It is interesting how so much power, mystery, fear, and amazement can be inspired by one small creepy, crawling creature. I’m talking about those little (or big) things hanging from webs; yes, spiders. Spiders are truly incredible, and truly scary, giving us a mixed bag of emotion. So, what do they mean when they show up in your life? Are they a positive or a negative omen?

Spider Meaning Spiritual

Spiders are the perfect symbolism for dualism in the physical realm and show us the power of creativity and manifestation that is balanced by destruction. Spiders represent personal power, illusion, and energetic exchanges such as communication or relationships. Their presence can trigger survival energy and personal power, located in the root and solar plexus chakras.

Depending on when and where you see a spider, how often it shows up, and the feelings you get after a spider visit, the message can have a different meaning to you. This article will go over the most common spider encounters and the spiritual message behind them.

Spiritual Meaning of a Spider
Spiders have a huge presence in our physical lives, as well as our spiritual lives, making them master energetic weavers between these two realms. All of us have had a wide variety of spider encounters, from bites, walking through webs, or dreaming about them at night.

Because these creatures are venomous and aggressive, they are often associated with fear, death, survival, and give us the creepy crawlies.

However, their aggressive and destructive behavior often overshadows the inspiring elements of a spider. They are creative creatures that can build an intricate and beautiful web with grace and ease. Spiders play an important role in their ecosystem, providing balance by eating other pests. While they seem aggressive, almost all spiders will avoid humans, and spider bites are actually quite rare.


Spiritually, spiders show us the importance of birth, growth, death, and rebirth, spinning a web of evolution and spiritual transformation. They represent the beautiful and inspiring part of creativity, but also the need to clean out the cobwebs and keep moving forward.

In the spirit realm, spiders are master timekeepers, tying energetic knots that weave together the past and future to help you manifest in the present moment. They can alert you when you are stuck in the past, or jumping forward in the future.

Spiders teach you to reflect on your past spiritual lessons to help you plan for the future. With these two energies working together, you can build a foundation in the present moment. Just like a spider waiting patiently in its web, if you weave together these two energies, you can seamlessly capture opportunities that come your way in the present moment.

This is how manifestation works. Spiders are expert manifesters and teach you how to manifest your own highest reality.

Because of this, they rule over energy in the solar plexus chakra, which is related to power, self-expression, manifestation, confidence, and feeling capable. If you have imbalances in your solar plexus chakra, spiders may give you a lot of fear.

Spiritual Meaning of a Spider Phobia
Fear of spiders can bring up your own imbalances around your lack of power, strength, or capability in this world.

Just think about: spiders are so tiny compared to us, yet an encounter with a spider can feel like we are heading into a dangerous battle.

In reality, spiders are just trying to survive. They do not have a grudge against you nor are they singling you out as prey. Yet, we can feel SO personally threatened and attacked by them.

This is often because arachnids trigger this “fight or flight” energy that we evolved to have for survival purposes, which prepares us for battle. If your own sense of power is diminished, spiders can cause great fear.

A fear of spiders is a great opportunity to balance your solar plexus chakra and do exercises to help you gain a sense of confidence, self-assurance, and capability. The best way to do this is to begin taking action on your goals, especially if fear is holding you back from moving you forward.

Once you begin to manifest and create, your sense of accomplishment and personal power raises. As a response, your fear of spiders might diminish as well.

Those who have a very intense spider phobia (arachnophobia) commonly feel like they have little control over their lives. This is tied to solar plexus chakra, but also the root chakra, which is our survival energy center. Working with a professional to help take back control of emotional or behavioral imbalances can be very healing for this phobia, as well as balancing these energy centers.

Are Spiders a Bad Omen?
For most of my life, I considered spiders showing up as a bad omen. It would think that there was negative energy around me, or something bad would happen. So, are spiders really a bad omen?

Spiders are usually linked with Halloween because of their reminder of death, darkness, and shadows. Their dusty webs are symbolic of energy that is stagnant and ignored. They bite, have creepy legs, and suck blood. These are all reasons we associate them as being a “bad omen.”

However, most spiders show up to teach your spiritual lessons and give you clarity into your own energetic “web.” Depending on how you react to the spider can be clues as to what needs to be balanced and in what energy center. In this way, they are neither a bad nor good omen; they are teachers and guides.

With that said, it is true that some types of spiders can show up during periods of darkness, depression, and grief. These are energetic spiders, which can be confused with actual spiders appearing in our reality. Energetic spiders appear in dreams, visions, and are often dark brown or grey.

If you feel you have energetic spiders that are coming in on depression, grief, or anxiety, you can visit an intuitive healer, or seek professional help to assist you in processing these heavier emotions.

What Does It Mean When Spiders Appear All Around You?

When spiders show up in your life to teach you a spiritual lesson, they can show up in synchronistic ways. People report finding spiders randomly throughout their day, or spiders appearing all around them.


Depending on your spider encounter, you can get a lot of spiritual insight from these visitations. If you feel spiritually activated by their presence, or you sense they are showing up in synchronistic ways, then these creatures are sent as a guide or to teach you a spiritual lesson.

Spider Crawling On You
Spiders crawling on you represents people in your space that are intruding on your energetic or physical boundaries. They might be sending negative energy your way and disrupting your peace of mind.

A spider, which represents power and self-expression, can crawl on you to warn you that people are overstepping their welcome and suppressing this energy within you. Think about potentially harmful people in your life, and consider removing them from your sphere of influence.

If spiders keep crawling on you as a recurring encounter, this is a sign that you are highly empathic and sensitive to other people’s energy. The spider may be showing up as a guide to help you manage these abilities.

Spider Landing on You Meaning
Spiders landing on you represents the way that you respond to challenges in your life. There are two ways we respond to challenges: reactive and proactive.

Reactive energy is more governed by the logical mind and tied to anxiety, whereas proactive energy is governed by intuition and tied to manifestation.

If a spider lands on you and you feel very fearful, scared, and scream, this is a sign that you are creating your reality in a very reactive way. By this, it means that your creative energy is being dominated by solving other people’s problems, or your own problems that are created by external forces.

If a spider lands on you and you instead gently brush it off or let it crawl off of you on its own, this is a sign that you are very proactive with your creativity, leading to manifestation. You don’t get distracted by other people’s problems, and you outsource external problems to those better equipped to handle them. This gives you more energy to create from a place of passion and purpose.

In reality, spiders won’t bite you if they aren’t agitated, and reacting very strongly to a spider landing on you will more likely lead to a spider bite than to let it leave on its own.

If spiders land on you frequently, this is a sign that you are called to be a master manifester, and are highly creative.

Spider on Your Head Meaning
A spider landing on your head is a sign that you are overthinking a problem and using too much logic instead of intuition. A spider on your head is encouraging you to use more creativity and get some distance from the problem to see a higher perspective.

Spider In Your Hair Meaning
Similarly to a spider on your head, a spider in your hair is all about wisdom. Hair is tied to intuition and wisdom, and spiders are all about power, creativity, and self-expression.


If a spider gets stuck in your hair, it means that a situation is causing you great confusion, and you should tap into your inner wisdom and “knowingness” to solve the problem.

A spider in your hair can also mean that someone is trying to confuse you or send you down the wrong path. Be wary of scammers or people pretending to be someone they are not.

Spider Crossing Your Path
A spider crossing your path could be a spider walking past you, but most likely it is a spider walking across a web or resting in a spider web that is blocking your path.

A spider crossing your path in either of these ways is a positive omen, and should not be ignored. This is a sign that you are being led towards your purpose, which is programmed in your energetic space. Your subconscious thoughts, behaviors, and actions are leading you towards a goal or manifestation that you have been desiring, either consciously or subconsciously.

What Does It Mean To Find a Spider In Your House?
Spiders in the house are common, and it is likely that everyone has found a spider lurking in the corners at night. But, if spiders show up all the time, or you feel there is a spiritual message behind them, then read on.

Spiders in the house are associated with the domestic realm or 1st/root chakra. This energy center governs survival energy, physical health, and domestic matters such as relationships and security such as finances.

This is also the energy center where we feel the “fight or flight” response when our survival is threatened. So, spiders in the house can seem exceptionally alarming because this response is exaggerated by the condensed energy in the root chakra.

If you keep finding spiders in your home and feel fear, insecurity, self-consciousness, or you are having survival stress, this is a sign that your root chakra needs to be balanced and grounded. Spiders in the home teach you to strengthen your personal power in the place where you need it most, the home.

A spider teaches you that if you don’t feel safe and secure in your home, then the rest of the world will feel threatening. Energetically establishing the home as a safe landing pad where you feel at peace and where you can express your authentic self is the foundation for successful spiritual wellness.