Seeing a spider is usually a lucky sign. In England it indicates money. Consequently, if a spider is found in an inappropriate place, such as on a table or running over your clothing, it is picked up and taken to a more appropriate place. If the spider dies during this process, all the money will be lost. Conversely, money will be gained if the spider survives.
The tradition of associating spiders with money dates from Roman times when people wore spider amulets to attract success in business. Small spiders are frequently called “money spiders,” and it’s considered extremely bad luck to kill one.
Spiders have always been welcome in people’s homes, as they catch flies in their webs, which helps to prevent disease. An old rhyme says, “If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.” Spiders also provide protection, and there are many legends to support this. One from the Christian tradition says that Jesus, Joseph, and Mary were hiding from Herod’s soldiers in a cave. A spider spun a web at the entrance and the soldiers did not bother to search inside, as they assumed no one had entered it for some time.
Many superstitions coincide in one; spiders symbolize money and, if possible, let them go alive.
Another interesting facts
In Japan, most spiders are considered to be evil beings. A spider seen anywhere at night should be killed, for all spiders that show themselves after dark are goblins.
In Germany, it is considered bad luck to see a spider first thing in the morning, but good luck to see one in the evening.
It is unlucky to discover a spider’s web in the house on Sunday.