Why do I dream of spiders?

Why do I dream of spiders?

Spiders seem to be up for me.  I was having breakfast with a colleague the other day and our waiter asked what we did.  When he found out I was a dream interpreter, he almost fell down.  He excitedly told me he had just had a disturbing dream and wondered to himself, “what might a dream about spiders mean?”  Two days later, I was doing a radio show and what do you think was the very first question I was asked?  What do spiders in a dream mean?  So, in the spirit of synchronicity, here is an excerpt from my upcoming dictionary, Dream Sight (Llewellyn Press; February 2011) on spiders.


Universal Landscape:  Powerful feminine energy.  Patience.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you encountering a spider or spider webbing?  Was it frightening?  Were you in danger?  Did you kill the spider?  Did you want to?  Did the spider want to harm you?  Was the overall scene macabre or more magical?

Personal Focus:  Spiders are a powerful image of the feminine principle, which relates to creativity and receptivity.  Spiders embody this by virtue of the creative act of making a web and the patience involved in awaiting their prey.  Many, if not most people, have an aversion to them which makes them a creature of the shadow.

Spiders can be found everywhere, which is one of the reasons why they feature prominently as a common dream image.  While not all are venomous, the most widely known spider is the Black Widow, famous for mating with and then killing her male counterpart.  This is the feminine principle in its most ferocious expression.

A spider’s webbing is a miraculous feat of engineering and unparalleled beauty.  Its purpose is two-fold.  On the side of nurturing, it is a home.  However, it is also a weapon of prey–a trap set to capture, kill and eat.  Spiders also connect to the numerological expression of abundance because of their eight legs (see Numbers).  Any or all of these themes may be being expressed in a dream that features this image.

A spider web may point to creative ideas that are currently being spun.  This also indicates that a period of waiting must follow in order for success to be achieved.  A spider bite may indicate that an infusion of the feminine principle may be in order for your current dealings to succeed.  The irritation, illness or death that is possible with a spider bite indicates the level of sacrifice that will be required of you on an emotional level at this time.

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5 Responses to Why do I dream of spiders?

  1. George Okpik December 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Good day.. I am an avid dreamer… Just wondering if you have reached the App world.. ?

  2. mlennox December 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    I have not, George.

  3. Jasmine January 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    I’ve been seeing that killing a spider means bad luck. However, I was “trying” to kill the white spider and I missed. The guy in my dream who I was Sexually involved with threw a orange towel over it and stepped on it. You could here it crunch. What does this mean??

  4. Tiffany April 24, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    My dream involved myself and my best friend (a guy) hanging out. Then spiders were dropping out of the trees then surrounding me. I kept calling him to help me and it seemed like he could never get to me.

  5. Kevin Bulgara October 27, 2016 at 5:03 am #

    My dream was weird it took place at my current house so in the dream I went to get water or use the bathroom idk exactly what I remember is a big ass spider at least 20 pounds came out of my brothers night stand ,it was about 4 feet away from him and it turned it’s direction it was facing and spit out some green shit looked like acid but it didn’t dissolve like acid in my dream I seen a rock so I picked it up and threw it as hard as I can but it didn’t even hurt it then it looked at me and crawled quickly underneath the night stand . Can someone plz help me with this ? Ps I seen no web and it seemed to be a black widow