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Spiders in dreams

Carl Jung felt that the spider's web was a symbol of wholeness due to its circular shape. He called circular symbols "mandalas" and said that they had valuable meaning for the dreamer. The spider and his web may be calling for an integration of the dream's personality leading to greater self-awareness and resulting in feelings of completeness. Therefore, the spider and his web may be considered profound and spiritual dream symbols which call for greater self-understanding and encourage us to derive meaning and satisfaction from the intricate framework and interplay of life.

The overall goal of Jungian analysis is the emergence and integration of material associated with the self-archetype. Jung calls this process establishing the transcendent function. He emphasizes that the self is experienced empirically as an object, not as subject. The conscious mind meets the images of the self-archetype in a great variety of dream images since the self is too broad to be captured by any single type of image. Jung (1959b:187) cites the following examples of the wide range of symbols generated by the self-archetype: human figures (e.g., father, son, mother, daughter, king, queen), divine figures (gods and goddesses), theriomorphic symbols (e.g., dragon, snake, elephant, lion, bear, spider, crab, butterfly, beetle, worm), plants (e.g., lotus, rose), and geometrical figures (circle, sphere, square, quaternity, clock).

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