A few days ago, I had my second close encounter in three weeks with a praying mantis. So I had to look for some insight into what a praying mantis represents. The key power of the praying mantis is, according to Ted Andrews, that of stillness.

Through learning to still the outer mind and go within, we can draw upon greater power–physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. That stillness can be simple contemplation, a meditation, or even sleep and dreams. The ancient mystics spoke of seven levels of silence that can be used by us, the first being simple contemplation and the last being death.

Ted Andrews, Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, p. 343.

2 comments to Stillness

  • Karen Robinson

    When I think of a praying mantis, I think of my son imitating one as he describes his encounter at age 12 or so. The mantis looked at him and came charging toward him, its front legs raised defiantly. So to me a praying mantis represents a kind of wild courage and insouciance.

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