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Spirit Animals: Bats

I think bats are adorable.  Yes, I know.  That’s not normal.  I just think they are fascinating, beautiful animals.  In the summertime I watch them from the front porch.  They fly in and devour the bugs by the street light.  They are fast predatory animals.  People often associate bats with vampires.  However, not all bats are vampire bats.  There are fruit bats as well as many other species.  People typically cringe at the thought of the bat.  They fear them.  So when the bat swoops into your life, what should you do?  As always, take a look at the references.  I have found three primary blogs to be very helpful throughout this entire series.

The Bat means that change is imminent and that you should be mindful of your surroundings.  The transition is most certainly looming, but don’t be afraid.  It may seem daunting and terrifying, but the change will grow you and help you elevate.  The bat means that you will change physically, mentally, emotionally, or all three.

Change is so hard.  When the bat arrives in a reading or in your life, the automatic reaction is terror.  It’s much like the reaction to The Tower in a tarot reading.  Sometimes we are thrust into change unwillingly, kick and screaming.  The bat reminds us to stay strong and keep our eyes on the prize.  The bat/change may be scary, but if we can see beyond that fear we will be successful.  Because the bat signifies change, it also symbolizes bravery.

The bat totem means that you probably a very sensitive person. The bat may be responsible for that trait.  You are also very observant and can see through the bull shit.  You don’t play games.  You get to the heart of the problem.  You are probably very social and have strong social ties.  You tend to be nurturing and use communication very well.  Your strongest sense is touch.  You use it to convey how you feel.  You are very perceptive, too.  You might have mighty psychic abilities.  Dream-state is your most profitable time of day; you may get very vivid messages while you dream.  This is a gift.  This is YOUR gift.  Can you see and interpret past lives?  You may want to see if there is a bat flying around you.  You may also be really good at adaptation.  Perhaps it’s because the bat signifies that consistent change.  You’ve learned to roll with the punches.

If you have ever seen nature shows featuring bats, you’ve noticed that they hang upside down.  The upside down positioning could symbolize a turn of events when it relates to spirituality.  However, that may not be the case.  The bat has the ability to outsmart gravity.  Whether you realize it or not, your past can be the force of gravity.  It can keep you from moving forward.  The bat reminds you that the past is behind you.  Hang tight.  It’s all going to come together.  These spirit animals are actually very positive.  They aren’t to be feared.  Yes, they bring change, but they also provide the courage you need to get through the change.

Couch (2015) provides some excellent information about the bat and rebirth.  In the wild, the bat gives birth to the baby while hanging upside down.  Believe it or not, the baby is born feet first (Couch, 2015).  These animals are born against the pull of gravity (Couch, 2015).  What this means is that you can use the bat’s strength in your own life.  Your new self is coming as a result of the change.

Many people think that rebirth means that we are coming into the light and that everything in the darkness will be revealed.  That isn’t always true.  Think about it.  Bats are nocturnal animals.  Their day begins at dusk.  Could it be that the big reveal will come when the sun goes down?  When things are at their darkest?  It is up to you to decide.  Once you do, you can fly just like the bat.  Realizing that you don’t have to be afraid of the dark, the change, and the growth will help you transcend far beyond the here and now.  You can delve into the mystery of the spirit with the help of your bat, learning new things about yourself as well as the many gifts you possess.


Bat symbolism.  (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totems.  Retrieved from

Couch, S.  (2015, October 28).  Spirit animals:  Bat bravery [Blog post].  Wild Gratitude.  Retrieved from

Harris, E.  (n.d.).  Bat spirit animal [Blog post].  Spirit Animal.  Retrieved from



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