Snakes appear in people's dreams more commonly than any other animal. There are probably more fears, phobias, and superstitions about snakes than all other animals combined. Native Americans associate snakes with healing and transformation. The ancient Romans also associated them with healing, as a snake was the symbol of Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing. Even today, the symbol of medicine is the caduceus, a staff with two snakes entwined around it. The caduceus was originally carried by Mercury, messenger of the gods. If you dream of a snake, it's a sign that your subconscious mind is trying to communicate with your conscious mind. A snake in the grass is a sign that someone is trying to undermine you. At the very least, this person is disloyal. If you dream that the snake is entwined around you, it's a sign that you are hemmed in, restricted, or trapped in some way. If you dream of a snake with its tail in its mouth, you are trying to harmonize the spiritual and physical sides of your makeup. A snake biting you is a sign that you are poisoning yourself with your own thoughts and emotions. The snake is the fifth animal in the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese prehistory, snakes were worshipped, but they gradually came to symbolize treachery and evil. Consequently, dream interpretations vary, depending on what the snake is doing. It is a sign of good luck if a snake chases you in a dream. To dream of a black snake indicates the birth of a girl, while a white or grey snake indicates a boy. If a man dreams about a single snake, it is a sign that he will shortly have a new girlfriend. In Taiwan it is believed that if you dream of a snake coiling itself around you, you will shortly experience an important change in your life. In the West, it's considered a positive sign to dream of a snake, despite the negative connotations the snake has in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Dreaming of a snake encourages you to find your true purpose. The snake sheds off its own skin many times in its life. This signifies a new start, both for you and the snake. Many people are scared of snakes, but in the dream world to be bitten by a snake is a sign that you're being forced into a new, more positive direction. The snake has always had sexual, especially phallic, associations. It's a sign of strong masculine energy if a woman dreams of a snake in her bedroom. If you kill a snake in a dream, it's a sign that you'll overcome your enemies. A threatening snake is an indication that a difficult situation could be hard to control.