YA Lit Dream Interpretation: Spiders

In your dream everything seems normal, its not a nightmare at all.  Then something touches your arm.  You brush it away but still persists.  Your concentration is broken so you look for the source of your distraction.  To your horror you see a giant spider.  No matter how you try you cannot brush it off your clothes. 

In a panic you wake up.  Terrified and feeling a bit like Ron Weasley who is equally terrified of spiders, you wonder “Why spiders? Why couldn’t it be “Follow the butterflies?” (IMDB)   Freud might have a lot of explanations for your dream.  But a better interpretation is: you need fiction to solve your nightmarish concerns.  No need to psychoanalyze when some reader’s advisory  has the cure.

To see a spider in your dream indicates that you are feeling like an outsider in some situation. Or perhaps you want to keep your distance and stay away from an alluring and tempting situation. (DreamMoods)

While all dreams have positive and negative connotations, this dream interpretation will focus on the good outcomes of seeing a spider in your dreams.  Spiders can represent going against the popular crowd and finding your own way.  These YA novels will inspire you reject disruptive influences in your life by thinking about who your friends really are.

  • Conversion by Katherine Howe – Strangely similar illnesses strike the students at St. Joa18667792n’s
    Academy in Danvers, Massachusetts as the disease that sicked girls in Salem Village three centuries ago.  Colleen Rowly is determined not to panic as the symptoms spread among other students and several of her friends.  While accusations fly and talk show hosts salivate over such a juicy story, only Colleen sees the connection between to the Arthur Miller play, The Crucible.  Can Colleen find the cause of the illness before she becomes sick as well?


  • Shelter by Harlan Coben – After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is shelterforced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron.  After switching high schools, Mickey finds both friends and enemies, but when his new new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.  Other mysteries wait to be unraveled as Mickey’s dad may not be dead.  Secrets from the Bat Lady and his mother’s drug addiction create a reality of suspicion and intrigue for Mickey to navigate solo.

  • Period 8 by Chris Crutcher – Period 8 has always been a safe haven for high school senior Paulieperiod8 “The Bomb” Baum a constant attendee, but as Paulie, Hannah, their friends, and a sympathetic teacher try to unravel the mystery of a missing classmate, the ultimate bully takes aim at the school. When “Virgin Mary” Well disappears, her fellow students must endanger themselves to learn the truth. Troubles from beyond the classroom make their way into Mr. Logs class as he uses his teaching to skill to listen and really hear what his students think.  Has Mr. Log’s focus on honestly allowed a psychopath and gifted liar to walk among them?


  • Hexed by Michelle Krys – Popular cheerleader Indigo Blackwood, sixteen, finds her perfect life hexedthreatened when Bishop, a tattooed, leather-clad stranger, tells her the family Bible just stolen from the attic of her mother’s occult shop could mean the end to all witches, including, he says, Indigo herself.  Supernatural events begin to occur in rapid succession, Indigo must trust a total stranger to quell a top-secret bloody feud between dueling factions of wizards and sorcerers.


And one book about actual spiders just because

  • Larklight, or, The revenge of the white spiders!, or, To Saturn’s rings and back! :a rousing tale larklightof dauntless pluck in the farthest reaches of space by Philip Reeve – In an alternate Victorian England, young Arthur and his sister Myrtle, residents of Larklight, a floating house in one of Her Majesty’s outer space territories, uncover a spidery plot to destroy the solar system.

If you dream of spiders there may be influences in your life encouraging you to change and not for the better. You can avoid these pressures by ignoring the lies. Feeling like a standout doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  Channel your unique qualities and make the most of what differentiates you from the popular crowd, the team or your family.  Instead of struggling to be best, brightest or most beautiful; strive to just be, as you look for your place and purpose.

Laura C Perenic, currently reading The Whisperer (The Riverman Trilogy #2) by Aaron Starmer