and the messages they bring you

Praying Mantis

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-Praying Mantis

If Praying Mantis has crawled into your space;

Usually the Praying Mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us. Taking a step back and some simple meditation would be in order here because the external din we’ve created needs to be quieted so that we can come back to our own truth. The Praying Mantis always comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives.

If the Praying Mantis is your Animal Totem:

You have learned to take your time and live your life at your silent pace. You never make any movement without careful thought or contemplation. You know exactly where you are going and when you will get there. Even within this calm and serene environment you are capable of quick and decisive action when opportunity presents itself.

If Praying Mantis has come flying in your dreams:

To dream of Praying Mantis is to understand that your intuition is trying to guide you at this moment. All the gut reactions and instinctual emotions you have been feeling of late are trying to tell you something about the situation you are currently in. Trust your feelings and act appropriately. Retreat, pounce or be pounced on.

Additional Associations…

  • Power of calmness
  • Balance
  • Patience
  • Stillness
  • Silence
  • Time of meditation
  • Mindful
  • Inner Reflection
  • Stillness  in Healing or in Creativity
  • Direct the body’s energy to empower the body.
  • Awareness
  • Intuition

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19 Responses to Praying Mantis

  • I have a lot of praying mantis babies in my guest room this morning. Literally like 50-100… What would this mean? Does supermoon have an effect on this? We have been trying for a while for a baby.

    • Hi Sonia: In this case your many Mantis babies are letting you know that you need to be patient. Stop trying so hard and all things will fall into place.

  • I had one riding on top of my car the other night. He was huge. They are quite sturdy!

    • Hi Kristen: This one was telling you to hang on and be patient. What you are looking for will soon arrive.

  • :?: i found a praying mantis while am watering my plants, very unusual since i often encounter just a grasshopper when i was young.

    • Hi Angelita: This one is telling you to pay attention to your thoughts. You have a reoccuring idea that will serve you well in the future – but you maust take action on it now.

  • I have 4 praying mantis’s on my balcony. It started with one little guy and I have NO idea where the other ones came from but now I have 4. they have been there for almost 2 weeks now. One of them looks to have molted and is now huge. I’ve seen maybe 3 praying mantis’ my entire life, i’m 47. and in the course of a few days 4 of them just took up residence with me. I find it a strange ‘coincidence’. Any idea what this might mean if anything?

    • Hi Bea: The Praying Mantis’ are letting you know that you have to slow down and be still for a while. You’ve been trying to run away from your intuition on some matter and are ignoring some obvious signs that could avert trouble ahead.

  • I was at work when the teen girls were finishing lunch outside. One of the girls screamed BC she almost touched a bug when she sat near the plants. I looked over and saw the praying mantis on the plant. I told the girls to leave it alone BC they are very cool creatures. I have also never seen one so I was excited. Once the girls went inside, I took a picture of it. Its probably one of the best looking picture and I felt a moment of strong calmness. It was a rainy unusual day in phoenix, AZ. :cool:

  • I have a praying mantis on my front door. Seems to be looking at me as I’m writing, sitting on my porch! :)

  • Hi there
    Yesterday I was thinking about Praying Mantis’s and wondered where they could be found. Just a random thought in the day.
    Today I went on board my ship and there was a “blonde” coloured Mantis. I have lived on the island all my life and have never seen or heard of them being here.
    What say ye?

    • Vancouver Island

      • Hi Nathan: Praying Mantis can change color to blend in with their surroundings, I would say the blonde color suggests a stronger spiritual message – or an emphasis on the message that was coming to you. Pay attention to the message that comes up in the quotation box at the top of this page or any of our other animal pages. They should be fairly specific to you.

  • Hello. I have been having quite a few dreams involving Mantises recently and have been very confused. My most memorable one started with deadly snakes and spiders and I began to feel very scared and just before a dream-spider could get me, my dream changed and I was in the middle of nowhere with Praying Mantises raining from they sky. I have had many more dreams with them, but this one seemed the most important for some reason. Thank you.

    • Hi Tiffany: The raining of Praying Mantis’s is letting you know that you have spiritual help available to you at all times. All you have to do is trust your intuition.

  • I’m a few days away from being 9 months pregnant and there’s been a praying mantis hanging on my window for a couple days now. This past weekend I did do a lot of stressing and business handling for my baby shower, also I’ve been worrying a lot about if I should quit my job and work on finding my creative self again while doing something freelance or return back to my regular retail job six weeks after giving birth. Does this praying mantis randomly popping up mean anything? I live in Indiana so I’ve never seen one, didn’t even know we had them here.

    • Hi TaQuila: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page when you return here. The message will be clear.

  • There was a praying mantis on the key pad that I use every morning to enter my office parking space. I carefully tried to enter the code without disturbing him, and he nicely moved to the side of the key pad. After I parked I went back to him and gently moved him to a nearly bush because I didn’t want someone else coming behind me to be frightened by him and potentially harm him. This morning he was actually on the back door that I use to enter my office (there are 3 back doors that you can use to enter our space – it was interesting that he was on my door). He was reaching is little praying hands out to me instead of having them in the normal “praying” position. When I opened the door he hopped down to the ground. I felt very happy to see him again this morning. I think they are very special insects.

  • I have a praying mantis on my front door right at this moment. I’ve had them frequently over many years. Hard to say for sure. This one is medium sized and a very pretty shade of green. Allowed me to take multiple pictures of her up close with my iPad and didn’t run away or hide. I am contemplating resigning from my job very soon. It’s weighing heavy on me. And, my father is terminally ill and that is weighing heavy on me. I feel like my family who’ve passed away send these praying mantis to me.

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