Spider woman. Many Wiccans, and my circle as well, conceive of the Universe as a web. It's why magic works. You pluck one thread of the web HERE and it reverberates over THERE. It's why Wiccans cast a circle and then say, "We are between the worlds. What happens in one, affects them all."
As BBC reports, "a genetic study suggests all orb-web spinners share some key silk-making proteins, indicating a single evolutionary origin.
Coupled with fossil evidence, it suggests that the great great ancestors of modern spiders were weaving webs as long ago as 136 million years ago."
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."