Understanding Dream Symbols for Better Health

By Lauri Quinn Loewenberg Author of Dream On It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life

Posted on | By Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

Did you know that your dreaming mind is the most powerful part of who you are? When you begin to work with and understand your dreams, you’ll find that they give you inspiration and ideas for your creative endeavors, show you how to handle specific problems in your life, and even give you information you need to know about your health.

In my research, I’ve found that two main symbols can point to and advise you on your health: The snake and the horse. Certainly there are more, but these two symbols seem to pop up the most when our dreams want to advise us on our health. So, let’s explore them a little deeper. The following is an excerpt from my latest book Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life. 



For as long as I have been studying and researching dreams, I am still surprised how often snakes slither into the collective dreamscape. Snakes evoke fear in most of us, even to the point of phobia! They have sharp teeth, a demonic forked tongue. They can strike at lightning speed and inject you with their poison. Shudder.

Because of these widely feared characteristics, the dreaming mind often uses a snake to represent the dangerous, venomous behavior of yourself, or more often of someone close to you who is typically male. Yes, the phallic shape of the snake plays a big role in its meaning.

Interestingly enough, snakes in a dream can also signify the onset of emotional or physical healing. The connection can be found in the Caduceus, the symbol for medicine, which is two snakes wrapped around a winged staff. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing this symbol on the side of ambulances, in pharmacies and in hospitals; therefore, it is embedded in our subconscious that snakes equal healing. The following dream is a great example of the duality of the snake symbol.

"I've had several dreams about snakes lately. In the first dream I was trying to get away from a multi-colored poisonous snake. It kept striking at me, but never bit me. A few nights ago, I dreamed I was riding my bike and was being pursued by a snake that kept trying to strike at my ankles."
  – Shelley 42

Article written by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
Author of Dream On It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life