Symbolism and Spirituality of a Fly Sighting
If you asked someone what comes to mind when they see a fly, they’d likely mention germs, dirt, or unclean spaces. However, you can’t always judge a book by its cover (or cover story). In fact, as a spirit animal, the fly symbolizes a force of energy that never quits. He adapts to his surroundings, uses what resources he’s given, and stands the test of even the harshest environments, and all in the name of survival. But he’s not only about surviving; the fly is a symbol of change – and usually, if the change is calling and we answer, we see how much better life can be.
When a fly appears, it can be a warning or a form of
encouragement, depending on your personal circumstances at the moment. A
buzzing fly has much to tell – are you surrounded by negative people or perhaps
having negative thoughts of your own? The fly wants you to listen and be aware
so that you release yourself from negativity in order to move on to a brighter
existence and live an abundant life.
The Fly as Your Spirit or Totem Animal
If the fly is your spirit animal, then it means you are extremely adaptable or are being called to adapt to a situation or environment that is not, at first glance, ideal. Your fly spirit animal tells you that if you can adapt, endure, and persist as he does, then your situation will go from unfortunate to prosperous within a short amount of time.
If the fly is your totem animal, the meaning of a fly sighting may be to give you a message or to signal that now is the time to take action. When we’re looking for “signs,” seeing our totem animal is Spirit’s way of saying, “what would your totem do?” In the case of the fly, he’s telling you to see your success from every angle (multi-vision), change what you need to, transform into who you really are, and taste that sweet nectar of life – a nectar he resourcefully gets from just about anywhere he lands.
As your totem animal, the fly is also encouraging you to
chase your dreams, no matter the obstacles. Just as you would swat away the
buzzing of a fly around your ear, shoo away those who try to talk you out of
the dreams that mean the most to you. Chase your dreams as far as you can, and
you’ll find what you’re looking for in the end.
Dreaming of a Fly
If you’ve got a persistent fly buzzing around you in a
dream, it can symbolize someone who in your life keeps vying for your attention.
Or it could indicate someone around you who constantly drains all of your
energy. Remember, the fly is resilient and persistent. It may be time to
address this unequal union to see if it can become more balanced. Consequently,
if this person is taking more than they’re giving, you may decide it’s time to
cut the cord.
If a fly is buzzing around your ear in a dream, it could be
calling your attention to someone who has been trying to tell you something
that perhaps you’re not ready or willing to hear; it may be time to listen.
A Fly’s Meaning in Art
According to historyofpainters.com, “Renaissance paintings are rich in philosophical and Christian symbolism regarding insects.” Flies, of course, were part of this artistic movement. With flies generally associated with decay and disgust, it was not uncommon to find a fly hovering in a painting over, around, or resting on a figure of nobility, quietly suggesting disfavor or dissatisfaction in their behavior. One more modern painting that takes this symbolism to the hilt is Salvador Dalí’s, “The Hallucinogenic Toreador” (1969–70), currently on display at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Positive and Negative Attributes
It’s no doubt that a fly sighting can elicit both positive and negative responses, depending on your outlook. The fly is often seen as an obnoxious, annoying, and an even filthy pest that adds no great value to life. It can be a sign that you’re being too selfish, working only for your own goals and dreams without any thought for those around you who might need your help. However, for some, flies can be a positive symbol of flexibility, adaptation, and survival. It’s a reminder to look at the good in the world rather than focus on the bad because it’s the only way to move forward. In spite of everything, the fly does indeed have some positive attributes. After all, who else could turn one man’s garbage into a gourmet meal?
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