Snakes are potent and powerful symbols and have many different meanings and interpretations. Depending on the individual and why this symbol is showing up for you, you can gain great insight and understanding about your current situation.

  • Fertility and rebirth
  • Creative Life Force
  • Rebirth
  • Transformation
  • Immortality
  • Healing
  • Wisdom
  • Wealth
  • Temptation
  • Kundalini
  • Sexual Energy
  • Subconscious
  • Intuition
  • Warning
  • Spiritual Growth


A snake that attacks you in a dream could point to a situation that feels unsafe or threatened in your waking life. The dream may be an expression of a fear or worry as you are being confronted with this challenging situation.

If a snake bites you you it could represent threat or even a wake up call. It could also be a premonition or warning about something or someone that is ‘poisonous’ in your life.

It could also mean that you are on the verge of deep personal transformation or any of the meanings listed above.

If you kill a snake in your dream this could indicate a victory or overcoming a threat.

A snake may have a negative or positive meaning in your dreams, however it is important to put the snake in context with the other aspects of your dream.


I recently had a dream that involved finding lots of hidden snakes. I caught a snake and handed it to someone else who was less competent than I was at catching snakes and the snake them. The snake also bit another person before I was able to finally killed the snake. I didn’t feel safe in this dream.


This dream was not a particularly enjoyable dream for me. It personally represented overcoming a threat but at a cost. The hidden snakes represents underhanded people, the knife represented the slaying or overcoming of the threat and my ability to do so.


The caduceus (winged staff) on the wall of the medical center or pharmacy is a symbol that echoes thousands of years of belief in the power of serpents and the pairing of opposites, the dynamic power of yin and yang/male and female, a concept far older and more universal than the Greek god Hermes or his Roman equivalent, Mercury.

Snake Tattoo Placements

Snake tattoos are a versatile tattoo idea, that depending on its size can be placed on any part of the body.

Small snake tattoos are usually placed on the neck, or even face. Big snake eyes are often seen on biceps or shoulders.

Some typically large snake species, like pythons, are used as inspiration to do a whole body snake tattoo, spanning from ribs down to feet.

Japanese snake tattoos are usually done as a part of a sleeve or whole back piece.

Its versatility is also proven by the fact that it can be as tiny as a finger tattoo, with one small line representing a serpent.

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