A Peonie in Infinite Patterns

Do Spiders Affect us Spiritually?

“There are many mysteries associated with spiders, and many spiritual-mental associations in humans in relation to spiders that range from the negative and destructive to the positive, protective and comforting. “

Sometimes I see unusual searches by people visiting this site. One of these searches, reads:

“Islamic prayer to wipe cobweb away from affecting me spiritually.”

Just recently I had a conversation with my husband about spiders and the cobwebs in our own house. In the region of the world we live in spiders are not big and rarely poisonous and house spiders live quietly in the corners waiting patiently for a fly or a mosquito to land in their web – which happens perhaps twice in one year. At present the spiders in our horse survive the winter as our guests. I have set myself for a peaceful co-existence with them, and whenever I see a spider I tend to save them if I find them to be in distress. As for cobwebs – once a week I clean the cobwebs away, and whenever the webs on the walls get wild. We live near a forest, so a few cobwebs  and spiders as winter guests in the house come as our obligation to return something to the enviroment that shelters us.

The presence of our house spiders does not distress me, quite contrary I find their presence kind of soothing. I do not know if I would feel similar in the presence of bigger, hairier and poisonous spiders – I strongly doubt it. But there are prayers and mental techniques and recitals that can keep our fears under control and can also soothe the animal.

In relationship to animals and to all living beings I always recommend to recite “Bis’millah”, as well as “Rahman” (the Compassionate) and “Rahim” (the Merciful).  When I clean away cobwebs I recite those three words in the one sentence that all Muslims know by heart: Bis’millah ir rahman ir rahim. In the name of God the compassionate, the merciful.

“…they plot, but Allah (also) plotteth; and Allah is the best of plotters.”

There are many mysteries associated with spiders, and many spiritual-mental associations in humans in relation to spiders that range from the negative and destructive to the positive, protective and comforting. On one hand we have powerful nature spirits present in the spider, which can be our friend. Spiders represent in Shamanic traditions the great weaver – mother Earth. A spider web is entangling, but it is also stabil. It also hides things, and it was a spider and his web that hid Muhammed (a.s) when he took refuge in the sacred cave of Thawr and an entire Surat (Surat 29) is dedicated to the spider. On the other hand, many people with negative associations to spiders and their webs suffer under “webs” of gossip and intrigues and plots in their environment. The Quran gives the following advise: “..they plot, but Allah (also) plotteth; and Allah is the best of plotters.” ~ Chapter (8) sūrat l-anfāl (The Spoils of War). If you fear plots you may also engage in plots yourself, and my advise to you is not to. I hope this advise gives sufficient inspiration to readers, insh’allah.

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As for poisonous spiders, spider over-populations in a house or cellar and scary large spiders: Throw them out – with or without the aid of a pest control – keeping in mind that you inhabit their habitat as much as they may attempt to inhabit yours. I know this is easier said then done. But keep in mind, that these animals – even if scary – are still small in relation to you and that they are messengers too. They like to live just like you do, and they do have their own purpose on this planet. 

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