The spider represent the Bard and the Ovate. As a Bard it produces works of art as depicted in the many kinds of webs it can produce; as an Ovate seer, to determine the best spot for the web or hide-out for the hunt, and the lessons the creature teaches shows us the road map to outstanding works of creation.
The Spider has always been the guardian of the ancient languages and alphabets. Every society has had myths about how the different languages and alphabets were formed. One example is the Ogham. The Ogham can be found in the web of a Spider. This is why the Spider is considered the teacher of language and the magic of writing. Those who weave magic with the written word probably have the Spider as a guide.
I have found that we can learn much more from the webs and their makers, the Spider. Seeing the Spider weaving a web, it signals to us that we must weave our own lives. The Spider, serves as a reminder that our choices construct our lives. Whenever we see a spider, it is a message to be mindful of the choices we are making. Spiders and their webs draw attention to our life choices, but that is not all. They also show us how we can construct our thinking, so we can construct the life we want to live.
As Bard and Ovate spiders make us aware of the amazing construction of their webs. They are fully functional, practical, and perfect in design. Spider webs serve as homes, food storage, egg incubators and are almost limitless in their functionality. When we take a good look at this diversity, we can also look at the web-like construct of our own lives. How do we get the most effective life?
When we take a look at the Spider itself and consider most Spiders have eight eyes and all have eight legs, we can see that the Spider also shows the meaning of the number eight, which involves cycles, passage of time and evolution. The Spider teaches us to maintain a balance – between past and future, physical and spiritual, male and female. The Spider also teaches us that everything we now do is weaving what we will encounter in the future.
In the tarot deck is a card – The Wheel of Fortune. This is a card that has to do with rhythms – the rise and fall, the flow and flux. It is linked to the energies of honour and fame, and the sensitivities necessary to place ourselves within the rhythm of Nature. Meditation upon the spider is beneficial to stay humble at the height of success.
The spiral of the web, converging at a central point, is something to be meditated upon. Are you moving toward a central goal or are you scattered and going in multiple directions? Is everything staying focused? Are you becoming too involved and/or self-absorbed? Are you focusing on others accomplishments and not on your own?
Finally as Bard and Ovate the spider is the keeper of knowledge and of the primordial alphabet. The Spider can teach how to use the written language with power and creativity so that our words weave a web of meaning and insight around those who read them.