Spinning a Web of Tattoo Meanings
Spider Tattoo Ideas and Spider Meanings
This article explores symbolic meaning of spiders in context of tattoo ideas. This is an artistic addendum to spider symbolism (the main spider page I wrote) and goes deeper into spiders in cultural history.
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
“To gain happiness,
throw yourself out in all directions
in an adhesive web of love
and catch all that comes”~Tolstoy
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 symbolism too: 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
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I hope this article on spider tattoos gave you some inspiration and ideas. As always, thank you for reading and may all your spider encounters be spinning with insight.
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