You open a cabinet, and out come a thousand daddy long-legs spiders. You look down at your hand, and there's a black widow crawling up your arm, ready to bite. You put your hands in your pockets, and out come a whole crew of baby spiders. Sounds gross, but relax my friends, they're just spider dreams, and they're totally common. While the presence of these creepy crawlers may never be a particularly welcome addition to your slumber, dreams about spiders don't have to mean something sinister, even if you utterly hate these spooky bugs.
Now, like many things in life, dreams are 100 percent up for interpretation, and when you start trying to glean some meaning from your own, I suggest starting by simply considering the underlying feelings you have while you're dreaming. Are you anxious? Angry? Feeling confused? Once that emotion becomes clear to you, it will likely be easier for you to discern what certain symbols in the dream mean or don't mean to you.
And whether or not you're a believer in the whole dream symbolism thing, interpreting dreams has long been incorporatedinto therapeutic practices. Dr. Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., a psychologist, clinical assistant professor of medicine, and sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, told TIME,
If nothing else, dreams can be thought of simply as your mind digesting all the information you take in while you're awake. So, if you're dreaming about spiders, maybe you simply saw one making a web in the corner of your bedroom. Or, yes, maybe they are indeed a symbol of something more. Here are a few speculated interpretations to consider.