Although many of our moth symbolism is of positive connotations, there are considerably less optimistic meanings to encounters with a white moth.
Not for the faint-hearted, it is very difficult to find a white moth that expresses anything less than a negative. At least from a symbolic perspective! If you’ve seen a white moth, here’s a few thoughts into what it symbolises.
The White Moth Symbolises Death
I warned you that this wasn’t for the faint hearted!
Across a range of different cultures, most notably Latin culture, the presence of a moth in a room of your house could represent the immenent death of a loved one.
This is also in many cultures to represent incurable illness. As a result of this, it is dealt with great stress and apprehension to be in the presence of a white moth.
White Moth Symbolism and Souls
In Asian cultures, we often hear of the white moth representing the soul of a loved one. The owner of the soul varies between traditions however, with the Japanese believing it to be the soul of a living being. Conversely, ancient Chinese texts have stated the white moth symbolised a deceased soul.
This is not exclusive to Asian Culture though. Jamaicans consider the white moth to be a soul that is disrupted and not at rest. They believe this lost soul presents itself to say one final goodbye.
The colour white is synonymous with purity across almost all cultures. In this same vain white moths are often considered to symbolise purity, truth and cleanliness.
Superstitions individuals often combine this symbolism to consider white moths to represent a pure, cleansed soul. In this sense it is considered a blessing.
White moths are believed to pervay individuals with unrequited misfortune and ill wishes. The white moth is one of the most commonly referenced symbols when dream readers mention signs of bad luck and ill omens.
As they are also considered the souls of loved ones, it is considered very bad luck to kill a white moth, as it is with any moth that you encounter.
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