The Biblical Meaning of Snakes in Dreams

It is usually believed that the snake is your enemy. We just need to look at the serpent in the Bible who tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. The snake is deceitful and can easily lead us astray. The deceit could be within ourselves or it could be from an enemy. Perhaps you are the deceiver, or maybe somebody else is deceiving you. You have to look at the dream as a whole to get the true meaning. 

The snake or serpent is ever-present in the Bible and you will find many mentions of these creatures. They are a fascinating symbol although generally negative to dream about. However, this is not always the case and in this article, we will look at the different scenarios in which we might see snakes and how they connect to the Bible. 

Sigmund Freud, the famous dream psychologist, believed that what we dream about is connected to what goes on in our waking life. However, if we look at the biblical meaning of snakes in dreams, there are other things we need to take into consideration. The snake in the Bible can have either negative or occasionally positive traits, but most of all, it always denotes transformation. This is made more poignant when we think that snakes shed their skin.  

The snake in the Bible is often referred to be poisonous or evil. The symbol of the snake is often associated with intrigue. In scripture, there are 11 Hebrew and 4 Greek names that are associated with snakes. 

In our waking life, many of us are conditioned to fear snakes, but some people will have snakes as pets. In addition, not all snakes are venomous and are harmless. 

Battling Dark Forces in Your Dream

Perhaps you have had a dream where you see yourself fighting a snake. It can mean that you are feeling emotional. If you look at Psalms 6:6, you will see snakes biting feet, and perhaps this is what is happening to you in your dream. The feet can be symbolized as the gateway to the soul so perhaps something is battling your soul in your waking life. Maybe somebody is trying to question your religion. 

If you have a dream about a multitude of snakes, it can mean that you are facing a spiritual battle. You could be fighting dark forces in real life. You could be tempted to do something that would hurt other people.

The Snake as a Symbol of Satan

The snake symbolizes Satan or the enemy of God. The first time Satan is mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 3 when he tempts Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. As this is written close to the beginning of the Bible, the snake becomes a symbol of evil that runs through both the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is made clear that a snake is not to be trusted, so if you do have a dream of one, beware.

The Impact of Snakes on Others

If we look at Numbers 21 in the Bible, we can read an important story about snakes. The Israelites keep complaining about everything, so the Lord sends snakes to punish them. These people even spoke against God and his prophet, Moses. In this verse, we see Moses with a bronze snake on a stick and then the snakes come to bite the Israelites. In verse 21.5, God allows the snakes to kill them and we can wonder if this is the action of a loving and just God. We often come across people that complain, but the majority of us wouldn’t dream about killing them. However, God gave the Israelites a reprieve. He said that each person who had been bitten by a snake would be allowed to live if he or she looked at the bronze statue belonging to Moses. There is a deeper meaning to this story and that is that God asked the Israelites to consider how their complaints affected others. This can make us think about how we are impacting our friends and family by complaining. Are we alienating the people we love?

Another time that a snake is mentioned in the Bible is in John 3:14-15. Here Jesus Christ is compared to a snake by dying on a cross to save the people who love him. This image is both negative and positive. It is negative because Jesus had to suffer and die, but by doing this he brought healing to many people and so the outcome is positive.

The Snake as a Symbol of Strength

The Bible contains many metaphors which can be hard to interpret. In the same way, the snake is surrounded by metaphors. It is regarded as something representative and symbolic of other things. 

In the Bible, in chapter 30 verses 18-19,  snakes are mentioned who seem to stand out from others. They are slithering all over a rock meaning that they symbolize strength. However, they also represent deceit. If you have a dream such as this, you need to consider who is the snake in your life. Someone isn’t being honest with you and you will have to do some digging to find out who this is. They might think that they are strong and forceful, but you can be like that as well. 

Dreaming of Snakes Biting You

It is quite common to dream about snakes biting you. After all, that’s one of the most prominent features of a snake’s actions. If you have a dream where this happens, it means that evil is knocking at your door. It could be somebody wanting to do you physical harm or to cause mental distress. 

In the Bible, there are instances of snakes biting people. We have already mentioned Numbers 21:5 but in Ecclesiastes 10:8b NIV,  there is a verse that goes like this,; ‘Whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.’ This is a very obscure symbol but it could mean that if we break through someone’s defenses, we may meet something unexpected and it may not be good. Another meaning would be literal. If you break into a house with designs on robbing it, you could be caught and put in prison. 

In the Bible, the snake plays different roles. Firstly, he is described as evil and Satan is mentioned many times. However, he is also described as a savior of people who brings healing and wisdom.

Snakes in Dreams and Their Biblical Meaning

Snakes in dreams can be either positive or negative. They are negative because they are often portrayed as Satan in such cases as the Garden of Eden. Another instance of the snake being evil is in the Wisdom of Solomon. Here Christ Jesus made the snake legless to punish him. However, in reality, a snake can slither just as quickly as somebody on foot. However, snakes are also positive as we have mentioned and you will have to take the dream as a whole to decide whether your snake is a positive symbol or a negative one. 

The snake is not only an important symbol in the Bible. It also has great importance in the religions of Greece, Mesopotamia, and Egypt.

Advice About Snakes in Dreams

If you dream about a snake, it can mean that you have to watch people in your life and those just entering it. Somebody could be planning to do you harm and there’s no way you would expect it of them. The chances are high that this person will be a close friend or family member who knows what your weaknesses are. The dream is telling you that this will be a complete surprise to you. It will upset you because you have gone through a lot with that person and you will find it difficult to understand their actions. 

Alternatively, if you dream about a snake, it can mean that something negative could happen. Perhaps your partner will break up with you. Maybe you will lose your job. Perhaps you will be robbed. Maybe you can’t pay your mortgage this month. You need to protect yourself and remain strong so that you can face up to this danger. This is even more likely to happen if the snake is large such as a python. Try not to worry too much that people dislike you or are jealous of you. It happens to the best of us. However, the dream is not entirely negative as Karma will take place and the people who wronged you will be paid back. Remember not to do anything yourself, but allow Karma to happen naturally. Stay hopeful. Life won’t be like this forever. It will get better and you will have some luck. 

To see a small snake warns of unpleasant developments on either a professional or personal front. Somebody might have done something for their own benefit without considering you. However, again this person will face Karma. A small snake can also indicate that someone is acting recklessly. If it is you, you need to calm down and work through your problem. If it’s someone else, you need to advise the person to help them stop. Perhaps they are drinking or smoking too much. 

Keeping Secrets in Dreams About Snakes

To be bitten by a snake in a dream can mean that your secrets are going to be exposed. They are going to come from the deepest and darkest regions of your mind. The person who will betray you wasn’t someone you trusted completely but decided to overlook any doubts about his or her personality. The dream is a warning. Be careful in the future. Don’t just trust somebody because you like them. Get to know them a bit better before you confide in them. Remember that most secrets do eventually come out in the open, but it should be you who decides when.

Dreaming About Killing Snakes

If you have a dream in which you kill a snake, the news is positive. You are going to stand up for what you believe in and not just go along with the crowd. If you are fighting with somebody mentally, you are going to win. However, don’t try to take revenge. Leave this to Karma. That way you will have a clear conscience. After all, two wrongs don’t make a right. 

Another interpretation of this dream is that you are determined to succeed, but you won’t walk over other people to do this. You have inner strength and a pure mind.

Dreaming About a Dead Snake

If you dream about a dead snake, but you weren’t the one who killed it, you are going to have good luck for the foreseeable future. It is time for you to forget the past, especially if bad things have happened to you. Instead, you are promised a fresh start, and success is guaranteed.

However, if you see many dead snakes, the news is not so good. Something unpleasant is going to happen in the near future. You might have a car accident that could have been caused by someone reckless. You could know this person and think that you are close, but they don’t feel the same way. The dream is telling you to delve deeper into the personalities of your friends and family and see if any of them could be considered reckless. If so, avoid doing something with them that could lead to an accident.

Dreaming About Attacking a Snake

You could dream about attacking a snake. This can be a way that God is testing your faith. Do you trust God or the serpent? If you kill the snake, you have chosen God. 

Alternatively, this dream can mean that you have been neglecting your health and it is time you visited a doctor, changed your diet, or took up a fitness regime. 

Unfortunately, this dream can also have a very negative meaning. Someone you love is going to become sick and die. Keep an eye on your friends and family to see if any of them look ill and then try and help them. You might not be able to stop them from dying, but you could make their last months happy. 

On the other hand, you might dream of a snake attacking you. There might be more than one snake and this dream could be classed as a nightmare. This dream means that you could be betrayed by someone close to you or that you are going to be disappointed by something. If, for example, you were at school, you might not get the grades you want to advance your learning journey. If you have this dream, it is advisable to remain strong so that your enemies don’t betray you. You will be able to see through dishonest people, especially those who pretend to be your friend. A pure heart always wins over an evil one, if not in this world, but the next.

Dreaming About a Colorful Snake

Dreaming about a colorful snake is not positive. It can mean that you misjudge people and consider enemies to be friends and friends to be enemies. This can lead to all sorts of problems. Your enemies can betray you and you will be shocked as you thought them to be friends. A colorful snake is a symbol of a dishonest and even evil person. The snake may look pretty on the outside, but inside it is evil.

What is the Biblical Symbol of a Snake Bite in a Dream?

You might have a dream where you get bitten by a dead snake. This can mean that you are going to remember past events which made you sad, angry, or bitter. You won’t recall the nice, happy events that have taken place in your life. It will be a person who reminds you of these things, someone close to you whom you thought to be a friend. They may reveal your darkest secrets, so beware. Think about whom you have confided in and watch your back. He or she is not the friend you thought you had. If you already think that you know who this person is, the dream is a warning. Pull yourself back from this person. 

Another meaning of this dream is that you are going to compete with enemies. Perhaps they are co-workers who are saying bad things about you to your boss. 

  • Dreaming about a snake in the grass: If you have a dream where you see a snake in the grass, it can mean that someone is going behind your back. ‘Snake in the grass’ is a common expression, meaning that someone is outwardly friendly, but has a different agenda. 

Alternatively, this dream can mean that you are feeling as if everyone is taking you for granted. This is because you are a kind and loving person and people may take advantage of your good nature. It is time you stood up for yourself before your family and friends walk all over you.

  • Dreaming about a coiled snake: If you have a dream in which you have a snake coiled around your body, your weaknesses are becoming prevalent. Your enemies are trying to destroy you and what you stand for. The dream is telling you not to give up and to stand up to these people. Perhaps they are trying to get credit for something that you have done. Don’t let them bulldoze you.

Alternatively, the dream could be telling you that you have relationship problems. Maybe you’re not aware of them yet. Think about your partner. Is he or she too possessive? Does he or she get jealous of your friends and family? If so, perhaps it is time to discuss your relationship with the person involved. If you feel it necessary, end the relationship. You need to spend your life with someone who truly loves you for who you are.

  • Dreaming about holding a snake: If you have a dream in which you are holding a snake, it can mean that you are obsessing about unimportant matters. You need to be aware of this and focus on more important things.

What is the General Meaning of Dreaming About Snakes?

If we look at different religions and cultures, we can see that snakes have different meanings if you dream about them. While they are generally portrayed as evil in the Bible, some cultures consider them to be positive. They think that dreaming about snakes indicates a new start in life and that you will gain wisdom.  

Other cultures believe that if you dream about a snake, there is someone in your circle who is trying to harm you. It could be a close friend so beware. Nothing is as it seems on the surface. The person you trust could be sly and scheming.

Sigmund Freud, the famous dream psychologist, believed that the snake is phallic. It symbolizes temptation. He thought that if you dreamed about a snake, you are going to be tempted sexually. Perhaps you are thinking of having an extra-marital affair. The dream urges you to reconsider.

What is the Psychological Interpretation of Dreaming About Snakes

  • Many dream psychologists have talked about what it means to dream about a snake. This list includes Freud and Carl Jung. They believed that dreaming about a snake delved into your deep and dark secrets. They also said that the dream means that you need to look into your personal development.
  • Another interpretation of dreaming about snakes is that they symbolize mystery. You need to focus on unfamiliar people or a situation that you don’t feel you know much about.
  • When you dream about snakes, it could be because you are having trouble facing up to your worries and fears. These thoughts may be occupying your mind to such a state that you can’t think about anything else. The dream is telling you to put negative thoughts to the side.
  • Dreaming about a two-headed snake can be disconcerting. However, it represents your strength. You may be pulled in two different directions. You have to sit down and think through the pros and cons of each way. Only you can decide which road to take.

Alternatively, if you dream of a two-headed snake, it can mean that you need to collaborate with another person. This is most probably at work.

  • You are probably depressed and anxious if you dream about a lot of snakes. If this goes on for months, you will have to think about seeing a professional.
  • An unpleasant meaning of dreaming about a snake could be that you have an evil side to your personality. You need to work on this before you alienate everybody. Alternatively, it could be that someone in your life that is evil. Perhaps it is time to break off relations with this person.  

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