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LADY BEETLE // Animal Messenger
January 1 2022
January 1 2022
Lady beetles (also referred to as lady bugs/lady birds) have long been associated with innocence, luck, and child-like wonder.
These fascinating little darlings of the insect world come in many colourations, with the most commonly known being a bright red/orange outer casing with black spots. This colouration is actually a warning to predators (such as reptiles and birds) to proceed with caution, as they are protected by noxious fluids in their bodies that are based on cyanide - meaning they are pretty poisonous to other animals! When under threat, the lady beetle excretes a bad tasting toxin throughout its exoskeleton, acting as a deterrent to most clued-on animals.
They have been widely associated with being a messenger of luck or good fortune, perhaps due to their desired preference for feeding on crop-destroying insects like aphids. Farmers treat them with the upmost respect as they help to keep these insects at bay, allow plants to flourish, and humans to reap the rewards.
Lady beetles have always been one of the first insects a child will learn to love from an early age. They are very small, cute, and have such a beautiful and attractive look that it makes for a perfect companion and teacher to children about nature and its kin.
We can see that their gift to us is to remember that we can all create our own luck just by doing the things we were born to do. Our original state of being - love - is all we need to create and have whatever we want in life if we simply remember this state we are born into.
The lady beetle reminds us to approach everything with a sense of innocence, wonder, and fascination without focus on or conscious knowledge of any underlying threats.
If Lady Beetle has entered your field recently, the key questions to ask yourself what it means specific to you are:
1. What was I doing / thinking / feeling at the time of the encounter?
2. How did seeing this messenger make me feel?
3. What was the animal doing and what was significant about it specifically?
4. Can you see how any of these things relate to the meaning above?
What is your own mythic tale you can weave to get your own beautiful message from this guide?
Journal and contemplate with these prompts to uncover your own personalised meaning and symbolism.
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