Moth Meaning and Symbolism
Dec 15
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Moth Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Moth Spirit Animal


Moth symbolism is intertwined with the moon and it’s cycles.  This spirit animal draws its energy from the moon and celestial bodies.  In fact they use the moon and stars to help guide them on their path.  When their celestial presence is hidden moths rely on geomagnetic clues to provide guidance.  This totem imparts to us the importance of simplicity and purpose.  Guiding our actions to seek a higher spiritual calling.  People with this totem are drawn to a naturalistic lifestyle and surround themselves with simplicity and cleanliness.

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Encounters with the Moth

What is the meaning of moth symbolism? Find out what symbol the moth spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Are you no longer interested in things you once loved?

Similar to the butterfly moth symbolism heralds change and new beginnings.  When the moth flutters into your life it is a sign that changes need to be made.  Even with things that you once loved it may be time to change and simplify your life.  Begin evaluating your belongings and routine for anything holding you back and you feel no connection to.

Have you lost your voice?

Despite their reputation for devouring clothing and belongings most moth species are mouthless.  As a moth spirit animal person there will be times in your life when you feel like you don’t have a voice.  In these cases it’s important for you to rely on your actions to communicate your thoughts.

Are you experiencing a sudden change in perspective?

Researchers have found that moths vision changes radically in their different stages of life.  Just as the moth develops and begins to see the world in a new light this can be said for moth symbolism.  When you experience a sudden change in your perspective the moth totem will help you embrace this change.  Don’t be afraid of changes in perspective!

Have you felt off track?

There are times in life when you feel out of place or like you’re going the wrong direction.  When you feel off track the moth will present itself to you to tell you to rely on the moon and celestial bodies for guidance.  Take time to become familiar with the moons cycles and begin living in rhythm with its cycle to find balance.

Have you entered a romantic relationship?

Moth symbolism teaches us to not be afraid to reveal ourselves in life and especially relationships.  When you enter into a new romantic relationship as a moth spirit animal person don’t be afraid to feel and stir up attraction.  It is important for you to truly look deeply into the relationship in order to discover if it will be a lasting one.

Moth Symbolism: The Moth Spirit

Could the Moth be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:


A moth totem person is naturally a very romantic type of person.  When you consider their connection to the moon and celestial bodies, what could be more romantic then that?  While romantic moth totem people don’t just float around with their head in the clouds.  They look for deep and meaning for relationships that will stand the test of time.


Moths have an incredible sense of smell which helps them distinguish between things that are good and bad.  When something smells wrong steer clear!  Because of this gift they are able to determine healthy and unhealthy products.  Which results in them living a very natural lifestyle avoiding harmful chemicals and solutions.

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Moth spirit animal people are the type of people who are in pursuit of the truth.  This is a desire that goes beyond honesty and into a deeper sense of the word.  In their lives, work and the world around them they desire to reveal what is at the core.  This revealing can be uncomfortable but like emerging from a cocoon it helps you grow into a higher spiritual awareness and understanding.


Moth symbolism can be described as exact and purposeful.  People with this spirit animal don’t like frilly and useless things or arguments but instead desire things that are purposeful.  In the way that they dress and communicate with others is with purpose and intention.  They don’t say ideal words without thinking them through.  They desire every aspect of their life to be done with precision and direction.

What are the Traits of the Moth Totem?

Lessons from the Moth Spirit Animal

Moths are:

  • Intentional
  • Decisive
  • Romantic
  • Natural
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Moth symbolism teaches us to embrace a simple lifestyle and avoid needless complexities.  People with this spirit animal should take care to regularly evaluate their surroundings and rid themselves of things that are holding them down or back.

What does the moth spirit mean? Embrace the moon and it’s energy. Aligning ourselves with it’s cycles to find balance and direction for our lives. Spend time in the moonlight to find balance and glean from the moon’s energy.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Moth

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Because of its connection with the moon and the natural world moth totem people feel a close connection to nature.  As a moth totem person it’s important for you to listen closely to what nature is trying to tell you.  When you take the time to listen and look for signs the natural world will guide you and show you paths you should take.  You only have to listen!


Moth symbolism is known for its attractiveness.  People with this spirit animal will find that others are naturally drawn to them.  Moth totem people don’t create this attraction by being loud, the center of attention, or in flashy and showy clothing.  It is a deep and primal type of attraction that is unexplainable by others.  Because of your attractiveness people will look to you as an influencer.


Researchers have found that moths have a great sense of “feeling”.  They are able to sense and navigate their surroundings by this highly evolved sense.  As a moth spirit animal person you can use this to sense your surroundings and situations.  Trust your feelings and allow them to guide you through decisions and direction.


Some species of moths have long sweeping tails that twirl and twist when they fly creating a subtle hum and interference in the air.  This protects them from one of their greatest enemies – bats!  This humming and interference confuses bats because they rely on echolocation to hunt their prey.  Moth totem people need only to spend time meditating, chanting and utilizing instruments in order to ward off evil or harmful forces.



Despite popular belief moths do not devour clothing and belongings their larvae do!  A weakness of moth totem people is when they have ignored or neglected the messages of their spirit animal.  When this happens the warnings go full circle and destructive larvae are born.  These tiny creatures begin gnawing away and the things you’ve kept tucked away whether you need them or not.  This is a sign that you need to cleanse your spirit and begin removing things in your life that are holding you down.


A downfall of moth symbolism is it’s predisposition to keep silent.  While there is a time to be quiet and a time to speak be careful not to let your silence get the best of you.  When someone takes credit for your ideas or your work it’s important to learn your lesson and move on.  When you choose to hold onto these offenses it can result in bitterness that will weigh you down.  And in result cause an increase of negative energy in your life.


In their journey for simplicity moth totem people can hurt others feelings.  This is done when they remove unwanted belongings or relationships from their lives.  While it is important to maintain a simple and minimalist lifestyle take care not to harm others around you.  When your totem guides you to purge belongings from your life be sure if these things were once gifts that you don’t dispose of them disrespectfully.


Some species of moths feed on blood and decaying flesh.  A weakness of this totem is feasting on the failures and defeats of others.  It’s important not to gloat or give into your desire to rejoice in others failures even if they are your enemies.  This can result in a negative outcome as others will not align themselves with the darkness within you.  Overtime your reputation will become one of negative energy and presence.

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The Moth in Dreams: What it Means

Moth symbolism can mean many things in your dreams.  It’s important for you to distinguish whether you have encountered a moth or it’s larvae in your dream.  This will impact its meaning and interpretation.

When you see larvae in your dreams it is a sign of change.  It can also symbolize that you have spent time consuming and devouring resources around you.  When you see larvae in your dreams you should spend time in meditation and aligning yourself to the moons cycles.

The moth will appear in your dreams as a sign of romance and attraction.  It’s important for you to evaluate friendships and relationships to see if there is a possible partner you’ve been overlooking.  If no one is present in your life prepare yourself to meet a potential mate and don’t be closed off to your attraction.

A moth is a sign of new beginnings and simplify your life. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Moth

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Native American – Some tribes say moths are symbolic of prayer, healing and transformation.  In other tribes they are believed to be ghosts and are associated with death.

China – Moths are said to symbolize the souls of loved ones you have lost.  To kill a moth is a taboo.  Especially during Qingming, a festival that celebrates ancestors and lost loved ones.

Worldwide – The moths are a symbol of the deceased.

Historical Facts

“The Moth and the Star” is a fable by James Thurber printed in 1940 that tells the tale of a young moth who dreamed of flying to a star.  It is a tale about not giving up on your dreams no matter what others might think or say.

Animal Quotes

Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what’s in a name?
Helen Hunt Jackson
Sometimes to change a situation you are in requires you to take a giant leap. But, you won’t be able to fly unless you are willing to transform.
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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