Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Comet the Spider

Have you ever watched a spider run across an entire room? They run, run, run just as fast as their eight little legs will go. But they'll only go a few feet and then stop for a few seconds and then take off again. Don't you think they are stopping to catch their breath? Surely bugs and spiders have metabolic limits like we do. And I wonder if that metabolic threshold varies by individual like ours do. Sometimes you can see bugs breathing if you watch their abdomens. They expand and contract just like ours do when we breathe. I've never noticed the way spiders breathe though.

I've been dreaming about spiders so much this whole year. And especially in the last few months I've dreamed about this same spider. I missed my 'extra hour' of sleep on Saturday night because I was dreaming about this spider and woke up because it surprised me by jumping on me in the dream. I actually screamed out loud (and woke up David too, but he fell back to sleep). The clock said about 5:30 am, but it was really an hour earlier because I hadn't reset the clocks yet. I couldn't get back to sleep so I just got up and made some coffee and watched tv.

In that dream this spider had built a huge web all across the living room ceiling. Every time I came into the room it would run towards me, like it recognized me. This had been happening in some previous dreams. In this one someone (can't remember who now) was there with me, and I was telling them about this spider's behavior. I was telling them that I've named it 'Comet' because it runs so fast, and that is when it jumped on me. I don't think I screamed from fear but from surprise.

Then Monday night I dreamed about Comet and three other spiders. Comet is a large orb weaver. One of the other spiders was just like him but a little smaller. The other two were writing spiders. They were fighting, and it looked like Comet and his friend were winning. But it was hard to tell. And they were hissing, but I think that is purely fictional. There may be hissing spiders somewhere in the world, but I've never seen or heard one hissing in 'person'. I can't remember any more of that particular dream.

I told David about it, but he said it doesn't mean anything. I just can't accept that. I've been dreaming about spiders all year, and this is something new. I just don't believe that it means nothing. The dreams have escalated in intensity and in the spiders' proximity to me. I've looked up in some 'dream dictionaries' what spider dreams might mean, but I'm not sure those meaning apply to me. I wish I could tell Carl Jung about it and see what he would say.

15 comments:

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

I wonder why?? Humm that is strange. My sister (on my blogroll) wrote a piece on dreams I think in Aug..you may want to check that out.

I agree w/you, something is up and it has meaning. Are you scared of spiders? Thank goodness I am not...but I have found most all men are..that is strange to me too.

Hope you will follow-up on this once you dig deeper...I'm surely interested in your findings....

Suggestion: Go to bed and meditate on something very happy, positive or a subject you want to dream about.....last thought before sleep...IT TRULY does work...but you have to focus hard.

DHammett said...

Well, it's interesting you're going to Jung for an interpretation and not Freud. He'd probably say something like you have a subliminal desire to be tied down when you're, well, er, you know. Could he be right?

Rae Ann said...

suzie, thanks for the ideas. I do try to think of pleasant things as I'm falling asleep. I'm not really that afraid of spiders any more. I like to observe and study them, as long as they don't get on me. I will follow-up if I figure it all out.

dh, LMAO, well, you know, that's why I liked that bed in the second picture of my last post. Nice, sturdy bedposts... *wicked giggle*

Maybe you should be a psychoanalyst? I'm sure you could find a nice comfy couch...

DHammett said...

Nice, sturdy bedposts...I'm thinking more along the lines of handcuffs. That's just fine! Now, I'll never get any more work done today.

mr_g said...

Doesn't matter what Jung would say; it would be subject to several interpretations, none of which would make sense to most people...

DHammett said...

BTW, my furniture style was "inviting" and one of the pieces shown was a love seat.

Rae Ann said...

dh, funny enough, I was going to mention handcuffs...

mr g, you're right. But wouldn't it be fun to get to ask Jung or even Freud?

Rae Ann said...

dh, isn't a love seat a lot like a couch? lol, my stack of bills isn't getting any shorter.

Kristi said...

I found this at http://dreemmoods.com/cgi-bin/searchcsv.pl?method=exact&header=symbol&search=spiders

Spiders
To see a spider in your dream, indicates that you are feeling like an outsider in some situation. Or that you may want to keep your distance and stay away from an alluring and tempting situation. The spider is also symbolic of feminine power. Alternatively, a spider may refer to a powerful force protecting you against your self-destructive behavior. If you kill a spider, it symbolizes misfortune and general bad luck.

To see a spider spinning a web in your dream, signifies that you will be rewarded for your hard work. You will soon find yourself promoted in your job or recognized for your achievement in a difficult task. Spiders are a symbol of creativity due to the intricate webs they spin. On a negative note, spiders may indicate a feeling of being entangled or trapped in a sticky or clingy relationship. It represents some ensnaring and controlling force. You may feel that someone or some situation is sucking the life right out of you.

To see a spider climbing up a wall in your dream, denotes that your desires will be soon be realized.

To dream that you are bitten by a spider, represents a conflict with your mother or some dominant female figure in your life. The dream may be a metaphor for a devouring mother or the feminine power to possess and entrap. Perhaps you are feeling trapped by some relationship.

eatmisery said...

Start dreaming about roaches instead. It is said that dreaming of roaches means you're coming into money.

Kat said...

They must mean something. Have you been keeping track of all the dreams?

Mike said...

Dreaming about them is worse than seeing them. At least I can control their distance when I see them. Not sure what in the hell your dreams mean, if anything.

Rae Ann said...

eatmisery, I think I'll take the spiders over roaches. Money or not, ick!

kat, yeah, I've been dreaming about them since the first of the year.

mike, it's the year of the spider, apparently. Thanks for commenting!

Rae Ann said...

kristi, thanks for looking that up! Some of it might make some sense.

Kevin said...

I live two blocks from a river and with the drought here in the heartland (we lost every stalk of corn in Northern Illinois) It's been a banner year for the arachnids.

As far as Archetypes and your dreams, you got me.