There is also an animal called a bat, a small, nocturnal bird-like mammal. ... People
can be said to "bat their eyelashes," or flutter them flirtatiously, as well. This
last meaning, from the mid-1800s, comes from an earlier sense of bat, "flutter like
a hawk's wings." Bats symbolize death and rebirth. Sometimes, they are known as
the "Guardian of the Night." It is largely misunderstood and so therefore many of
its symbolic meanings are inappropriately fear-based. The bat is a symbol of
rebirth and death because it is a creature that lives in the belly of the Mother
(Earth). Place it in your space to show the death and rebirth idea.