White Widow Spider Symbolism

One of my readers contacting me as she was having reoccuring dreams about a white widow spider. My response to her message follows here: 

Dear Web Weaver:

I trust you have read my Spider symbolism page: Spider Symbol Meanings Page

The widow is a beautiful symbol of honoring the feminine energy within each of us.  Nurturing, comfort, patience, and wisdom.

Further, the widow is a creature of the autumnal equinox…this season we are entering now…a symbol of harvest and preparation.

Often the widow comes when it is time to prepare our homes and hearts for new events in our lives…to get ready for a new turn in our life’s direction.

The widow also comes as a message of peace and patience.  When we may be anxious or edgy the widow reminds us that all things come into (our web) understanding in good time.  Simply continue about the business of preparation (spinning) and all good things will come.

This message of patience is also consistent with spiders being symbolic of the passage of time.  Many Native American tribes see each round within the spiders web as a certain span of time…as such, many tribes see the spider as the mother of time itself.

The color white is symbolic of purity, enlightenment, and clarity.  When white is associated with totems within our visions it is a sign of blessing…a confirmation that our intentions are true, and that we are pure of heart in our endeavors.

I have a brief summary of color meanings on my symbols site. Here is the link:  Color Symbolism and Meaning.

Other resources:

Spider Tattoo Meanings 

Spider Symbolism (full article)

Thanks to Fabian on Flickr for the use of the white widow picture.

Symbolic Dimes & the Meaning of Number Ten

I got an email from a woman who constantly encountered dimes on her path as well as the number ten reoccuring in her life.  She asked me about the symbolism of dimes and/or the symbolic meaning of the number ten – to which I responded: 

Dear Ten Cent-sation: 

The meaning of number ten deals with returning to our center, coming full circle.  Ten holds a vibration of unity, as well as fresh starts.

If the number One symbolizes the beginning (& it does), then we can say that the number Ten represents the outcome, result, or achievement of that first step or beginning.

The most profound message number Ten hails is “whatever we sew,  we shall now reap.”  In other words, “what comes around goes around. ”

Ten also represents fulfillment, attainment, and completion.  These attributes are obtained by observing the Ten containing all the elementary numbers from 1 to 9.   As such, Ten is a vessel holding all the jumbled up potential found in the language of numbers.

Ten is also a bit slippery because reduced – it turns back to number One – hence, again – a full circle, coming to the beginning – finding unity (all is one, one is all).

That you are picking up a great deal of dimes is quite a good sign.  Specifically, dimes may be symbolic of shiny opportunities coming your way that you once thought were lost to you. 

Remember Tens are strong representation of recycling events (full circle) – a dime is a superior symbolic symbol of such phenomenon.  Consider how many times a dime (or any money for that matter) is recycled through our society. 

Symbolic dimes provide messages of lost opportunities regained.  Things we thought we should not or could not do are beginning to resurface.  Our energies are being recycled.  Our intellectual currency is on the brink of change. 

Shiny, bright and round…these dimes on your path are beacons of promise.  They hold the meaning of number Ten firmly in their vibration and that is:  “Events are coming full circle.  Cast off the old, and don the new.  Step into the begining that is for your greatest good.”

I trust this information on  the symbolism of dimes and the meaning of number ten helps you on your path.

Regards & blessings to you,

A. Venefica

Navajo Medicine Wheel – A Powerful Native American Symbol of Life Phases

One of my readers asked me for information on Native American Medicine Wheels.  Specifically,  she wanted to know how the phases of human life were represented within the wheel – to which I respond:

Dear Native Nurturer: 

As you know, there are numerous Native American tribes.  Each tribe (if each indeed has a specific symbol for the life phases) will each have a different symbol.  Although some tribe symbols are similar, no symbols are universal amongst all tribes.

The best I can provide you with is the assignment of characteristics of human growth designated by the Navajo medicine wheel (shown above).  These assignments are according the the directions of the wind, the creatures of the Mother, and the colors of the spirit realm.  Attributes of this powerful Native American Symbol are as such:

  • Child: South/Mouse/Red
  • Death: West/Bear/Black
  • Adult: North/Buffalo/White
  • Birth: East/Eagle/Yellow

The symbolism of each quadrant within the wheel is mammoth, and require much devotion for fullness of understanding.  

As you contemplate the wheel, and the developmental stages through the Native’s eyes, consider the following philosophical phrases in conjunction with the above listed wheel designations:

  • “With the sway of south winds we flow from the blood of the Mother, small as mice and innocent yet with powerful potential in our tiny eyes.”
  • “Our newborn dew passes off from us like the sun setting west.  We explore our domains and form conclusions about the way of things.  In play we mount courage and find our way as the bear. “
  • “As high pines kiss north skies, we stand tall in our growth. We provide, we expand, we rule thunderously as the buffalo.”
  • “The sun rises upon our lives and judges it fit for sacrifice.  With supple eagle wings we now slip off the flesh and climb light’s highest rung.”

I hope this information proves useful on your journey to deeper understanding of Native American symbolism/philosophy.

Regards & blessings to you,
A. Venefica

BloodRayne Symbol Meaning

A gentleman asked me if I knew anything about the BloodRayne symbol meaning, to which I respond:

Dear Thirsty: 

Thank you for visiting my website.

Although I am not familiar with BloodRayne, the symbol you described in your email to me does sound familiar.

I have attached an image (seen in upper left) of the symbol to which I believe you are referring.

This is the alchemical symbol for Brimstone.

Due to its horrific smell and virulent bright (yellow) color, brimstone was believed to be the fuel on which the fires of hell burned.

This belief was made stronger by the fact that Brimstone was found around hot springs and in areas of volcanoes and high volcanic activity. 

The more modern title for Brimstone is Sulphur.

I trust this information is helpful to you on  your path.

Regards & blessings,
A. Venefica

Symbolism of the Falcon – Meaning of Falcon Sightings

A reader of my websites and blog contacted me wanting to know the symbolism of the Falcon.  She proceeded to tell about her outing in the woods when she encountered not one, but three Falcons upon her path.  She felt as though they were trying to communicate with her, and so she turned to me for the meaning of Falcon sightings upon our path.  My response is below:

Dear Falcon Fan: 

The Peregrine Falcon lives up to its Latin name: Falco Peregrinus which means foreigner or stranger because it is a migratory bird rather than sedentary – it is found throughout the world and tends to travel great distances.

The peregrine is most often used in falconry due to its keen intellect and incredible ability to calculate or judge its prey.

The fact that the Falcon revealed itself to you at work makes me believe that the message may relate to your job, profession, craft, vocation, career, passion for work, etc.

Throughout history, culture and myth, Falcons symbolize superiority, spirit, light, freedom and aspiration.  The Falcon is a solar emblem for success, victory and rising above a situation.

Further evidence of its solar influence, the Falcon was symbolic of the rising sun in Egypt.  It is also the king of all birds where many gods were shown with the head or body of the Falcon (including Ra).

In Western tradition, the Falcon represents the huntsman and is associated with the Germanic sky-gods Wodan as well as Frigg and the trickster Loki. In European culture the Falcon is considered a warlike symbol.

At its core, the Falcon represents visionary power, wisdom, and guardianship.  This powerful bird awakens visionary power, and leads you to your life purpose.  The Falcon carries with it a message of transition and change – perhaps in your vocation, work, career, etc.

The fact that this Peregrine chose to show itself to you is a powerful message in itself.  This is a call for you to pay attention to the your performance, your function, your actions.

Falcons encourage us to calculate and strategize.  If we have a goal, Falcons beckon us to make plans and strategies to obtain these goals. Falcons are all about focus – strong, one-pointed focus.  When they show themselves to us, we are being called to focus on our desires and our goals, and do what is necessary to bring our desires into our reality.

The fact that the Falcon is a solar beast leads me to believe that there is something in your life that you are highly passionate about, and the Falcon is asking you to take action on this passion.  But be smart about it – don’t jump into something without doing research and planning.  Make your passion a reality by persuing it methodically.

Lastly, I would encourage you to invoke the spirit of the Falcon in your meditations, during quite/relaxing times, and just before sleeping.  When you calm yourself and call upon the spirit of the Falcon, the Falcon is then able to come through your consciousness and provide you more details about what you must know.  Animals are always willing to provide us more messages – it is up to us to allow their messages to come through an listen.

I trust this information proves helpful to you on your journey.

Regards & blessings to you,

A. Venefica

Seven Number Sequence & Advice on Reading Numbers

I often get questions on specific number sequences and what they mean. 

For instance, recently a reader asked me the significance of the number 717 – the number seemed to follow her everywhere, and she wanted clarification.

The following is my response on the various meanings this seven number sequence holds, as well as some advice on reading numbers that occur in sequences.

Dear Seven Seer:

The beauty of numbers is that you can look at them in so many different ways.

Another amazing feature of numbers is that they line up with our own vibrational frequency – we are like magnets to their vibration – we attract them into our lives.

You can see your 717 any many ways.

Add them up & reduce (which is common practic in numerology) to get 7+1+7=15 reduce 1+5=6 The prime number meaning in this case is Six: Six represents harmony, balance, sincerity, love, and truth. Sixes naturally reveal solutions for us in a calm, unfolding manner. We invoke the Six when we need delicate deplomacy when dealing with sensitive matters. The spiritual meaning of number Six also deals with enlightenment; specifically “lighting” our path in areas where we require spiritual and mental balance. Sixes beckon us to administer compassion, and consciously choose forgiveness in a situation.

Or – you can pick out the predominant number of the sequence, which is Seven: Representative of scholarly activities, mystery, and active seeking of esoteric knowledge. Seven’s deal with the activation of imagination, and manifesting results in our lives through the use of conscious thought and awareness. Ruled by Saturn, Seven’s can represent impractical dreaming, but with a deeper understanding of the aspects of Seven, you can quite deftly utilize it’s magic vibration to your own benefit.

Another way of looking at the sequence is seeing it visually – the power of Seven on either side of the number One.  One’s deal with new beginnings, and purity.  If you look at the attributes of the number Seven and apply it to the One – you could say that you are in the process of beginning artistic endeavors (first Seven) you are are pure in your commitment (middle One) and you shall end your endeavor with a better understanding and higher awareness (last Seven in the sequence).

I also like to encourage people who see number sequences to draw the numbers – play with them artistically – you can draw or visualize the sequence as a gate (the two Seven’s on either side of the One – swinging open into a new begining) contemplate the various symbolic representations this number sequence can provide.

When we let our minds relax, and just play with the numbers, encourage our minds to dream of them before falling asleep, paint them, write about them, meditate upon them – answers inevitably come to us.  Approach your sequence in new & creative ways – you’ll be amazed by the answers and inspirations you will receive.

I trust this information is helpful to you on your path.

Regards & blessings to you,

A. Venefica