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Cicada: Image by Shannon Potter, Unsplash
"The cicadas (/sɪˈkɑːdə/ or /sɪˈkeɪdə/) are a superfamily, the Cicadoidea, of insects in the order Hemiptera (true bugs). They are in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha,[a] along with smaller jumping bugs such as leafhoppers and froghoppers. The superfamily is divided into two families, Tettigarctidae, with two species in Australia, and Cicadidae, with more than 3,000 species described from around the world; many species remain undescribed."
"Cicadas have been featured in literature since the time of Homer's Iliad, and as motifs in art from the Chinese Shang dynasty. They have also been used in myth and folklore as symbols of carefree living and immortality. The cicada is also mentioned in Hesiod's Shield (ll.393–394), its voice sings when millet first ripens. Cicadas are eaten by humans in various countries, including China, where the nymphs are served deep-fried in Shandong cuisine. (Source :
They have been used as money, medicine, food, and the last time they emerged in my neighborhood, my dear friend Lynn, made Christmas ornaments out of a few of the ones who passed on to their next journey.
Accordint to the National Wildlife Federation, cicadas are beneficial for aerating the soil, as a source of nitrogen for trees, help to keep trees and shrubs pruned, and are an important source of protein for many, many animals.
The 17 year variety is due to emerge soon- see the link for a map of areas where they will be making themselves, loudly, proudly, and numerously known.
April- Swan (Image by Zdeněk Macháček; Unsplash.com)
Some of the qualities the swan represents are:
Linked is Mark Brazil's 2003 Journal Entry on Swan symbolism in various cultures
Trickster- Magician- Master of Fun and the things that sometimes just don't work out, ala Wile E. Coyote, foil of Road Runner.
Coyote- Divine fun and games
In honor of Jamie Sams, co-author and creator of "The Medicine Cards", a oracle using animal images and symbolism for spritual and personal development. She passed away in late 2020. On Coyote:
"Coyote has many magical powers, but they do not alwasy work in his favor...He is the master trickster who tricks himself."
Image by Joshua Wilking, Unsplash
Also March: Blue-green Dragon
As Spring begins in earnest, we are beginning to focus on the Liver organ system, not only to strengthen the physical function of the liver, gall bladder, eyes and ligaments/tendon, but also to cultivate the qualities of kindness, compassion and forgiveness. In this way we can transform the energies of anger, frustration, and agitation in order to grow the character and nature of our True Spirit.
We find a lot of synchronicities among ancient lore around the world about the bear. Key: symbol- “Awakening the Power of the Unconscious”; it’s cycle of power is during the spring and the summer. Two constellations are named for it- Ursa Major (Great Bear) and Ursa Minor (Small Bear); 7 of the 9 stars in the Great Bear’s tail are one of the most recognizable structures in our nighttime panorama of stars- the Big Dipper, or Bei Dou in the Chinese language. Bei Dou is a sacred constellation and the home of Dou Mu (the Dipper Mother), a female Immortal whose sons are each of those seven stars.
Lunar symbology: associated with Diana, goddess of the moon and it is also associated with the nigredo of prime matter (color black) related to all initial stages and primal instincts.
“During it’s winter sleep, the black bear’s kidneys shut down completely, and scientists are studying this activity, hoping it will provide clues to more successful kidney transplants.” Could inducing a state of hibernation in people with kidney issues help them with time and regenerating rest to heal? Kidneys in metaphysical terms are associated with the qualities of discernment, discrimination- judgement, so “bear medicine” could be learning to go deep within to the core of your being to understand the truths you hold there. Who are you at your core, why did you come here, with whom do you belong to fulfill the remainder of your destiny?
Click the link to learn more about Bear symbolism and a Late Winter/ Early Spring Qigong set based on this strong and gentle creature.
January - Crow
To kick off this new feature of my page, I thought I would honor the crow. I am currently trying to make friends with a family of crows who have decided to visit my backyard.