I also did a little research online to find out what the mantis means. Here is what I found: The Mantis symbolizes stillness, vision, and careful, deliberate actions. Mantis has large eyes and the ability to turn its head 180 degrees, making it a very formidable predator. Mantis sits absolutely still, its large front legs give the illusion that it is praying. Mantis tells us of the importance of silence and stillness when looking for our answers. Looking at all the options allows us to know the right time to act. (Info from totemwisdom.com).
Here is a list of words that help relay the symbolism of the parying mantis (sourced from whats-your-sign.com)
Have you had any animals visit you today? If so what does this animal mean to you? What is it trying to teach you? Try to take some time out to think about it and reflect on the magic and wisdom of the animal, for they all have something to teach us.
Namaste, Deena xXx