Spider Symbolism & Meaning
Spider symbolism and meaning is steeped in power and magic, with important lessons on weaving your destiny.
In a creative rut? Feeling trapped? Are you in a delicate situation and need help finding firm footing on that tightrope? Spider as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Spider teaches you how to masterfully communicate your needs all while showing you how to weave a solution to challenges. Delve deeply in Spider symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can support, assist, and inspire you.
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Spider Table of Contents
- Spider Symbolism & Meaning
- Spider Spirit Animal
- Spider Totem Animal
- Spider Power Animal
- Spider Native American Symbolism
- Spider Christianity Symbolism
- Spider Celtic Symbolism
- Spider Dreams
- Far Eastern Spider Symbolic Meanings
- Spider Tattoo Meaning
- Spider Spiritual Meaning
- Back to all Insects
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Spider Symbolism & Meaning
Because you’re here seeking the wisdom of Spider energy, magic, and medicine, it’s a sign your higher self is guiding you toward a deep understanding of your place and purpose in this life.
Spiders are among the most patient and long-suffering of all animal spirit guides. They carefully weave a web then wait for their prey to come to them. Each strand of Spider’s web connects to another, creating a whole, safe space in which you can feed your spirit. Spider knows, however, that anything worth doing is worth doing correctly. You cannot rush enlightenment. Reawakening your soul’s knowledge of the Great Mysteries can truly become a life-time’s pilgrimage.
Spider bears a message about light, darkness and the delicate balance between the two. We as humans sometimes forget there is a special beauty and power to the shadow self. By understanding that side of our being we come to embrace the light all the more fervently.
No one is perfect. Spider lets you examine your imperfections from a different perspective – one focused on creating transformation from within.
Among ancient Egyptians, Spider was sacred to Goddess, Neith – a mother figure. Similarly Native Americans see Spider as a creator and a symbol of the divine Feminine aspect. This creative energy is central to Spider’s lessons.
Planning and taking your time with a heartfelt project is the key to success. Spider says, “Haste makes waste. Go slow and wait for the right time.” As you do, you’ll achieve greater understanding of all your aptitudes and traits and pull them together as a cohesive whole.
Spider as a spiritual guide and mentor encourages you to try looking at a problem from different angles. Follow one strand – where does it take you? Try another – where are you then? Stay flexible and don’t be afraid to test out a new Path. This is particularly true of relationships and other close ties. Where do you want to build your web/network so that it’s strong?
You may also consider the power of the Spider’s web when working with Spider. Spider’s webs are miraculous. They are often thought of as a form of sacred geometry found in nature, created by instinctive architects and engineers, the Spider.
Are you being asked to work to create divine symmetry or give shape to your ideals? How can you draw on your instincts as a creator or inventor in order to perfect your gifts and achieve your goals?
What creative arts are instinctive and second nature to you? Each Spider’s web is unique, how are you being called to reinvent your craft and refine your art?
A Spider’s web reminds us of the interconnection and Divine perfection within the universe. What’s more, Spider meaning reminds us to reflect on how we have the resources to “catch” what we need and attain our dreams.
Often, we humans try to hold on to what we create, but Spider reminds us we can be free to create, destroy and recreate. This reinforces Spider’s meaning in connection to the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
You may also be reminded by Spider to have faith in your gifts. You may not need to hold on, and holding on may prohibit you from really refining what you create.
Like an artist or writer who needs to revise again and again, perhaps Spider is teaching you not to fall in love with your first painting or first draft. Instead, you may be reminded to continue to build and innovate, creating perfection through the larger process.
Spider Spirit Animal
Spider as a Spirit Animal comes into our lives to kick start our creativity. If you’ve stalled out, now is the time to breathe life into your ideas and dreams! It’s time to begin weaving a strong, well-considered web and overcoming challenges. Spider as a Spirit Animal may also appear as a messenger from the Goddess calling on you to reconnect with sacred feminine energy, not only in the Universe but also within yourself.
Remember, to a Spider, its web is its ‘world’. When Spider appears to you, maybe the time has come for you to see yourself as the center of your own world. Like Spiders, we create our own world. We are the makers of our own destiny. Once we understand ourselves, we can truly begin manifesting our own reality.
Most webs are round-ish spirals which unite at a central point. In this, Spider webs are mandalas that you can use to meditate on the core themes and situations of your life. As the center of your own world, are you focused on what you truly want or are you spending time concentrating on negative energy?
Learn more about Spider Spirit by reading Spider Dreams: What They Mean on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!
Ask your Spider Spirit Animal Guide to help you design and create the very world you want!
The spiritual meaning of Spiders can vary based on cultural traditions. In West African and later Caribbean lore, Anansi is a well-known figure. This trickster being is a cunning Spider who is said to know all stories and thus is associated with weaving of tales but also with deception and trickery.
Some point to the figure of Anansi as the inspiration for The Spider and the Fly, a poem by Mary Howitt.
Spider Totem Animal
People born with a Spider totem have very symmetrical souls. You understand and maintain the delicate balance between the physical realm and spirit, between the old and new, between yin and yang.
Spider people have a keen understanding of the medicine wheel and all its workings. You have a knack for unraveling even the most difficult of patterns and re-working it into something useful and positive.
If you have Spider Totem Animal, you can be inventive, creative, tenacious and have a strong wit. You may know how to influence others and may have a good sense of the larger patterns all around you.
Finally, Spider is a communicator – writers very often have a Spider totem.
Spider Power Animal
Spiders are very delicate creatures. But nature gifted them with incredible powers of agility. When you feel as though you’re walking on a very thin rope which is sure to break, call on Spider as a Power Animal. Its energy and medicine can help you see how to better navigate the frayed threads of life and find your way back to a position of strength.
Invoke Spider as your Power Animal when you want to regain the reigns of control over your fate. Destiny awaits and Spider offers creative solutions for achieving your goals. Weave an energetic web that supports your soul. With Spider at your side you can create your reality and capture the magic of the moment!
Both creative, but also potentially aggressive, Spider reminds us to balance our resourceful, creative and inventive side but also to protect that which we value.
When you are working with the energy of Spider, you may be challenged to be creative and innovative with your strategies. What lengths will you go to in order to obtain what you desire?
Spiders pull out all the stops to thrive. They trap, they lure prey and they know how to entice their prey into their webs. In this way, the spiritual meaning of Spiders can be related to your ability to attract and manifest, using your creative, cunning and inventive side.
Spider Native American Symbolism
Spider appears in a wide variety of Native American stories. Perhaps the most prevalent is Grandmother Spider who spins the web of time and knows all aspects of the future and the past.
In Shamanism the Spider is an inventor. The creature’s 8 legs represent the medicine wheel, and Spider spirit was the sacred keeper of Native American history.
To pre-Columbian people, the Goddess who has been called the Teotihuacan Spider Woman represents a creative Goddess worshipped by early people in what is now Mexico. Spider is associated with illusions.
To some Native people, Spider is said to have taught humans the alphabet, creating letters and words in their web. This is a common thread, no pun intended, in Spider lore around the world. The link between Spider and language is prevalent.
Native cultures often view Spider as a powerful ally reminding us to be careful of what we weave but also that we have the potential to be creative and powerful, regardless of our appearance. Intelligence can lead you to strategize a path to success even when the odds seem against you.
A Cherokee story tells of Spider playing a key role in an origin myth, bringing light to the world and creating life as we know it on Earth. When other animals were unsuccessful, it was Grandmother Spider who was able to make the world habitable.
To the Sioux, Iktome, the Spider Trickster Spirit, is a prominent figure among the Lakota people.
To some Navajo Native Americans, the Spider’s web is reminiscent of the rays of the Sun, therefore reinforcing this connection between Spider and light, life and creativity.
Are you seeing the larger patterns around you? Are you using your creativity and seeing the light?
Spider Christianity Symbolism
What do Spiders symbolize in Christianity?
Just as many people have a complicated relationship with Spider, so is this reflected in the Bible. We admire Spider but also sometimes fear this creature.
Various stories in the Bible give different interpretations to Spider spiritual meaning. Spider’s ability to create and diligently work the hours away corresponds to faithful work.
To some Christians, Spider spiritual meaning conveys the holiness of devoting yourself to work. Faith and toil are linked in this symbolism. Spider spiritual meaning, then, is that when you use your creativity and skills to work toward fulfilling your calling, you are also doing God’s work.
Yet there are other interpretations of Spider’s spiritual meaning in the Bible as well. In Isaiah, for example, the Spider’s web is associated with weakness and illusion. Something frivolous and easily destroyed and therefore associated with evil and temptation to see things not as they are.
In this regard, Spider may serve as a warning that what you seek as “protection” is actually an illusion. Are you putting too much stock in creating shields and barriers that don’t actually serve their purpose? Are you putting your trust in flimsy structures rather than building a solid foundation?
In other stories, God uses a Spider’s web to create protection, sealing off a cave and protecting his followers, for example. So the larger meaning can be to use discretion when seeking protection. The same structures that seem secure may be flimsy if they aren’t built with faith and God’s influence built in.
Still other references, such as a line from Proverbs, suggest a Spider’s spiritual meaning relates to humble work being more solid than pretensions and wealth. The line “The Spider taketh hold with her hands and is in the King’s palaces…” suggests that Spider spiritual meaning relates to the ability of the humble worker to ascend to true power.
This line also seems to offer some insight into how diligent work can have a greater impact, there is no place the Spider can’t go, even into the great palaces.
Stories tell of a Spider leading Mary and Joseph to safety. In this story, Spider wove a web to disguise and protect them from soldiers as they passed through Egypt. To some, Spider signifies human frailty and temptation by the Devil, specifically because of Spider’s talent for trapping or luring their prey into their web.
Some followers of the Christian religion also follow the more secular interpretation of Spider meaning, associating Spider with venom, danger, and their own fear. Thus, to some, Spider’s potentially destructive attributes gain focus.
In this case, the more negative connotations can align Spider spiritual meaning with the presence of danger, with evil or the Devil. Ultimately, remember that an individual or group’s assigned meaning will depend in part on the personal relationship you feel with an animal.
If you haven’t overcome a fear of spiders, or if you see the venom or bite as being more alarming than all the beneficial things Spider has to teach and offer, you may come to associate Spider symbolism and meaning with something negative, evil or to be vanquished or avoided.
Those who believe St. Patrick expelled snakes from Ireland also believe that Spiders were driven out, as these creatures were associated with witches. This association between Spider and witchcraft was also rampant in the Medieval church in Europe. As such, Spider has come to be associated with evil, deception or being lured into a trap.
Yet Spider may also be asking you to see your own Shadow. How do you need to protect yourself? Are you going too far to set boundaries? Or not far enough?
You may also be called to pay attention to what in your life is “toxic” if you associate Spider with the potential bites and venom. We can also remember that industriousness, hard work and following your calling can bring you closer to God.
The process by which a Spider spins her web, leaving a dragline behind her, is also symbolic of the threads that connect us to God and that we are never disconnected.
Spider Celtic Symbolism
What do Spiders symbolize in Celtic cultures?
In Celtic tradition Spider has strong associations with the Druids. This nature-based religion sees the Spider as having three distinct characteristics – the Bard, the Ovate and the Druid. The bard is the artist and weaver of webs. The Ovate is a seer that provides perspective, and the Druid is the teacher of Spider medicine.
We are told that Spider created the Ogham, an early Irish alphabet that is often seen on sacred stones in Ireland.
It was considered bad luck to kill a small Spider, as they are believed to bring good luck and money.
The lore and magic of Spider is also seen in the tale that Spider will not spin a web on an Irish Oak.
In Scottish lore, a Spider led Robert the Bruce to eventual victory, becoming King of Scotland. This spiritual meaning of Spider suggests that this small creature can have a powerfully large impact on the destinies not only of people but of nations.
Webs are associated with weaving, destiny and the fabric of life. Spider is seen as a sacred weaver, bringing together past, present and future but also weaving the various realms. The dream and physical realm, the spiritual and mundane realm. The here and now as well as the afterlife.
The creative energy and Goddess symbolism associated with Spider may have been influenced by the stories of Ariadne from ancient Greece.
Magic, creation, power and fate are all associated with Spider meaning and symbolism.
Spiders have eight legs and this number is significant not only of the Goddess but also represents infinity, advancement and life being a larger cycle of creation and advancement.
Samhain, the holiday now associated with Halloween, signified the death of the productive, growth season and birth of the dark, cold season of winter. As such, Spiders were associated with this day and are still considered common symbols of Halloween world wide.
When Spider comes into your dreams it’s very often acting as a messenger from the Goddess who endeavors to put your life on the right track. Pay attention to your feelings about the Spider, and also see what it is doing in the dream. That will give you greater perspective.
Spider can also come to you in dreams to help connect you with the Divine Feminine. Your ancestral past and power. You may be receiving a symbolic message to broaden your network or proceed on your quest to fulfill some kind of sacred work or mission as well.
Far Eastern Spider Symbolic Meanings
In China, Spider is an auspicious creature. The ideogram for Spider begins with a character that has the same intonation as the word “happy.” The symbol of Spider on jewelry acts as a fertility charm, particularly for a family wanting a son.
In Japan a golden orbed Spider dwells in Joren Falls and acts as a guardian who saves swimmers from drowning.
My love to you as you dance on the gossamer threads of your life!
In Japan, Spiders are both revered for their artistry but also in some stories, feared or reviled as villains not to be trusted. The Earth Spider, which is also a derogatory term for early people who refused to vow allegiance to the Emperor, is also used to describe a mythical beast that had the body of a Tiger but Spider’s legs.
Yet not all portrayals are so dire. Yushkep Kamuy, the Spider Goddess was revered as a nurturing Goddess who assists in childbirth. She was revered by the Ainu, an indigenous culture in Japan.
To some people in India, the Spider is associated with the Goddess, Maya, who weaves illusions and is associated with dreams.
In China, the God Fuxi is considered one of the original and most powerful deities. He created fishing, farming and trapping. It is said that he learned language and writing from watching Spider and studying Spider’s web.
Spider Tattoo Meaning
What do Spiders symbolize as a tattoo?
The meanings and significance of Spider tattoos can vary. Some people are drawn to these incredible creatures because they are both captivating, beautiful, but also edgy.
In this way, Spider can be associated with protection, even if a person doesn’t realize Spider has this spiritual significance. Adorning your body with a Spider can send a signal to others that you don’t fear what the average person fears.
Spider tattoos can signify a realization of your power, and can connect you to your spiritual side. You may be reminded of your power and creativity when you see a Spider tattoo.
Some people may choose a Spider tattoo specifically because of a connection to the Goddess Ariadne, associated with web-weaving and sacred patterns. Others, because they want to convey their love of language, writing, or other crafts or visual arts. Are you being asked to share your vision and create something empowering and impactful?
To some, a Spider tattoo can convey the connection to the Universe and all creation or represent sacred art or sacred geometry. The aspects of Spider spiritual meaning that relate to networking can also be embodied in this tattoo.
A Spider tattoo can also be a symbol of destiny and the Fates. Spider is associated with maternity, feminine power and the power of your words and art. A Spider tattoo can imply that you embody this energy.
Spider Spiritual Meaning
What do Spiders symbolize in a broader sense?
Creating language and innovating, attracting, drawing the attention of others and shaping your own destiny are just a few of the seemingly universal meanings of Spider.
To some, Spider meaning is tied into the empowerment of women or the power and danger of losing your sense of logic when seduced sexually. This symbolism relates to the behavior of some female Spiders who will kill their mates.
In this regard, Spider’s spiritual meaning can be said to be symbolic of using whatever resources are available to you to turn the tables on those in power. This doesn’t need to involve actual violence, but rather is symbolic of using your skills and wit to help claim your power in relationships.
The story of Arachne, who challenged Athena and as a result was turned into a Spider. According to myth, Arachne and Athena were both skilled weavers. Yet Arachne used her skill to create scenes in her weaving that depicted the Gods abusing their power over humanity. As a result, Athena used a potion created by Hecate and turned Arachne into a Spider.
Drawing on this story, Spider spiritual meaning can be connected with those who speak truth to power or use their art to expose abuses of power.
Others interpret this symbolism as a reminder for mortals to “know their place” and not interfere in the affairs of the Gods.
The Greek Fates, who spin the threads of destiny and are therefore associated with weaving, can be associated with Spider as well.
What are you being asked to weave? What threads are you being called to cut?
Because of the association between weaving a web, language and communication, the God Mercury is also associated with Spider. As is the Throat Chakra, the place of communication. It is no surprise that the biggest tool of communication known to humanity is nicknamed the “world wide web.”
This modern stage in the advancement of communication is connected to the spiritual meaning of Spiders as human creativity and innovation has led to the development of new ways to connect. New language, namely computer programming language, is also involved and so we are reminded again of Spider’s influence at play.
Spider can be a symbol of good luck, advancement, innovation, communication, and interconnection. You can both find protection and also face your fears when working with Spider.