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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:
- Things you should consider before interpreting a dream.
- The snake as a symbol of transformation.
- What it means when a rattlesnake appears in a dream.
- What it means when a snake bites you in a dream.
- How snakes appear as symbols of sexuality or wisdom.
- Snakes as symbols of healing.
- 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.
Warning, sign of danger/malignancy, sign of strength to face fears.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Snakes Around the World
|Culture/Religion||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.
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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unknown on July 07, 2020:
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?
Sonny R on April 12, 2020:
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.
Geeta on November 16, 2019:
Want to the meaning of battery operated plastic snake.
David on August 05, 2019:
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.
Jessica Ozor on July 18, 2019:
I dream about snakes all the time
Monica on July 16, 2019:
I dream a yellow snake was chasing me.
Ouya on February 21, 2019:
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
Carla on February 06, 2019:
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...
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on December 06, 2018:
Hi Marpoz. Why was the snake afraid of you in the dream?
Marpoz on November 17, 2018:
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.
reneilwe on September 11, 2018:
I dream my friend buy snake .
Emma on July 14, 2018:
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.
Dd on July 13, 2018:
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
Gi on June 08, 2018:
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
Sally on June 03, 2018:
Ji l had a dream of snakes everywhere but in the dream my daughter died.
prince k. Smith on February 19, 2018:
i dream my hair on my head turn to small snake and i was so afraid
Unknown on September 22, 2017:
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
Phillip Davis on June 01, 2017:
I was bitten by a baby snake on the right leg.
Divya on November 06, 2016:
in my dream i was tied up by a snake. what does it mean
mary on October 13, 2016:
I dream were I was shot many times and i was not hurt
Teresa Faries on August 24, 2016:
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
lavheart on October 30, 2015:
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.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on April 25, 2014:
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!
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 16, 2013:
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
Amber Rose18 on May 24, 2013:
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.
sonia on May 03, 2013:
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...
jayk on April 30, 2013:
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..
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on November 21, 2012:
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!
Power Ball Pythons from Mobile, AL on November 09, 2012:
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.
HK on May 26, 2012:
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.
sharmi on April 30, 2012:
wondering..... did't expect these things
Debra Charney on August 06, 2011:
Great article! Voted up and interesting. Loved the pic as well.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on August 04, 2011:
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 :-).
guest on August 04, 2011:
Just wondering why you didn't mention Freud in this article.
LiveWorkPlayBLVR from Sunshine State Florida USA on August 03, 2011:
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
so weird on August 03, 2011:
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
TheDailyMessenger from Las Vegas, NV on August 02, 2011:
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.
slavicat on August 02, 2011:
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
Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on August 01, 2011:
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.
Maria Cecilia from Philippines on August 01, 2011:
Congrats for being selected hub of the day... this is really interesting...hope you post more dream interpretations
tanujpanwar on August 01, 2011:
very informative........good work.... :)
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on August 01, 2011:
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!!!!!!!!
Kimberly D King from San Diego, CA on August 01, 2011:
My mom and I have often dreamt of snakes and it's refreshing to see some insight on them!
johncimble from Bangkok on August 01, 2011:
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
johncimble from Bangkok on August 01, 2011:
great hub :) but i dont like snakes lol
Sophia Angelique on August 01, 2011:
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.
Carl on August 01, 2011:
Very good work EsmeSanBona, I hope to read more of your work. Voted Up, Useful, Awesome, Beautiful, and Interesting
Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on August 01, 2011:
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.
Ashley Gray from Colorado on August 01, 2011:
Love this hub! I think dreams are fascinating, so love to learn what they mean. Congrats on hub of the day! :)
marriednokids from California on August 01, 2011:
Pretty interesting hub. So much I didn't know about snakes!
Carolina from Switzerland on August 01, 2011:
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.
ChrisIndellicati from New York, NY on August 01, 2011:
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!
Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on August 01, 2011:
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!
tamarindcandy on August 01, 2011:
Congrats on making hub of the day!
Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on August 01, 2011:
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.
plasterer tonbridge on August 01, 2011:
great hub found this really interesting, can't say i've dreamtof snakes though
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2011:
This Hub of the Day is certainly an eye catcher. Congratulations and a hearty welcome to HubPages.
Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on August 01, 2011:
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.
Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on August 01, 2011:
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.
joekreydt on August 01, 2011:
what does it mean if you have snakes in a dream, and samuel l. jackson is also in the dream?
Jawanza James Williams from Bronx, NY on August 01, 2011:
Liola Lee on August 01, 2011:
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.
JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on August 01, 2011:
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!
Binaya.Ghimire on August 01, 2011:
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.
Linda Ann from Manchester Township, New Jersey on August 01, 2011:
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!
Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on August 01, 2011:
Very interesting. You´ve certainly done your homework, here.
Pleased to meet you on hubpages.
Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on August 01, 2011:
Congratulations on being the Hub of the day! This is a very informative and well written post.
Thanks for sharing, and welcome to Hubpages.
Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on August 01, 2011:
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.
carlness from San Francisco on August 01, 2011:
Dream interpretation is very interesting. I dont remember ever dreaming about snakes but the potential meanings are pretty cool. Great hub. Interesting + voteup!
Johnathan L Groom from Bristol, CT on August 01, 2011:
Interesting piece, great into-pic.
sonia05 from india on August 01, 2011:
Very interesting hub! Congrats for hub of the day!
Thank you for sharing!
PETER LUMETTA from KENAI, ALAKSA on August 01, 2011:
GOOD ONE, CONGRATS! WELCOME TO OUR FUN HOUSE,
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on August 01, 2011:
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.
Terry Chestnutt from Cleveland, Ohio on August 01, 2011:
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.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on July 29, 2011:
Thank you Angelique. I enjoyed your sleep apnea article. I find sleep disorders fascinating to your article was particularly interesting to me.
Angelique Newman from Canada on July 29, 2011:
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!
Steve Andrews from Lisbon, Portugal on July 28, 2011:
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.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on July 27, 2011:
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.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on July 27, 2011:
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!
lavender3957 on July 26, 2011:
Loved this, very good hub
nikkiraeink from So. Cal. on July 26, 2011:
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.
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 26, 2011:
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!
Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on July 26, 2011:
Very interesting hub. Congrats on being in the top 14 this week. Hope you do well.Voted up and interesting.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on July 26, 2011:
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. :-)
Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 26, 2011:
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!!!
Aisling Ireland (author) from Bolingbroke, GA on July 26, 2011:
Thank you so much! I'll be checking out your hubs as well. Thanks again for the warm welcome!
Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on July 26, 2011:
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!