Meaning of dreams

What Does Dreaming of Snakes Mean

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: December 13, 2017
What Does Dreaming of Snakes Mean

Snakes are reptiles that may occasionally appear in our dreams; dreaming of snakes is not uncommon. However, do we know how to interpret this? Dreaming of snakes has many interpretations and it can mean different things depending on what happens inside that dream. It is possible that the dream relates to the challenges you're facing in your everyday life, so it is very useful to try to understand the meaning of those dreams. Maybe we will benefit from reading this article in which we clearly explain what it means to dream of snakes.

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  1. What does it mean when you dream about snakes attacking you?
  2. Killing a snake in a dream
  3. Dreaming about snakes moving
  4. Dreaming about snakes when pregnant
  5. What does it mean to dream about snakes in your house?
  6. Other possible meanings of snakes in dreams

What does it mean when you dream about snakes attacking you?

If you dream a snake is attacking you it may mean that you are the victim of a hidden plot or someone's malice. In this case you must remain alert as you may have the opportunity to foresee the attack of an enemy. You may be going through a stressful situation, in which you are scared or feel unsafe about. Finding out what your insecurities are at the moment to pinpoint the reason for the snake attacking you in the dream.

Dreaming of a snake attack means that you probably need to take better care of yourself, work on what makes you feel uncomfortable about yourself and improve in those aspects in life that will help you become a better person.

If you dream that a snake attacks while you sleep it could mean that we are ill. The same happens when the snake in our dream is attacking another person, maybe that other person is ill.

Dreaming of a snake fight may mean that we are those betraying the trust of a friend or relative. This may also be the reason why you dream of several snakes attacking you, as it may indicate that you need to solve unfinished business, with yourself or with someone else. Take control of the situation and find some closure in that aspect of life that is bugging you.

Killing a snake in a dream

In the event that we dream that it is us who hit and kill a snake it means that we will overcome the current problems without difficulties. We can defeat our enemies and emerge victorious. Snakes tend to appear in dreams when you're going through a process of transition and transformation. Dreaming of killing a snake in a dream has a positive connotation, as it means that you will defeat any danger that is to come.

This dream may also mean there are new opportunities in the horizon that, even though they may scare you, you will have to face them and overcome the difficulties that present themselves during the way.

It is said that killing a small snake or baby means that your inner child is dying, meaning that you are becoming a more responsible person and you are getting better at adapting to different situations in life.

Dreaming about snakes moving

In the case of dreaming of snakes moving gently ahead of us it represent sexual desire, a sexual desire that has not been fulfilled. Also, if a woman dreams of one or more snakes it could mean that she has false expectations regarding a new love. If any of these snakes ends up biting you you should rethink this love affair.

Dreaming of a snake moving across the water has the symbolic meaning of emotional healing. You may be going through some psychologically filled times, where your mood seems to be changing quickly. These emotionally unstable currents are reflected through the movement of the snake in water and will mean that you have to take control of your feelings and work on some emotional growth.

What Does Dreaming of Snakes Mean - Dreaming about snakes moving

Dreaming about snakes when pregnant

Most pregnant women are fearful when dreaming about snakes when pregnant. However, such as in the case of dreaming about frogs during pregnancy, there is not much to fear. This dream is a symbol of the changes you are undergoing before childbirth and can simply be a projection of the insecurities and fears you are having during this time of your life. It is also said that, due to the resemblance of the snake with a phallic symbol, it could also tell the gender of your child, although this is just a popular belief and folklore.

What does it mean to dream about snakes in your house?

If you dream that a snake comes into the house, it may mean that a close friend is trying to betray you without you noticing. Moreover, if your house is an important part of the dream, it may also mean that there is something in it that doesn't make you feel welcome or totally at home. Try to find out what it is that is bothering you in the house, whether it's the color of a room, that old picture hanging from the wall or a light bulb that needs to be changed. You and your house may have unfinished business.

Other possible meanings of snakes in dreams

Haven't found the reason why you dream about snakes? There are other explanations that may help you interpret your dream, especially if you are sure you haven't seen one on TV or have talked about snakes during the past week, as this can also explain why you have dreamed about one. Take a look at the following reasons to explain what it means to dream about snakes:

  • Depending on the color of the snake, the dream will also have a different meaning too. For example, if you dream about a red snake it can symbolize a red flag in your life, so there may be some kind of activity in your life or attitude that needs to be stopped immediately, especially if you have any bad habits. Green snakes are usually a lure, meaning that if you are doubting on weather to go ahead with an opportunity that has been presented in front of you, you should go ahead and grab it.
  • Also, if we dream that a snake sheds its skin in sight of us this suggests significant changes in our lives. We may become fully renewed in the near future.
  • Finally, if we dream that we eat a snake this could indicate a clear lack of sex in our relationship with our current partner. This comes from the classic Freudian representation of dreams. For Freud, the snake represented a phallic symbol, directly connected with men.

Now that you know the meanings of snakes in dreams, take a look at the meaning of dreaming about other animals such as flies, spiders or pigeons.

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I had a dream and saw a snake lying beside me at the spot where my wife was lying in real life. The snake was culled round and it was moving it's body. I was really frightened and i jumped up in the dream, and found myself jumping up in real life. The first thing I did was to pick a torch light to see - I flashed the light at the spot i saw the snake - exactly where my wife's head was, and it was my wife that I saw lying down still sleeping. I was really terrified!
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Hi there Uche, this sounds like you may have suffered from sleep paralysis rather than a usual dream. Take a look at our article and see if you can relate to any of the other symptoms mentioned in the article.
However, you should remain calm, as this does not have to be a recurring event.
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