Spider…


imageSpider awakens creative sensibilities. It weaves a web of intricate and subtle fabric, as if to remind us that the past always subtly influences the present and future…the spider found within the web reminds us that we are the center of our own world. We are the keepers and the writers of our own destiny, weaving it like a web by our thoughts, feelings and actions…Spider teaches you to maintain a balance – between past and future, physical and spiritual, male and female. Spider teaches you that everything you now do is weaving what you will encounter in the future.” –  Animal Speak –  Ted Andrews

Like the spider waiting for 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.

Seeing the Spider weaving a web, it signals to us that we must weave our own lives. The Spider as a spider-and-web guide serves as a reminder that our choices construct our lives. When the Spider appears to us, it is a message to be mindful of the choices we are making.

Spiders and their webs draw attention to our life choices, but that is not all. They also show us how we can manipulate our thinking, so we can construct the life we want to live.

Spider teaches us to maintain a balance – between past and future, physical and spiritual, male and female. The Spider also teaches us that everything we now do is weaving what we will encounter in the future.

Spider fosters the integration of all parts and aspects of your life into a whole. The power of this animal encourages you to count on your ability to view things from multiple angles and weave 4fe2c310 mental and intuitive flexibility into your daily thinking.

Spider’s web is also a constant reminder of the eight festivals; just look at the wheel webs some spiders weave. The strands of the web, like the spokes of a wheel are straight from the edge to the middle and form the eight fold wheel.

Spiders are very delicate creatures that play an important role in the myths and lore of many peoples. To the Native Americans, Spider is Grandmother, the link to the past and future. In India, its associated with Maya, the weaver of illusions.

image Among the various Native American traditions, spider medicine has been known to represent creativity. Her eight legs represent the four winds of change and the four directions on the medicine wheel, while her body is in the shape of the infinity symbol, which represents infinite possibilities. Spider was said to have woven the alphabet, creating the means for people to communicate and record their history through language. Just like the Greek myth of the Fates, three women who weave the tapestry of life, spiders are said to weave the creative forces that bring forth the intricately symmetrical patterns of our lives.

Spider Grandmother is an important figure in the mythology, oral traditions and folklore of many Native American cultures. She is creator of the world in Southwestern Native American religions and myths such as that of the Pueblo and Hopi peoples. Although accounts vary, according to mythology she was responsible for the stars in the sky; she took a web she had spun, laced it with dew, threw it into the sky and the dew became the stars.

imageIn Babylonian Mythology the Goddess Ishtar was often depicted as a Spider and her symbol was an 8 rayed star connecting to the 8 legs & 8 eyes of the Spider.image

 

In African mythology Anansi was a trickster god depicted as spider.

 Visualization to see Spider

Sit down in a quiet place alone.  Make certain there will be no distractions or interruptions.   Draw a circle around you and bless the circle with sage, cedar, sweet grass, tobacco or some other sacred medicine. if you own a dream catcher, stand or lay it beside you. Begin your journey into the spirit world with prayer and continue with deep meditation.  

Get comfortable.  Take a deep breath.  Inhale, exhale deeply several time. Release your ego, desires and expectations of what may follow.  Chase away all shadows of fear and negativity.  Begin to dream of some idyllic place like a forest trail, bubbling mountain stream, or flower covered glen.  

In your mind, see an open place with one exit. From that exit, you see a small garden spider approaching. You follow the spider and you see that she walks to a tree. In that tree she starts to weave a web blocking the exit. The spider weaves her web so steadily that is fascinates you and soon you realize that the weaving itself is a meditation. With that weaving you imagine her as a creator weaving the whole universe and you also imagine her as a dream catcher weaving the net to manifest our deepest desires. When the Spider is finished weaving, she sits in the middle of the web and she starts her teaching to you. She ends her teachings by telling you that she weaves a new web every day. She tells you that she takes down the web when it is ruined and begins again everyday and she never has to think about it, she just spins her web with great care. 

After giving her lessons to you, she takes down her web blocking the exit and leaves. By doing so she is signaling that it is time to end your meditation or visualization.

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