Common Symbols for Kundalini in Dreams: Snakes

The Snake: A Symbol for Kundalini Rising
Caduceus - Medical Symbol for Healing


As the first of a blog series on common symbols for kundalini that occur in dreams I will begin with the snake. Perhaps it is one of the most popular symbols for kundalini because the Hindus have often portrayed the energy as a snake that uncoils and rises up. The snake’s movement symbolizes kundalini energy as it uncoils and rises up the spine to do its work in the body. When I had my blissful kundalini awakening in June of 2009, (not to be confused the powerful kundalini energy release I underwent in 2007), I experienced this uncanny sensation. I felt a building energy at the base of my spine and then a unique uncoiling sensation that was followed by a burst of energy igniting my first, second and third chakras. It seemed that every cell from my knees to upper abdomen was radiating pure ecstatic joy. With my mind’s eye, I saw glorious tones of red, orange and yellow extend several feet from out of my body. For a long while after, I reveled in a profound blissful state.

Perhaps because the snake has been so long associated with kundalini and its healing properties, and because the snake’s venom can heal certain conditions, the snake has long been a symbol for healing. Everyone is familiar with the ancient symbol for the medical profession, the caduceus, a rod with a snake or two wrapped around it.

A Human Caduceus

Since having experienced kundalini I now see myself as the rod surrounded by two healing snakes. This is no accident. In February 2003, I had an emotionally powerful dream of two giant golden snakes wrapped about my middle. Since then, I have come to understand that these two snakes were and are healing the 2nd and 3rd chakras, areas where I have needed healing. I also don’t think it is an accident that I have been gifted with the art of healing others as I have been healed. The caduceus is a symbol for any human who has been enfolded by the healing energy of kundalini and thus can heal others.

Look for Your Snake’s Color and Their Reappearance in Your Dreams

In your dreams, be particularly aware if snakes seek you out and wrap themselves around you. It may mean kundalini has chosen you. It is important to understand snakes can have many other meanings in dreams so noting the color of the snakes will be an important clue as to whether these snakes might be harbingers of kundalini energy. If the colors are brilliant, glowing and beautiful or are white, a symbol for spirituality, there is a good chance they may represent kundalini energy. For example in 2005 I had a dream of two snakes, a green snakes were approaching me. A month later, I dreamed of two white snakes going to the left and right in front of me. This repetition of dreams featuring a unique symbol such as a snake bears taking notice. It is another sign that something significant is happening. These dreams are telling me to take notice that whatever the snake symbolizes is coming my way.

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10 thoughts on “Common Symbols for Kundalini in Dreams: Snakes

  1. Hi Fran, Great article on kundalini energy. I, also, had a snake appear many years ago, and it was a golden snake uncoiling in my stomach. Many years prior to this dream, I dreamt that I was in a cave with a Sioux Indian Chief named Chief Two-Eagles who gave me many shots in the arm to counteract the thousands of different poisonous snakes flying towards me with intent to bite me. Then, following that incident, Chief Two-Eagles told me no more shots will be needed for the next thousands of different snakes for these snakes are non-poisonous.

    Happy snake visitations.

  2. I have been learning reiki. For the past 6 months I have been seeing a floating snake above me. It has the same design in picture, without the wings and colour is a black outline but see through inside. Please can you tell me what this means

    • Hi Tracy,
      Snakes are often the symbols for healing in many cultures. What you need to do is to ask yourself what the snake means to you, especially in terms of healing. You just need get in a meditative state, calm and relaxed, and then imagine the snake as it is and then ask it why it is here for you. Is it here to enhance your healing powers as a reiki practitioner? Is it here to heal you? What do the colors of the snake symbolize for you?
      Feedback from the snake may come in the form of a direct answer by words coming to you, it may come in first sign you see, a sensation, a song, etc. The important thing is to notice the very first thing that comes when you ask a question.
      Hope this helps, and good luck with your reiki training.
      With aloha,

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  4. I got a golden coloured snake which expanded itself ,like it was small before and later it expanded itself into a giant snake, it’s coming after me, my parents and all my relatives are just taking it so lightly, but I’m so afraid of it as it is coming only after me, finally I entered into home and closed the doors and windows, yet it is trying to chase me from the window, later I woke up.

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