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Old 07-08-2017, 12:50 AM
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spiders

Just about every day for the past few weeks I've been seeing spiders. As I type this, a big spider is busy spinning a web outside of my house in a corner by a window. I watched it for awhile and now I wonder if there's any spiritual significance for spiders.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Old 07-08-2017, 01:05 AM
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Here's a pic I took of it.


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Old 07-08-2017, 03:17 PM
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Spiders are so beautiful -- I love them! I am glad you seem to respect them and do not hurt them. I enjoyed the photo of your spider. I jokingly call my own home, " The Spider Hotel." They get to live here rent and hassle-free, but must mind their own 'meals' and build their own 'spaces.' ;-)

It would seem Spider Spirit is visiting you. As for what she could be telling you, it could be any number of things so I am 'cheating' and am looking into my animal spirit guides book for you, but ultimately you have to decide what Spider Spirit may be telling you.

You could be guided to access your deepest wisdom and put it to use in your day-to-day existence.

You could be feeling stuck in life, or could be experiencing an impasse and so need to make changes to move beyond all that.

Be cautious of any traps that may be approaching in the future.

Be inventive, creative and daring in weaving the life you want (that is from me -- not the book since the spider, in Greek myth, connects to the goddess Arachne, 'The Great Weaver'. What is it you want to weave?)

Follow your own intuition and allow Nature to inspire you rather than being bound by habit or a sense of conformity.

Go beyond the everyday world and explore other dimensions and realities.

Also, perhaps Spider Spirit is your totem animal. Some -- or one -- remains with us for life. Others can come and go throughout our lives to teach us things crucial to our soul and our path at times.

Do you tend to either stay still or move quite fast and nothing in between?

Can any anger you might feel sting others quite a bit?

Do you feel yourself to be in touch with a powerful, creative force of a feminine nature?

Have you a talent for writing -- for putting words together in a beautiful, well-crafted way which inspires others?

Those four things may be hints that the spider is your totem creature.

That's all I got (for now). ;-)

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Old 07-08-2017, 05:22 PM
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Thank you for your insight, much appreciated.

I looked for the spider again this morning and it wasn't there. Even the web is gone. I know the cats had nothing to do with it as they were inside and the spider and web were still there.

I do think there's a message for me involving spiders but so far nothing has clicked or resonated with me. I'm going to take a look at your list again and see what pops up or resonates with me. In an African myth, it mentions a story involving Spider Woman which I might have to find again and reread.

I have much to consider and thanks again!
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:12 AM
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I love spiders, i personally find them to be amazing creatures, well, the ones that don't bite anyways..

In many Tarot decks, a spider will represent the eight of pentacles, it's the 'worker' card. They are symbolic to hard work. They are able to manifest and build from scratch; they are innovators! A lesson from the spider, they don't rush through their process/work, they are all about dedication, attention to detail,and job well done..

This web page is one my favorite animal totem resource sights, maybe you'll read something that resonates
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:48 AM
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I love spiders, i personally find them to be amazing creatures, well, the ones that don't bite anyways..

In many Tarot decks, a spider will represent the eight of pentacles, it's the 'worker' card. They are symbolic to hard work. They are able to manifest and build from scratch; they are innovators! A lesson from the spider, they don't rush through their process/work, they are all about dedication, attention to detail,and job well done..

This web page is one my favorite animal totem resource sights, maybe you'll read something that resonates
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Hi Clover and thanks for the link.

I find it interesting what tarot says about spiders. I've always considered ants and honeybees to be the ones who worked the hardest as they store food and work as a community. Seems that spider is a solitary worker, something else for me to consider.

Thank you for the insight.
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:40 PM
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The spider made another web in the same location but didn't stay in the web. The following morning the web is gone. Now I'm wondering if certain spiders take apart their webs. Thankfully, a neighbour studies bugs and likes spiders.
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Old 09-08-2017, 11:53 PM
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Yea i think they are cool too, ones that don't bite lol i agree with what Clover said, i was also going to mention something else about them but the link Clover put up already says it, i remember there was a time when i was also seeing or noticing the spiders more then normal, it was a time when i was doing a real lot of creative work, they would walk across my work also when i slacked off i found some huntsmans inside the house... which i put outside in the garden so the cat didn't play with them an hurt them.... or eat them lol.





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Old 11-08-2017, 09:50 AM
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Hello,

I actually field-study and research spiders as an insectologist, specifically insects of the arachnid family. My Native American animal totem is also the spider, hence my love and fascination for them.

This gives me an excuse to talk about them, hehe~

Spiders are actually very lovely and incredible little creatures. Due to their alien-like appearance and sometimes venomous nature-they are often very misunderstood creatures and unfortunately gain a bad rap for it. Thing is, their lifestyle, and customs are strongly reflected in many human customs as well. And can teach us many lessons about ourselves.

Spiders are incredibly sensitive creatures, for one their legs are powered by hydraulic fluids, these fluids allow spiders the ability to sense tremors in the ground. Most spiders, even on webs, will notice a human being approaching them from-in their own perspective and size-something akin to 'miles away.' Which if you imagine is not only incredible, but quite terrifying for something usually the size of a quarter or larger. Another fascinating ability spiders hold is that small hairs on their body and receptors in them allow them to sense the heat and electromagnetic field given off by humans, animals and insects alike. despite what some say, the mass majority of spider species are very passive creatures, and would rather run than actually bite us. Many performing 'dry bites,' in an attempt to save their venom for meals as venom is expensive to produce along with spiders webbings which is taxing on their metabolism. The Western, Southern and European Black Widow is especially known for this.

Things get very interesting when you get into the spiritual side of spiders and their representation in various beliefs. There are so many beliefs that represent spiders, From Vedic, Hinduism, African Tribal Practices and Native American beliefs to even Ancient Greece and more. Many share some strong correlations and they go as follows: Feminine energy, creativity, sensitivity and even a reflection of the creator and the perception of reality. Often they are perceived as messengers as well, and that when seen is a cue for us to look inward and reflect on ourselves and the things around us.

“Imagine a multidimensional spider’s web
in the early morning covered with dew drops.
And every dew drop contains the reflection
of all the other dew drops.
—And so ad infinitum.

That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image.
”— Alan Watts, Following The Middle Way[36]

BTW, from the picture you gave us, and from what I can tell from how tiny it is lol, that there is most likely an Orb weaver Spider~ they get rather large but are known for their passive demeanor and beautiful web structures. They also have a great sense of life-goals:

“Build something beautiful, and then relax.”

As they often build their webs, and then wait in the center all day for something to fly into it. Some call it lazy, but I think they are just taking advantage of their free time. If you ever get a chance to observe one build a web, which is very uncommon, do so. It’s absolutely fascinating and beautiful to watch an orb weaver build her web.


Here’s some random trivia about my favorite little insects!


Widow Spiders and Sexual Cannibalism~

Despite what many think about Black Widow Spiders, the act of sexual cannibalism or sacrificial cannibalism between widow spiders is incredibly rare. Many of the species in fact engages in this so rarely that it is difficult for scientist to recreate these events in live-study and even harder to find happening naturally in the wild. As said, when this does happen, it is not like the female is just eating the male without his consent: for one, male spiders often only reproduce once in their lifetimes. This is due to the fact that they actually break off the small protrusions that act as their ‘penises’ into the female to ensure fertilization-essentially turning them into eunuchs after reproduction. These spiders will often times ‘summersault,’ into the females fangs, encouraging her to eat them. So that her chances of producing his young healthily increases. This sacrifice is then reflected in the mother, who often, after her children hatch, will allow them to eat her in return. This ultimate act of sacrifice allows the children to enter the world with a metabolic advantage over other competing species and younglings. Essentially, the mother takes on the father’s essence, and the children take on their parents’ through devouring her. As you can see spiders are selfless parents, willing to give EVERYTHING for their children.

Spider Aggression, Biting, and Venom~

Another misconception about spiders is often the strength of their venom, how much they bite, and how dangerous it is. The black widow, the brown recluse and some others are certainly potent enough to send you to hospital to have a rather bad day. But they are also incredibly overblown due to hysteria in terms of the venoms and how people react to the media. For children and the elderly, the bites from these species can be somewhat of a worry. However, the cases often leading to death is truly due to the person being allergic to the venom and not the venom itself being deadly. This regard is actually the same as bees and ironically bees kill far more people per year than spiders due. In deaths due to spider bites have fallen to such a low that it almost incredible really when you look at other things that take us out of the game. In retrospect, the black widow is still a spider you don’t want biting you, but the funny thing is, the black widow and brown recluse would rather not. These spiders often very rarely envenom their attackers, or the unwary human who put pinched them when putting on clothes they were hiding in or the shoe you slipped on where they were finding warmth. They are the very few spiders who will ‘dry bite,’ instead choosing to simply poke you but not envenom as even spiders realize it’s just a bad idea to do so. Also, the brown recluse isn’t as evil as people make it out to be, the venom does have a chance of causing necrosis-but this is also rare and it is rarely deadly. They are actually very shy creatures and rarely show themselves to humans. There have been cases where there can be 200-500 species inhabiting a home and no one will run into them for almost 7 years!


The Tactile Strength of Spider Webs~


If there is one thing about spider webs, they are super strong! Black Widow silk has the tensile strength of steel! In fact, they were tempted in using it for bullet-proof weaving and even a form of organic wound-coverings in the military~ But if you think that’s incredible, look no further than the nephila genus arachnids known as the “The Golden Silk Weavers.” These spiders have some of the strongest webs known to the arachnid family, with strengths so incredible, they rival high-quality silks and get this, are used for clothing. They are known for a golden tinge that was used to create priceless garments some years back. And are also even being considered for human tissue engineering. And if you’re hungry can be thrown into a lake to catch fish as form of fishing net. These webs are strong enough to snatch a bird straight out the sky, so you might not want to walk into one. Also note, these suckers get large, about the size of your hand or larger, so they are quite the sight to behold.

Dancing Spiders

If you ever get a chance, look up The Peacock Spider, these guys are so adorable, and they dance to attract mates!

The Mysterious Stonehenge Spider



This rare and also rather newly discovered spider builds webs that resemble the stonehenge. Its very fascinating and the reason they do it is currently not very known to insectologist.



Thank you for giving me a chance to go on a tangent about my favorite little critters. If you would ever like to know more, just ask c:
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Old 11-08-2017, 04:16 PM
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Yea i think they are cool too, ones that don't bite lol i agree with what Clover said, i was also going to mention something else about them but the link Clover put up already says it, i remember there was a time when i was also seeing or noticing the spiders more then normal, it was a time when i was doing a real lot of creative work, they would walk across my work also when i slacked off i found some huntsmans inside the house... which i put outside in the garden so the cat didn't play with them an hurt them.... or eat them lol.

Thanks for sharing and glad to know I'm not the only one who catches and releases spiders. It's kinda cute that they showed up during a creative work.
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