Spider/Weaving, Travel, Creativity
Contributed by Anne Barton.
So I was looking at pictures of spiders, trying to pick one that isn’t too ’spidery’ to go with this article because I don’t want to creep anyone out. And I admit, I was not really enjoying looking at all of those pictures. I chose the web image because it’s beautiful, but it felt a little bit like a cop-out. So I’ve included an actual spider too, and here’s why: While not always being a fan of spiders, I have come to respect what they represent. I used to get bitten often, in my own home while I was sleeping, which I don’t even like to think about. But I can’t remember the last time I woke up with a spider bite since I’ve come to respect and value the message these tiny beings hold. So it was important for me to get over my aversion, and that’s what I want to promote by sharing the message of Spider.
Now, when a spider comes into my world I say, ‘Hi, thank you for visiting.’ I think about the message she has for me; then I carefully move her outside.
Key Concepts when Spider is Present:
- Create!! Look for new alternatives to an impasse.
- Use a journal to review your progress so you don’t forget how you are creating.
- If you get too involved in weaving your life, you may miss opportunities.
- See the edges! Don't fail to see the expansiveness of the eternal plan.
- Look beyond physical illusion to other dimensions.
- Create new alternatives.
“Deer asked Spider what she was weaving and why all the lines looked like symbols. Spider replied, ‘Why Deer, it is time for Earth’s children to learn to make records of their progress in their Earth Walk. Earth’s children are growing more complex, and their future generations will need to know more.’ So it was that Spider wove the first primordial alphabet” (Sams and Carson 209). One of Spider’s messages may be that just as the written word transformed humankind, so might it be a vehicle for you to spread enlightened change in the world.
The silken thread that Spider uses to weave her web comes from deep within her body: liquid transformed into a strong-as-steel elastic that allows her to literally fly, sometimes thousands of feet in the air. Spider’s travels have led her to every environment of the earth except a remote Antarctic cap. Her message to us can be to expand our horizons – by actually moving or traveling to a new place or by trying something new – living a new way or seeing through new eyes. Nothing is impossible. We have all that we need within to make any dream a reality.
Spider’s body is made like the number eight, consisting of two lobe-like parts connected at the waist with eight legs. This is also the symbol for infinity – representing the infinite possibilities of creation. Just as Spider weaves the webs of fate for those who get caught in her web and become her dinner, she can be a caution for humans who get caught in the web of illusion in the physical world and never see beyond the horizon into the other dimensions.
Like the Black Widow spider that eats her mate, negative spider energy is present when we forget the value of having partners at our side. Whether it is a mate, family member, or friend, we are caught in the web of illusion when we attack others. This is only a reflection of something we dislike or fear within ourselves. Choose to create something new. Use your talents to get the web spinning in a positive direction. If we are not decisive enough about changing our lots in life, we may end up being consumed by our fears and limitations.
Works Cited & Resources
Green, Susie. Animal Wisdom: Harness the Power of Animals to Liberate
Your Spirit. London: Cico Books Ltd., 2005. Print.
Sams, Jamie, and David Carson. Medicine Cards. New York: St. Martin’s
Press, 1988, 1999. Print.
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