Spirit Animal Totems

Praying Mantis

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Patience and perseverance are key at the moment in order to attain your goals.
-Praying Mantis

If Praying Mantis has crawled into your space;

Usually the Praying Mantis 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. Taking a step back and some simple meditation would be in order here because the external din we’ve created needs to be quieted so that we can come back to our own truth. The Praying Mantis always comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives.

If the Praying Mantis is your Animal Totem:

You have learned to take your time and live your life at your silent pace. You never make any movement without careful thought or contemplation. You know exactly where you are going and when you will get there. Even within this calm and serene environment you are capable of quick and decisive action when opportunity presents itself.

If Praying Mantis has come flying in your dreams:

To dream of Praying Mantis is to understand that your intuition is trying to guide you at this moment. All the gut reactions and instinctual emotions you have been feeling of late are trying to tell you something about the situation you are currently in. Trust your feelings and act appropriately. Retreat, pounce or be pounced on.

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Please have a close look at the Quotation Box at the top of the page before you make a comment or ask a question. There are at least five different messages that can appear in the box and more often that not your personal guides will see to it that the message is appropriate to what your visiting Praying Mantis was trying to convey to you. We try to answer as many comments as possible – but please be sure you have not already had your answer or that the answer is not in the first paragraph. If your Praying Mantis is dead – consider that the message is in it’s shadow form – in other words exactly opposite to what the message is saying and that you are somehow not accomplishing what it is asking for.

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109 Responses to Praying Mantis

  • My husband and I were going out and there was a praying mantis right by the door handle on the car. Every time we moved past the bug it would follow us? What does this mean?? 😮

  • I am between jobs and trying to figure out what kind of work I want to do next. In the mean time my Aunt needed help at the reception desk of her hair salon.
    As you can imagine customers sometimes get ‘hairy’ about what they want and it can be a challenge to make everyone happy no matter the business or work.
    I have been fine in the silo of the reception area, myself.
    I looked out the window today and on the ledge there was a preying mantis on the ledge-IT did not appear to be Alive any longer. Autumn is here and that is to be expected of insects at this time of year.
    So I am working on bringing mindfulness to my days already, but I am not clear how to see the beautiful message of the auspicious preying mantis that has emerged from energy in its body.
    What do you think the death component of this praying mantis would mean?
    Prey Pray pray.
    I will appropriately meditate on this strong message and moment.

    Not sure if it is related but we are not far from the mountain area where deer have been misplaced from their homes due to new construction. A woman came in earlier saying she saw a deer running along the road. This is not far from the mountain, but it is quite urban/suburban. I kept worrying about it since I have seen too many on the roadside and watched a frantic fawn lose her life on a highway during rush hour.
    They are such a gift to see on the roadside, but when I see them I immediately pray for them to go into nature and not jump into the road.

    Few months ago a fawn emerged from dense movie-like fog on a soppy late drive through a woodded mountain and kept its stride directly toward my car. I was driving slowly enough to stop, but it kept running toward me until a last moment when I screamed and instinctually turned off my headlights. I held my breath with clenched eyes as I waited for the thump. To my relief this never happened. It was a message from my guru, who I call ‘Mother’ in Her native language. She revealed to me the answer to a longing in my heart wondering if She/God hears my prayers and knows who I am…. One of the spirit animal totem posts says that a mother deer, even if not visible, always is watching her fawn….

    Anyway… Lots to be open to hearing from the divine as these beings in form appear in this life on Mother Earth.

    Prayers for Peace to all beings.

  • I just had a dream about encountering a rather large white praying mantis.
    It was at least one foot in length. When it took flight, the edges of it’s wings
    were what I would describe an iridescent rainbow color.
    Not sure what the message was but, I am opting to slow down a bit and go within.
    Thanks for having this website.

  • I almost never see mantis , but suddently i start to see it everywhere , it start at my friend house , we were feeding spider by trowing insect in theyr net and i spot a little tiny mantis on a leaf , after that i start imagining how cool a super hero mantis could be , imagining he got two scyte and a cool outfit , asassinating corrupt governement ….. then i accidently find a praying mantis thecnique description page (kung fu) … after that i was playing with my friend little girl of 3 year old … she got some card (Magick) i am a kind of guy that try to find spiritual reason on everything so when come card i kinda always do like if its medium card …si i took a random card and it was a magick mantis (something like that) but i continu too took some card and the rest was making all making a sense and it end on a card beetle barrier ….making all insect card unplayable … so with all the card i took it make a little story that fit my own desire …..i want to become a super hero mantis (kickass haha) to kill the system , i need to train and avoid geting caught (dont remember those card but it was something like that) but their is a beetle barrier that block me for mooving …..the damn system XD…

  • My daughter had a large praying mantis land on her arm, crawl up her arm and into her hair (she has long dredlocks), and perch on the top of her head. She cupped it in her hands gently and released it (as I have taught her to do with other insects), and it refused to fly away. It crawled back up her arm, up the side of her hairdo and back to the top of her head and perched. She removed it again, gently, and it returned to the top of her head. She’s 11 years old….her first experience with a praying mantis. What on earth? I have heard various interpretations from “when a praying mantis lands on you it means you need to be still and go within and be more meditative” to “when a praying mantis lands on you it is your animal totem and it means you are already peaceful and tranquil” …. any ideas which interpretation makes more sense…for an 11 year old? ?

    • Hi there —

      The mantis entered your space. It didn’t have to land on you in order for you to heed its call. It’s not your daughter.

      It’s a message for you.
      The mantis entered YOUR space.
      YOU were there, too.

      Read the qualities of the “mantis entering your space” and apply it YOUR life. Go within. Meditate. Find quiet in your world. Listen to that still small voice.

      And enrich your daughter’s life with as much ability to create and be creative as possible. . Let her light shine bright. While you rediscover yours by going within.

      Enjoy the journey!
      Rudi Michael

  • I was in the community hot tub tonight where I live and I saw what looked like a white fairy fly by and fall into the hot tub. I scooped it out and held it in my hands and it turned out to be a very large white praying mantis with big black eyes. As all the water fell off, the mantis started to move and walk up my arm. It was alive. I was afraid it might bite me so I put it down on the cement by the hot tub. The hot tub was full of people and I was getting some looks, as in “she’s strange”. I looked at the mantis and it looked at me. The almost full moon reflected off the mantis’s white body. I watched as the mantis started to walk away and then pause, looking back at me. I mentally told the mantis to keep walking toward the plants as it was in the path of people who could hurt it by stepping on it. It then started to walk away again and then stopped, I mentally repeated my message and it started to walk away again. I turned my head away and the next time I looked for the mantis it had vanished. Any feedback or ideas from anyone on this? I’ve never seen a white praying mantis before. It was very large, almost the size of my hand and I have big hands. I’ve been going through a lot of stress lately.

  • I had a dream where a praying mantis landed on my head. I got scared and brushed it off, and then I woke up. Can anyone tell what this means?

  • While outside on the front porch….I observed a small green mantises on the house by the front door.
    I continued writing, and when I looked up again, the little fella was on the arm of my chair….

    He continued up the chair and stopped on the top of the back within inches of my neck.

    I turned around and as I looked him over…..he flew into my beard!…….. it frightened me and I quickly brushed it out.

    It landed unharmed on the table beside me…..cleans itself and disappeared.

  • Found a albino prey mantes on my window out side was so beautiful but I know it has to mean something never seen white one before

  • Hi all so something very strange happened, I live in a boarding house, with my own room, and as if they came from no where, very tiny black mantises were in my bedroom, surrounding my door, on the celling, in the closet. Everywhere I looked there was one, I tried to find where they came from but there was not a single trace, any ideas what this could mean?

  • I had a strange dream in which I told my friend that I was hungry And I wanted to eat. I asked my friend to catch me a praying mantis to eat and he did. In the dream I then proceeded to cut the praying mantis to pieces and it produced unusually a lot of meat. I then started feeling grossed out in the dream and said I would never eat a praying mantis. Then I woke up feeling deeply disturbed because in my waking life I have an irrational fear of praying mantis. I have never been bitten by one or anything but I’m very afraid of them even to look at them in a picture makes my skin crawl Andi feel weird. I have never understood this fear of praying mantis and where it came from. Every once in a while I might have a nightmare about a praying mantis and mind you I’m 29 years old now. Please help

    • Try to talk to it in your dream. relax your self 💡 ➡

      • It is very true, this advice- try talking to any member of the animal kingdom in your dreams. Typically people will (in dream) experience the Lil voice in our head asking us things (or we will ask ourselves inaudible questions such as “why is this praying mantis here?”) and find that the animal speak to us telepathically.

        in addition, I’ve had a lifelong fear of crickets- I think it’s due to the impending “doom” of man’s fear of the unknown and in waking life no one knows which way a cricket will jump, but for people like myself, I’d just hope they wouldn’t jump AT me.

        In my waking life, since I was a very young girl, I’ve had 4 animals surround me and make their presence known to me- 1. cats, 2. crickets, 3. spiders, and 4. the praying mantis.

        Try to acknowledge how the Navaho believe– ALL animals are equal (including man as we are a portion of the animal kingdom, as are all insects). When I learned of this I was approximately 32 years old and ever since I have transformed my fears of the insects into curiosities and rather than run, I choose to stand in their presence to force myself to see there is nothing to fear, not even if they come near me –so far not 1 has ever tried to actually jump on me of spiders, crickets and praying mantis.

        Just for the record, I’m not afraid of cats or praying mantis, they’re just familiar creatures to My lifelong story.

    • The animal (or insect) which you have the greatest irrational fear is known as your shadow animal. It represents qualities of yourself which you deny for whatever reason. Research shadow totem animals and you’ll understand. I just recently came to terms with mine (the snake). And like you, I couldn’t look at a picture of a snake without panicking. It could be just a simple sketch drawing of a snake and I would freak out, somehow believing that picture would come alive and the snake would “get me.”

      I went hiking last weekend and a 5 foot snake crossed my path as soon as I got on the trail. I ran, had a panic attack and was crying in the middle of the woods until a stranger found me and calmed me down. After a while, I continued my hike instead of turning around. I was scared the entire time, but facing that fear led me to fully understand that shadow side of myself.

      I am in no way ready to be around snakes, mind you, but I spent yesterday looking at pictures of them without panicking. It took a long time to get here, but you may eventually do the same with praying mantis.

      • I find the idea of a shadow animal highly intriguing. For the longest time, when I was younger, I had a deep fear of wolves. I had a recurring nightmare that wolves were running circles around me and I would spin with them in circles to keep them in my line of sight. But they would always get too fast for me to keep up with and just as I’d wake up, they’d be biting the back of my neck. I started to become very interested in dream interpretation and controlling my dreams and spent many years practicing what I learned. Finally, I had the same nightmare again. But at the last minute when the wolf was lunging for my neck, I spun around, grabbed it and broke its neck. Ever since then I’ve never had the nightmare again. And now I have deep respect and love for wolves. As a matter of fact, there’s really no animal I have a fear of any more. I’ve learned a lot about animals over the years and am actually studying to be a vet with an emphasis on rehabilitation for wild animals. I have found that there are lots of lessons to be learned by studying animals and how they interact with each other and the world around them. It’s all very fascinating. I’m going to be researching shadow animals.

  • I dreamt that my friend had caught a praying mantis and she began to scare people with it teasingly. She came to me and I began running, she then stuck it on my shoulder, it then began to crawl into my ear! I woke up with the feathery feeling of ‘wings’ in my ear and a digging sensation. The dream was extremely realistic and I had been wondering about it all day.

  • I recently had a dream that a praying mantis was attached to my back. It was a really big one too (perhaps 3-4in. long). Instead of feeling scared, I felt worried that it was going to bite me. I tried to talk my mom into getting it off of me, but she wouldn’t. I carried the praying mantis to a former apartment of mine (where I lived when I was a child), and there I started to spit out what I thought was blood. However, the thing I spit out was round, gold-like, and tasted like a bit of blood. In my dream, I thought to myself “Maybe it’s b/c of the praying mantis on my back.”

    With that, I woke up. I’m not entirely sure what this means. I’m not particularly experiencing a lot of stress either. It’s just really interesting that when I looked this up and found this site, it was connecting the praying mantis to meditation and calmness. I’m a Buddhist and just thought it was so close to one another haha.

  • ❓ I dreamed that a praying Mantis came out of my eye when I was sleeping at a friends house, it came out of the right corner of the left eye, next morning while i was hanging out in the same room the same praying mantis was crawling around the floor?
    What could this possibly mean, My left side is also my dominant side. 😯

  • I found a total of 17 (so far) baby preying mantis in my house yesterday. It was a few weeks after a hawk landed on my porch. Both of these occurences were while I was going thru confusing time. please help me make sense of the symbolism of both these

    • also I live in new england its freezing here

      • Well from what it seems from this site’s connection to the praying mantis is silence, calmness, and such perhaps those mantises were really a sign for you to calm yourself and to take your time. The symbolism of the hawk landing on your porch could be to be confident in your decision. You said that you were going through confusing times – ultimately, you had to make a clear sense of what was going on in your life. Perhaps the hawk represents a firm hand or confidence from you.

        Even though there could be other explanations, such as the praying mantises were in your house b/c your house provided a warm climate for them to stay in while the outdoors were cold and the hawk just happened to be there – I really believe that there are reasons for nature to appear in our hectic lives and remind us, “Hey, calm down.” When I was going through the loss of my father, I had two turtle doves (I kid you now – and we do have doves around here where I live), and they were just sitting on my veranda – not on the railing but on the floor of it and close to the door. It was comforting because when I was younger, my parents and I always admired those birds because they mate for life and we always said they had such a good relationship with each other lol.

  • My husband and I were visiting a new school that I might want to switch my 8 year old son to. This would be a big decision and i feel insecure with making the right decision. As we were walking along the sidewalk after a 2 hour meeting I noticed a praying mantis on the side walk just outside the school. The message in the quotation box doesn’t really help me see why this praying mantis came to me or what it is trying to tell me? Can you help? Is it telling that changing schools would be the right decision?

    • I’ve been seeing Praying Mantis all summer long. I listened to the message. But last weekend ad I was leaving for a weekend away, I saw a HUGE one. I have never seen one this big. When I returned 3 days later he was still there at my front door. Then 2 days later he was dead. I’m wondering what this means. Anyone?

  • November 11m 2014
    This morning when I awake and walked around the inside of my home. I drew the drapery back. In my dining room on the outside window there was an insect green looking at the inside of my home. At first I did not know what insect this was. I walked out to bring the garbage cans in and I went closer to this insect.. As I washed my trash cans out, my inner voice spoke to me and said this is a praying mathis. I did something very foolish, I took the hose and washed it down from the window. My inner spirit bugged me so badly until I found where he had landed and told him that I was so sorry. The praying mathis begin to move again and I left ❗ him. All day today my inner spirit told me to go online and look up Praying Mathis. Here I am. God is so awesome and He sents his little angels as insects to give us a message if we only follow through. I have been under so much stress and not having what I need to make it through the day. But God is telling me to remain calm and have peace about the situation. Thanks ❓

  • 😀 today leaving work a woman outside was looking at something I said wat are you looking at she said a praying mantis I went over an looked at him an took a few pictures he had a bug he caught but wen i looked at the close up he was looking rite at me / or the camera !! Not sure if he was meant for the other lady or me

  • I am on a silent retreat and was walking an outdoor labyrinth. At the centre of the labyrinth there is a pile of wood and stones and on top of this pile was a praying mantis. The message here is dead-on for me.

  • :smile: on oct. 10 out on my back porch I saw a praying mantis now I have lost my job filed for unemployment and down to our last PENNY.
    The past couple weeks I been doing a lot of meditation and now this morning I found a praying mantis on my front door. I felt a sense of peace and looked this up and found you. 💡

    • Linda, I too recently lost my job and have filed for unemployment. The last few weeks have been stressful to say the least. The other day as I was leaving my apartment I went to open the screen door to exit and noticed a praying mantis sitting right above the handle. I didnt really think anything of it at first except for the fact it was the biggest mantis I had ever seen. A few days passed and it was still there. I began to worry for it because I knew it probably wasnt eating or drinking anything. But the way she had stayed there for days almost made me feel like she was there for a reason. Like she almost refused to leave. It too brought me a sense of peace which also led me to this webpage and it made me feel even better. I put her on the tree that sits outside my window. I hope she stays :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Linda, thank you for sharing I have a similar story I just experienced. I too just recently lost my job and filed for unemployment. The last few weeks have been stressful to say the least. The other day as I was leaving my apartment I noticed a praying mantis sitting right above the handle of our screen door. At first I didn’t really think anything of it other than the fact that is was the biggest mantis I had ever seen. I went on my way expecting it to be gone when I returned. Nope she was still there and had stayed there for almost three days before I moved her over to a tree sitting outside my living room window. When I noticed she wasnt leaving it gave me the feeling that she was there for a reason. It seemed like she was almost guarding my house and made me feel at peace… Anyway it gave me a reason to do a little research on them and I found you guys and it couldnt have made me feel any better. I hope she stays in the tree outside. :)

  • okay so on October 13th after a it was raining all day. I was getting into my car (in my drive way) to go to work and notice a something on the hood(after i started the car and turned my headlights
    on). At first i thought it may be a grass hopper. but wasnt sure. so it stayed on the hood the whole time while i was driving and even on the hood when i got to my job. I got out and took pics (i though it was interesting that this insect stayed on the hood of my car the whole time). After looking at the pics i realized this was a “Praying Mathis”. This is very interesting. Does this mean anything? I felt a weird presence perhaps a feeling of things finally turning around for me for the better or maybe a sense of a love one (who is no longer here)showing some kind of guidance or sign so to speak. Please explain anyone. Thanks

    • Hello Donna3: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page – the message changes from person to person and will be specific to you.. Follow the message you receive and explore it further.

  • All summer I have seen praying mantis. In my garden, on my back glass door, in my bedroom. One was on my windshield wipers all the way home from work. What could they be trying to tell me??

    • Hello Amy: When your repeatedly see an animal totem you should pay attention to all of their medicine. Adopt them as a current teacher and try to understand the full meaning of what they have to teach. Accepting them in this way will help to make things much clearer for you. Also pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page – the message changes from person to person and will be specific to you.

  • I went to a friend’s mother’s funeral today. When I came home I found a brown/green huge praying mantis on my front steps. I heard they bring good luck. Any thoughts? 😛

    • Hi Corrine: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page – the message changes from person to person and will be specific to you.

  • It was raining today so left work early. found a medium size prying mantis at my door facing the doorbell button ( like if ready to knock the door). It surprise me, because i was reading an hour ago about the benefits of Tibetan praying wheel by Garchen Rinpoche, but not sure if buying one $$ expensive. This month is my birth day and I have not decide if going to see Garchen Rinpoche at Arizona next month, or go to Peru to try Ayawaska, or go to try Peyote to see if i can find a path.
    3 years ago I was unemployed in despair and a Big Green Mantis sat between my door and my window for about 3 weeks! but I can’t tell it bring me any money or good luck, but I love that animal anyway and have not idea what it show up now, for good , bad or what but I love that Mantis.

  • I never looked up what a praying mantis represented, but I felt a great spiritual connection. I was creating my own meanings, but tonight I was getting home from work and grocery shopping unloading the car and the was a brilliant aqua mantis. It was beautiful. I unloaded the groceries and was going to move my car and the mantis went under my car, I backed up VERY slowly thinking it would of course move since I backed up so slowly. When I got out to check I cried out NOOOOO! I ran over and killed this georgous creature. My heart sunk and I am upset with myself for not moving it. What significance do you make of this murder.
    I am heart broken.

    • Hello Moni: In this case the Praying Mantis is letting you know that you are failing to clearly communicate something that has been on your mind for sometime. It’s time to get it off your chest and let the other person know how you feel and how it affects you.

  • I was sitting on my porch talking to my daughter in the phone she just had a baby. My daughter sent me a text and asked me to call her. While talking a rabbit shows up siting there listening to me than here flys a a big green praying mantis lands right beside me. Not sure the types of medicine these animals were trying to give me today. 😛

    • Hi Michelle: Pay attention to the messages in the quotation boxes of both Rabbit and Praying Mantis and combine the two. It will be clear to you what their message is as a whole.

  • I just came in from putting a letter in the mailbox and noticed a large praying mantis on the side of my house. I too have had many changes in my life over the last 8 months in particular. I was just wondering if it was a “sign”? ❓

    • Hi Donna: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page when you return here. The message will be specifically for you and will be very clear.

  • What would you say it means if the preying mantis landed on my hand? I opened up a door this morning and it landed right on my hand. It was crazy.

    • Hello Annie: In order to illuminate resolution to your current dilemma go inwards and use meditation. Look for what’s in your heart and take the time to explore your feelings. Only then will you see what your next move is. Be patient – the answer is there.

  • In my dream i was in my room when a friend of my came in and asked to see some of my papers (drawings and pictures) because he liked them. We were looking for them when i noticed something behind us in the curtain, i thought it was a spider and it scared me, but we got a closer look and it was a praying mantis, it was pink, white and mint green, like a flower. I could hear it whispering but just barely, me and my friend spendt a long tine looking at it and saying it was beautiful, then we kept talking to each other and the mantis was still in the curtain.i think itvwas really weird to notice something at the background in a dream, and getting a closer look felt really special. What does it mean ?? ❓

  • Twessy Johnson, on september 24, 2014 7:40 pm I was leaving my salon and as I turn the ignition on in the car the light shined on the outside of the building and appeared a insect in the form of a grasshopper I got out the car walked over to it and it was a praying Mathis what would be the reason for that it just stayed there even when i shined the lights on it

  • As I went to my car this morning to go to college, I noticed a brown Praying Mantis on my drivers side window. It stayed on the window all the way to school. After spending an entire day in school (8:30-3:30) I came back to my car to go home, and the insect was still on my car, on the hood. What does this mean?

    • Hello Jeffrey: The color brown is symbolic of the earth, and staying grounded. Anchor yourself in the present and pay attention to what your message is in the quotation box at the top of the page.

  • Last year on my birthday I found a green praying mantis on the screen door leading out to my backyard. It stayed there for a long time. I researched it last year and undertand the meaning of that one. But today on my birthday, I found a dead brown praying mantis on the driveway in front of my house. Does anybody know what the meaning of this one might be?

    • If your Praying Mantis is dead – consider that the message you receive is in it’s shadow form. In other words exactly opposite the message in the quotation box when you return to this page.

  • what does it mean if you keep finding dead ones

  • After reading the description of the Praying Mantis as well as reading the above post. I too am going though a tough time. Contemplating ending my dysfunctional marriage. Over the past several months things have been extremely chaotic & out of sync.. Especially within myself. several weeks ago i got a prompt to clean out my basement and throw away everything in there that has me attached to past trauma, sorrow and sadness.; especially old journals… I decided to get the grill out and burn all of the papers I found, holding nothing back.. When I got to the journals I kept second guessing myself, however I knew this was right for me to do. As the fire began to flare up and then dwindle down, I put on a “special” song. As I did the tears fell and “PEACE” came. I sat outside and felt a peace I’d never felt before.. Though I had peace, i still questioned burning the journals. My husband got my attention and said “Look over there” He pointed to a table behind me & there was a HUGE brown Praying Mantis. Something in me knew it was a sign that Everything was going to be OK…. For whatever reason, I looked to see what the symbolism was and I found I related to the symbolism Especially the inner reflection…..

    I was satisfied with it, except the decision about the relationship with my husband was still not satisfied The following day I headed out to the doctor for a follow up on a sinus procedure. The healing of my sinus was a success. In a funny way, I dreaded coming home because I felt my husbands condescension about me getting healthy again and a deep sense that he does not really care for me or really have my best interest.. When I got home, he left. About 5 minutes after he left, I was sitting on the porch and I saw something out the corner of my eye like there was something on my shoulder. I turned to look and less than an arms length was a different Praying Mantis. 2 in less than 24 hours. when my husband returned home it was late and he had on a clean change of clothes (he said he went to work & he was dirty so he changed before he came home” Needless to say the decision that I was struggling with was answered.

    Today, I sat down and finished journeling my heart only I could not come up with a true resolution as to how to leave without causing anymore conflict or instability for our 5 year old daughter. I had just penned the words, “I am “certain” of this one thing. That when the door opens for me to provide for my household, myself & this little girl. I WILL NOT BETRAY my self or my daughter… The funds may be limited for a little while but with Gods help I’ll be OK” Less than an hour after I penned that, the Praying Mantis from yesterday paid another visit. This time she crawled from on spot over to my cactus plant and crawled up one side & down the other side and just sat still…. The resolution for me was “Things might seem a little sticky and uncofortable right now but I WILL LIVE & I WILL MAKE IT……

  • 😆 Thanks to all who have corresponded with their experiences of that wonderful creature, the Praying Mantis. I’ve had one around me for the last couple of weeks–here and there–in my garden area, on the pavement next to me, on my steps. What a fine little guy! And, of course, I have been going through some personal spiritual chaos–self doubt, anxiety, discontent, ruminations on what my “next step” might be. I do believe this Mantis is sending me a message to stay calm, be in tune with myself and trust.

  • I had a Mantis on the roof of my car today and it stayed there while I drove around town, went to the gym for an hour until I got home and is still there. Does that mean anything?

  • I have a lot going on right now within my personal self. I saw a praying mantis yesterday when I went to work, just sitting on the window, almost watching me. This morning I was cleaning up my backyard “space” and found two praying mantis in my way of finishing up a minor task. Any ideas why I would see three in less then 24 hours? This happened to me a few years ago, seeing three of them in less then 24 hours. Suggestions, insight???

  • ➡ eek:
    I am currently going trough a very tough situation. My ex is a drug addict and I left him in march. We do have a beautiful daughter together and have been fighting over custody issues. Since March he has cleaned up his drug abuse. But He has done devious things to try and ruin my life. I’m in a new relationship and this is causing him a lot of jealousy. I went to an angel reader who was very good and gave me wonderful insights. She told me to stand my ground over the issues at hand. There are so many changes. Changes that will lead to peace but getting there is the hurdle. So I saw this wonderful creature tonight to remind me to take one step at a time!

  • I witness a praying mantis this morning on my windows on the outside screen. I don’t know what it mean although I feel very connected with it.. Any insight please..

    • had to put my dog to sleep sept first. loved her so so much, took care of her always, making sure of that everything was ok. made non meaning mistake with medication that may have cut her time here a little short. i have alot of guilt and pain, i never thought the her death would hit me so hard, besides feeling so guilty…………i was so heartbroken and in disarray.
      sept 11, i was weeding the front , and a praying mantis came out of nowhere and on my hand. i knew right away this was a sign from my beloved sweetpea . i took the mantis to the yard where she is buried and put the mantis on her grave and prayed. i feel sweetpea wants to tell me that it is ok, that she wants to give me peace, and she knows i loved her…..

    • Hello Pasconail: Pay attention to the message in the quotation box when you return to this page. It will give you insight to the message brought to you by your Praying Mantis.

  • Hello, a couple months ago i encountered a smaller mantis. It was just sitting on my shoulder. Me being scared of most insects immediately jumped up in a panic and it fgot flipped off of me. Thought he was gone. No about 15 mins later i look down and he is sitting on my chair. I grabbed a big stick and carefully let it crawl on, but it darted at me and i flipped out. But got him on to a stump we use around the fire pit and watched it for a while. It would only try to rush at me. Not my bf or kids. Never thought anything of it. Well, since. Have saw what i believe is the same one a few times out by my fire pit. Basically the same experience. But last night i was out there while my bf was cooking dinner and reached down to grab the charger to plug in my music and I see him. And then he flew at my arm. I go inside because i had never seen a mantis fly before. So I was intrigued. Well I go back out to scope out the situation and find out where it landed. I am looking My over the chair she. I decided it had gone else where. I Stand up and it is on the back of my chair. It looks away and takes off away from me towards the neighbors garage. Not gonna lie as soon as it took off from the chair I ran towards my garage. When all of a sudden it switches directions and flies into my garage and is headed straight for me and lands on my arm. I flip out and shake it off and head inside. But i wàs terrified. You could see the terror on my face. Ok, now after ive told about my experiences, here’s a little insight into my life. Ive been battling an opiate addiction for almost 5 years and have been sober from everything except for weed now exactly 100 days. I just counted it and now im super excited and proud of myself. But during the height of my addiction i got in quite a bit of trouble with the law. I spent a lot of time in jail and prison. I am currently on probation. And have continued to smoke weed and now i have violated for missing a couple drops. And decided to just go on the run Monday. So im pretty sure I have a warrant. But I had that experience last night which has me curious. So I stumble across this site. Which gave me some insight. But I still dont understand why it felt like he was attacking me. And is truly out for me. Last night really scared me. Now I feel like I am going to be terrified of them. And they are amazing creatures. Do you think i may have done something to provoke it? But it was after me since the first night. :/

    • If I may reply. I think it’s possible that you may not be listening. It’s getting more forceful and “slapping you in the face”, metaphorically speaking, to wake you up. It’s symbol is of stillness and peace. Take time to contemplate your choices before moving forward.

  • Hi… Most amazing thing….this morning after dropping the kids off at school I Saw a beautiful large green praying mantis next to the gas pump where I was getting gas. It was just so unusual. I took a couple of pics and went into the mini mart for coffee. He just brought such a happy uplifting mood to my day. It was very surprising. :)

  • My son & daughter in law got pregnant , got married, & have a beautiful daughter. They are going thru very difficult financial Times besides the usual stress of newlyweds & New parenting. They came to spend a weekend with us & got into a Bad argument with each other while here. We were quite upset but acted like nothing happened while they retreated to finish their argument but the rest of the night you could feel the stress. We all went to sleep. About 4 am the baby woke up & as they went to pick her up from the crib they saw a 5 inch praying Mantis on the netting of her crib. My daughter in law freaked but my son carefully took it outside to release it & when he came in he found your website & read that GOD sends these special creatures during stressful times & they should reflect on the BIG PICTURE being the reasons they fell in LOVE & had this Blessed gift of a child. Needless to say they both cried & hugged each other KNOWING THAT GOD SENT THEM THAT MESSAGE! For them to share that StoRY at separate times with me..shows how important your website is helping so many people who forget about DEVINE INTERVENTION. Thank you so much!

  • The other morning I was on my way to work and had about 5 more minutes to go and I just happened to look over at my passenger side visor and there was a praying mantis hanging off. Of course I freaked out as I am not fond of insects and hoped it stayed there as I drove to work and not caused an accident.
    See the night before I had had a real breakdown. I have been under a lot of stress for the last couple of following a car accident and a fractured foot that refuses to heal. Medical bills, etc have caused much stress. My husband comes home the other night wanting to move and we argue and I just have a stressful meltdown that night to the point I feel hopeless and helpless. The next morning the praying mantis shows up. I found this site, I am not sure if anything does it mean anything???

    • Hello Anissa: Sometimes the animals and insects show up in order to guide us to certain places that can help us. We are all here to grow spiritually and emotionally and coming to this site is a great place to begin to learn more about yourself. You can work through all of your emotional issues with the help of this website by using the random animal generator and paying attention to your messages in the quotation box.

      On a medical note. the emotional issues that are usually involved with foot injuries are very interesting. Right foot injuries represent deep conflicts over how to get life and love support over relationship issues and over commitment concerns. The left foot has it’s root in being handicapped over vulnerability issues, unwillingness to receive support, and refusal to allow yourself to be taken care of by the Universe and other people. Heal these emotional issues and you will find that your foot will heal extraordinarily quickly.

      • I cannot believe I have stumbled upon this site, this blog and this specific post. Wow. I have been seeing several praying mantis in various colors around my property for weeks. Its unusual for me to see them but I’ve only been in this home for 14 months so I thought maybe that’s just how this property is–lively with these critters. Yesterday, sitting on the couch I hear a crackle above my head, the window is open and the screen is exposed above me, and a praying mantis just landed on it straight over my head, scared me to pieces. Amazing creatures. Stayed there above me for about a half hour. Today, I’m in center city Philadelphia, an urban city, underground, on a subway. Don’t you know I’m by the doors to exit in West Philly and I see above my head over the doors a praying mantis???! Everyone couldn’t believe it. In addition, I have been dealing with excruciating bilateral foot pain since March. I had an appointment today with Rothman Institute specialists for podiatry that I waited weeks for. Nothing seems to help this pain. I have been dealing with so so many issues for so long, both emotionally with miscarriages, weight issues, autoimmune diagnosis, etc and just keep chugging along trying to just live my life, but these damn feet! I think, now seeing this post, maybe these creatures are telling me I need to just slow down and mediate, and fix some underlying issue sin my life–things docs cannot really fix. I’m just blown away I have seen this tonight while just googling praying mantis. Thanks so much!

      • Thank you!

        This morning as I am getting ready to leave for work and my husband is getting ready to leave for the doctor he sees another praying mantis in our kitchen close to my head.

        This week has been nothing but stress financially and work related. My husband has pneumonia which has gotten worse and that is why he went back to the doctor. I maybe getting something similar as I have been running a fever, aching, and can barely stay awake some. Not to mentioned exhausted from the boot and foot. I just found out one of my employees had to go on bed rest as of Friday afternoon so that leaves me very short at work. I already work 3 jobs trying to help my finances but something did not match up. Stress and hopeless is my middle name and there it was another praying mantis??

  • I was on my way to work this morning & as I’m parked I hear something in my back seat. I turn around to see this huge praying mantis hanging onto my backseat. I never realized that they are bringing you a message & I’m constantly stressed from the loss of my mom & dad. Just life all together . I now feel peace come over me. I really believe they are a message from God.

  • I’ve lived in Colorado for many years (since 91) and have never seen a Praying Mantis. However, this morning as I’m getting ready for work, I look out my bedroom window to see a Praying Mantis looking in at me. Had the fan on, and facing outward all night, so they had to hold on pretty tightly. Had such a feeling of calmness and peace come over me.

  • We have had a Praying mantis living in our kitchen for 4 days now, she shows up in the craziest places. I feel that she is with us right now because we are going through some stressful times and I need to slow down and start concentrating on my psychic abilities more and stop worrying about 3d things. I am an Empath and me and my fiance are Twin Flames.

  • :smile: :smile: My husband and I were at the gas station this morning and with all the frustration with money and bills coming at is left and right! As he was pumping the gas he says to me get out of the car and come here, I get and see this big bug on the sign and I said what in the world is that. He didn’t know so I ask another guy who was pumping gas on the other side of us what was it and he said oh that is a Praying Mantis and at that moment I saw the hands on the praying motion! I got back in the car and look up what the spiritual meaning to seeing a Praying Mantis and immediately I felt peace come over me! Knowing that the reason why we could not find peace while we were sleeping is that God is trying to speak to us and we are so frustrated with life that we can not hear him! Well this more after I got out of the shower even before seeing the Praying Mantis I began to pray and make decrees to God! I will still away this weekend to get more peace and calmness so that he can speak to me.

  • My husband passed away on August 17. He was in Hospice. I miss him terribly. We were only married 6 years and found ourselves later in life when I was 53 and he was 61. So it’s 9:30 pm last evening and I have to admit I’m a little jumpy these days so I came down to bed and heard a galump upstairs. (We live on the water so living space is upstairs, bedrooms down) Figuring it was the cat I went upstairs and she was jumping at bugs (or so I thought ) at the screen door off the sun room. Well I started to close the slider but she was staring and staring up at the top of the screen. There in the dark, climbing up the frame was a praying mantis. It stopped and looked straight at me and did not move. So we talked for a minute or I guess I talked but what is going on? A praying mantis at night? And I went upstairs to investigate the noise and my kitty is the one who alerted me to the mantis. She loved her daddy. Seeing the Praying Mantis was strangely calming. I immediately googled praying mantis and found your site. It helped me sleep last night.

  • 😛 💡 :roll:
    I asked my older son to help his younger brother capture insects for his science project that is due next week. After catching a butterfly, a Beatle, and a unknown insect they saw a praying mantis sitting next to the air condition unit outside. They were able to capture the mantis, as it actually hopped into the container. To make a long story short, I wasn’t aware of a praying mantis nor did I know that it was a spiritual creature. My older son enlightened me and we have now decided to get a cage and keep the mantis for my younger son as a pet. We haven’t been seeing eye to eye with my older son and we actually learn that he has been breaking our house rules after only being back home 2 months. On Friday he and I had a huge blow up about the decisions that he has been making over the past 2 years. I truly believe the appreance of this praying mantis today is a sign from God! After finding this site and reading through some if the comments I feel an inner peace within my gutt. Your thoughts? Does this happen often?

    • Hello Monica: All creatures are spiritual in some way. Even rocks have an energy that is a connection of some sort. We as humans cannot even begin to realize the reality of our our universe. But we can certainly try! :-) I am tickled that you were able to find peace with the Praying Mantis’s message – it means that this sight is doing it’s job by helping others find answers for themselves. A message that is coming through loud and clear for you right now is to be patient with your older son. Think of the things that you went through at his age and the conflicts you had to overcome. He will get through it! You did :-)

  • Hi there. I actually encountered a pretty big sized praying mantis on the water hose my son and niece were playing with today running in the sprinkler. When I approached it I thought it was so beautiful. It looked right at me and jumped off the hose and was following me and would go everywhere I went. It was seriously following me. I was so surprised and thought why me? Why is this beautiful creature following me? What does this mean?

    • Hi Sheila: Praying Mantis was simply making sure that you got the message he was trying to give you. Pay special attention to the quotation box at the top of the article. It should resonate with where you are with your life right now. Persistence in Nature can also meant that the energy of the Praying Mantis will be with you for a while becoming one of your totems or simply to help you through this phase of your life.

  • I have always believed the Praying Mantis was somehow spiritual but not quite how. I haven’t seen one in many years. For the last month and a half I’ve had 2 living at my back door. They started out tiny babies and are now quite large. I lost my dad almost 2 years ago and he was extremely important to me. I’ve been stressed, hurt, and lost lately over so many different things in my life. Could it be they are here to tell me something? The quote at the top hit home when I read it. Almost calming to read.

    • Hi Angie: The quotation box can actually give you a different message each time you visit the page. Every animal on this website has at least five different messages to bring forth to the user.

  • Hi there. I recently had a dream that I was looking at a place to rent and in what would by my room i was cleaning and saw a praying Mantis. I called my friend to come in and get it out She came out holding exactly 12 of them. What would this mean.

    • Hi Paige: You need to have faith that Spirit is speaking to you through your repetitive thoughts, ideas, and insights. These will guide you to improve something in your life . Use positive affirmations to lead the way.

  • Wow, I had never seen a praying mantis until today. Truly a creature worthy of the reverence it receives. I bought a plant yesterday on clearance and he must have been hanging out there, today I was just enjoying the plant when he appeared on my arm. Spent the afternoon at happy hour trying to focus on the successes I’ve had lately and forget the minor struggles that sting and burn with no consideration of the passage of time, past and present. I recently gave up what I had spent three years building with sweat and tears, to move across the country to help a friend to realize his dedicated aspirations and have encountered resistances from more difficult and unexpected places than I would have thought possible. Thank you Praying Mantis for your appearance, you may stay as long as you like, I hope you will be a good influence on me.

  • I have a praying mantis on my front door right at this moment. I’ve had them frequently over many years. Hard to say for sure. This one is medium sized and a very pretty shade of green. Allowed me to take multiple pictures of her up close with my iPad and didn’t run away or hide. I am contemplating resigning from my job very soon. It’s weighing heavy on me. And, my father is terminally ill and that is weighing heavy on me. I feel like my family who’ve passed away send these praying mantis to me.

    • Hi Lisa: Your Praying Mantis is a messenger bringing you love and assurance. This is a difficult time for you, but like all things they inevitably move forward to their conclusions – giving us the time and space to be there for ourselves again. Pay special attention to the message that comes up in the quotation box for you.

  • There was a praying mantis on the key pad that I use every morning to enter my office parking space. I carefully tried to enter the code without disturbing him, and he nicely moved to the side of the key pad. After I parked I went back to him and gently moved him to a nearly bush because I didn’t want someone else coming behind me to be frightened by him and potentially harm him. This morning he was actually on the back door that I use to enter my office (there are 3 back doors that you can use to enter our space – it was interesting that he was on my door). He was reaching is little praying hands out to me instead of having them in the normal “praying” position. When I opened the door he hopped down to the ground. I felt very happy to see him again this morning. I think they are very special insects.

    • Hi Susan: All too often we don’t give credit to the Animals and Insects for being fully developed sentient beings. It always amazes me when they come forward in the way they sometimes do and risk everything to simply reach out to us.

  • I’m a few days away from being 9 months pregnant and there’s been a praying mantis hanging on my window for a couple days now. This past weekend I did do a lot of stressing and business handling for my baby shower, also I’ve been worrying a lot about if I should quit my job and work on finding my creative self again while doing something freelance or return back to my regular retail job six weeks after giving birth. Does this praying mantis randomly popping up mean anything? I live in Indiana so I’ve never seen one, didn’t even know we had them here.

    • Hi TaQuila: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page when you return here. The message will be clear.

  • Hello. I have been having quite a few dreams involving Mantises recently and have been very confused. My most memorable one started with deadly snakes and spiders and I began to feel very scared and just before a dream-spider could get me, my dream changed and I was in the middle of nowhere with Praying Mantises raining from they sky. I have had many more dreams with them, but this one seemed the most important for some reason. Thank you.

    • Hi Tiffany: The raining of Praying Mantis’s is letting you know that you have spiritual help available to you at all times. All you have to do is trust your intuition.

  • Hi there
    Yesterday I was thinking about Praying Mantis’s and wondered where they could be found. Just a random thought in the day.
    Today I went on board my ship and there was a “blonde” coloured Mantis. I have lived on the island all my life and have never seen or heard of them being here.
    What say ye?

    • Vancouver Island

      • Hi Nathan: Praying Mantis can change color to blend in with their surroundings, I would say the blonde color suggests a stronger spiritual message – or an emphasis on the message that was coming to you. Pay attention to the message that comes up in the quotation box at the top of this page or any of our other animal pages. They should be fairly specific to you.

  • I have a praying mantis on my front door. Seems to be looking at me as I’m writing, sitting on my porch! :)

  • I was at work when the teen girls were finishing lunch outside. One of the girls screamed BC she almost touched a bug when she sat near the plants. I looked over and saw the praying mantis on the plant. I told the girls to leave it alone BC they are very cool creatures. I have also never seen one so I was excited. Once the girls went inside, I took a picture of it. Its probably one of the best looking picture and I felt a moment of strong calmness. It was a rainy unusual day in phoenix, AZ. 😎

  • I have 4 praying mantis’s on my balcony. It started with one little guy and I have NO idea where the other ones came from but now I have 4. they have been there for almost 2 weeks now. One of them looks to have molted and is now huge. I’ve seen maybe 3 praying mantis’ my entire life, i’m 47. and in the course of a few days 4 of them just took up residence with me. I find it a strange ‘coincidence’. Any idea what this might mean if anything?

    • Hi Bea: The Praying Mantis’ are letting you know that you have to slow down and be still for a while. You’ve been trying to run away from your intuition on some matter and are ignoring some obvious signs that could avert trouble ahead.

  • ❓ i found a praying mantis while am watering my plants, very unusual since i often encounter just a grasshopper when i was young.

    • Hi Angelita: This one is telling you to pay attention to your thoughts. You have a reoccuring idea that will serve you well in the future – but you maust take action on it now.

  • I had one riding on top of my car the other night. He was huge. They are quite sturdy!

  • I have a lot of praying mantis babies in my guest room this morning. Literally like 50-100… What would this mean? Does supermoon have an effect on this? We have been trying for a while for a baby.

    • Hi Sonia: In this case your many Mantis babies are letting you know that you need to be patient. Stop trying so hard and all things will fall into place.

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