The Snake Dreams are back again!! When I was in my 20s, I was plagued by a series of recurring snake dreams. In one set of these dreams, I would be some place that is suddenly overrun with snakes. They would be everywhere. There would be nowhere I could walk without stepping on them. The dreams took place in different locales, usually outdoors, with different types of snakes, and different people, BUT all of these dreams totally freaked me out! I often woke up from them drenched in sweat with my heart pounding. They lasted for several years; from the time that I lived on my own after university until I did a Vision Quest about 8 years later.
During this Vision Quest, which was organized and facilitated by a Shaman, I spent the night by myself in the woods of northern Ontario in a small lodge that I built out of green branches and blankets. I sat in this little lodge all night long, through pouring rain, buzzing mosquitoes, and the quiet before dawn, praying for a vision, for guidance, for direction in my life. At different points in the night, my mind was filled with the vision of snakes. At one point, I was swallowed by a large snake. At another point, a snake entered me through my womb and travelled up my spine and out through the top of my head. Strangely, given my recurring snake nightmares, these visions did not terrify me. The snakes in my vision were big, beautiful and powerful. They left me feeling calm and centred. When I spoke to my Teacher about my experience, she told me that snakes represent many positive things; the power of the feminine; rebirth; kundalini energy that can energize the seven chakras.
The recurring snake dreams stopped after that as if the message had been received. It has been more than 20 years since I have had one. But this week, the snake dreams returned. In this one, I am in the outback of Australia, camping with my husband and a few other people when suddenly, it seemed, snakes that have black and bright white diamond patterns on them, are everywhere; on the ground, in puddles, in the water. They are emerging out of the earth. They cannot be avoided. And they are potentially deadly. There is no reprieve from them. There is no choice; we have to keep travelling through them. I woke up with my heart pounding once again. I don’t know quite the dream means, but I know better than to ignore it!!