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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook DREAM DICTIONARY : This dream dictionary is based upon hundreds of real dreams and has been meticulously researched. However, the only person who can truly identify the cause of a dream is the dreamer. Use the questions and quotes on this page to help you find out what has triggered your dream.

SNAKES - Dream analysis: Its usually best to keep dream analysis simple - a snake represents some type of problem in real life. Try to think what was annoying you or causing stress yesterday and that's the cause of your snake dream. What do you think it could represent bearing in mind a snake sneaks up behind you and bites you. Its obvious to see why someone making negative comments about you or making a complaint against you could represent a snake. Both are connected with devious behaviour.

There are hundreds of dreams on this website and snakes appear many times as quite common symbols. So what problems did the people in our study have at the time of the dream? One was thinking about a complaint made against them. Another was feeling singled out unfairly for criticism by others.

Other snake dreams seem to be connected to relationships. One dreamer felt everything he said was twisted by someone acting manipulatory. Some snake dreams just seem to be linked to a poisoned atmosphere where no one feels comfortable.

One dreamer was worried about her father dying. The snake then represented the possibility of something bad happening (in the same way that the snake strikes unexpectedly.

Some people say that dream symbolism is very general. Yes snakes are symbols for something bad - but generally only one bad thing is happening to us at any one time. So from that point of view snakes are very specific. The snake represents that one pressing problem from yesterday or the worries about something for the day to come.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did you particularly dislike some bad atmosphere the day before the dream?
- What do you fear will strike at any moment?
- What bad relationships have been troubling you yesterday?
- Has someone been behaving in a nasty or deceptive way?
- Do you feel that someone is trying to draw you into a dispute?
- What creative projects have you been wrestling with?
- Do you feel that the snake could be a phallic symbol linking to sexual activity at the time of the dream?

KEY WORDS : Problem,criticism,trap,dilemma,complained,wary of,deceiving, strike at any time, blamed, poisonous relationship,difficult task, sex(write down some quotes that capture your key feelings on issues that have been dominating your mind)

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the new thoughts and feelings you have been clarifying in your mind) :
- "I do not want to be drawn into that DISPUTE"
- "she tries to twist everything I say"
- "I feel she could die at any moment "
- "I am TERRIFIED - it could happen at any moment"
- "Its such a DIFFICULT relationship"
-"I was singled out for CRITICISM"
- "She snaps at me"
- "They started FIGHTING"
- "I just cannot deal with that"
- "You ought to be WARY OF him"
- "I do not like being in that atmosphere"
- "I know she thinks I am trying to avoid the BLAME"
- "I realise now that I was wrong to DECEIVE my ex girlfriend"
- "Its a task which I cannot seem to conquer - I am just lacking creativity and insight"
- "it could have been a PHALLIC SYMBOL"


SEE ALSO : Lions : Spiders : Alligators : Sharks : Dogs : Cats : Sharks : Horses : Ants : Birds
DREAM STUDIES : Snakes : Dogs : Animals : snakes
OTHER LINKS : Animals : Dogs : Childs dreams
METHODS : For a full explanation of the methods used in this dream study CLICK HERE
Below you will see a series of quotes. Each quote represents the meaning of a particular dream(these are all dreams where the meaning is understood totally). For instance one dream may have meant that the dreamer was having trouble at work. In that case the quote may simply be "There is a bad atmosphere at work". Some information is included about which dream symbols were included in the dream(within the squares brackets). Often a sample dream is included which shows you how the dream interpretation was reached.
DREAM ANALYSIS : What is the symbolic meaning of snakes in dreams?

In many cases the snake may refer to people you do not like or do not trust. E.g.

"I don't want to be responsible for looking after her child. But I don't look forward to telling her that it has got to stop. She is good at getting me to change my mind"[Dream Dictionary - snake dream]

"I want to say something to my Aunt. She neglects her children and has got pregnant again. I want to say something but I am just scared that she will say something"[Dream Dictionary - snake bites me]

"My ex boyfriend wants to meet me. I think its something that I ought to be WARY OF. I do not think he is telling the truth about what happened"[Dream symbol - two rattle snakes]

Snakes may refer to difficult situations that you feel you are being sucked into. E.g.

"I just don't want to be DRAWN INTO the dispute. But I cannot seem to stay neutral"[Dream Dictionary - snake]

"I tried to encourage her not to do it but she resented me interfering and made a COMPLAINT"[Dream Dictionary - snake]

The snake may represent some fear that may strike at any moment. E.g.

"My grandmother is badly ill and I feel she could die at any moment"[Dream symbol - snake bites]

"The company could go bankrupt at ANY MOMENT and I'll lose my job"[Dream symbol - snake]

"My mothers health seems to be getting worse. I just fear she may become totally bed bound and then her depression would get worse"[Dream dictionary - two snakes]

"I live in a country that is presently at war. I am glad that my countries forces are protecting me but sometimes I worry that they provoke conflict"[Dream symbol - small snake chased by large python]

"A man I know has stopped talking to me. I just am not sure what is happening. I want him to contact me"[Dream Dictionary - black snake on my bed]

Snakes can link to problems in general. E.g.

"recently I've been feeling really MISERABLE and I feel like everything is going wrong" [Dream Dictionary - snakes flying in circles above me]

"Everyone hates me right now. They just want to make fun out of me. I am very unhappy" [Dream Dictionary - snakes everywhere]

Snakes link a great deal to difficult relationships. E.g.

"I am arguing a lot with my pregnant girlfriend. I really want to have a family with her and would hate it if the present difficulties caused us to split. My girlfriend is very moody but I have to understand her."[Dream Dictionary - snake turns into my girlfriend]

"I do not want to give my wife a divorce but at the moment she is really making me HATE her"[Dream Dictionary - snake]

"Last night me and my boyfriend got into a FIGHT that was not resolved"[Dream symbol - snakes everywhere]

"I really hate my step dad. He really emotionally ABUSES me"[Dream symbol - I push my step dad into a snake pit]

"I have broke up with my girlfriend yet we are still living together. The ATMOSPHERE is BAD."[Dream symbol - recurring viper dreams]

Snakes in many ways can link directly to figures of authority. They maybe show that you feel under threat in some way. E.g.

"I dislike my present job as the boss is NOT TRUSTWORTHY and is a total LIAR"[Dream Dictionary - rattle snake]

"I really dislike my supervisor. She really HATES me and SNAPS at me for no reason"[Dream Dictionary - snake]

"I feel really quite vulnerable. That CRITICISM was really very personal. I do not know how to combat it. Yet today I now feel I have given the perfect response. "[Dream Dictionary - drawn to a toy and a snake bites me]

"It is always me who is SINGLED OUT for criticism at work."[Dream symbol - Snake]

Snakes maybe symbols of your own deceptive behavior. E.g.

"I know she thinks I am trying to avoid being BLAMED and that I started the argument. I do not know if I can make up with her just yet. But she has got to realise that I am feeling just as bad as she is after all the bad words said. "[Dream Dictionary - she shows me pictures of me as a snake]

"I realise now that I was wrong to LIE AND CHEAT with my ex girlfriend. I was thinking yesterday about this"[Dream Dictionary - chased by Anaconda]

"I woke up feeling that I wanted to BREAK UP with my boyfriend"[Dream Dictionary - bitten by a snake]

"I realise that my friend has feelings for me. I do not want to be brutal but I do want to make it clear that I do not want a relationship. "[Dream Dictionary - killing a snake]

Snakes though are quite tricky symbols. But in many ways they are quite easy to understand. Think about the bad things and troubled things. The snake represents the traps and troubles which we hope to avoid.

"My schedule is really very tight. I have too much to do and at any moment I can feel myself being UNABLE TO COPE"[Dream Dictionary - snake]

"My daughter is leaving home. I am worried about her"[Dream dictionary - snake]

"I need to sort my problems out and face the troubles of my life."[Dream symbol - Running through forest avoid snakes]

"I am starting some new classes tomorrow. I am a bit worried about them but its really not going to be a PROBLEM. I have met the people that run the class. Its something that I am WORRYING about unnecessarily"[Dream dictionary - I am trying to kill a grass snake. It is not poisonous]

Snakes can link to intellectual and problems which you just cannot seem to solve. E.g.

"I have been wrestling with this project for some time now. I have been working night and day on it"[Dream Dictionary - wrestling with an Anaconda]

"This project is really proving a difficult one. I am CONSTANTLY WORKING on it night and day"[Dream Dictionary - wrestle with Anaconda]

"I have been struggling to understand a problem I am researching at the laboratory. I have concentrated on this for ages now but the solution is eluding me "[Dream Dictionary - snakes]

Snakes have often been a sexual metaphor.

"He was a very considerate LOVER and helped me feel at ease"[Dream symbol - snake]
DREAM TIP : Dreams are very much linked to day to day reality. They concentrate on changes in your thinking and new events. They are very much linked to the type of things you lie awake in bed thinking about. So when you try to understand what a snake means in a dream then its not actually so difficult. Snakes symbolise problems, traps, lies, bad relationships, and virtually any difficulty. A snake dream is likely to link to something that troubled you about the day before or something that you are worrying about in the day ahead.
SAMPLE DREAM : Dreams generally link to some real issue of relevance to you right now. They may capture your feelings on some health issue, work problem , relationship in difficulty , your feelings about how things are generally going, your plans for the day ahead or some simple paranoia or fear. The dreams featured in this website will try to reduce the dreams meaning to a quote which captures your current feelings on some issue. When studying your own dreams try to think what quotes could capture your own feelings on pressing issues. Think especially of the day before the dream and your thoughts about the day to come.
THE DREAM I I dreamt that I was in a jungle like setting with me and my eldest sister. It was a community with houses surrounded by trees. There was morning dew all over. No neighbours said much if anything.

Me and my sister were led out by a community leader. To our left was a large snake laying dead and bloody like it had been cut. When I spoke the snake began to move. Me and my sister ran outside. So when me and my sister were saying good-bye to the community leader the snake was waiting for us across the street. We ran but it moved very swiftly.

I told my sister that it wants me to look after its child. When I said this it stopped as though it was in agreement. But I did not want to do this so I started naming different people. As I named them the snake kept getting larger and larger. It was upset that I could not read its mind. It kept breaking up into pieces then it would die again. Whenever I spoke it kept getting larger and larger. It also kept following me around until I woke up.

THE REALITY The dreamer was a property manager for low income housing. He had for the previous month been picking up a child for the a tenant from school because her mom was at work. But he would rather not do this permanently.

DREAM ANALYSIS Often snake dreams link to day to day issues and problems which can strike at any time. They are very often associated with accidents or problems or deceit. Generally the snake may symbolise anything bad in your life right now. It may link to people you do not like or traps that you have got caught in.

There is one issue which springs immediately to mind for the dreamer. He was having to pick up a child from school but overall would rather not have this responsibility. So lets look for evidence to support this idea. Do the other symbols help confirm this?

The dream features a community leader. This is a good help as that clearly is a symbol which is consistent with the ideas put forward. The community leader in this case represents the community spirit in which the dreamer at first agreed to help his tenant out by picking up the child.

One clear indication is that the snake wants the dreamer to look after its child. Thats a very literal representation of the truth. But it also indicates what the snake symbolises too. The snake symbolises the devious nature of the dreamers tenant and her ability to move quickly in trying to persuade him to change his mind. The snake gets bigger because he knows she will try anything to trap him into agreeing. In its simplest form the snake represents the dreamers feelings that as soon as he tells his tenant he is no longer willing to pick up her child from school she will be a dangerous and tricky creature to be around - it shows that he would like to tell her and then quickly get out before she has chance to persuade him round to her way of thinking.

So why is the sister in the dream? Sisters symbolise emotions and openness to explore new feelings. They represent the way that sisters sit around and explore every aspect of some emotional issue. Here it probably links to the dreamers worries about how his tenant is likely to react. He obviously does not want to say the wrong thing and wishes to find the right words.

Symbolic Meanings
COMMUNITY LEADER : "Helping people around you - the dreamers good nature in agreeing to pick up the child from school"
NAMES : "Specific reasons the dreamer names for not picking up the child"
RUNNING : "wanting to tell his tenant and quickly get out"
SISTER : "working out what everyone's feelings are"
SNAKE : "Problems and traps - Fears of how his tenant will react when he tells her he no longer wishes to continue picking up the child"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "One of my tenants has been asking me to pick up her child from school. I am going to tell her I do not want to do this on a permanent basis. But I know she is not going to like this and will try to twist things that I say".

See how the Symbolic Meanings above weave together to form a key insight in the DREAM MEANING

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