Are you one of those who dreams every day and runs around looking for the meaning of your dreams? Do you believe in it or are you rather skeptical about it?
Be that as it may, the reality is that the dream world has awakened numerous interests, and various authors have their opinions on the meaning of dreams.
In this article we will deal with the following topic: dreaming of snakes: what is their meaning? In addition, we will explain what it means to dream of different types of snakes and of different situations involving this animal. Before, but, we will make a brief introduction about the meaning of dreams.
- You may be interested in: “Meanings of dreams: the 15 most common dreams”.
Psychology in the dream world
Dreams are those stories that we live while we sleep, where images, sensations, colors, shapes, noises, known and unknown people, intermingled memories, thoughts, repressed desires… appear.
It is a very curious field where research tries to reveal its mysteries and shed some light on its unknowns, although the meaning attributed to each dream is not universal.
However, beyond the dream itself, it is important to pay attention to how we have felt during the dream (and also upon awakening). It is in these emotions where the key to its meaning lies, as well as in the interpretations and associations made by the person himself as he explains and relates his dreams.
In fact, it is on this approach that Sigmund Freud based his theory of dream interpretation, which we find, for example, in his book “The Interpretation of Dreams”.
What else does psychology have to say about the dream realm? According to clinical psychologist Linda Blair, we find two types of dreams: in the first one, everyday contents appear, “leftovers” of the day (they are of little importance); in the second one, on the other hand, important emotions and reactions of the person appear while dreaming. According to Blair, the latter, unlike the former, do have meaning, and are the ones we are interested in interpreting.
Dreaming of snakes: what is their meaning?
Entering now into the matter at hand… dreaming of snakes: what is their interpretation and possible meanings? According to Anna Monteschi, author of different books on the oneiric world, such as: “The great book of dreams” (2006) or “10,000 dreams” (2012), dreaming of snakes is related to betrayal.
That is to say, a priori he attributes a negative meaning to the fact of dreaming of this animal. But Monteschi further specifies the different dreams that can be had with snakes, and in his book “The Great Book of Dreams” he exposes the following meanings for each type of dream:
1. crushing a snake
According to the author, to dream that we crush a snake brings the message that contradicting our enemies can be dangerous, and can bring us negative consequences. It is, therefore, a kind of “advice” or “warning”.
2. Catching a snake
The fact of catching one or more snakes in the dream means that we are not afraid of deceit and betrayal. So in this case, in a way it tells us how we are or at what stage we are in our life.
3. Killing a snake
If in the dream we kill the snake, the meaning Monteschi attributes to such a dream is that of a good omen, the arrival of good news. He also relates it to the possibility of defeating our envious friends.
4. To bite a snake
To dream that we bite a snake is related to revenge. Thus, according to the author, it means that we will take revenge on our false friends.
5. To hear a snake
To dream that we hear a snake (for example the sound it makes with its mouth, or the noise it makes when moving on the ground) is related to the fact that we have (or will have) in our life an enemy who hides his intentions; Monteschi specifies even more and specifies that this fact “will not surprise us”.
6. Being coiled by a snake
The fact of dreaming that we are coiled by a snake, literally means, according to the author, that “the adversaries will neutralize us”. So, let each one interpret it as he/she considers…
7. Being bitten by a snake
Being bitten by a snake is related to a bad meaning, namely: illness and bad luck (according to Monteschi). Other authors relate the fact of dreaming of snakes that attack us with a conflict that is about to come into our life, that we must face and that we fear.
8. To see a snake
Finally, to simply dream that we see a snake, means that we are flatterers, that is to say, that we exaggeratedly praise others in an interested way (that is to say, to get something).
9. Small snakes
What does it mean to dream of small snakes? Beyond Monteschi, other authors of the oneiric world relate the fact of dreaming of small snakes with a small threat in our life, or with the presence of certain discomfort in our life that prevents us from reaching well-being.
10. Black snakes
Logically, the color of snakes (as well as their shape, size…) in one’s dream can vary.
In the world of the unconscious and psychology, colors often express feelings that we have repressed in our conscious and lucid life. Each color symbolizes something. Thus, dreaming of black snakes has a very specific meaning.
Starting from the beginning, we know that the color black, in the dream world, is related to emotions. Thus, dreaming of black spiders could mean that we want to maintain an emotional relationship that we would rationally avoid.
11. Green snakes
If the snakes in the dream are green instead of black, this has another meaning. The color green, in the dream world, symbolizes “change, good fortune and personal maturation”. So dreaming of green snakes can be related to any of these three elements or aspects.
12. Snakes in the house
According to different myths and legends, the fact of dreaming that we are in our house (or in another one) full of snakes, can mean that a relative is betraying us. This dream is also related to another meaning, and it is the arrival of some kind of physical discomfort or ailment.
13. To dream of vipers
Vipers are a subfamily of snakes. To dream of vipers in particular has a negative meaning, and is related to two elements: deceptions and deceptions.
14. To dream of snakes
Snakes are another family of snakes. The meaning of dreams where snakes appear change according to their attitude during the dream. Thus, if the snakes are aggressive, this is related to sexuality; if instead they are calm, its meaning is related to wisdom and knowledge.
Dreaming of reptiles
Now that we have seen what it means to dream of snakes (a fairly recurrent dream), let’s see what it means to dream of reptiles in a more general way, since, let’s remember that snakes are reptiles.
Thus, dreaming of reptiles in general (not only snakes), has another meaning. Specifically, to dream that a reptile attacks us means that we fear the attacks of deceitful people..
To simply dream that we see a reptile is related to insincere people, and may mean that we are in a stage of our life where we are not being sincere. Finally, to dream that we see many reptiles together, means that in our life we are surrounded by people who deceive us.