I got them in my backyard here in town. Singing their beautiful summer song.
I wondered about their meaning.
Since they hide for 17 years and then emerge to mate and sing their song only for a few weeks before they die, I see them as a symbol of extreme survival and living with purpose.
Remember how short life can be, make the best out of it, why wait? Why procrastinate the things that truly matter? You only have a minute in this vast eternity of existence, authentically express who you really are, uncover your true self hidden deep within, come out of your sleep stages, awaken, shed your old skin, relinquish what keeps you back and step into your true self to express what comes natural to you.
Interesting part is that a majority of them reemerged in 2013 after their 17 years spent underground. Just like I awoke and began to emerge as my true self, in sync with the return of the magi cicada. See article below.
The magi cicada carries a beautiful message to sing your song of the true self.
Cicada Totem an excerpt from totemwisdom.com;
The Cicada is a symbol of rebirth and longevity. People with this totem are strong communicators and often find rewarding opportunities as the result of patience and persistence. Their callings sometimes come later in life after a period of seclusion.
Cicada teaches communication through music – it’s song is easily recognizable and noticed by others. Cicada also speaks of the ability to “shed one’s skin” and emerge as something new and different in life. Coming out of your shell and expressing yourself authentically are themes of this totem.
Cicada remains underground for much of its life before emerging. When cicada appears to you it speaks of a need to come out from hiding, to break free of what restricts you.
Cicada loses its shell and symbolizes our ability to come out from the shadows and let our inner being break free from oppression. Cicada has a distinctive sound all its own – use cicada’s wisdom to inspire you to share your own voice.