“What does it mean when I dream of a snake?” This is another question I’ve been asked quite a few times over the years!
If you often dream of snakes, I would recommend first writing down your own associations with snakes. The best type of dream dictionary we could ever have is one we wrote ourselves! Our unconscious utilizes very specific symbols – to help bring about awareness. If you dream of a snake, your unconscious has chosen that snake for a very particular reason. The snake is not just there by chance!
As a general rule of thumb, in our dream world animals are said to represent instinctual aspects of ourselves. May there be situations in life where you behave like a snake – and if so, what does snakes remind you of? Or is it some action / emotional pattern you may be trapped in unconsciously? The dream could also relate to an interaction with someone, and be more objective in nature. Is there someone else who is behaving like a snake?
The ultimate meaning can only be decoded by first working through your own associations with the dream, reflecting on your own personality characteristics, and thinking about life situations – where have you felt like this before? Also consider that the dream could be bringing about awareness about yourself, or an outer situation. your own. As with all dreams, it could also be a guidance dream – here to deliver a unique message, so I would not exclude that option.
A snake in a dream could come with multiple interpretation possibilities. Whilst on the one hand the snake is known for its wisdom and intuition, it’s also viewed as coldblooded and cunning on the other- which could stand for emotional coldness, viciousness, or a threatening experience. Again, the big question is – is the snake representing a hidden aspect of yourself? Or is it pointing to how you experience someone in your surrounding?
In my experience, the majority of our dreams tend to be more concerned about ourselves – and bringing unconscious patterns and personality traits to the forefront, so that we can enhance our consciousness. That being said though, there are some dreams that come about to help us understand life situations and personal interactions with certain people. Always look at your feelings in the dream! Feelings are immensely helpful when it comes to exploring where we may have felt like that before in our lives.
From a warning perspective, the snake could be thought of as a sneaky predator. It may be possible that you feel threatened by someone, or that the dream is giving you a cautionary message – to watch our for someone who wishes you harm. There could of course also be such as personality within you – which you may feel in denial of, and that side of you is scaring you – hence showing up in the dream as a threatening snake!
From a spiritual growth perspective, the snake can also be associated with transformation and kundalini energy. Kundalini is the dormant energy that resides within us at the base of our spine – often illustrated by a curled up snake.
If we can learn how to direct the snake’s powerful energy into positive spiritual growth, we can help awaken the curled up snake, and empower ourselves with radiant transformational energy!
With Love & Gratitude,
Anna-Karin Bjorklund is a Therapist (MFTI) in Newport Beach, California, and the Author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire! She loves sharing her joy and passion for dreams and soul growth, and has been interviewed by Money Magazine and Marie Claire UK, and has also appeared on Fox & Friends, and the Steve Harvey TV Show on NBC.