Black Ladybug Spiritual Meaning

Have you seen a black ladybug and you’re wondering what its spiritual meaning might be? Well, read on.

You might be thinking, well, a black ladybug is just a plain old beetle isn’t it? Well, no. If you’ve seen a black ladybug then you know the term “black” doesn’t mean the ladybug is entirely black. Rather, a black ladybug is just predominantly black rather majority red like a more typical ladybug.

When you’re used to seeing “red” ladybugs, the sight of a black ladybug can feel very significant indeed. In fact, the omen of seeing a black ladybug can feel even more foreboding when you learn the other common name for these unusual little critters: “twice-stabbed lady beetle”. Yikes!

What do Ladybugs Symbolize in General?

Your typical red and black ladybugs convey many different meanings. And it’s important to first underpin your understanding of black ladybugs, by appreciating what “regular” ladybugs symbolize.

Most importantly, ladybugs are symbols of prosperity. In particular, their majority red coloration brings a message and omen of good fortune and joy. In China-influenced societies, red is inseparable from good fortune and joy.

Transformation: ladybugs, like so many other bugs, start out with a larval phase. Significantly, the larval stage is unrecognizable from the final form of a ladybug. But, unlike other creepy insects, ladybugs become into something quite pretty. While, other bugs might transform, like a ladybug does, but they turn from an unpleasant looking grub into an even uglier grown up bug! But, let’s be fair, that’s a matter of opinion!

The above message of transformation is an important one. It acts as a reminder that while we might feel like our current life is in a bit of an ugly moment, don’t fret, because things can turn around in no time. Your future might be as pretty as a dainty little ladybug!

The last thing ladybugs symbolize (black ones included) is bravery and an adventurous spirit. This is because ladybugs are daring fliers. They decide what they want—no matter how far away it is and no matter how small they are—and they fly to it and get it. So, think about what you want in life, and be brave (but safe) in pursuing it.

Black Ladybug – a Guardian?

Black is an interesting color when it comes to symbolism and spiritual meaning. Sure, in the West black has lots of meaning. For example, it is used as a color of solemnness and mourning at funerals. Black is also used by people in positions of power to convey unshakable authority—think of the president’s secret service in all black suits.

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Japan, on the other hand, has a fascinating relationship with the color black. Consider Japanese koi ponds. In Japan koi keepers generally keep colorful koi fish. Everybody knows that, right? Well, it’s true. But with one exception. A solid black koi fish is often kept with the colorful koi. The purpose of the black koi is to absorb the malign spirits that might make the other fish sick. In short, black koi act as guardians.

So, it’s fair to expand this appreciation of the color black to our little black ladybug friends. They may be appearing to you as a form of guardian, protecting you from any negative experiences. Therefore, you can consider a black ladybug quite good luck!

Twice Stabbed? Should I be Worried?

The last thing to think about when it comes to the black ladybug is its ominous common name – the “twice-stabbed” ladybug. It’s tough to dodge the meaning of this. The name is a reference to the appearance of the little critter. After all, it looks like somebody stabbed a beetle and left two red, bleeding wounds in it.

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So, does this mean the bug is an omen that you’ll be stabbed? Eh, probably not. But, it can be a point for reflection. Consider your life and your current context—it’s never the wrong time to evaluate your relationships. Ask the question: are any of your current relationships toxic, dangerous, or damaging? Is anybody hurting (i.e. metaphorically stabbing) you at the moment?

Think about working onor, if needs be, ending those relationships.

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