​Year of the Cicada

Many cicadas in North America as well as world-wide have a 1 year life cycle. There are some that have a 13 or a 17 year life cycle. Many cultures, especially in China used the cicada as a symbol of rebirth. After eggs hatch, they drop out of the trees into the ground where they feed off the sap in tree roots until it is time to make their way to the surface, climb a tree and molt into an adult. Males “sing” by vibrating a membrane on their sides. This attracts the females who lay their eggs in the trees. Where the cycle starts over again.

The Hopi call them maahu and have a story on how their ancestors were lead to the fourth world by the flute-like sounds.

I have acquired some stone cicada pendants. Two are of a light brown color and two are of green jade. You can find them in my shop. If you want to celebrate the phenomenon this year, check them out here:  https://gaiassongjewelry.com/pendant-jade-cicada/ 

and here https://gaiassongjewelry.com/pendant-stone-cicada/

  

Find more interesting information at https://folklife.si.edu/magazine/cicada-folklore