Is that the word that springs from your lips when you see a spider?  It was for my friend from down under, Sandra, when she met her little, ok not so little, visitor the other day, Charlotte…(so aptly named).

Powerful Mysterious Charlotte

I told her not to fret, I would find out the symbolism of the spider…here it is.

“The spider is an ancient symbol of mystery, power and growth.

We take our first lesson from the ancient symbol of the spider by contemplating its web.

Just as the spider weaves a web, so too must we weave our own lives. The spider symbol meaning here serves as a reminder that our choices construct our lives. When the spider appears to us, it is a message to be mindful of the choices we are making.

Not only do spiders and their webs draw attention to our life choices, they also give us an overview of how we can manipulate our thinking in order to construct the life we wish to live.

Spiders do this by calling our awareness to the amazing construction of their webs. Fully functional, practical, and ingenious in design – spider webs serve as homes, food storage, egg incubators – seemingly limitless in their functionality.

When we consider this ingenious diversity, we can also consider the web-like construct of our own lives. How are we designing the most effective life?

When we see our decisions, choices and actions as far-reaching, effective tools in life – we can see how we weave a web that can either serve us or enslave us. The spider symbol meaning beckons us to be mindful of our behaviors – be smart about the life we weave for ourselves.

We can derive more spider symbol meaning when we consider certain subtle characteristics that represent ancient symbols of infinity.

The infinity symbol meanings occur when we consider most spiders have eight eyes and all have eight legs. The number eight is also a symbol of infinity or lemniscate (an eight turned on its side). Also, the vibrational frequency indicates the meaning of number eight involves cycles, passage of time, and evolution.”

Symbolic spider Meanings

  • Fate
  • Death
  • Female
  • Crafty
  • Cunning
  • Cyclical
  • Rebirth
  • Creation
  • Protection
  • Progressive
  • Resourceful

You can read the complete article HERE

If you enjoy Law of Attraction here is another article about Law of Attraction and Spider Symbolism


Mystery, power, and growth…that’s what Charlotte and her friends bring when they come for a visit, among other things.

Are we weaving our lives into a web we are happy to live in?  Are we using our inner power to become who we want to…are we growing in the direction that calls us?  Is there something we need to rethink?

Charlotte presents us with much to ponder!

Maybe the next time we spot a spider, instead of Eeeeek it will be Hmmmm!!

Thank you!


(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018


First, I apologize for that clacking noise you hear.  I had a sweater in my dryer which has big buttons on it and you are hearing the buttons hit as it dries.  I did not “deer” leave the window to stop the dryer.  I was afraid they would leave and this was so fascinating to watch.

I don’t know if they are male or female, do you?  Mommy & Daddy, Parent & Child, Siblings??

I was sitting on my couch and I glanced out the window, I do this often to check on the birdies & squirrels, when a deer caught my eye.  My mouth dropped, I grabbed my phone, went over to the chair by the other window and started recording.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  They were out there for 35 minutes….it just got too dark for the phone to capture a good picture.  I really need to install a camera on the back of the house so I can have clearer images!!  😉

As always…here is what the deer symbolizes.

“The deer is linked to the arts, specifically poetry and music in ancient Celtic animal lore due to its graceful form. The Celts also believed that deer were associated with the fairie realm, and would lead troops of fairies – hundreds of them trailing behind them as the stag cut a path through the forest.

Both Celts and Native Americans observed the deer to be savvy when it came to finding the best herbs. These earth-bound peoples would follow the deer to prime herb patches – many of which proved to be highly beneficial in their medicinal purposes.

A quick-list of animal symbolism of the deer may offer a great deal of insight as you are working with the spirit of the deer in your life.

Summary of Symbolic Meanings for the Deer

  • Love
  • Grace
  • Peace
  • Beauty
  • Fertility
  • Humility
  • Swiftness
  • Regrowth
  • Creativity
  • Spirituality
  • Abundance
  • Benevolence
  • Watchfulness

How does this translate into our own life experience?

Just as the deer has an uncanny sense of where to find the green freshness earth provides, we can ask the deer within ourselves to seek out our inner treasures. In meditation or day dream, go on a spiritual hike with the deer. See yourself walking in the woods with the deer leading you into amazing depths within your soul. Each step you and the deer take will lead you deeper into your spiritual knowing, and to limitless treasure within.

The deer (particularly the doe, females) has the capacity for infinite generosity. Their heart rhythms pulse in soft waves of kindness. Match that graciousness by offering your trust to her. She will reward you by leading you to the most powerful spiritual medicine you can fathom.

In China the deer is a symbol of happiness and good fortune. Indeed, its name in Chinese is a homonym for the word abundance.

Meaning of the deer is associated with: The Dawn, The Moon and the direction of the East. If you want to invoke the symbolic meaning of the deer you may have most success and profound experiences while incorporating these associations.

For example, we can honor the deer during a full moon to enhance or draw out some of deer qualities (listed above) within ourselves.

Likewise, honoring the deer with our attention pointed in an eastern direction at dawn will elicit responsive energy too. Nothing fancy (the deer really has no use for pomp and circumsance – her pleasure comes from quiet simplicities) just a solemn nod of your head and a simple “thank you” for deer presence will do.”

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Poetry and music, well now that certainly speaks to me, as do fairies.  I love the idea of seeking my inner treasures.  Have you seen any deer lately?

Thank you!


(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018


On my drive to work I was overcome by that glorious odor of Pepe Le Pew!!  aka Skunk.

Bonjour Mon Amour!!

The skunk gets a bum rap.  😉  So today I’ve decided to celebrate the Skunk and share with you what the symbolism of the Skunk is.  Perhaps next time we will have a better appreciation of the odorous little guy.

“A Few Symbolic Meanings of the Skunk

  • Defense
  • Prudence
  • Protection
  • Confidence
  • Awareness
  • Pacification
  • Effectiveness
  • Good judgement

We would all do well to take this animal symbolism from the skunk: Do no harm. Indeed, as a totem animal, the skunk asks us to defend ourselves effectively, without causing further conflict.

Interestingly, the skunk would prefer to be even less assertive. You see, it takes over a week to reproduce its stinky juices after using them (their glands are only good for about 4 sprays). Ergo, the skunk is 100% sure it must spray before doing so as this defense tool is a commodity in the wild – not to be wasted on false alarms.

In recognizing this, we see the skunk is the ultimate pacifist, and by adopting its peace-loving ways we may obtain the carefree lifestyle this creature enjoys.

Carefree indeed, the skunk has very few predators because most of the animal kingdom recognize its tell-tale markings and know from wildlife scuttlebutt the skunk is not to be fooled with.  As such, the skunk goes about its business with aplomb, and has an innocent quality that few wild creatures have the luxury of exhibiting.

Other Animal Symbolism Keywords for the Skunk

  • Introspection
  • Innocence
  • Assurance
  • Patience
  • Silence
  • Peace

Those with the skunk as their animal totem are naturally buoyant. They go through life with a calm assurance, and exude a peaceful energy that is extremely attractive to others.

Call upon the spirit of the skunk when you need quality judgment in a situation – particularly if you’re in a stressful state, or someone is pushing your buttons. The skunk will ease you out of the situation with deft and diplomacy.

The skunk can also help calm jangled nerves, and help to center ourselves into a quiet, peaceful state.

The skunk is very effective when calming small children too. Give it a try. Ask the skunk for assistance with your fussy little ones.

The skunk is happy to heed your call for help.  Just remember to respect the skunk and express your thanks for the guidance and assistance.”

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If you want to find out what Animal Totem you are go HERE

I could take a few lessons from Pepe Le Pew on those stressful days when calm assurance and a peaceful energy would serve me well.

Who knew the Skunk’s symbolism would end up smelling like a rose!!


(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018