Many people have a fear of snakes, so dreaming of snakes may often be classed as a nightmare. However, it seems to be a fairly common dream and one that isn’t always easily interpreted or related to our everyday life. There are various reasons as to why people dream of snakes, but one of the most common explanations is that it suggests or signifies a transformation, a rebirth, a transition or a change in life. Famous dream interpreter, Dr Gillian Holloway, says when writing about a snake dream, “People who are dying or who have lost a loved one often dream of snakes at or near the time of death. For whatever reason, these dreams seem involved with the psychic awareness of the transition from this life to the next….”
You may be going through or about to go through a transition in your life…
Snakes are symbolic in many ways. What does dreaming about snakes mean? The classic dream of seeing snakes is usually about transformation and snakes are often seen as symbolic of life, death and rebirth. The shedding of a snake’s skin is believed to be connected with life and new beginnings by North American native tribes. Snake symbolism varies from the serpents in the bible representing evil to the description by Freud as a phallic shape representing a male, or indeed as a spiritual sign of intuition, psychic awareness and the transition of this life to the next. It does appear that the most common meaning of snake symbolism in dreams is that the dreamer is going through, or about to go through, a marked transformation or change in their life.
WHAT DOES DREAMING ABOUT SNAKES MEAN?
TRANSITION – You may be going through or about to go through a transition in your life. This could be a spiritual or emotional change that will strengthen you in dealing with a situation.
TRANSFORMATION – You may be able to transform an area of your life that has not made you happy, whether it’s your home, your job, your relationship or yourself.
UNSETTLED EMOTIONS – Snakes in dreams can often mean that you are dealing with something in your life which is emotionally difficult. Dreaming of snakes shows you that you will overcome unsettled emotions as you transform your life.
ANIMAL SPIRIT GUIDE – Dreaming of snakes can be symbolic of intuition and psychic awareness but it can also bring forward your spirit guides. Animal spirit guides bring healing, guidance on situations and opportunities and can help you to focus on your life direction.
UNPLEASANT SNAKE DREAMS
We may feel that all dreams about snakes are unpleasant (especially if you have a fear of snakes), but most are positive and symbolic of transformation and change. It could sometimes be compared to a a butterfly transformation. However, if you are dreaming of snakes biting you, this is a forewarning about something going on in your current life. Dreaming of snakes biting you signifies that you may find yourself in a challenging situation where you feel you have little control. It can be a warning that you may feel unable to make your own choices and are ‘paralyzed’ by someone or something out of your control. It can be a wake-up call about somebody, a situation or an upcoming event, that reminds you to stand strong and be assertive when you face a challenge. It may be something as simple as taking charge of a situation that has recently made you feel incompetent or vulnerable.