Protection and Guidance From the Ladybug

Ladybug Symbolism & Meaning

Feeling underestimated? Looking for a little more love in your life? Have a few wishes you want fulfilled? Ladybug as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Ladybug teaches you how to attract the things you desire! Delve deeply in Ladybug Symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can help, enliven, and encourage you!

Ladybug Table of Contents

  • Ladybug Symbolism & Meaning
  • Spirit Animal
  • Totem Animal
  • Power Animal
  • Native American Symbolism
  • Ladybug Dreams
  • Far Eastern Symbolism
  • Ladybug Celtic Symbolism
  • Ladybugs’ Mythology and Folklore

Ladybug Symbolism & Meaning

Ladybug, Ladybug fly away home… Wait! Don’t recite that old saying so quickly without knowing the meaning and symbolism behind this little creature. When a Ladybug lands on you, folk tradition says luck and love are heading your way along with wish fulfillment and renewed joy. Sit down with Ladybug and see what she has to say. When at last she leaves the conversation, see in what direction she flies. That is the direction from which change will come.

There is something light-hearted about Ladybug Spirit that reconnects us with our inner child. This part of Self remembers the wonder of little things, how to play wistfully and count the dots on the back of the Ladybug (the more dots, the greater the serendipity!). This aspect of Ladybug is perhaps the most vital to humankind in a world where too many things are filled with fear and anger. Renew Ladybug energy in yourself and dispel that negativity.

In nature, Ladybug is part of the beetle family, and they seem to live in every imaginable setting. The shell of this insect protects Her, while Her legs “feel” energy from whatever they touch, including you! Ladybug’s color warns off predators without having to say a word, which is good considering their small size and gentle nature: As such, Ladybug symbolism embraces safety, awareness, and fearlessness.

In the Middle Ages, Ladybug bore the name “Beetle of our Lady” (referring to Mary). Lightworkers tell us this translates to the Mother Goddess and reconnecting with the Sacred Feminine. Consider: is Ladybug Medicine calling you back to daily devotions that put you in deeper touch with the Goddess’ energy?

Various cultures trust in Ladybug’s ability to foretell the future. In Slavic regions, they ask Ladybug all manner of fateful questions, often about the direction from which something (or someone) will come. Meanwhile in Norway should you and your date see a Ladybug at the same time, you are destined for romance.

Other beliefs about Ladybug include:

  • She can fly away with sickness after landing on you.
  • Ladybug in the home means you will soon find some money.
  • Ladybugs in England foretell good weather.
  • In Switzerland stories of Ladybug liken her to the stork delivering children.
  • The appearance of Ladybug is a blessing to farmers preceding a good crop.
  • Killing a Ladybug brings ill fortune or bad weather.
  • The bright red color of Ladybug represents passion.

Ladybug Spirit Animal

Ladybugs appearing in your life precede a time when your goals begin manifesting in remarkable ways. Bits of good fortune trickle around like petals on warm winds. Stop and enjoy this moment. Don’t rush too quickly into anything, but instead let nature unfold like Ladybugs wings.

There is no need to worry or fret – live and honor your sacred truths.

A Ladybug Spirit animal may also arrive at the advent of a new relationship, or the renewal of one that had grown a tad stale. Ladybug whispers words of love in your partner’s ears. Remember that sweet voice and translate it into pillow talk as the relationship sparks.

Alternatively, Ladybug may be telling you that love is just around the corner. If you see Her, count her spots to know the days, weeks or months before it arrives. Keep an open mind!

Ladybug Totem Animal

Those lucky folks born with a Ladybug Totem are a lot of fun to be around. This lively companion has a long-known curious stretch and always has fascinating ways of explaining odd happenstances. You are the joy-bringers – those who instill trust in others. Ladybug people cannot stand dull “small talk.” They will always seek out others with inventive, keen minds. In social settings, their motto is: “If it’s not interesting, I am out of here” (and off they fly).

The friends and family of Ladybug people are truly blessed. You will always be there in times of need not only offering aid but lifting everyone’s Spirits with your positive outlook.

A Ladybug Totem brings good fortune to the bearer, and also a love for, well, LOVE. They will try to set people up who they know feel like they lack in the relationship department; this isn’t willy-nilly either. There’s some thoughtful consideration that happens before they try to move things forward.

Ladybug Power Animal

Seek out Ladybug when working Wish Magic. Whisper your desires to Ladybug Spirit and trust Her wings to take it to the four corners of creation. Light Workers also recommend Ladybug mojo for times when your luck seems sour. She brings sweetness back to life in the way of a charming surprise.

Ladybug invocations assist with Goddess energies. If you work with Mary, use an image of a seven spot Ladybug as a focus (this represents her Seven joys). Once connected, celebrate the rise in your intuitive self. Open yourself to gifts of Spirit residing within you (and those she may bestow). Dare to dream the dreams you had as a child, and be ready for wonderful transformations.

Native American Ladybug Symbolic Meanings

Native Americans pay close attention to Nature in gathering the meanings behind various creatures. The Ladybug bears several generations of children every year, granting Her ties to fertility and renewal.

Other common connotations in Native American tradition for Ladybug include an awareness of the Spirit realm and past lives, liberating ourselves from worry, and learning to trust in the Great Spirit as well as our Higher Self.

Ladybug Dreams

When Ladybug wings its way into your dreams, it’s considered a harbinger of better luck. While some things in life may be going wrong, control is returning, and you’ll start feeling more like yourself very soon. Consider the color of the Ladybug when she appears in your dreams for a more in-depth dream interpretation. For instance, a red and black Ladybug symbolizes romantic love and the life force, while a yellow Ladybug might relate to matters of the mind.

Also, the number of dots on the Ladybug is something to include in your interpretation if you can remember how many you saw. Numerology can reveal another layer to your Ladybug dream.

Learn more about Ladybug Spirit by reading When You Dream About a Ladybug: Symbolism on!

Far Eastern Ladybug Symbolic Meanings

Asian folklore tells us if you catch a Ladybug and release it, she will wing her way to the one who is your true love and guide him or her to your side.

Ladybug Celtic Symbolism

Ladybugs are also seen as symbols of good luck and fortune in Celtic cultures. It is said that if you see a ladybug, it will bring you joy, happiness, wisdom, and the fulfillment of your wishes.

Ladybugs in Celtic cultures also symbolize the sun. They are often seen as symbols of protection from evil spirits because they can ward off these spirits with their wings. It is thought that if you were to touch a ladybug, it would give you seven years of happiness.

Ladybugs are also seen as symbols of love by the Celtics. It is said that even though ladybugs may fly away, they never forget the place they were born. This is why it is thought that ladybugs will always return to their birthplace, which marks that particular place as a place of love and happiness.

Ladybugs also represent the cycle of life in Celtic symbolism. They go from birth to life, to death just like all living creatures do. Nature was seen as an essential part of the circle of life because it gave energy and spirit to everything around them, so ladybugs were seen as a sign of affection and life.

Ladybugs’ Mythology and Folklore

When a ladybug lands on you, it means good luck
When a ladybug lands on you, it means good luck

There are many variations of the ladybugs’ mythology. One is that when a ladybug lands on you, it means good luck. And when they land in large groups, it’s considered a sign of good fortune. Another variation is that if two ladybugs land on you, then it means to love.

It was believed that if a ladybug landed on or flew across your nose, then that meant that one of your eyes would be sore the next day. If you see a swarm of them in the house, it signifies money coming into your home soon.

Ladybugs are also called ladybirds or by their Latin name Coccinellidae. Another type of folklore is that the number of spots on a ladybug’s back indicated her age. The more spots, the older she was. The spots were like human wrinkles. One could also tell if she was married or not based on the number of spots.

The married ones would have only four while the unmarried had nine. Another type of folklore is that if you see a ladybug in your dream, it means good luck for seven days.
The origin Ladybug’s name is said to have come from the word lady meaning women of high birth.

They gained their name because they become more active on sunny days when temperatures are warmer. These warm months are around May Day and October. Both coincide with the time when unmarried girls would go out into fields to gather bundles of hay in hopes that some brave knight would come by and help them.

The ladybugs started to be called ladies’ bugs in the beetle form because they were associated with these young ladies.

Expert Tip: In folklore, ladybugs were associated with purity and virtuous women. This comes from the Middle Ages, where women known as witches who were not marriageable or respectable were given the name “Ladybug”.

Another variation of this is that they were said to be a sign of impending rain. This came from Europe, where large swarms would be if weather conditions were right for them to breed.

Ladybugs were also used as a sign of protection. A charm of this insect was placed on children to protect them from harm and not to let them wander too far away from home.
Ladybugs were said to cure warts, but it only worked if the ladybug touched the wart then dropped into a stream.

Another variation is that if a ladybug landed on you, it would cure warts and bring good luck. Ladybugs were also said to indicate the presence of smallpox. If any of them were seen in one place, people believed that someone in the house had contracted the disease and brought illness and death. This was called the Plague of Ladybugs.

In Japan, ladybugs were considered sacred by farmers due to keeping away harmful insects such as grasshoppers and locusts from damaging crops. It’s also for this reason that they were called “Bean-Stealers”.

Ladybugs are also believed to be the bringer of love. If you see one, it’s said to be an omen that you’re going to meet a girl or boy. There is some variation on this belief in which meeting a ladybug means that someone was looking at you.

Ladybug Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Fertility
  • Love & Romance
  • Happiness
  • Luck
  • Manifestation of Goal
  • Progress
  • Renewal
  • Sacred Feminine
  • Sweetness
  • Wish Fulfillment


So, should you be afraid of ladybugs? Probably not, Ladybugs are seen as benevolent creatures that bring good luck to those who spot them crawling on the ground or flying in the air. They’re often associated with wealth and prosperity one common English language expression is “ladybird”, which translates literally to “golden bird”.

But for Native Americans symbolize protection from evil spirits because their bright colors frighten away any dark forces lurking nearby. Celtic cultures see ladybugs as symbols of reincarnation. And then there are Christianity ladybugs are a sign of God’s grace and guidance by his loving spirit according to Christian tradition.

What do you think about ladybugs? Please comment below with your thoughts and questions about ladybugs!

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