Black Moth – Meaning and Symbolism

It is the color of darkness, of death, of evil and of mystery, it speaks of emptiness, of chaos and of origins, it is counterbalanced by its opposite, white, symbol of light: the dualism light / darkness does not present itself in form moral symbolic until the primordial darkness has been divided into light and darkness, then at the beginning of existence, it is not representative of evil in a univocal sense.

In the symbolic tradition, therefore, the idea of ​​darkness does not yet have a negative meaning, because it corresponds to the primordial chaos from which everything can be born, it is in fact associated with the invisible and the unknowable, therefore also with the original creative deity, or the initial spark from which everything has been revealed, to the black face of the LUNA or the black moon.

Our ancestors personified the dark forces from which they felt threatened by projecting terrifying and malignant creatures of darkness, and to this day not much has changed, for man still behaves like a child frightened by what he does not know or understand, the Goddess Hecate, for example, was one of them, traveling the earth on moonless nights, assaulting the terrified wayfarers at the bifurcation of the streets.

With the creation of terrifying deities, our ancestors tried to dominate the fear of the dark by projecting it onto an image that surrounded attributes, beliefs and rituals, even in popular European culture fairy tales and stories present the figure of the black man or of ogres and witches dressed in black. Black moth was linked to black people, born at the end of the eighteenth century in England, where it was initially linked to the miners of coal mines and scavengers.

Black was the color of SATURN god of the implacable flow of time honored in Rome in the Saturnalia the end of year party that coincided with the death and the rebirth of the SUN, whose rite expressed the natural imperative for which the old order must dying to give rise to the new by creating an infinite cycle of death and rebirth, even if on a deeper level the feast of Saturn makes us associate the black color with the understanding that death and rebirth are transitory phases of a greater continuity.

Currently the color black has taken on a particular meaning in the fashion world, in fact blacks are the evening dresses, those of the actors and often the directors, in this case the black emphasizes the silhouette or gives more importance to the person as in the case of comedians and actors, but above all the black esoterically as socially indicates the will to go against the mass and not wanting to follow the guidelines dictated by society to go instead the path of their will, which often happens in adolescence and that’s why many teenagers for a period of one’s life is dressed in black clothes or following fashions that exalt the use of black.

Moth – Symbolism

According to popular tradition, the totem is the representation of a natural or supernatural entity (to which particular qualities and protective virtues are attributed) to which one remains bound for part or for the whole life of a person.

The concept was born in the Amerindian culture, that is to say the native Indians of America, who chose their totem to protect the tribe and its camp. Assuming that the totems were more than one was stacked on each other forming a totemic column also called totem.

The totem name comes from the ottoman term of the Native American Ojibway (settled in today’s state of Michigan and on the northern shores of Lake Superior and Lake Huron, improperly called by the white Indians Chippewa). Being that of the Native Americans an animistic shamanistic culture (shamanism) the totem was predominantly an animal (more exactly a wild animal like the wolf, the bison or the eagle, to give only some examples) that, for its quality and characteristics, was able to perform its apotropaic (apotropaic) function.

The totemic concept, as understood, as we normally want it to be understood, is found, with the necessary modifications and transformations, also in other cultures and even in today’s society, as, for example, in the use of mascots of sports teams, in scouting (where often in the name of the squadron heads and squadrons themselves there is a reference to the forest animals so that the young scouts are called wolves), but also in the culture of patron saints, in the protection of guardian angels and, even before, the Lares and Penates of the Romans.

Always in shamanism (but also in some pagan practices) it is used to evoke, on a strictly personal level, the animal guide because it infuses courage and virtue (even if, to be precise, it would be necessary to distinguish between the animal-totem that protects a community and that guide that helps the individual during his life and his life choices).

For this effort to get in tune with your spiritual animal we speak, in these cases, of ‘voluntary possession’ where, in the desire to acquire the relative beneficial properties, we also mutate the semblances and habits of the symbiotic animal.

This in tradition. In reality the meaning of the representations on the totem of the American Indians are many and almost never had to do with the representation of a deity to be worshiped. For the most part, the totem recounts and narrates, instead, family legends, virtuous enterprises of the family and of the belonging group as well as of illustrious ancestors, but more often they are simple artistic representations.

They may even have had a funeral, celebratory meaning or, like the Potlatches (Potlatches) illustrative of stories that recall historical figures (or the power of a family) or representative of facts of notorious scandal or public resonance as quarrels, murders , debts, unhappy events, but never with a character of sacredness.

The association with idolatry seems instead an idea conveyed by the Christian missionaries of the nineteenth century come into contact with the Native Americans during the conversion work, just to have something concrete to focus on in fighting shamanism as a pagan practice or to collect an external consent in order to be authorized to oppose it.

However, the totem-supernatural association is equally passed into the collective imagination. Literature and cinema have done the rest by rooting this misunderstanding.

However in the field of guide animals (these yes there have certainly been although not necessarily in the form of totem) and if you chose the moth as a totem (in reality it is said that it is the spiritual animal to choose the person and not vice versa) this means that you are a positive person, tangentially optimistic even in the most negative and difficult conditions.

This quality is usually much appreciated in people who attend and who will seek the company of a moth, chosen as a guide animal, for the ability to listen and to convey serenity and understanding.

It also means that one is endowed with introspection, with a communicative capacity, with active sensitivity (and not only passive, which generates suffering) as well as with receptiveness and psychic awareness of oneself.

Strength is the intuition that is used in the navigation of life (the moth is a nocturnal insect so that it orients and lives in darkness in the absence of concrete visual references) but so is the confidence in itself and the determination of which one is endowed with because one moves in the certainty of finding what one is looking for.

Let’s play a game: what do a snake and a moth have in common? In the first instance it would be necessary to say: nothing. In reality it is not so and in fact here we find them together: the Uroboro and the nocturnal butterfly.

The symbol of the Uroboro, the snake that bites its tail and thus draws a perfect circle, is a figure full of meanings: its oldest representation is found in an Egyptian funerary text. It was also a success not only in antiquity: through Neo-Platonism and the Renaissance it reached the funerary sculpture of the 19th century.

In the history of art, for their characteristics the circle and its three-dimensional variant – the sphere – represent perfection: they do not have a beginning and an end and every point of their surface or circumference is equidistant from the center. In particular, the Uroboro symbolizes the alternation of life and death, the eternal return, the new beginning that follows every end, the end of the world and creation, the whole cosmos.

Dreaming about Moths

If you see a moth in your dream, it’s a warning to be more careful. It’s possible that you do not have the habit of asking about the people around you, but trusting them unreservedly for every word.

Although you have tried to be correct, some will change behavior overnight to you and will be shown in the light in which, until now, you could not even imagine them.

To dream of hunting moths implies that happiness will make your mind shake. You are a person who does not function in principle: “He never makes decisions when you’re angry and promise nothing when you’re happy.” You react harshly and you are able to do something in a couple of minutes, which will cause you to regret for months or years.

When you kill a moth in your sleep, it indicates that you will be defeated by your enemy. Probably for a long time you suffer from torture by someone who is frustrating and angry with people who are considered weaker than themselves. You will finally gather strength and give him / her kick that will be strong enough to tell him / her you are ready to do if she does not leave you alone.