Spiders are critters you want in your garden, as they eat lot’s of insects that may be harmful to your plants. If you mulch, that is, lay down a layer of straw to keep the soil moisture from evaporating, it will establish a good ground cover for spiders to live in. In the past ten summers that my vegetable garden has flourished, I’ve seen a multitude of these wondrous beings scampering about.
Spiders have a real intelligence about them, that you usually don’t encounter with the everyday house variety. However, if you have engaged a very large one up close, like I have, you’ll notice it right away. In the mid ’90’s, I was dragging my heels, about shifting my lifestyle, to one of surrender. So the Guardians of the Directions sent me a wake-up call, by enticing a huge spider to remind me of my destiny. There is nothing like being buck naked in the shower, and having a three inch, blobby spider peering down at you from the shower rod, to remind you how vulnerable you really are. “Ok”, I barked. “I get it.” Promptly getting my bug jar, and placing him outside, I vowed to put my fears aside and to get on with, what I was being asked to do.
Spinning it’s silken web, spiders are often associated with fate or destiny. Meditating on the central point of it’s spiral web, may help you to balance your past, present and future. Are you focused and moving toward one goal, or are you scattering your energy? Weaving it’s web, spiders can also be associated with awakening your creative sensibilities. And in many myths, this creature is known as the guardian of ancient alphabets and languages, for the geometric patterns and angles created by the spider’s web, was considered the first true alphabet.
Spider medicine can also teach us how to walk the threads of life between life and death, waking and sleeping, and the physical and spiritual.
If spider has woven it’s path into your life, ask yourself if you are weaving your dreams in to reality. Or are you using all of your creative opportunities? Do you need to learn how to walk in balance in your life?