Spiders and spider webs have deep symbolism, and dreaming of them is rarely without some kind of deeper meaning.
However, interpreting such a dream is not always easy – so in this post, we discuss spider webs in dreams in detail to help you make sense of what you saw.
Dream about Spider Webs? The symbolism
Interpreting dreams is highly subjective, and the meaning of a dream can depend just as much on how the dreamer felt about what they saw as it can on the things that appeared in the dream.
This means to understand the different possible interpretations of dreams about spider webs, first, we need to think about the symbolism of spiders and their webs and the associations we have with them.
For many people, spiders represent fear. Arachnophobia is one of the most common phobias, and spiders can cause panic and terror in those who are afraid of them.
Their webs are spun to catch their prey, and so they can also represent death and destruction – as well as laying traps and lying in wait.
However, their webs can also represent skill and hard work since the spider has to spend a lot of time and put a lot of effort into spinning one, and in the right circumstances, they can appear extremely beautiful.
That said, another association we have with cobwebs is the idea of spooky, sinister places, and fake spider webs are often used at times like Halloween to represent haunted houses or the supernatural.
For similar reasons, we also associate cobwebs with unfrequented places, and you might find them in a house where nobody lives, in an attic where nobody goes or even in a closet that rarely gets opened.
Finally, two more positive association we have with webs are the notions of interconnectedness and networking.
How to interpret dreams of spider webs
Having thought about the symbolism of spider webs, now we can have a look at some of the possible interpretations of what it means if they appear in your dreams.
Since spiders use their webs to trap their prey, one of the most likely interpretations of dreaming of spider webs is that you feel trapped somehow by a situation or a person in your life.
For example, it could be that you’re in a relationship that doesn’t make you happy, but you don’t feel you can leave the relationship. Perhaps the other person is controlling or manipulative, or maybe you don’t feel you can leave because there are children involved.
In any case, the spider web in your dream could be telling you that you feel trapped – even if you are not fully conscious of it in your waking life – and now could be a good time to assess the situation and think about whether you want to escape from the relationship.
Alternatively, the dream could be about something else – like your job, for example.
Perhaps you feel trapped in a job that you hate, but you feel you can’t leave because you are worried about the insecurity of trying to find a new job – or you are simply just too comfortable in your routine, even though you find it extremely boring.
Again, if any of this sounds familiar, if you are dreaming of cobwebs, it could be a message that now is the time to consider other options – and to be brave and make a change if that’s what you truly desire.
Another possible interpretation of dreams of spider webs is that you feel threatened. A fly caught in a web knows that the spider is on its way, and there’s nothing the fly can do to escape its doom.
As a result, a dream of spider webs could be telling you that somebody in your life is threatening you, and you need to do what you can to escape.
You could be consciously aware of the threat, and the dream represents your fear of the person – or you could only be aware of the threat on a subconscious level, in which case your subconscious mind is trying to make you aware of the danger through this dream.
Take time to think about the dream and who it could be referring to. Is there anybody who means you harm? And what can you do to protect yourself?
Consider the implications of this dream and tread carefully around people you think might want to harm you.
Your life is not going anywhere
The sensation of being trapped in a spider web and unable to move could be a metaphor for your life being stuck in a rut.
Perhaps you feel that everything has become stale and that you aren’t making any progress in life. This could be related to your professional life, your personal life – or both.
Sometimes, we can allow ourselves to become stuck in our daily routine so that all we do is wake up, go to work, come home and go to sleep – and then repeat the same thing every day without anything exciting ever happening.
Of course, everyone needs to work and earn money, but if you find yourself trapped in this kind of cycle, you need to try to break it.
Perhaps you might consider changing your job, or maybe a trip somewhere will help break the monotony – what you decide to change is up to you, but this dream is telling you that you need to do something soon.
You are facing obstacles
A spider web in a dream could represent certain obstacles you are facing in your life that are preventing you from achieving your goals.
However, if you take the time to identify these obstacles and work out ways to overcome them one by one, it will allow you to sweep away the cobwebs and achieve the success you desire.
Somebody will trick or betray you
A spider’s way of hunting is to spin a web to snare its prey, and dreaming of one could tell you that somebody is preparing to trick or betray you.
This dream is a warning to be careful of who you trust because not everybody has honest or honorable intentions.
Think about who may have the most to gain by betraying you and keep an eye on those around you for suspicious behavior.
You are facing an unknown danger
Spiders hide in the shadows, waiting to pounce on any unsuspecting insect that becomes trapped in their webs, and a dream of cobwebs may represent an unknown danger lurking in the background.
Sometimes, our subconscious minds can pick up on signals that we are unaware of, and a dream such as this may be a message that you need to be careful.
Are you starting a new business venture that could backfire? Are you taking risks that could cause you trouble?
If you have a dream about cobwebs in a dark room where spiders could be hiding, you need to take the time to consider the implications of this dream and understand where the danger may be coming from.
Issues from the past that haven’t been dealt with
Like cobwebs in an attic or an unused closet, spider webs in a dream may indicate that something in your mind needs to be cleaned out.
It could be that you had a bad experience in the past, and you haven’t properly dealt with the emotions.
You need to think about which event this could be and then process your feelings in a healthy way – because this dream is telling you that you have cobwebs from the past clogging your mind that need to be swept away.
Need a fresh start
When we do our yearly spring clean, one of the actions we have to do is sweep away the cobwebs, allowing us a new start at the beginning of the season.
This means if you dream of sweeping away cobwebs, it may tell you that you also need a fresh start, so be prepared to make some changes in your life – and be ready to make the most of the opportunities those changes bring.
Success in your career
Since the idea of webs incorporates interconnectedness and networking, a dream of spider webs could mean that your career is going well.
You have made the right connections, and you are about to be rewarded for your hard work, possibly with a promotion or an unexpected opportunity.
Somebody cleaning spider webs – help is coming
If you dream of somebody else cleaning cobwebs, it could tell you that help is on its way. Are you having difficulty with a particular aspect of your life? Then be ready to accept help from others when it is offered.
Your relationships are going well
A dream of cobwebs, especially fresh ones, could be telling you that all your relationships are going well. You are well-liked and respected at work, you have strong family bonds and your relationship with your romantic partner is loving and healthy.
Several possible interpretations
As we have seen, there are several ways to interpret a dream about spider webs. However, if you apply the dream to your current life situation and the challenges you are facing, your intuition will guide you to the correct meaning of what you saw.