For some time, and the last week in particular, I’ve been stuck in a rut. All aspects of my life have suffered from this; my productivity has dropped, and my spiritual life has been all but nonexistent. Worse yet, I’ve been well aware of how bad things were, but I made no effort to change. That is, until last night, when I had an unexpected guest: a small, brown spider.

As one might guess from the title of this blog, I am very fond of spiders, and as such, I was delighted when I saw the small creature working its way down one of my sketchbooks. When it paused mid-descent, I observed the markings upon its abdomen and saw a form suggestive of the sulfur cross. Naturally, I read this as an omen, and interpreted it to mean that I should bring divine fire back into my life and get my shit together. Sulfur further represents illumination, which is interesting, considering that I hold spiders in high esteem for bringing wisdom and magical power.

After leaving the room for a time, I returned and, inspired by the spider, began to work on a meditation mat/ritual space incorporating a web and spidery sigils. During the course of this labor, my guest again appeared, this time on the wall. From that angle, I was able to discern that the markings on the abdomen were not like the sulfur cross at all. Rather, they more strongly resembled a sigil I’ve used in magical depictions of spiders.

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Very interesting indeed…