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May the delicate silk
of the spider’s web
teach us to be
gentle yet strong;
to sway with the wind
but remain tethered;
to remember our connection
to all things;
and, to walk like the spider,
weaving beauty
wherever we go.

Inspiration
I was inspired by these two beautiful and ornate spider webs I saw on a walk. It was about 6:30 in the morning after a night of heavy rain. There were rain drops everywhere, and the grass and plants were sparkling like diamonds in the sun. The spider webs glistened in the sun, looking just as ornate as everything else, and I felt called to photograph them. I thought of the lines of my poem as I finished my walk.

More magic moments
The day after I published this poem on my Instagram, which was about two weeks after I initially saw the webs, I woke in the morning to find a large spider web on my balcony. I have a lot of spiders on my balcony, but I have never seen a web like that before. It was synchronistic because just the day before I read the story about the Prophet Muhammad and the spider web in the cave in my book of Rumi poems. I had also just read about the experience David Abram had with spiders in a cave in Bali in his book The Spell of the Sensuous. In a sense, the spider web was at an entry to my cave (apartment) too. The Great Weaver was certainly delivering a lot of messages to me during this time.

Meaning behind the spider
I really resonated with this message on the late Ted Andrews’ page on Facebook:

“If Spider has woven its way into your life:
She is bringing your attention to your creativity. Is it at a peak right now? Are you ignoring your ideas and dreams? Have you taken the time to find the balance between your past and your future? All these are subtle messages that you need to focus on. Primarily though spider is giving you the message that you weave your own web in life. The reality you see before you was created by yourself. If it does not suit you then it is time to make changes.

If Spider is your Animal Totem:
A spider totem teaches you balance between the past and future, physical and spirit, male and female. She is strength and gentleness combined. She awakens creative sensibilities and reminds you that the past is always interwoven with the future. Tarantulas (and all spiders) are the keepers of the primordial alphabet and can teach you how to write creatively. Her body is shaped like the number 8 and she has 8 legs, which is symbol of infinite possibilities of creation. Her 8 legs represent the 4 winds of change and the four directions of the medicine wheel. Spider’s message is that you are an infinite being who will continue to weave patterns of life and living throughout time. Do not fail to see the eternal plan of creation. Those who weave magic with the written word usually have this totem.” (Source.)