Grandmother Spider  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"GRANDMOTHER SPIDER" IS AN IMPORTANT GODDESS AMONGST THE MANY NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. THEY CALL HER THE "GREAT TEACHER AND "THE CREATOR OF LIFE". "SHE HAS ALSO BEEN CALLED 'SPIDER WOMAN" WHICH IS A METAPHOR FOR "SHE WHO CREATES FROM A CENTRAL SOURCE. "HER WEBS REPRESENTS THE MATRIX OF OUR SOCIETIES. SHE IS THE GUARDIAN OF EVERYTHING THAT EXISTS ON EARTH AND USES HER MAGICKAL POWER TO WEAVE THE FABRIC OF TIME. ALTHOUGH SHE CAN OCCASIONALLY BE DESTRUCTIVE, SHE IS ALMOST ALWAYS PORTRAYED THE BENEFICENT GODDESS WHO CREATED EVERYTHING THAT THERE IS WITH HER THOUGHTS AND DREAMS. IT IS SHE WHO BROUGHT THE SUN AND THE FIRE; SHE TAUGHT POTTERY, WEAVING, AND THE MAKING OF CEREMONIAL MAGIC. SHE CREATED THE MOON.

HER LEGENDS ARE A PART OF THE CREATION MYTHOLOGY FOR SEVERAL SOUTHWESTERN TRIBES INCLUDING THE HOPI, PUEBLO, AND NAVAJO. ONE MYTH SAYS THAT IN THE BEGINNING OF TIME ONLY TWO BEINGS WERE IN EXISTENCE...TAWA, THE SUN GOD, WHO HELD ALL THE POWERS FROM ABOVE, AND GRANDMOTHER SPIDER, THE EARTH GODDESS, WITH ALL THE POWERS FROM BELOW. IT WAS TAWA WHO IMAGINED ALL OF THE CREATURES OF EARTH AND GRANDMOTHER SPIDER WHO TURNED THESE THOUGHTS INTO LIVING THINGS. AND, FOR EVERY PERSON SHE CREATED, SHE SPUN A FINE LINE OF SPIDER SILK THAT SHE ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS SO THEY WOULD ALWAYS BE CONNECTED TO HER AND HAVE ACCESS TO HER WISDOM AND HER TEACHINGS. AND FOR AS LONG AS THEY KEPT THE DOORWAY FROM THE TOP OF THEIR HEADS OPEN, TO LET THE SPIDER SILK IN, THEY WOULD BE PROTECTED BY HER.

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