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Ant Symbolism & Meaning

Need a little help with organization? Trying to build a sense of community? Ant, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Ant teaches you to prepare and endure through the labor ahead! Delve deeply into Ant symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can encourage, educate, and enlighten you!

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Ant Symbolism & Meaning

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Ants live in nearly every corner of the Earth. In many regions, they represent willpower, diligence, patience, tenacity, endurance, fidelity, cooperation, truthfulness, and power. Ants in nature have amazing strength considering their very small size. In fact, they can carry over 20 times their own weight. That means a 200-pound person with an Ant’s strength could lift a ton!

Ants hear by having sensitivity to vibrations. They teach us to keep our instincts keen. They also leave an aromatic trail wherever they go, which helps them find their way home. In this, Ant Spirit is a trailblazer and guide.

In the Philippines, Ants coming into the house bring prosperity with their arrival. The Bible depicts Ant as a harmonious creature who works collectively with others. Islamic traditions say the Ant taught Solomon the ways of wisdom, and in India, treating an Ant with kindness ensures prosperity. Leaving a bit of sugar near an anthill is an act of charity that attracts luck.

There are numerous superstitions about Ants in the United States. If an Ant bites you, it means an argument is about to erupt. Ants nesting near the home is good luck. Ants that appear to run from you means someone is gossiping about you. Ants moving East to West meant the harvest was ready. Those moving West to East portend rain.

Red Ants crossing your path is a sign of danger. Ants moving in a row under a door indicates lies. An Ant stepped on is very bad luck and may lead to all manner of sorrow.

Key characteristics associated with Ant include unity, stamina, forbearance, duty, honor, preparation, organization, diligence, focus, and hard work.

Ant Spirit Animal

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When Ant Spirit marches into your life, It brings a message of patience. Whatever is going on right now, you cannot be so impetuous. By pacing yourself, the end result will be far more rewarding. Slow down, don’t rush, work carefully.

Ant Spirit also encourages self-confidence. There are special moments when you need to wrap your strength around your waist and simply trust. Work with other people who share your focus and goals. Know your skills and apply them within that group harmoniously: Teamwork matters.

Encountering Ant Spirit may mean you really must focus on teamwork to achieve something. Be it co-workers, peers, or family, moving as one mind is the key here. Each person in this unit is an integral part of the puzzle you are trying to complete.

In some instances, the Ant Spirit Animal speaks of a life-changing opportunity. At first, it may seem overwhelming, but it will bring you good fortune in the end. Generally, this opening has something to do with community efforts. Keep this chance in smart balance with your home life and watch what wonders come.

When Ant Spirit bites you, it represents a call to action. Your family, tribe or community needs your help. Pay attention.

Ant Totem Animal

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Those born with an Ant Totem are the ultimate planners. No matter how chaotic a situation seems, they somehow manage to stay controlled and focused. When you walk with Ant Spirit, social opportunities become especially important. You need friends and congenial groups to be truly healthy and happy. Community building is in your blood, as is a good deal of wisdom and kindness. It is not surprising people often seek out those with an Ant Totem for guidance.

The Ant Totem also has a fighting Spirit. You are not one to stand on the sidelines of life. Nonetheless, you do not just jump into a confrontation without solid information. Ant people always weigh both sides of any situation before trying to fix it. And fix it they will – never giving up is one of Ant’s great qualities.

Ant Spirit is a planner. This Totem knows how to prepare for the future one step at a time. You feel no need to rush. Building dreams takes time and persistence. Ant shares attributes of other Animal Totems too. She is enduring like an Elk, is aggressive as a Badger, and investigates like Mouse.

Aunt Medicine is never separate from society. In fact, being part of a greater collective sustains Ant with great joy and energy. Ant knows that in time the Universe provides. But providence isn’t just for self, but all our relations.

If you have the Queen Ant as your Totem (she has wings), you are forever giving to others. You see the true meaning behind the “greater good” and often sacrifice your own best interests to serve that noble cause. You have a soft spot for children, wanting to keep them safe from any harm.

Positive career paths for Ant include anything where you can put things in order. Also, social and community-oriented jobs make you incredibly happy. Being a principled person, you will work hard and see rewards for your labors.

Ant Power Animal

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There are many good reasons to seek out Ant Spirit as a Power Animal aid. When you are facing a chance to do something new, Ant helps you say YES. You never know until you try. Ant Spirit can also guide you down a smooth path for reaching your goal, but it will not be the “quick” way – rather the right way. Call on Ant when you need community support when you feel yourself shriveling.

Ant, as a Power Animal, gets you back to “home” figuratively when you have somehow lost your way emotionally or spiritually. The power of the Ant also protects you during this process. If you work with Ant, you can begin building your dreams and see them manifest.

Seek out Ant Spirit when you need motivation, particularly at work. Ants know how to overcome obstacles. They also understand the “order” of things. Sometimes you are talking to the wrong person or taking the wrong route. Ant puts you back on track with the right connections.

Native American Ant Symbolic Meanings

Native American stories represent Ant as a cooperative, hard-working Spirit. Ant spread soil across the Earth for humans. Among Californian tribes, ants are earthquake predictors. Shamans tell us that Ant teaches that all good things come to those with patience and trust in their hearts. The Pima have two clans named after Ant: Red Ant Clan and White Ant Clan. Cherokees have a ceremonial Ant Dance.

Native American outlook on Ant Medicine is all about slowing down. The more we hurry, the more we miss. Working with the tribe cooperatively, with serenity in our pockets, is part of what will help put us back in balance with Nature. Ant calls us to unity and tireless effort.

Hopi Ant People

Hopi Myths speak of the Ant People. In the World Age (or First World), life ended in fire, and the Second World was destroyed by ice. In both cases, the Hopi were guided to the Ant People, who took them to underground caves for safety. The Ant People gave the Hopi food and taught them how to store food. Some believe this led to the creation of the Kiva community prayer spaces. The word itself breaks down into two words – Ki meaning Ant and Va meaning dwelling.

Ant in Folklore

Folktales are the stories of common people. Each reflects something about the key character in the story, often illustrating a lesson. We see this in Aesop’s Fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper.

The tale begins with Ants preparing provisions for winter. A hungry Grasshopper comes along, asking for help. The Ants explained the Grasshopper should have worked during the summer so He would not be wanting now. Grasshopper excused his actions by saying He sang all season long. Ants would have none of this and told Him just to keep singing. There are two lessons here; first, there’s the lesson of being dutiful to those things necessary for survival. The second is that doing a kindness could have created a change for Grasshopper, and the opportunity just went by unrealized.

Another story from the Philippines tells us of Ant’s mystical realm beneath the Earth. When the Spanish arrived in the Philippines, natives trusted in Pagan Gods and thought they had physical living spaces. From time to time, a God would surface as a mound on the ground (anthill). People feared even looking at these mounds. It’s said as the mound grows higher, the God’s power increases.

In Persian lore, there is mention of exceptionally large and furry Ants. They only live in the desert underground. Because they emerged from their home with gold sand on their back, they were called Gold Mining Ants. The dust on their back was considered magical, and people gathered it with care. A fun historical aside to this story is the Ants were actually Groundhogs. The confusion comes from a language glitch where the word for Ground Hog means Mountain Ant, something our reporter Herodotus did not know when he wrote of this creature.

Ant Dreams

In the Language of Dreams, Ant represents things that are bugging you. These are usually minor annoyances that interrupt your day and leave you frustrated. Pay particular attention to where Ants appear in your dreams as that location is from where your issues stem.

Seeing a single Ant in your dream may mean that you feel powerless and alone. Being bitten by an Ant in your dream portends some type of accident, so take extra care. Flying Ants represent your desire for freedom, and Ants laying eggs represent fertility.

The type of Ant you see in your dream also has meaning. A Queen Ant (with wings) is an omen of improvement in business, particularly for growth. Soldier Ants bear the message that you need to be more assertive to see success. Red Ants usually aren’t a good sign in that their bite feels like fire.

Far Eastern Ant Symbolic Meanings

The Chinese see the Ant as a virtuous creature who dutifully serves the country. Ant is righteous in his efforts, patriotic and tireless. Some of this symbolism may have to do with phonetics as the word for Ant sounds like the word for virtue.

Ant Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Adaptable
  • Community
  • Cooperation
  • Diversity
  • Duty
  • Endurance
  • Preparedness
  • Organization
  • Unity
  • Willpower

5 thoughts on “Ant Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Marya says:

    This is powerful medicine for our times as we learn to hear the Earth and Her wisdom as it arises everywhere. Mahalo for writing it. I’ve just discovered a fire ant infestation in my driveway and am weighing the kindness and karma in deciding what to do. I hear their message through your beautiful words. They’re family. Am using vinegar and baking soda to invite them to move along in their spiritual journey. Do you have a better idea?

    • Mckay says:

      I suggest trying to coax them to a new location via food trails. I’m sure google has some suggestions on how to rehome anthills.

  2. Rita says:

    You can always just kindly ask them to go.

  3. Lujaine says:

    I have a black ant infestation. They are mostly attracted to anything sweet, of course, but also to my water. In the dishwasher, washing machine, sink, filtered water pitcher. Ants will not cross cinnamon as it interferes with their signaling path, so I’ve put this down.


    Nice story about ant and I have learned a lot about ant.

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