(Do you know hard it is to find a photo of a grasshopper that isn’t “playing horsey” with another grasshopper? Much harder than you think, let me assure you! You can thank me for sparing you insect XXX pics. You’re welcome.)So we have gone from the fear of a giant buzzing bug yesterday, actually a hummingbird and not a soul eating insect from hell, to having a real life bug in the house today, which caused quite the dramatic afternoon. Especially with my overly dramatic children.
What was our insect visitor, you ask? Well, as you can tell by the photograph, we were visited by a grasshopper. Isn’t that strange? A grasshopper in the house? As it turns out, grasshoppers have a lot of symbolism attached to them, just as hummingbirds do. They are also said to bring good luck, just like hummingbirds. You know, if you believe in that sort of thing, which I like to because, why not? I’ll take all the good luck I can get, thank you very much! Even if it involves icky bugs.
So here is what I found about our little grasshopper friend:
“As a cultural symbol, this insect is a prominent feature in Asian traditions. For instance, the Japanese connect its molting phases with the wax and wane of the moon. Further still, the Japanese cherished the song of this creature (particularly the long-horned grasshopper), and believed the moon coaxed the music from them.
As a Chinese symbol, the grass hopper offers attributes of longevity, happiness, good health, good luck, wealth, abundance, fertility and virtue. In fact, grasshoppers were thought to be fertility symbols; specifically omens of the birth of a son (hence, another reason for its good luck symbol status as sons are considered prized gems within the setting of the family).
In certain regions of China, grasshoppers were kept as family pets and it was believed grasshoppers embodied the personalities of family members who were deceased. Keeping these reincarnate souls in the form of grasshoppers insured prosperity amongst the family members.
In Ancient Greece the grasshopper is a status symbol. Athenians would adorn themselves with golden grasshopper hair combs and brooches as an indication of nobility. The grasshopper is also a symbol of immortality as we see in Greek myth when Zeus grants immortality to Tithonus, who was later transformed into a grasshopper (who of course, lived forever).
In Native American Indian symbology and tribal lore (specifically the Iroquois nation) grasshopper symbolism deals with messages of glad tiding. In this context, the grasshopper is a harbinger of good news. Indeed, when this creature is seen on spirit walks, it is a sign that the seer will receive profoundly joyful news that will benefit the entire community.
Here’s a quick-list of grasshopper symbolism:
- Forward Thinking”
So did our little grasshopper friend bring us good luck? I hope so! We caught it and released it outside, since I feel fairly certain that squashing it would have also squashed any good luck they may bring.
Where will all of our good luck take us? I’m eager to find out! Also, if we could find out with less bugs and less fear of giant bugs, that would be cool too.
- Good luck? Sure, I’ll take some! (livinglavidamommy.wordpress.com)