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 hummingbird 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.