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Bat Totem Visitation

By June 1, 2006

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I've been visited by a bat for the last three out of four evenings. No, not in a dream, but FOR REAL inside my home. We live in a brick home that was built in 1912. Bats have been roosting in our attic since before we moved in sixteen years ago. Okay, I'm fine with cohabitation as long as the bats keep to the attic and stay clear of our personal living space. Bats are good for the environment because they help to control the insect population. We have plenty of mosquitos around our yard for them to feast on. "Live and let live" is a good motto. About once or twice a year a bat makes its way into our living space and my husband (my hero) captures it with his butterfly net and releases it to the outdoors. Nevertheless, it has been a bit unsettling to have three of them flying around in such a short period of time. Yesterday I think I discovered how they might be making entry into our living space (specifically into my upstairs home office). We blocked that small passageway and thankfully we had no surprise visitor last night. So I hope that is the end of that for awhile.

Naturally, on a spiritual level, I have to wonder what message the bat totem may be trying to convey to me. Last year it was the bees that infiltrated my kitchen, another year it was squirrels nesting inside the porch roof. Gosh, wildlife has to live somewhere I guess. But, critters sure can be unwelcome guests.

The bat totem can trigger change or transformation. Its visit can be a warning that change will soon occur and not to be afraid. Sometimes the bat is a symbol for facing ones fears. It can also indicate a time of an awakening because the bat, a nocturnal mammal, awakens in the dark. Its presence can illuminate dark shadows. It can also be a sign of opportunity.

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June 6, 2006 at 9:56 am
(1) Jordan says:

I like bats too, how they hibernate, and I will keep fruit bats as pets to guard my house when I am older.

What’s all this totem stuff though? Is that truly holistic, or is it… shamanism?

June 6, 2006 at 12:22 pm
(2) Phylameana says:

Hi Jodan,

I tend to think of animal totems as a pagan or magickal topic. But totem teachings likely do fit with shamanism. All these categories I consider as “spiritual” — Holistic (wholistic) covers all things connected to our minds, emotions, bodies and spirits.

November 28, 2007 at 9:03 pm
(3) WitchyBat says:

I love BATS, and have had visitations too…I am a Witch and follow Wicca, I am also Cherokee.
I call any animal that has come close or that I am drawn to a SPIRIT GUIDE.
It is of Mind Spirit Body…which are all separate but belong to one unit THE BODY!

February 22, 2009 at 10:36 am
(4) XLivvieX says:

hi, i have always adored the feline species and i am captivated by big cats. Could this mean they are my totem animals??

December 9, 2009 at 2:44 am
(5) Mermalarfulam says:

This is very good page, I’m going to visit it here time to time.

Keep posting
Regards Arun

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January 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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