What Does A Snake Dream Mean?
- Jason Spencer
The interpretation of a dream is always dependent on the circumstances surrounding the dream, and the dreamer’s perspective is just as important as that of any other interpretation. However, it is beneficial to have knowledge of the various ways that such things have been understood throughout the course of history.
For instance, the snake may take on a variety of different functions in one’s dreams, not all of which are harmful. One of the earliest works devoted to the study of dreams, the Oneirocritica by Artemidoros, provides a list of various possible interpretations of a dream’s content. These interpretations range from women having dreams of snakes before giving birth, which resulted in sons who became orators (due to the snake’s forked tongue), thieves (due to the fact that a snake never moves in straight lines), priests (due to the fact that snakes are sacred to the The same may be said for many other literature on the interpretation of dreams.
Seeing Snakes in Your Dreams: What Does it Mean?
For example, Carl Jung believed that snakes were “chthonic devils” (spirits of the underworld), but he also believed that “serpent is an adversary and a symbol of enmity, but also a wise bridge that connects right and left through longing, much needed by our life.” [C]arl Jung believed that snakes were “chthonic devils.” Snakes have the potential to be primitive, sexual animals as well as oppressive figures in one’s nightmares.
In the case of poisonous snakes, they might stand for death via assassination. However, they can also refer to rebirth through the shedding of one’s skin or difficulties with one’s health or spirituality. Both of these interpretations are possible. Freud theorized that these objects may even stand in for the phallus.
It is fascinating to see how such meanings have the same relevance in certain areas but differ in significance in other areas across different religions. According to Islamic dream interpreter Ibn Sirin, having a dream in which your property is overrun with snakes is a portent of a bountiful harvest in the near future.
- On the other hand, having a dream in which your property is overrun with snakes and you are surrounded by enemies is interpreted differently by the Jewish faith.
- If a follower of Hinduism has a dream in which they slay a snake, they should prepare for adversity, but a follower of one of the Abrahamic faiths may see this as a good omen.
The takeaway from all of this is that dream interpretation is a culturally determined discipline, and it is at least somewhat driven by the memes (in the anthropological sense) that are prevalent throughout an individual’s childhood. Notwithstanding this, some frequent interpretations include the following:
What’s the difference between a snake and a serpent?
There is no distinction between a snake and a serpent, because they are the same thing. Because they are classified inside the suborder Serpentes, which gives them their common name of serpent, we refer to snakes as serpents.