spider webs ……..webs of spiders

It is common for spiders to eat their own web daily to recoup some of the energy used in spinning. The silk proteins are thus recycled. The tensile strength of spider silk is greater than the same weight of steel and has much greater elasticity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_web


spiders webs

Ecstasy looks fun, caffeine looks anxiety ridden….who is the genius that thought of injecting spiders with drugs? Sounds like the idea of someone that is on drugs.

When engaging in the use of animal oracle cards – or examining animal spirit totems (the animal that guides and gives you insight), the spider is seen as a sign of creativity and production (obviously).

In some American Indian tribes, it is considered as the symbol for the creator of the world and by extension is associated with the female creative energy      http://www.spiritanimal.info/spider-spirit-animal/

I once had that strange feeling when walking in the bush, that feeling that makes you stop suddenly – as I did I realised my face was approximately 10cms away from a spiders web, a web with a spider playing dead in the middle of it. I held my breath and became statue, after several minutes the spider returned to her weaving  – childlike amazement is the only way to describe having a  ringside seat to a natural and magical performance.. Have you ever seen a web being spun?

The web is a trap, Spiderman knows this well. I am interested in the concept of a trap. What kind of traps do we set as human beings?

There are emotional and mental based traps, what immediately springs to mind is society, the trap that seems to be coming out of the closet – thanks to social media – this trap of an elite few running the world, keeping the masses ignorant and controlling them via the fabricated news. Playing one race off against another to keep fear in minds and therefore the masses weak. I could go on and on but you get the picture. Brainwashing as a trap.

There is the old story of the woman ‘trapping’ the man by getting pregnant. My mothers good friend admitted this tactic and she is damn good at it because 55 years later and she still has him ‘trapped’

Physically most of us no longer have to set traps for our survival – however there are those still inclined to rough it in the wilderness and can set some clever traps for their prey. I am very drawn to the simple traps made from materials found in nature with perhaps a few nails or string thrown in for good measure.

The sticks, sharpened by hand, whittled down to the sharpest point possible. The balancing of structures, their support ready to be yanked away when the time is right. The holes, tunnels, places to fall, to get lost in, to contemplate your fate in, make amends in. The hanging traps, how often do we look up?

I do not wish to see a trap functioning, it is the idea that something can be trapped that interests me, the possibility, the surprise when a trap is discovered without setting it off. The trepidation a trap brings.

The Spanish word bobo translates to “stupid, daft, naïve, simple, fool, idiot, clown, funny man, one who is easily cheated” and similar pejorative terms. The slang of bobo, bubie, translates to “dunce”. Variations of this word exist in other languages (such as Latin), with their meaning being “to stammer”. Thus, the term “booby trap” gives rise to the idea that an individual with the misfortune to be caught in the trap does so because the individual is a “booby”, or that an individual who is caught in the trap thereby becomes”booby”



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