The Meaning of a Snake Sighting

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Powerful, Yet Misunderstood

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, “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.

The Celts

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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12 thoughts on “The Meaning of a Snake Sighting

  1. Job seeker

    As one of the oldest and richest mythological symbols across cultures, snakes can seem to represent, well, a lot. Because serpents regularly shed their skin, many traditions associate the reptiles with upward growth, such as transformation or rebirth. But in other cultures, snakes can be a more menacing symbol, representing evil or even death. So what does it mean when a snake appears in a dream? Should you start considering what intentions you want to manifest, or brace yourself for your untimely demise?

  2. Vanesa

    I am so thankful for finding this article bless me so deeply. Whoever wrote this, is truly enlighten and vibrational. You touch my spirit and I connected with your spirit. This article help me to connected with my own spirits for the every first time. I did not know what was happening until it happened. It has opened a new door for me and for that am grateful. Grateful that spirit heard me, grateful that spirit choose me. This will be the “New Beginning” of my new life. The article is about The Snake, I understand now , I see it with my new eyes and I read it with understanding. The calling is now for me. I will walk and talk with the spirits. Thanks for The Awareness, The Awakening and The Accuracy of the article. BLESS YOU

  3. Erica Hertel

    About a week ago there was a snake on my porch…it wouldnt leave, and I wouldn’t go outside, snakes freak me out.. well it finally went away the next day, and now I go outside to smoke and its either the same one returned,or its another snake, right on my front porch “again”…I’m freaking out,now I feel trapped in my home.. I’m not walking past that, I’m too scared and I know it will since that….what in the Hell do I do??? What can I do to repel them away?? Or does it mean something to see 2 snakes or the possibly the same one twice, on ur front porch??

  4. Charmaine

    I recently seperated and currently moving into my new house with my children. Upon doing some minor renovations we saw a brown snake under the workmans car tyre right infront of my driveway. I do believe it means new beginnings and possibly spiritual awakening but I still feel sick at the thought if me or my kids get bitten by one of these deadly snakes. We only have a few houses around us. I’m aware but dont want to feel frightened to go outside.

  5. PM

    Thank you so much for this article because in all my life the most wild animal or serpent I always encounter is snakes, I have come across lots of snakes and sometimes I Just get a feeling that Iam going to see a snake while am on my outdoors running (working out) or walking and then boom my eyes will be on snake of any kind. so after reading this article I’ve realised that snakes are my simble and may be I also have some healing power, who knows

    1. Angela Conigliaro

      Yea same here I literally almost stepped on one today in the park this is the second time this is happened to me only the first time was a black snake this time it was like a beige yellowish brown but I freaked out for a second

  6. Damian

    I LOVE this! Thank you for these amazing and super insightful articles! They consistently make me think deeper and appreciate my encounters in nature even more! Please keep them coming:)

  7. Angel

    I saw about 3 Dragonflies last week while I was at the park I didn’t know about the information I finish reading cool imfo just Like the Dragonflies.


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