Praying Mantis

Meaning, Messages & Magic

Praying Mantis symbolizes prophet, hierarchy, and patience.

Praying Mantis evokes the power of the triangle to focus its vision and senses, especially in the region of the third eye. They use the information they gather through their sense to see prophecies, but still leave room for infinite potential and free will. They understand they are only glimpsing one possible outcome amongst many.

Are you holding onto the idea of one outcome too tightly? Can you open your focus to include more possibilities? Praying Mantis encourages you to use caution whenever you think you “know” something. Remember to practice returning to a state of the innocent student often.

Praying Mantis can capture Frogs, hummingbirds, and Rodents. You can grasp bigger tasks, ideas, and goals than you perceive. Insects are not necessarily at the bottom of the food chain – reminding you to not assume you are “above” anyone else.

Praying Mantis cannot decipher the direction or location sounds are coming from due to the location of their ear (one ear below their belly). Instead of “regular” hearing, they have developed their skills to be able to detect echolocation signals, particularly from Bats (they are masters at evading Bats).


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Whatever shortcomings you think you have are actually an asset that is not usually honored by society. Embrace your unique gifts and assume less about the abilities of others.

Praying Mantis is patient and content to blend into its environment as it waits for the right opportunity to strike. Could you benefit from using more patience? Sometimes not making a scene can actually bring bigger opportunities to you.

-Tanya Casteel

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I want to hear about your Praying Mantis experiences. What stories or dreams have you had? Please share and join in the conversation below!


  1. Omar

    I was doing some yoga and qi gong and some sitting meditation in the sun when I noticed right next to me was a praying mantis. It looked so content and still and aware. It then moved and the sun was on it’s back casting a shadow and it began to spar with it’s shadow as if it were an adversary. So much symbolism and wisdom came from that minute or two that I was blessed to observe this messenger. It altered my entire day if not my entire life! Grateful! It brought me to stillness and appreciation

  2. Michelle Weaver

    I did some magic with a bottle of water when I noticed a praying mantis next to me. I greeted him. Later he came to the bottle and drank some of the condensation off of it and is now trying to climb the bottle but with difficulty. I want to help him but don’t want to scare or hurt him. What does it mean?

    • Tanya Casteel

      Witnessing others’ journey with compassion and good intentions of wanting to help while allowing space for learning to unfold for others by not interfering unnecessarily. The art of witnessing.

  3. Joan

    I drew YOUR symbol a couple months ago. I was shown to add a line longer then the circle. I see triangles in the stars All the time . I’m not 100% Completely sure what this is all about yet. 😊 1 Step closer though.
    Some 1 made a comment about learning spider then mantis magic . So i looked it up and here are you and the symbol.

  4. warren

    I have been in a “on and off” relationship with my partner for many years. The last two times we broke up, a praying mantis showed up on a wall at work. I think the message its delivering is quite clear. I have to admit, booth times I’ve seen them, first, I get spooked, then just stare in wonder. They are beautiful creatures.

  5. Marie Tremblay

    I moved into a new space – not by choice but accepted the universe progress.
    A large praying mantis sits at my door and I’m stepping Over. As a Reiki Master I am daily inviting in Angels and guides – I am so happy to receive this sign they are with me

    • David

      I have had a mini mantis living with me for almost two months in my room and has molted several time. Its so cool.

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