In this article we will study the history and the symbolism of a White Moth and Moth in general in the most diverse cultures and superstitions, from the past to the present, from Greece to the Americas, passing through northern Europe.
The moth and its symbolism
In the Greek myth Psyche, the most beautiful of the three daughters of a King, was represented with moth wings: the motivation is to be found in the meaning of the word Psyche which, in Greek, means both soul and moth.
For the ancient Greeks the Psyche was also identified with the soul, in fact, when they wanted to depict a deceased man, they painted it with a moth that came out of his mouth to hover in the air.
The belief that the soul takes on the shape of a moth is widespread today in Greece. During the medieval period angels were often depicted as moths, while, even nowadays, moths are used as a symbol of fairies.
In northern Europe, seeing a moth fly at night is intended as an omen of death. In Great Britain, superstition claims that to get a favorable year, it is necessary to kill the first moth that is seen.
In Scotland and Ireland, seeing a golden moth in the vicinity of a corpse is a sign of eternal well-being for the beloved one. Superstition varies according to the color of the moths. If the first moth you see in the morning is yellow, a disease is coming. If pink, indicates luck for a lifetime.
If it is white, however, it announces fortune (in contradiction with other superstitions that support the exact opposite).
Always in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, it is believed that three moths together on a flower bring misfortunes and pains.
In North America, the mothers of the Blackfoot Black tribes usually embroider a moth on a deerskin that put children on their heads to make them sleep: this custom comes from the fact that Blackfoot believes that dreams are brought by moths. In the Native American populations of the prairie, the moth represents the strong animal and fetish of the development because it, belonging to the holy people, can cross different stages until it can fly in the air.
Always according to these cultures, the moth, as an animal totem, is able to teach man that the principle of metamorphosis holds its precise order. If man is able to follow the order of the Great Spirit, one day he will be able to dance gracefully from flower to flower in the light of the sun, just like a moth. In Maryland (USA), if a white moth enters the house, it is said that whoever sees it will die. In Louisiana, the same thing is considered auspicious.
The Zuni population of New Mexico believes that when you see white moths, you should expect the arrival of the heat, while, if they fly to the south-west, rain.
As a talisman he is able to help patiently tolerate things that seem superfluous, to enjoy beauty and to consider changes as important. Even in the interpretation of dreams, the moth symbolizes the transformation: dreaming of a black moth announces problems that could affect close friends.
Color White – Symbolism
The color white: In contrast to black, the complete absence of color, white is the sum of all the colors of light. So physically, it does not embody nothing but everything. White has no negative connotation, so it is the most perfect color. White symbolizes: light, faith, the ideal, the good, the beginning, the new, cleanliness, innocence, modesty, truth, neutrality, wisdom, science, accuracy.
Wheat gave White its name. In English “white” and “wheat”, in Swedish “vit” and “vete”. In other languages, white is related to the shining of light. “Bianco” in Italian, “Blanc” in French. “Leukos” in Greek means lights.
White animals are considered as god near living things. Zeus appeared to Europe as a white bull, the Holy Spirit showed up as a white dove, Christ is the white lamb. In India, white cattle are the embodiment of light. In China, herons and ibis are sacred birds of immortality.
Therefore, the color of the gods also became color of the priests. White is the liturgical color of the highest feast days in the Catholic Church. The Pope always carries white as the highest ranking.
In Egypt, white was the color of joy and happiness. It is a child of the white hen, the Romans say about someone who is always lucky. White against black, that is the good against the bad, the day for the night, God against the devil. The white magicians called to God’s help.
Everything that should be hygienic is white. Cleanliness is easy to control. Work clothes in hospital and grocery stores are white. White is the color of innocence. The white sacrificial lamb symbolizes Christ. The white lily is called Madonna Lily, as a symbol of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
The color white connects people with purity, light and bright snow. In magic, this color is used in rituals that aim for spiritual enlightenment, purification, clairvoyance, healing, and finding the truth. White represents the balance of all colors and can be used for any other color as its light spectrum contains almost all colors.
Eskimos use about 200 different names for the color white, depending on the color and texture of their white environment. The German language has such different names as: brilliant white, cheese white, chalky white, snow white, snow white, titan white, albino and many more.
In addition, one and the same color always works differently, depending on the environment. Positive associations with the color white: Innocence, cleanliness, wisdom, sacred, emptiness.
Negative associations with the color white: In our culture, there is actually no negative attribution to this color, in China white is the color of mourning and death.
The meaning of the color white in culture and religion
In the beginning there was nothing, everything was born, say the sacred books of the Asians. “God said, Let there be light,” says the Bible. White is the opposite of black, the nothing, the chaos that waits for ordering, through the light of enlightenment.
White is the home of light that gives birth to everything visible. This notion permeates most religions in the world. In eastern cultures such as e.g. Japan, white is the color of mourning and death. In Western cultures, the bride is often dressed in white. Women in Korea wear white for burial. In the Catholic Church, white serves as a light color at men’s and Mary’s feasts. In the Protestant church at all Christ festivals color white is obligatory.
Dreaming About Moths
Moths have their own magic. But what can a moth mean in a dream? What does he want to point out? Have we seen a beautiful moth today and are dreaming about it? Or is there a deeper meaning behind the dream? For the interpretation of the dream, however, not only draw the dream symbol.
Pay attention to all details in the dream. Because these provide even more important information.
Dream symbol “Moth” – The general interpretation
Generally speaking, the dream symbol “moth” refers primarily to freedom and carelessness.
Often, however, this dream symbol is also regarded as an indication of the happiness and joy that can arise from initially insignificant things. In many cases, according to the general interpretation of dreams, the moth in the dream is also a sign of the restlessness or unfaithfulness of the dreaming in the watch-world.
Another interpretation says that the moth in the dream indicates an important matter or relationship that you do not want to lose. The dreaming is afraid of losing something significant in his life.
If one sees in the dream the transformation of the caterpillar to the moth one must count in the awake life with a significant change. The dreaming must adjust to drastic changes in his life. The fluttering of a moth in the dream generally means impermanence.
This dream also wants to draw attention to the fact that a friend or one’s own partner is very unreliable.
The sight of a moth between flowers and green meadows as a dream symbol supports the hope for early wealth. If the dreaming captures a moth in his dream, he can be happy about happy times. However, this luck will not last too long. If many moths fly through the air in a dream, the dreaming will be contacted by good friends in the near future.
Dream symbol “Moth” – The psychological interpretation
If one considers the dream symbol “moth” psychologically, this often embodies a transformation or rebirth. The dreaming is to be aware of such a dream, that he is ready for a spiritual change.
Negatively interpreted, the moth refers to the superficiality and indecision of the woman as a dream symbol. The constant fluttering of the moth in the dream, according to the psychological interpretation of dreams can also point to the instability of human happiness.
If the dreaming himself is a moth in his dream, he should be shown that he is thoughtlessly going through his life. Catching a moth in a dream points to infidelity in personal relationships. If the moth in the dream flies very close to the dreaming, this receives the indication of his inability to settle down in the real life. The dreaming does not want to settle down.