and the messages they bring you

Praying Mantis

Patience and perseverance are key at the moment in order to attain your goals.
-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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33 Responses to Praying Mantis

  • We have had a Praying mantis living in our kitchen for 4 days now, she shows up in the craziest places. I feel that she is with us right now because we are going through some stressful times and I need to slow down and start concentrating on my psychic abilities more and stop worrying about 3d things. I am an Empath and me and my fiance are Twin Flames.

  • :smile: :smile: My husband and I were at the gas station this morning and with all the frustration with money and bills coming at is left and right! As he was pumping the gas he says to me get out of the car and come here, I get and see this big bug on the sign and I said what in the world is that. He didn’t know so I ask another guy who was pumping gas on the other side of us what was it and he said oh that is a Praying Mantis and at that moment I saw the hands on the praying motion! I got back in the car and look up what the spiritual meaning to seeing a Praying Mantis and immediately I felt peace come over me! Knowing that the reason why we could not find peace while we were sleeping is that God is trying to speak to us and we are so frustrated with life that we can not hear him! Well this more after I got out of the shower even before seeing the Praying Mantis I began to pray and make decrees to God! I will still away this weekend to get more peace and calmness so that he can speak to me.

  • My husband passed away on August 17. He was in Hospice. I miss him terribly. We were only married 6 years and found ourselves later in life when I was 53 and he was 61. So it’s 9:30 pm last evening and I have to admit I’m a little jumpy these days so I came down to bed and heard a galump upstairs. (We live on the water so living space is upstairs, bedrooms down) Figuring it was the cat I went upstairs and she was jumping at bugs (or so I thought ) at the screen door off the sun room. Well I started to close the slider but she was staring and staring up at the top of the screen. There in the dark, climbing up the frame was a praying mantis. It stopped and looked straight at me and did not move. So we talked for a minute or I guess I talked but what is going on? A praying mantis at night? And I went upstairs to investigate the noise and my kitty is the one who alerted me to the mantis. She loved her daddy. Seeing the Praying Mantis was strangely calming. I immediately googled praying mantis and found your site. It helped me sleep last night.

  • :razz: :idea: :roll:
    I asked my older son to help his younger brother capture insects for his science project that is due next week. After catching a butterfly, a Beatle, and a unknown insect they saw a praying mantis sitting next to the air condition unit outside. They were able to capture the mantis, as it actually hopped into the container. To make a long story short, I wasn’t aware of a praying mantis nor did I know that it was a spiritual creature. My older son enlightened me and we have now decided to get a cage and keep the mantis for my younger son as a pet. We haven’t been seeing eye to eye with my older son and we actually learn that he has been breaking our house rules after only being back home 2 months. On Friday he and I had a huge blow up about the decisions that he has been making over the past 2 years. I truly believe the appreance of this praying mantis today is a sign from God! After finding this site and reading through some if the comments I feel an inner peace within my gutt. Your thoughts? Does this happen often?

    • Hello Monica: All creatures are spiritual in some way. Even rocks have an energy that is a connection of some sort. We as humans cannot even begin to realize the reality of our our universe. But we can certainly try! :-) I am tickled that you were able to find peace with the Praying Mantis’s message – it means that this sight is doing it’s job by helping others find answers for themselves. A message that is coming through loud and clear for you right now is to be patient with your older son. Think of the things that you went through at his age and the conflicts you had to overcome. He will get through it! You did :-)

  • Hi there. I actually encountered a pretty big sized praying mantis on the water hose my son and niece were playing with today running in the sprinkler. When I approached it I thought it was so beautiful. It looked right at me and jumped off the hose and was following me and would go everywhere I went. It was seriously following me. I was so surprised and thought why me? Why is this beautiful creature following me? What does this mean?

    • Hi Sheila: Praying Mantis was simply making sure that you got the message he was trying to give you. Pay special attention to the quotation box at the top of the article. It should resonate with where you are with your life right now. Persistence in Nature can also meant that the energy of the Praying Mantis will be with you for a while becoming one of your totems or simply to help you through this phase of your life.

  • I have always believed the Praying Mantis was somehow spiritual but not quite how. I haven’t seen one in many years. For the last month and a half I’ve had 2 living at my back door. They started out tiny babies and are now quite large. I lost my dad almost 2 years ago and he was extremely important to me. I’ve been stressed, hurt, and lost lately over so many different things in my life. Could it be they are here to tell me something? The quote at the top hit home when I read it. Almost calming to read.

    • Hi Angie: The quotation box can actually give you a different message each time you visit the page. Every animal on this website has at least five different messages to bring forth to the user.

  • Hi there. I recently had a dream that I was looking at a place to rent and in what would by my room i was cleaning and saw a praying Mantis. I called my friend to come in and get it out She came out holding exactly 12 of them. What would this mean.

    • Hi Paige: You need to have faith that Spirit is speaking to you through your repetitive thoughts, ideas, and insights. These will guide you to improve something in your life . Use positive affirmations to lead the way.

  • Wow, I had never seen a praying mantis until today. Truly a creature worthy of the reverence it receives. I bought a plant yesterday on clearance and he must have been hanging out there, today I was just enjoying the plant when he appeared on my arm. Spent the afternoon at happy hour trying to focus on the successes I’ve had lately and forget the minor struggles that sting and burn with no consideration of the passage of time, past and present. I recently gave up what I had spent three years building with sweat and tears, to move across the country to help a friend to realize his dedicated aspirations and have encountered resistances from more difficult and unexpected places than I would have thought possible. Thank you Praying Mantis for your appearance, you may stay as long as you like, I hope you will be a good influence on me.

  • 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.

    • Hi Lisa: Your Praying Mantis is a messenger bringing you love and assurance. This is a difficult time for you, but like all things they inevitably move forward to their conclusions – giving us the time and space to be there for ourselves again. Pay special attention to the message that comes up in the quotation box for you.

  • 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.

    • Hi Susan: All too often we don’t give credit to the Animals and Insects for being fully developed sentient beings. It always amazes me when they come forward in the way they sometimes do and risk everything to simply reach out to us.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 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 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 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 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.

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