Spider spirit animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

Spider Spirit Animal

The spider is a remarkable figure of feminine energy and creativity in the spirit animal kingdom. Spiders are characterized by the skilled weaving of intricate webs and patience in awaiting their prey. By affinity with the spider spirit animal, you may have qualities of high receptivity and creativity. Having the spider as a power animal or totem helps you tune into life’s ebbs and flows and ingeniously weave every step of your destiny.

Spider Meaning

Common meanings for the spider spirit animal or totem are:


  • Patience
  • Receptivity
  • Feminine energy
  • Creativity
  • Weaver of life’s fate
  • Shadow self, dark aspects of life or personality

The spider as a spirit animal offers many interpretations. Its symbolism has both a dark and a light side, reflecting its connection with life’s many facets.


Spider spirit animal: Symbol of creativity

In many cultures, the spider is given credit for its ability to weave intricate webs that are a miracle of organic engineering. If you have the spider as an animal spirit guide, you may have an affinity with acts of creation and the ability to create delicate, intricate things or ideas that are also strong.

As the weaver of the web, the spider symbolizes the spirit of creation. In several traditions, she’s the totemic symbol of the Mother, strong feminine energy. In Ancient Egypt, the spider was used as a symbol to represent the goddess of the Divine Mother, Neith. In some American Indian tribes, it is considered as the symbol for the creator of the world and by extension is associated with the female creative energy.

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Patience: The wisdom of the spider totem

Like the spider waiting her prey patiently, the presence of this spirit animal in your life could point to the need to show patience regarding a project or some ideas that you are trying to realize. Giving some time while paying attention to how events are unfolding and acting when the opportunity truly arise might be a lesson of wisdom from the spider spirit animal.


Spider Spirit Animal

Symbolism of the spider: Life spirit and weaver of destiny

Just like the spider weaves her beautifully engineered web, this spirit animal fosters the integration of all parts and aspects of your life into a whole. When the spider shows up in your life, this spirit animal could guide you to integrate some piece of your personal “puzzle” and gain a more coherent perspective on your life.

The spider is a spirit animal whose purpose is to inspire you to gain perspective on an issue or project you contemplate taking on. Feel free to explore the many facets of the problem you are facing in order to find the appropriate solution. The power of this animal encourages you to count on your ability to view things from multiple angles and weave mental and intuitive flexibility into your daily thinking.

Spider spirit animals and your shadow self

If the spider shows up in your life, this spirit animal may remind you of negative aspects of your personality or your life that need to come to the light more fully. For many, spiders inspire fear or at least some form of aversion. As such, they tend to be associated with what psychologists would call “the shadow self”. In brief, your “shadow” or “shadow self” are aspects of your personality or your life that you or other people deem unworthy or not likable and are therefore rejected or repressed.

The spider as a spirit animal does not typically take on these negative attributes. Nevertheless, its presence in your life might bring up negative feelings or unease. Whenever you feel your relationship with your power animal is characterized by tension, discomfort or fear, you can ask yourself where these feelings also appear in your life. Look for any association with your personal feelings, even if it indirectly leads you to other areas of your life, such as work, family, or a relationship for instance.


Here’s another question to ask to interpret the meaning of the spider spirit animal and the guidance it offers:  What kind of relationship or connection did you or did you want to establish with this animal? Was the spider threatening or harmful? Did you kill or harm it? The answer will indicate the kind of dynamic that is shaping up between you and what the spider represents.

Dreams: How to interpret spiders and spider spirit guides in dreams

The symbolism of the spider in dreams is generally associated with the archetype of the feminine. If the spider appears in your dreams as a spirit animal guide or as your totem, pay attention to the messages it’s offering to you: They are likely related to an important direction you’re taking in your life.

When you dream of spiders, chances are that it refers feminine energy in your life. This dream symbol could represents a woman you know or your own connection with qualities usually considered as feminine, such as receptivity, patience, creativity.

An important element to consider when you interpret the meaning of the encounter with the spider in your dream is the reaction and feelings you experienced at that time: Were you afraid? Or rather intrigued or fascinated? Was the overall atmosphere of the dream scary and stressful or enchanting, adventurous?

If you want to kill it, you might be repressing some feelings or trying to remove tension from your life. If it looks harmful or it is threatening to you, you may feel that some aspects of your personality or your life are not aligned with your highest interest or that you or your people around you are rejecting them. The spider in a negative dream could symbolize your fears or an adverse influence in your life.

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440 Responses to Spider Spirit Animal

  • Lorei Blake

    I have had a feeling for a long time that the spider was my spirit animal because I can smell and sense them when they are around me. The always are close to me and I can always smell them and they smell sticky like oranges. I continuously have dreams or rather nightmares with spiders that surround me, stand in my way and attack me. For this reason I always feel afraid of spiders and often want to kill it. I feel like I’ve got a complex relationship with spiders…

  • Carrie

    We recently moved into a new house in a new area and it was a big one. Since we’ve moved here I see spiders all the time. Different kinds. I am absolutely not a spider person and my instinct is to smash asap. The more I thought about it I wanted to see of it was the universe and not an infestation (dramatic word) I don think they’re poisonous but they all freak me out. Anyway. Just thought I’d get some input from a deeper place. Thanks. ♡

  • Miss kitty bat

    I dont dream but I really wanted to know my spirit animal.so I prayed on it and meditated and a few nights ago it was a simple dream. Brinding white light and spirit and it was a white tarantula. I was so curious and in awe.but as I got closer and reached out to hold her she bit me on the hand hard. I felt the pain and thought i was awake and had pinched myself. But i fought to stay asleep and i kept hiding from her and she came to my closet door and peaked at me from under neath. And then i woke up. Later that same day when i went to leave my hone there was a tiny black spider on my door. I reached up and picked it up and put it outside. No fear. 😊

    • Anonymous

      You don’t dream? Or you can’t remember your spirit journey

  • Dina

    I live in Hawaii and am very afraid of spiders. No other animal scares me. In 2012 just before my husband and I started a new business I had a cane spider in my house. Fearful as I am I had it killed. And knowing about totems later felt regretful. I hadn’t seen one since. This year my husband and I created a plan for a new business and just last week I found a cane spider in my house. Freaked out. Told my husband to find it and get rid of it. A couple days later I remembered how I felt last time and had a change of heart. But forgot to tell my husband and he did find and kill it. What spiritual crime have I committed?

  • Lisa

    Spiders land or crawl on me all the time, any one else know what that’s about?

    • Erika

      Hi Lisa same happening to me too. I am also trying to find answers.

    • Liesel

      It’s your totem animal.

      • Leelee

        Can you have more than one?

        • Eileen M Bresnahan

          Yes! Many Native tribes believe that you have 6 or more, some are more predominant than others and some present themselves at different times in your life, as life lessons happen or they are needed.

  • Sunil

    last night a common house spider was crawling on my ring finger, what does it mean. Any idea

  • Vanessa

    Two nights ago I was sitting on a love seat with my fiancé at his sisters new house and my fiancé noticed a little brown spider about to land on me and he got it and put it to the side before it landed on me. Not even 10 minutes later another spider identical to the first, and in the same spot did the same thing, and again my fiancé caught it before it landed on me. I didn’t think anything of it until the second one almost landed on me and I started to feel paranoid and for the rest of the night I continued to look up and all around to make sure no more would land on me but I didn’t see another spider at all that night. I have never looked up spirit animals until this week when me and my fiancé were travelling down a road and a hawk swooped down in front of the car, a few days later on the same road in the same spot, another hawk did the same thing. Then my fiancé told me that he had also seen a hawk when he was alone driving in the car days prior. So me and my fiancé saw a hawk twice in the same spot on different days, then he see’s one alone while driving, and now with the spiders. Can anyone tell me what this means, or symbolizes considering their were two hawks seen when me and my fiancé were side by side and then the two spiders when we were side by side? I’m super interested!

    • Grace

      Have your mind going around a particular profound idea, that scares you, or you dont feel much confident about?
      Spiders are women friends, I believe they were greeting and accepting the whole you (even that “dark” part)and they were inviting you to be brave and do the same (And I dont mean following the darkness, oh no, but to face it and make peace between you 2!). As your spiders were daring coming near you, unpredictable human.
      Hawks on the other hand mean new beggings/ wisdom. Again, I think they are trying to give you courage on this new stage, its time for you and your fiance/husband to face your fears and remember that thogheter you are amazing!
      An extra thought: dont let your fears get in the way of something that you decided thogheter. Since he is the one seeing the spiders first and telling you about it, it makes me think he is trying to help you with all his energy, but there is only so much he can do,(since the message was there for both, but he saw it 1st meaning he was the only one aware at the moment, and as a male he “fixed” the problem. It will be important to consider: What was distracting you?) you need to catch up and bring your female
      powers (love, spirituality, connection, creativity, harmony,…) with you woman and start wondering!
      Let me know if it made sense! I’m always looking for any positive feedback 🙂

  • KMW

    Always a blessing to be next Weeks,

  • Marie

    Everyday at around the same time a spider wanders around my ceiling and then he’s gone until the next day when he repeats his route. Any thoughts?

  • Elle

    This is going to sound weird, but I don’t know where else to ask this question, so.

    I have noticed for years now that, more often than not, after I masturbate, a spider has appeared on my ceiling.

    I really can’t figure out the meaning of that at all, and Google yields no results. Anyone have any ideas?

    Also, if this helps at all, I am very spider-phobic.

    Thank you for any info!

    • Ray

      Do ou masterbate more than you feel is “good” for your best and highest self? Perhaps it’s a sign to let that habit go. Or perhaps you masterbate to avoid thinking of other deep things about your self or life? Or avoid doing tasks? The spider could be trying to guide you. Listen more to your intuition than anything.  What do YOU think the spiders message it. Whatever you’re thinking about…trust.
      Peace

  • JosephJack7

    I have two big spiders guarding my house right now. One in the front and one in the back. Same type of spiders-they wait till sundown and then weave their web. By Sun up its down except for around three anchor points-fascinating. Every night they weave their beautiful web,and every morning it’s taken back up. I have been in the process of remembering how to manifest my desires,so I will have patience as I weave my version of reality in this world of Gaia. Thank you for your service…

  • Margarita Mejias

    I find spiders all the time, had a daddy long legs move in with me for about a month, tried killing it, there it was so I just let him or her stay in. I moved outo 😊but not because of the spider. Dreamed last night that a spider was in my new place! I’ve been working on exploring my creativity and deciding on a second career. Reading about this helps.

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