Apr 122014
 

Last night I dreamed I pulled an enormous, thick black python out of the sabal palm on the corner of the lot, tugging it down from the branches by its tail.

I should have known something wasn’t right by the way it so easily untangled itself and fell into a loose coil at my feet. I wrestled it, despite the fact it didn’t require wrestling, and pinned it’s head down against the sandy saw grass.

With a machete I do not own, swiftly, I dragged the blade horizontally across it’s body, just behind its jaw.

It severed cleanly. There was no blood.

I looked down at my kill and wondered whether cold blood runs.

Moments later, the body of the snake writhed as if it still had life inside it, and then a hundred smaller snakes slithered from the wound.

 

  6 Responses to “python dreams”

  1. Sounds like more of a nightmare, than a dream, smile.

    The window into our mind through dreams is a very curious one. I think there is a reason nature makes us unable to move while dreaming…

    • Perhaps, but I wasn’t afraid of anything (which for me is the line of demarcation between dream and nightmare).

      • I am fascinated by snakes, and whenever I have a snake(s) in my dream, it is a happy one. So I can relate.

        It was only my understanding that most people are terribly afraid of snakes and having killed one only to find that many more were now set free, sounded like a typical nightmare, smile.

        Cheers!

  2. Very interesting. While I’m no dream interpreter, at first glance I thought of it as a “Pandora’s Box” scenario. Naturally, I had to look it up to see if there were common themes for snake dreams. As it turns out, a snake can be said to mean a lot of things:

    It could as be a sign of dreaming about transition, or healing

    Dreaming about your hidden potential

    Dealing with a stressful situation

    Dreaming about receiving a message from your subconscious

    Dealing with someone you mistrust

    It could be the old Freudian thing… The phallic symbol. The fact that you cut it’s head off makes me wonder if you might just secretly want to become a Mohel

    My favorite was this: “The snake is a neutral symbol and that it’s up to the dreamer to assign the slant”

    Then again, sometimes a snake is just a snake.

    • It could be the old Freudian thing… The phallic symbol. The fact that you cut it’s head off makes me wonder if you might just secretly want to become a Mohel

      Okay, now that? That’s a nightmare. :)

  3. I’m not really into dream interpretation, although it is something we practiced in my counseling theories class. Just for fun, some interpretations (which Adler would say only you can do for yourself):

    Something that seemed dead is still fertile and full of potential.

    That which is old and spent must give way to make room for new life.

    Black snakes are everywhere in Florida (I accidentally cut the tail off of one with my garden spade not too long ago. The neighbors heard me scream from half a block away – and I’m not even afraid of snakes. I am, however, apparently freaked out by writhing headless snake tails.)

    That’s all I’ve got. Unless you’re into the kinky Devil in Miss Jones snake scene interpretation. :)

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