After reviewing white moth symbolism, we thought it was appropriate to determine how many varies between the different colors of moths.
While white moths exhibited almost ethereal characteristics, the black moth is hampered by negative and morbid connotations.
Here we observe the meaning of black moths versus their more lightly coloured relatives.
Symbol of Death
We’ve often discussed how moths are a bad omen, however it is more closely associated with black moths. In many western cultures the appearance of a black moth in ones house is a symbol of death for its inhabitants. Some sort of superstition!
This is considered reversible however, with the death of the black moth by an inhabitant or other causes seemingly dispelling this ill-wishing.
Moths and the Color Black
Black has various spiritual meanings. As a combination of all other colors it is commonly associated with the unknown, reaffirming the mystery of black moths. As a color that limits our senses and perception, black leaves you unsure of what the future holds.
We also often see black associated with mourning. It has long been the appropriate color to wear at funerals and times of mourning within western cultures.
Passed Loved Ones
We discussed white moths as being carriers of souls in a previous post, however the same seems to apply to black moths. It is often common to see a black moth after losing a loved one, symbolising both mourning but also their presence within us.
This is reaffirmed in Jonathan Malberry’s book ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’, where his appendix mentions that “a big black moth in the house means a deceased one is just visiting reincarnated through that moth”.
What to Do if you See a Black Moth
First off – don’t immediately assume death! There are many explanations for an encounter with a black moth, and each is going to be specific to your own situation.
Think about recent life events: has anything significant happened that you can relate this to? Perhaps the recent passing of a friend or relative? The possibilities are numerous.
Avoid treating the encounter with assuredness on any one meaning. With black being the color of the unknown this moth’s symbolism could relate to something that becomes more obvious at a later stage.