Friday, October 17, 2014

Spider Symbolism


Something you have woven has born fruit! Congratulations!
-Spider

Spiders are timid, delicate, agile and most of their creativity happens in the dark. The spider reminds us that the world is woven around us, that we are the center of our world. Yes, the fear of spiders is the most common of all the phobias.
 
Apart from fear, through the ages different cultures have attached meaning to spider sightings and dreams.

Facts about Spiders
  • spiders have eight fragile legs
  • eight complound eyes
  • most spiders weave webs
  • all spiders are predatory 
  • most spiders are poisenous 
  • female spiders are larger that the males
  • procreation normally means the death of the male 
  • spiders are good mothers and stay with their eggs, some even carrying the eggs on their bodies, until they hatch 
  • spiders shed their skins to grow, much like snakes do.
Nearly all cultures have some sort of spider mythology, and folktales about these crawly creatures abound. From ancient times, there has been meaning attached to the spider. She has been seen as bestowing the power of magick over people and things. The web the spider weaves denotes control, which is completed as soon as the prey is wrapped up in the web. So too must people weave control into their own lives. The Spider symbolism serves as a reminder that people have choices in constructing their lives. When you see a spider, carefully evaluate the choices you are making.
Not only do Spiders and their webs draw attention to our life choices, they also give us an idea of how we can manipulate our thinking in order to construct the life we wish to live. Spiders call our attention to their amazing webs. Fully functional, practical, and ingenious in design, spider webs serve as homes, food storage, egg incubators. The cobweb seems limitless in their functions.
When we consider this ingenious diversity, we can also consider the web-like construct of our own lives. Are we designing the most effective life? Decisions, choices and actions are far-reaching, effective tools in life, and one could weave a web that can either serve or enslave one. Spider symbolism reminds one to be smart about the life one weave for oneself. 
Spider symbolism is closely tied with certain subtle characteristics that represent ancient symbols of infinity. The number eight is a symbol of infinity or lemniscate (an eight turned on its side). Most spiders have eight eyes and all have eight legs. In numerology, the number eight represents continuation, repetition, and cycles. Success is obtained through of dogged determination and repetition. Eight represents the kind of momentum in the snowball effect. As it rolls, it gets bigger with each revolution. The idea is that anything is achievable through perseverance. 

Meanings Of Spiders in Dreams

  • feelings of isolation in some situation
  • protection in alluring and tempting situations
  • feminine power or an overbearing mother figure
  • a powerful force protecting you against your self-destructive behavior 
  • to kill a spider in a dream symbolizes misfortune and bad luck
  • a dead spider in a dream implies that strong feminine temptation was overcome 
  • a spider spinning a web signifies reward for hard work  
  • spiders in dreams are symbols of creativity due to the intricate webs they spin
  • spiders dreams may indicate being entangled or trapped in a sticky or clingy relationship
  • spiders in dreams represents some ensnaring and controlling force
  • someone or some situation is sucking the life right out of you
  • a spider spinning a web in your dream could be a metaphor for the world wide web and global communication
  • spider eggs in a web suggest that you are not able to fully acknowledge your potential
  • being held back from self- expression 
  • a spider climbing up a wall in a dream - desires will be soon be realized 
  • a spider is coming down on you from the ceiling - you are unable to escape from a relationship
  • a dream of baby spiders symbolizes a new or recent relationship
  • To dream of being bitten by a spider - conflict with your mother or some dominant female figure 
  • To eat a spider or dream that a spider is in your mouth symbolizes control over a situation

In Native American symbolism, the Spider is a symbol of protection against torrential storms. In yet other Native American lore accounts, the Spider (personified as the Grandmother) was the teacher and protector of esoteric wisdom.
The meaning of Spider in India is associated with Maya. The term Maya comes from the Sanskrit root "Ma" which means no form or limit. The term Maya describes the illusory nature of appearances. The Spider’s association with Maya brings about the understanding that not all things are as they appear to be.
The Egyptian goddess Neith bearing her war goddess symbols, the crossed arrows and shield on her head, the ankh and the was staff. 
The Spider symbol meaning in Egypt, is akin to Neith, a complex deity usually depicted with arrowsused for weaving). It is this activity that gains her association with the Spider.
as she is associated with hunting. Along with hunting, she is also associated with the creation, specifically the process of recreation in the dawning and dusking of each day. Neith is also a weaver, and is often shown with a shuttle in her hand (a tool

And of course, no conversation about the meaning of spiders is complete without discussing the Greek myth of Arachne, a mortal (although of noble stature) who was a spectacular weaver. Acclaim for her luscious lively looms spread over hill and dale and ultimately reached the immortal ears of Athena. Arachne claimed she was the best weaver, and thus prompted a challenge from Athena.

And so, they played a round of "dueling looms," but no one could confirm
Arachne
the victor. However, Arachne was quite smug about the whole process. So much so, that Athena smote her with a mighty blow of conscience and a dose of guilt. Arachne took the dosage hard, and could not live with the intense feelings of guilt and sorrow so she killed herself. Athena felt awful over the whole mess and decided to resurrect Arachne in the form of a spider so that she and all her offspring would forever be the best weavers of the universe. Spiders are called "arachnids" after Arachne.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley says in her Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft, and Wicca that in some traditions of folk magic, a black spider “eaten between two slices of buttered bread” will imbue a witch with great power. If you’re not interested in eating spiders, some traditions say that catching a spider and carrying it in a silk pouch around your neck will help prevent illness.

In some Neopagan traditions, the spider web itself is seen as a symbol of the Goddess and of creation of life. Incorporate spider webs into meditation or spellwork relating to Goddess energy.

If you find a spider roaming around your home, it’s considered bad luck to kill them. From a practical standpoint, they do eat a lot of nuisance insects, so if possible, just let them be or release them outside.

An old English folk saying reminds us that if we find a spider on our clothing, it means money is coming our way. In some variations, the spider on the clothes means simply that it’s going to be a good day. Either way, don’t disregard the message!

Symbol meanings are very personal and profound. Only you can determine what the meaning of Spider is to you.

Spiders feature in my third paranormal romance, Roxanne's Ghost, which will be released soon. My other tow books, Dark Moon and Moragh, Holly's Ghost are available from Amazon in paperback, ebook and audio formats.