Dreams About Spiders: What Do They Mean?


Spiders, spiders, spiders. These eight-legged, eight-eyed arachnids do more than sling webs, terrify people, and eat insects.

The spider is a figure that appears in our dreams more often than you think, and in your dreams, the spider can represent many things, telling you about your past, present, and future.

what does it mean when you dream about spiders

Plus, depending on the context of the dream, how the spider is present in the dream, and the emotions you felt during the dream, a spider can symbolize a variety of hopes or anxieties too – some of which you may not have realized you were harboring.

Analyzing a dream isn’t too difficult. If you are wondering, “What does it mean when you dream about spiders?” then work your way through the guide below to start interpreting the hidden messages of your night-time imaginings.

The easiest way to determine the purpose of your dream, and what it’s telling you, is to begin with what the spider was doing. Keep on reading to see what your spider dream could mean.

Dreaming About Spiders…

Biting You

Aside from arachnophobia infecting your dreams, dreams of spiders biting you can be your subconscious warning about potential betrayal.

As the spider can often represent feminine figures in your life, a dream about spiders biting you can reflect toxic, abusive, or strained relationships between you and a female presence.

These dreams can be a response to your instincts picking up on subtle aggressions or signs of unhealthy relationships that you are choosing to ignore.

Building a Web

Spiders are some of nature’s most brilliant engineers! Dreams about spiders building webs often relate to goals you are working toward that requires patience, dedication, and precision.

The larger and more intricate the web, the more work you are putting into this project – or the more passion you have. This dream could also be a gentle reminder from your mind to have patience in this mammoth task you are undertaking.

On the other hand, if you are caught in a spider’s web, this could mean that you feel tangled or stuck somewhere, with someone, or with something, that you want to escape.

As beautiful as spider webs can be, they are designed to capture prey; perhaps you are feeling trapped and want to escape?

dream about killing spiders

Being Killed by You

Killing a spider in your dreams can signify overcoming obstacles in your life.

In particular, having a dream about killing spiders can mean that you have escaped or overcome the obstacle of a harmful feminine influence in your life.

Look at your life and re-examine your relationships. Has someone recently been cut out of your life?

Hanging Over You

Just about everyone has had a dream with a spider hanging over them, as these represent anxieties in your real life.

Worries, stresses, and anxieties often loom over us in the waking world, and can negatively impact your health and life should they be left unattended.

Dreams about spiders hanging over you is a sign it is time to address these insecurities. Alternatively, the hanging spider can represent unfinished business.

If the spider is slowly descending from above, not just hanging, the dream has an entirely different meaning.

Descending Towards You

Dreaming about spiders descending towards you is a common nightmare that many people have been shaken by.

A spider descending toward you means that there is a person you want to avoid but, for whatever reason, are not able to.

This is not necessarily a person with ill intentions, but perhaps they represent a larger situation you want to avoid, such as a doctor giving the results of a biopsy, a person you are in conflict with, or a partner you no longer have romantic feelings for and wish to break away from.

Crawling on a Wall

In your dream, if the spider is crawling up a wall, it means that you are moving forward in your personal and professional life, and succeeding in a goal you are pursuing.

If the spider struggles on the way up, it could mean that you are hitting roadblocks along the way and need to persist or try new tactics.

Odd as it may seem, this dream is a good sign that you are setting goals and working towards achieving them!

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Crawling On You

This dream can quickly evolve into a nightmare. Aside from being an unpleasant dream, spiders crawling on you can have an equally unpleasant symbolic meaning.

In this instance, the spider represents negative influences in your life that are difficult to rid yourself of, such as addictions, habits, or people that give negative emotional, mental, or physical impacts on your life.

This dream can be a wake-up call to take firm action.


Those that have dreams about spiders may feel unsettled by them. However, the spider figure represents many good things and is often a sign of progress, although there are certainly less pleasant interpretations.

A close analysis of your dreams can reveal much about your life.

Do you have dreams about spiders?

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