What Is the Dream Meaning of a Giant Spider?

What Is the Dream Meaning of a Giant Spider?

Dreaming of a giant spider pursuing you could be really scary! If you have the courage to analyze your giant spider dream, though, you can find its valuable insights.

Giant Spider Dream Summary

Giant Spider Dream Symbolism

The dream meaning of a giant spider overlaps substantially with spider dream symbolism, which includes creativity, feminine energy, and fear. A giant spider dream might especially emphasize the fear component of spider dream symbolism, as a giant spider could be big enough to really harm you.

The specific fear represented by a dream of a giant spider could be losing your freedom. It might seem like someone is trying to control you, perhaps your mother or another important authority figure in your life. It may also be a larger force, like the Internet, that seems to be everywhere!

Common Giant Spider Dreams

  1. Dream of being chased by a giant spider
  2. Dream of killing a giant spider
  3. Dream of being eaten by a giant spider

Giant Spider Dream Symbolism

Giant Spider Dream Symbolism

Devouring Mother

As noted in spider dream symbolism, females hold the power in the spider world, sometimes killing and eating the males after they mate. A giant spider dream could take this one step further.

Dreaming of a giant spider could symbolize that you feel like your mother, or another authority figure, is holding you back from pursuing your path in life, like a spider might trap its prey in a web. This person may be using guilt or feelings of obligation to get you to do what they want instead of what you want.

A mother who devours her children in this way does not necessarily have bad intentions. She may simply think her children are safer staying with her rather than going out and doing their own thing. A famous example of this is in the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, as described in Triple Goddess symbolism.

Children do need to be protected when they are young and vulnerable. However, when a child grows to be a young adult, independence is what they need for their personal growth. Being held back by a parent at this point can be terribly destructive for them.

Many parents, regardless of gender, struggle to negotiate this transition. Parents also sometimes feel lonely and want their children to provide them with companionship, and this can become a problem if it is handled in a way that does not acknowledge the child’s desires.

Connection

Even small spiders are known for building webs that can be much bigger than they are, so a giant spider could potentially build an even more giant web. These webs can be very creative, but they also serve practical purposes for the spider.

A spiderweb draws connections between one surface and another, so a dream of a giant spider that emphasizes a web could show you that many things are connected on a grand scale. This might be comforting if it gives you a sense that God or a higher power is in control.

However, a dream of a giant spider’s web that feels creepy could refer to a situation where you feel like you are connected to others in a way you don’t want to be. The Internet is also known as the World Wide Web, so this type of giant spider dream might show that you feel overly exposed in your online life.

Control

A big threat with a giant spider is that you might get tied up in a web so you can’t move. Dreaming of a giant spider could therefore symbolize that you feel like your freedom is restricted by some person or situation in your life. Whoever or whatever the problem is, it could seem to be much bigger and more powerful than you are. See also suffocating dream symbolism and dream symbolism of being trapped.

Common Giant Spider Dreams

Dream of being chased by a giant spider

Dream of being chased by a giant spider

Being chased by a giant spider in a dream could symbolize that you feel like someone is intentionally making trouble for you in a focused way. They may seem to pop up everywhere in your life – perhaps they are well connected within your circle of friends and acquaintances.

Your dream of being chased by a giant spider could be especially scary if you don’t know what the spider will do when it catches you. Will it poison you with venom, or will it kill you by squeezing like a python?

Information could be power in this situation. Finding out what the spider wants from you might help you determine how to respond.

Dream of killing a giant spider

Dream of killing a giant spider

Killing a giant spider in your dream could symbolize that you have the courage and the skill to confront a problem that is threatening you. As can be the case for killing dreams more broadly, you might feel like you are in a situation where the only way to defend yourself is to cut off whoever or whatever is causing the trouble. It may be something that touches multiple areas of your life, similar to a spider’s eight legs.

Dream of being eaten by a giant spider

Dream of being eaten by a giant spider

Dreaming of being eaten by a giant spider could symbolize that you feel like you are losing your individuality. You may be part of a group, or just in a relationship with one toxic person, that pressures you to go along with whatever they want.

You could be frustrated with the situation, but there might also be a part of you that is relieved to give up your freedom. When you don’t have any power, you can also see yourself as liberated from any responsibility for making a decision that may not turn out the way you want it to.

Conclusion

Dreaming of a giant spider can show that you have fears related to being controlled by others. Getting your peace and freedom back might be difficult, but being aware that you are involved in a dynamic of this sort may be an important first step.

Eva Sylwester

Eva Sylwester has been fascinated with the interpretation of dreams since middle school. She got a B.A. in psychology and religious studies from the University of Oregon in 2007. After that, she began exploring astrology and other new frontiers in spirituality. In her approach, the goal of dream interpretation is to help the dreamer articulate their own intuition. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, United States.