Moth Spirit

Moth Spirit

A Reading for the week of May 5, 2019

From The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid. 

Key Statement:    Surrender Now

Moth spirit asks what is guiding you right now! Are you in alignment with spirit or pursuing something or someone with so much tenacity that it has become a compulsion or addiction? Are you so intoxicated by a potential relationship or opportunity that you cannot think straight?

Hard work and dedication are virtues, and love of course is a beautiful thing. However, when moth spirit appears, it is time to consider if you have gone over the edge in a relentless pursuit. Workaholism, overeating, perfectionism, or addiction to certainty or even to a person maybe your current vice.  The form of your addiction does not matter so much as awareness of the consequences of remaining persistent when moderation is needed.  Let go of your excessive energy by channeling it in more than one direction.  The fire burns hot, and you do not want to be engulfed by your passion to the exclusion of all the other pursuits that matter to you.

Now is a time for surrender and radical acceptance so that your drive does not cause you to flee or to fight.  Spirit wants you to release your need for certainty and control so that you can relax into a more balanced way of using your Moth Spirit energy.  Banish the should and musts so that you can enjoy what is as you allow for what might be.


Moth Spirit can be intense, and honesty about your compulsive tendencies is needed right now.  It is too easy to switch from one addiction to another, distracting yourself from the discomfort of uncertainty and the thoughts and emotions that arise when you are not single mindedly pursuing a goal.  Moth Spirit calls you to practice moderation in all things and recognize when think you are heading into a fire that will cause burnout.  Why are you so resistant to letting up?  Could you be avoiding difficult emotions you need to feel and release?  Now is a time to do a fearless inventory down and rechanneled into enthusiastic activity in moderation.  You are not a machine; listen to Moth Spirit’s message that a change is needed to support your well-being. 

Maybe, deep down, you know you have become to attached to something and someone.  Let go of your need to control the outcome and allow yourself to remember the many ways you want to channel your energy – to relationships, to work, to giving to others, to self-care, and to all the other pursuits you value.


The moth symbolizes determination, attraction, psychic abilities, and faith. Although moths are nocturnal, they are driven toward light for some unknown reason. … Even when its efforts toward light prove dangerous and futile, the moth continues to drive forward, demonstrating its faith and determination. It is vigilant in following the path toward light, teaching us that we, too, should be. We must remain vigilant in all of our pursuits, while keeping our intuition and judgement in tact.

Faith is important, but blind faith with no grounding is foolish. We must pay attention to the signs that are attempting to speak to us. In all of our quests, we need to take care not to fall victim to blind faith and ignorance. The moth teaches us that adjusting our course when necessary is equally as important as driving forward on the path.

Moths are symbols of concealment, which can be interpreted in both good and bad ways. You may be disguising your emotions, keeping yourself hidden from others. If this is the case, you must develop faith and trust in yourself and allow your lift to emerge from the darkness. Our hearts are our ultimate guide, and the moth reminds us that we should not disguise it.

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