Since time immemorial people have been dreaming of snakes. The symbolism of snake dreams is also discussed in detail in scripture (Genesis 3:1). We see the serpent tricking Adam and Eve to rebel against God. As a deceitful creature, it deceived them that by disobeying God they will be like him, little did they know they were already like God as they were created in his image and likeness. They were placed in the garden of Eden to execute God’s Will.
The symbolism of snake dreams can best be interpreted based on:
- Where it bites
- Based on its color
- What it does in the dream
- The type of snake in question and its characteristics.
There are many sources from which we can draw the interpretation of snake symbolism. However, as believers in Jesus Christ, we are supposed to rely on God for the interpretation, for “in Christ Jesus is the total of all wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3
There is only one place in the scriptures where a snake is used to symbolize something positive. It is when God asked Moses to erect a brazen serpent which symbolized that the son of man shall be crucified to bring salvation to all who look to him. Therefore, the symbolism represented redemption and salvation of mankind from his sinful nature.
The snake is portrayed as an evil entity. It represents the devil himself, the serpent in the garden of Eden. It also represents the schemes of the evil one, his cunning nature to deceive man to fall from the path of righteousness.
Since snakes are poisonous, they can also indicate evil influence and danger that lurks in the darkness to destroy the simple. It is fatal and can also cause paralysis and health issues. It may also indicate witchcraft or even spell cast to cause sicknesses and poison your life entirely.
Snake dreams may symbolize spiritual warfare with demons of a higher ranking or even the devil himself.
Related: Having sex in a dream meaning
A) Symbol meaning based on the type of snake and its unique characteristics.
- A rat snake – it is generally nonpoisonous and may symbolize an enemy who tries to harm you but he is not capable as you are sanctified, and covered with the blood of Jesus Christ. (Jeremiah 54:17).
- Python – it is massive and has very strong muscles to suffocate its prey. I remember having a snake dream in which a python tried to kill me by suffocating me. It squeezed me so hard, but by the grace of God I overcome. The symbolism represented an evil spiritual entity that was trying to kill something precious in my life. As we all know suffocation can lead to serious damage to the respiratory system, even leading to death.
- Cobra – it is amongst the most poisonous snakes. It may symbolize something poisonous in your life. Or even poisonous friendships that have the power to destroy your destiny. The Bible in Luke 10:19 declares, “we have been given authority over serpents and scorpions.”
From the snake’s behavior, we know that it can also symbolize our emotions of anger and rage. That’s how we always behave when blinded by anger, as it poisons our soul. This makes us bitter and unforgiving.
B) Based on their color
- A white snake – it might represent self-righteousness. The Bible warns us to be watchful as the devil turns himself an angel of light and ends up misleading many.
- A black snake – the color black is associated with witchcraft and dark powers. For example, seeing a black cat in your dreams.
C) Based on where the snake bites you in the dream.
Most snake dreams involve the snake biting the person dreaming. The bite may inflict pain and even lead to poisoning, depending on the context of the dream.
1. A snake biting your head dream meaning.
The head is the seat of governance where life-changing decisions are made. It also represents your emotions and Will power. It also represents your potential, as it is in the human mind where such ability resides.
I remember having a dream where a rat snake bit my forehead severally. In the dream I was resting beside a river (river represents the flow of life – progress), then I walked up and went to a beautiful field covered with grass. As I laid down, all of a sudden, a snake bit my forehead severally wounding me. I took it by the hand and smashed its head against the ground and it was badly injured. It tried to escape but I chased after it and crushed its head and body with my foot. It could not withstand the pain so it crawled away at a supersonic speed.
2. A snake biting your leg especially your heel.
The heel is an open door to your soul and therefore when a snake bites your heel, it poisons your soul with bitterness and unforgiveness.
I also remember when I was doing my undergraduate attachment at the Kenya Bureau of Standards, I had a dream in which a cobra snake bit my heel twice and I immediately crashed its head with my foot and killed it. I prayed against it and asked God to reveal to me the interpretation. The dream occurred on a Saturday, the next morning when I was in the church, the visiting pastor inspired by the Spirit of God warned that whoever was having snake dreams should not take it lightly. I knew God was speaking to me to take action through prayers and fasting.
The truth is that I was bitten by the cobra but I was able to overcome through the blood and name of Jesus. I remember I went into a season of bitterness and unforgiveness, however by the end of it all God saved me and gave me victory over the enemy.
3. A snake biting your hands
Your hands symbolize your strength. A snake biting your hands means that it is paralyzing your ability to be productive. It is attacking your business and also rendering you weak.
The interpretation of the dream is drawn from the Bible as God declared that “He will bless the works of our hands.” It is that work which the enemy is targeting, your ability to serve God with your hands. (Deuteronomy 16:15, 28:12, 30:9)
D) Based on what the snake is doing in the dream.
If a snake is chasing after you, then it symbolizes that there is a force of witchcraft trying to attack you and you need to pray to defeat it in Jesus’ name.
What does it mean to have sex with a snake in a dream?
Sex symbolizes fertility and probably may mean the enemy is trying to plant a seed of wickedness and perversion in your life. It might also mean you are being initiated in cultism and witchcraft without your awareness. The dream interpretation differs based on the context.
How to deal with snake dreams
You must first and foremost be born again. Receive Jesus today as your Lord and savior.
“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved.”(Romans 10:9-10, ESV)
You need to plead the blood of Jesus over your life and pray every time before going to bed.