The very thought of a snake inserting itself into a dream can be unnerving. One can be left befuddled, lost as to why the snake appears in his subconscious. One can be left wondering as to what it denotes, what it symbolizes, if there is a message to be found, subliminal or overt. One thing is certain: a snake in one’s dream is usually a symbolization—and as to what it represents, it can be interpreted in a number of different ways. If a snake slithers into your dream, it can be either positive or negative, portentous to the good and the bad. Another things is certain: the serpent is one of the oldest symbols of this world. The snake has been deified, mythologized, loathed. Irrespective of man’s opinion on the serpent, the symbols of the creature—whether the sly serpent in the book of Genesis, or the Rod of Asclepius (the common symbol of medicine)—have illuminated the thoughts of man for millennia. The serpent has been integral into the antiquated legends, and there are myriads of myths that are littered throughout history. With this, we know that snakes are symbols, indeed. What do the symbolizations mean?
Healing, Transformation, Rebirth: In the introductory paragraph, the Rod of Asclepius was mentioned. The Rod of Asclepius is the symbol that medicine has adopted; you will see it at hospitals, doctor’s offices, ambulances—anywhere where medicinal treatment is proffered. Likewise, in dreams, a snake can symbolize healing. Often, a snake bite will occur in the dream. Now, in the physical this would (obviously) be negative, but in our dreams, not necessarily. A snake bite can signal cathartics, something that can purify us. This can be a portent of good things; it can mean that the things that are burdening us can be alleviated—that, in essence, a transformation can take place. This transformation can be seen as somewhat of a spiritual (not necessarily religious) rebirth or renewal. This is a good thing.
Complications, Struggles, Battles:
On the other hand, a snake bite (or a snake chase) can be a signal of the negative. It can represent a fierce struggle or ordeal, a wrangling of the good and the bad. Through the context of negativity, this can be seen as a bad thing; but if you look at it a different way, it is not. This sort of dream—where the snake is chasing or has issued a vicious bite—can denote that you need transformation. That the only way to change the struggles in your life is that you deal with them head on, bravely—not cowering away. In the dream, you are probably running away from the snake, but often, in many dreams, the snake will catch up to you, anyway. This dream is telling you that the only way to heal is to, in fact, get bitten. And then, as some psychoanalysts will tell you, will the psychological rebirth transpire.
Snake symbolizations don’t have to be bad. Although they seem nightmarish (and in some instances you will wake up sweating, your chest heaving, heart thumping) they can be the sign of good things to come, or the signal that certain things need to be done. If there is one tip: be encouraged by the dreams. It may mean that change is imminent.