A sticky situation you feel yourself in or feeling caught up in something that might trap you. You can be trapped by the power of someone else’s emotions or expectations, or their web of lies.

The web can also be used to show you the symmetry of your core self, or the delicate or sometimes imperceptible but real connections linking you with other people, events and the world. This link may be supportive or threatening. The circle of life or the ecosystem is a web of interactions, and the centre of the web can suggest a merging back into the primal energy of life.

Through the web of links you have with life and people you may sense what is going on in the world and in relationships. At its most fundamental level this sensing tells you whether what is happening or approaching can be eaten, or whether it will eat/devour you. At its subtler levels you sense your connection with all life and how you can find a place in the scheme of things. This aspect connects with the symbol of the labyrinth as the difficult journey to self discovery.

But spider’s webs, as in a dusty house, show you dealing with something you have not used, or not lived for a long time. Possibly it also suggests a need to spring-clean or deal with old memories or the past. See: Maze.

I am standing in a room full of extremely thick and dusty spiders webs. I am aware these are hiding beautiful wainscot walls. I wish to pass through this room to the ones beyond, but the webs are like a maze, and on the top of the web nearest to me sits a large SOLID spider. If I brush against the web the spider will fall and smother me – since it is every bit as large and solid as I am. Maria M.

 The dream shows how quite subtle old threads of experience or feeling can link you with something that is still powerfully threatening or frightening. This could easily refer to emotions that connect you to memories of childhood trauma or the past. See Trauma – What Can We Do About It

 The spider ants web indicates the basic survival instincts in us such as a spider might have – can I eat, or will I be eaten in this meeting/relationship? This level of our sensory and feeling perception is important. Like a spider it keeps one of our feet/fingers on the web of influences that connect us with other people and the world. Like the spider, if we are wise, we thereby know something of what is coming our way – do we advance or run?

Are you involved or been caught in the web? The dream spider and its web often relate to relationships, especially that with your mother, in which emotional bonds held you – as if you were caught in the web or feeling trapped by someone. But we are all enmeshed in the huge web of social interactions and that is the web of life. Perhaps your dream is telling you something about this involvement.

Quoting from ‘Women’s Ways of Knowing’ Basic Books. ‘Webs and nets imply opposing capacities for snaring or entrapment and for rescuing or safety. They also suggest a complexity of relationships and the delicate interrelatedness of all so that tensions and movement in one part of the system will grow to be felt in all parts of the whole. In the complexity of a web, no one position dominates over the rest. Each person – no matter how small – has some potential for power; each is always subject to the actions of others. It is hard to imagine other ways of visioning the world that offer as much potential for protection to the immature and the infirm.’

See: Spider.


-Kia G. 2018-04-07 9:18:44

I have just awakened from a dream where I was asleep in my old house in my bedroom. I awoke on the bottom bunk of bunk beds and laying beside me was my oldest son. Although it was dark, a sudden glimmer of light from the hall allowed me to see that a giant spider web surrounded my son. As I got up, I realized that there was one that also surrounded me. In sheer terror, I started towards the door but it was blocked by yet another giant web and I realized that the whole room was covered in giant webs, from floor to ceiling, yet it was not one, but multiple. I also realized my youngest son, daughter and spouse was nowhere I could see. I was terrified and began to scream but I woke up and immediately began to search for the meaning of this dream. Your insight would be greatly appreciated.

-Sydney Hunt 2017-10-19 9:06:46

I just had a dream I felt trapped in. I felt like I kept almost waking up but I couldn’t move and I couldn’t get out of the dream. What I remember the most is being in prison and going out into the yard. I found a mattress to lay down on in the prison yard, so I did. Then it started rocking back and forth. Before I knew it I looked up and in front of me and I was coming dangerously close to HUGE spider webs with HUGE BLACK SPIDERS in them. If I kept rocking I was going to run into the webs and the sliders would attack me, but I couldn’t get off of the mattress and back to safety. At the very end a prison worker came and stopped the mattress from rocking like it was a ride at the fair. Then I woke up. But when I woke up I felt like I couldn’t breathe still. What could that mean?

    -Tony Crisp 2017-10-20 10:04:19

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Sydney – You experienced what is called sleep paralysis. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/sleep-paralysis/ But also you had great anxiety about what you met in your dream so you could hardly breath.

    Many people as their awareness reaches beyond what they feel is their normal self – the Huge living thing that you translated into the spder – feel scared. Such resistances cause us to create awful dreams and fears as a means of avoiding our own inner world and its wonders. We feel that we will be swallowed up and we will die. It is important to say that when we meet the experience of powerlessness through becoming aware of the hugeness of your Life, which we are usually unaware if, it feels like something alien or attacking, and it is a shock. When we begin to meet the Hugeness that we are, we often react to it in our dreams or in waking with fear or panic.

    In a way, if you handle it the way suggested above, it becomes a doorway to a world of wonder. In dreams we tend to put pictures or images collected from everyday experiences to put an interpretation on our formless dreams. We do this because we tend to have an experience of the world based on our body senses, and our dreams and communications from the formless dreams arise from a very different environment, so we put it in images and ideas we understand.

    The experiences of sleep paralysis scares most people, so I am guessing your fear was put into dream images of the prison and spiders. The rocking is produced, not by your conscious personality, but a deeper and larger level of you. Please read the following – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/life-will-and-conscious-will/

-Kris 2017-09-03 6:00:33

I had a dream that there was a huge boulder in my path i had to climb over. I had some stuff with me that i through over it. I felt weak but was able to overcome it. The boulder had spots with ants, and i stuck my hand in places i could feel spider webbing. What could the meaning of this dream be?

-Maricela 2017-05-22 4:34:18

I had a dream of huge spiderwebs over my bed with insects caught in it. I was looking at my bed, but I also kept falling and falling like a total klutz while walking in my room. Any thoughts?

    -Tony Crisp 2017-05-23 10:18:24

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Maricela – It is also important to realise that every image, every scary or terrifying thing, is taken place inside you, in your mind, as you sleep. This means that every awful animal, every scary thing, or person, is created out of your own fears and must not be seen as outside you as happens in waking awareness. The problem is that we are often scared of or frightened of experiencing our emotions and so they confront us in our dreams. Avoiding them or controlling them is like running away from oneself – there is no escape.

    But falling is a way to escape from the web our life experiences trap us in. Falling can mean you are meeting a difficulty that you didn’t keep your eyes open to see. Falling is not fatal or even harmful in dreams. We tend to take things we are rightfully scared of in everyday life and then take them into our dreams where nothing can hurt us. But of course we still fear if we do not understand that dreams are like computer games and are virtual realities. You can get killed a hundred times in dreams and yet you awake the next day none the worse – except if you are frightened, and it is fear that can do you harm, not dreams. See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/

-Anonymous 2017-02-15 0:47:48

I dreamed I started dating this guy. I don’t know who the guy was in real life, but I could see his face clearly in my dream. I left the guy to go home and decided to walk through the park. I get on one of the pieces of equipment , can’t remember what it’s called, and he text me. I look down, answer his text, look up, and there’s spider webs everywhere. Each Web has a little spider on it and they all seem to be staring at me. I turn around, and it’s basically the same thing everywhere. Can you please tell me what this could mean.

-Michelle 2017-01-29 13:17:05

I was sleeping over a guys house that I’m dating and I had a dream that I was sleeping in bed with him and woke up in the dream finding myself covered in multiple spider webs. I didn’t see any spiders it was just webs all over me. it was hard 2 get up and I was laying next to the guy trying to get the webs off my face and off of me. Then I woke up for real and realized it was all a dream I was really in bed next 2 him but being covered in spider webs was all a dream. What does that mean. First time ever having a dream like that. This guy I’m dating I like him alot but I dated him before but he was still into his ex so we stopped dating but he called me again saying now he over here and want 2 try and date again and I am nervous if I should try again.

-Simone Ripper 2016-08-02 12:08:19

I have a recurring dream I’m walking through a park/bush and its darkish. Then a sudden glimmer of light shines showing a giant spiderweb right in front of me, so I’m always saved from walking into it? Could someone give me a more precise meaning?

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-08-06 7:49:21

    Dear Simone – When a dream recurs in the same way like yours does, it may indicate that you have not found the right approach yet.
    In general dreams recur because there are ways the dreamer habitually responds to their internal or external world. Because their attitude or response is unchanging, the dream that reflects it remains the same. It is noticeable in those who explore their dreams using such techniques as described under http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/ that recurring themes disappear or change because the attitudes or habitual anxieties that gave rise to them have been met or transformed.
    The glimmer of light reflects what you see in the darkest times; the intuitions that come to you in need or to guide you and throw light on your life situation that is still “darkish”.
    The giant spider web may be a symbol of your Self – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-archetype-of-the-self/ – and in order to change your habitual response you could imagine walking into It; touching and connecting with It.
    Try to be aware what you think and feel when you connect with the web and notice any change that happens inside you; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    Anna 🙂

Copyright © 1999-2010 Tony Crisp | All rights reserved