and the messages they bring you

Praying Mantis

Allow yourself to be patient. The right moment will come.
-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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Please have a close look at the Quotation Box at the top of the page before you make a comment or ask a question. There are at least five different messages that can appear in the box and more often that not your personal guides will see to it that the message is appropriate to what your visiting Praying Mantis was trying to convey to you. We try to answer as many comments as possible – but please be sure you have not already had your answer or that the answer is not in the first paragraph. If your Praying Mantis is dead – consider that the message is in it’s shadow form – in other words exactly opposite to what the message is saying and that you are somehow not accomplishing what it is asking for.

86 Responses to Praying Mantis

  • I found a total of 17 (so far) baby preying mantis in my house yesterday. It was a few weeks after a hawk landed on my porch. Both of these occurences were while I was going thru confusing time. please help me make sense of the symbolism of both these

  • My husband and I were visiting a new school that I might want to switch my 8 year old son to. This would be a big decision and i feel insecure with making the right decision. As we were walking along the sidewalk after a 2 hour meeting I noticed a praying mantis on the side walk just outside the school. The message in the quotation box doesn’t really help me see why this praying mantis came to me or what it is trying to tell me? Can you help? Is it telling that changing schools would be the right decision?

    • I’ve been seeing Praying Mantis all summer long. I listened to the message. But last weekend ad I was leaving for a weekend away, I saw a HUGE one. I have never seen one this big. When I returned 3 days later he was still there at my front door. Then 2 days later he was dead. I’m wondering what this means. Anyone?

  • November 11m 2014
    This morning when I awake and walked around the inside of my home. I drew the drapery back. In my dining room on the outside window there was an insect green looking at the inside of my home. At first I did not know what insect this was. I walked out to bring the garbage cans in and I went closer to this insect.. As I washed my trash cans out, my inner voice spoke to me and said this is a praying mathis. I did something very foolish, I took the hose and washed it down from the window. My inner spirit bugged me so badly until I found where he had landed and told him that I was so sorry. The praying mathis begin to move again and I left :!: him. All day today my inner spirit told me to go online and look up Praying Mathis. Here I am. God is so awesome and He sents his little angels as insects to give us a message if we only follow through. I have been under so much stress and not having what I need to make it through the day. But God is telling me to remain calm and have peace about the situation. Thanks :?:

  • :grin: today leaving work a woman outside was looking at something I said wat are you looking at she said a praying mantis I went over an looked at him an took a few pictures he had a bug he caught but wen i looked at the close up he was looking rite at me / or the camera !! Not sure if he was meant for the other lady or me

  • I am on a silent retreat and was walking an outdoor labyrinth. At the centre of the labyrinth there is a pile of wood and stones and on top of this pile was a praying mantis. The message here is dead-on for me.

  • :smile: on oct. 10 out on my back porch I saw a praying mantis now I have lost my job filed for unemployment and down to our last PENNY.
    The past couple weeks I been doing a lot of meditation and now this morning I found a praying mantis on my front door. I felt a sense of peace and looked this up and found you. :idea:

    • Linda, I too recently lost my job and have filed for unemployment. The last few weeks have been stressful to say the least. The other day as I was leaving my apartment I went to open the screen door to exit and noticed a praying mantis sitting right above the handle. I didnt really think anything of it at first except for the fact it was the biggest mantis I had ever seen. A few days passed and it was still there. I began to worry for it because I knew it probably wasnt eating or drinking anything. But the way she had stayed there for days almost made me feel like she was there for a reason. Like she almost refused to leave. It too brought me a sense of peace which also led me to this webpage and it made me feel even better. I put her on the tree that sits outside my window. I hope she stays :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Linda, thank you for sharing I have a similar story I just experienced. I too just recently lost my job and filed for unemployment. The last few weeks have been stressful to say the least. The other day as I was leaving my apartment I noticed a praying mantis sitting right above the handle of our screen door. At first I didn’t really think anything of it other than the fact that is was the biggest mantis I had ever seen. I went on my way expecting it to be gone when I returned. Nope she was still there and had stayed there for almost three days before I moved her over to a tree sitting outside my living room window. When I noticed she wasnt leaving it gave me the feeling that she was there for a reason. It seemed like she was almost guarding my house and made me feel at peace… Anyway it gave me a reason to do a little research on them and I found you guys and it couldnt have made me feel any better. I hope she stays in the tree outside. :)

  • okay so on October 13th after a it was raining all day. I was getting into my car (in my drive way) to go to work and notice a something on the hood(after i started the car and turned my headlights
    on). At first i thought it may be a grass hopper. but wasnt sure. so it stayed on the hood the whole time while i was driving and even on the hood when i got to my job. I got out and took pics (i though it was interesting that this insect stayed on the hood of my car the whole time). After looking at the pics i realized this was a “Praying Mathis”. This is very interesting. Does this mean anything? I felt a weird presence perhaps a feeling of things finally turning around for me for the better or maybe a sense of a love one (who is no longer here)showing some kind of guidance or sign so to speak. Please explain anyone. Thanks

    • Hello Donna3: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page – the message changes from person to person and will be specific to you.. Follow the message you receive and explore it further.

  • All summer I have seen praying mantis. In my garden, on my back glass door, in my bedroom. One was on my windshield wipers all the way home from work. What could they be trying to tell me??

    • Hello Amy: When your repeatedly see an animal totem you should pay attention to all of their medicine. Adopt them as a current teacher and try to understand the full meaning of what they have to teach. Accepting them in this way will help to make things much clearer for you. Also pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page – the message changes from person to person and will be specific to you.

  • I went to a friend’s mother’s funeral today. When I came home I found a brown/green huge praying mantis on my front steps. I heard they bring good luck. Any thoughts? :razz:

    • Hi Corrine: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page – the message changes from person to person and will be specific to you.

  • It was raining today so left work early. found a medium size prying mantis at my door facing the doorbell button ( like if ready to knock the door). It surprise me, because i was reading an hour ago about the benefits of Tibetan praying wheel by Garchen Rinpoche, but not sure if buying one $$ expensive. This month is my birth day and I have not decide if going to see Garchen Rinpoche at Arizona next month, or go to Peru to try Ayawaska, or go to try Peyote to see if i can find a path.
    3 years ago I was unemployed in despair and a Big Green Mantis sat between my door and my window for about 3 weeks! but I can’t tell it bring me any money or good luck, but I love that animal anyway and have not idea what it show up now, for good , bad or what but I love that Mantis.

  • I never looked up what a praying mantis represented, but I felt a great spiritual connection. I was creating my own meanings, but tonight I was getting home from work and grocery shopping unloading the car and the was a brilliant aqua mantis. It was beautiful. I unloaded the groceries and was going to move my car and the mantis went under my car, I backed up VERY slowly thinking it would of course move since I backed up so slowly. When I got out to check I cried out NOOOOO! I ran over and killed this georgous creature. My heart sunk and I am upset with myself for not moving it. What significance do you make of this murder.
    I am heart broken.

    • Hello Moni: In this case the Praying Mantis is letting you know that you are failing to clearly communicate something that has been on your mind for sometime. It’s time to get it off your chest and let the other person know how you feel and how it affects you.

  • I was sitting on my porch talking to my daughter in the phone she just had a baby. My daughter sent me a text and asked me to call her. While talking a rabbit shows up siting there listening to me than here flys a a big green praying mantis lands right beside me. Not sure the types of medicine these animals were trying to give me today. :razz:

    • Hi Michelle: Pay attention to the messages in the quotation boxes of both Rabbit and Praying Mantis and combine the two. It will be clear to you what their message is as a whole.

  • I just came in from putting a letter in the mailbox and noticed a large praying mantis on the side of my house. I too have had many changes in my life over the last 8 months in particular. I was just wondering if it was a “sign”? :?:

    • Hi Donna: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page when you return here. The message will be specifically for you and will be very clear.

  • What would you say it means if the preying mantis landed on my hand? I opened up a door this morning and it landed right on my hand. It was crazy.

    • Hello Annie: In order to illuminate resolution to your current dilemma go inwards and use meditation. Look for what’s in your heart and take the time to explore your feelings. Only then will you see what your next move is. Be patient – the answer is there.

  • In my dream i was in my room when a friend of my came in and asked to see some of my papers (drawings and pictures) because he liked them. We were looking for them when i noticed something behind us in the curtain, i thought it was a spider and it scared me, but we got a closer look and it was a praying mantis, it was pink, white and mint green, like a flower. I could hear it whispering but just barely, me and my friend spendt a long tine looking at it and saying it was beautiful, then we kept talking to each other and the mantis was still in the curtain.i think itvwas really weird to notice something at the background in a dream, and getting a closer look felt really special. What does it mean ?? :?:

  • Twessy Johnson, on september 24, 2014 7:40 pm I was leaving my salon and as I turn the ignition on in the car the light shined on the outside of the building and appeared a insect in the form of a grasshopper I got out the car walked over to it and it was a praying Mathis what would be the reason for that it just stayed there even when i shined the lights on it

  • As I went to my car this morning to go to college, I noticed a brown Praying Mantis on my drivers side window. It stayed on the window all the way to school. After spending an entire day in school (8:30-3:30) I came back to my car to go home, and the insect was still on my car, on the hood. What does this mean?

    • Hello Jeffrey: The color brown is symbolic of the earth, and staying grounded. Anchor yourself in the present and pay attention to what your message is in the quotation box at the top of the page.

  • Last year on my birthday I found a green praying mantis on the screen door leading out to my backyard. It stayed there for a long time. I researched it last year and undertand the meaning of that one. But today on my birthday, I found a dead brown praying mantis on the driveway in front of my house. Does anybody know what the meaning of this one might be?

    • If your Praying Mantis is dead – consider that the message you receive is in it’s shadow form. In other words exactly opposite the message in the quotation box when you return to this page.

  • what does it mean if you keep finding dead ones

  • After reading the description of the Praying Mantis as well as reading the above post. I too am going though a tough time. Contemplating ending my dysfunctional marriage. Over the past several months things have been extremely chaotic & out of sync.. Especially within myself. several weeks ago i got a prompt to clean out my basement and throw away everything in there that has me attached to past trauma, sorrow and sadness.; especially old journals… I decided to get the grill out and burn all of the papers I found, holding nothing back.. When I got to the journals I kept second guessing myself, however I knew this was right for me to do. As the fire began to flare up and then dwindle down, I put on a “special” song. As I did the tears fell and “PEACE” came. I sat outside and felt a peace I’d never felt before.. Though I had peace, i still questioned burning the journals. My husband got my attention and said “Look over there” He pointed to a table behind me & there was a HUGE brown Praying Mantis. Something in me knew it was a sign that Everything was going to be OK…. For whatever reason, I looked to see what the symbolism was and I found I related to the symbolism Especially the inner reflection…..

    I was satisfied with it, except the decision about the relationship with my husband was still not satisfied The following day I headed out to the doctor for a follow up on a sinus procedure. The healing of my sinus was a success. In a funny way, I dreaded coming home because I felt my husbands condescension about me getting healthy again and a deep sense that he does not really care for me or really have my best interest.. When I got home, he left. About 5 minutes after he left, I was sitting on the porch and I saw something out the corner of my eye like there was something on my shoulder. I turned to look and less than an arms length was a different Praying Mantis. 2 in less than 24 hours. when my husband returned home it was late and he had on a clean change of clothes (he said he went to work & he was dirty so he changed before he came home” Needless to say the decision that I was struggling with was answered.

    Today, I sat down and finished journeling my heart only I could not come up with a true resolution as to how to leave without causing anymore conflict or instability for our 5 year old daughter. I had just penned the words, “I am “certain” of this one thing. That when the door opens for me to provide for my household, myself & this little girl. I WILL NOT BETRAY my self or my daughter… The funds may be limited for a little while but with Gods help I’ll be OK” Less than an hour after I penned that, the Praying Mantis from yesterday paid another visit. This time she crawled from on spot over to my cactus plant and crawled up one side & down the other side and just sat still…. The resolution for me was “Things might seem a little sticky and uncofortable right now but I WILL LIVE & I WILL MAKE IT……

  • :lol: Thanks to all who have corresponded with their experiences of that wonderful creature, the Praying Mantis. I’ve had one around me for the last couple of weeks–here and there–in my garden area, on the pavement next to me, on my steps. What a fine little guy! And, of course, I have been going through some personal spiritual chaos–self doubt, anxiety, discontent, ruminations on what my “next step” might be. I do believe this Mantis is sending me a message to stay calm, be in tune with myself and trust.

  • I had a Mantis on the roof of my car today and it stayed there while I drove around town, went to the gym for an hour until I got home and is still there. Does that mean anything?

  • I have a lot going on right now within my personal self. I saw a praying mantis yesterday when I went to work, just sitting on the window, almost watching me. This morning I was cleaning up my backyard “space” and found two praying mantis in my way of finishing up a minor task. Any ideas why I would see three in less then 24 hours? This happened to me a few years ago, seeing three of them in less then 24 hours. Suggestions, insight???

  • :arrow: eek:
    I am currently going trough a very tough situation. My ex is a drug addict and I left him in march. We do have a beautiful daughter together and have been fighting over custody issues. Since March he has cleaned up his drug abuse. But He has done devious things to try and ruin my life. I’m in a new relationship and this is causing him a lot of jealousy. I went to an angel reader who was very good and gave me wonderful insights. She told me to stand my ground over the issues at hand. There are so many changes. Changes that will lead to peace but getting there is the hurdle. So I saw this wonderful creature tonight to remind me to take one step at a time!

  • I witness a praying mantis this morning on my windows on the outside screen. I don’t know what it mean although I feel very connected with it.. Any insight please..

    • had to put my dog to sleep sept first. loved her so so much, took care of her always, making sure of that everything was ok. made non meaning mistake with medication that may have cut her time here a little short. i have alot of guilt and pain, i never thought the her death would hit me so hard, besides feeling so guilty…………i was so heartbroken and in disarray.
      sept 11, i was weeding the front , and a praying mantis came out of nowhere and on my hand. i knew right away this was a sign from my beloved sweetpea . i took the mantis to the yard where she is buried and put the mantis on her grave and prayed. i feel sweetpea wants to tell me that it is ok, that she wants to give me peace, and she knows i loved her…..

    • Hello Pasconail: Pay attention to the message in the quotation box when you return to this page. It will give you insight to the message brought to you by your Praying Mantis.

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