The Praying Mantis

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The Praying Mantis


Take time to contemplate your choices before moving forward.

Use your intuition to find balance in this situation.

-Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis Symbolism
  • Stillness
  • Awareness
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Mindful
  • Calm
  • Balance
  • Intuition

Additional Associations…

  • Power of calmness
  • Balance
  • Patience
  • Silence
  • Time of meditation
  • Inner Reflection
  • Stillness  in Healing or in Creativity
  • Direct the body’s energy to empower the body.


The Power of Stillness

The Praying Mantis teaches how to still the outer mind and go within ourselves.
Through this, we can draw upon greater power —
physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.
That stillness can be simple contemplation or meditation or even dreaming.

Healers often have Praying Mantis totems — for they use
their inner stillness to focus their healing power.

The greatest lesson this totem teaches is patience.
Learning to wait for the right moment before striking.



praying mantis

The Praying Mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our Lives.

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.

The mantis takes her time, and Lives her life at her own silent pace.
These traits have lead the Mantis to be a symbol of meditation and contemplation. In fact, in China, the mantis has long been honored for her mindful movements. The Mantis never makes a move unless she is 100% positive it is the right thing for her to do. This is a message to us to contemplate and be sure our minds and souls all agree together about the choices we are making in our lives. Overwhelmingly in most cultures the Mantis is a symbol of stillness. As such, she is an ambassador from the animal kingdom giving testimony to the benefits of meditation, and calming our minds. An appearance from the Mantis is a message to be still, go within, meditate, get quite and reach a place of calm”

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.



Mantis symbolizes stillness, vision, and careful, deliberate actions. Mantis has large eyes and the ability to turn it’s head 180 degrees, making it a very formidable predator. Mantis sits absolutely still, it’s large front legs give the illusion that it is praying. Mantis tells us of the importance of silence and stillness when looking for our answers. Looking at all the options allows us to know the right time to act.

Personal Reflection…

When Mantis appears to you carefully consider all the angles, look at things from a broad perspective. Take quiet time for meditation and reflection. When the right moment to act appears you will know it instinctively.




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