Dreams About Spiders: What Do They Really Mean?

MessageToEagle.com – Dreams and their meaning have fascinated people for ages. Ancient people had dream books and dream interpreters and in our modern world, many people still think dreams can provide us with vital information about significant events in our daily lives. Over the years, numerous theories have been put forth in an attempt to illuminate the mystery behind human dreams.

Scientists continue to study dreams and examine to what extent they are linked to our emotions and memories.

Many people wonder if dreams can foretell future events and if dreaming about certain objects, animals or events is significant.

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Spider Woman by Susan Seddon Boulet

Dreaming about spiders happen to many of us, but what does it really mean?

Dream analysis is highly subjective and from a scientific point of view it’s not easy to explain, but some have attempted to find the truth behind dream symbols. One such person is Cynthia Richmond, board certified behavioral therapist, educator, speaker and author of “Dream Power.

What do dreams about spiders mean?

 According to Cynthia Richmond, spiders are associated with manipulation. Depending on the rest of the dream, the spider may indicate that the dreamer is being manipulated or that the dreamer is the manipulator.

So, if you dream about spiders you should ask yourself if you are being manipulated and what you can about it.

Are dreams about spiders a sign you are being manipulated?

One way of avoiding dreams about spiders is to deal with the problem outside of the dreaming world.

“The dreamer should ask themselves, ‘Where in my life am I being manipulated or manipulating others?’ and resolve that,” says Richmond. If you want to induce dreams about spiders, Richmond suggests looking at photos of spiders before bedtime and to think about them as you drift to sleep.

Ancient symbolism and meaning of spiders

Throughout history, there have been many cultural depictions of spiders and these animals had a different meaning to many ancient civilizations. The spider, along with its web, is featured in mythological fables, cosmology, artistic spiritual depictions, and in oral traditions throughout the world since ancient times.

In Ancient Egypt, the spider was associated with the goddess Neith in her aspect as spinner and weaver of destiny, this link continuing later through the Babylonian Ishtar and the Greek Athena, who was later equated as the Roman goddess Minerva. In African mythology, the spider is personified as a creation deity Anansi, and as a trickster character in African traditional folklore. Spiders are depicted in Indigenous Australian art, in rock and bark paintings, and for clan totems. Spiders in their webs are associated with a sacred rock in central Arnhem Land on the Burnungku clan estate of the Rembarrnga/Kyne people.

Arachne depicted as a half-spider half-human in Dante's Purgatorio.
Arachne depicted as a half-spider half-human in Dante’s Purgatorio.

In Greco-Roman mythology, Arachne was a mortal woman and talented weaver who challenged Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, and was transformed into a spider. Spiders are called “arachnids” after Arachne.

Cultures that value the spider may find that dreaming about them represents something aside from manipulation. For example, in a culture where farming is a means of life, spiders can stand for prosperity since they eat pests and represent good growing conditions. On the other hand, in situations where a person is afraid of spiders, such dreams may not be as welcome.

Are your dreams about related to memories of your ancestors?

Scientists have discovered that memories of your ancestors can be embedded in your DNA. Your ancestors’ experiences can actually change your personality bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.

It has long been assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on by teaching later generations or through personal experience.

Dreams and DNA
Some of your dreams can be linked to the memories of your ancestors.

However, scientists have discovered that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA.

So, if you for example dream frequently about spiders, it could because of your ancestors had a good or bad experience with spiders.

Dreams can solve problems

Many theories have been put forward as to why we dream. Sigmund Freud proposed dreams exist to fulfill our wishes. His theory has been rejected by most modern scientists. It is often suggested that dreams are a side effect of the sleep cycle.  Dreams usually occur during Rapid Eye Movement, or REM, sleep. This stage is thought to serve several functions: to rest a part of the brain (since some areas are active while others aren’t) and to replenish brain chemicals, such as neurotransmitters.

Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard University has studied the subjects of dreams and he is convinced there is a connection between dreams and evolution. It is only by taking evolution into account that we can comprehend the world of dreams.

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Dreams are highly visual and often illogical in nature, which makes them ripe for the type of “out-of-the-box” thinking that some problem-solving requires, Barrett said. Scientists have found examples of almost every type of problem being solved in a dream, from the mathematical to the artistic.

Before you start panic when you had a dream about spiders and look for people who have been manipulating you, keep in mind that dreams can be influenced by a number of things such as fear, smells, noise and even earth’s magnetic fields.

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