Let it be noted that your reality rests upon the invisible. And wouldn't we wish that the existence of spiders, especially big ones, could remain invisible? Unfortunately, to the skittish and the scared, this rarely stays the case. There is good reason for this too. To understand why this might be, it is best to look into the nature of the tarantula and perceive the world through its special modes of being.
Out of the 30 Million life-forms on Earth, more than 90% are arthropods. An arthropod is an invertebrate animal that has an exoskeleton and segmented body; things like insects or crabs. A Tarantula is a type of Arachnid, or Spider, which belongs to the phylum Euarthropoda. There are more than 100,000 known species of Arachnids in the world, 900 of those being Tarantulas, which relate to the Theraphosidae family of spiders.
650 million years ago the genetic lineage that relates spiders to humans split. Those genes have survived 4 mass extinctions, remaining relatively unchanged for the past 380 million years. The plan and structure that crafts the beingness of these life-forms is archetypical in its nature, making spiders an excellent resource for amassing observational data that illuminates the preferences of universal intelligence.
The details of the Tarantula are hard to miss due to its size, but its two most noticeable qualities are that its large for a spider and that its rather hairy. The 'hairs' of the Tarantula are actually not hairs, (since only mammals produce hair), and are instead referred to as setae or bristles. These bristles are one of the Tarantulas principal sensory organs used for observing its environment and orienting itself. Although Tarantulas have 8 eyes, their vision is actually quite poor, perceiving only blobs of light and shadow. The bristles that cover the Tarantulas body are extremely sensitive, allowing the Tarantula to pick up chemical signatures and smell with them - things such as the pheromones of a mate, food, or water. They also feel energetic shifts in the atmosphere as to be attuned with weather and seasonal shifts, capture vibration to sense prey, enemies, or mates, or sometimes to even grip onto smooth surfaces. There is also a special kind of bristle on the opisthosoma (often referred to as the abdomen) of the Tarantula; these are known as 'urticating hairs.' These unique bristles are barbed and can be flicked off with the hind legs and projected at enemies. If the bristles stick into the skin or eyes of a predator, they can cause irritation, pain, or infection, in effect helping to detour these predators away from their species or save the spider.
Unlike insects, Tarantulas have no head, thorax, or abdomen. They are divided into two sections: prosoma and opisthosoma. The prosoma which is the front half of the spider features the eyes, mouth, 8 legs, pedipalps, chelicerae with their fangs, venom glands, brain, and sucking stomach. The opisthosoma houses the book lungs, gut, heart, silk glands, urticating hairs, and sexual organs.
Tarantulas exist as solitary creatures, either residing as terrestrial life-forms in burrows or arboreal varieties that live in trees. Females have the capacity to live up to 30 years, while males tend to live around 5 years. Male and female only come together for mating, which often happens at the end of summer and towards the end of the males lifespan.
Once the male is sexually mature, he will lay a sperm web, spray sperm on to the web, then store the sperm in his pedipalps for easy access and deposit once a female is found. The male will then begin to wonder, seeking out the scent of a females burrow knowing that his life is nearing its end.
If a male finds a females burrow, he positions himself close to the entrance and begins to tap the ground, almost like he is knocking. This signals the female that he is outside and that he desires her attention. As she immerges, the male must quickly hook her fangs with the spurs on his front legs so that she cannot eat him while he deposits his sperm packets. This ritual is a sexual battle all twisted with legs; the male fighting to propagate his seed, and the female attempting to eat him. When the male has finally finished, he unhooks his spurs, releasing her fangs, and attempts to vacate the area as quickly as possible. If the female catches him, she will consume him and incorporate his nutrients into the laying of her eggs.
On average, a female can lay up to 200 eggs. It normally takes around 90 days for the eggs to hatch and small spiderlings to emerge. These infants will survive by consuming their egg casings. After a few weeks, they leave their mothers burrow to avoid being eaten by her.
Much can be said about the nature and behavior of the many species of tarantula found throughout the world. For those interested in knowing more, we recommend personal research be pursued to gather further insight.
It may make some queasy to consider consuming insects or their extracts but, spiders are incredibly nutritional and medicinal. Since Tarantulas are the largest of the arachnids, it makes it easier to extract decent amounts of health beneficial remedies.
Tarantulas have large amounts of free amino acids when extracted. Amino acids play a crucial role in the health and maintenance of the body. Most know that amino acids are used for the production of proteins. This is a major role for amino acids, especially since the body is 20% protein by weight. But, amino acids do more than just synthesize proteins for constructing a body. They also are needed for metabolism, neurotransmitter synthesis, free-radical scavenging, hormone creation, heart health, and more.
9 out of the 20 amino acids needed for balanced health cannot be synthesized in the body. These 9 are considered 'essential nutrients' and must be obtained from nutritional intake. Tarantulas are an excellent source of these amino acids, as well as a large array of others.
It is now understood that amino acid imbalances can lead to hair loss. Traditionally, tarantulas were used in ancient Mediterranean areas to treat hair loss. The treatment often required both the ingestion of the spiders and a poultice that would be applied to the head.
On top of the large amount of bioavailable amino acids found in a tarantula extraction, they also contain a significant amount of necessary minerals. Particularly Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Silica, and Sulfur. Each one of these plays a crucial role in the health of your cells and organs.
With this proper balance of amino acids and minerals, it can be seen that the Tarantula Spagyric can have therapeutic effects on the:
°Vitamin D absorption
Tarantulas also contain a large quantity of Protease, a needed enzyme for protein metabolism. Without this crucial digestive enzyme, protein can crowd the blood causing rouleaux, which is when the blood cells stick together like large stacks of coins. This 'sticky blood' can clog the kidneys and cause oxidative stress to cells. This can eventually lead to kidney disease, hypothyroidism, lymphatic cancer, adrenal fatigue, obesity, or a myriad of other health-related issues.
Two sugar alcohols are also found in Tarantula extractions, namely inositol and mannitol. Both are natural to humans and are found in larger quantities in the brain and kidneys. Mannitol works to reduce pressure in the veins, eyes, brain, and kidneys. Inositol, in particular, plays a few roles, such as:
Insulin signal transduction
Nerve guidance (epsin)
Intracellular calcium (Ca2+) concentration control
Cell membrane potential maintenance
Breakdown of fats
and Gene expression
Tarantulas also contain silk glands in their opisthosoma. Two special proteins are found in these glands - Sericin and Fibroin. These proteins are bound together by two sulfur atoms, what is known as a disulfide bond. The body will prefer these proteins over collagen when it is available. And, it is found that silk proteins are 100x stronger and more resilient than collagen. Many cultures have used spider webbing directly on the skin to heal wounds, lesions, lacerations, and abrasions. Silk proteins are now being recognized as a prized cosmetic for skin rejuvenation and its anti-bacterial qualities. The Mineral content of Tarantula also plays an important role in the production of elastin, collagen, and silk protein absorption. Specifically the Silica and Sulfur found in large amounts in any Tarantula extraction.
Anything that enters our consciousness in either our waking or dreaming reality serves as a symbol for an aspect of our current state of being. It is a message, metaphor, symbol, or reflection of the Self. By understanding the objects of your reality, we can begin to understand the Self and reach higher potentials of cognition and understanding.
When we observe spiders, we see that they have 8 legs, 4 on each side. This can symbolize a few things. From an alchemical perspective, the first thing that should come to mind is the 4 elements and 4 humors. In alchemy, the above and below are said correspond - 'as above, so below.' This can also translate to mean 'as within, so without.' This means that the physical elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water can also be translated into internal 'elements' - Intuition, Thought, Emotion, and Sensory Sensation. Understanding these 4 elements is what allows you to apprehend the process by which the mind generates all experiences we could ever hope to have - both internally and externally. The number 4 points to the manifestation of matter. 4 and 4 together make 8, and 8 can symbolize infinity. When you put this information together, we can see how spiders can be understood to be creatures of manifestation and infinite abundance.
Along with that, we know that spiders spin webs. This weaving is also a metaphor for the creation and manifestation of experiences. This web allows the spider to maneuver, travel, fly, and also capture that which it most desires. It is for these reasons that we can call the tarantula the Dreamweaver. Working with its essences can have profound effects on manifesting and capturing abundance.
The tarantula is also a very sensitive creature. It can see energy, scent, and experience its reality in a state similar to synesthesia. By incorporating the Tarantulas essence into your own, it may be found that sensitivities to energetic changes can be perceived; shifts in someone's mood and thoughts - even across distances. Those interested in training psychic abilities, the capacity to move energy, or keen intuitive insight, this may be an ideal spagyric to consider.
Since Tarantulas are solitary animals, this points to a state of achieved sovereignty. Sovereignty is a necessary attribute for the embodiment of truth-realization, what some might refer to as 'enlightenment.' Needs, expectations, or attachments to others fuel the ego and keep the individual from being self-empowered. The tarantula can train us in the ways of existing as ourselves - whole and complete regardless of the circumstances.
This self-empowered state may be reflective of not only the solitary nature of these spiders but also their use of venom to paralyze their enemies and prey. A self-empowered individual can stop opposition in its tracks with controlled power as opposed to force, allowing for flow and ease of being.
Tarantulas also tend to hunt or exit their burrows at night. Creatures of the night are representative of the subconscious, or the veil or perceptions that keep us from clarity and wisdom. Bringing spider energy into your experience can help remove these veils of perception so that unconscious habits, thoughts, fears, or actions can be illuminated. This makes the Tarantula a great ally on the path of Self-discovery, truth-realization, and wisdom. This nocturnal nature may also influence lucid dream states or increased dream activity.
Tarantulas also molt at least once a year. They shed their outer exoskeleton and immerge with a fresh 'skin.' If appendages have been damaged or lost during the year, a Tarantula will emerge from a molt with fresh limbs. This is a symbol of resurrection, transformation, and healing. Clear insight to the patterns and pains that haunt us can allow us to stitch the wounds up, grow, and move on unscathed. This means that past traumas no longer have to be identified with. The role of victim can be shed, and the sovereign empowered you can proceed forward, self-sustained.
The Tarantula is an archetypical reflection of a state of being we all possess. Whether those factors are embodied or suppressed, tarantula can bring balance to these areas of self and potentiate possibility in our experience.
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