When a spider emerges in your dream they contain both positive and negative elements depending on it’s behaviour. On one hand you can see this is a powerful omen relating to potential luck, psychic abilities or ones creative side.
On the flip side due to its ability to trap its victims in its web and devour them slowly points to negative or toxic people *cough cough women who pose a threat.
Due to the spiders highly complex nature the dreamer would need to examine if the spider belongs to them or aspects of their SHADOW; the dark side of your personality that connects with unconscious behaviours, emotions or attitudes that you are unaware of.
Throughout history spiders have been depicted in popular culture, mythology and in folklore for thousands of years; a symbol that often transforms as a feminine threat or sometimes related to your mother.
Spider Bite Dreams
A spider that bites you is considered a negative omen, however once you are able to identify the source of the threat it become a positive.
Essentially these “so called” threats remain unconscious to the dreamer hence why it appeared in your dream. You will need to decipher if this attack belongs to someone you are in contact with, or your unconscious feminine traits that you possess that are causing a disturbance.
Since the spider associates itself with the “feminine” you can direct your attention towards feelings and emotions. This can apply to both male and female as the psyche is androgynous.
Your location and people around you will determine if this attack originates from the outside. Sometimes spider attacks are more straightforward warning you to be careful around a particular type of person. You may have provoked and emotional attack unwillingly.
The Unconscious Spider Dream
Alternatively the spider that bites you could mirror your unconscious emotions that has surfaced. These very own unconscious behaviors, feelings and moods stem from your relationship with the feminine (mother).
Like the spider she holds and traps her children psychologically and emotionally as you are tangled in the web. Often instilling them with feelings of guilt and fear stopping you from becoming independent just so she wouldn’t be alone.
Known as the devouring mother she “consumes” her children psychologically and emotionally, similar to the web spiders create to trap their prey. The spider that bites you encourages you to examine your own unconscious emotions that are causing problems in your life.
The man who becomes bitten might be possessed his the anima (feminine side of a man), as the venom paralyzes his fate. Stuck in the same repetitive patterns of fantasies and illusions he has been warned to examine your shadow.
Spider In Bed Dream
The symbol of beds are synonymous with relationships, erotic encounters and sexual urges and problems. How the spider presents itself determines your unconscious feelings towards this situation. A symbol to investigate your intimacy or maybe a to be cognizant of who you allow close to you.
Killing A Spider Dream Meaning
Dreaming of killing a spider can have a both positive and negative translation. Depending the context of the dream the meaning can either swing from having bad luck or implying that you have overcome some strong feminine temptation. You may no longer be in a web that was created on making you stuck emotionally or physically. You may explore if you are killing off your creative spirit.
Cobweb Dream Meaning
Spiders have the ability to make several types of webs, which they use for many purposes; to lure prey to eat, for movement, to anchor point and to wrap its victims. The web reflects aspects of your life possibly the feelings of estrangement, entanglement and alienation.
The web could translate to your own feelings of estrangement and alienation in life. Spider is associated with words and communication. Do you possess the same ability to lure people into your web?
In essence by weaving and navigating it gains a certain element of control – once the prey is stuck the spider has complete control. Webs can also be metaphoric to rumors, gossip and lies that can be easily be woven. What side are you on?
Walking through spiders webs brings your attention to ignored areas in you life that needs cleaning. Sorting yourself out by examining repressed and ignored aspects of your personality. This also might be connected to ignored creativity as they have an unique design sense.
In you dream the context changes if you notice it moving or reacting at lightning speed. The spider like a person can have a stinging bite when angered. Deceit is the negative side of spider personality. A web of rumors, gossip and lies can easily be woven. The person with spider energy may be ruthless and once incited to attack, the punishment is decisive and lethal. If you notice spiders hanging over you brings attention to the issues that are above you that you are now seeing.
Spiders Everywhere Dream
A very common dream when you noticed spiders everywhere. If you notice them in your house it brings your attention to your mind/psyche under attack. You have noticed a threat that is out of control. Negative thoughts or situations you cannot control – a threat has spread.
Spider Attack Dream
Depending where the attack is taking place helps to determine what area to investigate further. Recognizing the color of the spider, location, type and where the attack happened helps break down the dream easier.
Spider Size & Agility
The lesson of the spider is upholding balance – between past and future, male and female, spiritual and physical. The bigger the spider the bigger the threat or issue. Many people dream of a big black spider that might be connecting the dreamer to the shadow – the dark side of your personality.
Cleaning Spider Web
These dreams may reflect on clearing out old memories or situation that are no longer useful in your life. These dreams reflects internal cleaning that donate to a positive symbol.
Spiders Crawling Dream
During sleep paralysis we often dream of spiders crawling on us as we are unable to move. If you dream of a spider crawling on you brings you attention to your fears. How did you react when you felt it?
Spider Chasing Me Dream
Often times being chased in our dreams brings our attention to what we are running away from. Spiders can manifest as fears or connected to the negative emotional associations with the mother/feminine. The possessiveness of her entrapment is an unconscious fear that has made you not face this threat. The location and people around you provide you with clues where the threat might be originating.
These represent new growth, possibly hinting towards your creative side – the self. Eggs are often a very positive symbol of the self; spider eggs encourage you to explore your talents and creative side.
The Positive Representation
- Creativity: Noticing a spider in your dream spinning magnificently creating a web might be pointing at your hidden creative side. Your dream might be hinting at repressed creativity, or you will be using your creative gift in life.
- Patience: After the 1 hour it takes for a spider to make its web, it patiently waits for bait to come. Seeing a spider on a web might translate to your patience and hard work will pay off in the future. A spider lives in the moment, standing motionless as accepts life to come to it as opposed to finding. Spiders could be a metaphor for the practice of Buddhism.
- Craftiness: Spiders could also symbolize your ability to be artistic and street smart. Watching a spider making it web could be related to how you move in your walking life and the people around you.
- The Self: The Self in Jungian psychology is one of the Jungian archetypes, signifying the unification of consciousness and unconsciousness in a person, and representing the psyche as a whole. The spider would be a symbol of wholeness due to its circular shape.
- Vision: Spiders are known to have up to eight eyes to help hunt and evade predators. If you noticed the spiders eyes it might suggest your foresight and ability to navigate in life.
The Negative Representation
- Manipulation: Spiders are predators, above all else, so hunting and killing is where they really shine. They have the ability to create a web unknown that its deliberately waiting for you. These dreams could be a warning for the people around you plotting for you to fall in a trap.
- Captivity: Once you fall into the web of the spiders trap there is no getting out. This could be a metaphor for falling victim in somebody’s trap.
- The Shadow: According to Carl Jung’s analytic psychology, the shadow archetype represents “the dark side” of your personality. Stored in the unconscious lives your repressed ideas, idiosyncrasies, instincts and weaknesses. The spider might be a representation of the lethal, cunning and poisonous aspects of yourself that you are unaware of.
- Poisonous: When the spider pierces its prey with its fang, it squeezes out the venom, injecting the animal with enough neuro-toxin to paralyze or kill. Depending the dream you could be the spider or very well be it prey by someone.
- Unseen Threat: This could be an enemy that want to poison you, as it remains hidden in the corners.
- Fears: Many movies show spiders in a negative so it could symbolize one’s fear in a dream. When she appears, it is time to confront one’s phobias. Suppressing them without confronting them means the spider will become recurring.
- Chasing/Jumping: These dreams suggest you might be avoiding (shadow) something that wants you to be aware of.
Types Of Spiders
Tarantula Attack Meaning: Tarantulas are nighttime hunters (shadow) who will pounce on their prey. Fortunately they do not produce toxin that is strong enough to hurt a man but it can do some damage.
Spider Black Widow: This spider’s bite is much feared because its venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s. If you are bitten by this spider in your dream it might suggests an enemy is wanting to attack you.
Daddy Long Legs: These dreams might be a metaphor about the masculine energy.
Spider Man: Dreaming of Spider Man might be hinting at your enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, durability, stamina, healing and agility, as well as an early warning system officially dubbed the “Spider-Sense”
Sleep Paralysis: Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak that occurs when you’re waking up or falling asleep. While stuck in our bed you might have a sensation of a spider crawling on you and you are stuck.
Cultural Mythology Of Spiders
Ancient Egyptians: Worshiping spiders in ancient may also be connected to an Egyptian goddess named Nit or Neith who was portrayed as a goddess of weaving, battle and hunting. The weaving attribution is drawings and images of Neith often show her carrying a bow and arrows linking her to war and hunting. The weaving of what seems to be a spider web might be suggesting her part in the Creation.
Greek Mythology: The Greeks have three mythological short stories pertaining to a talented weaver named Arachne. Bragging about her work, she infuriated the God Athena, who appeared and contested her. Athena weaved four scenes in which the gods punished those humans that considered themselves equal to gods and committed hubris. She was then transformed into a spider.
The second story was related to Arachne challenging Minerva in a contest to weave. Her skill was above the rest, however she challenged the Gods that was highly restricted. She was persecuted for her ignorance and turned into.
The last myth was a weaving challenge between Arachne and Athena . The Judge Zeus made it clear that the loser wouldn’t be able to weave or touch a spindle again. Athena won and left Arachne heart broken. Out of pity Athena transformed her into a spider, so she could continue weaving without having to break her oath.
Celtic Mythology: The Celtics have a different spin on the spiders as a more beneficial symbol connecting Arianrhod the Celtic Goddess . She was the god of fertility, rebirth and the weaving of cosmic time and fate.
African Folklore: According to the West African stories, the spiders is considered a trickster personifying the creation deity Anansi. Associated with storytelling and wisdom, the spider causes mischief to get the upper hand in dealings with others. The retelling of these “spider tales” imparts moral lessons through the generations.
Native Americans: North American indigenous tribes have depicted spiders as creators, guides, and wisdom keepers. They see the spider archetype as the keeper of the past and its connection to the future. The Hopi Tribe from Arizona speak about the “spider Grandmother” can shape shift to an old lady or a spider. She dwells in an underground hole and appears when she is called upon by the Hopi. She has the ability to heal, provide knowledge and find medicinal cures.
Aztec: The Teotihuacan Spider Woman was a Aztec goddess of the underworld, darkness, the earth, water, war, and possibly even creation itself. She is often seen with shields decorated with spider webs, further suggesting her relationship with warfare. The Great Goddess is often shown in paradisaical settings, giving gifts.
Modern Times: Books like Charlotte’s Web is a popular children’s novel where the main theme is about death. Charlotte’s web acts as a barrier that separates two worlds. These worlds are that of life and death. In Shakespeare’s aware of the spiders positive qualities. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream one of the fairies is called Cobweb and Bottom comments on the fact that these webs can be used to bind wounds. “If I cut my finger, I shall make bold with you”.