Dreams of Spiders


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Dreams of Spiders

Dreaming of a spider might feel a lot like seeing one in waking life.  You might be a little startled, creeped out, and be feeling the adrenaline rush of a dangerous situation.  Or you might be in awe of the spider’s incredible ability to weave webs.  Like any dream image, what dreaming of a spider means depends on your associations with spiders, your feelings, and the context of the dream.

Dreaming about Spiders webs

Spider’s build incredible webs with innate intelligence and deep awareness of space.  Perhaps Spider’s web building can inspire you to build something in your life.  Is there a project that you’ve been putting off?  Consider your innate intelligence and skills, are you using those in your life and vocation?  

Spider dreams as omens for hidden pests in your life

Common understanding of Spiders is that they are beneficial because their webs catch pesky insects like flies or mosquitos.  Their webs are specifically designed to catch their food and to alert them to any new meals.  

Is there anywhere in your life where you need awareness of pests or potential meals?  Perhaps there’s a pest in your life that you’re not aware of.  If you’re dreaming of spiders are a message for your life, then there might be a person or situation that’s pesky and you’re ignoring signals about.  Pay attention to your feelings like a spider would pay attention to how it feels at home in the center of its web.

Spider dreams as omens for hidden sources of nourishment

Dreaming of a spider might inspire you to look for sources of nourishment that are caught in your web.  Are you paying attention to all the signals about where you’ll get your next meal or how you’ll be nourished? The spider makes its living by building a web using its innate intelligence.  Perhaps there’s a way you can make a living by using your own innate intelligence, maybe it could even be close to home. 

Dreaming of spiders point to forgotten spaces

We often encounter spiders at the boundary of used and unused human spaces.  You might encounter webs in basements, sheds, unwalked paths, and so on.  If you encounter a spider in your dreams, you might be in an untended or forgotten space in your own self.  

Are there parts of yourself that you’ve left untended or even forgotten?  Dreaming of spiders might encourage you to take more care of those forgotten parts of yourself.  The dream world and events surrounding the spider might help you identify those untended parts of yourself.

Dreaming of spiders invite us to wake up in our lives

Spiders and their webs are often very surprising.  You might be walking down a path and all of a sudden, you’re covered in spider webs.  We often run through webs when we aren’t fully paying attention to the path and we’re letting our mind wander.  

Where in your life aren’t you paying attention?  Maybe encountering the spider is an invitation to wake up and start paying attention to where you’re going.

Spiders as otherworldly intelligences

Spiders are otherworldly and intelligent creatures.  They seem almost alien, with their exoskeletons and their many eyes and legs.  At times, they seem like creatures from the twilight realm between waking and nightmare.  They don’t belong in human space, but often invade when we don’t tend our spaces.

Although spiders are so foreign to human consciousness, they are clearly intelligent.  Somehow, we can relate to them through their web engineering.  We can recognize that they are intelligent and have a deep understanding of space.  It brings to mind stories like Charlotte’s Web.

Spiders are both foreign and familiar to our minds.  Dreaming of spiders may signify a connection with an otherworldly intelligence.  Although we often think of humanity as the only sentient species in our physical world, we are surrounded and connected with many dimensions and planes of existence.  

When we dream of spiders, we may be invited to open to otherworldly intelligences.  These intelligences might be patterns of consciousness that arise in space, maybe like angels, light beings, or other such sources of guidance.  

If the intelligence you’re connecting with is benevolent, but your experience is scary, your dream might be a sign that your understanding of the world could expand to include such intelligence.  People have used many different symbols for otherworldly intelligences, such as angels or daemons.  If you deny the possibility of such beings, and they want to talk with you, they may appear as an otherworldly intelligence that you’ve already experienced, which is the spider.


Spider dreams invite us to consider space, intelligence, and nourishment in our lives.  Spider webs symbolize connection, awareness, and intelligence.  Spider dreams might point to the presence of otherworldly intelligence in your experience.

What does dreaming of Spiders mean to you? 

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