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Good Luck Bugs

good luck bugs
Bugs might not seem like good luck, but a closer look reveals a different view.

Good Luck Bugs – Finding Fortune in the Fields

I realize bugs aren’t everybody’s best friend.  That’s okay.  You don’t have to get all cuddly-wuddly with bugs to gain good luck from them.

A lot of symbolic meaning of good luck bugs comes from cultural perception.  For example, the spider might not seem a likely candidate for luck. In fact, they are villainized in some cultures. But spider’s were high-fortune bearers in Greco-Roman, Native American, African and other cultures.

Even if we leave cultural opinion out of the lucky mix, most bugs provide good luck simply by existing.  Bugs like butterflies and bees pollinate thousands of flowers. Dung beetles help cattle by removing feces, making things more hygienic. Earthworms aerate the soil, making it more viable for good things to grow.

You get my drift. Whether good luck bugs get their rap by nature, superstition or culture – they are indeed capable of being very lucky for humans.  The following are six examples of good luck bugs…



good luck bug butterfly
Butterflies spread luck by pollinating tons of flowers every season.

Butterfly:
These babies are so pretty, you can feel lucky just seeing one! As a matter of fact, in Christian lore, the butterfly is considered a blessing because it represents freedom of the flesh and opening to the spirit. This is symbolically demonstrated by the butterfly emerging from its cocoon.

In Japanese culture, the butterfly is considered lucky in love.  Butterflies are embroidered on matrimonial garments as a benediction for a long and happy marriage.

The Native American Hopi considered the butterfly to be one of the beings who created the world. I suppose this is very lucky, because without a world, none of us would be here!

The Maori of New Zealand believe the butterfly is good luck for a healthy, long life…even immortality.  It was also considered a symbol of freedom and lucky for advancing ourselves into better places in life.

Get More on Symbolic Meaning of the Butterfly Here


good luck bug crickets
Crickets are good luck in China, and often kept for pets for good blessings

Crickets:
You wouldn’t think this little guy would be among the good luck bugs, but you might be surprised. Case in point, both Chinese and Mediterranean cultures believed the cricket to be extremely lucky. It was thought their chirping was a song of blessing upon good crops, and protection of the home.

In early Europe, crickets were considered good omens, and protectors or hearth and home. It was considered bad luck to kill one when found in the home or garden.  In England there is a belief that crickets are a kind of guardian and watched over the family within the home, protecting them from evil spirits.

Some Native American legends honor the cricket because they are mostly nocturnal.  As such, their chirping is a loving song that protects the people of the tribe against bad dreams.

Learn More About Symbolic Meaning of Crickets Here.






good luck bug ladybug
Ladybugs are commonly considered lucky in love

Ladybugs:
By far, the ladybug is the luckiest in the garden.  Not only do they pollinate, they also gobble up 100’s of aphids a day and those suckers can be disastrous to plants and crops.

In America, the common cultural consensus about the ladybug is lucky. If one lands on you, it’s considered very fortuitous, and killing one is considered bad luck.  Making a wish on a ladybug in your hand will come true when the ladybug flies away.  According to lucky superstition, counting the spots on a ladybug indicates your lucky month. For example, if ladybug has four spots, in four months, expect a windfall of good luck (according to superstition that is).

There is an ancient Chinese legend that links the ladybug with luck in love. The story goes that when a ladybug comes to call, it is a sign that true love will also pay us a visit. Further renditions of the legend state the number of spots on the ladybug indicate the amount of months that will pass until we are united with our true love.

Learn More About Ladybug Meanings and Symbolism Here.


good luck bugs praying mantis
Praying mantis is lucky in achieving goals.

Praying Mantis:
These guys can win any bug-eating competition hands-down. That makes them very good luck bugs in the garden.

Shaolin monks in Asia closely observed the mantis, and revered it for its elegant movements.  From this intense observation, the monks created a meditative form of martial arts similar to Tai Chi.  This makes the mantis lucky in balancing peace with defense. Kung Fu is also based on the mantis movements.  The Chinese believed the mantis was lucky in achieving peace and resolving problems without violence, which is ironic, for sure.  But these fighting styles were created more for reverence and inner development than defense.

In Africa the mantis is lucky in dreams.  When we dream of a mantis, it is almost always followed with a solution to a problem we are struggling with.  It is believed the praying mantis whispers an answer to a conflict while we sleep. Upon waking up we must remember the message and that will help us through our troubles.

Learn More About Praying Mantis Meaning and Symbolism Here.


good luck bugs caterpillar
Caterpillars are considered good luck bugs in terms of rebirth and renewal

Caterpillar:
The caterpillar is good luck in old England if one pitter patters across your garden.  In this case, it’s tradition to gently take the caterpillar and toss it over your shoulder to solidify that good luck. I’m not sure how lucky it is for the caterpillar to be flung about, but there you go. Another English tradition is to take a caterpillar, put it in a bag, and if worn around the neck it can prevent respiratory ailments like whooping cough. Again, maybe not so lucky for the caterpillar.  Oh, and consult your physician before tying caterpillars around your neck.

The Indian Upanishads indicate the caterpillar among good luck bugs because of the way they progress through life. There is philosophical appreciation for the way the caterpillar gracefully moves from leaf to leaf – this is considered lucky in travel and moving forward in life.  Then, due to it’s transition from larva, chrysalis to butterfly it is thought to be lucky in transitions.  Whether changing jobs or moving into a new home, the caterpillar is believed to be an omen for luck in any change in life.

In Native American tradition, the caterpillar is believed to be lucky in love.  This is especially true with sex.  Yep, you read that right.  The caterpillar is considered a lucky charm for good sex and also successful conception of a child.

Learn More About Symbolic Caterpillar Meaning Here.


good luck bugs bee
Bees are good luck bugs due to their sweet gifts of honey

Bees:
In nature, bees are obviously top on the good luck bugs list.  They pollinate at mind-blowing rates.  They insure the continuation of countless plants and flowers.  Then there is their byproduct – honey. If you ask me and Pooh bear, we’re lucky just to have a pot of honey!

In ancient Egypt, the bee was a lucky emblem because it was believed to be the giver of life.  It represented life, birth, death and resurrection.  It was also a lucky symbol of strength and power. Apparently the Egyptians associated the bee with lightning and the sun. Bees were said to be born from the tears of the sun god Ra. This made encounters with bees a lucky sign of gaining strength and winning battles.

In Greek and Roman myth the bee is lucky in business.  You’ve heard the term ‘busy as a bee.’  Well, the Greco-Roman’s observed their industriousness and considered the bee as a symbol of success when hard work is applied to any endeavor.

Get More Information on Symbolic Meaning of Bees Here.


I hope you enjoyed this article on good luck bugs.  I further hope these insights might help bring about more acceptance of bugs for those of you who might be creeped out by them.

These are certainly not all the good luck bugs in the world.  There are tons of bugs, so there are tons of them that are considered highly fortuitous.  I’d encourage you to do further research on this topic, and embrace the lucky potential of the insect world.  Get buggy!

As always thanks for reading.  If you enjoyed this article, please check out these related links below:

More on Insect Meanings and Symbolism

Good Luck Symbols and Meanings

Lucky Animal Symbols

Life is Symbolic. Start Interpreting.


Symbolic Oracles are Everywhere
Symbolic Oracles are Everywhere

Nestled in soft pockets of awareness, there are messages waiting to unfold themselves to us, cosmic messages intended for our eyes only, and in James Bond ‘double-oh-seven’ style, with cryptic innuendo and a bit of humorous cheek, we are left to ponder the symbolic implications of oracles glittering on our path.

This human life is all espionage and safari, and I contend the hunt begins at the front door of our own consciousness. We all seek meaning, we all seek value, we all seek to lift the veil of the mundane that tends to cloak the brilliance awaiting us in this life.

To be sure, there is a remarkable quality of life available to each of us, and in my experience that extraordinary quality reveals itself via the endlessly versatile language of symbolism.

We all know this language, and we owe it to ourselves to interpret deeper symbolism in all its delightfully unusual dialects and cosmic contexts.

Symbolism is a language spoken from the Unified field, and its speech is variable, multi-tongued and infinite in manifestation. Interpreting signs, symbols and all manner of natural oracles is akin to tapping into limitless potential as well as establishing an experience with the Mystical.

Our lives are replete with multi-layered meanings, and that means big juju for all of us.

It means there is magic inherent in every moment of our lives. This magic dispels the ennui that sometimes clings to the human experience. Interpreting personal symbolism rekindles the conviction that we are all light-infused, special and valuable.

Regardless if we may be beset with grief, boredom or rage, we have the power to open just a few cracks of unique contemplation and view the moments of our lives as symbolic messages – these messages offer validation about our connection to something grandiose, something utterly unified in its ability to support and encourage our well-being.

Life is symbolic. Start interpreting.


Other pages of interest:

Symbols of Nature (on whats-your-sign.com)

Why I’m Jazzed about Symbolism (video)

Interpreting Symbolic Messages from Nature (on whats-your-sign.com)

Seeds as a Symbol of Consciousness


Seeds - A Symbol of Consciousness?
Seeds – A Symbol of Consciousness?

Last night, in the dreamtime, symbolic seeds were sown into the meaty furrows of my brain.  Their manifested identities known only to my deeper consciousness.  It was a fabulous sensation.  The grey matter of my mind seemed willing, pliable and moistly awaiting the first touch of root to mental-membrane.

A good dream. An oracle of potential growth.  A sign of depositing new ideas into old rows with the hope and promise of a bumper crop of…of what?  Creativity?  Productivity? New kinds of nourishment?  Food for a hungry mind?  New neuro-network patterns?

Who knows.  Dream-walking advances at a far different pace than common ambulation.  That means, I’ll have to walk calmly between multiple time-lines to see the cycles of growth these dream seeds represent.

But in the meantime, while I’m weeding, feeding and cerebrating over these dream seeds, I thought I’d sow a few symbolic thoughts on seeds as a symbol of consciousness.

Traditional symbolic meaning of seeds include:

  • Potential
  • Trust
  • Hope
  • Nourishment
  • Sacred
  • Earthiness
  • Initiation
  • Reproduction
  • Cycles
  • Time
  • Provision

Several years ago, while dining with a colleague, he asked: “What’s the symbol for consciousness?”

In response, I pulled out a pen and drew a single dot on a paper cocktail napkin.

“That’s it?” He asked.

“Yep, that’s it.” I said, “The dot represents a single point of awareness.  It is, essentially, a seed.  It is the point of pure potential.  This present moment of focused consciousness gives no clue as to which side of the polarity it leans.  There is no gender, no higher or lower, no light or dark.  It simply is.”

My colleague protested: “But isn’t consciousness expansive?  Pervasive?  Everywhere at all times?  This dot, or seed suggests limitation, and that’s not how I see consciousness.”

I loved this observation, and after pausing a moment to let his implications sink in, I responded:

“Yes, I agree with your model of consciousness.  However, I chose this dot to represent a seed as a symbol of consciousness because it is the point of initiationAwareness must be initiated.  And the concept of initiation is inherent to the ancient symbolism of seeds.  So, it’s the idea of initiation…specifically, initiating the potential that is powerfully packed in a small unit (a dot, a seed) that I’m emphasizing here.”

I was reminded of this conversation when I woke from my seed dream.

Those crazy brain seeds!  That tiny dot drawn on a cocktail napkin.  A single unit of initial potential!

These images made me want to become that dot…to become a seed and

  • Auger a sense of stillness in the midst of daily bustling.
  • Be as a seed is: Patient, Potent, Packed with potential.
  • Be silent, rest in a damp darkness, suspended.
  • To “just know,” and own remarkable wisdom without the necessity to prove it.
  • Submerge in resolute assurance that transition, growth and ascension is inevitable.

Just thoughts.  Thanks for growing along with me..

Other symbolic seeds for your consideration:

Nature Symbolism

Dream Meanings

Six Simple Steps to Interpreting Dreams

Source of Power in a Symbol (the Evil Eye as example)

Symbolic Eye
Symbolic Eye

I got the following question from a reader of my Symbols website:

My neighbor suggested I have some sort of evil eye symbol placed on my doorway to my gallery, (I expect as a symbol for protection).  I feel the place is protected because I ask for protection.  What are your thoughts?

My response:

I agree – our energy is protected (or otherwise) when we consciously choose to make it so…a physical symbol of our intent is unnecessesary.

Symbols are useless to us if we do not believe in their vibrational potentional.  Similarly, it is not the symbol that holds the power – it is the intelligence that holds the symbol that commands power.

In other words, the fire of human belief fuels the implied meaning of a symbol.

As you know, our ancestors used symbols frequently for drawing in or banishing various essences.  As humankind moves forward, we see these old ways dropping off more and more.  I think this is because humankind is beginning to understand the Hermetic axiom “As within, so without – As above so, so below.”

  • Now it is no longer the symbol holding the power – it is US! 
  • Now the esoteric art of symbolic interpretation is even more profound because it is our human heart that forms the meaning
  • Now the symbol merely serves as a reminder to us of the attributes we embody, the ultimate reality of our infinite potential.

So what is our infinite potential? We can answer that with another question: What are the symbols we hold?  With what are we aligned?

This cycle of reason reminds me of: “Which came first – the chicken or the egg?” because our symbols can define us, or we can define them.

And then, for another philosophical turn in your question:  If you DO put an “evil eye” symbol above your doorway with intent for protection – does that not imply an existing level of UNprotection?

Meaning, if we feel we must have a symbol to protect us, then we are coming from a position that we are unprotected.  I propose that protection (from a symbol or otherwise) need not be an option, because we are already protected 100% and at all times (just as you said “I feel the place is protected because I ask for protection” – simple as that – done deal).

Let’s just say we wanted to put an intentional exclamation point at the end of your request for protection.  Fending off an evil with an evil eye is highly ineffective.  If a space resonates evil, it will draw unto itself the same resonance.

In essence, Evil Eye’s wink back to evil, and say “come hither.”  Whereas, something with the verities of purity, love, compassion would be more suitable.  Love always trumps.  I’ve written a summary that’s kind of an antithesis of the Evil Eye here.

And I love this question – it’s one I’ve given tremendous thought to because I’ve asked it of myself…thanks for indulging me the expression of these thoughts.

You may also be interested in my page on Eye Symbolism here.