BAT: Animal Wisdom ~ Air Animal Totem Meanings

Keywords: Rebirth, longevity, secrecy, initiation, good listener, long life

In Tonga and ancient Babylonia bats were considered physical manifestations of the Souls of the Dead.  In China and Poland they were symbols of Happiness and Long life, and to the ancient Mayans they symbolized Transformation and Rebirth. In South America… among an ancient Mayan cult of the Quiche, located in the jungles of what is now Guatemala, Camazotz was a minor deity associated with bats.  He was the God of the Caves and is described as having the body of a human with the head and wings of a bat.  According to the Mayan sacred book of initiation rites Popul Vuh, he resided in the Bat-house located in the Underworld, a labyrinth of caves through which huge bats flew.  While legends differ, he was responsible for the seventh test of initiation undertaken by the Mayan Hero Twins, the mythical Mayan ruling deities. 

Mayan bat artefact - Camazotz

Oracle: It’s time for change and new beginnings.  Some form of initiation is at hand. Trust your innate instincts and keep an eye out for hidden connotations.

Bat’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Shamanic death and rebirth
  • Pollination of new ideas
  • Transition
  • Viewing past lives
  • Understanding grief
  • The use of vibrational sound
  • Camouflage
  • Invisibility
  • Ability to observe the unseen



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