Spider Tattoo Meanings
and Spider Symbolism

Spider Tattoo Meanings

Spider Tattoo Meanings and Spider Tattoo Ideas

Spiders (and therefore spider tattoo meanings) share their symbolism with the webs they weave. Countless ancient cultures hailed the spider web as a connective matrix from which all of creation emerged. As the web mimics the interconnectivity of life/nature - the spider, then, is the creatrix.

For example, in India the spider is a weaver of reality and is a symbol of cosmic order. In this light, the web of reality is spun from the womb of the spider and so, the spider is also a representation of the Upanishads (spiritual wisdom) because the spider is both the creator and the inhabitant of wisdom. Spider tattoo meaning can also be connected to the Hindu concept of Maya (illusion) too as spiders weave crazy webs affecting perception.

Symbolic Spider Tattoo Meanings

  • Luck
  • Magic
  • Progress
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Secretiveness
  • Thoroughness
  • Practicality
  • Connectivity
  • Creation/Creativity
Spider Tattoo Meanings

The spider is often considered a solar creature and is associated with the sun because of its radiating legs and radiating webs. In this respect, the spider is also symbolic of: Life, vitality, health, radiating energy.

Furthermore, the spider has eight legs which is symbolic of infinity, cycles, time, progression and harmonic balance (more on meaning of number eight here).

In Islam, white spiders are considered good luck symbols. Black spiders...not-so-much. :)

Alternatively, the spider is also thought of as a lunar creature and is linked with moon symbolismtoo: Passivity, intuition, mysticism, shadows, cycles, time.

Mythological Deities Associated with the Spider

  • Neith: Egyptian - the great weaver goddess

  • Anansi: African - spider god who tutored humans how to weave

  • Grandmother Spider: Native American Indian of Southwestern tribes - nature spirit connected to creation and wisdom

  • Arachne: Greek goddess turned into a spider after she bested the jealous Athena in weaving skills

For more information on spider tattoo meanings, check out the links at the end of this page for similar articles.

An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.

This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."

Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)

As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!


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