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15 Spiritual Meanings of Spiders

Published on Nov 24, 2023 06:26 PM IST

Let’s have a look at some of the spiritual meanings of spiders

The interpretation of spiders is more nuanced, with both positive and negative sides
The interpretation of spiders is more nuanced, with both positive and negative sides
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Many people are scared or even terrified of spiders, and an irrational fear of these eight-legged creepy crawlies is among the most common of all phobias.

However, in spiritual terms, the interpretation of spiders is more nuanced, with both positive and negative sides – so to help you learn more, in this post, we have all the details you need about the spiritual meaning of spiders.

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Spider spiritual meaning

Let’s start by having a look at some of the spiritual meanings of spiders.

1.Repressed feelings or emotions

Spiders often make their webs in dark corners and then hide there waiting for their prey to fall into their trap – and often, spiders remain hidden, so we are mostly unaware that they’re there.

In spiritual terms, this can be seen as repressed feelings or emotions that we might be unaware of hiding below the surface of our consciousness – especially since spiders can represent hidden dangers or fears.

However, if we want to heal ourselves and deal with past trauma, it’s important that we delve into our subconscious minds to face any feelings or emotions that we have buried there.

That way, we can deal with painful past events and process them properly, allowing us to heal spiritually and mentally.

2.Spiritual growth

The slow, steady and methodical construction of a spider’s web can be seen as a metaphor for our journey of spiritual growth on the way to enlightenment.

Developing and evolving in a spiritual sense is a long and slow process that requires patience, determination and dedication – but if we stick at it and continue to dedicate enough time to spiritual pursuits, our spiritual awareness will always continue to grow.

3.Spiritual balance

Similarly, the delicate perfection of a spiderweb can also be seen as a metaphor for spiritual balance.

If you want to lead a happy and fulfilled life, it’s important to seek a balance between physical and spiritual pursuits, but in the hectic modern world, it can be all too easy to neglect the spiritual side due to the stresses and responsibilities of our daily lives.

However, the spider reminds us to take the time for meditation and spiritual reflection to bring the spiritual side of our existence back into balance with the needs of our lives in the physical realm.

4.The cyclical nature of the universe

Finally, spiders also remind us about the cyclical nature of the universe.

In some species of spider, the female is known to eat the male after mating, a sacrifice the father makes to allow the next generation to live.

These spiders will then grow up and go on to repeat the same act, with the females mating with the males before consuming them to ensure their descendants’ survival.

Each time a male is eaten, the cycle starts again, so with each death, new life is able to begin, and this cyclical pattern perfectly mirrors the cyclical nature of the entire universe and the constant repetition of death and rebirth that we encounter everywhere.

There are still many other meanings, you can check it on SpiritualMeanings, a website to guide you on everything spiritual.

Spider symbolism

Having looked at some of the spiritual meanings of spiders, now let’s move on to thinking about spider symbolism.


Building a web is a hugely impressive feat that takes a spider a lot of time. However, through its patient work, the spider can construct the perfect web to catch their prey – so spiders are highly symbolic of patience.


As well as patience, a spider needs great determination to build a web since it takes a lot of time and effort. For this reason, spiders can also be seen as symbols of perseverance and dedicating the time and effort required to achieve one’s goals.


Although you might not want them in your house, spiderwebs can be extremely beautiful and are among nature’s most impressive works of art. This is why spiders can also be used to symbolize creativity and artistic expression.

4.Unseen danger

Spiders may use their patience and determination to construct their webs, but once the web is complete, they also use their patience to wait for their unsuspecting victims to become ensnared.

As a result, spiders are also a symbol of unseen dangers and hidden malevolence lurking in the dark.

5.Good luck and fortune

Many people are afraid of spiders, and some of them are poisonous, capable of giving painful and sometimes even fatal bites.

However, most spider species are harmless to humans, and to some people, they even represent good luck.

For example, in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Portugal, certain tiny species of spider are known as “money spiders”, and it is said that if one of these spiders gets in your hair, it is an sign that you are about to receive some money.


A spider’s web is also a symbol of connectedness.

When we talk about all of our personal connections, we can picture them as a web of friends and acquaintances. It’s also no coincidence that the internet is also known as the “worldwide web”, a name that references spiders and the webs they build.

Spider omens

Finally, let’s look at some of the ways to interpret the omens if spiders start appearing to you, either in real life or in your dreams.

1.Somebody is watching you and scheming against you

If you suddenly discover a spider in a corner of your home that had been sitting there and watching you for some time – or if a beady-eyed spider appears in your dreams – it can often be a message telling you that someone is watching you and planning something against you.

This means that when you notice a spider like this, it should serve as a warning to proceed with caution, to keep your wits about you and to be careful about who you trust, especially in your most vulnerable moments.

2.You need to be more patient

Sometimes when you are engaged in a project and begin to become impatient about the project reaching its conclusion, a spider may appear to encourage you to find more patience.

A well-known saying tells us that “good things come to those who wait”, and if you force yourself to be calm and wait patiently, the success you enjoy in the end will be worth the wait.

The modern world has become increasingly about instant gratification, but sometimes we need to take a step back and remind ourselves that the things that take more time and effort to achieve can be all the more rewarding for the hard work we have to put in to obtain them.

3.Good luck is coming your way

As we saw above, spiders are sometimes seen as omens of good luck or fortune, and if you see one, it may mean that something lucky is about to happen for you.

Perhaps you have just taken an exam or had a job interview, and the spider may appear to you to tell you that your chances of success are high.

And if you aren’t hoping for any specific good news at the moment, this could be a good time to go out and buy a lottery ticket – because you never know!

4.Try to seek more spiritual balance in your life

Since spiders and their webs are symbols of spiritual balance, seeing spiders' webs – either in real life or in your dreams – can sometimes be a message from the spirit world that you are neglecting the spiritual side of your life and that you need to seek more spiritual balance.

Take time to consider whether this could be the correct interpretation of what you saw – and if you realize that it is, you should make more time in your busy schedule to dedicate to spiritual pursuits.

5.You need to grow your networks

Another common interpretation of seeing spiders and spiderwebs is that you need to grow your personal or professional web of connections.

It could be a message that now would be a good time to dedicate more effort to networking and forming professional bonds because there may come a time in the future when these professional connections will become advantageous to one of your business endeavors.

On the other hand, it could be that you have been feeling lonely or isolated of late and that you crave more human interactions.

This means you should spend more time socializing with others, making new friends and meeting people.

Perhaps you didn’t even consciously realize that you had been feeling alone, but this omen could be a message that helps you realize the problem exists.

We all need human contact, and being alone can lead to feelings of depression – and after taking the time to reflect on the meaning of what you saw, you may realize that you need to put more effort into maintaining your social life and your network of friends.

A creature with both positive and negative connotations

As we’ve seen, in spiritual terms, spiders can have both positive and negative connotations. Although many people are afraid of them, sometimes spiders can also represent characteristics such as patience, dedication, creativity and determination.

This means when you see a spider, either in real life or in your dreams, you should take the time to reflect deeply on what the spider meant and how to interpret the omen.

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