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Spider: Grandmother of Creation

Author: Ashley Costanzo and Janice VrMeer

ShamanNature@excite.com

At the dawn of summer, in the warmth of springtime, Spider peeks her
head out and begins again to spin her tale. Her tale, like her web is
spiral, each year bringing greater more elaborate worlds and possibilities
into manifestation. Her story, her web is the spiral of life. Her ability
and joy in creation is woven deep into the hearts and destiny of mankind.
We can all learn from spider how and what to create in our sacred roles of
Creators.

Spider is the grandmother of creation. She will tell you, and she loves
to tell, that the center of each creation you weave must be strong and well
anchored; the center must hold if a world is to rest upon it. The center of
what is human is our ability to perceive beauty and the divine. Strengthen
these things, and you will strengthen humanity; stifle them, and you remove
one delicate strand on which we all rely. Destroy one child's capability
for approaching the sublime, and you threaten us all.

Similarly, the center of each person must hold strong, if the soul is to
be fed, if the person is to survive. The true center is the heart, and the
heart is sweet and delicious. If we live from our hearts, our soft delicate
centers, we will taste the sweetness in pleasure and pain, loses and gains.
Like Spider, live your life only to find the delicious nectar of the heart
and let it nourish you and fuel your creations. Let your creations only be
born from heart, from sweetness. If you live your life ever striving for
the honey of the heart, there you will find reward.

When you are fed by the beauty of a sunset, by justice, by soft touches
and love, you nourish the heart of humanity and hold strong our center.
When you create beauty from the heart, you create a new delicious center
from which can spring a radiant world, the likes of which we have only
glimpsed--in the eloquence of Shakespeare, in the light of Renoir, in the
buildings of Frank Gehry glistening on Spanish shores. A strong delicate
shimmering world of light, beauty, truth and justice is ours for the
creating. Spider lives in this inter-dimensional shimmering center. Seek
her and she will show you how to spin a cathedral from silk, light and dew,
though she tells me some of you have already felt the sweetness of her kiss.

Spider honors each individual's essence. Honor and encourage each
person's individual essence, recognizing and gathering only the sweetness.
In our world, humans are often honored for their actions instead of their
essence. We often look to be fed by what we do instead of who we are, by
work and play instead of our divine essence. Spider assures us that a
thousand hours of work will never be as valuable to her or Great Spirit as
one drop of your essence.

Have you ever looked closely at a spider's web sparkling in the sun?
Each place four directions intersect (much like the intersection of our
world) is the home of countless rainbows, adding to the spectacle that is
the kaleidoscope of her creation. Can you be dedicated enough to Beauty to
encourage each of her creations to shine forth their own light so that the
whole web can sparkle its infinitely complex pattern? When an individual's
essence is not honored, a rainbow is stifled. Are you secure enough in your
own shining that you can allow others to join and compliment your light?

Spider also encourages us to discard the heaviness in our lives.
Delicate worlds of light must be inhabited by delicate beings of light.
Take only what is yours, the nectar, and leave behind the old forms and
baggage. Take with you only the sweetest relationships, possessions, ideas;
the rest belongs to the heavy world of yesterday. Cut free from your life
the carcasses of dead, the forms from your past heavy world, anything that
does not smell of love and honey. There is only room for the necessary in
this new world: love and light. Those who wish to travel, to see wonderful
things, must travel light and often alone. Do not fear, though you must
travel alone, you will not arrive alone; you will not live your new life of
beauty and bliss alone. Eat light, think light, create light and make that
subtle shift into the next dimension.

Ask Spider for help when other spirits cannot. Many spirits and guides
prefer to exist in the formless, where they can be limitless. Time is
patterned; in the formless there is no comparison. As Spider gives birth to
patterned manifestation (she lives in the grid), she can help you create in
a smooth effortless, even timely, manner. As her hourglass shape would
imply, she is nothing if punctual. She can weave it all, everything at any
time in existence. Though she would remind us that it takes even her at
least a night to build wonders. And all things patterned, come in their
patterned time.

Of course there is free will. Like her, the patterns you weave can be
changed instantly. If you would choose to be limitless, she would be happy
to immediately escort you beyond her realm, to a formless realm where you
can begin to spin tales, worlds and patterns of your own. She tells us that
humans live (more often than they realize), between form and formlessness;
our potential is unlimited. Fortunately for her, she says, humans
appreciate form. It keeps her busy.

She reminds us that within the web of life, ups and downs are natural,
not evil. Her web lays the grid-work for contrast. That's why all of
creation thanks and despises her. She doesn't take this personally. She
understands that her constructs facilitate much growth. She is mindful of
our contracts, both this and otherworldly, and helps us to fulfill them.

Like a patient grandmother teaches her grandchild to weave, she
illustrates for us the sacred geometry at the center of our existence. She
creates always in a circle; circles always in spirals, reflecting even
within her tiniest creations the grandeur of infinity and the secrets of
life. Within the patterns of her webs are the maps of creation, the cosmos,
the laws of the universe and mathematics.

Looking to travel to other worlds, other dimensions? Spider is multi-
inner and outer dimensional. She will help you to travel throughout
creation, and in death, when asked, she will give your essence a respectful
passage to your next destination. She can travel freely between worlds and
dimensions because she laid the gridwork; it's only a matter of placing her
awareness. She makes her web available for you to travel to any destination
in any creation. Simply ask for directions, and she will show you the way
to climb. She would like us to understand that being multi-dimensional is
our natural state, that with clear intention and an open mind anything is
possible.

When you attempt to create, listen to the questions Spider asks you:
What lies at the center of your intention/creation? Are you taking only the
nectar from the raw materials of your creation, or are you attempting to
weave in outdated superfluous heaviness, baggage and worn-out ideas? Have
you cut-free from your life anything that is not necessary, that is not pure
love and light? Is your creation born of who you are not what you do? Are
you ready to see only the wonder of beauty, encouraging diversity and
individuality in every soul you meet? Do you create from the perspective of
your limitlessness, keeping an open heart and mind?

Spider is always at the edge of your awareness, ready to whisper her
stories of truth, beauty and justice to anyone who would listen. She is
ready to provide the frame for the worlds you would weave; or when you are
ready, teach you to lay the geometric patterns for your own foundations.
All she asks in return for her secrets eloquently told is that you honor her
brothers and sisters and that divine essence within us all. With spider's
grace, may you forever create in sweetness.

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