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Animal Totems and Symbolism

The Spider--My totem animal


The Weaver...  Defined by


The spider, my totem animal, has much to teach as totem or symbol.


What does the spider mean, as a totem?  Please keep in mind the spider is a very common shadow totem for many people.

The Spider:

Many stories exist about the weaver, Grandmother spider. She carried on her back the gift of fire in a basket that she wove and presented it to the people. In another story it is said that her web bound all things together and formed the foundation of earth..

These legends give the spider a link to the past and the future, birth and creation.  When the spider crawls into our awareness it is asking us to rebuild the web of our life in accordance with the design the creator gave us.

Spiders differ from insects in having eight legs rather than six and in having the body divided into two parts rather than three. The number eight laid on its side is the symbol for infinity.  The number two implies the union of two forces joined together. Together they equal ten.  Drop the zero and you are back to the starting point of one. The hidden message of spider is unity.  The study of numerology is beneficial for those who hold this medicine.

The construction of a web is linked to the geometry of creation. In the construction of an orb web the spider releases a sticky silken thread into the wind.  If the breeze carries the thread to a spot where it sticks the first bridge is formed.  Spider cautiously crosses the line reinforcing it with a second.  This process continues until a frame is constructed in which the web can secure itself.  Bridges serve as a link tying all things together and remind us of our interconnectedness to all life.

The spider shows us that the past, the present and the future are all interwoven.  It awakens our intuitive creative senses and encourages us to design the fabric of our lives from our souls original intention. If you see a spider in its web, or creating a new one, pay attention.  It symbolizes where you are in the weaving of your own destiny.   A study of the medicine wheel and the four directions is helpful.

Because spiders are actually very delicate they embody the energy of gentleness.  Spiders are not usually aggressive unless they are defending their lives. Moving forward in all situations with a gentle strength is a skill that often needs to be learned for those with this totem. In man, the bite of a poisonous spider symbolizes a death, rebirth process. Poison enters the nervous system and the body either transmutes it or falls victim to its venom and dies.

The spider signifies the tapestry of life.  The web we weave is the reality we experience. Choosing the appropriate path is one of the lessons associated with this medicine.

Some information about the spider:

Spider as symbol:

The weaver; balance; illusion; the quest within; communication; creativity; divine inspiration; nurturing instinct; mystery; magic; wisdom; the Infinite; infinite creator; interconnectedness; industry; maintaining balance from past to present; spiritual and physical balance; awakening sensibilities; delicacy; grandmother energy; association with original creation;

"Spider people" often share some of the following traits:

"Positive traits": Centered, dreamer, creative, maternal, mystical, mysterious

"Negative traits": Insensitive, old-fashioned, delicate, simple, manipulative

Primary Element: Earth

Secondary Element: Fire

Moon Phase: New

Direction: West