Likewise, Bat has been viewed in some superstitions as a harbinger of ill-fortune & dark enemies. In all honesty, many traditions see them as representing rebirth & initiation into new life. Watching bats hanging inverted to sleep deep within the caves – likened to the womb & tomb imagery of Mother Earth goddess energy – is the main association. Many initiation ceremonies involved the novice or initiate entering a cave for meditation & rest before being reborn, indicating a symbolic & spiritual death-rebirth process. The fact that bats emerge at dusk, return to rest at dawn, and hang upside-down in their altered state shows them as being wanderers between worlds bringing insight & wisdom to the journeying initiate.
Taking a second look at our fears – darkness, unknown, hidden dangers, and death – can actually help us to see past them. In doing this, we learn more about ourselves, grow our respect for the world around us, discover new ways to resolve conflict & solve problems, remain open to learning, and gain an abundance of blessings. Our friends Owl & Bat are always around to help us sense whatever is lurking in the Shadows & give us insight into how best to handle ourselves. Beyond the superstitious myths that show us what we fear on the surface, most myths & stories call us deeper into the unknown where we can find the spiritual treasures that strengthen our divine connection to ourselves & the world around us.
Cheers to you on your own journey, and may you be protected in the darkness by the light within!