Spiders are connected with gods, spirits, and with the underworld. So let’s learn more about the meaning of a spider as a spirit animal, dream interpretation, and more.
Meaning of Spiders in Esotericism
A spider, although not considered an insect, can be included in this totemic classification. Seen as the Great Mother, the weaver of destiny, solar symbol and predator, both spider and its web are symbolic.
Spiders have taken part in mythological fables since time immemorial throughout the world. This presence in numerous cultures is undoubtedly related to the cosmopolitan distribution of arachnids.
In fact, spiders can be found in virtually all terrestrial ecosystems and, thanks to this they have entered the consciousness of the world.
Spider Symbolism and Mythology Explained
A spider is the most intensively used arthropod in the field of mythology and symbolism. It has been also with a manifest – even disturbing – concordance in most of the terms and in their deepest or most ambivalent elements.
It is an animal capable of making constructions of extraordinary complexity (especially for a primitive man) in the form of perfectly geometric orbicular nets.
This occurs in the middle of nature, a harmonious and beautiful ‘entity’ for poets, but a wild scene of intense dramas, a source of fears and problems for its inhabitants, in which powerful, indomitable forces reside, and in which the danger and death.
In the motley chaos of the Natural, in which vegetation, beasts and vermin intermingle, floods, storms and dramatic climates (along with demons, monsters, and shadows …), perfect symbols of the order of the cosmos in perfect form emerge geometric nets. They can only be a divine symbol.
And a small and mysterious animal builds them with a substance that it extracts from itself, creating order within the chaos by itself.
It is considered as a lunar animal, because the moon (due to its passive nature of reflected light; and due to its affirmative and negative phases, increasing and decreasing), corresponds to the sphere of the phenomenal (and psychic) manifestation to the imagination).
Thus, the moon, by the fact of governing all forms (in terms of apparitions and disappearances), weaves all destinations, so it appears in many myths as an immense spider.
The spirit of it merges with that of the moon and … the sun. The radiated form of the net symbolizes the sun from which its rays emanate. A net is attributed a solar symbolism.
The wisdom of spiders includes:
- Weaving Master
- Weaver of Destiny’s Weaving
- Divine Inspiration
- Change of form
- Understand the patterns of illusion
- Female energy of the creative force of life.
It is a totem of cunning, cyclic progression, rebirth and death, protection and power over destiny. This totem invites you to see life from an elevated perspective, and see the cycles we have passed in the positive analysis.
It’s probably the arthropod with the most intense presence in the set of primitive human beliefs.
Already in the Bible and in the Quran reference is made to it. Likewise, many ancient men were interested in these arachnids; Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) mentions them in his writings and was the first to provide data on its biology and behavior.
It has been a symbol of Life (Creation, fertility and sex) for its ability to build orbicular net from itself, but also of Death (War and destruction) for its predatory ability and the toxicity of its poison.
This ambivalence, based on the interpretation of spider activity, biology and general abilities, can be traced in ancient Mediterranean myths (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece), but also in the African continent, in Mesoamerican cultures (especially in the Mayan civilization ) and among Native American tribes or in the Pacific Islands.
Spider is the grandmother, the link with the past and the future.
In several American tribes a spider (personified as the grandmother) was the master and protector of esoteric wisdom, and is part of the myths of creation, being for them a wise totem. Dream catchers have been inspired by spider webs to catch negative dreams and nightmares.
In Cameroon it represents diligence and wisdom.
In China, a spider in its strand is a symbol of good luck.
The way you create your network shows how we can use our creative talents in our work and life. It is difficult to think that there is a person who has never seen one of these animals.
If you discover a spider creating its network, it is time to meditate and ask yourself if you feel trapped or entangled in chaotic activities, or you are preparing to create your own network (way of life). A spider will teach you how to get out of your constrictive energies and to weave your own network of power to make you own your own life.
It is the wheel of life that flows from one circle to the next. It teaches you to maintain the balance between the past and the future, physical and spiritual, male and female.
It is the symbol of creative power and is the guardian of the ancient language, for that reason it is considered the teacher of the language and the magic of writing.
Spiritual meaning of a spider crawling on you
It also has positive connotations in modern history. In Spiderman, it transmits with its bite all the power and powers to a young man, who will fight to fight evil, and in novels like “Charlotte’s web”, it is the wise counselor and altruistic friend who helps a little pig farm.
If a spider crawls on you it means there is deep wisdom coming your way, it invites us to see life from an elevated perspective and see the cycles that we have passed through it with positive analysis. A spider crawling on you stands for cyclic progression, rebirth, and death, protection and power over destiny.
Spider symbolism in dreams
The meaning of a spider in dreams is linked to the emotions that the dreamer feels towards him: fear, repulsion and a tendency to grasp its aggressive and predatory habits will make it a negative symbol, while curiosity, admiration or simple neutrality towards it they will result in positive meanings, linked to renewal and the ability to reconstruct the Ego.
It is almost automatic: by reflecting on the image of a big spider in dreams the dreamer will find a problem, a concern, a fear, a relationship that troubles him/her, but which he/she tends to overlook for quiet living or fear.
More often, problems and fears that are hidden and set aside, in dreams, a spider will then materialize them. It will be a wake-up call for something (or someone) that the unconscious considers dangerous, alarming, or ambiguous.
White spider spiritual meaning
White spiders’ spiritual meaning is very strong. Basically it means that the efforts you have been making to progress in your life are being well on the way, work will be rewarded economically and everything will be much easier in your life, things will improve as long as we do them with energy, positivity, creativity, and vitality.
In fact, like the Bat, it has become part of rituals and amulets that were used to recall dark forces. Other peoples instead consider it an auspicious animal, attributing to it a great symbolic value: that of creation and hard work.
Its finely elaborated spider web is compared to the complexity of life and the intertwining of the various ways of destiny.