Animal Spirit Guides Meanings: Spider Spirit Guide & Mythology
Importance of Animal Spirit Guides
Every person on this planet has a permanent animal spirit guide. Whether you acknowledge your animal spirit guide or not is ultimately up to you, but if you decide you would like to communicate with your spirit guide...now is the time to start. It is never too late. Your animal spirit guide has been with you since you were born, and he will be with you until you die (and maybe even beyond).
If I could give one piece of advice on finding your animal spirit guide — do not be afraid of your animal spirit guide no matter what kind of animal your spirit guide turns out to be. If your animal spirit guide turns out to be a spider, embrace her. Find out all you can about spiders and the importance of them to this planet. By doing this, you'll find out the importance of your animal spirit guide to your life.
The spider can be seen in so many legends and stories that it's almost hard to find just a few to discuss here. Unfortunately, the spider is not always portrayed in a good light (as one might imagine) which has probably helped fuel the ever-present fear of them in modern times. For our sake and purpose, we will be focusing on the positive stories of the spider.
In Caribbean and West African folklore, there is a tricky yet smart spider known as Anansi. Anansi is said in Ghana to have tricked three animals thereby leading to his purchase of all of the world's stories from the sky god Nyame. He was tricky, but extremely wise too. This deity or spirit became almost an inspiration for many slaves that came to America, as Anansi represented the ability to outsmart his superiors (or oppressors) and come out on top, so to speak.
To the Native American Pueblo and Dineh people, there is a creator goddess known as Spider Grandmother. Because the stories of Spider Grandmother are all an oral tradition, there isn't a wealth of information on her, but the legend goes that Spider Grandmother spun a web of dew and flung it into the sky — thereby putting the stars into place.
For many modern day Pagans, the spider web is a symbol of great power and beauty. They view the spider as a small form of the Mother Goddess, one imbued with the powers of creation and deep wisdom. They say it will provide good health to have a spider web in possession on the body, possibly in a bag around the neck. The spider also represents a darker aspect of the goddess, many times associated with the Crone.
Spider Spirit Guide
The spider spirit guide has much to teach us. She weaves a web of knowledge and wisdom, one that ties together the greatest mysteries of life and of the universe. Her web represents creation, our unity, and lives not yet lived.
If you're doing some past life regression work, the spider spirit guide can be quite helpful. As mentioned before, her web can represent the many lives you've lived both past and the lives you will live in the future. Call on your spider spirit guide for aid in past life dreamwork and meditations.
Speaking of dreams, the spider spirit guide is the great "dream weaver", so if a spider comes to you in a dream she is probably inviting you to go further into your dreams to find hidden meanings. It is possible that you are a natural lucid dreamer and that the spider spirit guide is here for you to awaken in your dreams. Think about the way a dream catcher looks...it resembles a spider's web, doesn't it?
Many spiders are also very protective of their young and make for wonderful, loving mothers. Perhaps the spider spirit guide is here to protect you with her strong web of life. Keep in mind that some spiders spin webs as thick as silk.
Connecting with Your Spider Spirit Guide
So how do we connect with our spider spirit guides? Have you walked through a spiderweb lately? It could very well be that your spider spirit guide is trying to get your attention. For a few months, every time I would walk out to my car in the morning I would walk right through a spider web. I would curse, then pick the invisible strings off of me. Then I realized...it was my spider spirit guide trying to get my attention! Sometimes all we have to do is pay attention to our spirit guides' signs and messages.
Try making your own dreamcatcher. While doing so, visualize making contact with your spider spirit guide. Ask her to come to you in your dreams and to give you her message. Also, you can visualize yourself as a spider spinning a web of life and visions.
Connect with some of the spider deities. Spider Grandmother is an especially kind-hearted Native American deity with all the wisdom of the universe to offer. She has come to me on several occasions, and I've realized that all spider spirit guides are interconnected with deities of the same kind.
If spiders tend to scare you but you know your spirit guide is indeed a spider, conquer your fears head on. Watch a documentary on spiders, or go outside and find one. Say hello. See the wonderful things about the spider and appreciate the things she does for nature.
If you see one in your house, don't kill it! It is bad luck. My stepfather never killed a spider in his house. He said they kept the flies out and that it would bring bad luck. Plus, don't you think your spider spirit guide would be offended if you killed one of her kind?
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