Spiders can be found everywhere around the world, and they often build home inside our house. Most of us know the creature for their expertise in weaving complicated webs that serve as their home as well as “weapons” to trap preys. They build webs in anywhere irrespective of the weather conditions, and they don’t really worry their hard work may be destroyed in just a few seconds by invaders. They will continue to redo it all over again in the same place. We learn a lesson about the choice they take with their undefeatable spirit in constructing the web. We should also weave our lives with the choice we have made. “If at first you don’t success, try and try until you get it right.”
Spider tattoo is a very old symbol that signifies mystery, power and growth. In Native American’s folklore, the Spider Woman appeared before humanity, and later she taught the craftsmanship of weaving to human. The little creature is a protector of the bad storms and is often personified as Grandmother, and teacher of wisdom. It is an emblem of harmony, balance and fertility. When dangling at the end of its thread, it brings down joy and happiness from heaven. Therefore, it is a symbol of good fortune.
In ancient Greece there lived a pretty maiden called Arachne. Her weaving skill was so incredible until goddess Athena felt jealous. Athena made the maiden’s life so difficult and she passed on. The goddess felt so sorry and resurrected the maiden to become a Spider so that she could always make beautiful webs.
In Europe, the symbol carries a bad reputation since the days of the Plague because of the disease it has spread. The little fellow is a figure of loathing and fear. In many cultures, the emblem is notorious with a treacherous figure as it builds wed to kill innocent preys. Nevertheless, it has also gained popularity among prisoners and the works of art actually carry information on the duration of the sentence of inmates, including his or her crimes.
Today, some people ink spider tattoo for its aesthetic beauty. You can consider having a design on your hand, shoulder, neck, ankle, chest, or stomach. You can have a spider with web or without web. Try to see more designs in a professional gallery before you ink.