Bug and Insect Symbolism
Have you ever seen a ladybug right when you needed a smile? Or perhaps you were waiting for a sign to tell you you're making the right decision when a butterfly of brilliant colors flies by. Is there such thing as bug or insect symbolism?
The Native Americans believed that nature talked to us, that God (or the Great Spirit) sent messages to us through natural things like animals. That includes bugs! So if you're wondering whether bugs have symbolic meaning is a real thing, let me tell you that it's as real as the symbolism of a rainbow or a monstrous hurricane. You just have to be attentive enough to see it. Let's discover some insect symbolism together.
Ladybug have been associated with luck and love. Usually if one sees one, it brings to mind having good luck that day or perhaps that year. Ladybugs also represent love in its purest form. If you see one on your windowsill, it might mean that a lover is dreaming of you and hoping that you're dreaming of him/her. If you find one on your door, a lover will be knocking soon.
Ladybug are generally symbolic of positivity, good luck, and flourishing love.
For many years and in many cultures, dragonflies were looked upon as evil. Some legends said that dragonflies were the devil's workers and would poke out eyes or sew lips shut. They would basically do what the devil told them to do. Other cultures see these insects as sacred and even as spirit guides. This includes the Chinese and Japanese cultures, as well as some Norse cultures. The goddess Freya was said to have dragonflies as spirit guides.
If a dragonfly flies across your path, it's trying to tell you something. It's time to listen! Dragonflies can represent the element of air and tthe "winds of change." Maybe they're trying to tell you it's time to leave the old ways behind and move on to a new path in life. Dragonflies also symbolize peace, harmony, and purity.
Butterflies are something delicately magical. Most symbolism associated with butterflies relate to the ideas of transformation, transmutation, and very often recent or upcoming travel. When a butterfly lands nearby or flutters past, perhaps your spirit is ready to soar to new heights. Or perhaps you are just coming out of your cocoon, ready to shed your old skin and burst forth in the new. This could be spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, or all aspects of life.
I've had bees appear in my dreams—not stinging but flying around me constantly. I've even had wasps tap on my office door at my job, as if they were trying to deliver a message to me. What do bees symbolize? Do they have something to tell us?
The bee was a sacred animal in more than one ancient society. They were sacred to the goddess Melissa, who was a priestess of the goddess Demeter. She was thought to have brought honey to the baby god Zeus, instead of milk.
If you see a bumblebee or a honeybee fly by, consider it a sign of good luck—specifically prosperity. It means that some sweet things are coming. Bees also symbolize unity, family ties, and hard-work. They are associated closely with many different flowers and plants, particularly the herb lemon balm (also known as melissa officinalis).
In some Native American cultures, wasps and hornets were a bad sign. They meant that a bad visitor was on his/her way. They also provided warnings of war and other ill-will events. This doesn't mean that if you find that a wasp it means bad luck is coming. For you, they may be good luck! Symbolism is open for interpretation and can vary from person to person. Just listen with your heart.
Many people are freaked out by these eight-legged insects. They do seem quite creepy-crawly and not-so-friendly, but they serve a great purpose in this world.
First of all, spiders get rid of the common house fly as well as other pests, such as mosquitoes and deerflies. They can't be all that bad if they're preventing more mosquitoes from biting our flesh and spreading disease, right?
Spiders represent many things. If you see a black widow, maybe you need to examine how you are treating your family. Perhaps you're spending a ton of time on your children but neglecting your husband. Thank her for the message, but don't get too close. Black widow bits are poisonous to humans!
The symbolism of spiders is full of female energy. Spider Grandmother was a Native American goddess who wove the web of creation (and to some, the first alphabet) according to Native American legend. In India, spiders represented Maya, a goddess who represents Illusion, dreams, and enlightenment.
If you walk through a spiderweb every morning, it is time to study spiders and what they mean. Perhaps it's time to make contact with Spider Grandmother or Maya.
Beautiful bugs aren't the only insects with symbolic meaning. I interpret stink bug sightings as "something funky this way comes." You'll be presented with a challenge in the near future. And that challenge might stink, perhaps literally but also perhaps metaphorically. It's considered bad luck to step or or smoosh a stink bug for obvious reasons - they stink!
As for cockroaches, as we've all heard they can survive a nuclear apocalypse. Perhaps cockroaches represent survival and steadfastness. If you view cockroaches as a bad sign, they could symbolize destruction and filth.
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