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Snake in the house

I am sitting on the floor watching TV in my house back in my home country. I begin to feel tight and strange and realise a snake is crawling around my body. It is so sticky and hard to remove but after a big fight I am able to get rid of it. Then I ran downstairs to find my brothers but instead of being white marble, the stairs are dirty and covered in grime, baby fish and black snakes. I ran and one of my brothers got a high-pressure water cleaner. We start to clean and remove all the grossness from the house. I tell my younger brother about the big, horrible snake and he grabs it and throws it away.

Clear out your house sooner rather than later. Throw out all the stuff you don’t need/want/use, and then give the place a spring clean.  You might also like to cleasnse the space energetically by smudging. It’s not that there’s anything in your house but the snake is a symbol of transformation and it seems to be rather persistent about getting your attention. Using a salt scrub in the shower might also be a good idea. You want to create a blank canvas for new conditions.

Going downstairs and using the high-pressure water cleaner indicates that you have some repressed/hidden emotional stuff to release. Do you run or lift weights? I feel that some sort of “macho” physical exercise would be helpful here. There’s a lot of energy being held back and you need to find a controlled and positive way to release it. Boxercise or martial arts would also work.

It’s rare for the people in our dreams to actually represent the people in our waking life. Houses are our psyches. Your brothers represent the masculine part of yourself and all the good things about men – how they are strong, take charge, make decisions, and leap into action. This is what the snake wants you to do. You fought it off in the dreams but now you have to bring this fighting spirit to your waking life.


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resurrected rats

Rat with Jaws of Gold by Nikolai Konstantin Kalmakoff

Rat with Jaws of Gold by Nikolai Konstantin Kalmakoff


I dreamt that I was at an old house with a few school friends and the place was overrun by rats. We started trying to hit these rats with our shoes. The rats jumped at us and bit our arms. Eventually, we managed to kill all of the rats and laid their bodies in a row on the back lawn. One by one, the rats awoke from the dead and ran towards the neighbour’s fence and disappeared.


We were chatting and heard this almighty war cry/chant. Hundreds of rat/cavemen were running at us from the neighbour’s house. We were very frightened and ran through the neighbourhood trying to find a place to hide from them. I noticed a huge snake coiled around a house as I ran past. I ended up breaking into a house and hiding in the roof cavity. I then woke up.



Your dream companions indicate that issues from your youth are re-emerging. It is likely that these emerging issues are related to your position in your peer group. Initially you work together to kill the rats but by the end of the dream your focus has shifted from ‘we’ to ‘I’ and you save yourself.


Being part of the ‘rat race’ springs to mind; as does a concern for what the neighbours think. Your dream community seems controlled and well-ordered (initial co-operation killing the rats and laying them in a row); however, this sense of security does not last for long.


The rats themselves are not necessarily bad, although in this dream they do pose a threat to you and your friends. Putting aside the Black Death and their status as vermin, rats are very fertile and resourceful creatures. The presence of the rat/cavemen may indicate issues of around reproduction, family/community and finances.


As noted in the previous post, the snake is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. As a house represents the mind of the dreamer; the roof cavity can be thought of as the under-utilised higher mind.


Do you ‘smell a rat’ or detect a ‘snake in the grass’ in your waking life? Trust your intuition.


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by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

The Garden of the Hesperides by Sir Edward Burne-Jones


I am alone in a room and hear a noise. I discover a large snake. As usual, I run and the snake chases me, and, as usual, I try to scream but nothing comes out.


Though often associated with sex (thanks Sigmund), snakes are an ancient symbol of wisdom, rebirth, healing and regeneration.  That you run away in fear and are unable to speak when confronted by the snake in the dream, indicates that you are refusing to acknowledge the potent power within yourself that the snake represents. Do not run from or be silent about the changes occuring in your waking life; the transformation that is underway brings knowledge and renewal.