"Snakes in dreams" – I find this to be an often searched topic of people who come to my blog.
So I thought of writing on this from Hindu texts on astrology.
Seeing snakes in dream does not foretell anything bad.
Only two types of dreams on snakes are premonitive while all the other dreams on snakes are Freudian expression of something seen or imagined or sifted by brain or experienced by inner mind.
The two types are
(1) getting bitten by a snake
(2) eating or swallowing or biting a snake.
Both these have meaning in Swapna sastra.
If a snake bites you, or if any poisonous insect or an animal such as a scorpion or leech or a bee bites you, it foretells that a disease that you have been suffering from will be gone.
Or the medication that you have been taking will bear good effect.
Or you will be healthy.
If you bite a snake or eat a snake, it shows that you will get riches or some growth in position. Or you will get progeny or your progeny will do well. Or you will get some gains by way of property or money. Whichever is applicable to you at that moment will happen.
Any other type of dream of snakes has no bearing in reality. There won't be any good or bad result from those dreams, however frightening those dreams may be.
Snakes are to be feared in real life, but not in dreams.
Even if a snake chases one in dreams, it is only an expression of some underlying fear that one may have.
According to the sages who have written on dreams, only if a pig or a monkey chases you, it will be indicative of some trouble from your employer. You may expect a pink slip after such a dream. Seeing these two animals in dream is indicative of bad news. In Ramayana, Sita was at first shocked to see Hanuman in the Ashoka vana. Seeing Hanuman in monkey form, she wondered if she was dreaming.
saa tam dR^iSTvaa harishreSThaM viniitavadupasthitam |
maithilii chintayaamaasa svapno.ayamiti bhaaminii || 5-32-6
dR^iSTvaa= seeing; tam= that; harishreSTham= excellent monkey; upasthitam= appraoching; viniitavat= humbly; saa= that; bhaaminii= splendid woman; maithilii= Seetha; chintayaamaasa= thought; ayam= it; iti= as; svapnaH= a dream.
Seeing that excellent monkey approaching humbly, that splendid woman Seetha thought it as a dream.
svapno mayaa ayam vikR^ito adya dR^iShTaH shaakhaa mR^igaH shaastra gaNaiH niShiddhaH | 5-32-9
adya= today; shaakhaamR^igaH= a monkey; vikR^itaH= in an ugly form; dR^iSTaH= was seen; mayaa= by me; svapne= in a dream; niSiddhaH= which is forbidden; shaastragaNaiH= according to a series of scriptures;
"Today, I saw an ugly monkey in my dream, which is forbidden according to a body of scriptures."
Similarly seeing horned animals and animals with protruding incisors is also indicative of getting into the bad books of the employer.
But snakes are harmless if seen in any way in the dream.
Though not told in scriptures, in reality we find a correlation between certain dreams on snakes and some relief from whatever trouble that one is experiencing until then. If a snake is seen climbing down the cot or bed or chair or leaving the house or seen going away from one in a dream, it is seen in some cases that the dasa of the nodes (Rahu / Ketu) of the dreamer had come to an end or the malefic transit of the nodes had come to an end.
Therefore, feel calm if you see a snake in dream.
Seeing a snake in real life too – like crossing your way – is not a bad omen.
If a snake is seen crossing the road or a lawn or climbing a tree, it in indicative of sudden rains.
Snakes are bad only in horoscope (Curse of the serpents – of Rahu – Ketu) about which I will write separately.
Suppose you have experienced a bad dream or a frightening dream, the next morning you go to a temple and worship god.
Traditionally the remedy for a bad or frightening dream is to recite Vishnu Sahasranama or Gajendra Moksham form Srimad Bhagavatham.
Sage Parashara recommends worship of god followed by chanting, charity and sipping of Ganga jal.
Sage Susruta recommends the same and also suggests Gayathri japa.
Those not initiated into Gayathri japa can do japa on their favorite god.
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