For many people, wasps are annoying, irritating bugs, and due to their painful stings, they are often most unwelcome.
However, wasps also have deeper spiritual significance, and most of the symbolism comes from the more positive aspects of their character. So to help you understand more about this fascinating little creature, in this post, we discuss wasp spiritual meaning in detail.
Spiritual Meanings of Wasp
Taking control of our lives through action
Wasps are incredibly industrious creatures, and although an individual wasp might seem almost insignificant, that never puts it off working away at whatever it needs to do.
A wasp never stops to consider that it is too small or weak to achieve its goals, it just goes ahead and gets on with it.
For this reason, wasps are commonly seen to represent taking control of our lives through action rather than being put off by the size of the tasks we are facing.
Sometimes, it can be easier just to give up and say that our goals in life are impossible and beyond our reach, but if you have this kind of negative attitude and don’t even try, it’s certain that you will never reach your goals.
Instead, take the wasp as your role model and just start doing what you have to, bit by bit.
You will gain control over the direction of your life because you are the one making decisions about what you want to do, and all of a sudden, you will see how your dreams become more obtainable.
This doesn’t mean that you will automatically realize all your dreams, but at least it gives you some chance of achieving them – and this is better than having no chance at all, which is what you’ll have if you just give up without trying.
Perseverance, dedication and determination
Not only do wasps work tirelessly without complaining or ever even entertaining the idea of giving up, but through hard work, dedication and determination, they also go on to achieve amazing things.
Think of the nests they build – they are architectural wonders of the animal world. However, they build them without any of the machinery we use to construct our giant edifices – they erect them through determination alone.
This means that as well as reminding us never to give up, a wasp can also represent the kind of things we can achieve if we put our minds to something and dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly to that objective.
If you ask almost any successful person what the secret is, they will usually tell you it is hard work.
Very few people achieve great things through luck or even just pure talent alone – what sets successful people apart is the amount of work they are willing to put in to reach the top.
This is a lesson that wasps can also teach us too. There are no shortcuts to success, but if you put in the time and effort with enough dedication and determination, you will reap the rewards in the end.
Wasps are never deterred by tasks that seem too big or the amount of work it will require to finish them, and for these reasons, they also represent overcoming difficulties.
If you are facing a particular challenge at the moment and you a feeling disheartened because you don’t know how to overcome it, seeing a wasp – or having a wasp land on you – could be a message not to lose heart because you will find a way to conquer the hardship.
Perhaps all you need is a little positivity to push you in the right direction, and that could be exactly what the wasp gives you when he appears.
Since most wasps are born in the spring, they can represent fertility because this is a time of rebirth and regeneration when many other baby animals are born.
At the same time, wasps play a role in pollination – although perhaps not quite as important a role as their cousins the bees.
However, they do their bit in spreading the pollen that allows plants to reproduce, so this is another reason they are connected to fertility.
Although lots of people tend to panic when they see a wasp, most of these creatures are not inherently aggressive (although some species are notorious for attacking with little provocation).
Most wasps don’t want to have anything to do with humans – or other animals – and they will leave you alone as long as you leave them in peace.
However, when they are threatened or when they come under attack, they have no hesitation launching themselves into battle with no thought for their own lives – and of course, these insects are armed with a nasty sting.
This aspect of their character means they can be seen as representing your inner warrior.
You might not be the kind of person who goes out looking for trouble or picking fights, and you may avoid confrontations as much as possible.
However, if you are backed into a corner or are left with no other option, you will fight furiously to protect yourself, your family or what is important to you.
If this seems to describe how you see yourself, the wasp could easily be your spirit animal – especially if you feel a particularly close affinity with this small but fearless insect.
Order and harmony, living together
Sometimes it can be difficult living with other people because everybody has different habits.
Perhaps you have roommates whose routine doesn’t fit with yours, or maybe you live with other members of your family and have to endure daily fights over who gets to use the bathroom first.
Even when only a few people live together, these kinds of issues can take on great importance, but then think of a colony of hundreds of wasps who all manage to live together in perfect harmony.
As a result, when you are having trouble cohabiting with other people, remember the wasp and what their communal existence can tell us.
Perhaps you should learn to become more tolerant of other people’s eccentricities instead of being so quick to anger. Are the things they do really so serious, or can you simply let them slide without getting worked up about them?
At the same time, consider how people find it living with you. What bad habits do you have? How could you change the way you live to create more harmony and less conflict in the house?
This doesn’t mean that everything is your fault, but if you can take steps to turn down the volume of antagonism from your side, maybe the other people you live with will be able to do the same.
Also, consider talking about the problems openly and setting some rules between you – because this is another way you can achieve a similar harmony to the one enjoyed by wasps sharing a nest.
The importance of family
Since many – although not all – wasps live in large groups, they also represent the importance of family.
A single wasp in a colony is almost worthless, but the group is all-important.
This should remind you of the value of your family because the people you love are what matter most in the world.
Again, as we mentioned above, wasps will willingly sacrifice themselves for the good of the colony, and perhaps the other members of your family would also do the same for you.
This means you should never forget the bonds you share, even if sometimes the people you love can be irritating, frustrating or otherwise very difficult to put up with.
We’ve already talked about how wasps work tirelessly to achieve their goals such as building highly impressive nests, and this can also be taken as representing great endurance.
However, another aspect of the lifecycle of wasps can also be taken as a symbol of endurance.
Each year, most of the wasps in a colony die out as the winter arrives, and only the queen survives.
She then goes into hibernation for the winter, to emerge the following year and start a new colony.
This tells us about wasps’ ability to survive against all the odds when only one member of the colony needs to make it through to the spring to bring the colony back from the dead.
It is a story of great endurance that should serve to inspire us too.
As well as representing endurance, the re-emergence of the queen in springtime should also be seen as a symbol of new beginnings.
Although it is highly unlikely, if you are lucky enough to see a queen wasp in spring, you should take it as a strong spiritual message – and one that tells you that a change, a transformation or a new beginning is coming to your life too.
Different spiritual meanings – but mostly positive
As we have seen, wasps have many spiritual meanings, but most of them are related to the more positive aspects of their lives and their behavior.
If you see a wasp, think about some of the positive parts of these insects’ character, and if you can, try to learn from them and take inspiration from them to live a better life yourself.