Secrets of the Web 4

In North American First Nation peoples the web is linked to the birth of the constellation Ursa Major, seen by these peoples as seven men transformed into stars and climbing to paradise by unrolling a Spider’s Web.

The Hopi and Navajo have the Spider Grandmother who thought the world into existence through conscious weaving of her Webs in their creation myths.

 

The Spider’s Web has been used as a means of protection in both Islamic and Jewish Oral traditions. Whilst in Verdic philosophy of Indria; The Spider is depicted as hiding the ultimate reality with in veils of illusion. Is not Indra’s net a metaphor for the Buddhist concept of interpenetration, this holds that all phenomena are intimately connected for Indra’s net has a multifaceted Jewel at each vertex, and each Jewel is reflected in all the other Jewels, for when Indra fashioned the world he made it as a web.

So we can see the Web in many mythological fables, cosmology, artistic, spiritual depictions and oral traditions throughout the world we met Neith the spinner and weaver of destiny from Ancient Egypt in part 3, but do not forget Ishtar of the Babylonians and the ill fated Arachne of the Greeks. Loki of the Northern tradition also has links as “locke” translated from the Swedish dialect meaning Spider a trickster and weaver of mischief.

 

However we perceive the Spider’s web, as we gaze upon it reflecting an intricate array of light and complexity, you cannot help but be reminded that there is so much more to the creeping quiet Spider and it’s Web than initially meets the eye, whether you see it as sacred or not it is truly an amazing product of evolution, one our ancient ancestors must have observed as nothing short of divine.            
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