Zodiac signs as spiders


September 29, 2023



With Halloween around the corner, check out which spider represents each zodiac sign in this list created by StyleCaster.

Aries: Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria spp.)

Aries is the zodiac sign of war, power, dominance and aggression, which is why they have a lot in common with the terrifying and gargantuan Brazilian wandering spider. This arachnid is one of the most deadly spiders in the world, preying on insects and small mammals in the dead of night. Their venom can cause death and even paralysis in humans. As you might guess, Aries is a zodiac sign that much prefers to go on the offense than defense. This cardinal fire sign relates to the way the Brazilian wandering spider doesn’t need to waste time weaving a web to lure in their marks.

Taurus: Trashline Orb Weaver (Cyclosa turbinata)

If there’s one thing Taurus loves, it’s their things. This Venus-ruled zodiac sign loves shopping, collecting and being gifted every single item on their wish list. The trashline orb weaver, or the cyclosa spider, can relate, as this spider is a veritable hoarder. They will keep anything, including insect carcasses and plant debris, as they plan to arrange these materials into the shape of another spider in their web. The trashline orb weaver literally constructs a decoy spider out of the junk they refuse to get rid of. How Taurus is that?

Gemini: Crab Spider (Misumena vatia)

Gemini is the air sign of curiosity and cleverness, always bouncing from one idea to another. Because Gemini loves going with the flow, they can relate to the crab spider’s penchant for surfing the wind. Although the crab spider has no wings, they release their silks into the wind and soar across the breeze through a process called “ballooning.” They have been known to travel far distances riding the wind and can even be found constructing webs on boats way out in the middle of the ocean. After all, a Gemini always has places to go and people to see.

Cancer: Wolf Spider (Tigrosa aspersa)

Cancer is a sweet, caring and family-oriented zodiac sign, which is why you might be surprised by how much they have in common with the wolf spider. Rather than spinning a web, this spider prefers to nest in silken burrows that protect them from outside dangers. As Cancer’s main motivation is to nurture and provide for their loved ones, they relate to the way the wolf spider literally carries their egg sac on their back as they hunt for prey. If a Cancer has babies to protect, you know they’re willing to show everyone their fangs.

Leo: Peacock Spider (Maratus volans)

There’s nothing a Leo loves more than putting on a great show and the peacock spider fully agrees. This jumping spider species has a torso that’s emblazoned with bright colors and furry patterns, but not because they’re dangerously venomous. These colors are the costume for the courtship dance they perform in order to attract a mate. With their signature wide-eyed expression, these spiders could cry on cue like an Academy Award-winning actor. Although the spider is just a few millimeters long, this spider’s colorful flare for the dramatic takes up the entire room.

Virgo: Golden Silk Orb Weaver (Trichonephila clavipes)

Virgo is nothing if not hardworking, which is why they relate to all the effort the golden silk orb weaver puts into their mesmerizing webs. This spider species has quite an eye for detail, making them capable of constructing intricate webs that glimmer like gold. If Virgo is going to construct a web, they’re gonna do it right, and the golden silk orb weaver’s web has a tensile strength more impermeable than steel. Although the orb weaver’s size, which extends from 2 to 6 inches, makes them quite formidable, this species is far more gentle and nonthreatening than they look. They just wanna weave their webs, avoid drama and get on with their day.

Libra: Common House Spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)

Libra is a zodiac sign that prefers to live in harmony with others, often preferring a one-on-one partnership over flying solo. And while spiders are typically very solitary creatures, the common house spider is one of the few species in which males and females can hang out together and share a web. These spiders are also known for taking up shelter in human dwellings, where they enrich our lives by eliminating nuisances like fleas, flies, mosquitos, and ants from our living spaces. They’ll even let you approach their webs without feeling threatened, as the common house spider is just as amiable and gentle as a Libra.

Scorpio: Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans)

Is anyone shocked that Scorpio can relate to the dreaded, but alluring black widow spider? With their pitch-black bodies and signature bright red design on their torso, they definitely match the spooky Scorpio vibe, but their similarities don’t stop there, as Scorpio is technically the zodiac sign of intimacy, power struggles, debts and divorce. You’ll never see a black widow female signing a prenuptial agreement, because she doesn’t need to. After the female mates with a male, she often attempts to eat him in his sleep. In order to avoid being eaten, the male distracts the female by tapping on her web and mimicking the vibration of their prey. If that isn’t a Scorpio love story, then love is dead.

Sagittarius: Chinese Hourglass Spider (Cyclocosmia ricketti)

Sagittarius is the chameleon of the zodiac; the mutable fire sign that can change form and shape in order to fool their enemies and explore undetected. They’re also considered lucky and optimistic, thanks to Jupiter, their ruling planet. The spider has many names, such as the Oreo cookie spider, the Rickett’s trapdoor spider, and the Chinese hourglass spider. This strange and deadly species are known for burrowing in the ground and designing a hinged trapdoor made of soil and silk. When they sense prey nearby, that door quickly opens and slams shut. Unless you’re their prey, the hourglass spider is an auspicious symbol of prosperity, as the plate on their abdomen not only looks like a coin, but they’re also incredibly rare. Only six have been spotted in China since the year 2000.

Capricorn: Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda venatoria)

The huntsman spider is one of the most well-engineered spider species, as nothing comes close to their speed and size. The length of their bodies can reach up to 12 inches and they are capable of moving faster than 2 miles per hour, which can be a terrifying sight. In astrology, Mars is the planet of power and aggression, and Mars technically is exalted in Capricorn, making this zodiac sign an incredibly fierce warrior. However, let’s not forget Capricorn is also ruled by stoic and measured Saturn, which explains why the huntsman spider is far less dangerous than they look. They’re unbothered by humans and prefer to live at cave entrances, which matches the grounded and practical energy of a Capricorn.

Aquarius: Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides)

In astrology, Aquarius is often considered the most eccentric and altruistic of the air signs, which matches the awkward and spindly look of the cellar spider. Everyone has a cellar spider living in a corner of their home, and although you might consider removing them, you know you let them stay rent-free because of how much they contribute. This spider is considered highly favorable all over the world, as they prey on other more fearsome spider species like brown recluses and black widows. Aquarius loves to break the rules and these spider’s webs have no rhyme or reason, often zigzagging in unpredictable patterns. However, they love helping out even more, as their silk is filled with vitamin K and has plenty of medicinal uses.

Pisces: Bolas Spider (Mastophora phrynosoma)

Water sign Pisces is one of the most adaptable, influential, and suggestible zodiac signs of them all, as they’re famous for the way they lure you in with their mesmerizing promises. The bolas spider has a unique way of capturing prey, as they do not spin traditional webs and prefer to dangle a line of silk with a sticky glob at the end, called a “bolas.” The spider then swings their bolas around, mimicking the movement of flying insects. This lures in larger insects, like moths, which then allows the bolas spider to lasso their prey when they least expect it. Pisces is adept at spinning fantasies and deceptions that quickly lead to your doom.


About the Author

Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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