So I started to write this post a while ago, but for some reason it just wasn’t the right time to post it. I’ve sat on it a while, and new things have come to light, I revised it, and yet once again it didn’t seem like it was the right time. I waited a little longer, waited for things to digest, settle down and finally, now it seems, is the right time. It is interesting because there is so little written about this mysterious figure of the sacred feminine, the Spider Woman, but from the little I’ve managed to dig up, it is very clear that she brings important lessons to us all at this critical time.
I am a strong believer of destiny, that higher powers exist and that we are all connected in some way or another. Whether it be by family, and blood ties, by history, by culture, work, beliefs, religion, race, ethnicity, arts and culture, language, fashion, likes and dislikes… somehow the threads of destiny, have conspired to bring you here, right now, right at this moment.
And since you were supposed to arrive here, I believe that there is a message here for you to take away.
So let me share with you, the story of the Spider Woman or Grandmother Spider, a sacred feminine deity. she is a wonderfully mysterious, and beautiful Goddess, whose presence has been described in so many myths and legends all over the world.
Perhaps the most ancient record of her, is from pre-Columbia, where she has a strong connection to nature. She appears decorated with spiders, and wears a beautiful green headdress, and a jaguar sits by her side. Rivers of water flow from between her legs, linking her strongly to life on earth, and also the emotional well-being of the planet.
In many Native American myths, this beautiful deity appears as an old wise figure known as Grandmother Spider. According to legend, it is said that she was the one who created the world, or spun/wove the world into existence. She is strongly associated to the darkness, the sub-conscious, shadow world, spiders, owls and other nocturnal creatures. The Spider Grandmother is the one who invites you to journey with her, deeper into the darker side of yourself, your subconscious, repressed memories, emotions, and that which you most fear to face about yourself.
It is said that she was the one who taught women to spin thread and weave beautiful fabrics into existence. Don’t you find it funny that we have all learned to fear the Spider? Yet the Spider is a powerful symbol of femininity, delicately weaving intricate patterns her web, in truth, she is really quite a magical being.
In my mind she is here to remind us of all that we have yet to discover about ourselves, that we have left hidden in the dark, that now needs to be brought into the light, recognised, honoured, healed and embraced. We have light and dark in each of us. Both parts make a whole – what do you need to embrace to fully become your authentic self?
Perhaps we should be asking ourselves about our own dreams, what are they? When we are kids we have so many, with such energy and drive to succeed. Yet somewhere along the road they have become twisted, tainted and faded. Some of us have learned to feel undeserving, and some of us are so wrapped up in the day-to-day, keeping the head above water, simply surviving to even consider the luxury of dreaming.
Right now at this time in our lives where we are facing so many challenges, a light has been shone on what is truly important. Previously we were all weaving away, like little spiders all over the world, creating intricate and beautiful designs, working endlessly on our own isolated dreams but never really reaching them. Working on the perfect house, family, career, but never actually reaching our goals, and feeling happy & satisfied. Yet, we are beautiful, talented, and powerful women, we are all over the world, weaving, knitting, sewing, creating, crafting and artistically bringing things into being. Literally, as women, we have the power to bring new life into the world. We create beautiful things. What might happen if we put that energy towards crafting something together? Working together to co-create something beautiful? What if we worked on our innermost dreams and brought them into existence?
Remember, dreams are free, and belong to all of us, no matter where you are in life. However, what we do need to face are the nightmares that come alongside. Ever had a dream-catcher? Maybe it is time to hang one in your window, trap those bad dreams, discover their root cause and transform them so that they can be jointed together to strengthen your true purpose and help manifest your true dreams into being.
My question to you is, will you face your fears? your darkness? Will you search within to discover your true life’s purpose and do you want to work to bring your dream into existence? Will you turn to each other, and help one another so that we all can bring our dreams into existence?
Now we have an amazing opportunity to change our realities… let’s make them better & let’s do it together!