The first association to spiders for most people is fear and disgust.
Spiders are not only frightening looking, but some species can also be very dangerous and in some rare cases, deadly.
The most known example is the Black widow, although besides this spider, there are other species that are dangerous.
The most dangerous of them all is the Brazilian Wandering Spider or Banana spider.
This name comes from their preferred place to hide, banana leaves.
Fortunately, spider venom is created for smaller creatures, and it is usually not deadly to humans.
Spiders use their venom to hunt their prey and they rarely attack people.
There are around 43 thousand species of spiders in the world today.
Spiders are animals that inhabit all continents except the Antarctica.
Among those 43 thousands there are spiders tiny in size, but some are really gigantic size.
The worlds largest spider is considered the South American tarantula.
It can weigh around 170 grams and nearly 30 cm in size. This is a giant of a spider indeed.
Another name for this giant is the Goliath bird eater.
Although the name seems scary, the real animal isn’t that scary.
They feed mostly on arthropods, and rarely have birds on their menu.
These giants are predators and are capable of eating small mice or lizards.
They use their fangs to bite their prey and kill it.
They have venomous bites, but it is not very toxic to people.
Their bite resembles a wasp sting.
Another specialized weapon of this creature is the silk hairs which they use as arrows to embed in the skin of their victims.
For people and larger mammals they are not very dangerous.
They produce an irritating and itchy sensation, but they can kill small mammals such as mice with them.
These animals have a longer lifespan than expected. Females can live up to 20 years, while males live around 3-6 years.
Spiders are important figures in human mythology and human history in general.
Throughout time, spiders were used to represent various symbolisms.
Spiders are a symbol of patience, and persistence, because of their hunting technique which involves creating a web and preying on their victims.
They can also be used as a symbol of hidden agenda and stabbing someone in the back.
Spiders also symbolize deception and trickery.
The spider lures their prey with their invisible web in which they quickly wrap their victims and then feast on them.
Spider is sometimes used as a symbol of death.
The most important symbols of spider:
Because of their ability to create their webs and because their webs are all unique pieces of art, one of the spider’s most important symbolisms is creativity.
Spiders are also diligent. It takes time to nit a web, but they put in as much effort needed to create it.
Also, when their web is for some reason broken, they don’t hesitate and make a new one. These creatures are not afraid of putting in the necessary work.
- Manifesting desires into reality
Spiders also symbolize the materialization of our thoughts and desires into our reality. They are a symbol of manifestation.
As spiritual animal they help us in fulfilling our desires and manifesting them into reality. They symbolize effortless manifesting.
The spider is also a symbol of patience, mostly because of their ability to patiently wait for their prey to catch in their web.
The spider usually sits near the center of their web and waits patiently for prey to come.
It locates the prey through the vibrations they produce.
It takes about an hour usually for a spider to make a web. This doesn’t seem like a long time, especially considering it is such a small animal.
They are very capable and fast workers.
Spiders have been present on the earth for millions of years. This is why spiders are considered a symbol of the wisdom of ages.
- Female power
Spiders also symbolize female power, especially because obvious differences between the male and female spiders.
Females usually have a living span of up to 20 years, while males live up to 6. Females are also bigger than males.
This is why spiders are used as a symbol of female power and influence.
Spiders are masters to luring their prey in their web. They are a master of disguise, and their prey isn’t aware they are being trapped until they are grabbed by the spider.
Meanings of a Giant Spider in a Dream
Dreams about spiders can be a scary experience, especially for those who are afraid of spiders in real life as well.
If we dreamed about giant spiders this only accentuates the experience.
The meanings of these dreams vary and depend on the details of the dream.
In the majority of cases dreams about spiders, and giant spiders as well can be a reflection of real life fears of spiders, or arachnophobia.
Arachnophobia is an extreme fear of spiders.
The word comes from the Latin word Arachnida or family of animals such as spiders, mites, scorpions, and ticks.
People who suffer from this phobia have an extreme fear of these animals, and they are occupied by their fears throughout their entire days.
This fear is preventing them from leading a normal life.
The fear is related to spiders, regardless of their size.
This phobia is more common in females than in males.
The origin of this fear can be some actual unpleasant experience, but it can also be ungrounded in actual events.
Also, people whose parents had an extreme fear of spiders might also have this fear as a result of being exposed to their fears.
The trigger for a reaction might be actually seeing a spider or its web, speaking about spiders, or even thinking about them.
The symptoms of this phobia are not neglectable. People who suffer from arachnophobia experience tightness in their chest, rapid heartbeat, shaking or sweating.
The reaction like in all other phobias isn’t adequate to the supposed threat.
The main recommendation is seeking professional help, from a therapist who can help you discover the root to this phobia and help you deal with it.
If your dream isn’t triggered by your fears of spiders, some of the most common meanings of dreams including giant spiders might be:
- Fear, anxiety, and stress
Often a dream about giant spiders is a result of some real life circumstances that are causing you stress and anxiety.
Because the spider in your dream is giant, this usually indicates that the issues that are causing you stress and anxiety are major issues, and you don’t know how to deal with them.
Sometimes this dream is a result of some big fears you have regarding some issues in your life.
The bigger the spider you dreamed about the bigger are the fears and issues you have.
This dream can be a message from your subconscious making you aware of the feelings you have around those issues and maybe reminding you that it is time to begin working on ways to deal with them.
If something major is bothering you in real life, start looking for ways to confront it.
If you keep postponing action the fears and anxiety will keep growing and block your life. You won’t solve anything by doing nothing but feeling anxious and fearful.
- Fears of change
In some cases, dreams about spiders might be a reflection of our fears of change or the unknown.
The first step towards ending a fear is confronting the thing that frightens us.
Because you dreamed about a giant spider, this will surely indicate being afraid of some major life change or something major you don’t know much about.
An example of such scenario might be wanting and planning to move to another country, but you are afraid whether you will be able to get used to the new style of life, whether you will make new friends, etc.
The fear you have from the uncertainty and not knowing how it will turn out is represented by the giant spider in your dream.
Fear of new and unknown is a common fear, which is why the dreams about spiders are common as well.
Sometimes this dream is a fear of something new and unknown but is inevitable. Things we cannot control are very scary and cause a lot of anxiety and fears.
To decipher this dream it is important to consider all the details, the overall theme od the dream, the size of the spider, how you felt during the dream, etc.
- Approaching danger
Dreams about giant spiders might be a sign of an imminent danger.
You might be aware of this danger that is coming, or the danger might come unexpectedly.
Maybe only your subconscious is aware of the danger that awaits you and it is trying to warn you through this dream.
The dream is a sign to be alert and careful to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Spiders are masters of manipulation and deception. They create their invisible webs which they use to wrap their unsuspecting prey into a tasty meal.
Symbolically a dream about a giant spider might indicate some master manipulation you are about to pull on someone or someone else is planning to manipulate you.
If you had a dream about a giant spider try to figure out whether someone in your life is being manipulative towards you trying to make you do something you don’t want or that might hurt you in some way.
Sometimes we might not be aware of other people’s motives and actions, and we trust them without reserve.
This dream is a sign from your subconscious to try figure out whether someone is working behind your back.
In some cases, you know exactly what the dream is about because your subconscious is depicting your actions towards manipulating someone.
Maybe you have a guilty conscious and your actions are bothering you because you know that they are not right.
- Toxic energy
Spiders usually have venom and are considered a symbol of toxicity.
Your dream about a giant spider might indicate someone in your life being a detrimental influence over you because of their toxic nature.
It is possible that your subconscious views this person as a venomous giant spider that is infusing its venom daily at you and is ruining your life with its negativity.
We have all experienced similar cases of people whose nature is so negative, and the message of this dream could be to remove this person from your life if possible.
If this is not possible because this person is a part of your family and you share very close ties with them, then you should somehow learn to live with their toxicity without allowing it to hurt you or prevent you from achieving your goals.
Specific Meanings of a Giant Spider in a Dream
Dreaming of a giant spider in general
If you dreamed about a spider very large in size, this dream is a kind of a warning sign.
This dream usually indicates some issue in your life that is problematic, and it has grown so much that you cannot afford to ignore it anymore.
It is possible that you have been postponing dealing with a certain situation in your life and now it has become huge.
Often it is your emotions, usually strong ones such as resentment or anger, that you refuse to confront, and they are becoming overwhelming.
This dream can reveal your feelings that you cannot control someone or a certain situation in your life anymore.
Sometimes this dream represents your subconscious fears of a danger that is threatening you or might threaten you in some way.
You might also be in danger in real life and you cannot keep your mind away even during your sleep, when your subconscious depicts the danger you are in as a giant spider.
Dreaming about being caught in a gigantic spider web
If you dreamed of being caught in a web of a giant spider and feeling wrapped with its silk all over your body, this is usually not a good dream sign.
This dream is usually a reflection of you subconsciously feeling trapped in the web of enormous problems, duties, obstacles, or challenges.
Sometimes it can indicate feeling trapped by a person in your life without any means to escape their claws.
Usually this dreams reflects feelings of desperation and being stuck in a situation without any possibility to change a thing.
The dream is a message from your subconscious to start fighting for your freedom and start confronting these massive issues you are currently dealing with in your life.
Sometimes this dream is a sign of feeling stuck before a major decision in life.
You probably feel as if there is no way to make the right choice due to your circumstances and hence you feel trapped in your own life.
Dreaming of being eaten by a giant spider
If you dreamed a giant spider was about to devour you, this dream is usually a warning sign.
You probably feel that some danger is lurking by or you might be in an imminent danger, and this is why you have this dream.
Because the spider you dreamed about is giant, this also means that the danger threatening you is also giant, and the dream is warning you to be cautious and take measures to protect yourself.
This dream can also indicate being overwhelmed with negative emotions like anger, sadness, and resentment.
You might be avoiding dealing with these emotions despite they are eating you from inside.
The dream is a reminder from your subconscious to confront the issues that are causing so much negativity to be able to leave them behind and feel at peace.
This can also indicate some major issue disturbing you very much.
Maybe you have financial issues you don’t know how to resolve, and you feel that they are eating you alive.
Also this can refer to emotional issues that you don’t know how to deal with, and they are exhausting you completely.
Dreaming of running away from a giant spider
If you were chased by a giant spider in your dream, this is a warning sign from your subconscious.
The giant spider in your dream is a sign of some big problems pilling on your back and you don’t feel you are able to deal with them, so instead you are choosing to run away.
Ignoring your problem or problems won’t make them go away but make them bigger.
Consider this dream a warning sign from your subconscious to stop ignoring your problems and begin facing them instead.
Sometimes this dream can indicate a situation that is big, but you feel it is out of control and you don’t know how to deal with it.
Dreaming of killing a giant spider
If you killed a giant spider in your dream, this is actually a great sign.
Giant spiders can be considered a symbol of major life problems and issues and killing one in a dream is a sign that you are able to successfully deal with them and resolve them.
This dream can indicate finally being able to deal with a major issue that has been bothering you for a long time.
Dreaming of giant spider webs
If you dreamed you saw some giant spider webs, this can be a sign of some emotional issues you have been ignoring or avoiding facing and now they are coming back to haunt you.
If you have some unresolved emotional wounds and resentments, this dream is a sight that it is time to finally deal with them because they are preventing you to move on with your life.
This dream is often a sign of your past coming back to haunt you.
Dreaming of a giant spider on your body
If you dreamed a giant spider was crawling all over your body, this dream is a sign of some negative issue affecting you badly and ruining your life.
This might indicate some person or some situation that you need to deal with soon.
The issue might feel like you are affected by something that is scaring you and you can’t get rid of it easily.
If it is a person this might be someone who is disturbing you and invading your privacy.
They might have a negative personality and poisoning your life.
This can also refer to some circumstances in your life that are making your life miserable, and you feel there’s nothing much you can do about them.
Dreaming of seeing many giant spiders
If you dreamed of being surrounded by many giant spiders or seeing them somewhere, this dream is usually a warning sign.
Seeing more than one giant spider in a dream is a sign of piled up problems and issues you need to start working on.
This dream can indicate having major problems in some important areas of your life and not knowing how to deal with them.
It is likely that these issues are interconnected, and you feel overwhelmed by them not knowing how to start solving them.
The situation you are in is probably making you anxious and fearful because you might be confronted with danger as well.
It is likely that your actions from the past have put you in this situation and you feel you are drowning slowly.
Consider this dream a warning from your subconscious to start dealing with these problems one by one. Gain the courage and restore your peace.
Dreaming of a giant spider in your bed
If you dreamed of encountering a giant spider in your bed, this dream is a sign that some major problem is overtaking your life completely.
This problem is usually related to some strong emotions you cannot deal with.
You feel as if you cannot run away from them, and they are always present in your mind scaring you with their intensity.
If you want to find your peace and move on with your life you need to resolve the emotional issues that are haunting you.
You need to let go of traumas and fears from the past, say goodbye to them to be able to continue with your life.