Moth Totem & Symbolism – The Spirit of Higher Transition

Animal Totem is a special Animal Spirit that has chosen you to guide, and protect, for your whole life. It also represents your best, and worst qualities, who you are at your core. You can find who your Animal Totem is through meditation with the intent to know, and meet, your Animal Totem. You can also consult a psychic on this matter.

However, if you have meditated on it, but still have doubts, and you don’t want to consult a psychic, this article will shine light upon the qualities of the Moth Animal Totem. If you feel it resonates with you, and you share a lot of qualities with the Moth, there is a high possibility that Moth is your Animal Totem.

If Moth is your Animal Totem, it reveals your inner world, and your stamina. It guides, and protects you, but at the same time it reminds you the value of welcoming change and flowing smoothly across life’s phases. Metamorphosis is symbolized by the moth totem. You appreciate the beauty of every stage of life and are unafraid to grow older or move on to the next thing because you understand that this is what life is all about. It’s possible that passing on these attributes to others is linked to completing your soul karma.

Other character traits of the Moth Totem are:

  • Transformation
  • Life cycles
  • Spiritual elevation
  • Lightness
  • Playfulness
  • Psychic abilities

In general, if you were born under the Zodiac Sign of Libra, Moth would be your spirit animal. Moth is associated with the air element.

How to know if a Moth is your Animal Totem?

Your Animal Totem represents qualities, abilities, characteristics, that you currently have, or that you are in the process of developing. Therefore, you can realize that Moth is your Animal Totem because:

  1. You resonate with almost all qualities of the Moth like being brave, and handling challenges well, being a good friend, guiding, and healing others.
  2. You see Butterflies all the time, like photos, documentaries, videos, but not on your choice.
  3. You just love Butterflies very much, they inspire you, and you can’t explain why.

If you are still confused, you can confirm if Moth is your Animal Totem through:

  • Meditation.

You will have to start your meditation with the intention that you will meet your Animal Totem. It may happen that during your meditation, you see the animal, or you smell something, or you hear something. If none of this happens, do not get discouraged, sometimes it takes a couple of tries.

  • Your dreams, as well as by pure synchronicities.

For example, you may start seeing more Butterflies pictures. You may also feel curiosity peak up for Butterflies out of the blue. You should follow your intuition.

  • If you feel you have not received any answer, or you can’t figure out your Animal Totem, you can always ask a psychic.
  • Online quizzes that tell you which is your Animal Totem. Online quizzes will depict your character, and personality traits, therefore they are accurate at some degree.

Moth Animal Totem Symbolism

Various traditions, and religions, believe that each Animal Totem has the qualities of the animal it represents. This means that it feeds the same way (although in an energetic way), it moves the same way, it fights the same, and it behaves the same, as a Moth would do in the physical world. Therefore, the best way to know what qualities your Animal Totem has, or why it is present beside you, it is to look at how the animal behaves in this physical plane.

However, these traditions also believe that your Animal Totem can foretell your destiny, or share insight into your life mission.

Spirit Animal

A moth flutters around a fire or other source of light. This could be interpreted as a warning to not take life too seriously and instead learn to dance while searching for the sun. A moth’s cocoon reflects enslavement and confinement, but once it emerges, the adult moth seeks light and freedom. This is very indicative of a man’s soul being drawn to Ultimate Truth and Knowledge.

Native American Traditions

Both butterflies and moths, according to Native Americans, teach us that death is necessary for rebirth and development. These winged creatures inspire us to let go of our single ego attachments and embrace the rich complexity of our true existence.

Moths are the instructors and guides of the spirit realm, of the repressed shadow facets of ourselves, and also of our disowned wild natures, because they are nocturnal and come at night. Moths, according to shamanic teachers, teach us shamanic insight as well as the powerful wildness of our dark human nature.

Eastern Traditions

Source: Chinese Moon Moth by Insects Galore

In April, there is a Chinese holiday called Quing Ming, which honors the ancestors. The Tomb Sweeping Day, which originated in Taoism, is when people take care of a family member’s resting place.

They often leave small presents near the tombstones, such as cups of wine; this coincides with when Moths become alive, enabling the Ancestors’ souls to roam freely to see their dear ones. When a Moth falls on a photo of a deceased family member, it’s a warning that an Ancestor’s spirit is close by.

Celtic Mythology

Butterflies are symbolic of beauty and delicateness in Celtic mythology. On the other side, moths are associated with death and decay. Moths have often been associated with evil in the eyes of the Celts. The fact that the hawk-thorax moth’s has a skull marking adds to the issue.

Moths are synonymous with death in Celtic literature. Children were told that allowing moths into their homes was a sign of ‘death in the family.’

Christian Religion

Moths appear in many Christian parables. The famous parable of the moths, rust, and thieves is found in Matthew 6:19-20. Moths and rust cling to expensive items. Moths steal silk fabrics, and rust corrodes and ruins earth’s perishable riches.

Thieves, on the other hand, are on the lookout for irreplaceable items. The Lord encourages us to store treasures in heaven, where moths and rust will not kill them, and thieves will not be able to steal them.

The flying animals were later referred to as spirit birds. The misconception that it is a sign of regeneration may have been spread by moths swarming over light and cemeteries.

What your Animal Totem indicates about:

Source: Hazrat Inayat Khan quote

Your personality

The patterns, the mode of speech, fill your whole soul, bringing you great joy and keeping you in contact with your inner child who still marvels at the magnificent universe. You’re enchanted by a single morning dewdrop; this is a view you can share with others, giving them the gift of awe.

The Moth Animal Totem represents someone who is always looking for the next best thing. This isn’t to suggest you don’t appreciate what you have, because you do, and you make a point of expressing appreciation often, but you’re not the kind to sit in one position for a long time.

Faith is crucial in your life as well. You aspire to be “light” in your own life. The only caution is that something, like the Moth, could lead you astray or into a painful emotional situation. Maintain your integrity. Look into it. Don’t be fooled by appearances.

You’re still looking for new information and ways to further your skills. You enjoy both physical and spiritual transformations. You’re always looking for new ways to enlighten yourself, and you’re always changing your appearance to match your vibration. You like to keep your vibration up, and if you’re feeling down, you’ll go shopping or move to a new place.

Your life at the current moment 

An Animal Totem is the Spirit Animal that accompanies you since the day you were born, until the end. Therefore, if Moth is your Animal Totem, it doesn’t indicate much about life at your current moment, unless it starts showing up in your dreams.

The Spirit Animal that guides you through certain events in your life, is usually an Animal Guide that chooses to walk with you for a limited period of time, until you learn your lesson, or you overcome the problem. It may also choose you, to help you amplify certain qualities that you need for the next phase in your life.

If Moth is the Spiritual Animal that chooses to accompany you, it is reminding you should not be afraid to be yourself and venture outside of your comfort zone. It’s time to completely embrace your dreams, expand your social circle, and reconnect with your inner girl. You don’t have to be too serious all of the time, and keep in mind that life is nothing more than a big game. You must play if you want to win. Your inner child may be having difficulty adjusting to adulthood because you are denying yourself desires or not allowing yourself to have fun. You may be working hard to make a living, but if you don’t take time to relax and appreciate yourself, you can burn out quickly. In the end, you’ll just waste time.

What does dreaming about your Animal Totem mean?

If you have a dream where a Moth is present,it can indicate a form of death (change) in your dream; however, this does not have to be a physical death. It’s the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in life.

If a Moth flies in front of your eyes, indicates that you are missing something important. For more details, pay attention to the direction in which the Moth flies afterward or something on which it lands.

If a Moth lands on your stomach, you have a hidden secret. There’s a decision to be made on whether or not it’s best to announce it. Trust your instincts and tread carefully.

A Moth is sitting on your forehead, assures you of your psychic powers, but it can also be misinterpreted as a coincidence. Pay attention to your intuition.

How do you handle your life based on your Animal Totem?


If you have the Moth Animal Totem, it indicates that you want to be in a relationship where you can laugh, love, and mature together. This doesn’t imply you want your relationship to evolve into a marriage; after all, you know not every relationship is supposed to end in marriage. You understand the importance of appreciating each partnership for what it has to give and the lessons it teaches. If you’ve lost sight of your passion and feel like all the light in your life has gone out, Moth will lead you to a new source of kindling; it’ll take some effort, but it’ll be worth it. Turn your back on the stuff that don’t serve you or hold you back.

You drown in relationships that expect everything from you. You value your personal time and independence, and you want your companion to accept these limits. You realize people only flourish when they enjoy things on their own, as well as in their relationships.

The perfect partner for you would be someone who is outgoing, enjoys doing new things, and chooses to do all of these things with you. Your companion doesn’t suffocate you, and they know how to have fun with their mates on their own time. They do, however, know how to strike a balance between their personal lives and their relationships. Your partner is also creative, entertaining, and intuitive, with unique ideas and an ability to try new things.


Moth Totem indicates that you want to work in jobs that encourage you to advance and learn new skills. You aspire to acquire insights and practical expertise in whatever field you have graduated in. You may begin your professional career before graduating by volunteering or participating in internships.

You thrive in a workplace where colleagues assist one another. Because of your socialite personality, you seem to get the best of your teammates or bosses; you know how to interact with them, and they love your humorous side. As a result, they are more likely to share their insider secrets with you, refer you to a higher-paying job, or provide you with better opportunities.

When it comes to celebrating your true self, Moth Power Animal is your best bet. Every one of us is a work in progress. No one is without flaws. Take advantage of your strengths and skills when working on the rest.

Regarding finances, Moth Totem represents the flow of money in your life. This means that your financial situation can experience ups and downs. It commonly happens as a result of overspending, which occurs when you enjoy the finer things in life and fail to calculate your expenditures and savings realistically. It’s all about having fun and having adventures in your youth. You will create wealth later in life if you have a handle on money matters, how and where to save money, as well as how to invest it.

Relationship with yourself

Moth Animal Totem reveals your inner struggles, as well as your true self, which you may hide from others. You try to keep the vibration as high as possible and keep a smile on your face at all times. All is hidden behind a smile or jokes. People rarely see behind your smile, and they can mistake you for someone who is light-headed, often entertaining, and even naive. You may even be thought of as someone you can’t count on because you never seem to take important matters seriously enough.

You, on the other hand, are nothing like that. People don’t realize how much work goes on behind the scenes, and how hard it is to keep a smile on your face at times. Those judgments can affect you and cause you harm. They may also come from people you consider to be loyal to you and who you believe should know you better.

You are not simple, or naive, for someone who is constantly changing themselves. Don’t let other people’s opinions deceive you or prevent you from being your true self. People will still pass judgment on things they don’t understand or dislike. If things are getting too much for you, take some time for yourself.

How to honour or connect with your Animal Totem?

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If you want to connect with your Moth Animal Totem, you can take a page from the book of the Native American Traditions. You don’t have to wear the skin of the Moth on you, but you can keep nice Moth sculptures at your work desk. You can have a beautiful artwork of the Moth printed at your blouse, or a paint of the Moth on your wall. You can also buy jewelry that has a Moth signature in it, like the head, or footprints.

You can use these objects to focus on during your meditation, in order to connect with Moth Animal Totem. During your meditation, you may want to call upon your Moth Animal Totem, and ask to be blessed with the qualities that you need at the moment.

Try to feel the specific quality amplifying in you. Act as being a Moth is your second nature. This is also how you honor your Spirit Guide, Moth Totem.

If you feel that you can’t visualize the Moth well, which is important for your meditation process to work, you can think about the qualities you want to embody, and try to feel those qualities growing in you. You have to embrace the Moth energy in all aspects of it: physically, energetically, spiritually, and emotionally. It may also help to watch a movie with Butterflies.


You may find that during the course of your life, other Spirit Animals will choose to walk with you for a while, to guide you in different areas of your life. It is possible, that while you have Moth Animal Totem, you can also be guided by other Spirit Animals. However, you will notice that your core values, the same qualities you share with the Moth, won’t change. You will still be an intuitive soul, always transforming and bettering yourself.     

Different Spirit Animals help you see other paths, that only those can help, and guide through. They also help you develop other qualities, because the purpose is for you to grow.

For example, if you will be accompanied by Bear Totem, which is there to help you develop your inner power, your intelligence, and help you overcome obstacles by pure inner strength. Moth Totem will always be there, even if you won’t always have other Spirit Animals.

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