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Insect Symbolism & Meanings
What’s bugging you? 😉
Perhaps it is a Spirit Insect striving to get your attention, bearing a message or a lesson. There is literally no habitat in which insects do not live, and they are very diversified creatures. And while many people think of insects as annoyances they are incredibly necessary for pollinating everything from fruits and vegetables to flowers.
Some of the global symbolism for the Insect Class include:
- Natural order
- Food Chain
- Triune Divine
Helpful insects moderate other insects that otherwise destroy crops. Some are the proverbial weed whackers of nature, some act as a food source for animals and even humans, and others still help decompose natural waste that would otherwise accrue uncontrolled.
Even if you’re not planning to head out to the store for fresh grubs, there is a lot that Insect Spirit can teach us.
Insects have certain characteristics in common. As adults, Insects have bodies with three segments and three legs. This natural feature gives Insect connections with the three-fold Divine.
Some of the most commonly talked about Insects in the world of Animal Symbolism and Animal Spirit Guides include Bees, Butterflies, Crickets, & Spiders.
Insects are communal creatures. Nonetheless, they seem to go about their business with little attention to what others are doing. Rather they just keep going forward, adapting with relative ease as the environment changes.
Insect Spirit Animal:
As with other Animal Spirits, the exact meaning of an Insect depends heavily on the exact type of creature it is, and also how this symbol appears in your life.
For example if a specific is constantly buzzing in your ear, particularly a bee, it’s bringing you a message from the Ancestors or the Divine.
Butterfly appearing in your life represents a transformation on the horizon often of a personal nature, dragonfly heralds luck and sweet fire fly lights up the darkness of our life.
The best way to discover for certain what your Spirit Animal is trying to say is by meditating on that image and writing down anything that comes to mind.
If you were born with an Insect as your Totem Animal, you are probably on the move a lot. Sitting still is not your “thing”. You want to fly off and enjoy life’s nectar, enriching people along the way.
Insect Totems like being in Nature often, and may even seek out careers like landscaping or botany to invest that passion accordingly.
Insect Power Animals:
There are tens of thousands of species of Insects and, each, important to the bio-diversity on Earth. If your calling in life is to help Mother Gaia, call on the energy of the Insect world when you want spiritual guidance from the animal kingdom.
The majority of the world’s insect population is physically, very tiny. Yet, they all serve such large functions in our eco-system. When you want to do big things but are feeling too small to make a difference, invoke Insect as your Power Animal. They all can help you see that little things come in big packages!
Insects in Celtic Symbolism
Because the Celts so revered the animal kingdom, Insect Symbolism and Meaning plays heavily in their myths and cultural beliefs. It’s important to remember that the Celtic people, just as the Native Americans, studied all animals, insects, reptiles, etc. to learn about survival as well as to glean spiritual connection and understanding.
As in most cultures, Bees, Butterflies, & Spiders are among the most meaningful Insects to the Celts. In especially, Bees were thought to bring good luck and Butterflies the embodiment of loved ones who had crossed to the other side.
Native American Symbols: Insects
Insects play a wide variety of different roles in the mythology of Native American tribes.
Generally speaking, Native American traditions tend to have very negative perceptions of swarming insects, biting insects, and (in agricultural societies) crop-destroying insects, associating them with disease, evil witchcraft, and bad luck.
On the other hand, like other small animals, insects often appear in legends to symbolize meekness and humility, two positive traits valued by most Native American cultures.