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What do spiders mean in a dream?

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Dream 320: The Tangled Web

Spiders weave intricate webs which are traps to catch their prey. Thus, they are associated with manipulation. Someone may have a complex plan to ensnare the dreamer into a compromised situation in their life which serves the manipulator. Conversely, the dreamer may be the manipulator and the dream may be commenting on complicated plans that the dreamer has.

Insects are not mammals and have no empathy. They represent pure action and precise strategic moves without emotion. They treat everything outside themselves, including people, as objects to be used for their own advantage.

The meaning has taken a different turn in some cases in this day and age. The dream may be commenting on the dreamers involvement with the Internet which is frequently called the “web.” This is not that common and is confined mostly to people that are extremely technology astute or involved with modern Internet applications.

There’s usually a nefarious meaning associated with catching someone in a web. This is rooted in ancient history such as in the saying, “What a tangled web we weave when we first start to deceive.”

When the dreamer is the manipulator, there is the chance that the planned complicated deception could backfire on the dreamer. A manipulative liar has to have a good memory of the path of the many deceptions involved in trapping another person.The manipulator or spider wants to make sure that it can negotiate its own weaved intricate web. It makes sense that a manipulative liar is seen as a repugnant spider.

So dreaming of spiders often involves situations in the dreamer’s life where the dreamer is either being manipulated or is the manipulator. In my experience, it is more often associated with the dreamer being concerned about being manipulated. I believe this is because dreams main goal is the best interests of the dreamer.

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Feeding the Inner Shark

Dream 278: Feeding the Inner Shark

shark-predator-picture_29A0381-596x397A 42-year-old man dreamed that he was swimming in the ocean infested with sharks. Sometimes the sharks would bite him, and sometimes he would bite the sharks. Neither he nor the sharks were seriously hurt by the bites.

The scene shifted to his hometown streets being flooded. Again the water was filled with sharks. He was able to bite and nourish himself from the sharks. He somehow knew that eating the sharks was “medicinal.”

A Chinese woman came to warn him not to bite the sharks too much. She did not disapprove of his feeding on the sharks, but mainly wanted him not to go overboard. He knew that the sharks were not hurt by his feeding upon them, because the bite marks immediately healed and regenerated.

Interpretation
Water is emotion. The ocean is the best symbol of the subconscious that we have. Creatures in the ocean, like sharks, represent subconscious energy.

Sharks represent aggressive energy because they are the ultimate predators. A persona needs some aggressive energy to accomplish goals, as aggressive energy ends up being the “get up and go” needed to achieve. Other parts of the personality need to moderate the aggressive energy so that it is sublimated into desired outcomes.

The dream starts out by noting that sometimes he is the prey, and sometimes he is the predator. When the sharks are moved from the ocean to the streets of his hometown, the dream is moving from his subconscious (the ocean) to his conscious (the land). The dream emphasizes that incorporating predator behavior into himself (eating the shark) was genuinely healing or “medicinal.”

Women tend to represent more emotional parts of the psyche. That she was Chinese was the dream’s way of indicating that her way of handling emotions was somewhat foreign to him. The message of the dream was that he perhaps should be somewhat more assertive in getting what he wanted, but that he should not take it too far.

It was interesting that shark cartilage is thought to be healing. In the dream, this was emphasized over and over. No one was hurt by being bitten. Tissue that was bitten regenerated.

The dream was not overly critical as it indicated he vacillated from being prey or predator. It just thought he should be more predator-like somewhat more of the time. He may need even to be aggressive sometimes.

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