The spider symbolizes hard work, creativity, unity, and freeing ourselves from being bound. Spiders spin intricate webs and spider web silk, although seemingly fragile, is one of the strongest fibers known to man.
Spiders are careful and diligent web weavers, knowing exactly how to ensnare their prey without getting caught themselves. Spiders symbolize creativity and those with spider totems are often involved in creative careers or somehow use their creativity to benefit others.
When spider appears it may be to challenge you to see the ways in which you may remain trapped. Are you weaving your own web? Or are you becoming trapped by outer influences? Spiders are often challenging totems, but they teach us how to create our own path in life. Spider also teaches us how to be a part of the whole as we walk our individual path. All things are connected and we are all one.
Spiders in dreams are typically good luck signs with the exception of Tarantulas which are said to symbolize illness and the need to tend to health matters.