‘Do not take the small animal totems’ messages for granted. Crane flies are thought to show up as guide in your life when you need change, new knowledge, a re-balance, or a reminder to be attentive. Remember to live intentionally and with purpose, absorbing and responding to life’s signals just as they do. Do not let life pass you by.’ (http://www.sunsigns.org/crane-fly-animal-totem-symbolism-meanings)
Innocuous enough now, but these things terrified me as a child! I used to scream for my father to come and get them out of my room. I was reminded of this as I tried to persuade one to leave my study this morning. It insistently returned to the same spider-bewebbed corner rather than the open window to which I was ushering it. Unsurprising perhaps as one of its symbolic meanings is persistence. But what was it about a Black Tourmaline rod in Smoky Quartz that attracted it? Was it telling me it was time the crystal was cleansed and the cobwebs removed? Probably. I’ve taken the hint. Wouldn’t want the EMFs to get in! EMFs: the modern bogeymen (see Crystal Prescriptions 3). Daddy Long Legs seem so much less substantial these days, delicate creatures unlike the rackety monsters of my childhood. Flying free. I’ve learned to look at them in a different way. Their grubs encourage hedgehogs into my garden. Even a badger or two. My perspective has changed. Isn’t that so often the way?
It was the delightful invasion of the red bumble bees in the spring that really got me hooked on the symbolism of ‘buzzy critters’. Now it’s Daddy Long Legs (Crane Flies not the deadly biting spider variety). Those of you who’ve stuck with this blog from the beginning will know that I like to listen to the messages Nature sends me. And how much I love serendipitous synchronicities. So, when the Daddy Long Legs came to call and I looked up their symbolism, it was a double delight. That quote above could have been written to head up the book I’ve just finished writing.
As could this from Jean Webster’s book Daddy Long Legs:
“It isn’t the great big pleasures that count the most; it’s making a great deal out of the little ones–I’ve discovered the true secret of happiness, Daddy, and that is to live in the now. Not to be forever regretting the past, or anticipating the future; but to get the most that you can out of this very instant.”
I have to read this book. Thank you Good Reads quotes for introducing me to it. As I’d never heard of the author before, I’ve just bought the complete collection for my Kindle. 99p what a bargain! More wisdom from Jean:
“Oh, I’m developing a beautiful character! It droops a bit under cold and frost, but it does grow fast when the sun shines.
That’s the way with everybody. I don’t agree with the theory that adversity and sorrow and disappointment develop moral strength. The happy people are the ones who are bubbling over with kindliness. ”
― Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs
“It isn’t the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh – I really think that requires spirit.
It’s the kind of character that I am going to develop. I am going to pretend that all life is just a game which I must play as skillfully and fairly as I can. If I lose, I am going to shrug my shoulders and laugh – also if I win.”
― Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs
She sounds like a woman I would have enjoyed meeting, pity she’s moved on. But she’s left us the legacy of her work. Something to remember her wisdom by. That’s important. [Having just come back from Hawkwood where I managed to read it between giving a talk and a workshop, it’s something of a period piece but I enjoyed the humour. Her ‘heroine’ must be a foot-in-mouth Saggie and guess what, like me, she’s called Judy. But you might find that Good Reads have kindly skimmed out the best bits for you so try them first.]
Yes there is! Another one has appeared while I’ve been writing this [and there were several at Hawkwood where I went after first writing this blog] so let’s see what the invaluable www.whats-your-sign.com has to say (impatient Aries and others of that ilk can skip down to ‘5 crystals to support mindfulness’ once they’ve read the first few paragraphs although there’s some fascinating stuff about cosmic cycles later):
Insect animal totems all seem to point to a few key characteristics: tenacity, patience, and detachment. Seemingly unaware of their surroundings as they go about their business, insect animal totem meanings herald the importance of minding our own business. Yet, at the same time, most insects have a strong sense of community. The trick is keeping balance, and insect animal totems certainly do that.
Detachment. Always a useful skill. Getting sucked into other people’s business is never wise and there were a few fishing hooks out there. A danger of allowing my energy where it would be used to fuel sinking into a black hole rather than climbing out. Not beneficial for anyone. I’ve learned the value of standing back. So my Green Aventurine went into my bra under my left arm to protect my spleen and sacral chakras (see Crystal Prescriptions 4).
Insects are progressive, and proactive – always adapting to the environment, and never letting little things like natural disasters get in their way of progress. When we get discouraged, we could all learn a thing or two from insect animal totem meanings. It’s their unsinkable nature that reminds us to keep moving forward for progress.
Very true so I moved on to Daddy Long Legs – also known as Crane Flies – in particular:
Crane flies are creatures of both air and water. Air in esoteric symbolism deals with thought, and water symbolism speaks to us about emotion. When these or other insects of their ilk come into our awareness it suggests a fitful, but sometimes whimsical juxtaposition between our analytical mind and our dreamy-type emotions.
As with most insects, (it would seem to the scientific eye) these little guys mostly have one purpose. To procreate. This can be a symbolic message to use our time wisely, and be mindful as well as passionate about what we create for ourselves and others in the life-span we have. Maybe this insect meaning carries a motto that says something like:
“This life is what you’ve got right now, so give it the best shot you’ve got.”
It’s interesting how their legs are so fragile, and break off so easily – this is a survival technique. They can often escape from becoming lunch for birds by leaving behind one of their legs in a bird beak.
Legs speak to me of foundations (four pillars of stability) and core beliefs. If we do as the insect intuitively suggests, and consider our softer emotions in relation to our hard-core thoughts, we may detect a “loose leg” in our prime, stabilizing belief systems. We may want to “sacrifice” one of these “legs” if that belief no longer serves us.
Mosquito hawks and crane flies are, on the whole, innocuous – they take life casually, flitting from food source to food source. None of these sources being human or animal. Rather, they consume nectars. This reminds me of resourcefulness, and going light on consuming resources of the earth – not invading or harming other creatures in order to gain life for self – being gentle with our consumption, and taking only what is required.
Most of the interpretation sites seem to share the same content slightly reworded so you never quite know where it originated. But what’s-my-sign always feels authentic to me. Another site suggested Crane Fly symbolised:
So, thank you Daddy Long Legs for bringing a few salient points to my attention.
While I was on holiday I had a slight problem with a cicada that was burrowing under my beachwrap and clinging to my inner thigh. Very persistent. And painful. Those claws are prickly! I was trying to remove it without harm. Upended with arms and legs waving in the air, I must have looked rather like a Daddy Long Legs myself. Much to the amusement of the owner of the beach bar. He was laughing uproariously. Amazing because, except when he was in the sea with his young daughter, his was the most miserable face imaginable. We made it our mission to make him laugh at least once a day. I certainly succeeded that time. I only wish I could remember what we were talking about when my little visitor came to call. Significant I’m sure. So, I looked up the symbolism when I came home, once again on the invaluable www.whats-your-sign.com I just loved this so I’m sharing it in its entirety. It really spoke to me about living mindfully and in harmony with Nature:
‘VeeVee, did you know cicada’s can lay dormant for over a decade?” Carolinda asked, rustling me out of my reverie about love-bug-song.
“No, why is that?” I asked.
“They chose their own time to be born. That’s powerful, don’t you think?” She lifted her eyebrow at me as she said this, then tipped her rose tea to her lips for a sip.
Cicada’s nestle themselves in the cool earth, almost as if in hibernation, feeding on the roots of trees until their internal body-clocks sound an alarm, resurrecting them from the earth. The symbolic implications of this were staggering to me. It spoke to me about things like: Timing, Inner Knowing, Patience, Resurrection, and also a symbiotic partnership with the Mother [Earth] as well as a special union with trees (an aspect that’s always intriguing, as trees are phenomenal wisdom-keepers).
They choose their own time to be born. What a cool concept. Years later I did research into why cicadas lay dormant, sometimes only a year, other times up to 17 years. It has to do with predators. Although still a mystery to biologists, the cicada has a keen ability to sense the right time to emerge from their earthy cocoons in order to produce the most off-spring. They do this during a time in which their predators are low in numbers – insuring the chance of their brood’s survival (reducing the likelihood of predators gobbling up their babies for lunch).
This phenomenon is symbolic of timing in my mind. To this day, when I hear cicada’s in the summer, they make me contemplate my own timing, as well as the timing of the Universe. It also makes me pay attention to my internal body clock, and the rhythms of the Mother [Nature]. In respect to timing and the cicada, we can ask ourselves questions like: “Is this a good time to start? Or, perhaps I should wait to protect my assets from becoming devoured by poor conditions/circumstances? (just as the cicada does to protect their offspring from predators).”
Some Keywords Associated With Symbolic Cicada Meaning
Some other symbolic corollaries with cicada meaning.
Recently a Facebook pal (thanks Richard) asked me about the significance of the “7 Year Cicada” – it’s a reference to the timing of a cicada’s emergence from the earth mentioned earlier in this article. Cicada’s pick and choose their own time to creep from the soil based on environmental conditions. We can take a look at their annual brood cycles for more symbolic meaning. For example, if a clan of cicada’s have been dormant for two years, their arrival after that time of incubation could signify: New partnerships, a time of making a choice between two opportunities, a time to become more balanced (justifying polarities and balancing duality). This comes from the energetic meaning of the number two. We can look at the number of years for insight. In the case of the 7 Year Cicada, we could attribute the symbolism of the number seven to this: The number seven is a representative of scholarly activities, mystery, and the focused search for esoteric meanings. Seven deals with the activation of imagination and manifesting results in our lives through the use of conscious thought and awareness. This combined with the symbolic cicada meaning (see keyword list above) can offer profound insight.
Can you imagine being entombed in silent stasis for up to 17 years? That’s what some North American cicada’s do. Kept alive by the nutrients of the soil, fed by the root-sap of trees, the cicada sleeps underground, waiting for the right time to break the earth and burst forth in a bustle of activity. Asian symbolism took note of this as a theme of resurrection. So much so, ancient Asian burial ceremonies include the making of intricate jade figures of cicadas; these were placed in the mouths of deceased ancestors. This allowed ancestors a pleasant, tranquil after-life sleep, and gave them the ability to re-emerge in spirit to help families or accomplish goals when the timing called for their aid. A burrowed cicada could also be interpreted as a sign of the past, and its emergence is a sign of the present. Therefore, when cicada’s choose to come out from Mother [Nature’s] womb, it may be time to look into our past and see what, if anything, might need to be resurrected and re-examined.
This seems particularly relevant in view of the fact that, as soon as I got back, I was off to the NEC in Birmingham to facilitate a workshop on ancestral and karmic healing. We all need to do some of that and it seems particularly relevant at the moment given the new stones that are emerging to assist the process. And the fact that I was born just down the road so I was going back to my (this life) origins. My family karma is rooted in that area. So I made sure we did an intensive healing for the ancestral line with Ananadalite and Ancestralite, backed up by the Celtic Golden Healer – which is proving to be an amazing stone (see www.angeladditions.co.uk for a special giveaway of this stone). But there was more to come from whats-your-sign. I found this very significant too:
No doubt about it, cicadas are heat-lovers. Some years it seems the hotter it gets, the louder cicada humming fills the air. This is a solar connection worthy of our attention. The sun is symbolic of: Outward expression, illumination, radiating light/joy, exposing shadow, and also nourishment (as few things can grow without light). When cicada’s come into your awareness, it’s time to contemplate your own sun-features. Meaning, how are you expressing yourself to others? Are you singing in harmony with your community, as the cicada does? Cicada song is an outward expression – our words are too. Cicada’s and their solar-affinity also remind us to contemplate the things that warm our hearts – what kindles our passion? What gets us all fired up, and motivates our energy?
Brilliant stuff! I came home and finished my crystal mindfulness book in record time encouraged by my winged friends.
Is there such a thing as an empty mind? Rarely! But you can bring your mind to a point of stillness and clarity with the help of crystals. They help you to be attentive without judging what is happening: in other words, mindful.
Perhaps the closest to an empty mind you can get. Auralite 23 on your forehead shuts off the chattering mind, leaving you in stillness. It keeps the monkey mind under control when worn around your neck too. I love this stone for its clarity and calm.
Holding your Eye of the Storm you can never be anything be cool, calm and collected. Safe in the centre of the hurricane, able to view things from a higher perspective. Safe in your body. Quiet in your mind. I was gifted a beautiful one set as a pendant while at Hawkwood – so thank you Judy for bringing it all the way from Maine. It was much appreciated – photos from Hawkwood will be on facebook when they reach me.
Those gold flecks link us to the stars, but Lapis Lazuli also shuts off the chattering mind initiating an inner soft focus and a spiritual orientation that helps us to be mindful at all times.
Crystallised divine light. What could be more perfect? Selenite connects you to immensity of your being, moving you away from the everyday concerns of the mundane life into spiritual awareness. Open your wings and fly!
It’s impossible to live mindfully in the everyday without being grounded. Flint provides an anchor, a grounding cord to the centre of the planet, which holds you safely in incarnation but doesn’t clip your wings as Flint has long been used as a shamanic portal and a journeying stone to otherworlds. Try it!
And finally, a reminder from Witney Houston on the value of being yourself and living with intention:
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