I recently had a dream I was lost in a dark tomb like tunel trying to get out. When I turn the corner I notice there are several black snakes on the ground, two confront me. Next I notice I have some light source in hand & as I point it to the snakes they go in the opposite direction to avoid this light. After the room is mostly cleared I hear a group of people coming where I am and i basically lead them out, my light repelling the snakes. Can you interpret this? I’ve had a few involving snakes
Snake dreams usually represent kundalini energy, the rising serpent of the chakras. Snakes represent balancing your consciousness between the masculine energy and the feminine energy within your mind. The deflecting of the light could be symbolic in a way as if you’re deflecting the darkness within your life and making way for the light. This could be seen as a classic example of traveling the darkness to find the light. The light will always prevail over the darkness.
To see light in your dream represents illumination, clarity, guidance, plain understanding, and insight. Light is being shed on a once cloudy situation or problem. You have found the truth to a situation or an answer to a problem. Also consider the color of the light for additional significance.
If the light is particularly bright, then it indicates that you need to move toward a higher level of awareness and feeling. Bright light dreams are sometimes common for those who are near death.
To see soft or shadowy lighting in your dreams indicates feelings and thoughts from the primal aspects and less developed parts of your subconscious.
Common Meanings of Snakes in Dreams
Snakes tend to be seen as phallic and are sexual symbols or a symbol of temptation for many. They have a tendency to symbolize something negative, fearful, untrustworthy, or mysterious for people. Depending upon the context of the dream and the dreamer’s culture, snakes have a tendency to represent someone that is trying to harm the dreamer in an underhanded, sly, and sneaky manner.
As a positive symbol, snakes represent transformation, knowledge and wisdom. The presence of a snake in a dream may indicate self-renewal and positive changes for the dreamer.
The meaning of a snake to the dreamer is important to explore. Different cultures assign both negative and positive characteristics to snakes. From a biological point of view, snakes are seen as adaptive, are able to shed their skin, are skilled predators and could be poisonous. These traits could be viewed as both negative and positive. The experience the dreamer has with snakes has a tendency to also reveal itself in the dream.
The type of snake is relevant to the dream. If the dreamer is someone who has some knowledge of snakes, the type of snake needs to be taken into account. A poisonous snake, a harmless snake, or a snake that constricts its prey all has different meaning. A constricting snake, such as a boa constrictor, may indicate to the dreamer that they are being suffocated, restricted or repressed in their waking life.
Psychodynamic Dream Interpretation of Snakes
Dreams can assist the dreamer to explore and understand the state of his/her unconscious, what is needed for greater personal development, and gaining insight into their psyche. Snakes may symbolize hidden fears or and worries that are currently threatening the dreamer. Since snakes are mysterious, the presence of a snake in a dream may be alerting the dreamer to something in his/her waking life that has not fully surfaced yet. We often use dreams to process the experiences we have in our days. We often dream of the important facts of our days that we may have missed. The details within the context of the dream are always important. For example, dreaming of a snake with a head at each end would most likely symbolize the feeling of being pulled in two different directions, the risk of burn out, how the dreamer is not getting anywhere due to lack of commitment or direction, or feelings of confliction possibly relating to sexuality to sexual/romantic relationships. A two headed snake, in contrast, may symbolize a cooperative relationship. Finally, dreaming of many snakes may mean the dreamer is anxious, overwhelmed, and possibly that a lot of little things are “getting to” the dreamer.
Dreams may not mean what they appear to mean at first glance. Characters and objects within a dream, although separate from the dreamer within the dream, may actually illustrate aspects of self to the dreamer. The relationship to each other and the qualities assigned to each object may reflect aspects of self the dreamer is either unaware of, beginning to develop, recently accepted, or has repressed. A snake may symbolize a part of self that is either unknown or is believed to be undesirable by the dreamer.
The Eastern Perspective on Snake Dreams: The Esoteric Body
The snake is a symbol of Kundalini, a Hindu concept of pure energy located within the base of spine. Kundalini is described as a dormant potential force in all people. Yoga is the practice that is supposed to awaken the Kundalini energy. Yoga evokes the progress of Kundalini through the different chakras. Each chakra leads to a different level of awakening and mystical experience.
In dreams, the snake could represent wisdom, spiritual awakening and inner power.
The snake is a very positive symbol within the eastern cultures, practices, and religion. Individuals familiar with these practices may discover their dream relates to these concepts more than others.