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Charming Snake Dream Interpretation
"I always have nightmares about snakes. This one occurs the most: I'm laying in bed on my back fast asleep. Something is near my feet and begins to slither up my legs. It crawls up my stomach and then its head pops up to stare into my eyes. It is a cobra snake! I am frozen in fear as it slowly rocks back and forth. What could this mean? I have a fear of snakes."
The fear of snakes is one of the most common fears known to man. The religiously inclined believe that it is a fear placed inside us ever since the first woman, Eve, was tricked by satan disguised as a serpent or snake. Others see it as a primal fear of one of the few animals who pose a mortal threat to man. After all, there are over 600 venomous species of snake around the world. Because of this ancient fear, when snakes appear in dreams, they often represent a perceived threat.
Because Jesus set a snake upon a pole to cure those stricken by snake bites, the symbol for doctors and the medical field is the Rod of Asclepius. (It often is confused with the staff of Hermes or the caduceus which is two serpents twisted around a winged rod.) In ancient times, the snake also represented death and life or renewal which was an analogy paralleled by its ability to shed its skin. Other dream meanings of the snake include a phallic symbol (male organ) due to the elongated body of the snake.
For those who like snakes in their waking lives, the snake will be considered an 'accidental' dream symbol and whose meaning will differ from the snake meaning of most dreamers.
Let's take a look at this dreamer's snake dream symbol:
Asleep in bed. Dreaming of being asleep in bed represents the self at its most unguarded and vulnerable. It also reflects one's sexuality.
Snake slithers up body. In this dream, there are few details about the snake other than the dreamer feels it moving up her body. In her waking life, she feels a threat to her physical body.
Frozen in fear. Fear can serve us or imprison us. In this case, the dreamer is frozen and cannot move either to run or protect herself from this threat.
Cobra snake. The cobra is the largest venomous snake known to man. It flattens its hood in a stunning display just before it strikes and will "follow" the movements of its prey, appearing to sway back and forth.
Swaying back and forth.In India, snake "charmers" use a flute or wind instrument to get the cobra to track the movements and sway back and forth. In this way, they "charm" the snake. In this dream, the swaying movements of the cobra symbolize a person or threat in the dreamer's waking life that is attempting to charm the dreamer.
Not all snake dreams are phallic, but in this young dreamer's case, I sensed that her dream snake did represent a male in her waking life. The bed is where one is most vulnerable and unguarded, especially regarding one's sexuality. This dreamer was asleep and thus is unaware consciously of her sexuality or her sexual needs/desires.
In her waking life, a male appears and is awakening her sexuality. He is a charmer and is attempting to use his charms upon her. But she is so afraid that she cannot protect herself from him. What should she do? Run? Fight? She is afraid not only of the snake but of her physical responses to his charms. When someone is afraid, a fight-or-flight instinct kicks in but she does not reject his advances. She simply waits to see what happens.
It turns out that this dreamer has issues with the opposite sex. She struggles with her naturally budding sexuality which makes her feel vulnerable, especially to the charms of a male whom she knows to be a "snake" with women. On one hand, she enjoys his attention and her emerging feminine self but she is afraid of being hurt by him.
I encourage her to visualize a more pleasant, empowering dream during which she surrounds herself with a bevy of snake-killing animals (dogs, elephants, eagles) to ward off this dream snake. Then, imagine her true love finding his way into her bed where she experiences joy and peace, the hallmarks of a lasting relationship. Pay attention to dream feelings. Fear is a red flag of warning. Fear and true love never mix.
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