GRACE AND A WATER SPIDER / by Matt Clysdale

GRACE AND A WATER SPIDER, Version 1 - (Grace is a pseudonym since this person chose to remain anonymous)

GRACE AND A WATER SPIDER, Version 2

Grace sees her relationship to Water Spider as sacred and spiritual, rooted in shamanic teachings and the Cherokee creation myth, describing Water Spider’s role in bringing earth up from the depths of the ocean, after the flood, and placing it on Turtle’s back, thus leading to the creation of Turtle Island*.  

She views Water Spider as a source of empowerment and wisdom, embodied in part by their ability to hang upside down and view the world from multiple perspectives (of course amplified by their eight eyes). Water spiders can also walk on water as well as submerge themselves while hunting for prey, all making for an animal that moves freely between worlds - a truly unique ability.

*Other versions of the myth attribute this role to muskrat or a water beetle