Encounter with a mystical spider

 

 

1st century B.C. – A.D. 2nd century Peru - nose ornament - MET

 Peru – gold nose ornament – MET

1st century B.C. –2nd century A.D

 

 

Huntsman spider drops in

 

I arose one morning last autumn around 6am and as I sat down at my desk, I noticed high on the wall facing me, a large Huntsman spider. They are approximately the size of a clenched fist and they used to scare the bejessus out of me till I learnt they were non poisonous to humans. Huntsmen have the speed and agility to catch cockroaches and other insects., so I welcomed its presence. Around 7.30am when I opened the blinds to let in the morning sunshine it scattered sideways behind the abstract painting on the wall to my side, as they are nocturnal creatures. The next morning it was there again, this time lower on the wall in my direct line of sight and it hid behind the painting once again when I let the sun filter in.
This was a daily occurrence for 3 months during which time I learnt that they were regarded by the Druids, American Indians, Pre Columbian Central Americans and other ancient cultures as a source of creative inspiration (on a mystical level) and as the guardian of the ancient language and alphabets and that ‘those who weave magic with the written word probably have a spider totem’. Ted Andrews in “Animal Speak” mentions that ‘the Spider reminds us to awaken our own sensibilities to be more creative in life’

 

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Huntsman Spider on my wall

 

To the Osage American Indian tribe, spiders were a special symbol of patience and endurance. To the Blackfoot, they represented intelligence and skillfulness. The Ojibwe associated spider webs with their dream catchers, a type of traditional hand-woven Ojibwe craft meant to filter out bad dreams. Spiders were also highly regarded as providing the means to weave dreams and auspicious aspirations into reality. Maybe this is why to many Native Americans, it is still considered bad luck to kill a spider. It was considered good fortune to have a spider weave a web outside your window.
They called the female spiders ‘Grandmother’ because she kept and taught the mysteries of the past and how they would affect the future. The spider had the awareness to teach us how to use the written language with power and creativity, so that your words would weave a web around those who read them. ( useful for a blogger)

Associated with wisdom and divination, the spider serves as a channel of communication with the spirit world and, as such, its totem is also linked with leadership and rulers. Because the ground-dwelling tarantula  (earth spider) lives underground in spider silk-lined nests, it is thought to be closer to the realm of the dead who are buried in the earth. The spider’s ability to produce spider silk also places it in a special group of animals and insects that share skills with humans-in this case, the talent to spin or weave.
The highly creative web that the spider weaves has strands like the spokes of a wheel running in a straight line from the edge to a spiral in the middle. It is symbolic of an inner portal, more so because some have eight sectors, and are made by a spider who has eight legs and 8 eyes. This connects them to the ancient 8 sector Magic Square, long recognized by the ancient cultures of the Egyptians, Chinese, Druids, Mongolians and Peruvians to represent inner pathways and powers.
Spiders have a life span of only 3 years and tend to expire in late Autumn, so as to avoid another winter. This knowledge was useful when I came to my desk one cold morning and witnessed my spider friend draw up its legs into a symmetrical dying pose and calmly exit.

 

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Huntsman spider – The final symmetry

 

 

 

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Model Amica, Absynth photography, Italy

 

 

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Amphora vase with reliefs of golden nymphs and  spider web

 

 

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Andrew Whitehead spider sculpture – ‘run Scotty run’

 

 

 

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Double handle Amphora vase

 

 

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Annemarie Heinrich – German/Argentine photographer

1930’s Buenos Aires

 

 

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Riessner, Stellmacher,  Kessler porcelain and enamel spiderweb vase

Turn Teplitz, Bohemia, Austria, 1905

 

 

 

African ceramic spider bowl with carved decoration, Bamum peoples. Cameroon

African ceramic spider bowl, Bamum peoples. Cameroon

Early to mid 20th century

The spiders decorating the rim are associated with divination throughout the Grassfields region. They represent wisdom and are associated with the earth and the ancestors.

 

 

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Ziegler Schaffhausen,

Switzerland -1920’s

 

 

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Moorcroft vase with large black spider

Humler & Nolan

 

 

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Exquisite Art Nouveau porcelain vase with spider motif

 

 

 

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Tall Hopi ovoid jar with spider design by Burel Naha

 

 

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Art Deco spider motif perfume bottle

 

 

 

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Pale blue vase with flowers and gold lustre spider web – Carlton Ware

 

 

 

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Fieldings Crown Devon British Art Deco jug

 

 

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‘Men’s Spider Initiation’ –  Clifford Possum

Australia, 1999

 

 

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Japanese Maple Leaves and Spider Web dish

(Traditional luck symbols)

Edo period

 

 

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Charles Catteau – 1904-06

Vase with relief decoration of a spider in its web.

 

 

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Barbara Hepworth

 

 

 

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David Macdonald

Ohio- Craft Museums exhibit ‘In Touch With  The Spirit’

 

 

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Carlton Ware jug

 

 

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Art Nouveau Tri Spider Brooch – Georges Fouquet

 

 

 

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Amphora vase titled ‘Sovereign of the Night’ ($18,000 sold).

Image courtesy Treadway Toomey.

 

 

 

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Goyin Silveira, Mata Ortiz

 

 

 

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Gourd Dream Catcher  by Pamala Redhawk

 

 

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Photo –  Leila Amat Ortega

 

 

 

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Rainforest Shield Design – by Garra (Spider) Napolean Oui

Spiders of the venomous kind were totems of the traditional rainforest people of Far North Queensland. This totem is still used today by the Djabu

 

 

 

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Vase olla with spider motif  – Goyin Silveira, Mata Ortiz

 

 

 

 

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Nazca spider

 

 Vintage Czech Hand Made Perfume Bottle with Crown Topper. Love the Spider

 Vintage Czech Hand Made Perfume Bottle with Crown Topper.

 

 

 

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Orient & Flume glass paper weight

1978

 

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Rouge Royale Carlton Ware ginger jar

 

 

 

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Nippon Moriage Spider Jug

 

 

 

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Rozenburg – Eggshell porcelain bud vase with spider in web decoration

1903

 

 

 

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Spider web veil on statue

 

 

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Spider Cobweb Teapot by MissFiendishApparel on Etsy

 

 

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Red Spider Lily ikebana

 

 

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Flapper spider hat

BoringSidney  – Etsy

 

 

 

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Spiderweb ring by Italian jeweller Staurino Fratelli.  In Italy spiders mean good fortune and money.

 

 

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‘Pucci’ spider vase, Italy 1952

Company “Ceramiche Pucci”, founded by Ing. Domenico Pucci in 1947 in Umbertide, near Perugia, was an offshoot of the Rometti factory

 

 

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The giant spider ‘La Princesse’ coming out of hibernation by La Machine

Liverpool

 

 

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Tarantulalong Arana Pollito mosaic by Isidora López

 

 

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Web of Intrigue Egyptomania poster

 

 

 

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Red Back Spider Mug – Tanya Bechara

Sydney, Australia

 

 
 
 

 
 

 

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