Dream of a Giant Spider: Symbolic Meaning

It is possible that dreams about giant spiders are your subconscious thoughts trying to tell you to keep your distance, either in a real-life situation where there is a potential danger or in the sense that you are fiercely attracted to something and your subconscious is telling you to back off. 

If your dream isn’t enough to spook you away from something not in your best interest, watch the movie Arachnophobia—you’ll be thoroughly convinced from that point forward. There can probably be no more significant symbolical warning than a giant spider, after all. 

Dream interpretation is subjective, unscientific, and highly personal. The below information is some possible symbolic interpretations people have had – but there’s no evidence that your dream determines your future and no one can say exactly what the dream means. The ultimate interpretation is up to you!

Dream of a Giant Spider

Potential Interpretations of Giant Spider Dreams

1. Fear of Change

For those of us that are frightened of new things and the unknown, a giant spider in our dreams could be no more than a manifestation of fear of the unknown.

In other words, it may symbolize fear of change. 

As with any kind of dream, context is everything. Where you are at, what you are doing, what the giant spider is doing, the colors around you, the feeling within yourself, and the actions of both yourself and the spider matter.

Below are some contextual factors to consider.

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2. Manipulation

If there’s nothing else that spiders do well, you can’t argue with their ability to spin an incredibly complex web, manipulating the silky strands into unique patterns and formations.

Spiders are often associated with the act of manipulation and your dream could be a subconscious attachment to that. 

Perhaps you feel like your boss is spinning a web to entrap you so they can fire you in favor of someone else. Perhaps you’re lost in the politics of work.

Maybe you have friends or even family members who are constantly trying to undermine each other and now their focus is on you. 

It could even mean that you are the one that is doing the manipulation. Perhaps you only see the giant spider at first, but by the end of the dream, you are the giant spider. 

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3. Anxiety, Fear, and Stress

Something that’s bothering you in real life could easily translate into something that’s really bothering you in your dream (aka one giant spider).

If you are afraid of spiders, then nothing will make you more anxious or stressed out than to have a spider near you in a dream, especially one the size of a horror movie animatronic. 

Of course, it could also be your body’s way of challenging itself. In other words, stop fleeing from the spider in mind-numbing horror and face it. Stand your ground and overcome your fears and anxieties about the world around you. 

3. Friends that you’re Fighting With

If there is one thing that is always associated with spiders, even if it’s unwarranted, it’s poison. The poison of the giant spider can be indicative that you have someone in your life that is poison to you. 

Someone who is dragging you down, a spiteful family member, or a willful dependent that is grown enough to take care of themselves yet spends their days mooching off of you, sapping your ability to lead a normal life. 

If there is more than one giant spider, it’s possible that there is more than one poisonous influencer in your life, whether it’s a work acquaintance or a close family member in addition to someone you are already forced to deal with. 

4. Incoming Danger

There is nothing more dreadful and portentous of danger and evil than a ton of milky white spider eggs, full of skittering, scratching things darker than the blackest midnight.

If your dream consists of a giant spider, hovering protectively over a brood of pale, translucent eggs, it’s possibly a sign of looming danger.

It means that at any moment, those eggs could crack open, releasing black, fuzzy, screeching horrors into your life. It’s nothing more than a representation of a growing dread within you—a fear of the future and what it might hold for you. 

It could be any number of things, entirely dependent on who you are and the situations that you are going through at the moment. 

Other Giant Spider Dreams

1. Dreaming About Getting Caught in a Giant Spider Web

If you think about it, getting caught in a gigantic spider web in real life would necessitate a flight or fight response, escaping the spider web at all costs.

In the real world, everyone knows that a spider senses disturbances along the intricate pattern of its web. 

Once a spider detects movement, it approaches to investigate, capture, and perhaps snack on whatever has been caught up in its web. In a dream, desperately fighting to escape from a spiderweb could indicate that you feel caught in real life. 

Perhaps you are stuck in a grind and completely out of options or simply don’t know what path to take next. You may even feel that if you don’t make a choice if something doesn’t change soon, you will be eaten alive by the circumstances around you. 

2. Dreaming of a Giant Spider Eating

This is the next logical step up from the “incoming danger” problem in your life.

Dreaming of a giant spider devouring you an inch at a time represents something in your life that is consuming you financially, emotionally, spiritually, or in any other number of ways. 

The truth is, nothing in life is so bad that you can’t turn it around. As these are simply dreams, they do come to an end after all. Once something ends and you find yourself at the bottom, there’s only one direction left to go and that’s straight up.


Spider dreams are typically nightmares rather than fairy tales unless you happen to have a pet spider or are breeding the things for your own, personal sense of enjoyment. While these dreams may represent a number of issues in your life, they do not mean surety.  Nothing in life is certain and if there is one thing a giant spider dream does, warns us to pay closer attention to ourselves and our surroundings in real life. You never know what’s waiting around the corner.