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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452 Responses to Spider Spirit Animal

  • Diana
    I held my third solstice today using elements from the winter and spring solstices. I've been seeing spiders for the last few days in my apartment. I walked to a private outside area about a half hour from my home, I knew where to go because of a dream and then a vision. I set up a small circular area, placed my earth elements, circled it with my water element, then lit the sage and oregano to burn. A monarch butterfly landed on my foot, confirming two dreams and several full moon ceremonies. Then several small spiders came and crawled in and around the area I had laid out, even while there was heat and burning. At first I felt a twinge of fear and then a calmness, the fear was gone, all is exactly as it is.
  • Kumoko
    Yesterday I came across a purseweb spider, which is relatively rare in my area. I'm not even sure if it was a male, though it's always said only males roam around looking for a mate, because this spider was un-usually big for its kind. The way it moved was ... I cannot describe it any differently than "self-confident", not that skittering-always-on-an-alert way that spiders usually have. Apart from the fact that I've never seen a wild purseweb spider before the encounter was not special, and yet I cannot get it out of my head. Maybe it has something to do with the sudden spur of creativity that hit me like a jackhammer after almost 2 years of writer's block. I know this spider wants to be wild and deserves to be wild - and yet part of me wishes I could have taken it with me to keep it nearby... but I cannot tell why Ihave this urge.
  • carol mettler
    My dream included my brother who is having health problems, I went to get some clothes and hundreds of little spiders just starting crawling out and I was so afraid and yes I was trying to kill them but they kept crawling out. I kept calling for him to help but he just handed me my clothes.
  • Emily
    This article just blew my mind. I've been going through some massively life altering moments lately, namely with my husband, but also within myself. The more tumultuous things got, the more I kept noticing all these synchronitcities... I keep getting deja vu, one day my friend called me and told me about a terrifying recurring dream she had the night before... I had had the same dream, people showing up just as I thought of them out of nowhere... the list goes on... around this time I started noticing spiders everywhere... specifically ornate spiders with markings I've never seen on spiders before... the same kind would appear multiple times in a night/ day when I would be talking about leaving my husband or thinking about it. I did eventually leave last week. I fell into despair and didnt see any spiders for the week I was back at my parents. I planned to never speak to him again... then one day a spider appeared on the screen door at my parents house. My dad moved it outside. That night, I had a chance encounter with my husband. We're now working things out. As a result, I've had to stwp back and look at the bigger picture of what went wrong and why, and I've consequently discovered that there are some deep unresolved issues in myself that I've been repressing. New light has also come to the relationships I have with the people I saw the most spiders around and I'm finding they may not really be my friends... today I was driving home and looked down at my steering wheel and saw a jumping spider with a large red teardrop on its back. It scared me so bad, and I pulled off the road a couple times and tried to get it out of the car... but every time I stopped, I couldnt find it anymore... it would just hide. And as soon as I would start driving again it would come back to the same spot on my steering wheel and I swear it would just sit there and stare at me... I eventually just accepted its presence. I got home and I am reading The Empath Survival Guide by Judith Orloff... and I was right at the part about animal empaths and it mentioned spiders and to pay attention to animals that frequently show up in specific times of your life... the spiders have been so prevalent I had to look into it. That led me to this article and it is soooo crazy how accurate this is... I am learning so much. Life is a beautiful, giant mystery and I love it. Thank you for this information!!! Much love to all!
    • Jjjj
      Um no. You just have a spider problem and a shitty husband problem. Call; a divorce lawyer and an exterminator. ;
    • AsWithinSoWithout
      Beautiful share, Emily. Thank you. <3

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