Snakes don’t have the best reputation. They are often cast as evil creatures from the Bible to Medusa and Harry Potter. However, venomous snakes represent only 20% of the species, and less than 7% of snakes have a bite that is dangerous to humans.
Snake dreams are not uncommon. Considering their bad reputation in real life, does that mean that snakes in dreams are a bad omen? Do all snake dreams carry the same symbolism or do different dreams have different meanings?
In short, there are different meanings depending on the context of the dream, the type of the dream, and the color of the snake. In today’s article, we will briefly discuss snake dreams in general before focusing on the possible meanings of a dream about a colored snake.
Snake Spiritual Symbolism
Before we focus on dreams, it is important to understand a few key facts about snake symbolism. These solitary creatures inspire fear in many people, yet most snakes are not a threat to humans or pets. They have also always fascinated people with their ability to shed their skins, which has made them a symbol of renewal, rebirth, and immortality.
In some cultures, the snake demon or serpent God represents fertility. However, they also spew venom and some can even kill a human. This gives them a dual role as a creator and a destroyer.
The words most often associated with snakes include sinful, deceptive, and dangerous. They have also symbols of sex and sexual desires in many parts of the world. You can find out more about the spiritual symbolism here.
Snake Dream Meanings
Considering the snake’s ability to shed its skin, snake dreams are often associated with transformation. Yet there is often also fear. So the dream could be a symbolic representation of your fear of transformation.
Snake dreams can carry warnings. For example, they can be warning signs about your self-sabotaging or holding back when you should act. It could also be a sign that there is something in your life you are trying to avoid.
But there can be a completely different meaning which is linked to the snake’s ability to shed its skin. A dream about a snake could be suggesting that a situation in your life is not what it seems. It is encouraging you to dig deeper to discover what is beneath the surface.
There are also different cultural interpretations of snake dreams. For example, Native Americans believe that a dream about a snake means you have an enemy. Killing the snake in the dream will bring you good luck. In Buddhism, snakes in dreams are symbols of wisdom and enlightenment.
If you are interested in finding out more about snake dreams, we recommend this article.
Colored Snake Dreams
The color of the snake in your dream is important. In the next section, we have explained what seeing different color snakes in your dreams can symbolize. However, there are additional interpretations linked to what the snake is doing. Read those here.
Since the color black symbolizes darkness, black snake dreams can be an omen from your subconscious that there are dangers or difficulties ahead. Black snakes can also represent negative thoughts such as guilt. If that is the case, the dream is prompting you to address whatever is causing the negativity.
A black snake in a dream might also signify a transformation in your waking life. It can be a spiritual or physical transformation depending on your situation in life. This transformation can lead to a fresh start and bring new opportunities knocking on your door.
Blue snakes are symbols of creativity and wisdom within you. A blue snake dream can also be a sign that you are in touch with the spirit world and that you have their protection.
The blue color is related to the throat chakra, which is the energy center that helps us communicate. A blue snake in a dream could indicate that in your waking life you are having trouble communicating with someone, or perhaps you are not speaking your truth because you have a fear of people rejecting you if you do.
Depending on the context, a brown snake dream can be positive or negative. Brown snakes are symbolic of how we nurture ourselves or how we nurture others. It can also relate to your need to be nurtured by others.
A brown snake in a dream can also represent an addiction, and it is telling you that you need to overcome it. Sometimes it can symbolize an illness in your body and the ability to heal oneself.
A green snake dream often symbolizes healing. The healing can either be physical or spiritual. Green is also related to nature and growth, so the dream may encourage you towards spiritual awakening. The darker the green, the deeper and more philosophical the healing is, while lighter shades refer to more practical healing.
Since green is the color of spring and hope, of new beginnings, a dream of a green snake can symbolize forthcoming good fortune, abundance, and happiness. If you are starting a new chapter in your life, dreaming of a green snake can be a sign that you are on the right path.
Dreams with orange snakes are linked with your emotional health and stability. An orange snake dream could be letting you know that you are in danger of being manipulated by someone or that you have closed yourself off emotionally.
The dream is telling you to pay more attention to your emotions. Perhaps you have been feeling hurt, angry, or insecure lately. The orange snake is prompting you to get to the bottom of what is causing these feelings.
A dream with a pink snake is symbolic of love and happiness. A pink snake dream is often associated with feminine energy. If a man dreams of a pink snake, the dream might be encouraging the dreamer to be more in touch with their feminine side.
A pink snake can also symbolize overcoming challenges and working hard to find yourself. You are focused on getting to the core of things and you will get there with your dedication and commitment.
The red color is a symbol of passion and vitality, so a red snake in your dream may be encouraging you to stand up for yourself. Have you been in charge of your life lately or are you just letting it drift by? A red snake dream could be telling you to step up and make the most of every opportunity presented to you.
In ancient times, red snakes in dreams were associated with happiness and joy. However, red is also associated with a warning of dangers. If you put these two meanings together, a dream of a red snake might mean that there is a risk ahead, but once you overcome whatever it is, there is prosperity and joy.
A white snake dream could represent an unspoken truth. Is there something you have been hiding from yourself or others? A white snake in your dream could be a message to be truthful with yourself and with others.
When a white snake comes to you in a dream, it could be reminding you that your actions have consequences and that these can be positive or negative. Positive actions and words will have positive outcomes. The white snake is reminding you to focus on the positives in your life and more good things will follow.
Most cultures associate yellow with happiness and light. If you have a yellow snake dream when you are going through a hard time, the dream could be telling you that you will be happy again soon. Perhaps there is an issue that has been weighing you down or causing anxiety that will soon be resolved.
A yellow snake in your dream can also symbolize repressed self-expression. Perhaps you are afraid to express yourself truthfully because of social expectations or religious guidelines. There may also be some guilt associated with this, as living our truth might upset some people close to us.
What if The Snake is Multicolored?
Seeing a multicolored snake in your dreams could imply mixed feelings and interpreting multicolored snake dreams is likely to require a close inspection of your life. You need to consider the meanings of the different colors as well as the circumstances in your life.
Some possible meanings include:
- You have fears either about a person or a situation and you need to overcome the fears.
- You are struggling with a new circumstance in your life.
- You are suppressing your passions or your calling in life out of fear or in favor of others.
- There is something in your life that is causing you to feel mixed emotions.
Seeing colored snakes in your dream is nothing to worry about. The message of the dream depends on the color of the snake as well as the context of the dream. You will also need to consider what is happening in your life, since dreams are a way for our subconscious to make sense of events and feelings in our lives.
We hope the information in this article has helped you to analyze the meaning of a colored snake dream. If you have further questions about colored snakes in dreams, write them in the comments section.