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Friday, February 4, 2011


I'm waiting 'til it's time to get picked up for my ride to school this weekend. As I do so, I've been perusing sites online that have to do with spiders...oft' misunderstood...eight-legged creatures which are obviously near and dear to me. Here's what I found (Please note that links where I found this information online are in red.):

Grandmother spider is a wise old teacher and weaver of many stories. Her unique tapestry of life offers many paths to the center of oneself and creation. Her medicine speaks of connections and unity of spirit.
  • Spiders are light, delicate and not hostile to humans unless threatened. To those who require this special medicine of the spider, it teaches us to maintain a gentle and kind nature.
  • A poisonous spider signifies death and rebirth. As the poison of age and life's perils threaten our life, we use the venom to ward off future attacks or die.
  • The spider's web connects itself by silky threads to physical objects creating a net creating its home and place for harvesting food. The web reminds us of our connectedness to all things on earth - that we are related to everything in creation. The spokes of the web remind us to build links between ourselves and the Creator and all things.
  • When the spider appears, it is a sign to connect with the ways of spirit in the ways designed by the Creator.
  • The eight legs of the spider are unique from other insects who have only six legs. And unlike other insects, their bodies are divided into two parts instead of three. Two represents unity and a union of polarities.
  • In American Indian tradition, the first dream catcher was made by Grandmother Spider to catch the bad dreams of children. This legend reveals our belief that negative elements of ones life may be screened out if we remember to keep the links between the Creator and ourselves strong and to always remember that all things in creation are one.

God and the Spider

Spiritual Story by Unknown

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen."

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one." Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

"Hah," he thought. "What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor."

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while.

"Lord, forgive me," prayed the young man. "I had forgotten that in you a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."

Thanks to Malladi for sharing this spiritual story!

SPIDER - teaches us to weave our lives. As Spider weaves her web so we weave our realities. This medicine teaches to remember that we are the creators of our lives. When spider appears in your life think about writing down your thoughts, telling your story.
Spider Totem

My shamanic practitioner says the spider bite was a "wake up call from Spirit" telling me it was time to "get serious" about my spiritual practice. My shamanic practitioner is a Native American woman; in her culture, Spider Woman is a very powerful Spirit, and the bite of a spider can be seen as an initiatory experience. What doesn't kill you will lead you to something new!!

"The Spider:

Many stories exist about the weaver, Grandmother spider. She carried on her back the gift of fire in a basket that she wove and presented it to the people. In another story it is said that her web bound all things together and formed the foundation of earth.

These legends give the spider a link to the past and the future, birth and creation. When the spider crawls into our awareness it is asking us to rebuild the web of our life in accordance with the design the creator gave us.

Spiders differ from insects in having eight legs rather than six and in having the body divided into two parts rather than three. The number eight laid on its side is the symbol for infinity. The number two implies the union of two forces joined together. Together they equal ten. Drop the zero and you are back to the starting point of one. The hidden message of spider is unity. The study of numerology is beneficial for those who hold this medicine.

The construction of a web is linked to the geometry of creation. In the construction of an orb web the spider releases a sticky silken thread into the wind. If the breeze carries the thread to a spot where it sticks the first bridge is formed. Spider cautiously crosses the line reinforcing it with a second. This process continues until a frame is constructed in which the web can secure itself. Bridges serve as a link tying all things together and remind us of our interconnectedness to all life.

The spider shows us that the past, the present and the future are all interwoven. It awakens our intuitive creative senses and encourages us to design the fabric of our lives from our souls original intention. If you see a spider in its web, or creating a new one, pay attention. It symbolizes where you are in the weaving of your own destiny. A study of the medicine wheel and the four directions is helpful.

Because spiders are actually very delicate they embody the energy of gentleness. Spiders are not usually aggressive unless they are defending their lives. Moving forward in all situations with a gentle strength is a skill that often needs to be learned for those with this totem. In man, the bite of a poisonous spider symbolizes a death, rebirth process. Poison enters the nervous system and the body either transmutes it or falls victim to its venom and dies.

The spider signifies the tapestry of life. The web we weave is the reality we experience. Choosing the appropriate path is one of the lessons associated with this medicine. "

There are obviously more such stories and explanations about spider and her medicine online, but I found those above to be particularly interesting. I avoided all the negative, icky sites dealing with spiders, talking of how they're deceitful and such...sometimes thought so just because they have to catch food for survival in their webs. It's sad to me when they're depicted as evil creatures in movies and books. Perhaps that's why I love the book, "Charlotte's Web," by E.B. White, as Charlotte is how I have come to know spiders. Another fave book of mine is "Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider's Tale," by Eileen Spinelli. It was written as a children's book, but every time I read it, I find myself having to run for tissues because I'm overcome with emotion.

A bit of personal spider background: I used to go out to the garage as a child and talk to the spiders on their webs in the window. I loved it when their babies were "hatched." I've always considered spider my friend. I KNOW that they KNOW that our home is a safe haven for them. I love spiders.


  1. i dream about spiders a lot. not really sure why.

  2. Hi JustCurious! Thank you for stopping by my weblog and commenting. Interesting about your spider dreams. You may want to consider asking right before bed what connection you have with spiders and why. It's always a good idea to keep a journal and pen next to your bed so that you can record any insight you get before your feet even hit the floor in the morning.

  3. Wondering why I keep getting bitten by spiders.