Praying Mantis


The Praying Mantis is the oldest symbol of God ~ the African Bushman’s manifestation of God come to Earth, “the voice of the infinite in the small,”* a divine messenger.

When a Praying Mantis is seen, diviners try to determine the current message. In this culture they are also associated with restoring life into the dead. “Mantis” is the Greek word for “prophet” or “seer,” a being with spiritual or mystical powers.

Meet the eye of a Mantis and feel the presence of God.

Interspecies communicator Sharon Callahan says, “the I of me, and the I of the creature became one and we rested on the breath of God.” She notes that a Praying Mantis appears sometimes in physical form, other times in a dream or even in an object of art, but always with the “shiny conscious eye ~ God looking at me through the eye of the Mantis.”

The Praying Mantis shows the way. In the Arabic and Turkish cultures a Mantis points pilgrims to Mecca, the holiest site in the Islamic world. In Africa they help find lost sheep and goats. In France, it's believed that if you are lost the Mantis points the way home.

"Follow Mantis" means putting that core aspect of yourself, your foundation of Spirit, at the helm and let it direct your intellect and ultimately your life.


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*The Voice of the Infinite in the Small, Joanne Lauck,
© Swan Raven & Co., Mill Spring, NC, 1998