The snake in the dream was also given a chance for death with honor, even though it was frightening for you. You honored your good friend by tending to his needs, even in your overwhelming grief. I’m quite sure he fought death in the end as well.
I feel that this dream was a way for your dog and nature to show the continuing struggle that the soul goes through for release. I also feel that your beloved dog is now part of your guides and has accomplished his dharma with you in the physical. Are you thinking of a new pup, or going to the shelter to find a new comrade? It feels that there is an older dog at the shelter that would be good for you. Take care and let me know how this feels. Love, Laura
Some see snakes as terrifying, but many ancient cultures respected the serpent. The symbol, to me, is about rebirth – the ability to shed one’s current condition and create a new one. Red is the color of the life force. Since someone killed the snake, and you skinned it, I’d say the change hasn’t taken place. In fact, you may still be unaware that it’s even taking place. You seem uncomfortable with the snake confrontation – in fact – you “dance around it.” Susan aka Rabbit
Freud say to dream of a snake is to dream of yourself..if the snake turns and bites you it is supposed to be good…a self revelation, Deb
Keynote: Rebirth, Resurrection, Initiation and Wisdom
To the Native Americans, the snake is a symbol of transformation and healing. Snake ceremonies involved learning to transmute the poisons within the body after being bitten multiple times. These activated the energy of kill or cure, ultimately leading to dramatic healings.
In the Meso-American societies, the serpent or snake was depicted as feathered and flying, a symbol of their greatest god and hero, Quetsalcoatl, the embodiment of the dying god who would someday return. In many ways he was the patron of the Toltecs, and it was said that the heavens and stars and all the motions of the universe were under his dominion.
In Greece the snake was also a symbol of alchemy and healing. The god Hermes carried a staff upon which were entwined two snakes. This caduceus symbol is the primary symbol of western medicine and doctors. It is the symbol of wisdom expressed through healing.
In India the Goddess Vinata was the mother of snakes and a symbol of water and the underworld. Also in India were the demigods, Naga and their beautiful wives Naginis, who were usually depicted as half cobra and half deity. The god Vishnu is often depicted sleeping on the serpent of eternity call Ananta. Shiva wears snakes for bracelets and necklaces, representing sexuality.
The serpent has long been a symbol of sexual/creative life force within humans as is taught in eastern traditions. The kundalini or serpent fire lies coiled at the base of the spine. As we grow and develop, the primal energy is released, rising up the spine. This in turn activates energy centers in the body and mind, opening new dimensions and levels of awareness, health and creativity.
In Chinese astrology, one of the twelve years is named for the snake. Those born within that year are believed to have the qualities of compassion, clairvoyance and charm. They usually need to learn lessons associated with forgiveness, superstitiousness and possessiveness as well.
In Egypt the snake has also has mystical significance. The uraeus is a head band in the shape of the snake. The head of the snake rests and sticks out at the brow area. It was believed to represent a state of inner sight and control of the universe. It was a symbol worn by those who were initiated. Some believe it to be variations of the eye of Horus, while others see it as the sacred eye of Ra. It represents a certain degree of wisdom and understanding.
Because it sheds its skin, the snake has long been a symbol of death and rebirth. Before the snake begins to shed its skin, its eyes will begin to cloud over. It gives the snake a trancelike appearance. To many mystics and shamans this indicated the ability of the snake to move between the realms of the living and the dead, of crossing over from life to death and then back to life again.
The snake has often been depicted along with its relatives, the serpent and the dragon as a guardian. It is found in myth and lore guarding treasures, the springs of life or sacred places.
Anytime a snake shows up as a totem, you can expect death and rebirth to occur in some area of your life. It can also reflect that your own creative forces are awakening. Physiologically, it can activate the sexual drive, bring more energy, etc. Spiritually it can stimulate greater perception of how to apply your insight and intuition. Your own vision and intuition will become more accurate. Learning opportunities, formal and informal will surface frequently. You will be able to swallow and digest whatever you take in.
Learning to use the eyes to mesmerize and look into the hearts and souls of others directly is part of what traditional snake medicine can teach. It may even indicate a need to look more closely into your own heart and soul.
Individuals with the snake totem will find themselves extremely sensitive to smells and fragrances…. the sense of smell is linked to higher forms of discrimination and spiritual idealism.
Snakes are symbols of change and healing. They have speed and agility, so those who have snakes come into their life will usually find changes and shifts occur quickly and are soon recognized and defined. When snake comes into your life you can look for a rebirth into new powers of creativity and wisdom.
More Snaky Stories
Geri’s:Ahh snakes. . . .I’ve actually kept boas back in the old days. . .to get over my own stuff around these silky reptiles. . . .there is the Oracle at Lamia. . .the snake oracle of Greek times. . .the oracles would sit on these tall tripods suspended over pits of snakes. . .they were the healing oracle. . .and the snakes were thought to impart a very powerful and healing vibe. . .to the oracles. . .hmmm. . .imagine being so gorked out in trance that you fall off your tripod!! reminds me of that Indiana Jones movie where he gets plunged in this tomb full of snakes. . .good ole Harrison Ford. . .with that steely gaze, his face hugging the sand, saying. . .”snakes, it HAD to be snakes!”
I was told by one of my teachers that snakes in our dreams. . .are trying to give us messages. . .wisdom messages. . . .and it seems like you’ve pretty much figured it out. . .I mean how much more explicit do you have to have it get??? They’re telling you that they’re going to be around for awhile so you might as well get used to it!! I think it’s kinda funny actually. . . .
Yup the energy IS getting more intense as we head towards the Galactic Center. . .and the gateway to the gods. . . .remember the Mayan people had this winged serpent guy. . . .perhaps one of our outer space brethren who is more reptilian-like than humanoid. . .who knows. . . .
My favorite symbol is the worm oroborous. . .the one with his tail in his mouth. . . .life is a circle of death/rebirth. . . .and all things have continuity…
So, Danielle. . .sounds like you’ve got a pretty powerful critter there. . . .enjoy. . . and perhaps arrange to hang out with one sometime. . . Love Geri
Dear Danielle, Here is my snake story, not like yours but parts are interesting. I am fascinated by snakes and when I stayed in England on my first journey I stayed with people who raised endangered snakes. These snakes were both domestic and tropical. None were poisonous. While I did not want to touch them I was fascinated by their beautiful colours and their habits as related to me by the young breeder. The largest was an 18 foot Burmese Python female who was bred and incubating. The male was smaller. They varied in size with the breed, down to those that were less than a foot long. The young herpetologist was full of wonderful information. I found myself fascinated with this new knowledge.
I remembered back to the Organic Orchard that I owned in the South Okanagan. I remembered beautiful snakes that were called Blue Racers. Out of the sun they looked khaki in colour, but caught by the sun they were almost iridescent Turquoise. They would lift their heads above the orchard grass and race away. The area was full of Rattlesnakes but I never did encounter one except for the occasional road kill. I also met the Pacific Boa that was native there. Interestingly enough it is called the Two Headed Snake, and looks like a gigantic earthworm. Bull Snakes, were huge and were very common but I could never tell the difference between them and the Rattler until the tail came into sight.
I need to tell you my strange snake story. In 1994 I was trying to do distant healing for a well known Medium who, interestingly I had never met, but I had been contacted and asked to help in his recovery. From a distance I ran my hands through his aura. I did it gently and hoped I was not interfering with his energy even though we were quite a distance away. This man was suffering from total memory loss, and could no longer work for Spirit. Slowly his memory would be restored only to be suddenly lost again. Extensive neurological tests had been done, but there were no reliable results from these tests. Any medication seem to debilitate him physically. He was a healer himself but could no longer function. Imagine my surprise on scanning his aura with my hands I encountered a curled up snake like figure. I lifted it gently from his aura and it coiled itself around my arm. It had a short but thick stubby body and a face that was more human than snakelike. Each time I withdrew the form it would attach to my arm, but as I drew my arm back and away from the aura, this being would detach itself from my arm and secure itself back on his aura. It’s body and face were a satin black, but I can only remember for some reason it had red lips. I dealt with this creature for about 20 minutes and tried to detach it. I could not. I had never dealt with anything like this before and I did not know what it was. Finally I wrote him a letter and told him what I had found. I felt strange doing this, if someone had told me this same story about their experience, I would have doubted their sanity. However he took it well and told me that where I said this creature was attached was where he had terrible pain. I could offer no explanation, nor could he.
Now I know after studying Psychic Defence by Murry Hope, whom I had the wonderful chance of reading for on my first trip to England ( I had no idea how famous this woman was) I know that this creature was probably a Thought Form, Elemental. Placed there perhaps by accident or by someone he had offended (He had been bit of a womanizer). I would deal with it differently now.
I have never believed in curses, nor thought form attachments before. After reading Stuart Wilde and Murry Hope, my two sane mentors, I know these things are possible. Usually they will not stay attached unless there is something for this form to feed on. (negative, destructive thoughts are perfect fodder). I know how to send them back and repel them now and could manage this if I had to. Back then I had no idea what I was dealing with. That is my snake story. Victoria Moira Pitt, Vernon, B.C.
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