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What does it mean if you dream of snakes?

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Most modern psychologists agree that meanings derived from dreams are highly subjective and their relevancy or accuracy should ultimately be decided by the dreamer. For those who do put stock in some universal associations, however--snakes are often regarded as representations of strong, unconscious psychic energy. The image of the snake could be potentially threatening or healing depending on the perspective of the dreamer.

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What does it mean if you dream of snakes?
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According to a variety of popular online dream dictionaries, they cite universal varieties of symbolism associated with animals. As such, the appearance of snakes in dreams can be very potent.

A poisonous snake, for example, might represent toxic energies or emotions the dreamer is facing--or might face soon--in their waking life, serving as a warning. This toxic energy could come from within the dreamer, or from someone else. Conversely, as snakes are highly regarded as symbols of wisdom in many cultural traditions worldwide, the vision of a non-poisonous snake could represent a level of cleverness and discernment--while the sight of a dead snake might indicate a threat that has passed.

The symbol of the snake is also commonly associated with human sexuality. If the snake appears on the dreamer's bed, it could be a possible indicator of growing or approaching sexual energies--either from within the dreamer or from someone else. In this event, if the dreamer experiences fear within the dream, it is believed it could represent a fear of either sexual or emotional intimacy.

Alternatively, a snake that is shedding its skin could be an indication of new beginnings, healing or transformation, and re-birth.

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