Throughout time, the spider has been associated with
many myths and superstitions. In mythology worldwide, the spider
is prominently featured. Throughout Africa, Spider is either a trickster
or a great god. Japanese believe that Spider Woman can ensnare careless
travelers. In contrast, the Pueblo Nations of America believe that
Spider Woman created the Universe. The Greeks and Norse looked upon
Spiders as the Weavers of people’s fates and connecting the Past with
Christians see Spider Webs as traps. Like Flies, people become
ensnared by vain works and become stuck fast in the webs. Spiders
represent human fragility and the enticement of evil. However in
Germany, Spider Webs are a part of Christmas tree decorations. According
to folklore, Spider realized what glorious day was Christ’s birth. So
She spun silver and gold webs on trees to show her faith and to glorify
the Birth of the Lord. Many superstitions instruct people to never kill
a Spider found in a house. The “house” spider is there to bring good
luck and good fortune to the inhabitants.
Here are some of the ones I have gathered
from the "Web" for your enjoyment and enlightenment!!
"If you wish to live
and thrive, Let a spider run alive. "
.. Old English nursery rhyme.
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When a man fyndeth a spyder upon his gowne it is a synge to be
that daye ryght happye.
If a spinner creepe uppon him, hee shall have golde raine downe
When a Spider is found upon our clothes, we use to say. Some
money is coming towards us. The Moral is this, such who….
Imitate the industry of that contemptible creature… may by God’s
blessing weave themselves into wealth and procure a
Others have thought themselves secure of receiving Money, if …
by chance, a little Spider fell upon their Cloaths.
Small spiders termed Money-Sinners are held by many to
prognosticate good luck if they are not destroyed or injured or
removed from the person on whome they are first observed.
A spider descending upon you from the roof is a token that you
will soon have legacy from a friend.
If a big black spider comes into the house it is a sure sign of
spiders are many and spinning their webs, the spell will soon be very dry
old saying about grass spiders: when there is dew on their webs in
the lawn in the morning, it will be a beautiful day.
When spiders spin their webs 'fore noon,
Sunny weather's coming soon.
If you step on a spider, you'll bring on rain.
All spiders except tarantulas are omens of good luck. The larger the
spider, the bigger the rewards.
If you see a spider climbing the wall you will have your
dearest wish come true.
If you see a spider spinning a web you will have an increase
income due to hard work.
If a spider crawls into your pocket, you will always have
If a spider hangs over your head, you will get a
If a spider builds its web across your door, you can expect
If you walk into a spider web, you will meet a friend that
Kill a spider, bad luck yours will be
Superstitious people probably don't kill spiders because it has
been unlucky since a spider spun a web over baby Jesus to hide him
Until of flies you've swatted fifty-three.
A spider with syrup cures fever.
Seeing a spider run down a web in the afternoon means you'll
take a trip.
A spider is a repellent against plague when worn around the
neck in a walnut shell.
Seen running over clothes - a new set of clothes
Finding a spider in the morning - Sorrow
Finding a spider at midday - Anxiety
A spider in the afternoon is a sign of a gift; But a spider in
the evening will all hopes uplift.
If you find a
money spider and don't kill it you'll gain loads of money.
Finding a Spider on the Wedding Dress is a Omen of Good luck!
If a spider drops
down in front of you from the ceiling and dangles, do not kill it.
If the spider hangs and then goes back up to the ceiling, you are
due for a run of good luck. If, however, the spider dangles and then
drops, it foretells the sudden loss of a loved one or some other
personally catastrophic event.
Russian omens and superstitions about spiders:
- Spiders hide when bad weather is in prospect and vice
- In winter, if spiders actively weave their webs, run
backwards and forwards, fight with each other and hang on
new threads, it means that there will be a cold spell in
nine to ten days.
- In winter, if spiders hide, there will soon be a thaw.
- In summer, spiders do not build new webs or destroy
old webs in the face of rain or storm.
- In summer, if spiders build new webs or restore old
ones, this forecasts a change to better weather ("doing
the spiders' best" means a fine weather).
In summer, if there are no spiders in sight, it will
inevitably be raining; if there are a lot of spiders in
sight, one should expect fine weather.
- Discovering a spider on clothes betokens a profit.
- If a spider descends from the ceiling in front of
someone, there will be a sudden guest or unexpected good
tidings (a letter, money, reward, promotion, etc.).
- If one comes across a descending spider in the
morning, there will be sad news.
- If a black spider descends from the ceiling, one will
get good tidings or letter.
- If a red spider descends from the ceiling, one will
get troublesome news.
- If a spider drops onto someone's head, that person
will get a present.
- If a spider drops onto a hand, this betokens a money
- If a spider drops onto the table during a meal, this
signifies that the household has got a new secret enemy.
- If a spider drops onto a threshold, someone will die.
- One who crushed a spider will be pardoned from forty
sins, since spider webs curtain over the icons.
- If a white spider has its dwelling above a bed, there
will be luck.
- If a black spider has its dwelling above a bed, there
will be misfortune.
- If one eats a spider, one will suffer from dropsy or
tumor in the stomach.
- If one dreams about a spider, there will be a
- If one dreams about killing a spider, it betokens a
loss of money or a precious thing.
- Sheep eat the poisonous "tarantulas"; other animals
either die or suffer from lengthy illness when bitten by
Russian omens and
superstitions about spider web:
- In summer and autumn, if a flying web sticks
to a man,
he will get rich.
- In autumn, spider webs flying forecast fine weather.
- If spider webs creep, there will be a lengthy spell of
fine warm weather.
- If there are lots of webs in spring, the next autumn
will be a good one.
- If there are lots of webs in autumn, the next spring
will be a warm one.
- If one dreams about cleaning a house from spider's
web, this signifies changing a habitation.
- Web is considered one of the best wound-healing means
if put on a freshly wounded place.
Never kill a spider in the afternoon or evening, but always kill the
spider unlucky enough to show himself early in the morning, for the
old French proverb says:
"Araignée du matin--chagrin;
Araignée du midi--plaisir;
Araignée du soir--espoir"
(A spider seen in the morning is a sign of grief; a spider
seen at noon, of joy; a spider seen in the evening, of hope).
For more myths and weird facts try this great
The Spider Myths Site
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