Humanity has always had a complicated relationship with snakes.
If you need proof of this, almost universally, the meaning of a person putting their index finger to their lips and saying “shh” is almost the same across all cultures.
This, of course, traces back to when our ancestors used to cross grasslands and came across a snake.
That’s how powerful the snake’s impact on the human psyche has been all these years.
If you are trying to get to the bottom of the meaning of a green snake in dream imagery, you have come to the right place.
General meaning of green snakes in dreams
The general meaning of dreams about green snakes involve two layers.
On the one hand, when you see the symbol in your dream, it indicates that you are beginning to wake up in terms of your mindset.
You have begun to question why you believe certain things.
You no longer shy away from trying to get to the bottom of your assumptions, and how you set your own expectations.
This is a very positive sign.
This indicates maturity.
And this also indicates a sense of personal leadership.
I’m not talking about leadership over other people, I’m not talking about authority over others.
I’m talking about taking the lead as far as your own thought processes and by extension your life goes.
This is a big deal.
Because too many people are under the impression that they’re thinking but in reality, they’re just copying what everybody else is doing.
They have accepted and absorbed other people’s conclusions, expectations and assumptions.
Think about your parents, and their impact on you and you should have a good idea of how this usually plays out.
But you’re different.
At least you’re beginning to be different.
Your thinking pattern now involves a healthy dose of skepticism, and the beginning of an inquisitive approach to life.
Of course, this is not going to make you a popular person just like a green snake showing up out of nowhere in the grass.
People have been so used to groupthink and going along to get along that when somebody appears to question the foundations of their beliefs, they’re shocked.
Some are even outraged or threatened.
Don’t be discouraged.
All those reactions and then some are part of life.
That’s how people normally respond to those who dare to think differently, or who dare to go back to first principles.
You have to understand that the most threatening and scariest question that you could ever ask anybody in a position of authority or otherwise is the question why?
You are definitely going on the right track but there’s a danger here.
It’s one thing to be skeptical because you want to get to the truth.
That is positive.
But if you’re just making this intellectual post to appear different but in reality you share everybody else’s values, you’re not really helping anybody.
You’re just playing games with yourself because you’re not interested in the truth.
You just want to make a statement to appear rebellious, innovative and disruptive.
In reality, since your motivation is much more shallow, your inquiries don’t really go that far.
It appears that you’re shaking the boat, but in reality, you want to have somebody else steer the ship, because it’s too much responsibility to be your own captain.
The second layer to a green snake dream involves envy.
Of course, this has something to do with the color of the snake, but it goes deeper than that.
When you see a green snake in your dream, your subconscious is trying to wake you up to the reality that you have to confront the envy that is part of your personality.
Envy: the most worthless emotion
I don’t make this claim lightly: Envy is the most worthless human emotion.
Think about and when you’re envious about somebody’s success or somebody’s life, what you are telling yourself indirectly, the rest of the universe is that you can’t step up and get what they have.
You have resigned yourself to the reality that there is no way you can attain what victories or achievements they have.
So the best you can do is to convince yourself and based on what you say, other people that they are unworthy, and you are worthy of their success or victory.
Envy manifests the worst form of low self esteem.
You’re basically saying to the world, in a loud voice, “I don’t have what it takes. The best I can do is to envy”.
Also envy rots your soul from the inside out.
Because you’re constantly comparing yourself to others and it robs you of your joy, it definitely robs you of a sense of gratitude.
Whatever you may have achieved and whatever you may possess in this life, never seems enough because there’s always somebody out there doing better than you.
You keep looking up and feeling less than adequate.
You keep looking at those who have sped fast you, and you feel the bitter taste of the dust that they leave behind.
It doesn’t occur to you to look behind your shoulders and to see that there are also a mass of people doing far worse than you in the race of life.
Similarly, even though you keep looking at the skies, and wishing that you would join the other people that have made it to the top, you cannot be bothered to look downwards, at the valley below.
If you decided to do that, you would see that the valley is filled with people.
This speaks to the fact that people when they suffer from envy, they’re always looking up.
They never look down.
They compare themselves to those who are above them.
They never bothered to compare themselves with those below them.
Because all of us are somewhere in different areas of our lives.
In some areas, for example in health or family, we’re near the top and then when it comes to career or money, we’re near the bottom.
We’re never ever in the same place.
So it doesn’t make sense to compare yourself only to those who are “above you”.
When you see a green snake in your dream and maybe it’s a repeating pattern, your subconscious is telling you that you need to reconnect with your ability to think differently because this is the answer to envy.
This is how you get out from under it.
This is how you channel its otherwise corrosive effect on your soul into productive energy that can help you translate a lot of the things that are bouncing in your head in the form of hopes, wishes and dreams into things that you can see, hear, touch, taste and smell in your real life.
What does it mean to dream of someone dying from a green snake bite?
When you see somebody dying from a bite dealt by a green snake, this indicates that your subconscious is detecting that a part of you simply just wants to give up.
There’s a part of you that simply went into a state of resignation.
So you look at this or otherwise horrific image of somebody dying from a snake bite as a form of release.
You focus on what they are escaping from.
They all longer have to worry about the day-to-day grind.
They don’t have to hassle with the daily hustle.
They don’t have to put up with the toxicity of the people in their work lives as well as in their personal relationships and family life.
They’re free from all of that, and there’s a part of you that envies them and you see this as a form of release.
You can pretty it up all you want.
But you are not looking at a practical solution to day to day problems.
That’s what life is: it’s full of ups and downs, and twists and turns.
Instead of looking for release, look for mastery.
Look to scale up, look to fight back, look to conquer, look to overcome.
Your subconscious is telling you that this power of resignation deep within you corrodes you, because it robs you of your strength.
And most importantly, it cheats you out of your ability to hope for better things tomorrow.
What does it mean to dream of a green snake attacking you?
If you dream of a green snake lunging at you without sinking its fangs into your body, this indicates your frustration.
Your subconscious is telling you that you feel that other people are doing so much better and here you are having to deal with the daily struggles of life.
But what makes this interpretation very interesting is that you feel that you’re the only one going through this.
It’s as if your frustration is far worse than everybody else in this universe.
Now, you know, from a logical perspective, that is not true.
But emotionally speaking, you feel like you’re at the center of the stage and your suffering is taking up all your mental and emotional space.
It’s as if the spotlight is on your suffering, your struggles and your pain.
When you see a green snake, lunging at you or struggling against you, you are seeing an image of you dealing with your frustration.
And unfortunately, this is the wrong way to deal with it because usually it leads to self pity, wallowing in misery, or blame finding.
Whatever approach you take, using those methods that keep you in place, change doesn’t come.
Just like a symbol of a snake eating its tail, you go around in circles.
Sure the emotional states vary.
But at the end of the day, you still end up in the same place.
You have to focus on the green color of the snake.
You have to focus on its meaning when it comes to renewal.
That is the answer otherwise if you focus on it attacking you, you remain fixated on your frustration and nothing seems to change.
What does it mean to dream of seeing a dead green snake?
Any image of a dead snake indicates a subconscious awareness of old ways giving way to new ways.
But in this particular context, a dead green snake can simply connote the need to live simply.
I’m not just talking about material simplicity like living far below your means.
While that is definitely commendable and a good idea for most people.
I’m focusing on something deeper.
Living simply means humility.
Living simply means letting go of the mindset that has tricked you into thinking that you are
entitled to the very best that life has to offer without lifting a finger to achieve that reality.
In other words, it’s about letting go of a sense of entitlement and just handling life as it is day to day with what you have.
Because this switch to “simple living” strips away a lot of the artificial emotional games that people have played on you and that you played on other people and false ideas and misconceptions you have
It clears out all that clutter and you are left stripped of clean slate.
This is great news.
The question is, are you willing to work to achieve that state?
What does it mean to hear a green snake hiss?
Usually the setup to this type of dream image involves a loud hissing sound.
You don’t see the snake.
You definitely don’t see its eyes or its long, slender body, but you hear its distinctive hiss.
This dream imagery refers to your tendency to overthink things.
When people hear a snake hiss, they often jump to the worst conclusions.
They think that it’s the most poisonous snake about to bite them.
They think that a snake already ate their pet dog.
A million in one nightmares flashed through their minds until they saw a little bitty snake in front of them.
That serpent is probably more scared of them than they are of it.
When your dreams focus on the hiss of the snake, your subconscious is trying to get the message across to you that you have to stop overthinking things and jumping to conclusions.
Deal with things as they are instead of filtering them through your worst fears and coming up with one worst case scenario after another.
That’s not planning.
That’s not dealing with issues.
That’s definitely not overcoming.
Instead you’re just basically wasting your imagination thinking about stuff that almost has zero chance of coming to pass.
Here you are all emotionally worked up about the worst case scenario and then all this time life and its opportunities are passing you by.
Do you see what’s wrong with this picture?
Stop obsessing about the hiss.
Focus instead on looking forward to snakes.
Look for the opportunity and change that it represents.
What does it mean to dream of a green snake wrapped around your neck?
If you see a green snake wrapped around your neck and its head is at the same level as your eyes, this indicates that you’re suffering from issues with other people’s envy.
Even though you may think that you have nothing for people to envy you about.
You may have a low view of whatever you have accomplished or whatever you possessions you may have, or whatever status you may have in this life.
But somebody close to you sees the value in you.
And they want to be you.
You don’t want to work, the way you are worth.
You don’t want to go through the sacrifices, but they want what you have.
This can take many different forms.
It could be a happy family.
It could be a strong marriage.
It could even be something as basic as good health.
But there’s someone close to you who wants what you have.
The good news is that you can easily turn this around.
Just as a green snake wrapping itself around your neck, you can make some moves to get out from its grasp.
You can use the fact that somebody close to you is being envious of you to be more grat
If a good friend, for example, thinks that your wife is hot, that’s a great reminder that you married a very attractive woman.
You should treasure her and treat her as such.
If an acquaintance keeps talking about how happy your family is, feel grateful.
Considering the so many other families in the United States falling apart, suffering from addiction, drug dependency, spousal abuse, child abuse, the list goes on and on.
And here you are on a tiny island of calm when all these other families are going through a tough time.
Be thankful for what you have and most importantly value your family members to the point that you give them the respect and nurturing that they need.
The same goes with your job or your business.
What does it mean to dream about killing a green snake?
This dream motif depends on the context.
If you’re killing a green snake, because it’s about to strike when its bare fangs are about to dig deep into your skin, possibly kill you, you are pushing back against the power of toxic mindsets like envy, jealousy, and thinking small in your life.
But this is reactive.
In other words, you wait for things to break down to the point that you really feel that you have no other options, except to do what you should have done a long time ago.
I know this sounds kind of ridiculous.
This is why people put this off.
The truth is this is how most people respond, even myself.
You have to understand, on any given day, we all have a list of things that we know we should be doing.
We should be hitting the gym.
We should be getting pay raises.
We should be working on a business idea or startup idea.
The list goes on and on.
Even if you’re a creative person and you’re not really all that concerned with money, you probably have an even longer list of creative ventures and ideas that you’d like to develop.
But what do you think happens on a day to day basis?
We don’t even bother to look at that list because we’re so focused on the things that we feel we must do.
We must keep a roof over our heads.
We must put food in our bellies.
We must make sure that the water is clean.
We must make sure that the rent is paid and on and on it goes.
So we have these two lists.
The things that we feel we must do or that are taking so much of our mental real estate that there should be nothing left for stuff that will truly take our lives to the next level or help us get a sense that life is worth living up.
We don’t have the energy for that.
So when a challenge comes in your life, and you see this green snake about to kill you, your reaction symbolizes the great opportunity that you have, in at least one area of your life right now to do the things you should do.
Because even if you devote just a tiny fraction of your attention to that item, it will do more to push your life to a more positive direction than all this time, effort and emotional energy you put into keeping body and soul together on a day to day basis.
Do you see how this works?
And nobody’s asking you to do something impossible.
But even if you just invest a little bit of your time and attention, that tiny seed of focus eventually grows into a mighty tree of blessing.
The alternative meaning of killing a green snake involves killing it out of spite.
You just hate snakes and you see this green snake and you just bash it.
Please understand that there is a part of you that is able to shed its skin.
It’s able to change, it’s able to roll with the punches of life.
This is your personal versatility.
You might not be able to put it into words.
You might not even come up with an example when the last time you use “superpower”, but it exists.
All of us have this at some level or other.
Beware of putting yourself in a situation where you feel that you have to kill your personal versatility to get ahead.
In many cases, that is a death sentence as far as your creative impulses and by extension, your spiritual maturity go.
That’s a bum deal.
That’s like the biblical Esau giving up his birthright to his younger brother Jacob.
Don’t do it.
The green snake as I mentioned above has a positive connotation too.
It has a positive side.
Don’t automatically this dismiss it because you will end up losing more than what you gain
What does it mean to see a green snake chase another person in your dream?
If you see a green snake chasing another person, they’re shrieking and terror, your subconscious is trying to communicate that you’re feeling very passive in your life.
There are certain issues that you know aren’t all that good and cause a lot of problems but you feel that there’s really nothing you can do about it.
It’s like you are watching a movie of your life and all you can do is just sit back and let it happen.
After all, you can’t change the script.
So just like watching a slow moving train wreck, you feel glued to your seat, paralyzed, powerless, hopeless.
Thankfully life is not like this.
It isn’t a one way street where somebody just sits down and tells you “This is your life, watch it”.
Those images that you see in the screen, can be changed because this is an interactive
movie in reality.
Every decision you make has an impact no matter how small.
And the more you repeat that decision, the bigger its consequences become later on.
Things do scale.
If you need proof of this, take a look at your health.
If you choose to watch TV all day, and eat a sack of potato chips, it may not show up in your waistline the first day you do it.
Your body might not change all that much after a week.
But after a month, several months, or worse yet several years, you can tell the difference.
This is especially vivid when you compare two people with two different habits and scale those repeated actions over an extended period of time.
In the scenario above, imagine a split screen.
On the one end there is you sitting on the couch, eating potato chips.
On the other side of the screen is the guy heading to the gym and working on some weights.
Now if you fast forward a timeline, you will gain more weight, and your muscles will become weaker.
And you may well be on your way to type two diabetes or some other health issues.
The other guy on the other side of the screen is muscular, lean, and healthier.
Decisions that you make right now have an impact in the future.
And the more time passes, the more pronounced the change is.
The good news is you control the present.
You may be asking yourself, “It’s such a hassle to work out”.
Well, take a walk.
You can start by taking a walk down the street.
Most people can manage that.
That’s a few dozen yards.
And once that gets comfortable, you can try half the block.
Once you get the hang of that you can try one lap around the block.
Then two laps, three laps and then pretty soon things get so easy.
And you’re so used to this routine that maybe you want to pick up the pace or you jog a little bit.
Of course you don’t jog the whole three laps, maybe half a lap or even a quarter of a lap.
But the more you do it the more your mental walls break down because every step of the way your mind is fighting you.
It’s so used to you sitting on the couch watching TV eating a tub of ice cream.
But when you push back against it with even the slightest physical activity starts to give way and before you know it your mind starts working with your body.
You are the master of both.
Let the power of scaling work for you instead of against you.
Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.