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Snake Symbolism & Meaning

Has it been tough for you to focus on moving forward? Are you searching for a connection to ancient, esoteric wisdom? Do you need help staying grounded? Snake energy can help!

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Snake Symbolism & Meaning

The idea of Snake Spirit slithering into your life may not, at first, seem appealing. Many people have an aversion or fear of Snakes. Nonetheless, the ancients around the world thought of Snake as a symbol of life, change and longevity.

It is not unusual for folks to seek out Snake symbolism and meaning when you need to heal or transform your life in some manner that improves the overall quality of living.

Think of Greek tales of Aesclepius, the God of medicine. His power tool is a staff with two Snakes entwined (the Caduceus). If you’re working on becoming a Light Healer (for people, animals or the earth) this is an excellent symbol to embrace for honoring Snake.

Because the Snake moves along the ground, many connect this creature to the Earth’s most primal energy and the force of creation itself. Additionally the Earth element aspect of Snake reminds us to keep one foot on the ground even when exploring Spiritual pursuits.

There are underlying themes in Snake Symbolism and Meaning and one is definitely personal growth.
Snakes shed their skin as they grow, so ask yourself – what do you need to shake off so you can expand your horizons.

Snake speaks heavily of old, outmoded ways of thinking and living that will hold you back until you’re ready for release. Once you do, the Snake’s metamorphosis process can begin within and without. The only caution is that the way in which you use your time and energy matters in this journey. Apply yourself to noble aspirations that provide balance and substance, and raise vibrational frequencies in your aura.

Snake Spirit is also a guide for Spiritual renewal. If you’re thinking of taking a new path but hesitate, Snake supports your efforts. Snake may also warn of moving too fast into something that may not be right for you. Move slowly. In nature, the Snake’s tongue is one of the most developed sensory organs. It gathers a great deal of information quickly so Snake stays out of harm’s way. Let that refined sense of “smell” direct you toward the best choice.

Snake Spirit Animal

When Snake starts appearing as a Spirit Animal and Guide it is time to cast away illusions, unhealthy beliefs and unreasonable expectations be they emotional, physical or Spiritual. The only way to wholeness is by walking in truth and living each moment to its fullness.

Give up the “would haves”, “could haves” and “should haves” and focus on NOW.

Several cultures including Celtic, Indian and Ancient Greeks felt the Snake embodied sexuality. It’s not surprising then that Snake Spirit may come to help you when you struggle with your passions and pleasures, and experiencing them wisely, without guilt.

The Snake opens Chakras, particularly the Base Chakra so you can understand and embrace sacred sensuality in body and Spirit. This path to energetic opening is referred to as a “Kundalini Awakening”.

One of the most potent lessons from Snake Spirit is that of the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Note this may not be literal (situations, relationships etc. have these elements). No matter the circumstance, let Snake guide you through this mystery. Keep a journal of your journey toward transformation.

Always remember, though, Snake sheds their entire skin, they re-emerge whole. Snake Spirit can help you glide gracefully through even the most harrowing experiences.

Snakes are terrifying to most folks. But why? Surely a ferocious, hungry Tiger pouncing on you or angry Scorpion hidden in your shoe is more likely to do damage, right? Snakes are primordial creatures and, so, stir ancient memories housed in our DNA. Snake energy causes us to consider life and death matters. This can rock your world.

When Snake slithers in as your Spirit Animal, things are about to get really “real”. Don’t be afraid. Snake medicine can help you.

Snake Totem Animal

People born with a Snake Totem are constantly changing themselves or circumstances around them. In between those efforts they’re typically content to bask in the sunshine of life! The only time they strike out is when startled or feel they (or someone they know) is in danger.

With Snake as your Totem Animal, it’s vital you stay close to the earth. You may find yourself gardening, rock hunting or walking through the green forest with all your senses open. This is the perfect time to connect with your Higher Self, Devas, Angels and the Divine. These are all fantastic locations for healing meditations and honing your natural skills.

If Snake is your Totem, you can really hold a group’s attention with your charisma and poise. Like the Snake you are flexible and able to shift your path both verbally and physically as situations dictate.

When you choose Snake as your Totem Animal, messages from other worlds can become clear to you as each of your 6 senses become more finely attuned and powerful.

Snake Power Animal

Shamans and Light workers often see Snake as a guide for Astral Travel and trance work. If you are considering exploring out of body experiences, Snake is a powerful ally. Snake can also guide you in other realms so your Spirit doesn’t stray.

Other reasons to entreat Snake include support with psychic insight and intuition, health and well-being, personal metamorphosis and evolution, creativity, improved global and cosmic awareness and learning fire medicine just to name a few.

Just remember that when you open yourself to Snake you are also opening yourself to changes that eventually manifest in Spiritual renewal. These changes are not always simple or without pain, but once confronted true healing begins.

Native American Snake Symbolic Meanings

Snake Spirit has divergent symbolism in Native American tribes ranging from a huge monster that swallowed people in one gulp to the far more positive meaning of fertility (Pueblos) and rebirth (Ojibwa).

One story from the Hopi tribe tells us of a winged Snake that communicates with the Earth Element. To honor this Spirit they have an annual dance that offers Snakes to the serpent, making prayers for the health and well-being of the tribe. Here and in several other North American tribes, Sneak is a rain-bringer.

In Aztec tradition various Gods and Goddesses have Snake forms. This includes Quetzalcoatl, the great feathered Serpent. Quetzalcoatl was the God of the evening star who gave books, corn, and the calendar to humankind.

Snake as a Celtic Animal Symbol

The Celts were a Shamanic culture who studied animals as few cultures through history have and Snakes were among their favorite animal symbols. We see this in their elaborate Celtic Knotwork, their myths and legends, etc.

Snakes represented graceful travel over any terrain, transformative healing, and a deep connection to the underworld as well as the heavens. Snakes behavior helped teach the ancient Celts how to live in synch with nature and, in particular, the seasons.

Because a Snake’s eyes “glaze over” as they shed their skin, the Celtic Snake has become a symbol of altered states and it is believed that while in that state Snakes are tapping into all the knowledge there ever has been or will ever be.

Snake Dreams

Snakes in dreams often deal with our subconscious mind that houses a lot of dynamic information that we often hide from ourselves. During your dream Snake may reveal issues or struggles that you’ve overlooked and need to see in the light of day in order to move forward. There are other meanings for Snake in dreams that are more situational – like being bitten, which could mean you’re exposing yourself to a toxic situation.

Snake in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

In the Chinese Animal Zodiac, Snake is like a little brother or cousin to the Dragon. It symbolizes working with herbs, insightfulness, and shrewdness. When the Spring festival arrives it’s not uncommon to see a Snake around a rabbit on people’s home and business as a charm for prosperity.

People born under the sign of the Snake have charm, wisdom and clever tongues. If this is your sign you are likely good with finances, have a keen empathy for others and a serious drive for success. On the down side Snake people can prove jealous, distrustful and a tad overbearing. Snake people do well in positions where they use their keen minds for problem solving or philosophy.

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  1. bill driver November 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    When I was a early teenager I used to have dreams of a big snake who lived in my backyard. He could talk and he told me things. I do not remember them, but there were a lot of these dreams. I was always fascinated by snakes and had different experiences. I became a serious meditator and loved to walk the wooded areas.

    When I walked, I walked the main trails. As the season became warmer and more hikers came, I would walk deeper into the more peaceful areas. I used to see lots of snakes. I didn’t pay much attention until one day I was talking to a friend. He said he walked the same nature area and had never seen a snake in his life!

    One day, I was sitting in meditation. When I opened my eyes, there were a couple of big snakes laying on the side of a creek about 10 yards away. Another day, I opened my eyes and there was a small snake about eight feet away just moving along a deck. I even saw a snake on come by about four feet away on a boardwalk in Miami Beach. I walk along and sometimes they are one foot away. I practiced many years ago walking as still as the forest, making no sound when I walk and part of it is not pounding the earth, so you don’t accidentally snap twigs.

    Anyway, I decided the snake is my totem.

    • Bhaskar Tilak November 12, 2017 at 4:38 am - Reply

      Did you chant anything when you meditated?

  2. Rose December 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Early this morning I had a complex dream that ended in a warehouse and a group of us trying to escape from a huge black, magical snake that was attacking us. At one point the entire snake became engulfed in flames but still continued the pursuit. I was climbing a tall wall shop shelf in attempts to get to the door that had no stairs. Someone managed to cut the snakes head off, but it was still close to the body and the snake was able to knit it back on with purple, pulsating magic before it started to climb up the shelf after me. I started to come awake because it was my normal time to, though I tried to maintain the dream to see the outcome. The last I remembered was it rearing it’s humongous black, flaming head at me.

  3. Jennifer February 3, 2018 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I have seen a golden dragon with a snakes body in my minds eye it was slithering past me, it wasn’t threatening. Do you have a meaning for this, as I cannot find the meaning online.

  4. Tia February 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I rarely remember my dreams and a few nights ago I had a dream where a slim black snake slithered into my home while carrying a flat, dead fish on its upper body. Can you give me any insight into this?

  5. Ramadas February 15, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply


    I saw a dead snake (looks like baby python) on the road on 15th Feb 2018, approximately at 6.30 PM in India. Request provide some insight to this.

  6. Chai February 26, 2018 at 3:19 am - Reply

    I just wanted to point out that Asclepius has a single snake on his staph while The Caduceus is actually the staph of Hermes which has two snakes and wings. The difference medically would be that Asclepius is the one to represent medicine and healing. The symbolism has long been confused and inaccurate in Western Culture.

    No Hard Feelings

  7. Linda March 25, 2018 at 12:08 am - Reply

    Just wondering if you can help, I just completed my reiki course and during that course I was meditating.. one of the girls noticed I had a cobra by my side, would this be my animal spirit guide
    I was reading about it and it sounds like it

  8. Brenda Erlewine April 29, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I have a friend that caught over a 100 in her house a few days ago. I feel like there is more to the situation. What is your thought?
    Thank you

  9. Ian May 5, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

    I had a strange dream about snakes last night. I was in a room or stall and I accidentally bumped into a snake (vipercobra combination I think). First I didn’t move because I saw that it seemed ready to strike. I thought it I waited it would just go away.I realized instinctively that I was wrong and took a step but the snake always attacked my previous position again and again as though confused. Deep inside I knew it couldn’t hurt me even if it did bite me yet fear and anxiety was building….then I woke up.

  10. Alan June 1, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I had a dream Indians tied me down and put a rattlesnake around me it crawl around and came near me biter on my left hand on my baby finger and wrist area I scream and crush it’s head and woke up screaming

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