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This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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Venomous Wisdom: Snakes in Dream Psychology

In most cultures, a snake is one of the most dreaded creatures in both waking life and in dreams. However, in some traditions, like Hinduism, it is considered divine and is worshiped. Yet other cultures, like the Chinese, associate snakes with wisdom and transformation. Dream psychology, accordingly, interprets the appearance of snakes in dreams differently, according to the culture, traditions, and/or symbolic meanings of subconscious forces.

In western (Judeo-Christian-Islamic) traditions, snake is generally a symbol of evil or Satan – an enemy of mankind. This also holds for dreaming of a snake, though dream interpretations vary according to the actual dreaming sequence or the dreamer’s role in relation to the snake. Watching a snake chasing you would mean an enemy machinating against you, in real life, possibly for inflicting bodily harm. Many snakes together, in a group or pit, indicate bad luck in professional and/or personal life. Similarly, if a dreamer sees him/herself killing a threatening snake, it points to victory or dominance over the enemy or adversary in real life.

Dream meanings change, often extending to personal characteristics, in eastern cultures. In Chinese traditions, those born in the year of the snake are considered wise, usually owning hidden wisdom, and having a snake in dream may be symbolic of wisdom. A snake bite in a dream, accordingly, means injection of wisdom – a good sign for the dreamer. At the same time, this newly acquired wisdom is also considered as a means of potential transformation. Since snakes are known for shedding their skin (slough) and assuming a new appearance, snake bite in a dream translates into transformation of one’s self out of the old, worn out, or dysfunctional aspects of one’s personality.

Eastern thought and traditions, mainly the Indian and Chinese, have been preoccupied with cosmic energy that flows through the universe manifesting in humans as psychic energy. A significant part of this psychic energy is subconscious and needs to be called into action to unlock one’s true potential. This is just what snakes stand for in dream interpretations in eastern traditions. Seeing a snake is a call for stirring your hidden psychic energies to control your destiny. If, in a dream, a snake is seen sloughing, the dream is a clear call for shaking your inactive/paralyzed energies out of dormancy.

The symbolic worth of snake also applies to one’s sexual life. As snake trying to get into physical proximity in a non-threatening manner in dream is usually interpreted as the sexual interest of the dreamer. If one feels repulsion by such a scene in the dream, the dream is taken as indicative of sexual dissatisfaction. A snake biting the dreamer and then withering or dying may signify male orgasm.

The element of fear and anxiety is also widely associated with snakes. Like in real life, snakes in dreams symbolize a threat, worry, or problem that is haunting one’s peace. The appearance of snake in dreams, especially if it happens repetitively, therefore always carries an important message – that you have an important issue to take care of in your life.

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Thank you for this information :) It was very interesting for reading it :) Best wishes.

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I often dream of snakes and these are only the dreams I remember. One dream that I have seen several times is that I am going to my house (the house where we once used to live in my childhood days) and near my house there are lots and lots of black snakes in my way some just lying there & some going here & there, I am trying to get home by placing my foot in a manner that I don’t place my foot on snakes. I have seen this dream many times but don’t remember what happens afterwards.
Day before yesterday I again saw a dream again I am standing a somewhere and there are black snakes all over the place and one snake is climbing up my body from my behind and he slipped from under my shirt & his mouth is coming from under my collar just besides my ear. And I woke up after that. That all I remember.
Does it have any special meaning. Pls help me by interpreting thanks

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