Lois’ Notes: Two of my young grandchildren hung out with me this weekend. One of them discovered a praying mantis clinging to the doorframe of my back door when the two of them went out to play. It remained there for quite a while. I wondered what the symbolism was, looked it up, and thought it might be interesting to others as well. I have always been fascinated with these insects.

PRAYING MANTIS: Wait for the right moment before striking.

Meaning and Messages

Usually, Praying Mantis symbolism 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. Thus the Praying Mantis meaning insists that we take a step back. In other words, like the Stick Bug, some simple meditation would be in order here because we need to quiet the external din that we have created. It is the only way that we can come back to our truth. This spirit animal will always come to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives.

Alternatively, like the Octopus, Praying Mantis symbolism is reminding you that you have the power to adapt to any situation, however painful. Take a deep breath and make the adjustments needed. The Praying Mantis meaning insists that you can do this!

Totem, Spirit Animal

People with the Praying Mantis totem have learned to take their time and live their lives at their silent pace. Furthermore, they never make any movement without careful thought or contemplation. Therefore, like the Penguin, they know exactly where they are going and when they will get there. Even within this calm and serene environment, folks with this spirit animal totem are capable of quick and decisive action when an opportunity presents itself.

Folks with the Praying Mantis totem, like the Angelfish, tend to elevate the consciousness of others. They are gifted psychics that are willing to share their knowledge. They love to teach.