Animal Symbolism: Bat Meanings
Meaning of the Bat in the World of Animal Symbolism
Let’s face it, the bat isn’t the most popular of animal totems. In fact, it’s largely misunderstood and so therefore many of its symbolic meanings are inappropriately fear-based.
However, the very savvy Native Americans approached the realm of animals from a position of honor –
These people knew all things are connected. They understood that seeing the bat with fear in the heart would be the same as being terrified of their own children. So, ultimately – fearing their family members in nature is an utterly ridiculous behavior.
It is a symbol of communication because the Native Americans observed the bat to be a highly social creature. Indeed, the bat has strong family ties. They are very nurturing, exhibiting verbal communication, touching, and sensitivity to members of their group.
A Quick-List of Bat Animal Symbolism
- Inner Depth
The bat is a symbol of rebirth and depth because it is a creature that lives in the belly of the Mother (Earth). From the womb-like caves it emerges every evening at dusk. And so – from the womb it is reborn every evening.
If you work with the bat as your totem, you will be put to the test, because it is demands only 100% commitment to spiritual growth. The bat will never accept half-hearted or lukewarm attempts at self-improvement. Indeed, if the bat senses that you are slacking in your psychic/spiritual training it will likely move on to someone else who is more willing to learn the lessons the bat has to offer.
As with most of our hardest challenges, working with the demanding bat will reap some of the most profound rewards you could ever dream of. But be warned, the bat asks a lot of us, like:
The bat reminds us that even in darkness, we have the resources to see our way.
Bat Meanings for Us Personally
- Dying to our ego
- Loving our enemies as ourselves
- Going within to touch our inner demons
- Exploring the underworlds of reality (which can be scary)
- Renewing our thoughts and beliefs on a moment-to-moment basis
All of these tasks can be harrowing experiences. This is why the Native American symbolism of the bat deals with initiation; because this creature takes us to outlandish extremes. But rest assured, the bat is never leaves our side while we are journeying.
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I trust these thoughts on the symbolic meaning of the bat have offered a new vision, and hopefully inspiration towards connecting with the bat for unique guidance and wisdom.
As always, thanks for reading!
May all your bat encounters be illuminated.
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