Flies are some of my favorite insects to draw. There is something gracious about them, always cleaning up, despite their reputation of filth. They are misunderstood, like most creatures we give negative (human) attributes to…
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The insect fly plays a vital role in the cycle of life. It has both a positive and a negative representations in symbolism:
In Western art, dating back to Medieval times, flies were used to symbolize decay, death and rot of the flesh and soul. In Christian symbolism, a fly hovering over a church official or nobleman indicates disfavor with the king or corruption and dereliction of duty, and a fly hovering over a maiden or noblewoman suggests shamelessness or a woman given to lustful actions. As the fourth Biblical plague of Egypt, flies also represent death and decay.
However, as a totem, the fly spirit animal symbolizes abundance and prosperity during times of adversity. It sends the message that by being persistent, consistent, and determined even in the face of adversity will bring success.
In dreams, flies buzzing are inviting you to be cautious of an unusual and unpleasant event in the works.