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Spiders and Web Symbolism
ScorpionGoddess


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Hi all. I'm brand new to the boards here, and I have a question for you.  I started helping a friend with a novel a few years ago, and one of the characters is taken from my personality. Her last name is Webb, and we discussed the different implications of a name like that. Since then I've noticed countless references to spiders and webs in my life, from out-of-character statements made by friends and co-workers to advertisements to descriptions in other written works.

Any information you could provide about their significance would be greatly appreciated. The spider/web image has become something of a totem for me. This same friend has also noticed them showing up around me too.
suzisco
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Thats very interesting.

You will be aware that alot of people believe a spiders web in symbology means feeling trapped and stuck with menace round the corner.

However spider symbology is quite complex:

spiders encompass both the male and the female aspect of your personality despite people predominately atributing spiders as female.

Spiders are also about spaning different worlds and twining them together to make safe passage between worlds and universes by using their silken webs.

spiders are also about balance and a reminder that we should be walking this world like a spider, with balance and due consideration for others and the impact we can have on other people.  Also that as a spider can change a universe, rebuild that which is broken or release that which has tangled in the web.

spiders are also the symbol for sex and sexuality and the night time.  The spider is also associated with the moon.

Hope thats enough for you?

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Suzi
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I feel compelled to respond to this post because my last name is Webb!!
I know as far as tracing my roots, the name Webb was sometimes a derivation of the name Weaver, both meaning that some relative long ago probably worked as a weaver of some sort.

I also have a book called Animal Speak which goes into great detail about spider symbology/totems.  They are associated with creativity and the weaving of fate.  To Native Americans spider is grandmother, link to the past and the future; associated with balance (male/female, past/future.)  It is linked to rise and fall, flow and flux.  

To some people, the first true alphabet was formed by the geometric patterns and angles found within the spider's web.  Quote from the book:  "Those who weave magic with the wirtten word probably have a spider totem."  Sounds dead on for you and your friend, doesn't it?  Another quote from the book:  "Spider can teach how to use the written language with power and creativity so that your words weave a web around those who would read them."  

Hope this helps.
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richardredhawk


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The web of the spider can be just and complex as there are different spiders each has its own meaning in their complex world of weaving.  The web is used by my kin as a dream catcher to fend off bad dreams/spirits. In the spider realm the web is one of catching or defense. Are they trying to show that we are ignoring  our feelings or what it is that we are perceving, in our feelings as well. It sometimes shows that we are not trusting our other senses and our sense of creativity as well such as trying to hide that certain picture you just painted or that short story you did but haven't shown to anyone.
To my culture the spider stands for Weaving, and reminds that we can get caught up in our surroundings that we forget to evolve in this lifetime.
suzisco
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your posts have been very informative.  Thankyou for sharing.  Its nice to have other imput.

Suzi
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