Human beings have had a complicated relationship with snakes since time immemorial. Any analysis regarding the meaning of a dream about black snakes needs to start with this basic fact.
Most people find snakes scary and cringe-worthy.
Others find them disgusting.
For whatever reason, most individuals have a negative response to snakes.
Historically, this makes a lot of sense.
A lot of snakes are poisonous, and people have died throughout history due to snake bites.
In fact, some anthropologists claim that the reason why people put their finger in front of their lips and make a “shh” sound is because they’re trying to mimic the presence of a snake.
This one gesture may have saved many cavemen’s lives, and, by extension, this fear of snakes has been seared into our DNA.
Given this context, what does it mean when you dream about black snakes?
If the main focus of your dream is the fact that the snake is black and it’s the centerpoint of your nighttime vision, this post is for you.
The general meaning of black snake symbolism in dreams
When you see yourself frantically killing a black snake in your dream, this indicates that, out of fear, you have made matters worse.
While you may be going through a tough time, you have cut off the only workable avenue for help.
How can this be?
The option that you had may seem problematic.
In fact, it might seem to be the worst choice that you can make.
But in reality, if you push through that option, it can teach you several lessons that can help you overcome this situation so that it doesn’t happen again.
Viewed from this context, whatever option it is that you’re trying to avoid is not an alternative.
It is actually a necessity.
It is a right of passage or a catalyst if you will.
Don’t be afraid to go through difficulties so you can find out more about yourself so you can finally make the solution work and end up in a much better place next time.
What does it mean to see a black snake shedding its skin?
Even though you’re frustrated with certain areas of your life, you’re generally happy enough to not want things to change.
Your subconscious, by showing you a black snake chasing you, is trying to wake you up to the fact that you can not hang on to the status quo.
You can not choose to coast through life.
Coasting, which means wishing and hoping that things stay exactly the same, doesn’t bring growth.
You know what does?
Struggling with something new.
Struggling to figure out the next step.
Struggling with new challenges and new opportunities.
Struggle brings out the best in you.
But most people would rather play PlayStation 5 all day, every day.
They’d rather curl up with their favorite romance novel or just park themselves in front of their mobile phone and just watch TikTok all day.
There’s nothing wrong with those things in the right dosage and given the right scheduling.
But if you want to grow in all areas of your life, you have to struggle.
This means tackling something that is uncomfortable because it’s new.
But knowing you, you’ll get used to it.
You’ll figure a couple of things out, take a few steps forward, and then hit the next level, then the next level after that.
That’s how you achieve life mastery.
You confront the difficulty head-on.
This can take many different forms.
It can mean looking for a new job.
It could also mean doing a better job if you’re already employed.
It could mean testing yourself in terms of your patience with your relationship with your loved ones.
There’s so many places in your life that you can apply this to.
The idea of being chased by a black snake, which indicates the inner purity of change and the integrity that brings should alarm you.
You should be welcoming the black snake in your life.
You should be welcoming its ability to shed its skin, and you should embrace change.
Change is going to happen.
The question is, under who’s terms would it take place?
Sadly, too many of us want it to take place under the terms of our boss, our ex, and people who hate us.
Do you see how this works?
Turn around and stop the chase.
Confront the black snake head-on.
What does it mean to dream of a black snake biting you?
You’re afraid of commitment.
There is a certain big issue right now, and you’re afraid of committing either way.
You’d rather play it safe and stay where you are and preserve the statue quo.
No news, as they say, is good news.
Every single moment that you spend giving yourself the false comfort of not having to choose is a day wasted.
You’re simply just kicking the can down the road.
Instead of going through the necessary struggle that you need to overcome your fears , and achieve some sense of mastery in terms of how you deal with challenges and growth, you put things off.
You hang on to who you’ve become.
The problem is you’re trying to coast.
As you try to coast, your muscles grow weaker.
I’m talking primarily, about your psychological and spiritual muscles.
But this can also apply to your physical muscles.
You’re not improving.
Instead, you’re trying to preserve what you have, but it’s weakening you because the world is moving on.
The intensity level of the challenges and struggles keeps increasing.
But here you are, trying to hang on to the status quo.
The black snake biting you is your subconscious trying to give you a sense of urgency.
Who’s terms are you going to be living under?
Is it going to be the world’s terms?
Do you know how unforgiving that could be?
Or is it going to be your terms?
Choose while you still can.
What does it mean to see a small, black snake?
If you see a small, black snake in your dream, this can indicate petty relationship quarrels.
In every family, there’s bound to be one toxic person.
This is a person who likes stretching the truth.
Maybe they like to always be the emotional center of attention.
Oftentimes, they would try to pit people against each other.
It would be so easy to cut these people out of your life, but you’re related to them by blood.
They might even be your mother or father.
Also, different people have different ways of projecting this toxic set of behaviors.
When you see a small, black snake in your dream, it’s very tempting to just compartmentalize the negative emotions you have about this person.
But keep in mind, you’re not doing yourself nor that person any favors by sweeping things under the rug.
Eventually, the amount of small, black snakes that you swept under the rug will become so big that your house will be filled with black snakes.
Of course, they’re not killing you because they’re under a rug.
But that’s a big bulge in the rug, to say the least.
Something’s gotta give.
This is where loving confrontation comes in.
Tough love, loving confrontation, positive accountability.
Whatever label you plan to use, just do it.
As long as it’s clear that you’re speaking to the amount of love and concern, you just have to communicate with them.
Eventually, their toxicity is going to destroy your relationship.
If you’re feeling this way about that person, please understand that you’re not alone.
It’s just that your siblings, cousins, uncles, and aunts respond to this in their own way.
But you best believe that this toxicity is having an effect on them and they are also projecting their own toxicity, and it’s hurting you.
You, then, are triggered to be toxic as well.
Do you see how this works?
This is how a basket of apples turns bad.
It just takes one bad apple for the whole basket to turn bad.
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.