The Meaning of the Moth as a Spirit Guide

Updated on May 16, 2018
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Kitty has been communicating with her spirit guides for over a decade. She uses the lessons she's learned through them to write about them.

A gorgeous Atlas moth. If this moth comes to you, you know it brings a beautiful message.
A gorgeous Atlas moth. If this moth comes to you, you know it brings a beautiful message. | Source

Animal Spirit Guides

Connecting with your animal spirit guide can be enlightening. Understanding your guide can uncover wisdom from deep within yourself. Often the first question people ask me is "how do I know my animal spirit guide?" The answer to this question is quite simple. You don't have to seek out your animal spirit guide. Your animal spirit guide will find you.

Typically when an animal spirit guide makes itself known to you, it will appear recurrently in many different places. Sometimes you'll see them in the wild (with animals living today), sometimes they'll show up on the Television, online in articles or ads, in newspapers/magazines, in dreams, or you might even hear someone talking about it in a passing conversation. If you are open to receiving messages from your animal spirit guide, they will come to you.

Once they appear and you've realized their presence, the best thing to do is to study them. Study the mythology behind the creature, study the various cultures' beliefs of the creature. Study what they eat, their habitat, the ways they move, hunt, and mate. Keep in mind that sometimes after your animal spirit guide's message has been understood, they may disappear. And then another will appear when the next message is ready for you

The hummingbird hawk moth has much to teach us about survival.
The hummingbird hawk moth has much to teach us about survival. | Source

Moths in Mythology and Lore

The moth has been both admired and feared in various cultures all over the world dating back to ancient times. The moth is sometimes viewed as the uglier, hairier cousin of the butterfly, but there are qualities of the moth that the butterfly could only dream to have.

Some of the most majestic moths are known as hummingbird moths and can be found in many places throughout the world. These moths are so large and flap their wings so fast they are often confused with hummingbirds! They have long mouths with which to suck nectar out of flowers and hover above the flowers just as hummingbirds do. One of the hummingbird moths is known as the Sphinx moth and can be found in the United States but originally comes from Africa. Although I've found no mythology concerning the sphinx moth in African mythology, it makes one wonder where the Sphinx moth acquired its regal name.

To some Native American tribes, moths were thought to be sacred and powerful creatures and there is even talk of moth cocoons being used as rattles in certain Californian Native tribes. Others view the moth as a symbol of death or a messenger from the dead. This can be seen in the symbolism of the deaths-head hawk moth (which is also another type of hummingbird moth!). This particular moth has a skull pattern on its back and was featured in the horror movie Silence of the Lambs.

In old Appalachian folklore, if one saw a group of white moths it meant their ancestors were watching over them and bringing them messages of protection and love. This is in direct opposition to the idea that moths cause death and destruction as some Old Wives Tales claim. In Mexico, the moth known as the "Black Witch" is said to be a harbinger of death and causes fear in those who see it's bat shaped body and large dark wings.

One thing is for sure - the moth is a powerful totem and animal spirit guide. Whether it causes fear or awe, it causes a strong reaction in its beholder. While some moths are "ugly", keep in mind there are many beautiful moths too like the luna moth and the garden tiger moth.

Do not fear moths. They have much to teach us.

— Nicole Canfield
The death's head hawk moth might be coming to you as a representation of your old way of life coming to an end and a new beginning right around the corner.
The death's head hawk moth might be coming to you as a representation of your old way of life coming to an end and a new beginning right around the corner. | Source

The Moth Spirit Guide

So the moth has appeared in your life and has a message for you. It may even have a specific lesson to teach you. But with the muddled and sometimes confusing mythology behind the moth, how do we decipher what the moth animal spirit guide is trying to teach us?

Moths represent three main ideals: mystery, darkness/light, and transformation. It is possible the moth spirit guide is trying to teach you the mysteries of the occult. The ancient mysteries of your ancestors. If one particular moth is coming to you often, research and find out what kind of moth it is and whatever the folklore or mythology is behind it. You might find your answer in your research. If not, let the moth continue coming to you until the message is loud and clear.

It is possible you have been hiding from something in your life and the moth is here to bring it into the light. To draw you to the light, just as moths are drawn to the light. It is also possible that some of the mysteries in your life are about to be revealed. Let the moth be your guide out of the darkness and to the light.

Just as butterflies go through an intense metamorphosis from caterpillar to adult, so too do moths. The moth spirit guide is here to help guide you through your time of transformation from a young person (in either spirit or mind) into a full-grown adult able to spread your wings and take to the sky. Perhaps you are embarking on a new career path, or a new family path. Perhaps you are outgrowing your old self to make way for the new. Let the moth spirit guide wrap you in its loving cocoon and show you the way to redemption.

Whatever the moth spirit guide teaches you, it will be a valuable lesson and you will walk away knowing the moth is a special creature indeed.

The marbled emperor moth is beautiful to behold.
The marbled emperor moth is beautiful to behold. | Source

Ways to Thank the Moth Spirit Guide

If the moth spirit guide has come into your life, it undoubtedly has provided you with many lessons of spirituality and transformation. Perhaps you forged a special spiritual relationship with the moth. There is one thing you can do to show your gratitude for the moth's presence in your life. You can grow plants that help nourish and perpetuate the moth's life cycle! Just as there are butterfly gardens, there are also moth gardens. Some people might shudder at this notion, but if you are a friend of the moth, then you might be willing to help it out in nature.

Some of the plants that moths use as nectar supply include:

  • Moonflowers - sphinx and hummingbird moths love this night-flowering perennial vine
  • Jasmine, honeysuckle, and evening primrose - flowers in the evening and is a favorite of many moths
  • Bluebell, clover, daisies, dandelion - great spring-blooming flowers for many kinds of moths

You can also provide host plants for the moths. Host plants are plants on which the moths lay their eggs and the caterpillars will use as food supply until metamorphosis. These include:

  • Blue sage - the sage sphinx moth will host on this plant
  • Persimmon - a host for the beautiful luna moth
  • Poplar - the big poplar sphinx moth uses as a host plant

Even keeping your garden free of pesticides will help the moth population, which in turn, will help keep our plants pollinated.

The beautiful emperor gum moth would make a lovely spirit guide!
The beautiful emperor gum moth would make a lovely spirit guide! | Source

Questions & Answers

  • Is it true that Atlas moths' bring beautiful messages?

    All moths have messages to give. It's up to you to determine what that message is.

  • During the solar eclipse, I was engulfed by more than a dozen moths. I was standing at least 10+ feet away from anything in the middle of a parking lot. What does this mean?

    Moths that encircle you are usually your ancestors checking on you.

  • Did you do one on wolves?

    No, I haven't. Wolves are a popular spirit guide, and I figured Google has enough articles on the topic.

© 2017 Kitty Fields


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    2 months ago

    I recently went to save a sweet dog from being put down at a shelter. I got there in time, spent some time with him and the next day they went to neuter him. He died during the process. I have not stopped crying for this poor boy. Today, 3 days later, I was in a restaurant, doors closed, A/C blasting (I'm in Florida) and a beautiful moth comes in just as I'm telling the story to a friend. He stayed by my side, followed me home, and is still with me now, 6 hours later! I'm convinced that it is my dog (it's actually the same color as the dog was) and he's letting me know he's in a better place and that I can move on. Am I crazy or can it be him? Does it have any other messages?

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    Melissa Meadow 

    4 months ago from United States

    Moths are definitely one of my most favorite creatures in the world...Luna Moths frequent my area so when they're around, I try to spend as much time as possible with them.

    Polyphemus Moth also visits a lot and oh, they are just amazingly beautiful.

    I just love them all so much.

    Many people are horridly afraid of moths. I'm one of the fortunate that can't get enough of them!

    Terrific article!

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    5 months ago

    I had some crazy shit happen with moths too... The moth is a light seeking creature. The symbol for the Saint was created in the image of a moth, The mothman is real. Ive seen him. Youll all meet it, Its really upset at spirits of darkness that dim the light of truth in peoples lives.It is a mediator of the animal kingdom. As Jesus is mediator of man. He comes during harvest time to either enlighten some like he has me. Or to drag to darkness people that treat lfe like a game and play Gods children like some kind of childish lottery..

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    James Messer 

    7 months ago from San Diego 3 AM this morning I was met with an unsettling surprise. For quite a few minutes as I sat here watching the Penny Dreadful (of all the god damn shows to be watching) I go to put my laundry in the dryer and BOOM on the door leading into the house is this beautiful little Lady.

    I shoo'ed her into a better area in the laundry room under a shelf and without hesitating I grabbed a pail, saran wrap, and prepared a 50/50 sugar and water mixture with the token fake paper towel flower (so she doesn't fall into the sugar) and I proceeded to careful take her and get her into said habitat so I could look at her more closely. Within minutes she dropped her Proboscis and started drinking away.

    Curious, because If I'm any type of Hippie, the ONLY type I am is Animal related, I looked her up, and god damn if my heart didn't skip a beat lol. This little Lady is a Certified BLACK WITCH MOTH or as they say in Mexico, "Mariposa De La Muerte: The Butterfly of Death:

    Now, There are four general mythologies surrounding this Species of Moth, and again, these moths are not uncommon at all, but they are one of the Largest Moth species North of Mexico the largest having a wingspan of SEVEN FUCKING INCHES and do quite well, they even have a way to sense Bat echolocation to avoid being eaten.

    Lore 1 is pretty much, Death, if this thing visits you and there's a sick person in the house, that person is fucked, like, there is no hope, you will straight up die lol. Lore 2 is that if someone just died, the moth represents their soul leaving the home. Lore 3, in texas the moth has to physically visit each of the four corners of the house for someone to die (Because Texans are pussies and made a Lore involving a far more complicated Omen of Death so they dont die hahahaha) and Lore 4 is that if the moth is found on or above your doorway, you will come into Good Fortune.

    Well...I'm not one to stare a good Omen in the mouth, but I'll just count my Blessings.

    I was able to give her a full Belly, marvel at her, learn something, and as I reached in to take her out, she climbed up my hand, up my arm, over my shoulder, across my face and sat on top of my head. I told her everything is gonna be just fine and she stayed on my Head as I pulled the Garage door up, I walked her outside to a nice tree she can use and I had to coax her off my head. I took a Peso coin and put it inside Said Tree and that's that.

    Good Omens are hard to come by these days, This was a Genuine experience and I enjoyed learning more about this little Lady.

    Hopefully I don't Die soon. If I do, I had a blast hahahahahahahaha

    Time to but a lottery ticket ^_^

    But to be honest I think I'll just let this play itself out, what happens happens and I'll always try to make the best out of what I have ^_^.

    It was satisfying watching her Drink. Her little straw lol

    A Black Witch Moth lol

    Time to go to church hahahahahahahahahaha

    (Cool factoid, in the Silence of the Lambs Novels, Black Witch Moth Cocoons are the actual Cocoons that were put into the victims mouths, in the Movie they changed it to the Death's Head Hawk Moth"

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    Alexsandria A Gra 

    9 months ago

    Please send me an email. I'm experiencing something that is outstanding. Alex grangood

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    Kitty Fields 

    9 months ago from Summerland

    Gabriel - That's wonderful! Blessings to you!

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    Gabriel Sentmat 

    9 months ago

    At first I had no idea what it meant. But now I read and understood the meaning of the moth by my door hallway. Is facing towards me, my life and financial situation has changed dramatically to the possitive side of the coin. I will allow my self to change and make space for the new me.

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    Rosie Mon 

    10 months ago

    Thank you for the insight :) I’m ready to be guided to the light in order to welcome new beginnings :) Indeed, a moth is a symbol of transformation from coming out of the dark. The end of something is always a start of something new :) Please keep up the good work and may love and light be with you all ❤️

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    19 months ago

    Ok kool"" now this moth keep popping up!!! First it was the regular one big ass hell !!! I'm black so if I say it was big it was big !!! wings out out like it was ready to attack" at the front door it's a bug" now it's another one a pretty one big not so big ass the first one. But I did call myself talking to a bird that was trap like it was a sacrifice in my mind though as I talking to the bird it's nature tell St.Michael. No bullshit " now if he got the message now how I make them motherfucker go away

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    Kitty Fields 

    23 months ago from Summerland

    Heidi - I hadn't planned on it, but I definitely can! Now you've inspired me to do so. :)

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    Heidi Thorne 

    23 months ago from Chicago Area

    Been loving your animal posts! Question: I notice a hawk occasionally. Just wondering if you plan to do a post on that amazing creature. Keep the good stuff coming!

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    Nancy Yager 

    24 months ago from Hamburg, New York

    I love these multi-colored moths. They are more common at my home in Florida. You cannot believe the vibrant colors in these beautiful creatures.

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    2 years ago from Beautiful South

    I never thought of the moth as a spirit guide before. Very interesting.


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