(June 2006. Photo by Robin)
“The web of life is a beautiful and meaningless dance. The web of life is a process with a moving goal. The web of life is a perfectly finished work of art right where I am sitting now.” — Robert Anton Wilson
It is said in Native American lore that Grandmother Spider brought light to the people. In one version she captured the sun and brought its warmth and light down to the earth. In another she steals fire from the people of the East, giving it to the humans, teaching them how to feed the fire and make it grow, and then staying to also teach them about spinning and weaving, something she is expert at doing.
In another myth, Grandmother Spider placed the stars in the sky. She took her web, laced with dew, and threw it up into the sky where the dew became the stars we see at night.
When I look up at the stars tonight I shall thank Grandmother Spider for her gift of light. How dull the skies might be without the twinkle, sparkle, and shimmer of all those lovely stars.