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Bat Symbolism & Meaning

Do you feel misunderstood by society? Are you fearful of transitions? Do you want to be more sensitive to your surrounding? Bat as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Bat teaches you how to be sensitive to your environment while embracing all life has to offer. Delve deeply in Bat symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can illuminate, support, and guide you.

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Bat Symbolism and Meaning

If you’re seeking the wisdom of Bat Energy it’s a sign your higher-self is helping you sharpen your sense of ‘true seeing’.

To quote the very-dearly-missed Ted Andrews (author of “Animal Speak” and many other wonderful books); “The bat is one of the most misunderstood animals.”

Because Bats come out at night they have long had emblematic ties to death and the underworld. When we look closer, however, we see that Bat (like all Mammals) lives inside the Mother’s womb from which it emerges, a symbolic renewal and new beginning. So much is the case that folk wisdom calls these creatures “Night’s Guardian”.

In nature, Bat is very nurturing, showing itself as socialized in its group. They have unique communication skills and stay close to family and young. While they might avoid humans, there is no lack of interaction among their own.

In fact, Bats are so “touchy-feely” with their own family, it could be said that these creatures of the night are actually “cuddly”.

Because of their warm, sweet nature Bat symbolism is a deeply soulful reminder that we should never judge a book by its cover.

To hunt, many species of Bat require echolocation. This is a very precise ability and gives Bat the meaning of uncovering the hidden and attunement to vibrational frequencies. Adding to their ability to find prey, Bat wings are well suited to simple movements – they are, in fact, structured a bit like our fingers spreading out to discover what’s hiding in the darkness of our lives.

In Shamanism Bat medicine ties directly with the Shaman’s ability to walk between the worlds. Bat represents both death and life, endings and beginnings. Flying with the Bat means trusting your psychic gifts and having confidence in yourself.

European stories associate Bat Spirit with magical creatures including witches and vampires, which at that time wasn’t a positive status. However the Bat as a familiar in modern times is far more positive, even representing good luck.

Bat Spirit Animal

If Bat has made its presence known as your Spirit Animal be ready for major transitions.

Bats are highly sensitive animals. Bat will urge you to keep all your senses on alert so that you gather the signs and omens the Universe is giving you.

As your Spirit Animal, Bat will help you strengthen your natural capacity to “see” with all 6 senses. If Bat keeps showing up in your awareness, take some time to clean and refine your taste, sight, touch, smell, hearing, and, of course, your clairvoyant or psychic abilities.

Note that while Bat can symbolize death, as a Spirit Animal, it does not have to be a literal death. Instead something may end – a job, a living space, a relationship or even outmoded thoughts about yourself and your role in the greater scheme of things. Bat is here to make this change as smooth as possible and ease you through any associated pain.

Bat Totem Animal

Those born with a Bat Totem have uncanny perceptions. Don’t try to fool them with disguises – it won’t work. In fact, it will usually blow up in your face because Bat has no time for such deception.

Bats are super social animals. People who identify with Bat as their Totem Animal want to always be surrounded by family and friends with whom they can communicate honestly and openly – especially without others fearing their psychic sensitivities.

If you have a Bat Totem you are an excellent communicator who knows how to change the direction of a conversation when necessary and adapt on a dime.

When in a group you know how to be an active listener, giving everyone a voice. Because of this, you’ll likely have very few (if any) “emotional collisions” with others.

Your perceptions make you wise and diligent, often being the initiator of new things or the one who cleans up afterward.

Bat Power Animal

There are many reasons to seek out Bat as your Power Animal, not the least of which is helping you with spiritual transitions and past life exploration.

Bat helps us uncover secrets, even those we hide from ourselves. Remember, it is a myth that Bats have poor vision. They have excellent vision in the light. But when the shadows fall, Bat must use it’s echolocation ability to avoid disaster.

Are you a secret keeper? Do you tuck fears away in dark places? Bat can help you face these things and put an end to the emotional burdens that fear and secrets weigh you down with.

Bat as a Power Animal can also teach us when a hasty retreat is in order – it is OK to return to the safety of a cave periodically. There you can rest and rejuvenate in a place where you’re less visible.

Call on Bat medicine when you want to release old, outmoded ways of thinking and behaving.

Get rid of fear and embrace a new way of living!

Remember that facing the dark need not be scary and it just might help you seek out the Light as a place where you can live, always.

Native American Bat Symbolic Meanings

As a Native American animal symbol, Bat is a guide through the darkness. Bat medicine releases us from our old self and opens the doors for something new and healing.

As in other settings Bat can be a trickster akin to Coyote. Blind man’s bluff is a favorite game. Let Bat teach you to “see” by HEARING.

But, also, let Bat energy teach you that things are not always as YOU “see” them.

Bat as a Celtic Animal Symbol

Celtic symbolism associates Bats with the underworld as well as with being a “spiritual navigator”. Because the Bat hangs upside down, Celts gave this night creature the symbolic value of transposition – akin to being reborn.

Bat Dreams

Note: Not all dreams about Bats are morbid. Depending on other factors of the dream, your subconscious or higher-self could be sending a gentle and humorous message to let you know that you or someone close to you is acting a little “batty”.

When Bat wings its way into your dream time it represents potential that hasn’t been tapped yet. Whatever you were doing in the past is NOT who you are today. If you are considering any type of contractual negotiations, read carefully between the lines.

Dream about Bats can be powerful omens of negative energy. But this is ONLY because society has vilified these amazing animals. Bats are associated with tales of vampires and other demonic entities. Because of this Bats symbolize being internally (mentally, emotionally and spiritually) ‘unclean’.

Black Bat Dreams speak of forthcoming personal disasters so be diligent in discerning if it is time to conduct a spiritual cleanup of your self and surroundings.

Conversely, seeing a Bat in your dreams could be symbols of individuals in your sphere who are ‘energy vampires’. These people will suck you dry of any resource (financial, emotional and mental) you have.

Blind as a Bat Dreams – This is a literal symbol alerting you to stay alert regarding a situation you might be walking into ‘blind’. Take this an omen to pay close attention and be extremely discerning when investigating and considering all the facts hidden and obvious.

White Bat Dreams – White is the color of purity and ascension so dreams about a white bat may symbolize the death of a person close to you.

Learn more about Bat Spirit in dreams by reading Bats in Dreams: Their Symbolism, Messages, & Omens on!

Far Eastern Bat Symbolic Meanings

In the Far East, particularly China, the Bat represents good fortune and longevity. The number of Bats seen also has meaning. Two Bats are greater luck, and five represents the five blessings of long life, wealth, honor, health and a natural death. Feng Shui experts use bat symbols for attracting happiness and satisfying dreams.

Bats with gold coins in their mouth are often placed in the West or Northwest of a home to open Chi for a happy family and help from notable people. Hang it from your door to safeguard the house from sickness.

In Japan they are also a good omen. Bat symbols appear on various pieces of art to encourage wish fulfillment.

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  1. John Doe August 25, 2017 at 6:25 am - Reply

    in the past 5 years I have never saw a bat at my cabin in the woods, for the past week at night the bat will swoop down when me or my fiancé walks outside, since the bat appeared a guy buys home full asking price, which we were needing to sale for a bigger place, we are also in debt, I’m wondering if this is a sign things are gonna get better?

  2. Atreyu October 28, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    i dreamt last night of a beautiful fruit bat playing around in my bed while i was trying to sleep, it woke me up and was benign super cute i could hold it like it wanted hugs and to play bite me like my dog haha intact my little black chowowah was playing with it too, it was so cute and just wanted to hang out haha after a while i thought to it, you should probably want to fly around with the other bats outside so i took him out side to my garden where he was so chill, when i took him out side i was like come on and he just understood me and was looking and smiling at me like a dog dose .. it was so beautiful my heart was full the whole time, the thought for a second of it biting me did pass through my head but i instantly dismissed that thought, choosing love over fear.. its the first time I’ve ever had a bat dream. .. I’m pretty connected to the spirit world but i think its going to get even deeper.. my astrology chart for my age now, navamsha chart.. pluto and saturn are moving into the 12th house 8th lord .. be like the bat! funny cos i looooove batman! lol

  3. CaitieCupcake January 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    This was super weird. Im somewhere I wouldn’t have believed and I literaly am sitting outside and this bat flies over me alone in the backyard of the worste place I could imagine myself in. I hope to angels that my life turns around from here. Thanks for the info. Knowledge is power!

  4. may January 25, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

    hi i found babies bat in my roof above my main door..i thought the sneaky sound was from the rats.. when i check it out i found little babies bats sneaking outside and trying to fly out..what does it mean to me?

  5. Sandra Mandonda February 16, 2018 at 8:31 am - Reply

    A bat gave birth on my bed severall years ago …… That night was really freaky it chose to give birth on my bed over the other 11 in the room and in the morning I discovered the babies …… what does it mean

  6. Sandie May 30, 2018 at 4:46 am - Reply

    Few day’s back I got a dream!!
    I was sleeping on my bed and there was a window beside my bed. Suddenly I woke up and I saw out off the window there was a tree!! I saw something on that tree I watched it clear that I saw 3bats and all the 3bats are in purple color!!
    I don’t know wat this dream messaging me. If anybody knows plzz help me.

  7. Lokesh Rawat June 3, 2018 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Hi , i dreamed i was lookin up in the sky it was cloudy then suddenly a lots of bat came flying out of the cloud and i not sure i looked frarless then suddenly i started to cover the room window so that they do not go inside the house.

    And it was so clear i still remeber each scene please tell me what does this mean

  8. Anne July 19, 2018 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Last night when I was reading my Bible, A bat flew three times over my head. I prayed against it since I thought it was a bad omen. In the morning I burnt it and prayed also. I felt a lot of peace.

  9. Marilyn July 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I came home from holidays, leaving the door open for 15 minutes to unload my car into the house. I went to bed and was almost asleep when I heard a stirring under my bed. Out flew what I thought was a bird. I got up to make sure it flew out my bedroom door which it did, closed it and went back to bed. 5 minutes later, same thing. 10 minutes later, another bird. I heard no wing sound and it seemed calm as it found the opening to the door. I was almost asleep a half hour later and then another bird. I actually got up 5 times to shew them out, but one of those I didn’t see actually leave so maybe only 4. t was a little scary and I finally fell asleep. Time to deal with the 4 or 5 birds in my house, thinking they must be thirsty by now. No birds. I checked under and in everything. I opened both doors. I was in my house all day and didn’t hear a sound. Last night, the whole thing repeated. I had not closed my bedroom door and they found their way back in under my bed I guess. They looked like small darker birds with wings in the limited light I had. I got freaked a little and moved into another room in case there were more “hatching”. As I looked this morning, I saw in the dawn a bird crawling on my curtain moving sideways and thought, “Oh no, that looks like a bat.” A moment ago, there was what appeared to be a large terantula spider near my door and I knew on closer look that it was a small bat. It was weak and could not fly. I took a broom and scooped it outside where it crawled into the shadows. I just looked up the meaning on your website and I am in awe as just a few weeks ago I had decided to use my skills of perception and my gift to make declarations and watch them happen – take that to a higher level for humanity. And I had asked to have my powers of clairvoyance/audio enhanced, even open to learning remote viewing. to have 4 visit me and keep getting my attention 2 nights in a row means I need to really tune in now to what their message is for me. I realize by coming out of obscurity and offering this service means I could be in danger for those who do not want to be exposed. Yet I trust I will be warned ahead of time and be able to “see” in the dark and not be afraid. If there is anything more you feel I need to see or hear or understand, I would like to book an appointment. Thank you and this is a profound new level in my life and oh, by the way, my son is going through the same transition so I know the bats have a message for him as well.

  10. Angels August 20, 2018 at 12:42 am - Reply


    I have been spotting bats around my house, never in my home though, but tonight was the first in a long time I’ve noticed how many there were and my husband being shocked at seeing them lol… but it’s funny, I’ve asked God for signs for helping us with our career paths. Lately I’ve been kind of confused and needing advice. After seeing the bats, my husband asked is that a good thing and that was when I came online to look for their meaning. After reading about them I’m kind of glad I came on here. I feel like my questions have been answered but at the same time, it still kept me questioning for more. For example: Am I going to go on a different career path or am I still here just getting more business or something totally unexpected. I believe in signs and omens and other superstitions. I hope this is a good thing for us. We could really use the help and guidance.

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