Thick headed I know, for a shamanic person not to notice the signs! But to be fair I did notice, but I was trying hard not to “read into it” I kept telling myself that this time of year is when spiders are out the most and it is true, so it finally took a poisonous bite to get my attention. Boy did it get my attention! Necrotic spider bites are painful deep wounds that if left untreated can be dangerous and if infected can be life threatening.
There are many books and interpretations about the sacred meaning of spider and it’s medicine as a teacher, as Spider is renowned the world over, and shares it’s teachings in every culture. There are leagues of information in books and on the internet about the spiritual meaning of spider, but my personal take on all of this is simple. If spider shows up, or any other animal medicine for that matter, reading all or as many of the meanings and interpretations can be helpful IF you are aware that why the animal has shown up for you is actually a deeply personal matter. Look for a meaning that resonates for you, as initially it might help you to untangle the real reason this animal has shown up in the first place, and if you are paying attention they will not need to bite you! After that though it is all personal to you and your life.
Spider Medicine as written in the book Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
The spider has shown up in myth and lore throughout the world. In India it was associated with Maya, the weaver of illusion. In Scandinavian lore women would would weave, measure and cut the threads of life. To the native Americans spider is grandmother, the link to the past and future.
Unlike insects, spiders have a two section body instead of three, often giving them a figure eight kind of appearance. On it’s side, this is the symbol of infinity. It is the wheel of life, flowing from one circle to the next. The difficulty is learning to walk those circles, or even hold your position within the middle of the two. Spider teaches you to maintain balance- between past and future, physical and spiritual, male and female.
Often webs will take a spiral shape, the traditional form of creativity and development. The spider found within the web reminds us that we are the centre of our own world. Spider reminds us that the world is woven around us. We are the keepers and the writers of our own destiny, weaving it like a web by our thoughts, feelings and actions.
The spider, because because of it’s characteristics, has come to be associated by mystics and in mythology with three predominant expressions of magic. The first is the magic and energy of creation. It is a symbol of creative power, reflected in it’s ability to spin a silken thread. 2. It is also associated with assertiveness of that creative force, of keeping feminine energies of creation alive and strong.
The third predominant magic of the spider is associated with it’s spiral energy, the links with the past and the future. The spiral of the web converging at a central point, is something to be meditated upon by those with this totem.
Spider is the guardian of the ancient languages and alphabets. This is why spider is considered the teacher of the language and the magic of writing. Those who weave magic with the written words probably have a spider totem.
The spider has long been associated with death and rebirth. Part of this may have to do with the fact that some female spiders will kill and eat the male after mating. Because it is constantly building and weaving new webs, it has also been a lunar symbol, with ties to the waxing and waning moon. Spider teaches through polarity and balance, that creativity is stimulated.