Spider Spirit Animal2018-09-19T11:34:03+00:00

Spider spirit animal

Spider Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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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  1. Tiffani Haynes September 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Two big brown spider look me in my face last night while i sat out on my porch…. it’s was just so weird because i been noticing things about nature that i never noticed nor did i pay it any attention. I often see Hawk flying low in my area too. I want to send a picture

  2. Jennifer August 19, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I have often had spiders drop in on me. From trees as I walk in nature, walk up beside me beside me as I work at my desk or in my house. I cannot even begin to figure how many times this has happened to me. Every time it happens I never feel scared or startled, more a feeling of an old friend dropping by. I usually find a safer place to deposit them. Many times while others scream and run to find something to kill the eight legged visitor, I usually swoop in to save it and find a safe place to free them. Why do I seem to have so many visits from these creatures?

    • Edward Bielski September 9, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Because you are awesome.

  3. Ouhm Œniss August 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I have never been afraid of spiders. I always said to leave them alive, as they are a natural bug defense. If a web was in my way, I would try to move it with skill to another place.

    I have let spider humans into my life as well. They have been excellent protection to me. The trouble with spider people is that they can turn on you and start to spin their web of lies in a way to cocoon you up. I find they never kill, just capture and then flee.

    This is similar to the amazing Spider-Man, catching crooks like flies and leaving them for the police to deliver justice.

    Some gladiators use swords. Some use nets.

    I use a shield now. Sometimes that shield has been spider people. And yet spider people can be vicious when they are scared.

    • Jennifer August 6, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      I have spider hieroglyphs that have appeared on my wall along with others. What does this mean

  4. Kalista August 4, 2018 at 5:06 am - Reply

    I have had a yellow orb weaver spider outside my window since @4:30 am, it seemed like he was waving all his legs at me for a minute & now I think he’s sitting still waiting on a meal, he hasn’t moved too far within the last 15minutes Does anyone know what this means???????

  5. Kalista August 4, 2018 at 4:49 am - Reply

    I have a yellow orb weaver outside my window now, I noticed him @4:30 am, it seemed like he was waving all his legs at me for 30seconds & now I think he’s sitting still waiting on a meal, anyone know what this means???????

  6. Annette July 15, 2018 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Well the brown recluse played its challenge I my life. That story maybe another time…
    Mostly i believe God finds every way possible to get us to listen and what a perfect way through the world and life around us. Last year crows: first one then one again next day; then two and three…..and days were going by!
    I began to ponder and consider. Looked up meanings. And there it was not fear them but hear the warning! I was sleeping in the couch for some reason for a bit. There is a big window directly in sight as u lie on this couch. You see we had shone septic tank issues the landlord was not trending to. The septic was leaking under the house and the air conditioner handler was pulling up from under the house besides the no cellar just septic residual spring under our floors.
    So here i am lying there and waking up when crows were making all sorts of screeches and suddenly diving at this window then shooting up. This happened several mornings till i listened. Call the septic companies myself pay to get it done and take it out of the rent. I did this and no more crows. Warning of death? Possible! Probable, but because it was handled, NOT! Thank you God. Thank you animals.

    • Kalista August 4, 2018 at 5:11 am - Reply


  7. Anonymous July 4, 2018 at 6:26 am - Reply

    i was in the dream ,i saw a spider in my food that i was eating i don’t know the meaning

    • Kalista August 4, 2018 at 5:11 am - Reply

      Google it

  8. K June 24, 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    I seen 2 spiders one was black crawling around in my room, I let her be… and I was at the beach a few days later a little grey baby spider was crawling on my arm as if it was attracted to me it kept coming back to me. So I started talking to it and I took it home, I let him stay in my daughters flower pot. The kids thought it was cute lol

  9. K June 24, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    I seen 2 spiders one was black crawling around in my room, I let her be… and I was at the beach a few days later a little grey baby spider was crawling on my arm as if it was attracted to me it kept coming back to me. So I started talking to it and I took it home, I let him stay in my daughters flower pot. The kids thought it was cute lol

  10. Sara Shaw June 16, 2018 at 7:44 am - Reply

    It’s the 3rd one I’ve seen in a couple of weeks ! Different ones. I’m doing very creative work, with other creative people. I’m 72 , so l hope I’ve developed a good feminine energy. I do honor the Divine Mother aspect of mysy& others, Especially Amma. She has inspired me to be a better woman, with motherly instincts. To help others when l can A long time ago, I did see a Black Widow spider. It frightened me, yet l could feel it’s powerful energy. Same with other spiders, they do emanate that power. I do respect them, as their job is to consume other pesky insects in our homes. It’s one of God’s great creatures, that make up this great , wonderful Universe.

  11. Crystal June 10, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

    It’s funny, I looked this article up after Releasing five spiders from my apartment today; I keep finding them, and for the last couple of days, I have actually been thinking about relocating to a coastal town on my side of the country, which is on the East Coast… I honestly think that’s why the spiders keep showing up, and something is telling me to be very patient and wait for the opportunity to show itself, which will be soon I have a feeling! Thank you so much for the article!

  12. mother June 6, 2018 at 7:07 am - Reply

    my spider literally flew past the right side of my head and landed on a car tire in front of me as if it wanted to be seen. Thank you for this information as I feel it is a clear message to me and extremely Timely right this minute. I have been learning more about ancient meanings of spiders. And I am grateful.

    • Kalista August 4, 2018 at 5:08 am - Reply


  13. Mary June 1, 2018 at 4:46 am - Reply

    When I fist seen this I was noo not a spider but I’m happy with it now after reading what it stands for, and so much truth! Wow! blew me away..

    • Kalista August 4, 2018 at 5:07 am - Reply

      Yes, very positive spirit creatures

  14. Dededed May 26, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Sometimes seeing spiders is good sometimes bad I dreamt of them last night and it’s a reminder that others can be poisoned or that what bugs us can easily be taken care of poison. Pay not much attention to that what stArtles and scares others see it also poison😢

  15. Hi May 16, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

    This it’s doesn’t help. I woke up at 9 am and saw invisibleTarantula next to my bed wall. today. It move n disappear. The size was like hand. Idk if I’m seeing thing or its a ghost. The 1st time I saw a ghost was black shadow person look at me breathing. I woke at 10 am. This was 3 years ago. My family seen it too but not my mom.

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