Dreams of Spiders and Webs…Oh My! What Do They Mean?

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Dreams featuring spiders and webs are often creepy like a Halloween movie made by Alfred Hitchcock. Once you understand the symbolism you’ll see that there’s nothing to really fear, but there could be something to be wary of.

To begin understanding what spiders in dreams mean, think about your associations with spiders. There is no universal interpretation for any creature in your dreams, but there are common associations. First, look at what a spider does. It weaves a web and sits back waiting for victims to get entangled. The spider can then take its merry time wrapping up and eating its prey.

Now compare that to waking life. Have you ever been “entangled” in a situation that was “sticky?” Do you know people who lay traps that ensnare others? These are situation ready made of dreams about spiders and webs, like this dream about spiders posted at Reddit Dreams.

Looking back at this dream I wish I would’ve picked up on the obvious: laying in bed with the girl probably symbolizes the dreamer’s attraction to her or his feelings for her, since beds are where we dream and “dreams” in one sense can mean the things we wish for. But she has a boyfriend, a friend of the dreamer, and now we start to see a “sticky situation” taking shape. She might be trying to keep the dreamer “in reserve” like a spider’s meal wrapped in webbing so that if something happens with her current boyfriend, she has a guy to fall back on. There might be a subconscious competition between the guys for the girl. Poor guy doesn’t know he’s being played, but his dreams do.

The dreamer expressed a deep fear of spiders. Here is where personal associations come into play, because if you don’t fear spiders, your dreams can’t scare you with them! The sight of spiders can also make people anxious, and that association can be used to tell a dream-story about anxiety. Snakes have a similar association, because even if you are not scared of snakes, you know to be careful around them.

Speaking of fear of spiders, this dream about fearing a spider illustrates it for the dreamer and suggests how to get over it. Here is the condensed version:

I am at work and find a huge, hairy brown spider. I immediately felt a few things: fear, panic, desire to run. In the meantime.. one of the senior techs in my lab who I have the upmost respect for, and a little bit of fear of, caught said spider and placed it in a sort of container that magnified it and made it look even bigger. She kept trying to force the spider on me.

The dreamer sees a spider at work and freaks out. A coworker he admires shows no fear of the spider, traps it and tries to get him to confront his fear, which he refuses. The spider in the jar is magnified so it looks bigger and nastier than it really is. That’s a big clue that the dreamer’s fear of spiders is blown out of proportion. He makes it bigger than it really is. Spiders in general are no threat to humans, but if you fear something you give it power over you.

Since the dreamer admires the co-worker, the coworker’s presence in the dream is a suggestion. The co-worker doesn’t fear spiders, and the dreamer can use that as an example. We learn from and model ourselves after the people we admire. This dreamer can learn to overcome his fear of spiders by emulating the co-worker.

And this next tidbit is interesting. Turns out, research has shown that the greater a person’s fear of spiders, the bigger spiders appear.

Here is a dream featuring an ex girlfriend and spider webs. The intrigue, the “tangled web” she weaves.

In this dream about a Black Widow spider, the dreamer is thinking about his ex-girlfriend trying to work her way back into his life. He knows she is scheming, weaving a web of intrigue. The condensed version:

Some kid from the grade above me back in high school is with me in my old town lifting up sewer grates to show me that there are tunnels under them. Suddenly I realize there is a Black Widow on me, no matter what I do I can’t get it off ’cause it crawls somewhere else or its webs are stuck on me. It never bit me though. But I felt uneasy and it made me wake up.

The dreamer associates his ex-girlfriend with a Black Widow. Her schemes are the webs that stick to him. The underground tunnels symbolize the way she is trying to tunnel back into his life.


I'm the author of "Dreams 1-2-3: Remember, Interpret, and Live Your Dreams," and "The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Sign and Meanings." At reddit.com I'm known as RadOwl. I began studying dreams in the early 1990s and delved into all major schools of thought, especially the writings of Carl Jung.

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  1. Anurag says:

    We’ve got those here in Texas too! We call them garden sperids. There is one outside our master bedroom window. I think they’re beautiful. And they catch a lot of bugs. I think it’s kind of neat that if you get too near their web, they start shaking it back and forth, warning you off. I don’t believe they’re poisonous, are they? Now if we could only get rid of all the scorpions, black widows, and brown recluse that you find in these parts . . .

    • admin says:

      Last night I was sitting on the porch here in AZ, talking on the phone, when a tarantula crept by within a couple feet of the chair. Even though I know they’re not harmful, they still give me the willies. But they eat scorpions, and we’ve got those, too, in abundance!

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