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Deceased praying mantis. Arms pointing to my home.

Ok friends, here’s another animal one for the blog.  The other day, I told you about the gas leak and propane leak at the house.  I also mentioned the dead animal smell in the backyard.  I never found the dead animal because I didn’t want to go looking for it honestly.  I’m not a gal who likes to see those types of things.  But the good news is that the smell has dissipated.  Thank goodness.

The gas leak is repaired.  Woo Hoo!  Hot shower here I come!  But as I ventured out to put out my garbage yesterday, I saw on my patio a dead praying mantis.  You may remember that I recently wrote about seeing a praying mantis and its symbolism here.  But a dead one?  I have scoured the internet looking for what it means to find a dead one facing my home (photo above).  However, I’ve found no answers to my question.

Last night on my way to bed, I saw a shadow in my kitchen window.  What in the world could it be?  So, me being me, I pulled back the curtain and it was a live praying mantis walking on the window outside.  I focused and took a bunch of photos of it and watched as he/she moved around.  I also peeked outside on the patio to confirm that it wasn’t the one I had previously seen dead because that one is still in the same position (and head was intact so if you were wondering if he had previously mated, apparently she wasn’t hungry).  If you don’t know what I’m referring to, I’ve read that the female praying mantis may eat the male after/during mating sometimes.  Can you imagine?

I saw a shadow of something through the kitchen curtains. As I lifted the curtains, I saw it was a large bug. It took about 20 minutes for me to watch the praying mantis walk around the window to realize what it was. What a lovely special visit before bedtime!

Anyway,  I thought it was interesting to note how the deceased praying mantis and the new live one on the window came into my life yesterday.  Just for the record, does anyone have any intuitive messages about this?  Please feel free to share.  Thank you!

Shine On!

xo

via Daily Prompt: Focused

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What Does It Mean To See A Praying Mantis?

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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!

xo