Few non-human animals provoke strong feelings the way that snakes do. For millennia, world cultures and religions have developed elaborate symbolism, myths, and stories revolving around the snake. While it is true that snakes generally do not prey on humans, many people remain fearful and seek to actively avoid serpents. Still, if you encounter a snake, you may wish to keep in mind the power of these creatures, understanding that a message from Spirit may well be embodied in this legless reptile.
Shedding the Past To Allow For Growth
If you have a snake sighting, it’s a sign of transformation in your spiritual growth. Prepare to awaken all of your senses, and allow your spiritual knowing to expand. It’s also time to shed old beliefs, habits, and, in some cases, possessions that are getting in the way of your progress.
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Animals as symbols always come to us in times of change, however, it’s up to us to decipher the message that each particular animal carries with it—the type of change on the horizon or change that is already present. The meaning of a snake sighting is about the expansion of the mind and spirit. It’s a transformation or awakening of sorts. However, it can be a reminder to remain grounded and in touch with the magic held in nature—the earth, the water, the air and even the fire in the earth’s core. Respect the snake, respect the earth, and respect the gifts of all spiritual journeys.
Physical Attributes and Spiritual Messages of the Snake
An animal spirit’s meaning is often tied to its physical attributes. As we examine the meaning of snake sightings, it’s a good idea to consider the snake itself, with its abilities, shortcomings, and way of living.
Snakes are, of course, reptiles. They do not have legs, and have several means of locomotion, which typically require the snake to adapt its body movements to the surfaces on which it wishes to move. Snakes are also cold-blooded, which means that they have to rely on outside sources to maintain their body heat.
When the snake outgrows its skin, it sheds it. The process of shedding is a short window of vulnerable time where the snake’s skin experiences exposure to outer elements. Expansion of our spiritual bodies feels just as comfortable and invigorating as a snake living in his new skin. The snake is aware. He relies on sight, smell, and even vibrations in order to navigate his path ahead. As we increase our own awareness, it is important not to lose the basic skills we, as humans, were born with—including our sixth sense.
The snake strikes at opportunities with precision. When we choose a path to follow, it’s important to choose the precise path that is right for each of us. And when we have an opportunity to further our awareness or expand our path, we should do so with explicit intention. Our beliefs are powerful, and it’s important to understand that everything has a positive and negative side. Therefore, we should always focus on the positive while being aware of the negative—giving each a healthy respect.
Snake or Serpent as Your Spirit Animal
If you feel that you identify with the snake or you consider it your totem or spirit animal, it’s very likely that you have dealt with many changes and chapters in your life already, and you somehow adapt yourself to these changes more easily than others might. Like the snake, you are able to shed your skin and be reborn in this way. It’s also likely that you have some healing abilities with a particular talent to balance opposing energies.
As a person, you possess a charm and self-confidence that people can find appealing and comforting. As a healer, you will likely spend your life continually expanding and growing your abilities and your levels of awareness.
What Does a Snake Symbolize?
As we’ve already noted, the snake is a powerful symbol in many diverse cultures. Curiously, this symbolism widely varies. Some lore posits a serpent as a truth teller, a healer, or even a source of wisdom. In other cases, serpents indicate deceit, danger, and possible ruin.
Symbolism of the Snake in Medicine
Two snake symbols are the Staff of Hermes, also known as the caduceus, and the Rod of Asclepius (the Greek god of Healing). Both appear in logos and symbols of the medical and metaphysical healing arts. Some have even suggested the snake symbolizes our own DNA.
Snakes in Tarot
In the Tarot, the Two of Cups depicts a couple exchanging golden cups, as if to imply a ceremony of marriage. Between them is the Caduceus, a representation of balance, the joining of energies, and a healing connection.
Snakes and Chakras
Perhaps you’ve heard the term “awakening your kundalini.” According to elephantjournal.com, “One of the aims of Hatha yoga is to awaken the dormant kundalini energy (which is said to lie curled up sleeping at the base of the spine like a snake) and to raise it up through the chakras. As it goes higher and higher, various abilities are awakened, evolution is accelerated, and finally, enlightenment is achieved when the kundalini goes up through the crown chakra.” Many say that this is also the path to the ultimate orgasm.
As a shamanic culture, the Celts revered the snake. One of the most interesting Celtic beliefs is that when the snake sheds his skin, and his eyes begin to glaze over, he has access to all the knowledge of the Universe—past, present, and future.
Snakes in Native American Culture
Native American cultures hold wildly differing beliefs about the snake. Some connect him with birth and fertility, some with thunder and rain, however, others see him as a lethal serpent. In Cherokee legend, snakes are “supernaturals” that require fear, reverence, and respect. That seems to be the overall nature of the snake throughout most cultures, which makes sense since so many ancient cultures point to the snake’s ability to balance energies—both good and bad.
Meaning of a Snake Sighting
Have you recently had a snake sighting? If so, have you felt an awakening inside of you or the need to connect with your spiritual side? When faced with choices, do you weigh the good and the bad with equal respect? This is the meaning of a snake sighting, and these are the questions you should consider. A snake sighting is a sign of your spiritual growth and a reminder to stay grounded in the process.
Snakes in Dreams
If you dream about a serpent or snake, take heed: Snake dreams aren’t always negative, but should be interpreted in context. What is the snake doing in your dream? Is it coiled and hissing, about to strike? This could indicate danger. On the other hand, if the serpent is peacefully going about its business, perhaps this is a time for stealthy, quiet action on your part. A serpent who is shedding its skin may be indicating that it is time for you to make a change.
Some people wonder about the Biblical meaning of snakes in dreams. While it is true that the Biblical symbolism of the snake is often negative (think of the serpent who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden) the snake can also be a symbol of healing. When fiery serpents bit the ancient Israelites, they looked to a pole with a brass serpent for healing.
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