Snake Power Animal Symbol Of Death Rebirth Eternity Mysteries Of Life Psychic Energy

By Ina Woolcott

As Snake sheds its skin so we can shed our illusions and limitations. Then we are able to use our vitality and desires to achieve wholeness.

Snakes deserve respect. Throughout history the snakes have had many legends surrounding them, linking them to creation, fertility and transformation. Nowhere are the differences between cultures and religions more sharply emphasized than in their attitudes towards Snake, differences which will also uncover different vistas on elementary aspects of being alive.

On one level, the differences relate to sexuality. We see the snake enticing Eve in the Garden of Eden, being symbolized as Vinata the Indian goddess, or shown as the legs of Cernunnos the Celtic fertility god. In Hinduism, kundalini, or serpent fire, is coiled at the base of the spine. As we mature emotionally and spiritually, the energy rises, stimulating the chakras, which are emotional, mental, and spiritual energy centres. This is also shown in the worldwide symbol of the spiral. This flow of energy is indispensable for good health, and the Greeks, in their own understanding of this, used the snake as a symbol of healing and wisdom.

In Israel the snake was regarded as the earth mother and played a role in fertility. In Egypt the cobra was known for its ability to expand the upper neck into a disc shape by spreading its ribs, symbolizing immortality. Snake was also considered to represent inner vision. Christian lore sees the snake rising from the chalice of St. John, wound around a cross sometimes portrayed with a woman’s head to depict lust and temptation.

For time immemorial people have associated Snake with both male and female aspects of sexuality. In religions where sexuality, in both its physical and spiritual aspects is celebrated, Snake has been held with honour. More repressive belief systems have linked snake to evil.

The Celts sometimes called the Druids, leaders and teachers in poetry, music, the law, spiritual wisdom, and healing, adders. Sadly, the more stiff practitioners of the Judeo-Christianism seemed to fear wisdom. When St. Patrick bragged that he had driven all of the snakes out of Ireland, he meant the Druids. The apple the snake gave Eve was from the Tree of Knowledge.

This is just a start to the contradictory attitudes towards Snake. The snake also represents aliveness, as expressed in sensuality – in this case meaning feeling and responding to stimuli, and more generally, to the flow of energy which creates us and makes us alive.

When snakes shed their skin, they metamorphose into a new being. This is very significant to those with snake as power animal, symbolising our ability to shed beliefs and habits which we have outgrown, moving into higher spiritual energy. The ability to do this is wisdom.

The shedding of the skin is also associated with astral travel and out of body experiences. The eyes of a snake are always open and are protected by immobile transparent scales. Before shedding their skin the snakes markings become obscure and the eyes appear opaque or blue, giving them a trance like appearance as if they are looking right through you. Learning how to see into the hearts of others is part of what we are taught by snake.

On the deepest level Snake’s skin shedding symbolizes death and rebirth, an idea which is depicted by the image of a snake swallowing its own tail, a symbol of eternity. The Snakes medicine is not to be treated lightly. Its meaning touches on the deepest mysteries in life. If you are ready to shed your own skin, Snake is ready and waiting to guide you through the spiral path of transformation. On a material level snake is vitality, on an emotional level ambition and dreams, on a mental level intellect and power, and on the highest level, the spiritual level wisdom, understanding and wholeness.

Snakes / serpent’s power includes – Being the messenger of the Rainbow Serpent, wisdom, healing, initiation, elusiveness, manipulation of lightning, transmutation, exploration of the mysteries of life, primitive or elemental energy, protection from religious persecution, goddess energy, psychic energy, creative power, immortality and the connection to, or forming, the magic cord by which the shaman travels to the soul world. Snake medicine is the energy of wholeness, cosmic consciousness, and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance. It is the knowledge that all things are equal in creation, that all is one.

Snake is a powerful animal guide, a symbol of transformation and healing. The snake is wisdom expressed through healing. This is a protector and guardian. If snake has come into your life, your creative forces are awakening. Your intuition will strengthen and be more accurate.

When on the move snakes make no noise whatsoever. They are invisible when resting and are unable to produce their own body heat, often to be seen lying in the sun. The suns warmth together with their behavior regulates their body temperature. They don’t rely on the energy of food to generate body heat and can survive on scanty diets for long periods of time. Those with snake as power animal need very little food for energy. They are usually cold, with body temperatures below average, and prefer warmer climates.

Snakes do not have eardrums nor external ear openings. Instead they have small bones in the head that conduct sound. They can hear low frequency sounds and sense vibrations that travel through the earth. This links them to the underworld where secrets are kept.

The snake depicts healing on a cellular level. With their lightweight and flexible bodies they possess extremely fast and agile. If snake enters your life, expect swift changes to sweep through your life. These changes denote death of the old and a birth into untapped power, creativity and wisdom. Snake is very powerful to have to have as a guide. It is the guardian of sacred places and the keeper of concealed knowledge.

32 thoughts on “Snake Power Animal Symbol Of Death Rebirth Eternity Mysteries Of Life Psychic Energy”

  1. when i was nine years old i was in third grade and i had a very eccentric teach who coined my name as the wise man i didn’t know why and in that same year she had the class go one a field trip to a local park and a man had us all sit and a circle close our eyes and tell us what animal you see… i saw a snake no one else did i always wondered why.. now that i’m a little old and have studied history it makes sense. how could one make sense of this.

    1. I dreamt of a crowned cobra more than one time in my life…who looked at me and She was so beautiful!
      I love cobras and snakes very much
      I feel very connected to them.They bring tears in my eyes!It is goddess power!!
      They are the Divine feminine to me
      bringing the wisdom of the tree of life

      1. Thank you for sharing this, Nora Diamond. Last night, I dreamt of a rose-colored cobra, female, very (very) powerful, who had come specifically for me. She got up in my face and looked lovingly into my eyes… Precious. I love snakes and cobras! Her skin was visible in intricate detail. I could feel her ascend my arm, moving with a great-but-gentle force, scales brushing my skin. She left the room and slithered back in, saying, “Aren’t you coming with me?!”

        Snake is a powerful reminder of the Goddess, urging us to use our energies wisely. Like you, I see her as a bringer of the Wisdom of the Tree of Life…ushering in transformation and connecting us to our raw primal life force for the sake of healing. The Goddess!

    2. Hi James..

      What a beautiful story you share. I can see your teacher being a shaman or intuitive special person.

      She saw a gift in you and shared with you. You are very unique, and have many gifts that the teacher picked up on.


    3. Tonight after leaving a “healing day,” I was driving home. Cars were stopped abd flashing their headlights.

      A large diamond back python was alive (thank you Universe) on the road. I drove past. Had immediate thought to stop. Nobody was helping move Snake off road. I was worried he’d get “run over.”

      Stopped car, turned around and he was waiting….moved him off the road…he moved back off the road….man…what a day…

  2. An Arizona Desert Glossy Snake literally crossed my path today. I didn’t see it and lightly stepped on it. My husband rolled over it on his bicycle. We’ve both been having serious past life memories for some time now, and we take this very seriously. Any thoughts?

  3. Three nights in a row I dreamt of being bitten by snakes and in the third dream I also found myself face to face with a medicine man wearing a snake mask and he asked why was I back because my “initiation”hadhappened already. A Lakota Medicine Woman told it was a strong spiritual vision calling me to be a healer.

    1. Thats interesting. Last night I had a very realistic dream of being bitten by a venomous snake in the very center of my hand… the weird thing was the tail of this snake also had a sneaky “spike” which got my other hand at the same time.. I could feel it as if it were real!

    2. just last night i had one of those extra vivid, real dreams where i was bit by a shiny black snake between the first and second toe on my right foot. good to hear there’s maybe some snake healing spirit in me now, altho seems too uncertain to judge on my own

    3. I had a dream? Vision? (I was concerned I had finally cracked up honestly) last night and am trying to make sense of it today and found your comment interesting. A man connected himself to me with a cord, it was a rainbow colored snake. He told me it will keep us connected until I come to join him. He told me his name and where he lives. I’m so terrified all of this is real….

      1. Wow, you should read the Michael Roads books where he talks about the rainbow serpent. Very powerful indeed! Nothing to be afraid of.

      2. Do not be terrified. Be thamkful. You’ve received a gift of lucidity. Translate it appropriately, do not allow ego and the frailty of the human condition to taint the real symbol.

  4. Well snakes are terrible creatures. I lived in a room with a snake for about 6 months until we met so I had to kill it.
    Since then I sought for supernatural powers and knowledge.
    I also had ability to sense snakes from a mile off.
    They are creatures of mystries and magic.
    Lastly they are symbols of the enemy.

  5. I have seen 2 of the exact
    Same kind of snakes in the span of 2 weeks. Both times I almost stepped in them. It has been a few years since I has seen one up until this point. Kinda wondering what it all means.

  6. I was meditating and doing reiki work the other day on my husband’s lower back when ,I saw a white snake come to me in a vision near my head. I understand this now because I was concentrating on my sahasrara chakra and considering the oneness of all humanity and the entire fabric of the universe with myself.

  7. This is very eye opening, I have had a phobia of snakes all my life, looking back snakes have been a part of my dream & day to day life, I’m in the midst of a great spiritual awakening and my spirit is drawn to snakes the one thing I have always feared. Yet, I recal a dream where I was afraid at first , then I wasn’t I was able to communicate with snakes & embrace their nature. I am a descent of Druids priests & Navajo shamans my fears at tines have seem unfounded but once again I am embracing this new knowledge & spiritual awakening in my life.

  8. I had a friend over and my cat brought a small red snake into the house yelling at me and dropped it at my feet. My friend and I had just spent the entire night discussing shamanism, alchemy,yielding to Spirit, essentially everything you wrote. I picked it uo and held it for awhile and made sure the cat hadn’t hurt it and put it outside. Thank you so much for this article. Feel like we received a sign.

  9. Thank you so much for this very intriguing, helpful, empowering, uplifting, and inspiring post.

    I recently dreamt of a white and black checkered snake, and this reading gave me a deeper understanding of the symbolism.

    Continue to Be a wonderful gift to humanity, Mother Earth, merging worlds, and beyond. I’m grateful for your existence, unconditional love for All That Is, generosity (sharing of much Light) and wisdom.

    <3 <3 <3 Barbara

  10. I dream of an anaconda twice a week, for the past three years…. In this dream the anaconda is eating…… People…. And as the snake continues to eat, it begins to grow, and as it grows it eats more people, eventually there are no more people, the snake is huge, it has wrapped around the earth thousands of times only to come to rest before my eyes, it won’t eat me, but it has taken everything, two weeks ago.. I found out that I was a snake totem….

  11. So I had this spirit visit me for a few nights and I asked it to leave as I felt unnerved and it said to me in a clear audible voice that it will but it will leave me a gift. I couldn’t believe my eyes but this large red and yellow thick snake of some kind drops into my bed. I would say this is a vision as I was definitely not sleeping and I felt the snakes warm scales form on my bed while I was reading. Thoughts on meaning?

    1. Its a projection from parts of yourself, wiser parts of your higher mind, communicating to you through symbols. Because, your subconscious mind is the source of it, you can sense your waking dream with any senses, beyond just vision. If you pick out all the nouns and adjectives of your “vision/ dream” look up each term with the search term “dream symbol or totem medicine or psychological universal symbolism” and compare the results to aspects of your life trying to reveal themselves more to you, to make more things conscious, by asking you to contemplate those things and observe your life for deeper wisdom. The most obvious part of your message, to me, is that it’s time for you to embrace your gift for inner knowledge and visions.

  12. I dream of snakes quite often. However, I don’t particularly love them. But when this happened (the following story), I knew they were my totem:
    I was living in Tucson, Az, up about 15 from a dry wash that only filled in monsoon season. My bedroom window was about 25 ft or so from the wash (flat surface, and then down). One morning I told my husband I dreamt of a snake right outside of our bedroom window. It was large, but it had the huge, huge head!
    That late afternoon we were having dinner and the local chinese restaurant in the foothills where we lived. A few tables down was our neighbor of a few houses over. He saw us and come over and told us he was walking his dog down below our house in the wash, and he dog ran over to a particular spot and was barking like crazy. The neighbor went over to him and saw what was causing the commotion. It was a large rattlesnake with the biggest, most huge head he ever saw on a rattlesnake.
    Since that time I knew I had been on a shamanic journey and of my attachment to the rattler. I’ve always been a sensitive and have had ESP, but this? New to me!

  13. The other night I was taking a cold bath and the skin just started peeling off in rolls.My entire back.No sunburn.I was a bit freaked at first,But I felt like all the skin going down the drain was unwanted and unneeded baggage.I really feel awesome,like new.Alive.My cousin remembered that this happened to meh 20 years ago with my legs.I was just wondering if anyone has heard of or experienced a human shedding their skin like a snake.I have also been focusing on the 1000 names of the Divine Mother.If that has anything merit.

  14. While having Reiki attunement the lady preforming it said she saw many rainbow serpents around me. Can anyone help me out on the meaning of this?

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