Animal Spirits: The Moth

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Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

The symbolism of the moth is very similar to the butterfly, as they both go through the metamorphic process of: egg – larva (moth-worm/caterpillar) – pupa – adult (moth/butterfly). However, while butterflies move about by day, moths move about by night. This makes them intimately connected with the symbolism of the Moon and nighttime:

  • Moving about concealed and subtly
  • Ability to move through hidden/other realms
  • Having Faith to move forward into the Unknown/Darkness
  • Acting upon Intuition
  • Understanding Shadows
  • Having Psychic Awareness and an Inner Knowing
  • Understanding Esoteric, Secret, and Sacred Knowledge
  • Navigating the Dreamworld

Though I feel a strong connection to the moth’s symbolism, I was inspired to write about it because of what happened a couple of days ago. Twice within a couple of hours, first through a video and then later being unexpectedly shown photos of one, I came across the previously unknown (to me) moth, the Hummingbird Hawk-Moth. I consider the hummingbirdΒ one of my closest animal spirits, and so I was very fascinated by this discovery. The Hummingbird Hawk-Moth has a long proboscis (long tongue-like appendage) and both hovers and hums as it feeds on nectars. From the picture above, you can see how it could easily be mistaken for a hummingbird.

The most interesting thing about the Hummingbird Hawk-Moth, however, is the fact that it does not move about by night, but by day! This beautiful insect could be seen as a symbolic summary of the meanings of the hummingbird, the butterfly, and the moth. Of course, when we are presented with animal spirits, not all the “textbook” meanings are meant to apply to each of us and our lives at that given time, so I will have to meditate on the Hummingbird Hawk-Moth for a while to sense what symbolic meanings resonate with my soul and to understand it’s message(s) for me.

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About Julianne Victoria

I am a writer, healer, spiritual life coach, astrologer & tarot reader in Santa Barbara, CA. I hope to help heal, teach, and inspire others on their journeys and in this life. Β© Julianne Victoria and Through the Peacock's Eyes Press under the Common Law Copyright; My main Blog: www.peacockseyes.com
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45 Responses to Animal Spirits: The Moth

  1. ec says:

    I had an intense visual dream last night/this morning. Amongst the other dream craziness going on, here was a plant with several hummingbird moths (that i have never seen in real life) around it. On wakening I remembered a dream from 2 weeks ago of a hummingbird flying close to my head. Am not sure what the message is will have to think about it.

  2. Rebeccca says:

    Today Sept 26, 2015 sitting at my kitchen table writing in my book, I was visited by what I assumed to be a baby hummingbird. It came right to me and flying itself around the table, as got up to record it on cam and followed it around the house while it made current stops in certain areas, it seemed it wasn’t afraid of me.
    It flew around more then flew right back outside and seconds later came back in and few around me a bit. Then again it made it’s visit through the house and went to one of the bedrooms. It landed and stood there has I cam in on it. I had the window open to the room, it began to fly around the window then I waited to see if it would fly out. It did fly out but looked as if it was going to come right back in so I closed the window for it not too. Two days ago a prey mantis came to visit and few weeks before that, a preying mantis flew into my house and decided to stay the night. I was very much inspired by these visit after researching the meaning of it on google.

    Europe, Rebecca

  3. Aphrodite says:

    PS. I had recently asked spirit if part of my purpose had to do with integrating light and shadow in others, and I feel that this may be a confirmation.

  4. Aphrodite says:

    This is fantastic! I was just visited by one, and it’s nearly 9 p.m. here. It kept fluttering around me and it startled me and I was waving it away because it kept trying to come near me towards my face, & I wasn’t sure what to do. So I googled the meaning of this moth, and I’m very inspired that there is a personal message there for me.

  5. Thank you for visiting my blog and for liking one of my posts. I hope you will come again some time. Blessings, Natalie πŸ™‚

  6. Julianne, I did a tarot reading for a client recently and during the reading at least a dozen moths were flying around her. She told me that wherever she goes, the moths appear. I had never experienced this before and I wasn’t aware of the “moth animal spirit” so thanks for this information.

  7. Thank you for sharing… I loved reading about our night creature… Barbara

  8. Wow, it’s so inspiring to take some time to catch up here with all your inspiring posts. Recently my husband and I enjoyed watching 2 lovely dollar-coin sized moths dipping into the flowers at the condo we were staying at in Canmore Alberta. It was twilight, and they had a lovely brown mottled and jagged edge to their wings – as a brilliant bark camouflage no doubt!
    Thanks for sharing these insights into the messages they may have been bringing us, especially ‘acting on intuition’ and ‘having faith to step into the unknown’ as we were overnight to go for a helicopter flight over the Continental Divide the next morning. It was amazing! Thanks again for sharing. Namaste. Gina

  9. Patti Hall says:

    Julianne,
    Do you have any wisdom about Pelicans? A friend has 5 in a sunset photo and I have a similar sunset photo with seven…just thought I would ask. I told her that you might know.
    I love your latest posts on your site. I have missed a lot lately.
    Warm hugs,
    Patti

    • Hi Patti! Hmmmm…I have never pondered Pelicans! My first thought, though, is that they mean you can carry a lot/handle a lot (like they do in their beaks/mouths). Also “living” on both land and water = being able to navigate both the realm of unconscious, intuition, and emotions as well as the practical, material world. The number of birds in the photos may be significant for each of you too, especially if it matches your life path or personal numerology.
      Thanks and glad you’re poking around! πŸ™‚

  10. VIOLETA BOCAGE says:

    Interesting… I just saw a moth! It came out of nowhere and I was wondering what it meant. And now here’s your post… hahaha… I love synchronicity!!! Thanks for posting this πŸ˜€

    Gorgeous pic!!!

  11. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    wonderful post…
    I have hummingbird moths (at least thats what I call them)
    they pollinate my white Datura at night….
    it it is a huge moth…but doesn’t look quite like your photo….which I like very much…!
    I enjoyed your post…Thank you for sharing….
    Take Care…
    )0(

  12. Nicely composed text and the image is a delight. I adore these little creatures almost as much as I do hummingbirds.

  13. Amy says:

    That is so interesting! The pic is amazing. Thank you, Julianne!

  14. fozziemum says:

    What an amazing little creature πŸ™‚ we have had a plethora of moths of an evening,some so big that you can hear them hit the windows seeking the light inside…I found a beautiful big moth in my car two days ago..it was a large chocolate colred one with iridescent blue circles like eyes..one on each wing…I shook him gently off my car mat and he flew dazily away..possibly because it was daytime and he was not attuned to how to work in the light. πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xx

  15. lisalday111711 says:

    I have a strong spiritual connection to the hummingbird as well and this moth is no less remarkable. Thank you for sharing. I have some photos to share of my time with the Allen
    http://daysofphotographs.com/2012/11/05/the-flight-of-the-hummingbird/
    http://daysofphotographs.com/2013/01/13/color-hummingbirds-dedicated-to-anna-scott-graham/
    I got this tattoo as a result of a deeply spiritual experience with a hummingbird when I was 42…my first one
    file:///C:/Users/Lisa%20Day/Desktop/Me/tatoo.jpg
    Thank you and Blessings
    Lisa

  16. forgive me Julianne, I reread your post and it was crystal clear. Can I let me Sun Neptune take the blame for me missing the details? again, I am sorry πŸ™‚

    Namaste

  17. Namaste Julianne ~ did you get your blog problems fixed? I hope so πŸ™‚ Lakshmi x

  18. Very interesting. This beautiful moth moves by day, yet it can guide in the dreamworld. πŸ™‚

    • Oh, I think you hit the nail on the head for me! There is not always much separation for me between waking state and dream state, and at times during the night/early morning I can be both awake and dreaming. I can also sometimes return to dreams during the day to continue or get more information by mind(astral)-travelling. Thank you! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  19. dreamrly says:

    What a beautiful little creature! I would love to see one, too. I think moths are fascinating as well and always consider spotting one inside the house an auspicious occurrence!

  20. very cool! I thought you did see it up close, twice you said. Or did I misunderstand your meaning?

  21. Heather says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! The moth is very symbolic to me. I thought it a strange symbol but one I could not ignore after my friend’s passing. The night she died, the kitchen became filled with Miller moths. Suddenly, out of nowhere there were dozens of them. (It kinda freaked me out to be honest.) Then for months afterwards, they were everywhere. They would land on my car windshield, land on my clothing, they would fly next to my head, it was incredible! I was even seeing them in the dead of winter when they shouldn’t even be alive. That whole experience left a huge impression on me and validated how spirit certainly continues to communicate in various ways whether we know what sense to make of it or not πŸ™‚

  22. renatembell says:

    I once saw one of these amazing hummingbird moths, too. They are fascinating. Thank you for the lovely post and the reminder of the unique and intriguing symbolism all around us.

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