Spiritual symbols: Scarab or Beetle

        We all know that the Scarab was a sacred symbol in ancient Egypt, but what was it a symbol of?  The scarab was very much a solar symbol. When the Egyptians saw it rolling a dung ball around in the sun, they say this as a symbol of the sun rolling across the sky. It is also symbolic or immortality and rebirth. When the scarab eggs hatch and the young beetles pop out of the ground, they saw it as spontaneous creation and therefore a symbol of God’s creative power, and creativity in general. Another reason scarabs and other beetles were associated with the sun is that the sunlight would sometimes be reflected off their wings giving them the appearance of tiny suns. It also represents the higher self, the divine nature, that enters the lower nature, but is released when we die.

    Epiphanius once referred to Christ as “the scarabaeus of God”. It is believed by some scholars that the Egyption practice of mummification started with the observance by the priests of the process of metamorphosis in the scarab. As the scarab beetle came out of the pupa, the soul would rise to heaven out of the artificial pupa of mummification. The scarab also symbolizes victory over death (which is really just another way of saying immortality). The scarab as a symbol in Egyptian heiroglyphics is translated as “to come into being” or “to transform” so it is alss a symbol of transformation.

    The Egyptians were not the only ancients, ore even the first, too give symbolic significance to beetles. Ancient shamen sometimes wore crude beetle-shaped pendants as a symbol of there power to travel into the heavens or into the underworld just as a beetle can fly or dig into the ground. According to a South American native tribe, man and woman were modeled from clay by a type of scarab. In one myth of Sumatra, a beetle brings a ball of matter down from the sky to form the Earth. In Taoism, the scarab pushing his dung ball around symbolizes the hard work one must do to become spiritually enlightened. And, since the dung ball is rolled around under the sun, it is also indicating that the sun (the spiritual sun to be specific) is an important part of the process of achieving enlightenment. In parts of Europe, particularly Germany, the stag beetle was a symbol of Christ.

    Beetles are also symbolic of being grounding and keeping things simple. In dreams, seeing a beetle flying symbolizes good fortune is coming while seeing a scarab symbolizes resurrection and a need for humility.


Spiritual Symbols: Grasshopper

              The grasshopper is a spiritual symbol that represents longevity, happiness, good luck, wealth and abundance. They were also considered by some to be fertility symbols. The ancient Greeks often designed jewelry, combs, etc. with a grasshopper motif. It represented immortality in Greece. In Native American culture, it is an omen of good news, especially when one is seen on a spirit walk. Some of the other things that can be symbolically represented by a grasshopper are: patience, virtue, intuition, peacefulness, creativity and insight. The grasshopper is also considered a symbol of astral travel. 
    Seeing a grasshopper, especially where they are not often seen, or an unusual type of grasshopper, can be a message that you are on the right path and need to keep moving forward like a grasshopper. It can also symbolize that you will be successful if you jump right into something you are considering the way a grasshopper does or it may mean that you will overcome (jump over) some obstacle you are currently facing. 
    Seeing a grasshopper in a dream may indicate that your illness will get worse if you are currently ill especially if the grasshopper appears on withered leaves. Seeing one on green, healthy plants, may indicate an enemy is threatening your interests. A more positive interpretation is that seeing a grasshopper may indicate gaining freedom from something or spiritual enlightenment.
    I decided to write about the grasshopper after remembering an incident that occurred in my childhood. I was five or six years old and was playing outside in the summer with my younger brother. We spotted a white grasshopper in the field we were playing in. Not with a white stripe, but an all-white albino. We watched it jumping around and may have tried to catch it, I don’t remember for sure. I did a search online, and others have seen albino grasshoppers and even got a photo of one, so they do exist, though rare. In addition to the grasshopper symbology, I couldn’t find any symbolism that is associated with albinos in general, but symbols that are very sacred and spiritual to Native Americans are sometimes albinos such as the white buffalo and the white calf and often symbolize a spiritual renewal or rebirth so I am assuming that the same applies for seeing an albino grasshopper.


Spiritual Symbols: Sea Shells

            Conch, and other sea shells, are often collected to use as decorations or as a souvenir of a beach vacation. Sea shells also have spiritual symbology. Generally, they are associated with the feminine side of life: birth, regeneration, marriage, fertility, etc. They also represent water, life and love. Shells represent the universal matrix, probably because of the spiral shape of many shells. In China, they represent good fortune and a good life in the afterworld. In Christianity, they often represent baptism, resurrection and funerals. A scallop shell, or a dish shaped like one, is often used in the baptism ceremony. Shells can also represent a journey across the sea, a material sea or a spiritual one. In the Catholic church, a sea shell is a symbol of pilgrims. The Romans also considered sea shells to be symbolic of prosperity. Woman in India sometimes sew cowrie shells into their garments to aid fertility.
    The conch shell is more often considered a solar symbol, representing both the rising and the setting sun. In Buddhism, the conch represents the voice of Buddha and it’s call is said to awaken one from ignorance. In Islam, it represents hearing the divine Word. In ancient Greece and Rome, the conch shell was the symbol of the sea god. In Hinduism, it is also symbolic of Vishnu as lord or the waters. The Mayans also associated the conch with waters and with sea gods. The spiral shape also represents infinity. 
    The Nautilus shell is symbolic of creation, perfection, and the beauty of nature. It is also a symbol of the golden mean. It is also symbolic of strength and long life since the nautilus has been around for millions of years. It is also a symbol of expansion and renewal.
    In dreams, sea shells often represent the unconscious mind. They can also mean that you are feeling cut off from others or you are feeling a desire to withdraw from others, or from criticism.   


Spiritual Symbols: Hearth

              A hearth or fireplace is a symbol of our own spiritual center and the spiritual fire that burns within. Since the hearth was often considered to be the center of the home, as a spiritual symbol, it indicates that spirit is the center of our being, our true self. Since a hearth or fireplace is related to fire, like fire it can also symbolize spiritual transformation, purification, energy (especially spiritual energy), and strength. It is also, of course, symbolic of the spiritual sun which brings God’s Light into our spirit and soul. As the hearth was also the center for family gatherings, it also symbolizes family, togetherness and brotherhood. It symbolizes working together for a goal, especially a spiritual goal. 
    In dreams, a fire burning in a fireplace is said to symbolize a family gathering while an empty fireplace symbolizes a lose of some kind. Sitting alone by the hearth symbolizes happiness in love while sitting by the hearth with family members indicate long life. A lit fireplace also symbolizes contentment and comfort. Seeing yourself lighting a fire in a fireplace indicates that you have an unfulfilled yearning or desire, perhaps one that you are not aware of on a conscious level. Seeing a fireplace with a very small flame could symbolize the need to work harder on spiritual growth before that fire goes out. On the other hand, seeing a too large fire that is out of control may be a warning that you are taking in too much spiritual light and not sharing it which will eventually harm you. It’s important to share the Light.