Snapshots & Whatnot: Spidery Inspiration

Spiders usually creep me out (& get squashed under my shoe.) But two weeks ago I noticed a (very) large spider hanging out near our back garage door. Before splatting it into oblivion, I observed the magnificent web that stretched large and long next to the door.

Interesting, that.

Dashed inside for a Wikipedia check to find it’s a yellow garden spider (“Argiope aurantia”) and (most importantly) is not poisonous, just stings like a bee when threatened.

Two weeks later it seems that our friendly yellow garden spider has taken up permanent residence by our door (that continues to be carefully opened, to be sure.)

It’s been so intriguing watching Miss Yellow Garden Spider weave her massive web (at least I think she’s a she. To be so industrious, she must be?)Β  πŸ™‚

“The Spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!

Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.”

Alexander Pope, from ‘An Essay on Man’

Methinks Miss Yellow Garden Spider has a bit of inspiration to offer us today. Even when a major thunderstorm tumbled everything around her, she kept spinning her web. Even in bright (very hot) sunshine, she keeps spinning her web. Even when bits of her web have been knocked about (we have to get in and out of the door), she keeps spinning. Even though her web is hard to see (part of her strategy?) it’s there, holding her in place.

Relevance to us today (ie, get to the point, Virginia?) What kind of webs are we spinning? The biggest possible kind that will catch others with tendrils of love? Or does apathetic stress shrink our webs with closemindedness?

In the late 1940s Reverend Peter Marshall as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate shared a quote that had been used as a rallying cry for G.I.s during WWII. The world and lives of our parents & grandparents generations at that time had been turned upside down.

“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.”

grace, peace & inspirational spiders

Virginia : )

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18 Responses to Snapshots & Whatnot: Spidery Inspiration

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Beautiful post…the spider that is often squished or shrieked at is given its spotlight and seen in the best light. Illustrious but creepy looking, relentless at web weaving…overcoming weather or human interruptions…it survives! I admire its tenacity that your post show us. Thanks Virginia.

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks GH – Miss Yellow Garden Spider has been quite the one for industrious tenacity. And her web is almost a meter long! We can see her from the inside side of a kitchen window – she must like her perch , β€˜cause she’s been in residence several weeks now. Blessings & spidery tenacity πŸ•·πŸ€ͺπŸ•·

  2. Debbie says:

    As someone who does web design, I find spiders totally fascinating! I don’t particularly like them inside, mind you, but these industrious creatures can teach us a lot about persistence, determination, and starting over. Sure, it’s inconvenient to have one build a web at our door, but maybe she just wanted to show off for you?!?

    • Virginia says:

      I’m not a fan of indoor spiders either, Debbie! Methinks you’re right about Miss Yellow Garden Spider showing off, β€˜cause each time I go out that back door, it seems the web is bigger (altho it gets slightly smaller as I hack my way around it.) Yet she keeps spinning & somehow stays in place. Definitely determined AND persistent! Besisngs & spidery inspiration! πŸ•·πŸ€ͺπŸ•·πŸŒ·πŸ•·πŸ€ͺπŸ•·

  3. My Carmel says:

    Thank you for your post Virgina. I feel the same. Spiders are not my bff’s for sure, but after reading your reflective post…I’m starting to think different about them πŸ˜‰ Blessings and blogging hugs! ❀

    • Virginia says:

      Patty – spiders usually are on my get squashed list (especially after a few dangerous encounters overseas) but Miss Yellow Garden Spider’s web looked so intriguing, I had to check her out. (Note: her web residence is located outside – her presence would not be so welcome inside!) Blessings & spidery inspiration πŸ•·πŸ€ͺπŸ•·πŸŒ·πŸ•·πŸ€—πŸ•·

  4. Cindy Kranich says:

    Thought provoking, Ginny … never saw a spider so exquisitely beautiful! Good writing ✍️

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks, Cin. We can see Miss Yellow Garden Spider through a kitchen window. Still can’t believe she’s been in her web residence over 2 weeks! Weirdly inspirational watching her spinning her web (& spending time β€˜hanging out’ in the same place.) Blessings & spidery tenacity πŸ•·πŸ€ͺπŸ•·πŸŒ·πŸ•·πŸ€—πŸ•·

  5. arlene says:

    Nice captures Virginia.

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks, Arlene. It was a challenge trying to capture Miss Yellow Garden Spider’s web in a photo- even though the web is almost a meter long, it’s hard to see! Blessings & spidery tenacity – πŸ•·πŸŒ·πŸ•·πŸ€—πŸ•·πŸŒ·πŸ•·

  6. Though my tendency regarding spiders is to ‘squish’ them too… I have often been fascinated by the complex web they weave.
    I suppose ‘in effect’ we can also tend to weave our webs from time to time…. Diane

    • Virginia says:

      That’s a great way of looking at it, Diane – we all weave webs of some kind (figuratively.) Miss Aurelia (our spider) is still hanging out on her web – it’s been over 4 weeks! πŸ•·πŸ˜ŽπŸ•·

  7. Dewin Nefol says:

    Namaste Virginia πŸ™‚

    Your post is a post to ponder with mindfulness and wonder, thank you πŸ™‚

    I too share your general ‘fear’ of spiders, but would not cause them deliberate harm – however I live in the U.K where we do not have indigenous poisonous spiders other than those kept in terrariums.

    One of my many interests in life is symbolism, which informs my poetry and perhaps also my perspectives on life. I enjoy appreciating aspects of what might be perceived as mundane for its transcendent qualities. The spider has a long established and ancient association with human-kind and been held in both positive and negative regard, as such it has been given many symbolic attributes throughout the ages. Symbolic spider meanings would include:

    β€’ Representative of Fate and Time
    β€’ Beheld as Crafty, Cunning, and yet Artful
    β€’ Denotes Cyclical events and occurrences
    β€’ Associated with Rebirth, Mystery, Creation and Strategy
    β€’ Appears as a Protective force
    β€’ Remains Progressive, Resourceful and Intelligence in its activities
    β€’ Suggests at Illusion
    β€’ Is the holder of Esoteric Wisdom, Magic, and Benevolent Power.
    β€’ Inspires Good Fortune if we endeavour.

    From my humble perspective, Miss Yellow Garden Spider is possibly there to provide you with a message? πŸ™‚

    Grace, peace & inspirational spiders.

    Namaste πŸ™‚


    • Virginia says:

      Hey DN, thanks so much for this insightful spider wisdom. I usually squash them, but Miss Yellow Garden Spider completely fascinated me. She kept busy spinning her extraordinary web (in a corner we saw every day from the kitchen window) – for several MONTHS. When a repairman came, I warned him not to inadvertently mess up our β€˜Miss Yellow Garden Spider’s web.’

      Then, alas, a freaky early December winter storm knocked her out. Her demise made me sad – but glad for the chance to appreciate the majesty of her nature as an inspirational spider of enduring diligence.

      Blessings to you!! πŸŒŸπŸ•·πŸ•ΈπŸ•·πŸŒŸ

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Thank you Virginia, Namaste πŸ™‚

        I enjoyed reading your post and was inspired to share the above with you πŸ™‚ Miss Yellow garden Spider fascinated me as to her enduring presence at your home. I imagine she presented herself at her best: Nature always does when we admire and treasure Her as you most obviously do. Perhaps as a result of your interest and attention you are now also adept in the language of spiders πŸ™‚

        It’s saddening to hear of her demise. I sincerely hope you’ll have a new guest move in before long…no doubt word got out that you are a most obliging and considerate host who extends a warm welcome and protects spiders from wayward repairmen! πŸ™‚

        Again, the graphics are choice and most welcome: stars and spiders, who could ask for more, thank you πŸ™‚

        Live in Love, Go in Peace, Namaste πŸ™‚


      • Virginia says:

        You, too, DN – peace be with you! πŸ•Šβœ¨πŸ•ŠπŸ•·πŸ•ŠπŸŒŸπŸ•Š

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Thank you, Namaste πŸ™‚


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