I’ve been asked about the symbolic meaning of the moth.
It took me a few days to really jive with this amazing creature, but once allowed access, I was given some incredible insights. These (intense) thoughts can be seen here on my symbolic meaning of moth page. Here are some other observations:
Moths are nocturnal, and much of their symbolism deals with:
- Psychic perception
- Heightened awareness
Indeed, many people who are spiritual practitioners (particularly of an esoteric ilk) attract the moth as their animal totems.
- Knowledge of the Otherworld
- Second sight
However, as I mentioned in my in-depth page on moth symbolism here, those of us who fly high with the moth must be mindful to not be too carried away by her influence. Moon creatures such as moths ask us to have a firm foundation before lunar journeying.
The moth expresses some tender vulnerabilities, which I’ve mentioned here. We may take this as a message to be open to our heightened spiritual experiences yet allow for adjustment and protection too.
Indeed, we find this theme of protection in the moth’s chrysalis. Unlike her cousin, the butterfly (with whom the moth shares many symbolic attributes), the moth’s coccoon is like an internalized womb with a hard casing, allowing more protection against the elements. (the butterfly has an externalized womb, more exposed and subjective to the environment).
This may be analogous of garnering protection for ourselves in our spiritual practices. The moth reminds us to have a willing heart in our spiritual growth, but realize the heart is a treasure to be taken care of. Part of this caretaking involves nurturing and protection during times of development.
I’ve written more about the moth’s message of balance, grounding and protection (particularly in terms of its attraction to light and flames) here.
As a dream symbol, the moth may be interpreted as a message to listen to our inner voice. Dreaming of the moth may also indicate we are on the path to attracting love into our lives (see more about the moth and love symbolism here).
Another dream animal aspect of the moth deals with influence. Here, our dreaming mind may ask our waking mind what is it that rules our attention, or what are we allowing to overly influence us in our daily lives?
In superstition: A white moth is said to embody the soul of a loved one. White being the symbolic color of purity of the soul, and the embodiment comes from an ancient idea that the night (realm of the moth) is a dwelling place for souls (in terms of the Underworld or Otherworld).
Another superstition connected to the moth is that when one is seen, an important letter or message will arrive (I have yet to find an origin for this one – if you know where this folk-myth came from, feel free to comment).
But don’t rely on superstition to receive an important message. Take some time to connect with the moth…she may be a bit elusive at first, but she’s worth the persistence for the wisdom she imparts.