Monday, September 19, 2011

Symbolism for moths

Okay so i've had a grip of moths and caterpillars coming around the last few weeks. More so than usual. Now once upon a time I read they were a sign of the Goddess watching over you. I wish I could remember where I read it but that was many many sleeps ago... My daughter says they are spirits sent to watch over us (keep in mind she is 3). Maybe she knows something I don't. Probably isn't the first time and most certainly won't be the last. I really love how kids can see things we've long forgotten about or made not to believe in as a result of mainstream society. Some of us never forget though.:) Anywhooo here's a post on moths and their meaning / symbolism.

These are the kind I have in the garden atm
Moth Power Animal, Symbol of Transformation 

By Ina Woolcott 

Moth's gifts include the power of the whirlwind, ease of movement in darkness/shadow, transformation/metamorphosis, ability to confuse enemies, ability to find light in darkness, hearing spoken and unspoken messages. 

Moths reside in all but polar regions. Their bodies, legs and wings are covered with numerous touch hairs that come off if the moth is touched - they are highly sensitive to touch. They can feel, smell, taste and tell the temperature with their feathery antennae, with the tiny pegs on them acting as receptors. The moth views everything clearly. Moth people usually have strong psychic and healing abilities and must watch out not to pick up others problems and carry them around in their energy fields, or confusion or irritability may occur. 

Metamorphosis is part of moths magic - the egg stage is symbolic of the birth of an idea, the larvae stage is the foundation, the chrysalis stage is symbolic of the manifestation, and the growing of wings symbolises taking flight and exploring uncharted territory. 

An interesting trait of the moth is hiow they use their wings. A resting moth either wraps its wings around itself, holds them extended to the side or folds the wings up. This implies a basic nurturing property and moth people may find themselves in the role of care giver. 

With their acute hearing - their hearing organs are located on their legs, giving them the ability to sense vibrations around them - the moth is able to detect ultra sound. Pay attention to what is being spoken and also the unspoken, underlying messages in what is heard. Observe the body language of those around you and those you come in contact with if this is yoru power animal. Also pay attention to your sensitivity to others, the lacking side of it or the over side of it. Perhaps you are in a situation that needs to be rethought. Are you being honest to yourself and others? 

The moth is an optimist and opportunist with countless transformative properties. From them we learn how to expand and perfect our inherent psiychic abilities, and how to let go of negative energies and unwelcome influences, helping us move into our personl power and happiness. 


  1. Thanks for the info. i have been seeing a lot of moths as well.

  2. Great information. We recently seem to have a lot of moths around maybe there is a reason.

  3. This is great information!! We have always had a ridiculous number of moths hanging outside our front door. Now I wonder if there is a reason why they are all there :) I am a new follower. I look forward to reading your blog!

  4. I have always had a phobia of moths, but always felt terrible because they are so gentle. I'm not sure where my phobia comes from, but I can honestly say from my heart that this article is already helping me overcome this phobia. They help me to remember that moths have souls too, and also feel pain, and are here for a reason.

  5. @ miss Pettey,
    I used to be somewhat afraid of anything that flew with the exception of birds. I loved bugs always I could touch em let em crawl on me but the second they took off flying or ever flew towards me I would freak out. Over the last few years i've gotten a lot better with it but certain fliers still creep me out and i really don't know why. Moths were among the critters that freaked me out and we have a significant amount of them late summer, early fall. Around 3-4 thousand of them on football nights around the lights at the high school and I usually have about 100 or so around my porch light.

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