In every corner of the world, you can get acquainted with the myths and traditions dedicated to the Spider. As a rule, different nations attribute a rather similar symbolic meaning to it.
“It's like the spiders are sharing an ancient secret with me, and that's why I'm going to spend the rest of my life studying spider silk. “- Cheryl Hayashi
The spider is an ancient symbol of creation. It acts as a defender and savior of people. Turning a spider's web into a saving thread that takes the hero out of a dangerous place or helps him climb the sky is a widespread motif in literature.
In Greek mythology, the spider was associated with the Moirai, goddesses of Fate, while In India, it was associated with a veil of illusions, which represented the entire sensible world and universal order. Native Americans considered the spider a mother-ancestor, the tight connection of the past and the future. The Celts identified the web with the difficulties a person must overcome in life. In ancient Egypt, the web symbolized destiny, and in Oceania, the spider was revered as the creator of the universe.
Nowadays the spider personifies the interactions of life and destiny. The body of a spider resembles a symbol of infinity. It represents the passing from one circle of life to another.
The spider weaves its web connecting the influence of the past on the present and the future. Often the web can take the form of a spiral, which by tradition embodies creation and development. The spider has always impersonated the creative power that is embodied in its ability to spin an amazing web.
This knowledge finds its reflection in numerous myths and legends:
The human race (the legend of the Indian tribe Hopi)
The Hopi and Pueblo Indians believed in Grandmother Spider who was known by the name of Kokyangwuti, the creator of the World.
In their understanding, the world appeared when Kokyangwuti spun threads, stretching them from east to west and then from north to south. In this web, her two daughters, the Sun and the Moon, were born. Then Grandmother Spider produced clay - white, yellow, red and black - from which she created representatives of all human races.
Indian tribes of South America
The Maya Indians believed that after death a person's soul wanders in the dark labyrinths of the underworld until it comes to a river that it cannot cross on its own. The soul can cross the river only with the help of spiders, which wove web rafts. Each raft carried one spider and one soul inextricably linked to each other until the soul was safe on the other side.
The Greek Myth of Arachne
Arachne tried to surpass the goddess Athena in the art of weaving. She won, but Athena destroyed her creation. Arachne committed suicide, but the goddess kept her alive, turning into a spider.
Italian dance of Tarantella
The Italian city of Taranto suffered a terrible disaster - tarantulas, which killed citizens and neighborhood residents. It was believed that the bite of a tarantula causes a terrible disease leading to insanity. Avoiding insanity was possible only by spinning in a fast dance - tarantella. This dance became the national Italian wedding dance we know today.
We are the creators of our destiny, weaving it like a web, with the help of our mind, emotions, and actions. The spider teaches us how to keep all the phases of our existence: the past, the present, and the future, balanced. Every moment of life you are engaged in “weaving the future” and if suddenly, you have a feeling that the world has stopped, as if you were caught in a web or stuck in it, then, perhaps, you should pay attention to your life balance and goals!