Okay, I’ll admit it…the symbolic meaning of the fly might not be the warmest or fuzzy topic. But let’s face it, life isn’t all about rainbows, fluffy bunnies and unicorns. Sometimes the biggest life-lessons come from the most unexpected (and potentially creepy) sources.
Take the lowly fly. If nothing else, this creature is a great symbol of the unappreciated and misunderstood. Sure, they’re known to carry disease like an airliner carries luggage…but let’s not get picky.
Pestilence-spreading aside, the humble fly has a few important lessons to share. For example, many of you sweet peeps emailed me how much you enjoyed my article on death-eaters (buzzards).
The fly lives in that same symbolic world. They are extraordinary clean-freaks, in that they eat decay. They are one of Nature’s most prolific and effective recyclers. Where there is rot, the fly is sure to trot…err, well, you know what I mean.
This is symbolic. When the fly buzzes into our awareness, it’s time to think about re-purposing. Flies encourage us to get creative about managing the clutter in our lives. This includes emotional clutter as well as avoiding hoarding-status in our homes.
If you still can’t bring yourself to get all cozy with the fly, then consider this: Sometimes the fly goes against our grain to remind us to quit getting pissed about the small things. No doubt about it, flies can be a nuisance. We all encounter pesky things in life that pester us. The fly reminds us to try not to sweat the small stuff. Furthermore, sometimes we need the small irritants to remind us how good life is.
I have more about the symbolic meaning of the fly, including its status in various cultural myths and legends. If you need more convincing about the lessons the fly can teach us, check out the full article about symbolic fly meaning here.
As always, thanks for reading!