I went all Virgo persnickety on my yard today – mowed, and yanked a ton of weeds so this dark Virgo moon I can rest easy knowing my inside and outside chores are done. A happy Virgo is a Virgo with work completed (Virgo is the sign of work and service).
The cool thing is what stopped me dead in my tracks !
I brake ( break ! ) for critters.
I just had to get a pic of this most beautiful, groovy (Saturn-ruled) spider and her web.
How appropriate my new spider friend is a Nephila, or ‘fond of spinning’, as I have been having a weird spun-out, emotional weekend. Transiting Jupiter is nearly conjunct my natal 4th house Moon/Neptune opposition my emotional geiger counter is c-c-clicking !
I need a distraction, so here are some pics (Neptune) from my home (4th house) !
Golden silk orb-weavers are sometimes referred to as writing spiders due to occasional zigzag patterns called stabilimenta (web decorations) built into their webs. There are many theories as to why the spiders spin such patterns, such as they make shiny UV attractors, excess silk, but the coolest theory is because they like the patterns, it is their spider art. How cool is that ?!
I’m going with aesthetics, because I once saw a large web with a teeny-weenie miniature web (just like the big one) in the far upper right corner of the web. I often wondered if it was a practice web, wall art or maybe a guest bed…who knows..?! I keep an eye out just in case I see another someday.
If my theory is true, it would mean spiders are not only Saturn-ruled, but also Venus (art) ruled. This particular spider often kills her mate, so better toss in some Mars and Pluto as well.
What do you think….?
I looked up spider totem, and it is spot-on because I wasn’t even going to post this evening….and just as I waited for the page to load, I glanced at the clock- 11:11 ! (manifestation time)
So groOovy…let’s all see the web of life during the dark Virgo Moon !
Spider helps understanding of illusions and reality, spiritual and physical balance, awakens sensibilities and weaves influences in development in your own world, stay focused on the center of things. Spider is gentleness and strength and will remind you of this pattern. She also will aid in communications and the written word.
I find spiders fasinating, I dont understand how people can be so scared of them. I hate to see someone kill them out of fear.
Wow I never knew spiders can weave that zigzag pattern, great pics, you captured it well. I would like to think it because they enjoy making the pattern, looking at it though reminds me of a blanket stitch, like the spider is sewing.
great article, well done.
I love spiders too, especially since I have lived in this house. They are prolific here and spin lots of great fall webs in all the trees and shrubbery. I didn’t know about the zig zag pattern either and find it fascinating – it does look like a blanket stitch..!
Glad you liked the pictures, I dropped everything to go find my camera and take them ! When my zoom pics were fuzzy, she let me in really close and didn’t mind at all.
I was thinking in my previous spider post, I mentioned spider silk and nets being Neptune ruled- and Neptune also rules the inspired artist, so I think Neptune (inspired artist) rather than Venus (cultivated artist). Thanks, Susan !
I found a link to web design research- http://www.freewebs.com/metko/webdecorations.htm
Just asked the local bug expert about the zig zag web design.
(…yes, I know spiders are arachnids, not bugs…)
The funky design apparently serves as a bird repellant, it shows up so birds won’t fly through it.
Now we know. 🙂