Moth Symbolism

Moth Symbolism

Uncover the Symbol Of A Moth

Have you seen a moth in your house? Do you want to know “symbolically” what it means?

Over the last month I have had various moths appear in my home and buzzing around my outside light and I keep getting visitations from them. I guess you do too! So, what does it mean? Moths are drawn to the flame/light. It can suggest that you wish to focus on your own goals in life. I do feel this is all about transformation, which I will go to lengths to explain below. Moths can be connected to our own hidden secrets. This symbol is connected to our own determination but also weaknesses in life.

The moth represents in spiritual terms - that we must be focus on the correct direction and that we must not allow others to transform us. Throughout history many people believed that moths come from our own spirit guide to represent that we must follow a certain path in life. Often, the Luna moth is associated with an increase in spirituality and power. If you recently encountered a moth and wonder what it actually means, keep reading to discover the real symbolism.

C G Jung the famous dream psychologist wrote a book about the symbols of transformation, it was written in the 1930's so quite a long time ago, but seeing a moth is supposed to be connected to a transformation from a psychological perspective. In Sonora, Mexico and North America people have used the moth canons of the Eypackardia callers and Rotheschildia Concta as hand rattles. This is quite interesting in that “spiritually” it is to awaken the spirit within. Additionally, the moth species Antheraea montezuma and Hyalophora columbia have been used to make ankle rattles and good-luck charms in ancient Egypt, in order to communicate with spirit guides.

Moth madness

There is a legend by the Navajos people that was recorded in a book by Capinera in 1993. The legend is that the moths in the home are supposed to indicate transformation (which I have already covered), temptation and foolishness in love. The Navajos legend is that people can develop what is known as moth madness (feeling dizzy, worries and anxious) which occurs when a moth is drawn to light and then dies. This is an extremely old legend so it is not clear if this is true. I have a porch light out the front and the other day I went to clean inside. There was around a hundred-moth’s dead, which made me worry slightly as I have heard that if a moth dies it can represent failure and aversion. After reading the many legends and books I am convinced that it represents a new start and a transformation. I have a library of about 1000 books that cover symbolism and dreams. Different cultures feel different things about seeing the moth, which I have grouped together below. Near the end of my article I have given you an overview of the specific location of seeing the moth. E.g. flying across your path or appearing by accident. I will now break down the main meaning of seeing moths in your home or buzzing around a light,

Personal development and transformation

I do feel seeing a moth in your house can mean it is a time for transformation. That I feel is the main message. A time to wake up and focus on what you really want. In life things push us into certain directions. As we all grow and develop as people we often put to shade the unnecessary parts of our existence in order to focus on what we feel is important. This boosts our personal development and helps us transform into better people. It helps us find happiness and accepts the most “important” changes in life. Seeing that moth around your light in your home, I believe is a representation of “fulfillment.” Moths represent the process of transformation through metamorphosis and prove that if you can allow yourself to change and grow, you can turn yourself into the best version of you.


Moths can crash into lights inside your house or porch. I am sure you have seen this happen. Ask yourself. Why does this happen? Apparently, there’s not a clear explanation, scientifically there is a hypothesis which states that the moth uses a technology known as transverse orientation. Meaning, moths usually follow the light of the stars, the moon, and the sun. If the moth focuses on an object that is lit up they naturally become fixated. This is why moths are usually associated with vulnerability. They’re vulnerable to light and you can easily trick one. They’re practically obsessed with light that puts them in danger because they’re practically exposing themselves to predators.


Because a moth is so obsessed with light and they tend to follow it around, many people throughout history found a way to relate this to faith and came with different religious connotations. They’re often associated with faith because of their obsession with light. They’re sometimes even associated with blind faith because they tend to crash into lights. On a more positive note they are associated with determination and possible danger.


Because of the insect’s celestial moving technique, it’s believed that moths represent physical attraction. Butterflies in general can represent love and the moth physical attraction. In the Aztec culture, it is clear that moths are attracted to light that reflects on sensuality. They’re practically “seduced” by light and it’s why they’re often associated with attraction too.


They’re so sweet and charming that you would think it’s impossible that people have associated these creatures with death. But unfortunately, they have. A moth is often seen as a symbol of death in different cultures around the world. For example, in Irish folklore if a moth lands on an animal, it’s believed that the animal will die. In many books, I have read this seems to be prevalent in most European cultures. There is a unique type of moth known as the Death’s head Hawkmoth. And it’s often related to with death because of the skull-like shapes on the body of the moth.


Moths are masters of disguise in the animal kingdom. They can camouflage in order to hide from predators. And of course, people had to make an association with this trait too. So, they claimed that moths represent a symbol of adaptation. Their ability to hide from predators was admired throughout history. People thought that you can learn a lot from moths when it comes to camouflage and being able to keep yourself and your close one’s safe in your environment. They believed that moths teach adjustability.

Afterlife and Divinity

Because of their many abilities and unique physical appearance, it’s no wonder that moths in ancient times are associated with the afterlife and divinity. Their metamorphosis is what keeps us going. The moth is often associated with personal transformation and embarking on different phases of life. As humans, we sometimes compare ourselves to the caterpillar who’s purpose is to turn into a beautiful butterfly - obviously after going through a transformation period. But we also can view death as a transformation. Thus, this is why we sometimes associate moths with passing away and consider it a symbol of death.

What does it mean to have a moth fly across your path?

If you could see a moth fly across your path, spiritually speaking this indicates a warning. Firstly, be more aware of your surroundings. Also, in Scottish folklore there is a warning that you must try to stop hiding from yourself and express your deepest emotions in order to focus on what you really want in life. It’s time you invest your emotional energy into something that’s actually important to you. I often understand that this can also mean you need to think about what you wish to do in life. Try to take a step back from all the drama and reduce your chaotic lifestyle. This is a message that you should bring your life to order. You should trust in your abilities. Don’t give up because things will get much easier with time. And instead of listening to your logic, listen to your heart.

What does it mean to dream of a moth?

To dream of a moth means that you’re not paying enough attention to details. Also, this implies that you should stop ignoring and avoiding an unpleasant situation. This is a message to face your own fears. Alternatively, your dream might represent sweetness but also some weakness because the moth as a spirit animal is often associated with sweetness and vulnerability because of their blind attraction to light.

What does it mean to have a moth appear in my life by accident?

If the moth appeared in your life by accident, it has a message for you. It might also represent a certain lesson you have to learn in order to move forward with life. I have mentioned before that this insect is often associated with transformation, light, darkness, mystery, and change. To suddenly see a moth by accident, you probably need to apply some major changes to your life in order to make it better.

What does it mean for a moth to appear in your house?

As I have already mentioned the moth entering your home is all about moving into a new direction. Also, you need to change from within in order to become a better person. Have you been a bit confused about life and question your purpose? And having the moth entering your life means that you’re wasting too much of your time overthinking and you should enjoy life. If you are questioning parts of your personality you need to accept these areas to feel complete. Allow the moth to guide you through the darkest parts of your personality and help you become the person you need to be.

Butterflies and moths

Although many mistake the concept and symbolism of butterflies with moths, they are slightly different. They have some similarities but each stand for different meaning. For example, butterflies are mostly active by day, while moths are nocturnal, meaning they’re mostly active by night. And while butterflies stand for expressive ideas and direct energy, the moth symbolizes indirect "lunar" energy. The thing they both have in common is that they both represent transformation.

Moth as an animal totem

As you know, animal symbols play a crucial role in people’s lives. And it’s not different when it comes to seeing the moth. So, if you didn't know by now, animal totems represent a way to identify your own spirituality and how you associate yourself with nature and animals.

If you a moth appears as a symbol for your animal totem or it accidentally enters your life, it means you’re an optimistic person who’s always looking at the bright side of things and life in general. Repetitively seeing moths could imply that this is your animal totem. Seeing a moth as your spirit animal is often associated with motivation and optimism. If you’re under the protection of the moth, you probably have great things in store.

You should focus on going through a transformation and handle every challenge that comes in your way. Maybe you are an opportunist who’s always ready to take the necessary risk to accomplish a goal. The great news is that seeing a moth in meditation can mean you’re probably a positive lucky person.

By Florance Saul
Oct 8, 2018