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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.

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.

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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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??

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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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