28. Oct, 2015

Catch a Spiders Web

Catch a Spiders Web - Jan Stewart

Spiders have been spinning webs for at least a hundred million years and they are still very busy. Orb webs (pictures 1 & 2) are mainly spun by the Aranneidae family and tangled cobwebs (picture 3) by the Theridiidae. To capture a web you need to venture out with a piece of dark coloured card, a pair of scissors and some hair spray. First spray the web on one side. Carefully slip the card behind it (where it is still sticky) and gently pull forwards. Snip any threads which remain attached to plants etc. Do not worry if there seems to be few threads on the card; all will be revealed at home. Here, sprinkle the web with a fine powder such as talc or flour. Shake it about then tip off the excess. Repeat if necessary until you can see all the details. The result can be preserved under cling film to make a Halloween card. 

You may also like to capture many webs or gather dew from them and make an essence. Gretchen Lawlor (an American astrologer) feels that her Cobweb essence is ‘for knitting together the web of your life, especially if events had been shattering--a useful remedy for soul retrieval work’; but yours may contain other signatures. There is also Daniel Maple’s Wild Earth Spider essence to try. This ‘facilitates inner connection and integration. Facilitates accessing one's deepest inner wisdom, and nurtures a sense of wholeness. As the vehicle of interconnectedness, supports one in tying together that which has felt separate within oneself. Nurtures a sense of belonging, connection, and integration at all levels of ones being. Meanwhile, spin a beautiful, nourishing time for yourself this week.