Empath Designs creates mindfulness experiences using visual arts and symbolism.
October 23, 2023
The moth is a fascinating, diverse, and misunderstood group from the Animalia Kingdom. Although closely related to butterflies, moths are widely recognizable due to their different resting position: butterflies rest with their wings up, and moths with their wings flat. Being held in high regard by many cultural groups worldwide, the moth has many symbolic interpretations that can vary based on their context.
Whether you find yourself drawn to the moth’s silhouette or a vision of one comes to your while sleeping or meditating, you can find several spiritual representations that the Universe may be trying to tell you through this lovely insect; Let’s dive in.
(Image by David Weiller)
Before looking into the moth’s spiritual symbolism, let’s get to know more about this captivating insect:
If the moth has captured your curiosity or been making an appearance in your dreams, it’s worth spending some time exploring its meaning. Often, its appearance to you can be a message from whatever your understanding of god is: the spirit world, Universe, or ‘the Source’. In many cultures, the moth is:
In addition to the symbolisms above, different cultures have their ideas, folklore, and beliefs around what the moth symbolises.
In Native American cultures, moths symbolise transformation, spirituality, and the soul's journey. It’s believed they are messengers from beyond, and their appearance is a sign of impending change or life transformation.
Chinese folklore associates the moth with light. They are believed to be messengers from the spirit world and a symbol of good fortune, prosperity, and luck. The Chinese also believe that their appearance is often associated with favourable events or messages from an ancestor.
For the Japanese, moths represent the non-permanence and transient nature of life. They can be found in Japanese art and literature as symbols of vulnerability and the fleeting beauty of life.
Mayan mythology states that the moth is symbolic of the soul's journey through the underworld. They are associated with the idea of transformation and rebirth, as well as the cycles of life, death, and resurrection.
Some European cultures believe that moths are messengers from the afterlife or omens of impending doom.
The moth has an alluring representation of duality with its contrasting symbolism of both light and darkness. This interpretation can help humans look within and embrace all sides of our light and shadow selves. Here are five ways the moth represents both lightness and darkness:
The duality of the moth is a wonderful reminder that we need all parts of ourselves to be whole. Both our shadow and light, yin and yang, positive and negative, masculine and feminine selves are required to truly step into our greatness and be most aligned with the Universe’s path for us. So, channel the moth’s energy and embrace the journey.
The passage of life is a complex one, and the moth is a reminder from mother nature to trust your intuition as you go along. This art piece is meant to remind you that all parts of you can become your strength if you embrace who you are and feel unashamed as you grow into who you are truly meant to be.
Empath Designs was created by Germaine, a digital artist and graphic designer, to invoke feeling, encourage self-reflection, and guide others along their life journey. Her wall art is all carbon neutral and printed on eco-friendly and vibrant recycled paper or bamboo.
How is the moth associated with death?
Some cultures believe that someone's soul is passing if a moth flies and demises in a flame. Other cultures believe that a moth is a messenger from beyond and that they carry the souls of our loved ones.
What do the different colours of moths represent?
Moths are incredibly diverse and come in nearly uncountable patterns and colour combinations. Some colours can symbolise:
What is a moth mantra that could be meditated on?
Here are some ways to incorporate the moth into your meditation:
I embrace growth and change.
I am unashamed of who I am.
I trust myself and my higher purpose.
I follow my soul’s journey with courage and joy.
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