One of the most common and alarming dreams people report having is dreaming of snakes. Whether the snake is playing nice or attacking, we usually remember snake dreams because they impart a lot of emotion. A lot of people also remember the color of the snake and wonder if the color is symbolic of a deeper meaning. The color of a snake does have a different meaning, so depending on the color, the meaning of the dream could vary.
What do the colors of snakes represent in a dream? Here is a list of the most common colors of snakes that people dream about, in the order from most common to least common, and the associated meaning:
|Color||Positive Theme||Negative Theme|
|White Snake||– Trust in oneself|
– Spiritual connection
– Good luck
– Positive karma coming back
|– Not trusting oneself|
– Disconnected from Spirit
– Bad luck
– Negative karma coming back
|Green Snake||– Abundance|
– Success/ Financial Security
|– Financial lack|
– Fear of success
– Fear of taking risks
|Yellow Snake||– Confidence|
– Personal Power
– Joy and Optimism
|– Someone stealing your personal power|
– Feeling incapable
|Brown Snake||– Nurturing|
– Health and healing
– Balance and harmony in the body and with the earth
|– Overbearing authority: parent, boss, partner|
– Toxic lifestyle
|Black and White Snake||– Balance|
– Loss of control
|Blue Snake||– Healthy communication|
– Speaking your truth
|– Someone stifling your creativity|
– Fear of speaking your truth
– Repressed communication
|Orange Snake||– Emotionally balanced|
– Emotional intelligence
– Healthy flow of emotions towards oneself and others
|– Emotionally imbalanced|
– Suppressing emotion
– Someone else causing you emotional harm
You can tell if the theme is positive or negative by the events that transpire in the dream or the feeling you have after you wake up. For example, a snake biting you is a negatively themed dream. But if you wake up feeling happy after seeing a snake in your dream, it is a positive themed dream.
Below are in-depth interpretations and examples of various colores that appear in snake dreams.
What Snakes Represent in Dreams
Snakes bring up deep primal fears that we still carry with us in our DNA from the Paleolithic era when snakes were a very real danger to our survival. It is common for people to develop unexplainable phobias of snakes, without having any real confrontation with a snake in their life. This is because there is something deep within us that is trained to still fear them.
Snakes are usually associated with the energy of our root/1st chakra. This is the energy center that gives us a feeling of safety and security and is tied to survival energy. It is the part of us that is still connected to the fears of our ancestors. Snakes are associated with our primal energy.
In dreams, the symbol of a snake is usually communicating something that is related to domestic matters, financial stress, feeling secure/insecure in your environment, your physical health, and life force energy.
We often associate snakes with negative emotions and fear; however, just because our first impulse is to fear snakes doesn’t mean that snake dreams are always negative. Some snake dreams are positive and can give us information on things we are not clearly seeing in our waking life.
White Snake Dream
White snakes are rare to see in real life, but they are very common in dreams.
What does it mean to dream of a white snake? Dreaming of a white snake is communicating the relationship between your physical reality and the spiritual world. It often appears when you are getting a message from your higher self or from Source about the spiritual consequences for actions you have taken in your life. It shows you the universal law of karma.
The consequences of your actions can be positive or negative, depending on the seed that was planted by the initial action. Positive thoughts, actions and words spoken will lead to positive outcomes. Negative thoughts, actions, and words will lead to negative outcomes.
In this way, white snakes symbolize the spiritual law of cause and effect that takes place in the physical world.
White snakes can appear as a sign of good luck, especially if you dream that someone gave you a white snake, or you were excited that you found a white snake.
If you dream that you are affectionate with a white snake, it means you have a healthy relationship with your higher self. You trust yourself and are confident in your decisions. You have clarity on the consequences of your actions and make good choices.
The message for positive white snake dreams is to trust your intuition and make confident decisions because you are in tune with higher wisdom.
What does it mean to dream about a white snake biting you? To dream of a white snake biting you means that you have taken action that was not aligned with your higher self. The consequences of your actions will come back to bite you.
It is communicating that you have done something to harm someone or something else, and the fruit of that will only be pain and hurt to yourself. It is not vindictive; it is how things stay balanced in the universe.
The message is to be mindful of what you are thinking and doing.
What does it mean when a white snake attacking you? To dream of being attacked or chased by a white snake means that you are running away from your purpose or true calling in life. You keep getting signs calling you to align with your highest purpose, but you are ignoring them.
This may be from a fear of having to make changes in your life, or your ego trying to stop you.
The message is to run with the white snake, not away from it.
Green Snake Dream
Green snakes are another common color that is associated with snakes in dreams, because they deal with the scariest type of stress: financial stress.
What does it mean to dream of a green snake? Dreaming of a green snake usually relates to financial matters or your mindset around abundance. Depending on the context of the snake dream, it can mean a financial setback or financial abundance headed your way. Green snakes can also be related to fertility and creating new life, or a new business.
Green usually means prosperity, abundance, creativity, new beginnings, hope, peace, harmony. Shades of darker green can mean envy, jealousy, fear of attachment or commitment. Shades of lighter green, such as emerald, usually carry a highly spiritual vibration and can denote purity and sincerity.
What does it mean if a green snake is chasing you? If a green snake is chasing you it means that you are running away from something that could give you positive growth in your life. This could be starting a new business, financial investment, relationship, or something else. It means that you fear the risk that is involved with stepping out of your comfort zone and the possibility of failure.
Running away from a green snake could also mean that you are running away from taking risks that could help you grow, either financially or creatively. It can be vulnerable starting a new business or project, and the message with this snake dream is to face your fears. You never know your limits until you push them.
What does it mean to dream to get bit by a green snake? Dreaming of a green snake biting you is related to a specific person or company taking advantage of you financially. It could be someone stealing from you, or manipulating you to invest in something you shouldn’t.
It could also relate to someone taking advantage of your time to make them more successful. This is often the case with unhealthy work environments, where the upper management puts more responsibility on the workers so that they can succeed. This dream is letting you know that you have more to offer to the world.
What does it mean to dream of a green snake while pregnant? Dreaming of a green snake while pregnant symbolizes birth and new beginnings, for obvious reasons. So these two appearings together in a dream is a clear indicator that this dream is about creating something new.
If you are fearful of the green snake attacking your unborn baby, the dream can symbolize the fears that we all have that come with being a creator. Most often this is fear of your creations being rejected, or your new project failing.
If you dream that a snake bites you while you are pregnant, this usually means someone is trying to prevent you from creating something that will better your life, or trying to prevent you from being successful.
Yellow Snake Dream
Yellow snake dreams usually cause fear, but the meaning of dreaming of a yellow snake is very positive.
What does it mean to dream of a yellow snake? Yellow snakes represent our own personal power and recognizing our self-worth. If you were fearful of the yellow snake, it means there is part of you that is fearful of your own power. This is because power is only awakened when we face our biggest fears.
Yellow is the color of self-expression, which is often repressed due to social expectations or religious guidelines. We are often told that we cannot live the way we really want to in order to conform to social norms. There is a lot of guilt associated with the color yellow because we often have to let people down in order to live in our truth.
Parents can play a large role in this, and often times a yellow snake can represent the parental pressure that was put on you to live a certain life to their standards.
If you feel affectionate towards a yellow snake, it means that you feel comfortable in your own skin and have a healthy relationship with your own identity. You are able to express yourself in alignment with your truth. You have a healthy relationship with yourself.
What does it mean if you dream that a yellow snake is attacking you? Dreaming of a yellow snake attacking you means that there is a self-sabotaging behavior that is holding you back from reaching your highest potential. The message is to practice strengthening your willpower so that you have a more balanced relationship with yourself, and know when to set boundaries with others.
What does it mean if you dream that a yellow snake is chasing you? Dreaming of a yellow snake chasing you means that you are being challenged, or will be faced with a challenge, that will help you grow and step into a new layer of self-confidence. It is a positive dream, letting you know that you have more to give than you are currently giving. The message is to rise up to the challenges be set before you and practice being brave. Great rewards and confidence in yourself will follow.
What does it mean if a yellow snake is biting you? Dreaming of a yellow snake biting you means that someone is holding you back from expressing yourself fully. They are making you second guess yourself, and are making you question your identity. The snake is trying to get your attention and let you know that you are being harmed energetically by this person. It is a warning dream from your intuition. The message is to look with clarity at your relationships and cut out the people who you feel are manipulating you or siphoning your power to strengthen theirs.
Brown Snake Dream
Dreaming of a brown snake can be positive or negative depending on the context, however, the color brown can be confusing to interpret. Brown snakes that appear friendly can actually be negative, and brown snakes that bite can actually be positive.
So what does it mean to dream of a brown snake? Dreaming of a brown snake relates to how you nurture yourself, how you nurture others, and how you are being nurtured to grow from others. Often times, brown snakes can represent addictions that you need to overcome. It can also represent toxins or illness present in the body. It can represent a healer, or the ability to heal oneself.
In your dream, if you feel affectionate towards a brown snake, pay attention to why. Is the snake talking to you and trying to convince you of something that you would otherwise disagree with? Brown snakes can be very manipulative in dreams. This could represent a self-sabotaging behavior that is keeping you from making positive changes in your life.
What does it mean if you dream that a brown snake is attacking you? Dreaming of a brown snake attacking you is often a sign of the negative self-talk that is going on in your thoughts. You may be too hard on yourself or feeding a false belief system about yourself that isn’t true. The snake is letting you know that this negative dialogue about yourself is causing you harm.
What does it mean to dream that a brown snake is biting you? Dreaming of a brown snake biting you is a warning dream. It is letting you know that there is something happening in your physical body that you should know about, such as an illness. It could also be trying to get your attention to have better self-care. The message is that you need to listen to the signs that your body is giving you. This might be a good time to start a new work-out routine or begin a wellness program.
What does it mean to dream of killing a brown snake? Dreaming of killing a brown snake is a positive one, representing health and healing. It might mean that you are recovering from an illness, or that you are in good health. It often means that you have broken a false belief system and can now move on from additions or self-sabotaging behaviors.
Black and White Snake Dream
I love dreaming of a black and white snake because it gives so much information. Depending on what the snake is doing and how you are feeling, you can get a lot of clarity about what is happening on a deeper spiritual and ideological level.
So, what does a black and white snake dream mean? Dreaming of a black and white snake is all about balance and duality. It can show up in a dream if there is something that you need to take a step back from and get a different perspective. Often, it appears when there are dualistic ideologies that are preventing you from seeing the whole picture, such as religion and politics, or anything that puts you in the mindset of good vs. evil.
The message from a black and white snake is more literal than you may think: not every situation is black and white.
If you are affectionate or unafraid of a black and white snake in your dream, it means that you are unafraid to publicly speak out about your core beliefs and values. You are not afraid of standing up for what you believe in. But snakes can mean deception and clouded judgment. It may be that your stong beliefs are harming your relationship with others. Try to step back from your values and see that everyone has their own truth. Just because you don’t believe in someone else’s opinion doesn’t mean you have to walk away from their friendship.
What does it mean if you dream that a black and white snake is attacking you? Dreaming of a black and white snake attacking you means that there is a powerful ideological system that is preventing you from expressing your core values and highest truth. It may mean that you are afraid to live in alignment with your true self because others may not accept you. This could be regarding religion, political belief, sexual orientation, being a female in a patriarchal society, etc.
The message from the snake attacking is to learn to stand up for what you believe in. The black and white snake is letting you know that there is something out of balance in your belief system that is being suppressed by an outside source.
This could also be related to dreaming of a black and white snake biting you. This means that you are actively being harmed by your own or someone else’s belief system that is preventing you from living your highest purpose.
What does it mean if you dream that a black and white snake is chasing you? Dreaming of a black and white snake chasing you is all about judgment. It is best described by the Justice card in the major arcana of the tarot. Justice is all about balance and is associated with the number 11. It means that things are changing in your life.
The Justice card is all about balance between the spiritual and physical worlds. If something changes in the spiritual world, it ripples into our physical reality, and vice versa. If there is something that has changed in your spiritual self, such as a spiritual awakening or shift in consciousness, your reality will begin to change. Often times it means that a lot of things will have to leave your life for better things to come in. Your ego may feel very threatened by this change for a while and want to run away.
Any negative thing that happens in your life will all balance out in the end. Things are changing below the surface for better things to manifest. If you are seeing the number 1111 as well as having this dream, this is a confirmation.
For further explanation on the meaning of seeing 1111, check out this article here: What Is The Meaning of 11 11? Why Are You Seeing It So Much?
Blue Snake Dream
Blue snake dreams aren’t as common as other colored snake dreams, but they are important to listen to if you have them.
So, what does it mean to dream of a blue snake? Dreaming of a blue snake is all about communication. Depending on the context of the dream, it could mean that you are having trouble communicating with someone, or that you are not able to speak your truth due to fear of being rejected. It could also mean that someone is lying or deceiving you.
The color blue is related to the throat chakra, which is the energy center that helps us communicate our own will out into the world. It is also the center where we express our artistic expression and creativity. When this is blocked, we feel stifled, depressed, caged, and ignored.
If you dream you are being affectionate with a blue snake, it means that you should trust your own voice and not the voice of others. Whatever you believe, regardless if others don’t agree, is the best answer. The message is to trust your inner voice and intuition, as it will never lead you astray.
What does it mean if you dream you are being attacked by a blue snake? Dreaming of a blue snake attacking you is a warning dream. It means that someone is making you question your inner voice and causing you to not trust yourself. This could also be termed “gaslighting,” where someone is deceiving you into thinking you should trust them and not yourself.
What does it mean if you dream that you are being chased by a blue snake? Dreaming of being chased by a blue snake means that you are running away from your own inner truth. Your conscience is telling you to speak up about something, but you are fearful of what the outcome will be. The message from a blue snake is saying that running away from the truth will only hurt yourself and others in the end.
What does it mean if you dream a blue snake is biting you? Dreaming of a blue snake biting you means that someone is lying to you, and to be wary of the people that you trust. It could also mean that someone you believe is a friend is saying bad things about you behind your back. If you get a scratchy feeling from a friend, pay attention! They may be slandering you.
What does it mean to dream of killing a blue snake? Dreaming of killing a blue snake could be good or bad, depending on how you feel. If you feel good that you defeated an enemy, it means that you are seeing things clearly and are ready to end a friendship or relationship that is causing you harm. If you feel sad that you killed the snake, it may be a sign that you are not paying attention to the warning signs and are not awake to the people in your life causing you harm.
Orange Snake Dream
Orange snake dreams can be hard to interpret, but if you pay attention to your feeling after you wake up from the dream they can give you a lot of information.
So, what does it mean to dream of an orange snake? Dreaming of an orange snake has to do with your emotional health and stability. Most often, orange snakes appear in your dream when you are being emotionally manipulated by someone, or if you are closed off emotionally to others. They are almost always a warning dream, however, they can signify a change in your emotional health or the change in the emotional health of a loved one.
The message from an orange snake dream is to pay attention to your emotions. It may be a good time to start journaling, especially after waking up, to record the consistent emotions you are feeling. If you are consistently feeling hurt, angry, insecure, stressed, depressed or anxious, it is important to find out why.
If you are being affectionate towards an orange snake, it means that you are comfortable with your emotions. This is a good sign, and that you have high emotional intelligence. However, if that snake is whispering in your ear or making you feel sleepy, it means you are being manipulated by someone else’s emotions.
What does it mean if you are being attacked by an orange snake in a dream? Being attacked by an orange snake in a dream means that you are emotionally wrestling with yourself over something that is disrupting your peace of mind. It could be something you feel guilty about, or if you are not emotionally satisfying in a job, relationship, or really any situation in your life. The message from an attack by an orange snake is to pay attention to your unsettled emotions, as these are areas in your life that may need to be addressed.
What does it mean if you dream an orange snake is biting you? To dream that an orange snake is biting you means that someone is emotionally causing you harm, and they know it. In this scenario, the snake is using venom to sting its prey into submission. Are there people in your life that could be intentionally harming you emotionally? Those who have been in relationships with narcissists have experienced this type of stinging pain. Some people feel powerful when those around them feel weak. The message from this dream is to cut people from your life that are intentionally causing you emotional pain.
What does it mean if you dream that you kill an orange snake? Dreaming of killing an orange snake, or capturing a snake, means that you are suppressing an emotion deep within yourself that you are not ready to face. Your subconscious is communicating that this emotion is trying to come to the surface, so it will have to be faced eventually. If you don’t face it, it may cause you physical illness or mental anguish. If you don’t feel you can face this emotion alone, seek out friends, a community or speaking to a professional counselor.
Dreams are the subconscious trying to communicate what areas of your life need attention, that you are not willing to address in your conscious life. Snakes represent areas that are being threatened or changing in your physical reality, and the color of the snake represents further details about the energetic area being affected.
Keeping a dream journal is a great way to begin to learn the way that your dreams are communicating with you, and what symbols your subconscious likes to speak to you with.