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Praying Mantis Animal Totem Symbolism & Meanings

Praying Mantis Animal Totem Symbolism

If you know anything about the praying mantis, it will come as no shock that this insect is the paramount spiritual symbol of stillness and patience.



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The praying mantis takes its time in all that it does. It takes care to pay diligent attention to its surroundings, and moving through life at its own pace. It demonstrates the ultimate power of stillness. It serves as a reminder for humans to slow down in our chaotic, fast-paced lives.

The praying mantis animal totem also teaches us how to still our bodies and go within our own mind. By doing this, we can connect with ourselves, drawing up greater physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual power. This stillness and concentration is a form of meditation, a practice that the mantis places much importance in.

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Praying Mantis Insect Associated Traits

Patience, Stability, Meditation, Peaceful, Quietness

Symbolic Meaning Of Praying Mantis

Wisdom emerges when we are still and quiet, sensing and feeling rather than thinking critically. It comes with experience, age, and being, rather than traditional schooling. It cannot be obtained through arrogance.



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Accordingly, the praying mantis symbol chooses to present itself to individuals when they have allowed their busy schedules to overrun their intuition, silencing their internal voice and throwing their equilibrium out of balance. The praying mantis always comes to us when we are internally craving peace, quiet, and calm in our lives.

The praying mantis meaning has a variety of traits: temperance, quietness, awareness, calmness, clairvoyance, patience, mindfulness and innovation. These insects are well known for their pre-strike pose, which is a popular symbol of balance and patience in and of itself.

In fact, the Chinese honor the praying mantis for its elegant, mindful, and contemplative movements. By reminding ourselves to have patience with ourselves in our own movement, we, like the mantis, can grow in our wisdom. They remind us to have patience in acquiring the things we want and to remain balanced throughout the duration of the wait.



If a praying mantis strikes too soon, its prey gets away. Because of this, it has evolved to be patient: so patient, in fact, that it will not budge unless it is 100% positive that it is the correct thing to do. This acts as a direct message to us, reminding us to contemplate our movements just as carefully and precisely.

When our timing is off, we may generate an unnecessary (and unpleasant) struggle or blow an opportunity entirely. Through stillness, awareness, and balance, we can hear and recognize the perfect moment. We must listen to the voice that speaks to us with openness, not fear. If we have patience and wait before striking, the right moment will come, and we will succeed.

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The praying mantis will become your animal totem once you have learned to take your time and live your life at a silent and reflective pace. You should make all choices with a sincere commitment to careful thought and contemplation.







By being mindful of this, you will enable yourself to know exactly where you are going and when you will get there. Calmness and serenity are crucial to living like the praying mantis.

But you should also be capable of being decisive and ready to take action when opportunities present themselves. For example, healers often cite the mantis as their inspiration when channeling their healing power.



The praying mantis symbolism might also creep into your subconscious while you sleep. To dream of the praying mantis means that your intuition is actively trying to guide you at this very moment. Perhaps you have overlooked the the signs and symbols in your conscious day time hours and now the messages are speaking to your restful mind.

All of the instincts and gut feelings you have been experiencing lately are attempting to tell you something about the situation you are currently in. Do not allow your judgement to be clouded, your concentration to be broken, or yourself to be distracted from the end goal.

Trust the feelings that you have, both when awake and in slumber, and act on them appropriately. If you listen to yourself truly and honestly, you will succeed.

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22 comments

  1. I have had this praying mantis on my front door now for 5 days .it left for a day but is back, is it trying to tell me something. Im feeling very anxious inside .

    • Absolutely!!! It’s a message from those who care about you. Take what you’ve learned here to heart and apply it! It’s very exciting! I met a mantis today too and then a little while latter there was a praying mantis in the game I play! Let us both learn from our mantis messengers(:

  2. i have been struggling to let my girlfriend into my heart and long term commitment due to anxiety and avoidance on my part as we get closer. last night i couldnt sleep with heavy heart after breaking up with her. this morning there was a praying mantis right in front of me by the sink (havent seen one in a very long time) and then again on my window at work the same morning.

    5 years ago i was in the same situation. struggling to accept someone into my heart and trust them and commit. i had the most vivid dream of a praying mantis landing on my heart as i slept next to her and it attacking me until i woke up with a gasp.

    is there a link to these? is it a sign that i need to surrender and accept them in or is it a sign that i need to avoid and they are needing too much from me? both girls were very dependent upon me for their happiness it seems, but i am also prone to pulling away as it gets more serious and wanting to find a better match.

    im 33

    • Eric,

      I see it as a sign that your angels are praying for you…for peace.

      you’ve acknowledged that both of your girlfriends seem needy, which you don’t seem to like.

      it also seems you are aware that you avoid closeness.

      Perhaps that they are needy and that getting close makes you uncomfortable suggests that you have more healing to do. You fear being close to someone who needs you. Are you afraid that someone close to you might disappoint you…just like someone else in the past who was close to you did? Your mother, father, aunt, grandparent. if so, getting close to someone today could stir fears of disappointing, of feeling trapped, or feeling too relied upon, etc…

      and the praying Mathis wants you to heal so you can separate past pains from current realities.

      if you turn down the noise, sit still, become aware of what you feel versus what is real, you will have your answer.

      The fear of love and of hurt can make you push away someone who just wants to love you. the fear of disappointing a loved one might have you pull back from someone who tends to set a high bar. When you do as praying Mathis’s do, sit still. Watch and listen you can get great insights.

      So, they came to pray for you and to encourage you to sit still and to hear what you and your higher spirit knows what is fear, and what makes you think something is bigger than what it really is (she will demand all of my time) and what is not real but fear-imagined (which is she just loves me and wants to be reminded of that and when she does, she will be loving and supportive…just what I really want. Fear inspired actions are very different than love inspired ones.

      So, so inside, be still, patient, aware, and answers – with the assistance of prayers – will come. Things will become quite clear.

      Best,

      Valerie

  3. The father of my children was murdered 3 days ago, but last night I had a feeling to open the front door and right in front of me on the screen door was a preying mantis, we stared at each other for what seemed like forever but it stayed on my screen door all night. Do u think maybe that was my children’s father visiting us?

  4. I’ve gone through some difficult times in life and fighting these demons have not been an easy process. After a birthday supper with an family member I sat only balcony to reflect. I’ve been thinking a lot about moving, running away all the chaos I’m trying to avoid and in the dark, I felt something flutter in my hair. I needed the flashlight to find put what it was. It was a praying mantis that flew up to the second balcony. It was them I researched the spiritual meaning of what it was. At this exact moment as I sit here and wrote this, I now know that was a sign for me to he patient and go within to get the answers I need.

  5. My father was an old Vietnam vet. He also was into praying mantis kung fu. He had a large tattoo of a praying mantis on his forearm. When I was on vacation in Idaho a white praying mantis landed on our vehicle while we were getting gas it was pretty cool

  6. I recently had a birthday braai that I did not want to have because Birthdays make me sad and remind me how many friendships I have lost over the years. A day later I found a praying mantis in my flat but it appeared injured and died inside my flat. Then three days later I found another one inside my flat but now this one has been making its way around the ceiling. For some odd reason I don’t have inner peace in general and I have been trying to arrange a holiday for myself. Its quite odd that this beautiful animal has been visiting me lately as I know that I need to be patient, calm and definitely need to be more mindful. What could the meaning of these frequent visits?

  7. Every year on my birthday a praying mantis will appear in my home. It’s been happening since the death of my dad 9 years ago. Wow

  8. One day i was in my garage, where I often do school work, and i prayed to God for a sign. I heard a fluttering noise and above me on the light there was a preying mantis! He gave me a sense of calm and power. I felt good and that preying mantis has been in the garage ever since. Ive watched him catvh a moth with great accuracy and i also put some water in a water bottle lid and pit it up to him to drink. He drank it right out of my hand and my husband even held him. We have not put him in an enclosure but he sticks around. Its amazing to watch the way the preying mantis behaves. It follows me with its eyes and cleans itself like a cat. Im so blessed to have him as a reminder to be still.

  9. I purchased a new condo and was beside myself with anxiety and stress. Did I make the right choice to move from where I was? Is this the right time? Can I really afford this? What if something goes wrong? I moved in this weekend and when I was cleaning my beautiful living room windows, there was a Praying Mantis on the exterior window on a bench and did not move the entire time, even though I sprayed him with Windex before I saw him. (Sorry Freddy) I see it as a sign to slow down, enjoy my accomplishments and don’t get any further into debt buying things I want and not what I need.

  10. There is some chaos going on in my life and I wanted to act on it, I wanted to call someone and confront them but wasn’t sure if it was the right thing to do. I asked my guides for an answer, I came home tonight and there was a huge praying mantis on my porch, very close to to the door so I couldn’t miss it. I knew instantly I needed to look it up and get my answer! I love how this works!! I need to be still, be patient and definitely take the time to quiet the mind & go within. So grateful! Acting at the wrong time really makes a difference in the outcome.

  11. I had not seen one in many years until last year. I moved in with my boyfriend and during the summer we had a few of them at all times on our porch. Now this year I had one as a baby in a plant and everytime i watered it it climbed to the top. I had two mating on my front window, i have one that is always on my front porch and just last night a bug flew on our windshield of the truck and when ita wings stopped, it was a praying mantis. So whats the sign here, whats its tryin to tell me??

  12. So on point. My children were headed backwards to school and the night before I found a praying mantis on top of my bedroom window. Returning to school is very busy for a mother with five school aged children. I knew it was a sign instantly. However, I didn’t know the importance of meditation at this time.

  13. Yesterday morning, I wasn’t sure which direction my day was headed, so I began by starting my chores, laundry, etc. I opened the dining room blinds & there it was, a praying mantis, I proceeded to wash windows & it never moved. I just kept looking at it, thinking to myself, what does it mean, I have not seen a praying mantis since I was a child. I went about my day, later in the evening I went back to the window & it was still there. So here I am today wondering why it was there. Hoping it’s meaning is a blessing of some sort.

  14. That’s interesting. Now I’m wondering, what would be the significance of seeing an albino mantis one day and two days later a green one, both within fifty feet. Slightly strange I barely heard the little voice in my mind telling me to look up its meaning when I saw the albino. Then two days later I saw the green and the voice was much louder this time. But just as it is written above, I let my chaotic day take over my need to find out and as chaos would have it, I stepped wrong and tore the meniscus in my left knee that afternoon….
    These spirit animal meanings are amazing with how right on target they are!! I hadn’t heard of them before this time last year but when a frog appeared in the middle of our downtown yard at work(first time I’d ever seen a frog befor!! With his cute little round suction cup toes😋.) I HAD to ask what it meant! Then two days later, a scorpion just sitting like he was basking in the sun, tail down, not threatening, unmoving but alive on my EMT bag in my closet….
    Now this…. VERY cool stuff!!!

  15. I decided to buy the car that a praying mantis was on. It was on the windshield of a car i was looking to buy. I felt it meant good luck. We’ll see.

    • I found two mating on the back patio brick of a HUD foreclosure that required bidding on. I had also been in an on again, off again, on again, off again relationship. I won the bid on the house and broke it off for good with my ex. I feel very confident with both of the decisions I made and I made them very clearly and concisely. I’m hoping that seeing them both means that this house is the right house. I really like it and it was the only one I fell in love with immediately, which I did not meditate on or put a lot of thought into. Just kind of like this is what needs to be done and I’m ready to do it, so I took immediate action over the meditation and quiet contemplation. It just all felt right and although I will not be able to have a full inspection on the house until the end of this week, I feel pretty confident about both of the very big decisions I just made. So I guess if the inspection goes well it will be a positive sign of going with your intuition and making sound, deliberate decisions that are in my best interest so that I may obtain the peace and tranquility that I so desperately need. The house does need work, but it has a lot of potential and owning it clear of having a mortgage would give me a strong foothold of my life. I look forward to using my creativity in fixing it up.

  16. What would be the significance of encountering an albino praying mantis? I’m assuming a lot of the same significance that is associated with the standard variety would apply but the fact of an albino variety being white in color and rare would suggest deeper significance.

    • Huh. that’s funny. I found a white praying mantis at work about two weeks ago. I thought it was cool but I didn’t think of the possible significance of it until just now, reading your post.

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