Saturday, May 10, 2008

Jasper's latest gift

This one was quite large
Those who have cicada as a totem are often in a hurry to discover who they truly are. Driven to understand their personal soul journey they always feel like they are running out of time and will stop at nothing to discover their true self. Anyone in a relationship with a person who carries this medicine must learn to move quickly or they will always feel like they are tagging behind their partner. This in turn can cause insecurity and instability within the context of the relationship.

The 13 to 17 year cycles of the cicada are very significant to those with this totem. Because the cicada has a short life span it shows us how to live each moment to the fullest. Major changes or a death-rebirth process usually occurs within the individuals life every 13 to 17 years.

Cicadas are best known for their conspicuous acoustic songs. The male cicada makes the loudest sound in the insect world. By vibrating the ribbed plates in a pair of amplifying cavities at the base of the abdomen their songs can be heard up to a half a mile away. Communication through sound is one of the things it teaches us. Sound can have pleasing effects on the psyche but it can also have the opposite effect. Cicada medicine people need to be aware of the sound and pitch of their voice and how it effects others in order to use this medicine appropriately.

Because the cicada spends most of its life underground it is associated with the unseen or hidden. To discover hidden truths a person is required to look beneath the surface. Cicadas teach us how to delve into the underworld without fear and uncover the secrets that lie beneath the surface. Those with this totem are exploratory in nature and should call upon the cicada whenever there is a need to understand the truth about reality and illusion.


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