Animal Symbolism—Spider

As I stood in line at the post office, waiting to get my package off to its destination, a tiny spider floated on a an even tinier thread in front of me. Delighted to see an old friend, I watched the spider as it was gently tossed around by the warm air currents coming through the heating vent in the ceiling above me. Hmmm, I thought, as I left the post office, seems Spider wants my attention. But I forgot all about her until later that night, as I sat down to dinner at a Mexican Restaurant and twisted the cap off my Snapple. The inside of the cap said, “A Spider’s silk is stronger than steel.”

So what does Spider want with me? The main message of Spider was telling me to Create! We are ALL Creators, and as such, it’s our responsibility to manage our energy, which is to say, mind your thoughts and emotions for they are the very things that are creating your world, life, and happiness or unhappiness.

Spider has eight legs which is very significant, because eight is the number of manifestation, creation and power. Spider also weaves a web. This web is similar to the Energetic Grid that is around us but is unseen. Everything that exists on Earth is connected together by these invisible lines of energy that intersect with each other and ourselves. The Energetic Grid looks like a giant spider web. Hence, Spider is an excellent totem or symbol for manifesting.

A few years ago I had a very interesting dream about Spider. In the dream, I was in my bedroom sleeping. I woke up and pulled the bed away from the wall. There was a spider in the corner. I pulled the bed out further and discovered another spider. But this one was much bigger and actively engaged in building a huge web underneath of my bed.

I thought that I should probably kill it but then realized that I should talk with it instead. I knew that spider meant to create something, so I asked it what it was making with the web? Suddenly, a portal appeared—an opening to another dimension. It was big, around ten feet in diameter. A scene materialized on the portal, and it was cartoonish-looking but in 3-D. I started thinking about food and a Cheeseburger, French Fries, along with a bowl of ice cream emerged. I laughed out loud as I realized that it was ME that had created this!

The next time you want to manifest something, imagine that you are sitting in the middle of a giant spider web but the threads are made of Golden Topaz (a great crystal for setting intention). Next, start to visualize your desires coming to you along those golden threads and trust what you want will come to you.

Thank you, Spider!


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Artistic Mystic Shelley is a published author and an award-winning artist who writes and illustrates fantasy stories for kids. She also writes about life, art and the mystical on her blog. Her current novel, The Dreylyng Prophecy, is the first book in the Ogalon Series.

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