"Like a moth to a flame, burned by the fire. My love is blind. Can't you see my desire?" (That's The Way Love Goes)
I asked him, "What am I?"
He said I was a moth.
I asked him why I couldn't be a butterfly (I had always been a butterfly), but he said he didn't know.
I desperately wanted to make love to him, and I wanted to be made love to. But he was a human and I was a moth. A strange and frustrating thing.
So I hovered and fluttered around his neck as he led me up the stairs, and when he felt my winged kisses, he, too, was aroused.
He knew I was trespassing. I knew he was forbidden.
I wasn't allowed to join him here, and not in this way, to be sure.
But these were not our rules. They were not of our making. Least of all, sane.
These rules belonged to the others. The dim and the unaware.
They did not apply to those whose sights transcended their limits. They did not apply to creatures like he and I.
Our connection was strong. Tenderly overwhelming.
We were destined to merge. Our goal was to become one.
And being that he was already a part of that world, while secretly being a part of mine, he cared enough to take me where I didn't belong.
He was privy to the path. They'd never suspect a thing. They'd only suspect me - the moth.
He looked like the others but to them, I was strange - for being what I was, for wanting what I want, for going where they would not dare.
I just wanted to go higher and higher, and I wanted to know more and more, and I wanted him in his entirety.
Thankfully, he welcomed me fully.
He did not question my intentions because he knew they were pure. He did not question our differences because he knew we were the same.
He knew what I was, and what I was, was his.
He knew exactly what was going on. He conspired to make it happen.
He knew better than to hinder what he desired for himself.
What mattered is that he let me love him. He let me touch him. He let me follow this wild dream.
I could not have been more grateful.
After holding back for what felt like an eternity, all I wanted was to pour myself into him.
I had kept the universe within me for too long and now it had engulfed me. I had nowhere to go but beyond all I'd ever known.
I desired him with a vengeance. I devoured every bit that I could.
I hungered for our union before reality woke us up.
Small as I was, my presence was known and felt. My being was needed and craved. My touch turned him into mine.
I loved hearing his sounds and feeling his movements as I sought and tasted the places on his body where he'd feel me most deeply.
He, the human. Me, the moth.
We, the illuminated.
The above was a nighttime dream and a metaphorical feast that speaks to me deeply right now. It is also a follow up to my previous post, He Doesn't Know. This dream was potent and raw, and the first thing I did when I woke up this morning was record the dream and then look up the deeper meaning of the moth ("the daughter of the moon"). I've always resonated with the butterfly ("the son of the sun"), so it was exciting to learn about its nighttime companion, the moth.
Below are a few insights and passages I've collected regarding moth symbolism, but it's not lost on me that the other themes present in this dream are secrets (like I've been keeping here), taboos, and otherworldliness. Enjoy.
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Symbolic Moth Meanings
Symbolic moth meanings include:
- Secret knowledge
- Psychic awareness
"The moth continues to be under the influence in matters of love. She emits pheromones that are powerfully strong, attracting her male counterpart through the dark nights. These scented trails can be followed for remarkable distances. The female moth is subtle in her scent, wafting out like a loving tendril pulling in her mate. She has no doubt about her ability to attract her lover (those pheromones are powerfully effective!). Us humans would do well to follow the same cue. We do not have to be overt in our advances to attract our mates. Rather, the art of subtle allure can be learned from the moth." (Animal Symbolism)
"For being so similar in shape, they have vastly different connotations and symbolism. One, being the carefree Son of the Sun, and the other, being the less flashy Daughter of the Moon. Moth souls are some of the strongest connected to lunar energies. This leads to a strong intuition, powerful mind-focused abilities, and a powerful faith in the mysteries of the universe. Moth souls grow slower and need time to come into their own power and they tend to let mundane things fall to the wayside. The pursuit of whatever ideal they strive for can be all encompassing, and blind faith is always a dangerous endeavor. So if Moth rests in your core, remember to take care of yourself before saving the world." (Urban Wander)
"What has been hidden from you will now be revealed." (Spirit Animals)
"Even in navigation, when we observe the moth to fly into artificial light or flames, the moth demonstrates its faith and determination. It is still unproven as to why the moth is driven to light - but the best hypothesis is that the moth navigates by lunar light. In the absence of moonlight, the moth moves to the next best thing: man-made light. Even at the risk of losing its life, the moth is ever-vigilant in following its path of light. This may also serve as a moral to us to keep our own vigilance, but not fall victim of blind faith. Here we see a fragile vulnerability in the moth. The moon is her mother, and she will follow her course at all cost. This makes her open to distraction, vulnerable to harm. Here we may find another message to adjust our courseas our path indicates rather than drive forward without heeding important signs along the way. As a creature of the night, and by her navigational devices, we see the moth is highly influenced by the power of the moon. This aspect ties in with animal symbolism of intuition, and psychic awareness. Indeed, those with the moth totem will find this creature a magnificent assistant in developing higher awareness, and psychic enhancement." (Animal Symbolism)
"Moth’s gifts include the power of the whirlwind, ease of movement in darkness / shadow, transformation / metamorphosis, ability to confuse enemies, ability to find light in darkness, hearing spoken and unspoken messages. The moth views everything clearly. Moth people usually have strong psychic and healing abilities. The moth is able to detect ultra sound. Pay attention to what is being spoken and also the unspoken, underlying messages in what is heard." (Shamanic Journey)
"We gather these symbolic attributes because night creatures conduct their life-sustaining activities in complete darkness. As humans, we may translate this as symbolic of living our lives by intuitive feeling rather than physical sensory perception. Philosophically speaking, night creatures do not tumble in the dark, and neither do humans. We use our dreams, our awareness, and our deeper, inner knowing to navigate through the darkest hours of our lives. Faith is another tool we use to move through shadowy times of uncertainty, and the moth also shares this aspect. The moth never questions provision. She has complete faith that all of her needs will be meet each night." (Animal Symbolism)
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