She was misunderstood.
The weaver of wisdom and protection. Such a calm guardian. Kind, loving, fierce.
Yet she scared most people. Their fear wrote stories about her character and hers was a life that could be taken. Not a loss. She was a creepy being anyway.
In the ancient stories she was loved and praised because of the silky patterns she could weave. Only visible to the eye in the sunlight. And yes she could catch what she needed to feed her family. Why shouldn’t she? Everyone knew back then that she was a sacred guardian.
But people forgot. And now they seemed to want to kill her most of the time.
She was wondering if it was time to return to the unseen world, but she loved the world too much to leave it unwoven and unprotected.
Now and then there were beings even in the human world who could feel her presence and honour her role, her thread in the big fabric. That made it easier.
One day the ancient stories would be remembered, told, restored and rewoven. They were too magic and loving to disappear. She knew that nothing is ever really lost.
If Great Grandmother Spider greets you today…try greeting her as the guardian that she is.