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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