Spiritual Meaning: Gnats, Fruit Flies, Midges

An encounter with gnats can be incredibly frustrating. While just trying to relax at home, a gnat suddenly lands on your phone screen, or perhaps right in your drink or food. Yuck! Try as you might, it seems impossible to kill them at times. And if you are successful, then another one seems to suddenly appear to take its place! It’s natural to wonder, why won’t these tiny flies leave me alone? What is the spiritual meaning of these gnats?!

Well, rest assured you have come to the right place. It’s incredibly common to be irritated by gnats. People associate them with dirty, damp environments and rotten food. But, sometimes this is not always the case. At times, these gnats can appear seemingly out of the blue. It’s easy to drive yourself crazy trying to find the source of them only to end up more frustrated than you were before.

If you notice in not only trying to find the source of the fruit flies, but also in killing them and having another one appear, our actions seem almost futile. And, because of this the gnat asks us to be mindful of where we give our attention. Often gnats appear when we feel overwhelmed by factors we think we can’t control in life. Usually these are minor and not worth obsessing or dwelling on. Gnats often go away when the seasons change. What temporary issues are you spending too much time focusing on in your life?

Positive Meanings of Gnats

While gnats and fruit flies can be bothersome, encountering them isn’t all bad! Many believe that like flies, gnats represent transformation and quick changes in life. This can be great if you’re feeling stuck in your current life. Fruit flies often appear when a home has been left vacant for a while. For example, they’re very common to find when returning home after a long vacation. Their sudden appearance can represent the ending of stagnant energy, and a fresh new beginning coming in. Very commonly, they can show up during periods of transformation. Make sure you are transforming into something you want to be!

fruit flies and gnats have a related spiritual meaning
Fruit flies.

Another thing to notice about the gnats is persistence. Despite constantly shooing them away, they seem almost determined to land in your freshly poured drink. They can be a reminder that you must be persistent if you want to achieve your goals. Gnats also represent surviving at all costs and overcoming all odds. Great advice for when you are following your dreams!

Negative Meanings of Gnats

At times, an encounter with gnats can have rather negative meanings. This usually comes up when we have allowed a situation to make us feel powerless. The gnats while small and harmless can seem overwhelming when bombarding us with their presence. Do not allow something small and trivial to dominate your thoughts and life.

owl midge
Owl midge by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K – Owl Midge. (Pericoma fuliginosa?). Psychodidae, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49860526

Gnats and fruit flies can also represent the need to move past uncontrollable factors in your life. This can often appear as religion, culture, or background. If you are feeling stagnant in your current surroundings, don’t allow these minor irritants to control your entire life.

Spiritual Advice When Encountering Gnats

As far as practical advice to get rid of gnats or fruit flies, it’s simple! Tidy your home and keep things dry! But, as far as spiritual advice, it can be more complex.

When gnats appear, we are asked to face problems we might be otherwise avoiding. For example, if there is a message you want to send to someone but feel incapable of doing so, you are being asked to find the strength to do so. Gnats show up when we need to clear the air. Speak up for yourself. Communicate your truth!

Dream Meaning of Gnats and Fruit Flies

Often times, dreaming of an annoying swarm of gnats or fruit flies in a dream can represent the need to pay attention to where you spend your energy. This can represent sometimes negative actions of people around you that you must face up to. Even if you want to ignore it like we all try to do with gnats, your subconscious is warning you that eventually you will reach your breaking point if you don’t learn to adjust or confront. It is easier to try to get rid of a problem like gnats in the start before you reach your breaking point and want to throw something at your television one night that is covered in them!

wood gnat
Wood gnat by Katja Schulz from Washington, D. C., USA – Wood Gnat, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81227237 (modified from original)

Gnats can also show up in dreams during periods of intense transformation and growth. They are great omens that you are capable of overcoming any obstacles in your way during this time. Pay attention to how you felt when you dreamt of this encounter. If you felt overall positive and surprised, or if the fruit flies were feeding off a piece of fruit, it can represent abundance flowing quickly and unexpectedly into your life!

Gnats, Fruit flies, and Witchcraft or Negative Entities

Another less commonly discussed association with gnats, fruit flies, midges, or any swarm of tiny insects is witchcraft and possible associations with negative entities. Please keep in mind, this is very, very rare. If you are encountering invasions in your home and are at your wit’s end to their source, you might want to at least consider alternative sources such at these.

Generally, gnats aren’t associated with workings from most commonly known practitioners of Wicca or modern day witchcraft. This is usually seen in darker, more intense spell work or in conjuring of negative entities. They will often appear with no explainable source along with other factors like bad luck, nightmares, arguments, and general negativity surrounding life in general. If you believe this is the source of your infestation, you might want to talk to a trusted spiritual worker in your preferred religion, online group, or community on how to deal with it.

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