Spider - 蜘蛛 - Zhīzhū
eight legs radiate out.
Daily devotion to crafting
a net with which to sift
A sage once said that the spider was the most perfect creature of Tao. Its body is composed of an elegant expression of one mind: to spin beautiful threads upon which its eight legs could perfectly traverse. The spider follows Tao by sensing the currents of life. Its mind determines the designs and gives directions to the body. The net is set in the most advantageous position, and then left alone. The spider does not interfere with the trap once it is set. It simply creates a pattern, waits, and Tao brings it sustenance. Whatever finds its way into the net, it accepts. What does not become ensnared, it ignores.
Once it has established itself, the spider does not desire to expand unnaturally. It does not encroach on the territory of rivals, it does not seek adventure, it builds no ramparts for defense, it enslaves no other than the prey who find their way into the net. Morality and intellect mean nothing to the spider. It is simply a spider, and is content being just that.