The Luna moth is the totem animal most symbolic of the power of personal transformation.
If the Luna moth is your totem, you are encouraged to pay attention to areas of your life or aspects of your personality that need deep change or transformation.
Perhaps you too would be inspired to be more in tune with your periods of expansion and growth, as well as more sensitive to the beauty of life.
One of the teachings of the Luna moth totem is to develop your ability to go through important changes gracefully and lightly.
The Luna moth is a symbol of transformation. By analogy to the life of this animal, the significance associated with the Luna moth emphasizes the ability to move from one state, perspective, or way of life to another.
When the Luna moth comes into your life as a protective animal or totem, you can expect significant changes in your life.
More than changes in your environment, the nature of the transformation associated with the totem animal of the Luna moth is more internal: It may be related to your own point of view on a subject, to aspects of your personality or habits personal.
Luna Moth – Meaning
A Luna moth flying near a deceased person is the soul of the deceased or an “angel” who comes to fetch the soul of the deceased. To see a pink Luna moth promises happiness for life.
According to the first Luna moth seen at the beginning of the summer we can get an idea of what it is waiting for us, if it is white: luck, if it is yellow: disease, if it is black or dark: disease or death (to oneself or a loved one).
Capturing a Luna moth promises to discover interesting things close (in time or place). In Japan, the Luna moth is the emblem of the woman and represents grace and lightness, two butterflies are conjugal happiness. In the Sino-Vietnamese world the Luna moth expresses a vow of longevity.
For the Aztecs, the Luna moth also represents the vital breath that escapes from the mouth of the dying person.
A Luna moth playing among the flowers represents the soul of a warrior fallen on the battlefield.
The God of fire carries as emblem a pectoral called “obsidian Luna moth “.
The Sun in the Warrior’s Temple is represented by a Luna moth. He is also a substitute for the hand (glyphs) as a sign of the number 5.
For the Mexicans the Luna moth is symbol of the black sun, it crosses the subterranean worlds during its nocturnal race. It is a symbol of hidden chthonian fire, it is related to the concept of sacrifice, death and resurrection. He is the obsidian Luna moth, attribute of the chthonic divinities.
The Luna moth represents two important deities in Mexico: the goddess of arts and life and the goddess of death and war.
The Black Foot, a Native American “master of the plains” people of central North America, believed that butterflies came to bring dreams to children.
We also find embroidered butterflies on their clothes and accessories. Other Native American peoples also believed that blowing on the wings of a Luna moth when making a vow brought good luck.
Moths are generally associated with the night, the test, the hell (with the infernal forces), associated with the bat. Moths in some beliefs were used by demons to give messages to wizards or they themselves were turned into moths.
Sphynx-Skull (Acharontia Atropos), named after the hellish river where it was born, legend has it that he is released by tearing the earth to the death of Pan. Its caterpillar feeds on Belladonna and Datura, it emits a kind of melancholy cry to stare.
Having a big black moth at home brings bad luck or is a sign that misfortune will happen, but some people think that seeing a moth can bring good news.
Luna Moth – Symbolism
Grace and lightness, the Luna moth is, in Japan, an emblem of the woman; but two butterflies represent marital happiness. Subtle lightness: butterflies are traveling spirits; their sight announces a visit, or the death of a relative.
Another aspect of the Luna moth’s symbolism is based on its metamorphoses: the chrysalis is the egg that contains the potentiality of being; the Luna moth that comes out of it is a symbol of resurrection. It is still, if you prefer, the exit of the tomb.
A symbolism of this order is used in the myth of Psyche which is represented with Luna moth wings. And also in that of Yuan-know, the immortal gardener, whose beautiful wife teaches the secret of silkworms and who is perhaps herself a silkworm.
It may seem paradoxical that the Luna moth serves, in the Sino-Vietnamese world, to express a wish for longevity: this assimilation results from a homophony, two characters with the same pronunciation (t’ie) meaning respectively Luna moth and age, septuagenarian.
In addition, the Luna moth is sometimes associated with chrysanthemum to symbolize autumn. [..]
Among the Aztecs, the Luna moth is a symbol of the soul or vital breath escaped from the dying man’s mouth. A Luna moth playing among the flowers represents the soul of a warrior fallen on the battlefield. Dead warriors accompany the Sun in the first half of its visible course until noon, and then descend to earth as Hummingbirds or Butterflies.
All these interpretations probably derive from the analogical association of the spangles and the flame, because of its colors and the flapping of its wings.
Thus the god of fire among the Aztecs bears as emblem a pectoral named obsidian Luna moth.
Obsidian, like flint is a stone of fire, we know that it also forms the blade of sacrificial knives.
The Sun, in the House of Eagles or Temple of Warriors, was represented by a Luna moth image.
Symbol of solar and diurnal fire, and for this reason of the soul of the warriors, the Luna moth is also for the Mexicans a symbol of the Black Sun crossing the subterranean worlds during its nocturnal race.
It is a symbol of hidden chthonic fire, linked to the notion of sacrifice, death and resurrection.
It is then the obsidian Luna moth, attribute of the chthonian divinities associated with death. In the Aztec glyptic he became a substitute of the hand, as a sign of the number five, number of the Center of the World.
An apologue of Baluba and Lulua of Kasai (central Zaire) illustrates both the soul-Luna moth analogy and the sliding of the symbol to the image.
The man, they say, follows from life to death the cycle of the Luna moth: he is in his infancy a small caterpillar, a large caterpillar in its maturity; he becomes a chrysalis in his old age; his grave is the cocoon from which his soul leaves, which flies away in the form of a Luna moth; the laying of this Luna moth is the expression of his reincarnation. In the same way, modern psychoanalysis sees the Luna moth as a symbol of rebirth.
A popular belief of Greco-Roman antiquity also gave the soul leaving the body of the dead the shape of a Luna moth.
On the frescoes of Pompeii, Psyche is represented as a winged little girl, like a Luna moth. This belief is to be found in some Central Asian tuque populations, which have undergone an Iranian influence and for which the deceased can appear in the form of a moth. ”
To use Luna moth medicine, you need to be insightful enough and clearly discern your current position in the cycle of self-transformation.
Like the Luna moth, you are always at a certain stage of life. You can beat the egg stage, which is the beginning of all things. This is the stage of the birth of an idea before it becomes reality.