Ross Perot made the saying, “Kill the Snake,” popular during his run for president. He used a story to relay how organizations and government get so consumed by bureaucracy and red tape that they can’t accomplish the simplest tasks that are critical to the mission.
Still, wildlife experts strongly advise against killing snakes, warning people who do so put themselves at risk of a more serious penalty — severe illness and/or death.
Fertility and rebirth
Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. The ouroboros is a symbol of eternity and continual renewal of life.
Aside from keeping the food web in check, decreasing diseases from spreading; and playing an integral role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem, venomous snakes play an especially important part in the treatment of heart attack patients, folks with autoimmune diseases, diabetes, or victims of chronic pain.
PROGRESS: In ancient times, snakes were seen as signs of transformation. If snakes appear in your dreams, it can signify that you are moving forward, are healing and have entered a phase of personal transformation. Most likely, you have moved beyond a hindrance on your path that existed till recently.
“They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them.” For the past eighty years, believers living in the Appalachian hills of the southeastern US have incorporated handling serpents and drinking strychnine (a “salvation cocktail”) into their religious beliefs and practice.
Generally, reptiles do demonstrate basic emotions. According to Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the main two are fear and aggression, but they may also demonstrate pleasure when stroked or when offered food.
In Christianity, a connection between the Serpent and Satan is created, and Genesis 3:14-15 where God curses the serpent, is seen in that light: “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and …
In many cultures, the snake is a symbol of wisdom. So, a snake or cobra tattoo can mean wisdom, ancient knowledge, and even power. In most cases, a snake coiled around another can mean sexuality or even healing.
Quetzalcóatl, Mayan name Kukulcán, (from Nahuatl quetzalli, “tail feather of the quetzal bird [Pharomachrus mocinno],” and coatl, “snake”), the Feathered Serpent, one of the major deities of the ancient Mexican pantheon.
Killing or even watching a person kill a snake is considered a bad omen. It is believed that if a person sees a snake being killed, then misfortune will follow him/her, because the snake is associated with Lord Vishnu and Shiva.
Because of their slow metabolisms, snakes remain conscious and able to feel pain and fear long after they are decapitated.
People kill snakes for three reasons: fear, ignorance, or outright sadism. In the case of true phobias or sadistic disorders, assistance from a qualified mental health practitioner may be necessary. For most people, however, education is all you need to gain a more humane perspective and leave these behaviors behind.
Snake Quotes- Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.
If you see a snake, just kill it - don’t appoint a committee on snakes.
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Every great story seems to begin with a snake.
If a mammal loses its head, it will die almost immediately. But snakes and other ectotherms, which don’t need as much oxygen to fuel the brain, can probably live on for minutes or even hours, Penning said.
“If you see a snake, just kill it — don’t appoint a committee on snakes”. The above quote from Ross Perot was born out of the frustration he experienced as a result of his time on the board of directors at General Motors (GM).
What do most snake dreams mean? In a situation where the snake is chasing you or biting you in your dream, this is a warning to be aware of your surroundings, Bowman says. Specifically, you might have some betrayal or infidelity on your hands.
Black snakes are omens of good fortune. Like most good fortune, they are inconspicuous and rare. So, when a specimen presents itself, it behooves one to take notice.
Some cultures believe that dreaming of a snake biting you signals you are pregnant, according to babyMed. Dream Dictionary Now said that snakes in your dreams can suggest that you are intuitive or that you’re worried about someone in your life that you don’t trust (hence the phrase, “snake in the grass”).
Practiced by a small fraction of rural charismatic Protestants, snake handling is often identified with the Church of God with Signs Following or other holiness churches.
Practitioners believe serpent handling dates to antiquity and quote the Gospel of Mark (chapter 16) and the Gospel of Luke to support the practice: Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Paul in Acts 28, like the famous hero Philoctetes, is bitten by a poisonous snake on a secluded island.