Spider Dream Meaning

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Spider.

Did this dream give you the heebie-jeebies? Spiders in dreams are common.

You may find yourself being chased by a spider, or struggling in its sticky web, maybe even seeing huge spiders in dreams or worried about being bitten. So what does it mean in your dream? Spiders belong to a group of animals known as arthropods, in dreams, the spider can denote the following: a web of lies, trust is being challenged, something is worrying you and the feeling of being trapped. As spiders do not have skeletons or bones it can suggest that you are feeling trapped in life by something that is unseen. This could be a job, financial worries or problems in life.

From a spiritual perspective, spiders are often connected to possible deceit or that your emotions are currently running high. In order to decode this dream, I am going to firstly look at Sigmund Freud and his analysis of what spiders mean in a dream. Interestingly, Freud believed that a “spider” is a symbol of the mother. The phallic mother. Abraham in 1922 wrote a paper about spider dreams indicating that the spider is connected to incest with the mother. I believe that this theory is a bit far-fetched. I can understand the part where Freud describes the black hairy nature of possessiveness of the mother that can often occur in our dreams. 

The dream of a spider can be rather powerful, and sometimes not incoherent. For now, let’s clear the path to better understand how the spider was portrayed in your dream. Spiders have been on this planet for almost 300 million years and in total there are 40,000 species. If you suffer from arachnophobia in real life then the origins of the dream can be associated with your own fear. This dream can also represent you desire and freedom in life, particularly if the spider was pursuing you! In dreams, we sometimes call upon certain memories in waking life. We draw conclusions in the dream state in order to express the fear that you feel. In ancient dictionaries the spider in dreams is a lucky omen (see book sources at the end of this article). 

What do spider webs mean in your dream? Spider's often squeeze liquid in order to make silk, the spider itself can produce either sticky alternatively dry silk. Seeing spiders web in a dream connects to feeling that you feel stuck in a situation. As a spider’s web is thirty times thinner than hair It can often represent the fact that you cannot actually see the situation in front of you. Spiders often use a silk to make not only eggs which mean you wish to grow something in life but the web to capture prey. This is quite interesting in the dream as it can mean that you will launch yourself, rather like spider into a web of deceit! If you see a spider building its web in your dream, this shows that you are going to craft something in life - that will enable you to be content and happy in all situations in your life. A spider weaves three types of web. Commonly we associate spiders what is known as the orb web. This is the web that is very similar to the shape of a wheel. To see this type of web in a dream indicates that events are likely to happen quickly. Just be alert in life, you don’t want to be trapped in a difficult situation that keeps repeating itself. If you see a “sheet” web which is basically a horizontal spider's web it can indicate that you need to focus on lines of communication in order to survive. Finally, the funnel web seen in a dream is rather interesting. This indicates that you will enter a path and there will be a problem at the end. Just like the fact the spider will jump out at the bottom of the funnel to eat its prey. To see cobwebs in a dream - which are essentially abandoned spider webs can suggest that you are focused on moving forward in life no matter what but you may abandon your plans.

Why are we so afraid of spiders? The spider in dreams can give you great lessons on how to access your own creativity and life. To turn to the spiritual meaning of spiders.  I want to discuss something that I cannot find online about the spider and our natural fear. It is important to assess the shamanic experiences in astral travel. Shamanisms have long recorded that they have encountered astral spiders,  these are spiders spin webs but they are not on the “spiritual plane.” I am going to share my opinion on the spiritual meaning of spiders and why I believe some people are afraid of them. Ethereal spiders are known to exist in the fourth dimension, and these spiders are attracted to the human’s aura. In fact, etheric spiders they feed on our own auras.  Spiders on the astral plane remove the energy from the human aura. I truly believe that this is the reason why some of us are terrified of them! Embracing our fear is a real challenge but in the astral plane matrix spiders are part of life’s negativity. I have written more about astral spiders if you want to read more just click here. This will give you more of an overview.

What does it mean when you dream about spiders? To dream of seeing a spider indicates you may have anxieties about life. This is truly a fear type dream, perhaps you are concerned about a situation in waking life and feeling trapped. This dream is normally connected to emotional complexities. On the positive side, the dream of a spider means that creativity is your weapon to move on in life. Maybe you are starting to feel trapped in your job or a relationship. The second interpretation is feeling that you are stepping away from a situation that has been difficult in the past and that you have the power and force in order to mold your behavior towards others. Risks are also associated with the meaning of this dream. Therefore, you have been asked by the spirit to think about the risks that you take in life, and thus before you jump into a decision think a lot more carefully. If you are a woman and you have a dream of a spider, it indicates that you need to be conscious of objective people around you at the moment. The most basic dream interpretation is that this is a reminder that you had stressful times in the past and it is now time to move on. The spider has a lot of patience as it weaves its web and waits for its prey. If you dream about a spider, there is a chance that you have that spirit of patience in you. It could be a sign that, you will need perseverance in a project or at least show the great ideas that you have. To suddenly see a spider appear in a dream without warning indicates that you must pay attention to unfolding events around you. Try to make the most out of them! If you dream about a spider crawling on you or your family, it signifies that you are facing adversity you are this is affecting your life negatively. It could also imply that a certain aspect of your life, including your projects or work ethic, is being affected by those people around you. If you are not frightened when dreaming about a spider, it can foretell that you are helpless in the face of potential danger. Ancient dream meanings suggest that you need to be aware of others, as people who dislike you or your enemies are creating a sinister web of plans around you. This could lead to a certain twist in your life that might result in negative events - that you will have little or no control over. So, be careful your peace could be compromised and impacted.

What does it mean to kill a spider in a dream? If you kill a spider this dream signifies that you are able to work yourself through the feeling of being trapped. This dream is often associated with the metaphor of being trapped. If you kill multiple spiders, this dream means that you are likely to encounter some difficult times ahead. There is an area of your life which has proven to be complex and difficult, and it is now time to better understand your own intentions so that you can grow and move on in your work life. 

What does it mean to dream of spiders crawling on you?  Spiders themselves use their sense of touch in order to feel their surroundings, they heavily rely on the vibrations that alert them to any dangers in life. Now, this is quite interesting as when we are interpreting the dream of spiders crawling on our bodies we need to look at how the spider acts to understand the meaning. If we turn this dream around a spider crawling on you in the dream can usually indicate that there is a hidden vibrational danger in waking life - yes, this is something you should be aware of.  if you are dreaming of spiders falling on your head, perhaps in different directions this can suggest that you are relying on the advice of a close family member. Ancient dream dictionaries denote that seeing spiders crawling on you can also suggest that you are lacking information. This is connected to the fact that the hairs on a spider are connected to their own nervous system which provides information on how they move. 

What does it mean to dream of a spider running away from you? If you dream of a spider running away from you, then you are going to approach your job with careful precision, and it is important to be positive in your work situations. What does it mean to see a big spider in your dream? To dream of a big spider is associated with conflict or some female that is taking over your life. If you dream of a frightening spider, this means you need to connect to your inner self and discover the answers in order to overcome a problem.

What does it mean for a spider to chase you in a dream? If you were being chased by a spider, then this dream demonstrates the end of innocence, and you need to start growing up as you are facing situations in an immature manner. You are trying to run from responsibility.  What does it mean to keep a spider as a pet in a dream? If in your dream the spider is a domestic pet, this indicates that events in the past are likely to close a door. This event within your life, which could be a new job offering new possibilities, will return to your life. You are going to take on a new project that will take over your spare time and you are happy to do so. 

What does it mean to dream of a jumping spider? The jumping spider is normally found in tropical forests, deserts and also mountains. In total there are around 5k different types of jumping spider. The color of the spider varies. In dreams, the jumping spider can suggest that you will have insight into a problem. Why? Because the jumping spider is a great hunter and has fantastic eyesight. The jumping spider can also propel 40 times their height. Spiritually, this dream denotes that you will encounter some great times in the future and really get what you can from life. The jumping spider in dreams can also indicate that you are no longer as ambitious as you used to be. Are you are settling for less? It is probablly due to your passive nature that you have developed. To see a spider jumping out of a car symbolizes adversaries or enemies which are present in your life. These people may be spreading gossip - which is likely to affect your social life or your quality of relationships. If you want to jump-start your career and improve your lifestyle in general, you will need to up your game. For a spider to jump on your face in the dream indicates you need to become more observant and proactive towards anyone who seems to come between you and your success.

What does it mean if the spider bites you in a dream? Not all spiders have poison, but every spider has fangs. To be bitten by a spider in a dream indicates you are feeling threatened by someone in waking life. If the spider was venomous in the dream then this can indicate you are hungry to prove yourself in life.

What spiders mean prophetically and spiritually? According to Proverbs 30:28, the spider takes hold of the hands and is found in the king's’ palaces. The spider is somewhat hardworking from a spiritual perspective. The biblical meaning of a spider is connected to the shadow of our mind.  In your life, a spider portrays the vision that God has placed in your hands; many spiritual books denote that a spider allows us to accomplish excellent work. Spiders in the Bible is connected to perseverance, hard work, and patience, feminine energy, fate and a brighter tomorrow. As you succeed in doing smaller things, God will entrust you with bigger things. In the spiritual totem, a spider represents a teacher of power.

Its symbolic meaning has both a positive and negative meaning. So when you see a spider in your dream, as a symbol of creativity, a spider is credited for being behind weaving webs which are a miracle of organic engineering. If you see it as a spiritual guide in your dream, the spider is communicating that you hold an affinity with the ability to create intricate, delicate things or ideas in the real world. It symbolizes the creative spirit, and thus represents the feminine energy. In ancient Egypt, the spider was used to represent the Divine Mother Neith. It is considered as a symbol for the creator of the world by American Indian tribes.  If you dream of a spider and you are looking for success and abundance in your life then I believe this is going to come true because the personal vibration frequency is rejuvenated by the spider. Spiritually, your energy frequency will be raised.

What does it mean to have nightmares featuring spiders? It is a sign that, you are being manipulated. It could be that you are in fact manipulator or you are being manipulated by someone close to you. In general, people tend to fear spiders known as arachnophobia - and this is what makes spiders in your dream turn into nightmares! It could also imply that you have concerns in your life about how your future or how your plans will shape out. If in the nightmare you see spiders biting you, this is possibly a suggestion that you have emotional wound either from your present life or your past. There have been reports scientifically that mosquito bites in real life have resulted in the “spider bite” dream.

What does it mean to dream of a poisonous spider? Seeing a dangerous spider such as the Black Window, Sydney Funnel Web or the Brazilian wandering spider, whom both carry poisons strong enough to kill then this can indicate you will feel paralyzed by a difficult situation in life. Even if things seem difficult you still need to find strength and overcome the negative times. But if the spider bites you and injects poison it is an indicator that misfortunes are on their way. The dangers are real, and you need to be on guard and protect against any negativity lurking in the background, ready to hit you at any time. 

What does it mean to dream of spiders everywhere? It represents a conflict with one of your female acquaintances; it could even be a female coworker or female boss. It is a metaphor for devouring female power to entrapment and possess. If you see spiders creeping all over the floor it could suggest that you are feeling worried about your present relationship. Maybe things are just not working out. If the spiders concentrate on attacking your hands and legs, it is a reminder of the possible conflict that has happened in the past. 

What does it mean to dream of spiders hanging over your head in a dream? It is a sign that, you are being controlled by a female who is rather controlling and overbearing. It could be a mother, spouse, stepmother, or even a female boss who is always on your case and micromanages you. In turn, it is causing a degree of anxiety or stress. For a male, the domineering female, a spider hanging over your head may represent a feeling of pressure from associates or that you are worried about society in general. It is this pressure which is infringing on your ability to express yourself or your freedom to express your opinions or thoughts freely.

What does it mean to be trapped in a spider's web in a dream? If you are the one who is the spider spinning the web, it makes it possible for you to reap where you sow. It could be that you are handling complicated projects which involve interconnection pieces. If the web is entangling you, it is an indicator that, you are feeling trapped or entangled in a clingy or sticky relationship. If you see yourself cleaning spider webs, it denotes that you need to work hard to remove yourself from the physical and emotional entanglements.  I have discussed the general meaning of a spider's webs above, but if you see your children “caught” in a spider's web during a dream it signifies that your hard work is about to be rewarded. You might be rewarded for your dedication, or if you are employed, you might just be recognized for your achievement in difficult tasks. 

What does it mean to be attacked by a spider in a dream? If you dream that a spider is attacking you it means that you are under attack from a domineering female figure. If the spider is under your skin, it can indicate that you are finding it difficult to communicate with a female. If the spider attacks you and perhaps jumps on your face or touches your eyes and nose, it is an indicator that, there is a female figure that has overshadowed you and is preventing you from expressing yourself freely.

What does it mean to dream of seeing large spiders? If you see yourself being surrounded by large spiders in a dream or if the large spider is attacking you, it is an indicator that, you are thinking about career growth and progression in life. If the spider is huge but harmless in a dream like a wolf spider or Huntsman wooden spider, it is a sign that you have powerful friends who are always there for you in times of troubles and misfortunes. 

What does it mean to dream of a spider in your bed? I do think this dream is rather creepy.  If you dream of seeing a spider in or under your bed, it denotes that there might be a female in your waking world who is trying to control your life. A bed is a symbol of comfort and to see the spider invading your bed can possibly mean this is exactly how you’re feeling about a situation in the waking world.  If the spider itself is in your bedroom during a dream, perhaps you slightly opened your eyes and saw a spider crawling up the wall, it can to note that you have hidden fears and anxieties about your performance in waking life.  This is of course if the spider that you saw isn’t actually real!

What do millions of spiders crawling on you mean in a dream? Seeing millions of spiders crawling on you in your dream is what Freud described an “anxiety” dream - it is related to feeling separated or left alone in life. It is time to rely more on your inner strength and make better relationships in life. 

What does it mean to dream of spider eggs and baby spiders in the dream? While bigger spiders normally are carnivores, smaller spiders eat insects. Spiders also sometimes eat each other. Yes, I know pretty gross! Ah.. baby spiders! Well, I will say that this is a dream regarding your creative instincts. Small baby spiders are creative and they do quite well, especially when spinning a web. Think about how you can project that creativity in life. It could denote that, there is a person in your waking life who is betraying your trust. The egg is normally weaved with the silk and this forms the basis of protection. Therefore, it can symbolize that you are feeling you need a bit more protection in life! The small spider is also a reflection of your significant influence in your community. In some ancient dream books, the small spider indicates manipulation tactics by a member of your social network. 

In ancient dream books, a spider’s egg is connected to possible deception in your inner social circle. Spider eggs in your dream are an indicator that, you haven’t fully acknowledged your potential. There is something which is holding you back from being able to express yourself. If you happen to see a spider coming out of the egg, it is a great A sign because it denotes that, you are slowly coming out of your cocoon and are ready to express your true opinions and thoughts. So go for it! A pregnant spider laying eggs in your dream is a sign that, someone whom you are familiar with, is going to become pregnant. 

What does it mean to dream of a climbing spider, talking spider and two spiders? If in your dream you see an active spider climbing a ceiling or wall, it is a sign that, your desire is going to be realized soon. If the spider is descending from the ceiling, it denotes that, you are unable to escape from a certain relationship. If the spider happens to talk to you, it is important to pay attention to what the spider is saying as it might just be an important message for you in waking life. If two spiders attack each other in your dream, two of your female acquaintances normally coworkers or family members could be having a conflict of power struggles. If a nonpoisonous spider tickles your back in a dream this implies that you should understand that life is short, and you need to do anything humanly possible to enjoy it! Take some time out and think about what you want in life.

Sources: The spider as a dream symbol in selected papers of Karl Marx (1922) Papers and essays on psychoanalysis, H Abraham, New York pages 116-136, Freud rules of dream interpretation, Alexander Grinstein (1983), The collected works of sigmund Freud, The function of dreams of spiders in Diderot's works, Dream Dictionary and meanings (1999) Ancient dream dictionary (spider Pre-1920s): Seeing a spider in a dream means that you have many enemies behind closed doors, and it is time for you to be happy and move on in your life. There may be some ill luck coming your way.
 

  • White spider = healing, hope, energy.
  • Jet black spider = dishonesty, terror, disappointment.
  • Red spider = guard, happy, passion.
  • Green spider = Calm, sadness, time to recover.
  • Blue spider = moving on, engagement, content.
  • Yellow spider = Happy, random events, strangeness.
  • Striped spider = things are not what they seem.
  • Hairy spider = look under the surface for the result.
  • Spider tickling you = life is too short, so do what makes you happy.
  • Large spider = Things seem bigger than what they are, so look inside to discover your own feelings.
  • Spots on the spider = stressful times will pass.
     

In your dream you may have:

  • Seen a spider = entrapment, worry, and webs of deceit.
  • Seen a spider walking crawling over your body = difficult times are on their way.
  • Been chased by a spider in your dream = someone will be dishonest.
  • Kept a spider as a pet = you want love in life.
  • The spider is not black, but a strange color = people will turn to you for advice.
  • The spider is extremely big and scary = an anxiety dream.
  • The spider is tickling you = difficulties in life.
  • To suddenly see the spider darting across the floor = sudden panic but things will work out in the end.
  • You wake up in your dream and the spider is on top of you = indicates problems will soon melt away.
  • Seeing a spider in your home = problems at home.
  • Awaken in a dark room surrounded by spiders = this is simply a dream of worry!
  • Kill a spider in a dream = Killing a spider, it is not a positive omen and it symbolizes bad luck and misfortune, sorry!
  • Dead spider in a dream = In case you do not kill a spider, but just see a dead spider in your dream, it is an indicator that, you are positive at the moment and this will ensure you overcome a strong feminine temptation in your life. 

What does killing a spider mean in a dream? The spider in a dream symbolizes the feminine power in your life like a mother figure or a side of your personality that predominates. The spider is a powerful force that protects one from their own self-destructive nature. However, if you kill the spider in the dream then it can take on another meaning. If we look at old dream lore this dream denotes bad luck and misfortune – sorry but that is pre 1930s dream meanings. I will say don’t fret, the modern meaning is that you are killing deceit. Your dream also has a positive interpretation related to a sensitive problem you will come to solve soon.

What does it mean to dream of killing a tarantula? The tarantula ranges from around 2cm to 10cm and these spiders (as I am sure you are aware) are known as the wolf spider. In dream lore, to see a tarantula is connected to building a web around you. I think maybe a web of protection. Often, these dreams occur when you have to catch something in life. In spiritual terms the tarantula is associated with: weaving a new start, our own dark side and encountering a trickster. There is also a number associated with this spider. This is the number eight and in numerology indicates our own fears of life. Often, seeing the tarantula attack you in a dream can suggest that you need to be strongly connected to your inner voice. A tarantula in a dream symbolizes the dark side of your personality, but also your deepest fears. It’s the place where your darkness comes from. However, it also represents your social image. To see this spider in your dream can imply that you see yourself as a dominant character in society. It’s time that you show people your good side, and establish new friendships. To kill the tarantula in a dream means overcoming your fears, negative emotions and the feeling of being trapped inside your darkness.

What does it mean to dream of a spider standing still? A spider is cleaver. Moving around takes energy, so we often see spiders staying still for long periods of time. They I generally waiting for their prey. When we think about spiders creating a web they often have to wait a considerable amount of time, even weeks in order to catch  its prey. In dreams if you see a spider that does not move in this can suggest that somebody may deceive you in the future. This dream can also reflect your own anxieties and habits that might threaten your well-being. In many different dream books seeing a house spider standing still and indicate that you may be quarter or smothered in other people’s emotions.

What does killing a giant spider mean in a dream? To dream about something giant (such as a large spider) signifies the lack of control over your own life and attitude. You may encounter someone who has a short temper, and thanks to your explosive nature, you enter conflicts and bad situations. As I have said before, the spider is a symbol of rebirth, feminine power, and strong intuition, as well as survival instincts. The giant spider signifies a great force in your life that takes away your ability to choose or speak for what you believe in. However, to kill this giant spider in a dream denotes you will be overwhelmed by emotions, once you defeat something you believe you weren’t capable of. Trust yourself more. Your dream also represents a giant possibility for career progress being lost due to your reckless decisions and moves. Advice here is more attention to details, and less on what’s obvious. Use your instinct.

What do spiders mean in dreams from psychology perspective? From a psychological perspective, to dream of spiders means the dreamer is being manipulated by someone in waking life. Or the dreamer might be the one manipulating others in waking life. The explanation of such dream interpretation spiders has the ability to manipulate their prey into their web. To dream of spiders reflects your manipulative behavior. Ask yourself, why am I acting this way? You might find answers related to your fears of being manipulated by other people.

What does it mean to dream of killing a spider and then seeing it dead in a dream? To kill a spider and see it dead in your dream signifies misfortune you will be responsible for. You will either ruin a good possibility coming on your way. Or you will cut the contact with someone.

What does it mean to dream of killing multiple spiders in a dream? To kill multiple spiders in your dream state signifies the many risks you will take to increase your chances of success. Your career will be thankful for risky moves, but your health will collapse if you don’t take better care of yourself soon. You maybe leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Your mental health is also not at envious level. Take a break from your everyday routine and travel somewhere new – maybe book a weekend away?

What does it mean to dream of seeing spiders hanging over you in a dream? To see spiders hanging over you has two interpretations, depending on your emotional state in the dream. Were you feeling scared of the spiders? Or enjoyed their presence? If you were scared, it means your deepest fears will come to face you. Be prepared to win the battle with your fears. Once you do, you will come out stronger than ever. Remember, fear is scary only for those who fear everything, and from now on, you fear nothing. If you enjoyed the presence of the spiders all over you, it denotes your ability to recognize an opportunity. Many possibilities will knock on your door.

What does it mean to be chased by a spider and it kills you? As you know, there’s no way a spider can chase you and kill you in waking life. Therefore, your dream means you fear something that will never happen. However, don’t forget that spiders do kill people with their venom. Not all of them, but if you run into the right one, it will end up deadly. You should pay extra attention to your thoughts, what you wish for and what you imagine. You might not believe visualization has the power to create your reality, but it does. What you imagine – you become. Maybe not now, but someday, you will come to experience the power of visualization.

What does it mean to kill a black widow in a dream? The black widow is one of the deadliest spiders existing on this planet. To see her in your dream symbolizes danger, intimidation, feminine power, death, and dominance. To kill a spider in the dream denotes gaining back the control in your life. Being “bitten” by a black widow spider indicates that you will gain back the dominance in a relationship.

Positive changes are afoot if: The spider is white or other pure colors. The experience within your dream was positive. The presence of this animal in your dream equals a happy, content pastime. You helped someone get away from a tarantula. You confronted the spider in your dream. Negative changes are afoot if: You are scared of the spider and worried that it may hurt you. You have been poisoned by the spider. New beginnings in your life are needed if in your dream: You expressed any negativity to the spider. Within your dream, the situation was not making you feel comfortable. The dream involved you feeling unable to perform. Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of seeing a spider: Strange, scared, creepy crawly, worried, frightened, spiders all over you which scare you, Negative energies. Respect for others. Emotional. Unable to escape from the spider. Unfulfilled. Contentment.

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