What Does It Mean To See A Praying Mantis?


Yesterday, I went outside to water the impatiens as they were looking a bit droopy and as I walked by the chair on the patio, I spied this praying mantis just sitting on the top of the chair!  If you know me, you know that I get messages via Mother Nature’s animals who stop by to visit me.  I’ve written about the deer, the geese, the honeybee, the katydid, the koi, the hawk, the birds, the frog, the cats and even the pests that squatted in my rental home before I moved in!  Just use the search button if you’re interested in any of the animal encounters I’ve had!

But a praying mantis is a first for me in many years.  So of course, I had to look up the spiritual totem meaning because it’s unusual to just see one sitting on the patio chair mid-afternoon.  What I found fascinating is how his/her head turned and watched me as I walked by.  We interacted and simply watched each other with the same stillness and curiosity.  I took the following photos, trying not to scare him/her and to remember this moment.



This is where I found some interesting information!

The mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. Usually the 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 because of the external din we’ve created.

Here’s more information!

Praying Mantis Symbolism:  To answer the call from deep within through:

Stillness:  In this way, the stillness of the Praying Mantis spirit animal is equal to the human act of receiving based on self esteem and self love.

Intention:  When you come across the Praying Mantis, it means that you are being blessed with the power to increase your intention many times over.  Intention is increased through focus.

Attainment:  Attainment is one of the significant attributes of Praying Mantis symbolism.  The most successful people in the world use this Praying Mantis power of attainment.

Fulfillment and Satisfaction:  It is in this self learning (of mindfulness and becoming aware) that the Praying Mantis signifies the “calling,” that can only be discovered from inner contemplation.

I only gave snippets from the websites, but if you’re interested, please feel free to click on the websites above as they have more information!

Have you ever had an encounter with a Praying Mantis?

Shine On!


27 thoughts on “What Does It Mean To See A Praying Mantis?

  1. It is an honor when encounters like this happen – it’s like connecting with a fragment of the sentience of nature….God peeking in at us through the eyes of these beings.

  2. I resonate with the wisdom of the praying mantis… I used to call them stick insects. I encounter a couple at the time I was finding more peace and quiet to dive deep within myself, when I arrived in Spain for my next adventure…. I needed to chill out, which I did and experience magic… I actually began a journey with 9 elemental beings I perceived that awaken the sovereign master IAM. I later wrote about this time in my book 📚 YourMagnificent Self… A journey To Freedom. Thanks for your story and reminder of past synchronisities… Love Barbara x

  3. That’s good information to have. There was one in my yard a few weeks ago but it was a friend who saw it first. I don’t see well enough to see them. I think my garden has a long way to go to get healthy enough to have them there regularly. I like the idea of slowing down and focusing. I’m always going in too many directions so maybe it’s time to slow down for both of us and be more introspective. Even though I know we both are.

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