The Meaning of a Praying Mantis Sighting

The Meaning of a Praying Mantis Sighting

A Spiritual Symbol of Peace and Patience

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

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Spiritually speaking, the praying mantis is the symbol of peaceful meditation, silence in prayer, and mindfulness. Some believe that we have a praying mantis sighting when our lives are hectic and chaotic. This is a time when we’re not using our intuition or we’re feeling off-kilter. According to sunsigns.org, the praying mantis is known for their 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.

Waiting for the Perfect Moment

The praying mantis has a large appetite for other insects and as it grows, so does its appetite. 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 and make a move 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 appetite. In turn, they teach us to be patient and to wait. As the old adage says, “Good things come to those who wait.”

Cultural Identities

At rest, the praying mantis often arranges its front legs so it looks like it’s praying—hence the name, praying mantis. 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.

A 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 get into 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 whomever they choose. 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 each connection you make with other people. Someone who can’t focus or someone who’s constantly running around mindlessly doing a million things at once would be a likely recipient of such a message.

A 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 basically 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 the actions you take. You are not one who quickly rushes to action or judgment without first thinking about things and even 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 just a little thought and precise action.


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12 thoughts on “The Meaning of a Praying Mantis Sighting

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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

  7. 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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