Spider Spirit Animal | Totem Meaning

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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467 Responses to Spider Spirit Animal

  • RhoTrip
    Plume, friend. Meditate, get outside and get your hands and feet in the dirt, literally. Garden, or do yard work. Sweat. Work out, at the very least. Get to know yourself. Be present in your thoughts and look at your feelings objectively - and subjectively. Be kind to my friend (you!), Plume, and extend compassion and fondness and friendship to yourself as well. Only then we can be true friends with others. Know your intentions and act in honesty, empathy, and compassion. Nosce te Ipsum! Hard thoughts and tough emotional states are an integral part of adolescense and adulthood. They are vital, providing powerful lessons, such as negative examples of our own tendencies we may want to be aware of so we can avoid repeating them. Make effort to understand (and accept -don't second guess) why you feel, act, and react to things people and events the way you do. In so doing we cultivate an understanding of ourselves, and how Spider and other totems, allies and helpers work with us. This will be a lifelong process and I wish you love and light every step of the way!
  • Dorothy Guess
    Thank you
  • Plume
    Could anyone help me please? Lately (past 3 days) I have been going through some really rough time (still am). Not only is it a bit tough to get my life started (I'm 19, living with my uncle and trying to get things started so I can move out soon.) but I have been struggling a lot emotionally. To the point when last I did, I went though depression and wanted to commit suicide. These days I'm not going through depression but I feel very sad and fearful. I have a long distance friend whom I'm very close to. We've been friends for months now (perhaps 7 or more.) and we talk everyday for long hours often. He is kind, respectful and there have been many times where I had to express certain concerns about our friendship (which only brought us closer each time:) He is the first male friend I am so close to. Due to an abusive past I still bear a little bit of apprenshion towards men. But I find him to be wonderful and he I helping me move on from that slowly. We're very open, honest, accepting, understanding, and trusting of one another. Never have I made him feel judged (he's told so himself) and never has he me made me feel judged. We're really grateful to have one another and we do not wish to loose the other. My problem has been this lately. It all regards him. I've had many dreams where he was in it, and 3 days ago I had one that made me wake up and think that perhaps, I couldn't deny any longer that something beyond friendship might be going on with my feelings towards him. That would be fine and all, except I'm not sure if what I feel is love or infatuation. Which comes from the ego wounded self. He's on my mind often, and I often feel fearful of him leaving me or becoming distant, lately. Especially if I were to tell him what I'm going through. I don't think it's love because for some reason, the idea of getting into a relationship with him doesn't excite me. I keep thinking perhaps I'm just going through something and if he felt the same way and told me, we could end up regretting it and splitting up shortly after. I love him dearly and support him through every dream and goal of his. I enjoy listening to him talk about his interests and hobbies (were total opposites that way.) because I know it makes him feel happy and it makes me feel happy in return. I accept him for who he is and I love him for being himself with me. Never have we held each other back from meeting friends or even a potential significant other. And we always support and encourage each other to love ourselves and to express who we are (we both have self esteem issues :P him more then me.) What I have been going through has been stressing me out a lot. It feels as if I might be on the brink of insanity sometimes. So much fear, doubts, sadness, etc.. I wish I could feel actual love for him and not some kind of infatuation. I told myself that yesterday, that I wanted to feel love only. I kept repeating it to myself and for a second I actually felt love for him that way (more then friends.) and it felt different then what in going through. It felt peaceful, loving, soothing, kind, and he was there in my heart and mind but not as some sort of incessant thought. That is how I wish I could feel towards him. It makes me so sad it might not be that. I don't wish to feel this way. So lately I have been working on going more into heart space (and working with my heart chakra through gems and crystals:) so as to get an answer from my being as to what is going on with me and what I can do about it. Here's where the spiders come in (finally I know x) For the last 3 days that I have been struggling with this a lot, I keep seeing spiders. I had dreams about spiders 2 days in a row. The first one I was in a bed with a blue sheet with a young boy (probably a child.) and there was this huge spider with long blue legs that crawled on the boy. But he wasn't afraid. I am because spider is my shadow animal in dreams. Along with shark:p I knew the spider would soon come for me and I stood up and felt afraid. I don't remember if the spider walked on me, but I did freak out a little (though I did feel I tried to accept the spider a little.) The second dream involving spiders the day after, was this one. I was at a fair in a city and I (along with a couple other people) were being guided by a tour guide. There were small bronze statues of spiders and the guide told us that thousand of years ago, humans used to be spiders and that we eveolved from them and into humans overtime. It was interesting and there was no fear in this dream. The third day, I walk back home at night from work, and what do I see? 2 spiders on a web by a a tree. One small and one bigger. I also caught two spider webs on my face that same night. I also thought it interesting to mention that each time I had been feeling sad yesterday, I found feathers on my path (which I love so I picked them up when I could:) So I feel as if spider has definitely been trying to communicate a message with me through these last 3 days. Where I have been facing a big struggle no less. Could anyone please help me figure out what this could mean? What the spiders could be telling me in relation to my life at the moment, my friend, and my struggle. Thank you so much and I apologize for the long message.
    • Diana
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    • Lee
      I think that you know exactly what you want and you know exactly what to do. You sound very grounded. If you have been abused in the past, it will take a lot of time and inner work to be able to trust. I think they spiders are telling you to take your time and be patient with yourself. And don't be too afraid of fear. As my Cherokee dad used to say, "If you make the right decision, you'll be fine; if you make the wrong decision, you'll learn something." :) I think the boy in the first dream is your friend, who's not afraid to be patient (but in the dream, you were.) The second night, you became more accepting of the process. Good luck and many blessings!
  • AlayneBlackwing
    Lately, I've been encountering a lot of spiders, it even got me somehow scared because yesterday two of them were crawling on my neck and my hand. I told my worries to a friend who then recommended me this site. It was really helpful, even if I don't understand yet what's going on...
  • Tina
    This was so so so spot on! Wow
  • Sarah
    Last night i had a dream that i was casting a cirlce, and as soon as the candles were lit and i started to speak, a HUGE spider,out of no where, crawled out of the middle of my circle, out twords the opisite side as me. In my dream i started to scream *i hate spiders* and woke up. After falling back alseep, i drempt i was either reading a spell book, or about to speak a spell, and same thing, outta no where this huge black spider crawled out of the center of my book. I woke up after that and dont remember my dreams after.
    • Mac
      I had a dream couple years ago when I was with this girl we lived together. I had a dream she was reading some spells out a book we were in an old warehouse. I don't 100% remember what the spider was doing besides watching us and I felt like it had a menacing vibe., I'm just bringing this up because maybe the connection between spiders and witchcraft.
  • Lily
    thank you :) last night i was coming inside from the garage and out of the corner of my eye i saw something FLY right at me. at first i thought i was imagining things Until i saw on the ground a HUGE WOLF SPIDER. obviously it was trying to kill me (LOL JKING) . ive NEVER had that happen before so it was in my head all last night and this morning. so this was very helpful thank you.
  • lor
    i unexpectedly saw a spider in the bath which is an unusual place for a spider to be and it was bigger than those i rarely see in the garden. i am terribly afraid of spiders to the extend that the hairs in my body stand on end. i went out of thee bthroom because i really couldn't stand the sight of it. i read this article because i thought it was unusual, with the setting and its size and all. when i went to the bathroom to see where it went, i saw her on the floor and i moved back, but the spider actually walked towards me. i wanted to film it so i turned away and i hear a crack where the spider was, it was weird i chack where i left it last but it wasn't there anymore and it couldn't have gone far. its like it disapppeared or something. i went back to the bathroom to find that its in the corner between the wall and the door. the article and this spider helped me. i forced myself to not be afraid of it, symbolically, i can conquer my fears in life and come at peace with the aspects that make me different, for this, an the spider, i am grateful!
  • Jen
    I have felt a strong connection to animal life (and trees) for quite some time...maybe my whole life?though more prominently over the last 5-7 years. The spider has been (felt like) a spirit guide of mine my entire life. I've never killed a spider nor have I ever wanted too. I have no fear of them. I find them around me (and on me!) all the time. what's interesting is I've always had a really strong understanding of their message. that said, for the first time I am being stalked by a hunting spider. The tan jumping spider to be exact. It was crawling on me just today. Apparently they bite, though I haven't been bitten. This has never been the case before. These spiders don't use webs to catch their prey and I had read that they have the most keen eye sight of all the spiders. Is there any spiritual information about hunting spiders that anyone on this site could direct me too? I feel I have SOME understanding of the message that's meant for me, but I can't shake the feeling that I am missing something?
  • 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.
    • Jen
      Maybe it's a spirit guide that is always with you guiding and protecting you? Seeing it and wanting it with you makes it tangible, but I bet it's always with you, even when you can't see it. ;)
  • 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.
    • Monica
      Carol The first thing that popped in my head when reading you dream was your worried/fearful about your brother....represented by the spiders, but your brother is not. He just keeps ignoring the spiders, not showing fear, and handing you the laundry. Maybe he knows on some level everything will be okay? Best of luck to you and your family. ❤️
  • 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. ;
      • Lydia
        Maybe she does, but it's too much of a coincidence. I myself have been seeing small white spiders. I don't know what it means, but after reading this article it has to mean something. Life is mysterious and as humans we forget or disregard it mystery and beauty because we're to caught up in the bullshit that boggles us down.
      • Anonymous
        you arr a spider
    • AsWithinSoWithout
      Beautiful share, Emily. Thank you. <3

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