SPIDERS, The good, the bad and the not so evil.
One day, a few years ago, I was pulling into my driveway when my cell phone rang. It was my daughter Sara. I walked into the house and found her standing on the couch, trying to call me and screaming at the same time. She pointed to a large wolf spider on the floor that appeared to be running in circles. When I asked her what happened, she said the spider appeared out of nowhere and attacked her and she had to defend herself with a can of aerosol cooking oil. The poor spider had the oil in its eight little eyes and couldn’t see anything. I picked the spider up and put it outside where it could hopefully clear its vision. Many people have a fear of spiders. I had arachnophobia (fear of spiders) many years ago. I had to overcome that fear when I got in the pest business and did. I have no problem crawling under a house through thousands of spider webs.
Some of us equate the spider with its fangs and painful bite, even when we know that not all spiders are capable of biting a human. Many say its bad luck to kill a spider. This could be because spiders catch and eat annoying insects such as flies. Others associate spiders with wickedness because of their intimidating appearance or because of the habits of some spiders, such as the black widow, of eating her mate. Yet, even the black widow, after exhausting and then eating her mate, demonstrates the spiritual concept of death and rebirth.
The most fascinating aspect of a spider is its web and the spinning of the web is a beautiful act. The spider is said to be a weaver that awakens creativity and has been associated with balance of past and future. The web is like the universe spiraling outward or the body growing through life and the center is the soul and heart of that life. The spider’s web may serve to remind us of the beauty of our own lives and the cycles we live by. In this aspect, the spider reminds me to never give up hope.
Many species of spiders can live in the average yard and most of them are harmless. Black widows are common in most parts of the country and the brown recluse is found in many areas, particularly the mid-west. Both are potentially dangerous. The hobo spider and a few others can give painful bites if they are squeezed. However, you have a far better chance of getting raped or murdered in this country than you do of getting bitten by a spide