When you get to the bare roots of caterpillar spirituality and meaning, it’s easy to see why the insect has adopted such symbolism.
An animal that looks completely different from its ‘born’ state, and will look different again at the death state, it would be safe to assume that transformation and change is a big part of the meaning.
This bug has far more meanings than you might first think, though.
Why don’t we take a deep dive and find out more?
What does a Hairy Caterpillar Mean Spiritually?
Caterpillars, in general, represent a stage of life. They are not yet complete, because they have yet to turn into a butterfly, but they are not at the beginning of their lives.
The symbolism is almost glaringly obvious here: it is a spiritual sign that you are not yet finished with your journey. You are in the middle of it, almost at the end, but you still have some way to go.
Most people believe that this refers to spiritual or emotional growth, but it could also extend to physical journeys, a journey to get what you want at work, and more.
Usually, caterpillars are seen as a positive omen or sign, but that isn’t always the case.
As with all spiritual meanings, a great number of variants come into play before you can find the correct interpretation.
How does the caterpillar make you feel? Happy? Sad? Nervous?
What’s going on in your life? Are you going through a journey as you change careers? Going on a spiritual journey to find contentment and/or enlightenment?
Only YOU will know the exact circumstances, so only YOU can make out the hidden spiritual meaning.
What does a Hairy Caterpillar Symbolize?
The hairs on a hairy caterpillar serve as a protective armor, of sorts.
Sometimes, those hairs will carry toxins, which can be dangerous or irritating on the skin when you touch them.
The hairs act as a warning, so perhaps it would be wise to see the sign as a warning, too.
What are Caterpillars a Sign of?
Caterpillars can be a sign of many different spiritual messages, both good and bad. If you spot one of these insects and feel ‘good’ about it – excited, full of joy, intrigued, happy, etc. – then it is likely the message will be a good one.
Turning things around a little, feeling concerned, scared, or anxious about the bug is likely to be a bad omen.
At the very least, it could mean an outcome that you’re not entirely happy with.
Many other things can twist and change the spiritual meaning of a caterpillar, or any other symbol that has a spiritual meaning attached.
Where the caterpillar is can play a factor, along with the color of it, whether or not it has hair, and what it does when it realizes you’re there.
If it attacks you, for example, the message is probably not going to be a positive one.
A Period of Growth:
Seeing a caterpillar in real life or a dream could be a sign that you are about to embark on a journey of positive growth.
This could mean:
- Starting an educational course to get a promotion at work.
- Realizing a relationship isn’t good for you and making steps to get out of it.
- Taking steps to become happier with yourself – signing up to a gym, starting therapy, meditating more, etc.
Untapped Spiritual Potential:
If a hairy caterpillar happens to cross your path, the universe might be trying to tell you to get more in touch with your spiritual self.
Perhaps you have been sent many signs or messages, but you’re not spotting them?
You need to open your eyes for the signs if you want to see them.
They should jump out at you, because they’re meant for you.
Unless you keep an open mind, eyes, and heart, however, there’s a chance you’re going to miss them.
A Complete Transformation:
A caterpillar looks nothing like a butterfly.
The insect must go through a complete transformation in order to become itself true self – and perhaps that’s a journey you must go on.
Transformation isn’t always physical. You don’t need to go out, lose a bunch of weight, buy a brand-new closet, and get your cut and colored into a different style.
Transformation can be spiritual, and emotional, and more!
Perhaps it’s your mindset that needs a transformation? Have you been a bit of a pushover lately? Is it about time you overhauled your outlook and grew tougher in your approach?
Maybe you have been a little mean to someone you actually care a great deal about?
It’s never too late to apologize.
It’s also never too late to change your behavior, or your mental outlook about life.
Be Open to Change:
One thing you should understand about the humble caterpillar is, it is not the ‘end product’.
It is only one part of the process – there will be complete metamorphosis before the end of the journey, revealing the insect’s true, beautiful self.
If you aren’t growing into the most spiritually beautiful, happy, productive version of yourself, perhaps it’s because you aren’t as open to change as you thought you were.
Open your heart and your mind to new possibilities and exciting adventures, who knows what exciting, joyful, positive things might enter your life if you do.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Nothing changes if nothing changes.
Sometimes, you need to be open to a really big change.
9 Hairy Caterpillars Spiritual Meanings
In the world of spirituality and spiritual meanings, a small change such as adding hair to a caterpillar can change the interpretation completely.
A green caterpillar, for example, is meant to be a sign of new horizons and exciting adventures.
Just as the caterpillar goes on an amazing journey to become a butterfly, even becoming stagnant for a spell, perhaps you will face new endeavors, too.
Let’s look at some other caterpillar and hairy caterpillar spiritual meanings.
1) A New Baby?
Caterpillars can be an indication of fertility, new life, and joyful beginnings – but the hair-factor could serve as a warning.
Maybe you need to take it easy during your pregnancy and stop working so hard.
Perhaps you’re planning on moving home.
Moving is said to be one of the most stressful things you can do when you’re pregnant, so it should come as no surprise that the universe is sending you a message to take things easy and be cautious.
Remember: It might not be YOUR pregnancy that the universe is trying to send you a message about. It might be a friend, relative, or work colleague who gets pregnant. Either way, the person (and the baby) means a lot to you,
2) A Period of Stagnation
If a green caterpillar is a spiritual sign of new horizons and spiritual or inner-self transformations, a hairy caterpillar can be seen as the negative version: the stagnant time between cocoon and butterfly.
This time can often feel like a waste of time, but a lot happens behind the scenes that you can’t see.
You can’t look into the cocoon and see the development, or the changes.
If you feel as though you are going through a period of stagnation in your life, perhaps it’s happening for a reason.
Maybe it’s the calm before the storm (in a good way), or your time transforming from the caterpillar you were before, to the butterfly you’re going to be.
3) Break Out of the Cocoon
Have you been hiding yourself away in a cocoon? (Metaphorically, of course.)
If yes, the universe might be sending you a little message with that hairy little caterpillar…
It’s time to stop hiding away.
Come out of the cocoon.
See what beautiful sights life has to behold.
If you don’t ever come out, you’re going to miss so many amazing and precious life moments that you won’t be able to get back.
4) The Bible Says It’s Bad
I’m talking about the Old Testament of the Bible, specifically.
Just like locusts, caterpillars were seen as pest animals that eat, decimate, and destroy.
There might not have been literal plagues of caterpillars, but the connection between the two insects is definitely forged.
Could the universe be telling you that a metaphorical plague of bad is heading your way?
We all hope not, of course, but you need to pay attention to how your interaction with the insect made you feel.
If it’s doom, dismay, and despair, bad news might just be on the horizon. (I’m sorry!)
5) Are You Misunderstood at First?
Caterpillars were understood for such a long time.
At one point, it was believed that butterflies were borne from bodies of water.
No one made the caterpillar-butterfly connection for a long time.
But look at how much we appreciate the beauty of the butterfly these days, and how we marvel at the transformation the insect must go through to get there.
- Are you commonly misunderstood, especially at first?
- Do you struggle to let people in?
- Maybe you’ve been hurt a lot in the past, so you find it difficult to trust new faces?
Don’t worry about the misunderstandings.
As shown by the butterfly, we all appreciate what the caterpillar becomes in the end.
6) A Message of Resurrection
Some people argue that the caterpillar turning into a butterfly is proof that resurrection can happen, which adds weight to the existence of Jesus Christ and, by proxy, God, Christianity, and everything else that goes in-between.
Resurrection isn’t always about death, though.
You can resurrect a long-lost passion for an old hobby.
You can also resurrect an old love.
Have you been missing something from your past? A person? A job? An interest you once had?
It’s never too late to go back to it. The only person stopping you, is you.
7) Adaptable and Long-Lasting
Caterpillars are thought to date back to around 125 million years ago. Fossils have been found and carbon dated which prove them to be that age.
Only a few years back, an ancient caterpillar belonging to the geometrid moth was found, and then dated to around 44 million years ago.
This delicate and seemingly insignificant insect has lasted much longer than most other animals on the planet, which shows that it has staying power.
Could it be a sign that you have staying power, too?
- If you’ve recently started a new job;
- New university degree;
- Moved into a new home;
- Started a new relationship;
- Or made a new friend…
The universe might be telling you that it has the potential to last.
Maybe, just maybe, you shouldn’t give up just yet.
8) Slowly Approaching Bad News?
Caterpillars move relatively slowly compared to other insects. If a non-hairy (spiky) caterpillar were to cross your path or enter your dreams, it would be seen as good news approaching slowly.
Unfortunately, a hairy one could be a bad omen, and a sign that something bad, dangerous, or evil is slowly coming at you.
- Are you putting your trust in the wrong person or people?
- Hitting the self-sabotage button, knowing it’s not good for you but doing it anyway?
- Burying your head in the sand about mounting debts?
One message you could take from the spiritual hairy caterpillar, is that it will continue to creep towards its goal, slowly, steadily, growing ever closer.
Is that thing you’re avoiding or sabotaging doing the same thing? Can you see the bad ending coming closer and closer?
9) You Won’t Become Your True Self Until You Change
Are you super stuck in your ways? Yes, it might get things done, and it might make you feel better, but being averse to change can be a bad thing… and it can seriously hinder your life.
Seeing a hairy caterpillar in your dreams could be the universe’s way of telling you to loosen up a little. Sometimes you need to embrace change.
Just because you can’t see what’s on the other side, doesn’t mean it will be bad.
The caterpillar might not be aware of what happens once it breaks free of the cocoon, but it knows it must build the cocoon anyway.
Hairy Caterpillar in House Meaning
Caterpillars in the home can mean any number of things, but one message that you could take from it, is that you need to protect yourself.
Just as the caterpillar uses hairs, toxins, and a wide variety of other protective measures to ward off predators, you should don your coat of armor.
There is a chance that a creeping, toxic person or situation might be creeping up on you.
As a side note, if you do see a hairy caterpillar in the house, don’t touch it with bare hands.
Use thick gloves, or something made with thick material, to ensure the tiny hairs don’t transfer toxic compounds to your skin, which could cause allergic reactions, irritation, and more.
Are Hairy Caterpillars a Bad Luck Sign?
Caterpillars aren’t always a bad sign, spiritually.
Unfortunately, hairy caterpillars do tend to be a bad omen more frequently than they are a good one.
Of course, spiritual meanings are subjective.
If you feel more positive than negative over your caterpillar experience, the message you take from it should match the feeling.
I know, I know, there are many spiritual meanings of this insect on the Internet.
However, I believe I explained everything in a very clear and different way! Still, do you still have doubts?!? If so, don’t hesitate to comment below.
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Julia is a world-renowned spiritual teacher from Sweden, who quit her job at Google to pursue her dream of becoming a digital nomad. I help spiritual seekers step into their purpose and power. Passionate about astrology, meditation, nomad life and the law of attraction.