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 Spirit can help!
Bat Table of Contents
- Bat Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Native American Symbolism
- Celtic Symbolism
- Bat Dreams
- Far Eastern Symbolism
- Back to all Mammals
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
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.
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.
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.