“We call you happy, O cicada, because after you have drunk a little dew from the treetops you sing like a queen.”
- Ancient Greek ode to the cicada
Close the screen door and cover the boat deck. Put the pool cover over the pool. Defend your fledgling vegetable garden seedlings and starts. Close the attic windows. Batten down your homestead hatches, whether rural or urban. Break out some of your best top-water bass fishing lures while you are at it. The cicadas are hatching.
There are numerous types of “one year cicadas” around the world which only hatch for 365 days and then awaken, but the species which is unique to America’s eastern seaboard are designated “magicicadas” [ as in magic cicadas ] and this variety, known by their large bulging red eyes, follows the 17 year hatch cycle. Bane or blessing, it’s a uniquely “east coast America” experience to witness this 17 year hatch, for it does not take place anywhere else in the world. The insects are completely harmless, non-aggressive, not poisonous, they do not sting or bite, so fear not their massive emergence this summer. They might overwhelm you, however, with their deafening mating song, which is said to be so loud in places on the east coast that it drowns out the sound of planes flying overhead. This phenomenon is also known as an “active chorus.”
After a 17 year dormancy period during which they are buried in the ground, asleep, incubating and formative, the magicicadas are waking up, hatching out, drying off newly unfurled wet wings, and will soon swarm the USA east coast by the umpteen billions in an epic ‘insectoid’ public mosh pit event which last took place in 1996 when Bill Clinton was still president and Hillary was still wearing headbands now and again.
Even if the 2013 hatch [ also known as "brood II ] is a mere 30 billion insects, if they were all lined up head to tail, they’d reach to the moon and back. Ponder that!
“Since 1996, this group of 1-inch bugs, in wingless nymph form, has been a few feet underground, sucking on tree roots and biding their time. They will emerge only when the ground temperature reaches precisely 64 degrees. After a few weeks up in the trees, they will die and their offspring will go underground, not to return until 2030.”
I grew up in the south, so I know the call of the mysterious insect well. The nighttime sound of a cicada is haunting and unmistakable. There was a cicada hatch which took place at some point during my childhood in central North Carolina, and we gathered their brown left-behind shells up and played with them like poker chips, or play money, or little toy trucks … or just fun things to stomp on and crunch. The delicate white ghostly insects had long abandoned these shells of their former selves, leaving the little brown crunchy exoskeletons lying on the ground by the millions. They were everywhere, so we found ways to play with them. It was a uniquely southern rite of passage as a little girl to be around to witness the sights and sounds which arrived when the cicadas hatched and began to sing their mating songs each night. The air would be filled with the unique insect music that only they know how to make. At times the sound was almost deafening, so you learned to love their pulsating, undulating screech, screech screech as it ebbed and flowed into the late evening. The call was always loudest right after sundown, a herald of the coming cool air which would flow over the land when the sun went down.
Cicadas are fascinating and mysterious little insects and their peculiar 17 year life cycle has inspired considerable myth, lore and legend:
“Many people know periodical cicadas by the name “17-year locusts” or “13-year locusts”, but they are not true locusts, which are a type of grasshopper. Their uniqueness has given them a special appeal and cultural status. Members of the Onondaga Nation near Syracuse NY maintain the oral tradition of being rescued from famine by periodical cicadas. Early European colonists viewed periodical cicadas with a mixture of religious apprehension and loathing. Modern Americans maintain numerous websites to assist in planning weddings, graduations, and other outdoor activities around Magicicada emergences.”
- In Chinese folklore the cicada is considered a sacred animal symbol of resurrection and rebirth.
- An old Italian myth tells the story of how cicadas came to earth to sing. A long time ago a young woman was blessed with a beautiful singing voice. So beautiful was her voice that when she died, the gods who missed the sound of her voice, allowed her to return to life every summer as the cicadas so she could continue to sing.
- Blue eyed cicadas, which occur genetically only one in a million times, do occur but are extremely rare. It’s considered an omen of great good fortune to find one of these rare blue eyed insects after a 17 year hatch.
- To the ancient Greeks the cicada symbolized resurrection, rebirth, and immortality and is mentioned as being sacred to the ancient Greek sun god Apollo. Homer mentions cicadas in the Iliad around 9000 BC and compares the discourse of “sage chiefs exempt from war” to the song of the cicada.
- Ancient Greeks and Chinese made a habit of keeping male cicadas in cages for the pleasure of hearing them sing. One Greek ode to the cicada says: “We call you happy, O cicada, because after you have drunk a little dew from the treetops you sing like a queen.”
- Cicadas have been featured on numerous coins. Members of ancient Roman nobility even wore gold broaches featuring cicadas to hold back their hair.
- In Taoism, the cicada is the symbol of the hsien, or soul, disengaging itself from the body at death. Cicadas are also featured in Japanese carvings on small medicine boxes and are mentioned in ancient Hindu law as long ago as 200 BC in India.
- Many cultures have used cicadas for medicinal purposes for anything from a cure for earaches (China & Japan) to a diuretic (France). In China, shed cicada skins or actual nymphs (all of which are silent) are collected and ground up. A tea made from these skins is given to noisy, crying babies in the hope that the baby will then be quiet like the cicada nymph rather than noisy like the adult cicada.
- In ancient Greek myths and legends the cicada has often represented insouciance, which means nonchalance and cool indifference. In one Greek legend Zeus grants a mortal, Tithonus, immortality but not eternal youth by turning him into a cicada.
- The Japanese associate the cicada with summer and songs of the cicada are often used in Japanese TV and films to indicate that the scene is occurring during summer. There is a song sung by the cicada in Japan that is said to represent the end of summer and when it is heard many of the children go out and collect the shells the cicadas have left behind when moulting. The Japanese also use the cicada in their philosophical teachings about rebirth, seeing it as a symbol of reincarnation.
Various photos photos taken of the massive new hatch and the billions of shells it leaves behind are below.
As if out of the pages of the Book of Revelation, this unnerving breaking news story from the UK based news website Mail Online was posted on March 4th. I have re-blogged it below for subscribers. As the Papal conclave selects a new Pope [ Will he be the last Pope?] look what is happening close by in Egypt and Israel:
By Alex Ward
PUBLISHED: 10:31 EST, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:04 EST, 4 March 2013
As swarms of locust devour Egyptian crops, the Middle East is bracing for the destructive bugs to migrate their way ahead of the Passover holiday.
A swarm of an estimated 30million insects has been devastating crops in Egypt, fuelling apocalyptic fears because of the infestation’s proximity to the Bible story of Passover in which a swarm of locusts, the eighth of ten plagues, is imposed on Egyptians by God for enslaving and abusing ancient Hebrews.
Israel’s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline today and urged residents to be vigilant in reporting sightings of the insects to prevent an outbreak.
A special task force has also been set up to help farmers manage infestations.
The locusts pass through the country as part of their normal migration from north east Sudan to Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian Agriculture Ministry said, emphasizing that Egypt was just ‘a transfer station’ for the locusts, which were in larger numbers this year.
As the insects descended on agricultural farms in Giza and in Cairo, causing significant damage, fears have been raised that they could spread to Israel.
In a statement from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the infestation was described as a ‘immature swarm’ which ‘appeared in the afternoon (on March 2) in the eastern Cairo districts of New Cairo and Mokattam and dispersed into several smaller swarmlets’.
The statement read: ‘The locusts originated from breeding that has been in progress since November in southeast Egypt between Berenice and the Sudanese border.
As well as Israel, Lebanon and Jordan have been alerted.
In Cairo, people were burning tyres to create black smoke to deter the locust from settling and there were reports that swarms had been seen in Zafarana, about 124 miles from Cairo, on the Red Sea and in the city of Qena, where the insects have been sighted in at least three villages.
According to the Israel National News, the Egyptian Agriculture Minister Dr Salah Abd Al Mamon said: ‘Egyptian armed forces and border guards are attempting to fight the swarm with all means at their disposal.
‘I ask the families living in the locust-plagues areas not to burn tyres. This does not chase away the locusts, but only causes damage and could ignite largescale fires that would cost in lives.’
He said that strong winds were predicted in weather forecasts and he hoped that this would force the insects to migrate toward the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia. Crop duster planes were also going to be used to handle the infestation.
Egypt and Israel was infested with locust in 2004. Israeli agriculture officials sent crop dusters into the air to spray against the locusts that swept in from North Africa in the first such invasion since 1959.
Farmers in 15 out of the 27 Egyptian governorates suffered significant agricultural damage as the insects devoured crops and flowers.
This year Passover will begin on the evening of March 25 and end on the evening of April 2.
The infestation comes as a study warns that yellow-legged Asian hornets that prey on bees are among the latest non-native species threatening UK wildlife, and even people’s health.
A growing number of alien species, from killer shrimps to Spanish slugs, are set to soon reach our shores, a Europe-wide study warns.
The Asian hornet, which grows to between 2.5cm and 3cm (1-1.2 inches), preys on native honeybees, wasps and other pollinators, potentially devastating hives and threatening honey and crop production.
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My deep gut has been telling me for some time that there is a federally sponsored internet “news blackout” going on regarding Planet X aka Nibiru. Videos come online, then they disappear. Some of my news blogs behave oddly when I try to post about Nibiru. I find ample information on the topic in other countries’ media outlets [ today I cite Italy and South America ] but a real sparsity of information in the US. Astronomers keep turning up dead.
Yet citizen reporters like me keep returning to the Nibiru story over and over again. There is literally something in my own soul compelling me to keep researching this topic in the face of all ridicule. I can’t shake the fact that every Bible prophecy about the End Times that was given of old is already coming true, and following that logic alone, scriptural passages which describe some some of global astronomy related weather or earth-changing event indicate to me that a future encounter with a Nibiru fly-by in our solar system MUST still be waiting in our future. The big question is WHEN. As for dead astronomers, if we all keep reporting and researching Nibiru, what do they plan to do? Kill all the citizen journalists everywhere who blog about Nibiru?
If citizen journalists whose blogs’ have strong followings, who wrote frequently about Nibiru, begin turning up dead in 2013, then the people of the world will know their governments are collectively killing off the truth reporters, thus indicating that the return of Nibiru is real.
What if we had the times and dates wrong? What if the Nibiru fly-by is still about 20 years ahead in our future, give or take a few years? How would we know if astronomers are being killed off systematically to silence their warnings? What if we allowed the NWO’s Illuminati coverup and global news blackout on Nibiru astronomy to lull the world’s people into a false sense of relief that no rogue planet or brown dwarf would be paying our solar system a 3600 year return visit?
And what if the Holy Spirit continues to “move people from all walks of life” in every nation on earth to continue to do their own research and reporting on this species threatening future event, so that We the People of planet earth can collectively attempt to make plans to survive such a catastrophic close encounter? All those “what ifs” bring me back to posting about Nibiru this month, and here is what I am finding. This post will be updated several times so if you are reading this off your email , go to the original post on the blog to read the latest updates.
The asteroid is about the size of the state of Texas in the meantime continues to travel in space. NASA neither confirmed nor denied. And this is the big problem: the absence of an official denial is not the best way to proceed in order to reassure the inhabitants of our planet or to throw water on the fire.
NASA although it is known that hides a lot of information, NASA scientists have announced their position being more than simply claim that it is a fake or Doomsday (Doomsday) in English.
Nibiru the asteroid approaching Earth and NASA remains silent is more than understandable, so it does not expand the panic among the population and until it has the necessary data to make an official publication on page Official web space agency.
Anyway rumors say the asteroid Nibiru is not as big as expected, so it would not be a planet, but rather an asteroid the size of Texas, but anyway in the case of impact with Earth change or cycle was insured because it would produce a similar impact that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs some 65 million years.
The date of the disaster on the possible impact of Nibiru but not detailed in any of the rumors or leaks, discarding those that say they will be on December 21, 2012, it is believed that the impact would approach or sometime between November and December 2012. For this reason NASA has not commented since the panic could break out among the population to be about important dates by millions of gullible doomsday for the aforementioned date December 21, 2012, fueled largely by the end of the Mayan calendar for that exact date. As the means of enormous prestige as the BBC, CNN, Aljazeera and others.
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