The Meaning of a Praying Mantis Sighting

The Meaning of a Praying Mantis Sighting

A Spiritual Symbol of Peace and Patience

The Praying Mantis naturally attracts attention. Its beautiful color and graceful form command us to look and ponder. Encountering these remarkable insects may indicate that Spirit is speaking to you in an important way. Are you willing to listen?

What Is a Praying Mantis?

Praying mantises are carnivorous insects that, as adults, are about the size of a teacup. They get their name from the shape and position of their front legs, which resemble the arms and hands of a person at prayer. The praying mantis enjoys a diet of live insects, including grasshoppers, flies, and moths.

Because of their unusual and human-like appearance, some people opt to keep praying mantises as pets. Since keeping an insect as a pet is relatively unusual, the attraction that some people have to these creatures is itself a sign that a praying mantis sighting is not something that should be dismissed.

Praying Mantis Symbolism

Anyone who is fortunate enough to experience a praying mantis sighting finds their unique appearance mesmerizing; however, spotting a praying mantis isn’t an easy thing to do. That’s because they are masters of camouflage. If you do spy a praying mantis as you are going about your everyday business, you should consider whether you are experiencing heightened levels of awareness.

Oddly, their stillness and contemplative state seem to affect those who spot them in a similar way. When we spot a praying mantis, we stare at and observe them just as much as they stare at and observe us.

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Spiritually speaking, the praying mantis is the symbol of peaceful meditation, silence in prayer, and mindfulness. This could be an indication that you need to incorporate one or more spiritual practices into your daily schedule.

According to sunsigns.org, the praying mantis is known for its pre-strike pose. This is a popular symbol of balance and patience. Therefore, a praying mantis sighting can often be the Universe’s way of telling us to slow down. They’re here to remind us to get in touch with our spiritual, thoughtful side again.

Is a Praying Mantis Good Luck?

The praying mantis has a large appetite for other insects that grows as it gets older; however, they always wait for the perfect moment to strike. They are both patient and precise when on the hunt for food. In fact, they will wait to attack their prey only when they are 100% sure of achieving their goal. They intellectually know that being too anxious or moving too fast will cause them to lose the object of their desire. 

In turn, they teach us to be patient and to wait. As the old adage says, “Good things come to those who wait.” This is the very essence of good luck. If you have spotted a praying mantis, encounter one in a dream, or are exposed to a picture of a praying mantis online or in a book, this may be a sign that good luck will come to you when you are able to observe an opportunity and are ready to take it.

Praying Mantis Meaning Within Cultures

In China and Japan, the praying mantis is revered for its graceful movements and contemplative ways. In fact, the praying mantis’ movements have actually inspired at least two known styles of ancient Chinese martial arts.

According to South African National Biodiversity Institute, if you find a praying mantis inside your house, it indicates the presence of ancestors. It’s also a symbol of good luck. However, due to its cunning skills in hunting and its razor-like precision, (with legs that look like razors or saws), some cultures view him as a sign that the enemy is near. The praying mantis may also be a reminder to act more mindfully. This makes a praying mantis sighting a double-edged sword.

Praying Mantis Spiritual Messenger

The word “mantis” comes from the Greek language, and its meaning is “prophet” or “seer.” It is also related to the word “menos” which means, “spirit” and “passion.” Therefore, the praying mantis is often seen as a symbol of someone with clairvoyant abilities as well as someone who is a master at meditation.

Even in the healing arts, it’s not unusual for the spirit of the praying mantis to be summoned and channeled. However, in order for this to happen, the healer must first enter a quiet, contemplative state where they can get in touch with their higher knowing. Then like the mantis, they must pinpoint the precise area on which to concentrate their focus. Once that meditative connection occurs, it allows them to focus on the subject at hand and achieve the desired effect.

Like many insects and small animals, Spirit will often use the praying mantis to send a message to whoever it chooses. Should you be the recipient of such a message in the form of a praying mantis sighting, the likely meaning is to remind you to slow down and enjoy each moment of each day and the connections you make with other people. Someone who can’t focus or who’s constantly running around mindlessly doing a million things at once is a likely recipient of such a message.

Praying Mantis as Totem Animal

Although it is an insect, we refer to the praying mantis and all other forms of non-human spirits as animal spirits or totems. As you may have learned in previous articles about spirit animals, they tend to choose us rather than the other way around.

If you identify with the praying mantis as one of your totem animals, then you have likely achieved a real place of peace and understanding within yourself and it guides all of your actions. You are not one who quickly rushes to action or judgment without first thinking it out and envisioning the outcome of any forward movement. Like the praying mantis, this will make all of your endeavors decisive and focused, and you are likely to achieve your goals with a little thought and precise action.


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18 thoughts on “The Meaning of a Praying Mantis Sighting

  1. Vickie

    I had one in my bedroom in the window that was open and the screen was down and it was in my room on my bday on November2 I didn’t think they should be around in November. It was just looking at me and my granddaughter it didn’t spit it just jumped on my clothes so I left out the room and ask my brother to get it out and he put it out in the backyard. It was very different to see one but it was my bday maybe someone love me and came to say hello lol

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  2. Nikita

    Hi so I just want to know something?
    For the past few days I have had at least three different looking praying mantis outside
    Two that have been sitting on my kids trampoline and the other was on my rubbish bin I just want to know what that means because in my culture if a praying mantis is hanging around doesn’t matter how much it means someone’s pregnant and I am not ready to have more kids just yet so what else could that mean please

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  3. Ann M Lars

    I saw a praying mantis on the wall of an apartment we were renting. It was around 10pm, we came back from my sister house also the day we buried my father. The sight of it looking at me freaked me out. It’s a relatively new unit and we were on the 10th floor. Next day I googled on appearance of praying mantis- says it’s time for meditation. Hope my dad is in a calm and peaceful place.

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  4. Hana

    Ummm….. i bought my mantis (African green) in a local pet shop (UK). Ive considered mantis in the past and now suddenly time was right and go get it. Been fascinated ever since, making her better and bigger enclosures. She has such interesting behaviours.
    She sure is mediative…. but just as much she is a cunning predator.
    I saw a slogan carrying a mantis message. It was: Hold fast and bite hard.
    I so much need that message in my life but I didnt know it. I thing my mantis came to teach me it, and many other things. May I be a good keeper to her!

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  5. Reverie

    Found a corner of a piece of paper beside the lint filter while drying laundry. Only the typed word praying mantis. So, I’ll be sitting still for a minute. Everything in this article is relevant to my current situation. Thank you for the read.

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  6. Renee Nichols

    To meet this beautifully skilled form was my delight I paused and took notice of the shape, brightness of color and sharpness of the legs. I knew this was to be a revered moment. I lowered to meet the gaze and listen. We met outside near the dog park he was just there on the pavement near the entrance to the recycling and refuse room. He climbed upon my hand and I set him on a ledge so he wouldn’t be stepped on. I saw him several times over the week how marvelous as with each meeting I took measure of the serendipities of our life paths crossing and heard the silence of peace.

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  7. Jean

    My brother was the smartest person I knew and we were very close. Before he died I asked him what he thought he would come back as. He couldn’t say. 2 years after he passed i went to visit his grave with my 11 yr old daughter who is autistic. A praying mantis was on the stone and followed her as she laughed and circled the stone. I knew it was my brother telling me he is watching over her.

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  8. Richard martino

    friday night oct 26 there was a mantis on my stoop, i thought it was a grasshopper, so i pushed it and it went up this stairs, then sat it came back so i put it in a container and took it in the house, then a friend told me it was a preying mantis and to let it go. so i did and it came right back. hes out there now. what could this be,

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  9. Dawn Johnson

    I had a one outside my bedroom window just looking at me , I called my son in to see it , he was so amazed to see one. It’s not the first time a had a (Praying Mantis ) visit me. I had a ex-boyfriend tell me ,that I looked like one too.

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  10. Jess

    I feel off kklter and like I’m being back stabbed at work. On my break I saw a mantis on the wall outside. Is this a sign that my gut feeling is correct and that I have an enemy trying to thwart my success?

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  11. CATLYN SMELTZER

    I have one who comes to see me every morning for the past 2 week same spot I have named her Kay’Lee after my daughter who passed away 2 months ago I think it her way of telling her mommy she is still here with me gonna order some matis food online for her

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  12. Laurie

    I had a praying mantis on my windshield when I got off of work and it stayed on there during the ride home (work is like 2 minutes away)! It came to and from work with me for 2 or 3 days! I was actually really sad when he was gone!

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    1. Alissa

      I had one on my drivers side mirror on the way to work this morning. Poor lil guy/gal had to be clinging to life on that mirror the whole way this morning. It’s so representational of life (or maybe just mine in particular), everything goes so fast, and we just need to hang on, and hope the “driver” gets us to our next stop safely. Blessed with the spirit animal’s presence today. 🙂 <3

  13. Eileen McCafferty

    I have seen them a few times, and I looked it up and this was true to me at the time. Love this kind of stuff.

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    1. Laurie

      Dear Eileen: Thanks for sharing your praying mantis story. I think they’re so awesome looking. We love that you love this kind of stuff – so do we!
      ~LJ

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