Spiders are one of the oldest symbols of hidden things, of secrets and darkness, of power, control, creation and progress. Mysterious spider and its magical web have been associated with various magical meanings and properties, ever since ancient days of human civilization. As a spiritual and symbolic animal, spider is usually associated with concepts of creativity and creation, making of a destiny, patience, persistence, endurance and, specifically, female power and energy.
On the other side, as an animal that is in reality repulsive and scary to most of people, spider is considered a messenger of dark things, something that is actually connected with our own dark side.
Spiders have also been related to ideas of obscurity, night, shadows and mysteries. They are also associated with negative aspects of peoples’ personalities and with manipulation, dominance and control from shadows. In general, spiders have double meanings in almost every cultural and belief system around the world.
Just as other mystical and mythological creatures, spider has its dark and light side. As a symbol and symbolic animal, it reflects all aspects that create a human being’s personality and character. All of our flaws and qualities are somehow incorporated into spider symbolism. Spiders are one of those dual animal symbols that trigger ambivalent emotions; we are either fascinated by their incredible nature or repulsed by their strange appearance.
In this spider-dreams-related article, we will talk more about spider symbolism, particularly its reflection on peoples’ dreams. What does it mean to dream about spiders and/or have specific spider dreams, find out in following paragraphs. Before we dive into magical and mysterious world of dreams, we will present some of the most interesting beliefs and traditions related to spiders in culture, religion and
In many cultures and societies around the world, since old times until modern day, spiders have been associated with creation and creativity. Many traditional cultures admire and worship spiders as incredible builders and architects of their fascinating, strong webs. Spider webs are amazing natural phenomena.
According to more than several high-tech contemporary findings, spider web could be a material of future; scientists are actually trying to develop a matter similar to spider web for purposes of modern and future architectural plans. Spiders are indeed true masters of organic engineering!
Observed as a spiritual creature and animal totem, spider possesses incredible characteristics and properties. As a personal totem animal, spider helps a person to develop their inner creativity, their creative potential, their skills and talents. Spider totem would help you build up your life by your own hands. Spider totem offers motivation, patience, endurance, dedication, determination, focus and organization, all needed to progress, advance and make wonders out of your own destiny.
Spiders symbolize endurance, persistence and destiny. These strange, alien-like creatures are considered skillful, agile and tactful, so many deities around the world have been associated with these insects, particularly creative deities. Spiders are tightly related to the idea of forging a destiny, but at the same time, they always carry symbolism of threat and obscurity. Right, just many divine entities we worship, but live in fear of their unpredictable will.
Spider related folktales and beliefs
Considered universal symbol of creation and life-giving energy, spider is also associated with the concept of feminine power. Spider is also universal symbolic embodiment of the idea of the Mother, seen as a dominant, life-giving figure in various traditions. The goddess principle is often associated with spider.
Some of powerful feminine deities associated with spiders are Ancient Roman goddess Minerva (Greek Athens), Babylonian goddess Ishtar and Egyptian Neith.
Probably one of the most popular legends about spiders is that about the girl called Arachne, a tale from Ancient Greek mythology; a Lydian tale, to be precise. According to the story, there was a girl, extremely talented in the art of weaving, Arachne. However, jealous as all other Greek deities, powerful Athens, known to be the master of weaving, challenged Arachne to a weaving duel. Interestingly, Arachne’s tapestry turned out to be astonishing, more detailed, beautiful and magical than that of the goddess.
Jealous and angry, Athens was mad with pure rage so that she destroyed Arachne’s tapestry, while poor girl committed suicide, out of sadness, grief and despair. Later on, when Athens has calmed herself down, the goddess felt sorry for what she did. She has given Arachne another life, but in the form of a spider, to continue her marvelous work until the end of time.
Not all legends about spiders are so serious and full of darkness. African folktales of Ashanti people are particularly inspiring and interesting, even funny. Ashanti believe there is a trickster god, named Anansi. There are numerous stories about this god and his cleverness, cunningness and tricks he has been using to outsmart other beings and deities. Anansi is loved and popular amongst Ashanti, so that these people have invented a special expression to describe these fables; the term anansesem, literally translated as spider-tales.
Anansi is present in various African traditions, originating from Ghana people Akan folklore. It is a male deity, often portrayed as a spider, spider with a human head, a spider dressed in men clothes or a human being with features of a spider. In recent times, Anansi has won planetary popularity, thanks to Neil Gaiman’s worldwide known fantasy novels Anansi Boys and American Gods. Gaiman’s portrayal of Anansi is funny, witty, clever and irresistibly charming.
Indians’ spider beliefs
In Native American traditions, spiders have an important place. Depending on particular tribal folklore, spiders are represented either as trickster figures, such as in African folktales, or as creation deities. One of the known beliefs is legend about the creation of Ursa Major constellation. According to the tale, men have climbed up to the sky by using spider web and created the constellation. In Hopi Indians’ tradition, spiders are believed to be creators. Hopi legends tell about the Grandmother Spider, the powerful, life-giving deity that has created the entire world.
Spider Grandmother appears in Navajo legends, as well. One of the most mysterious mythological portrayals of spiders are famed Nazca lines in southern Peru. Those fascinating, large-scale geoglyphes are shaped in form of several animals, including one in the shape of a spider. Historians, anthropologists, archeologists and many other experts have still not found what the meaning behind these masterpieces is.
Far East and Pacific
Native Australian and Oceanian traditions are full of spider depictions. Spiders were common clan totem animals and depictions of these creatures could be found painted on rocks and stones. There are also spider related tales and beliefs; one of known stories originates from Visayan folk tradition (Philippines). Spiders are also well known in Japanese folk tales and mythology. In Japanese tradition, there are both male and female spider-like deities.
Tsuchigumo and Jorogumo are two well-known Japanese spider-like mythical creatures. While Tshuchigumo takes form of a woman or a young boy, Jorogumo transforms to a beautiful, adorable seductress. Jorogumo is literally translated as ‘spider prostitute’. These Japanese characters are quite fascinating and intriguing. There are many other spider-related beliefs in Japan and across Far East.
In Islam, Judaism and Christianity, three of the greatest monotheistic religious systems, spiders also play an important symbolic role and they are depicted in both positive and a negative manner. In Islamic tradition, spiders are believed to be fortunate and helpful creatures. The same is in Judaism. In these traditions, there are similar stories about a spider helping an important religious figure to escape danger. These are stories about Muhammad and Quraysh soldiers in Islam and David and King Saul, in Judaism.
Christian tradition does not depict spider in a positive way. In Christianity, spiders are seen as messengers of darkness, symbols of evil, despair, misery and dark. Spiders’ fascinating webs have always been associated with tricks, deceit, devilish plans. At the same time, spider web also symbolizes fragility and weakness. However, Christianity and other religions are all mixed up with old lore and folk beliefs, so in many societies there are variations in spider related beliefs and superstitions. It is a common belief around the world that just seeing a spider brings good luck and fortune.
Dreaming about spiders
Now we come to the main subject of this article, probably one that interests you the most. Now when we have found out some interesting spider related beliefs and seen how these fascinating insects are portrayed around the globe, let us discover what hidden meanings behind spider-related dreams are. Dreams about spiders could carry various messages. Interestingly, even if spiders are generally repulsive to humans, spider dreams mostly carry positive energy.
Since spiders are generally associated with creation, creativity, endurance and patience, most of spider dreams have to do something with a dreamer’s future, building destiny roads, creating a lifestyle, progress, development in both material and spiritual sense and so on. Spider web is a creation of a spider’s own body; meaning we are the ones that create our own destiny, at least for its greater part. In dreams, spider web represents our own destiny path and positive omens for our future.
On the other hand, humans are afraid of spiders, so dreaming of these creatures could be an unpleasant experience. If the dream is particularly scary to you, it is logical you cannot see it as a positive omen. Therefore, spider related dreams could be reflections of real-life fears. In those with arachnophobia, dreams about spiders are reflection of their real spider related fears. In others, spiders in dreams symbolize some waking life fears they might even not be aware of.
Dreams about spiders are also commonly associated with powerful, influential and controlling female figure in a dreamer’s waking life. We have learned spiders are universally associated with feminine principle and energy. In dreams, spiders could reflect a dominant real life female figure; a mother, mother in law, wife, girlfriend, sister or any other female figure that dominates over dreamer’s life. In most cases, such dreams are associated to dominant, over-protective and manipulative motherly figure.
Specific dreams about spiders
Dreams about spiders are many and they mean various things. Most of spider dreams are related to dreamer’s perspectives of their own life, his or her future and plans.
Usually, dreaming spiders suggest things would most likely turn out good for us, but that patience and dedication are magical keys for success. We have seen what simply seeing spider or spiders in dream could mean. Let us find out what specific dreams about spiders mean.
Dreaming of a spider climbing the wall
If you dream about single spider climbing the wall upwards, it means your desires, dreams and plans will soon be realized. At least a part of them certainly will. If it walks down the wall or hangs and comes down from ceiling, it means there are situations you would like to avoid, but you will inevitably face them. It could also mean you are unconsciously avoiding a meeting with someone, but you will eventually face that person.
Dreaming of baby spiders
If you see little these little ones in your dreams, it could be a lucky sign for your love life. It could also symbolize an important change you are about to make, also related to love. Baby spiders in dreams symbolize new romantic relationships. In addition, baby spiders in dreams could represent new friends and friendships.
Dreams of being bitten by a spider
To dream that spider has bitten you means you have some unresolved conflicts in your waking life or that there is a person in your life that you simply cannot get along with, no matter how important that person is to you. In most of the cases, such dreams indicate a conflict with a dominant female person in a dreamers waking life. This dream could be reflection of real life situation, where a dreamer’s decisions and actions are controlled by a feminine figure.
On the other hand, such a dream could reflect your impression of being stuck in current life situation, most likely related to your love life. To be bitten by a spider in a dream could reflect your impression of being pressed, restrained and caged in your current relationship.
Dreams of eating spiders
If you have this wonderful experience in your dreams, let us chase your demons away and tell you this dream could actually be quite positive. To dream of eating a spider or that a spider is inside your moth means you are in charge of situations in your life. You have a lot of power and control over various areas of your life.
These dreams can also reflect a dreamer’s tendency to be dominant and controlling in a relationship.
Dreams about spider web
Dreams about spider webs are full of hidden suggestions and meanings. As we have seen, spider webs are an incredibly rich symbol. To dream about them is usually considered positive and fortune bringing.
Since spider web represents creation and patience, dreams about it reflect well on a person’s real life. Spider web related dreams are most commonly interpreted as good omens and they mean that a dreamer will be rewarded for their dedicated work and effort in real life.
For example, dreams about spider web could mean your employees will finally show how much they appreciate your work and you could get a promotion, better salary, notable position and so on. Such dreams could be also related to dreamer’s talents, skills and creativity, so they symbolize a dreamer’s need to express their creative side. Such dreams could be particularly inspiring and motivating.
On a negative side, spider web dreams could reflect troubles you still have not overcome in your waking life and situations that restrain you. Such dreams symbolize loss of freedom, being bound, closed in, isolated from the world. It could also mean that there is certain figure in your life or a situation that drain your energy and make you feel weak.
Dreams about spider eggs
If you dream about seeing spider eggs, especially if they are inside the web, such a dream could reflect your need to express your emotions, talents, thoughts and else in reality, but that you are somehow unable to do that. Either you restrain yourself and feel insecure or there are people who do not want to let you show your full potential.