What Do Dreams About Rattlesnakes and Other Snakes Mean?

Updated on June 29, 2020
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Aisling is the author of "Dog Funeral Evangelism." Her articles on dream interpretation and Jungian psychology have over 2.1 million views.

Snakes as Dream Symbols

Snakes are highly charged and evocative creatures. When they slither into dreams, they are an indication that the dream is of high importance, likely offering a great opportunity for potential growth. Since snakes have so many possible interpretations—wisdom, sex, transformation, and fear—they are perfect examples of how symbols found within a dream can have a large diversity of meanings and interpretations.

All interpretations of symbolism in dreams ultimately rest upon the dreamer's own personal associations and mythologies; dream interpretation articles and encyclopedias provide only general information about the symbol's general meaning. However, generalities are difficult to apply to snakes—they are revered and reviled by various cultures and individuals, contributing to their complexity as symbolic creatures within dreams.

Provided here are some ideas to help the dreamer find a starting point, positive or negative, about the possible meaning of a snake they recently encountered in their sleep.

In this article, we will cover:

  1. Things you should consider before interpreting a dream.
  2. The snake as a symbol of transformation.
  3. What it means when a rattlesnake appears in a dream.
  4. What it means when a snake bites you in a dream.
  5. How snakes appear as symbols of sexuality or wisdom.
  6. Snakes as symbols of healing.
  7. How to decipher emotions in a snake dream.

Quick View of Snake Dream Interpretations

Type of Snake Dream
Possible Interpretations
Ouroboros (snake eating its own tail)
Transformation, regeneration, cycle of life.
Snake shedding its skin
Transformation, period of growth, time of change.
Rattlesnake dream
Warning, sign of danger/malignancy, sign of strength to face fears.
Snake bite
Something unexpected will likely occur, warning sign, invitation to heal.

The dream is a spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic form, of the actual situation in the unconscious."

— Carl Jung in "The Collected Works." (Vol. 8, para 505)

Things to Consider When Interpreting a Dream Symbol

Any time you try to analyze a symbol that shows up in one of your dreams, there are a few things you should take note of.

What are your feelings/interpretations of that symbol in your waking life?

A symbol can have a diversity of meanings, depending on the person who dreams it up. It only makes sense that our waking life opinions/feelings toward a symbol will inform how our psyche portrays them in our dreams. For example, if you have positive associations with snakes in real life, then it's possible that when they show up in your dream, they signify something good. On the flip side, if you are afraid of snakes, they are likely representative of something you fear or are uncomfortable with in your waking life.

How were you feeling in the dream when you encountered the symbol?

When we dream, we are directly experiencing our psyche. The feelings that these symbols stir up are important—make sure you take note of them when you try to determine their possible meaning for you, personally.

Do you experience recurring thoughts or emotions related to the symbol throughout your daily life?

Sometimes, the thoughts that occur over and over in our daily life make their way into our dreams. When they do, they are often acting as a prompt from our psyche to analyze their deeper meaning and how they impact us in our daily life. Has encountering the symbol in your dream occurred while simultaneously hearing thoughts you hear often? Some examples are: "I'm not enough." "I'm afraid." "I wish I was prettier, richer, etc." "I am weak, stupid, ugly." If these repetitive thoughts arise in a dream, the symbols connected to them could be helpful in understanding what you subconsciously know you need in your waking life in order to address these recurring thoughts.

What role are you playing in the dream?

In our dreams, we can play any number of characters, ranging from the hero, to the antagonist, to the narrator, and beyond. The role you are playing in relationship to the symbol you are trying to interpret could potentially shed some light on why that symbol has emerged in your dream, and what it means for you in waking life.


The Ouroboros and Snakes Shedding Skins

What does it mean when I dream about a snake eating its own tail?

The ouroboros is a famous alchemical symbol in which a snake is portrayed swallowing or eating its own tail. C.G. Jung saw the ouroboros as a mandala, or an archetypal template for the law of endless return. In Jung's mind, the ouroboros revealed that life is to be encountered as a dynamic state of change, regeneration, and endless transformation, rather than as a linear and finite game in which we rush from birth's kickoff to death's goalpost.

It can therefore be interpreted that when an ouroboros arises in a dream, it may indicate a time of change and transformation for the dreamer.

The ouroboros makes an appearance in the annals of science as Friedrich Kekule, an organic chemist, credited his discovery of the structure of the benzene molecule to an ouroboros he encountered in a dream.

What does it mean when a snake sheds its skin in my dream?

A snake need not show up as an ouroboros in a dream for it to represent a time of great change for the dreamer. Dreams of snakes shedding their skin are akin to the ouroboros symbol and can mean that the dreamer is sloughing off the trappings of an old life in favor of a new skin more appropriate to the dreamer's growth.

An Ouroboros symbol on a cemetery door.
An Ouroboros symbol on a cemetery door. | Source

What Does It Mean When You Dream About a Rattlesnake?

A very general interpretation of a rattlesnake showing up in your dream is that it is there as a warning that there may be something hostile or malignant in your waking life. What the rattlesnake is doing in your dream offers even more insight into what its presence in your dream could mean.

Dream About a Rattlesnake Biting You

If a rattlesnake bites you in a dream, it is likely your psyche trying to alert you to something amiss in your waking life. Are you ignoring an escalating situation that is headed in the wrong direction? Are you stifling an emotion that is going to crop up at an inconvenient time? A rattlesnake biting you in your dream means it's time to start looking at these issues openly and honestly, no matter how uncomfortable it is.

Dream About Someone Else Being Bitten by a Rattlesnake

If you encounter a rattlesnake biting someone other than yourself in your dream, it's possible you are concerned about a friend or loved one in your life. The bite could symbolize a subconscious "knowing" that you need to reach out to someone in your life who is struggling in order to offer help and compassion.

Dream About a Rattlesnake Chasing You

If a rattlesnake is aggressively slithering after you in a dream, it likely means you are running away from something that you know is amiss in your life. The snake is a warning that you are actively evading—is there something you know is off in your life, but that you are not ready to turn around and face?

Dream About Killing a Rattlesnake

If you dream about killing a rattlesnake, it could mean that you are ready and willing to confront whatever is threatening you or causing fear or problems in your life. When a rattlesnake simply appears in a dream, it is usually just there as a warning sign. However, when we actively kill one in a dream, it indicates that our psyche is telling us we are ready to face our fears—that we are capable of facing our internal obstacles so that we can emerge on the other side victorious and much stronger.

Types of Snakes and Their Possible Meanings

Type of Snake
Possible Meaning/Interpretation
Stress, pressure, creativity, stifled sexuality.
Boa Constrictor
Warning of impending conflict/struggle.
Highly sexual, possible danger, determination.
Fertility, rebirth, cycle of life.

Perhaps the commonest dream symbol of transcendence is the snake...

— Carl Jung in "Man and His Symbols"

What Does It Mean If You Dream of a Snake Biting You?

Dreaming you have been bitten by a snake can symbolize that "snake in the grass," meaning those dangerous situations lying in wait, or those things dreamers never see coming—a bite when least expected.

In waking life, these surprises can be anything from friends who betray, to lovers who leave, or to work or familial difficulties that appear unexpectedly. Essentially, the snake bite shows up in a dream when your psyche is attempting to process a recent upheaval, or when you have a subconscious intuition of things to come, which manifests as the snake coming to warn you.

Powerful, Sexual, Dangerous Symbols


Snakes as Symbols of Sexuality

The snake is often considered a sexual symbol because of some of its physical traits, namely its long, narrow body shape and the flicking of its tongue.

When analyzing a dream with a snake, it is important to look beyond the serpentine physicality. It's essential that the dreamer takes a look at the snake's actions within the dream to see what kind of sexual information it may be conveying. For example, if a snake attempts to enter or overtake the dreamer's body in a dream, it can represent a relationship that is solely rooted in sex. Additionally, dreams of being suffocated by snakes can portend a smothering, obsessive, and potentially dangerous stalker situation.

A snake dream can take on a different twist if the dreamer is not sexually active. If they find the snake dream tantalizing, it may be serving as a form of wish fulfillment, representing a desire for intimate contact with another person.

The daimon of sexuality approaches our soul as a serpent.”

— Carl Jung in "The Red Book"

Snakes as Symbols of Healing

We've discussed how dream symbols often come with multiple interpretations. While the dream snake is often regarded with fear or trepidation, it can also be interpreted as a symbol of growth and healing.

Throughout history, the snake has often been found beside leaders or healers, aiding them as they brought comfort and solace to their people. For example, it tells in the Bible that Moses helped heal people who had been bitten by snakes by making a bronze snake for them to look upon. Once they gazed at the bronze snake on his staff, they were healed.

Similarly, the Greek god of healing, Asclepius, is often portrayed with his own rod with a single snake twisted around it. It is for this reason that the snake is found in the very common symbol of the caduceus—two serpents wound around a staff. You've likely seen this symbol in relation to healthcare of places where medicine is practiced.

With these various links to healing throughout history, it is entirely possible for a snake to appear in a dream as a symbol of health and healing to come. Even if the snake takes action in the dream that could be perceived as negative (i.e., biting, chasing, constricting), it's possible that it could still be a sign of growth or restoration.

Perhaps the snake is biting you to wake you up to your own self-destructive ways and encouraging you to heal yourself from the inside out. Or perhaps in the dream, the venom from the snake will be used in an antidote to heal you of an affliction, and it represents a literal healing from a physical ailment in your waking life.

The caduceus, a symbol of healing often seen on healthcare buildings, symbols, and correspondence.
The caduceus, a symbol of healing often seen on healthcare buildings, symbols, and correspondence. | Source

Snakes as Symbols of Wisdom and Intuition in Dreams

Snakes are elusive and mysterious, usually seen only in zoos, on television, or in chance encounters in the wild (often involving fearful circumstances). This elusive nature could play a large role in why snakes are viewed in such contrasting lights— while some people fear and revile snakes, others revere and admire them.

In some cultures, snakes are symbolic representations of wisdom and shrewdness. For example, Chinese astrologers believe those born under the sign of the snake to be embodiments of wisdom, sensuality, and diplomacy. The Mesoamerican deity Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent, travelled between heaven and earth realms—an achievement only possible by the most powerful of deities. Meanwhile, in Yoruban mythology, it is the serpent Oshunmare who creates the rainbow, a symbol of hope.

As creatures of intuitive knowledge, a snake emerging in a dream may be asking the dreamer to tune into his or her intuitive side.

Snakes in dreams, even if unpleasant, may be valuable warnings that the dreamer is ignoring intuitive information that surrounds them. That snake in the grass (whatever it may be in waking life) might not have been so unexpected had the dreamer heeded the warning signs coming from their intuition earlier.

One may also gain wisdom from a snake dream by paying attention to any striking or specific words. A dreamer should also pay close attention to any prominent symbols the serpent is attached to within the dream.

What is your snake dream mirroring for you?
What is your snake dream mirroring for you? | Source

Snakes Around the World

Representation of the Snake
Protector. Shelters the Scripture and the Buddha.
Deceptive, tricky, cunning, sinful.
Infinity, desire, sexual energy.
Manifestation of humanity's impulsive nature.
Chinese Astrology
Clever, sharp, malevolent, mysterious.

Emotions in Snake Dreams and What They Could Mean


If a snake dream evokes fear, it is best practice to honestly evaluate that fear. A dreamer should take time to ask themselves a few questions:

  • Is the fear real?
  • Is there a significant threat to the dreamer?
  • Is the fear serving as an intuitive warning that there is something threatening them in either their personal or professional life?


It's possible that the snake can be indicative of a real threat in your waking life. At other times, a snake may trigger anxiety or discomfort, though not necessarily fear. When this is the case, here are some questions to consider:

  • Is the fear simply irrational anxiety?
  • Is the fear serving as an excuse to stay stuck in a life that the dreamer has outgrown?
  • Is the dreamer sacrificing personal growth for the sake of safety, as represented by the lack of willingness to shed their old skin and slither into the unknown?

Since there is no denying that snakes can pose a danger to a person's life, it is completely reasonable to take them as warning symbols when they appear in dreams. This warning could refer to many things, but it is up to the dreamer to heed the signals coming from their professional or personal life.


If a dreamer finds themselves feeling curious about a snake in their dream, it's possible that the snake represents knowledge or intuition. In these cases, it may make sense to listen to what the snake may be trying to tell you.


When a snake attacks you in a dream, it could represent repressed anger that a person is feeling toward some situation in their waking life. It is important for the dreamer to then ask themselves whether there is something going on that is causing them to feel stuck or stifled, possibly resulting in frustration or exasperation.


Has a Snake Slithered Into Your Dream?

As you can see, dissecting the true meaning of a snake appearing in a dream is a difficult task and is going to be different for every dreamer. Ultimately, it comes down to a dreamer's personal interpretation of snakes and what is currently going on in their life. If a snake has recently appeared in one of your dreams, hopefully this guide will help you on your way to figuring out what this mysterious and powerful creature symbolizes for you.

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      2 months ago

      so last night I had a dream that I was in someone's back yard (I'm not sure who) but I was with my friend... now hold that thought, because I have lately found myself questioning our friendship. now, back to my dream I saw lots of small multi- colored skinny snakes popping up everywhere. I remember that I was anxious about the snake, even though I am not afraid of them in real life. my friend was holding the one of the snakes I think the color was a mixture of green, yellow, and brown. does this mean my relationship with my friend is toxic and I should not continue being friends with him?

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      Sonny R 

      5 months ago

      What does it mean when u see a snake and vecome adraud eapecially when a loved one ir someone who may be close to you is near the snake and u attempt to kill the snake by grabbing it and thrashing it against the ground in attemp to kill it.

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      10 months ago

      Want to the meaning of battery operated plastic snake.

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      13 months ago

      I dreamed of a rattlesnake in the bleachers of my old school. I ended up near it and tried to catch it. It did not like this and it kept trying to strike me. After awhile of try to grab it I woke up and searched my bed. Only to realize that I was dreaming and go back to bed. This has happened several different times and in several different scenarios in my dreams.

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      Jessica Ozor 

      14 months ago

      I dream about snakes all the time

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      14 months ago

      I dream a yellow snake was chasing me.

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      19 months ago

      So my mom had a dream of me chasing a rattle snake and catching it in my room and she said next thing she saw was that i was laying down in bed cuddling with the rattle snake

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      19 months ago

      Okay i had a weird dream they first time i jumped over the cement wall i noticed the snakes that looked like bushes and didnt care but i had to return to get something on my second jump i noticed the many kinds of snakes making up the desert bushes. Rattle snakes in hordes boa constrictors and 1 anaconda in the middle of each pile. I was filled with anxiety but my mom called out to me to jump and not worry. That the snakes ere super friendly and harmless i didnt believe her until one slithered to her a big rattlesnake and she picked it up and the the snake acted like a puppy super cute and overly friendly sooo harmless and adorable and the rest acted the same and i finally jumped over with no harm to me. There was even a friendly but moody platypus with a butt like a porcupine. As long as i respected it and touched it sweetly it didn't harm me. It was adorable. But yeah they snakes were just sooo soothing in that cute pupper. They never became bad snakes...

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      Aisling Ireland 

      21 months ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      Hi Marpoz. Why was the snake afraid of you in the dream?

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      22 months ago

      I dreamed that im in a forest like area buy not sure if its forest and theres so much snake that its colorful some is moving and some stays at place in a group.

      Atfirst i cute but when im walking i feel scared and afraid to touch and will bite me. In my dream i felt somerhing bag ahappened but soon those snake is the one who is afraid to go near me.

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      2 years ago

      I dream my friend buy snake .

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      2 years ago

      So I dreamed,,,,

      I was happily taking photos of this beach when I see in the clear water so a long thin green snake slowly come towards me. I back up only to find a new snake on the other side. I then come to find that all the sides are closing in one me with snakes. Only the first snake was green, the rest was brown rattle snakes. I panic And my mom who was earlier with me was somehow completely unbothered by the snakes while the snakes are only coming closer and rattling the rattles. I need the end I don’t know what to do and step on the green snakes head in hopes of one of the snakes biting me, which it does. I physically felt it and then it went black and then I woke up.

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      2 years ago

      I dreamed...

      I was in the park with a friend and we were walking to a bench when i almost stepped on a snake jumping and running to the bench as my friend walks calmy i notice their on the bench and all over the grass in the park my friend starts chassing them out the park when we realize there leaking milk freaking about because i have to let them back in the park for thier babies and then i woke up

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      2 years ago

      I dreamed I was in a locality organizing an event(like an office thing) Some people were there helping me too. I saw mates from school and senior colleagues from work and my best friend.

      Then out of a sudden I left looking for some members of my team. I found one in a room organizing an individual party for kids with so much food and drinks on the table. On my way out I was tempted to pick up without approval some pieces of fried chicken(2) and something i thought was chicken or fish but a little tender. I met my senior colleague entering to join the people celebrating but I had to get back to working. I ate the chicken wing and back bone I picked but the third piece looked funny. So when I looked closer i noticed it was half a snake (without a head cut into two) and I threw it with fright to the ground.

      Immediately I had the feeling it was left for me. Then I saw 2 life snakes come out of the storm of supposed dead snake and tried to attack me by flying towards me. One landed so close to me it could harm me if it did.

      In the dream I had the feeling it was deliberately left for me to eat so that the snake gives birth and remain in my stomach. I felt really frightened when I woke

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      2 years ago

      Ji l had a dream of snakes everywhere but in the dream my daughter died.

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      prince k. Smith 

      2 years ago

      i dream my hair on my head turn to small snake and i was so afraid

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      3 years ago

      I dream that a big anaconda has escaped from the zoo and the whole city is running for their lifes . Police Army are searching for it and i m hidding in a street behind a tree and see its shadow coming that way then woke up nothing more

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      Phillip Davis 

      3 years ago

      I was bitten by a baby snake on the right leg.

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      3 years ago

      in my dream i was tied up by a snake. what does it mean

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      3 years ago

      I dream were I was shot many times and i was not hurt

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      Teresa Faries 

      4 years ago

      In my dream the snakes are being eaten by people or the snake bites them and they die. This is a dream I woke up from. houstonhotpants@gmail.com

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      4 years ago

      I dreamd about snake in the grass i stepped in and it bit my sole its a black snake then as i continue walking another snake bit me this time its a combination of green and yellow.

      I wonder what does it mean.

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      Aisling Ireland 

      6 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      Hi everyone--I am so sorry I haven't read or responded to your comment. I've been battling with some health issues and haven't been on online in ages. I doubt anyone's still looking for dream help, but if so, please post. I should be around a lot!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I just dreamed about a snake, but I was poking at it and not afraid at all. Had I been awake I would have been afraid. All snakes are deadly. If they are not poisonous and bite me, I would die of a heart attack.

      voted up and interesting

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      Amber Rose18 

      7 years ago

      Can someone please help me with interpreting my dream. In my dream I was pregnant and somehow a snake got inside me and was in my stomach with my unborn child. I went to the bathroom and sat down to pee and the snake came out so I got off the toilet and the snake lunged at me. After me and my mom killed the snake and cut the snake into little pieces. Somebody please help me interpret this.

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      7 years ago


      liked reading ur article....i too dream of snakes once in every 3-4 months...

      but i m not able to interpret the meaning...i just see 2 or 3 snakes here n there...but they never harmed me in my dreams and usually i wake up in fear after my dream...last dream i saw big snakes like python or anaconda but they also didn't do something just crawled and went somewhere...m not able to get what this means...m having snake dreams since 2-3 yrs but m not able to understand this...will u plz help...

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      7 years ago

      I dreamt I was in a paddock surrounded by brown snakes! So I climbed a fence to escape but when I was hanging on the top I turned my head and realised that they were also in tall trees lining the fence.. I put my hands out to my side and leaped off the fence.. gliding above the snakes which then took me down my street.. Flying felt good and I knew I was safe..

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      Aisling Ireland 

      7 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      Great point! I totally forgot snakes as symbols of healing, which is kind of a huge oversight. The caduceus, on many ambulances, med IDs, etc., incorporates the snake. Thanks for pointing this out!

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      Power Ball Pythons 

      7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Interesting hub! I just wanted to point out that there's a subset of the human population that may view snakes in a different way during dreams. People in the medical profession may view the snake as a symbol of healing. Even now, new medicines from snake venome are being developed to help combat pain and cancer. Also, funny coincidence, my group of reptile friends had just shared stories about snakes in dreams. Except all of ours were good! We found tons of snake species and took them home as pets! Lol.

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      8 years ago

      I dreamt that I've been wounded in the leg and have a gun, then a rattle snake from nowhere came in and entered my body through that wound in my leg and when I got scared and shot my leg with the gun I have to kill the snake, it bit me and then we both die...

      Extra details : the area of my wound in the leg is my Thumb

      I shoot my thumb to kill the snake

      we both die.. I die to snake bite and the snake dies because I shot it.

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      8 years ago

      wondering..... did't expect these things

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      Debra Charney 

      9 years ago

      Great article! Voted up and interesting. Loved the pic as well.

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      Aisling Ireland 

      9 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      I didn't mention Freud because I'm not a fan of his work. I lean way in the direction of Jungian psychology--he and Freud parted company for very good reasons :-).

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      9 years ago

      Just wondering why you didn't mention Freud in this article.

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      9 years ago from Sunshine State Florida USA

      EsmeSanBona Your HubPage is timely for me. It triggered recall of a dream, very soon to be 11 yrs ago. It seemed as though it was for a split second, in prehistoric land & time. It was very real. Then raced out of my sleep, shaking. It was during a devasting time in my life. Analyzed then, the dream did not seem to associate present life. It was as if another life. Will ponder. Thank you for writing on this topic. Peace&Blessings

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      so weird 

      9 years ago

      i had a dream about snakes after i read this hub.

      the snake tried to bite me but i dodged.

      that must be a good sign

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      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I am very impressed with your blog. it was very informational and wondrous. I don't think i have ever dreamed of a snake but, now if I ever doi know what to expect. Thankyou for the Information.

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      9 years ago

      Pictorial and interesting,snakes are special creatures with symbols to attract our attention,most it is about fear which is first association to snake's name;i love interpretations to connect them to life's challenges& transformations and wisdom;few nights ago i dreamed a giant snake and just wondered about meaning;this post has perfectly fitted into my condition and mind's set these days;i think over all the symbols and there are lots to be right answer to me.Thank you,it is nice Hub

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      Randy Godwin 

      9 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hmmm. I've never dreamed about snakes before. Caught them, wrote about them, emulated them in some fashion, and admired them in another.

      Interesting, but I'm not a big fan of others interpreting dreams to mean something. Welcome to HubPages from a fellow Georgian.


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      Maria Cecilia 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Congrats for being selected hub of the day... this is really interesting...hope you post more dream interpretations

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      9 years ago

      very informative........good work.... :)

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      Aisling Ireland 

      9 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      First I want to thank everyone for being so kind and welcoming. It feels like a wonderful place here. If anyone has a specific dream question you'd like to ask, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer in a timely manner.

      Second, I try to write this in all my articles--your dreams are your own. Your personal associations always trump any encyclopedia including mine! Encyclopedias are starting points to get you thinking about the symbol. Symbols have meanings that are ingrained in the collective unconscious, however, the collective unoncious also branches off into the cultural unconscious, and branch again and again and again until they get down to the personal unconscious. YOUR interpretation of a symbol is THE interpretation to go with ALWAYS.

      I always want to say that because I don't want to sound like my idea is the idea. I believe in the power of dreams to help people transform and do my best to help them with my writing but I certainly don't want anyone to think my writing is the definitive source on any symbool. An entire book could be written about snakes and I doubt Hubpages want to publish my book just yet. :-)

      I am so glad that so many of you are following me, I'm following you, too now and I might not have found you had you not found me.

      Again, I am just thrilled to be Hub of the Day but I'm happier to have been introduced to this wonderful community. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

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      Kimberly D King 

      9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      My mom and I have often dreamt of snakes and it's refreshing to see some insight on them!

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      9 years ago from Bangkok

      by the way i'm living in bangkok thailand and for thai people they believe that if you have a dream about snakes tied you that mean you will meet your soulmate XD

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      9 years ago from Bangkok

      great hub :) but i dont like snakes lol

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      Sophia Angelique 

      9 years ago

      Actually, dreams do not have exact translations in dream. It's strictly dependent on how the person sees the symbols. I dreamt about snakes for 8 years every single night, and eventually discovered what they meant. After which the dreams stopped. That's Carl Jung's dream method.

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      9 years ago

      Very good work EsmeSanBona, I hope to read more of your work. Voted Up, Useful, Awesome, Beautiful, and Interesting

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      I love dreams, keep a dream journal and like to analyze my own dreams. This hub was very well written and beautifully illustrated and was also filled with a lot of fascinating details. Welcome to Hub Pages and congratulations on making Hub of the Day.

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      Ashley Gray 

      9 years ago from Colorado

      Love this hub! I think dreams are fascinating, so love to learn what they mean. Congrats on hub of the day! :)

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      9 years ago from California

      Pretty interesting hub. So much I didn't know about snakes!

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      9 years ago from Switzerland

      A unique hub. I have ask a question about the meaning of dreaming snakes. I have been dreaming as i was 17 - 18 years old of snakes scattered all over the floor of the church, i want to reach the alter but i can't because i was afraid of the snakes. Do you have a meaning of these? Thanks.

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      9 years ago from New York, NY

      I voted up and rated interesting and awesome. Really good hub I got stuck on the Ouroboros thing lol. Got so interested at that and read something else after this!

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      Keeley Shea 

      9 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Awesome job on making hub of the day! I really wish I remembered a time I dreamt of a snake! Will have to be mindful of this from here on out. Thanks for the interesting hub!

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      9 years ago

      Congrats on making hub of the day!

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      Paul Edmondson 

      9 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I have a fear of snakes to some degree. I once caught one, put it in an aquarium and put it in my room in hopes of getting over the fear. It didn't work. Instead I had dreams of it biting me every night.

      I'll also commonly dream about snakes biting my feet after I see one on TV. Not sure what it is about snakes, but they definitely trigger something in me to have unpleasant dreams about them after I see one.

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      plasterer tonbridge  

      9 years ago

      great hub found this really interesting, can't say i've dreamtof snakes though

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This Hub of the Day is certainly an eye catcher. Congratulations and a hearty welcome to HubPages.

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      Shawn Scarborough 

      9 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Congrats for being select Hub of the Day! You off to a great start on HubPages. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      9 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi and a warm welcome to hub pages. This is an excellent and fascinating hub! I think it is a shame about how snakes are maligned - probably in the West it started off with the serpent in the Garden of Eden! In nature, if we didn't have snakes there would be many a home that would be over-run with rodents!

      When I dream of a snake coming into my life I know that it is telling me to be wary of a person/situation, so for me the snake is definitely a positive, protective symbol. I've also, through meditation, come across a golden and white python coiled around a tree. The snake was not only very beautiful but very benign. But I only saw this symbolism once or twice. Anyway, many thanks for sharing this great hub, really enjoyed it.

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      9 years ago

      what does it mean if you have snakes in a dream, and samuel l. jackson is also in the dream?

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      Jawanza James Williams 

      9 years ago from Bronx, NY

      LOVE IT!

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      Liola Lee 

      9 years ago

      As someone who has very detailed dreams I found this hub fascinating.I often have dreams where I feel I have actually been to the places in my dreams or have been actively participating physically.

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      JS Matthew 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on being selected for the Hub of the Day!

      This was a very interesting article. I have never had a dream about a snake, but I bet now that I read this, I will! Nice job!


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      9 years ago

      Wow, I did not know that. I have also done a hub on snake iconography, and I found your hub very interesting. In some cultures snakes are simile of eroticism.

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      9 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

      Wow! Nicely done, Esme! And congratulations for earning Hub Of The Day status! I have often wondered at different things appearing in different dreams. I don't think I have ever encountered a snake in my dream. I have encountered sharp, Jason-type knives, and people chasing me with them, but no snakes. I guess I have found a new topic to follow! Thanks for the awesome hub! Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Very interesting. You´ve certainly done your homework, here.

      Pleased to meet you on hubpages.

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      Carrie Smith 

      9 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Congratulations on being the Hub of the day! This is a very informative and well written post.

      Thanks for sharing, and welcome to Hubpages.

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      Anamika S Jain 

      9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Interesting Hub! I have been taking an interest in dream interpretation lately and have been reading a lot on the various symbols. This is a wonderful subject indeed.

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      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Dream interpretation is very interesting. I dont remember ever dreaming about snakes but the potential meanings are pretty cool. Great hub. Interesting + voteup!

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      Johnathan L Groom 

      9 years ago from Bristol, CT

      Interesting piece, great into-pic.


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      9 years ago from india

      Very interesting hub! Congrats for hub of the day!

      Voted up!

      Thank you for sharing!

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      9 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA



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      Thelma Alberts 

      9 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Congrats for the Hub of the Day! I don´t like snakes. They are my enemies. My mother told me once when I asked her why do I have snakephobia.She said, when I was a year old child, a snake was hanging on our ceiling looking down to me sitting on the floor while I was speachless and white on the face looking up to the ceiling. My parents had a hard time getting the snake off our house. Our house was then made of bamboos and nipa roof that critters like snake can pop inside the house. Behind our house was still a forest at that time.

      So when I dreamt about snake I examined my dream because I wanted to know why. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.

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      Terry Chestnutt 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I never dream about snakes and I don't think about them much. They don't strike me a sexual, wise, or evil, but they do seem powerful and fast. Other than that they seem like dim witted things that people place way too much emphasis on. But I did hope to find out why, so I read this article. Thanks for something on a subject that interests almost everyone.

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      Aisling Ireland 

      9 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      Thank you Angelique. I enjoyed your sleep apnea article. I find sleep disorders fascinating to your article was particularly interesting to me.

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      Angelique Newman 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to hubpages! You've written an incredible article; very interesting, I learned a thing or two about snakes that I'll keep in mind if one of these critters pops into my dreams. Thanks for sharing :) and congratulations on making the top 14 in the contest!

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      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I have voted up for this hub which interested me because I recently had a dream in which I was travelling over land and through water clinging to a giant snake like an anaconda. I couldn't make an sense out of the dream but it seemed a good one.

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      Aisling Ireland 

      9 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      NIkkiraeink--I'm sorry your dream was so frightening. Try to remember though that dreams are mostly report cards about how the psyche is feeling rather than reports about what is going to happen. Most dreams are not prophecies, so hopefully nothing bad came about after your dream. This is not to minimalize your feelings--I still shudder every time I remember the dream I had that Darth Vader was my father that scared the living daylights out of me until someone pointed out that this means I'm Princess Leia! :-) If you need any help interpreting your particular snake dream let me know.

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      Aisling Ireland 

      9 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      Thanks so much to all of you and for those of you that voted up. I really appreciate it and feel quite welcomed here. Thanks again!

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      9 years ago

      Loved this, very good hub

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      9 years ago from So. Cal.

      I have an acute fear of snakes because of a dream I had about them. I poked one in the eye and it screamed. It was nearly 15 years ago and I can still remember that dream. Very interesting! Voted up.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      This is positively fascinating! I've never dreamed of snakes before- or never remembered it at least, but now I'll be on a sharp lookout!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Very interesting hub. Congrats on being in the top 14 this week. Hope you do well.Voted up and interesting.

    • EsmeSanBona profile imageAUTHOR

      Aisling Ireland 

      9 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm really enjoying it here and I've only written two Hubs! Makes me feel like writing another. Maybe one not so ewwwwww-ie. :-)

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Oh ewwwww - but congrats on making the Fab 14. Good luck in the contest...I shall have to close my eyes if I see it on there and just grope for the keyboard though! Yikes!!! Welcome!!!

    • EsmeSanBona profile imageAUTHOR

      Aisling Ireland 

      9 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      Thank you so much! I'll be checking out your hubs as well. Thanks again for the warm welcome!

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      Robin Edmondson 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Welcome to HubPages! This Hub is extremely impressive for a newbie - or a veteran! Being a psychology major in college, this topic is interesting to me and a fun read. Cheers and welcome again!


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