I recently had a reader ask about spiders and spider web in their dreams so I decided to dedicate my next article to trying to shed some light on this disturbing type of dream. I know that spiders usually cause a sense of fear in most of us but in your dreams this is not always the case. I hope that the following information will help clear up some of those fears and help you understand the meaning of this dream symbolism.
Seeing a spider in your dream symbolizes that you feel like an outsider in some situation. Or that you might want to maintain your distance from an appealing and tempting situation. The spider is also symbolic of feminine power. Alternatively, a spider might refer to a powerful force protecting you against your own self-destructive behavior.
Seeing a spider spinning a web in your dream signifies that you will be rewarded for your hard work. You will soon receive a promotion in your job or be publicly recognized for your achievement in a complicated task. Spiders are a symbol of creativity due to the intricate webs they spin. On a negative note, spiders might point to a feeling of being entangled or trapped in a sticky or clingy relationship. It can represent some ensnaring and controlling force. You may feel that someone or some situation is draining the life out of you.
To dream that you are bitten by a spider represents a conflict with your mother or some dominant female figure in your life. The dream may be a metaphor for a devouring mother or wife. Alternatively it could symbolize feminine power to possess and entrap. Perhaps you are feeling trapped by some relationship.
Spiders, like cats, have many superstitions associated with them: Killing a spider symbolizes misfortune and general bad luck. According to legend a spider spun a camouflage web over the infant Jesus when Herod was hunting him down to kill him; seeing a spider in your doorway means visitors are coming soon; seeing a spider crossing a wall means money is coming your way.
Dream spiders are unfathomable, much like their waking life counterparts. On one hand, a spider may be seen as venomous, poisonous and as such may indicate a poisonous aspect of your life, something causing you to engage in self-sabotage. Or it may indicate a toxic relationship.
Another possible interpretation is that of the spider as a super hero. Peter Parker is transformed into spider man a human being with all the power of a spider: he is agile, uses his spinneret to sail through the air, and has amazing strength. Perhaps you wish you had the power of a spider, or perhaps you feel a need to rescue someone from a web of intrigue or a situation where they feel powerless.
When considering the symbolic meaning of spiders, one cannot overlook the image of the black widow, luring in the male to mate, and then viciously killing him when her eggs have been fertilized. In this way, spiders represent the feminine energies within us.
The weaving symbolism of a spider can be extended to the Fates, the demigods in Greek mythology which weave the fate of our lives. This can indicate a connection between the past and the future. It may also be telling you that you are the master of your own destiny, and should take charge in weaving the future you desire.
Spider Dreams and Psychology:
There are practically no communications of any value concerning the significance of the spider as a symbol, although every psycho-analyst must have come across this symbol in patient’s dreams. Freud mentions a case in which a spider represented one aspect of the mother, namely, an angry mother, of whom the child was afraid. It is not clear, however, why the spider should stand for just these characteristics in the mother.
It might be because spiders catch and kill smaller insects; for such creatures, small animals, etc. often represent children in dreams. But there are numbers of other living creatures who prey on smaller defenseless ones; why, therefore, is the spider chosen particularly to symbolize the wicked mother?
A spider is a common symbol of mother as an object of fear or dislike and particularly in a man’s dream. Freud sees it as a symbol of ‘the phallic mother (big surprise), of whom we are afraid; so that the fear of spiders expresses dread of mother-incest and horror of the female genitals” (Freud’s own italics). Try to get to know, not only your mother, but – more important – what your mother means to you. One way of doing this is to converse with the spider: hold it in your mind and ask it searching questions.
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