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*Dictionary of Phrase and Fable/Wordsworth
'To Beetle': To overhang, to threaten, to jut over. The word
seems to have been first used by
Shakespeare: "or to the dreadful summit of the cliff. That
beetles o'er his base into the sea.
Hamlet, I, iv. It is formed from the adjective 'beetle-browsed',
having prominent or shaggy
eyebrows. The derivation of 'beetle' in this use is uncertain,
but it probably refers to the tufted
antennae which, in some beetles, stand straight out from the
*Spirits of the Earth/Bobby Lake-Thom
Some Beetles are good signs, and some are bad signs and bad
powers. You need to learn which
ones mean what in your area by studying their behavior and what
occurs after you see one. Some
Beetles are messengers of good or bad weather or environmental
changes. Rolling Thunder used
the power of the Beetle to bring lightning and thunder and rain,
and to change the weather when
necessary. In some cases beetles have devastated acres of trees,
but they symbolically warned
everyone before the attack.
A couple years ago, my publisher from Quest Books decided to
fly me to New York to attend a
national publisher's and author's convention. One of the senior
staff leaders from Quest, John
White, who has since become a close friend of mine, offered
to be my guide, which I gladly
accepted. I was staying in an old but well-known hotel across
from Madison Square Garden. The
national conference, which would include thousands of people
from around the world, was to be
held in the gigantic convention center. Quite frankly, I was
anxious, nervous, and somewhat
afraid of New York City. There were just too many people there.
It was too crowded and too
crazy for me. I was not impressed at all, but decided to participate
for public relations reasons
and to promote my new book, Native Healer. Anyway, John and
I were down in the hotel lobby
and I had just smudged myself with "Grizzly Bear Root"
(Angelica herb) for protection as part of
a ritual I use for dealing with stress and anxious situations.
I went down to the lobby to look for John. He caught me talking
to a large Beetle-type bug that I
had suddenly seen run in from nowhere and snatch a smaller bug
that was near the front door of
the lobby. I think he was embarrassed by my behavior and reacted
accordingly, but I could tell
that he was also curious.
So I told him what I had just seen. I told him that it was an
omen, a messenger from Nature. I
also told him that I felt uneasy about the place and its location,
and I didn't really care to venture
out to go sightseeing. I felt something bad was about to happen.
I told John that the bug scenario
was a warning that someone we knew might get robbed or hurt.
Well, as things turned out, the
editor of our company was just getting out of a taxi at the
front door of the hotel when all of a
sudden a man ran up, pushed her back into the taxi, snatched
her purse, and fled down the street,
all within a few minutes. She lost everything but luckily didn't
*Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions/Zolar
The ancient Egyptians regarded the beetle, or scarab, as symbolic
of the sun and of eternal
return. Hence, one finds its form on rings, amulets, and talismans.
The beetle is said to be a sign
of death should it walk on your shoe or emerge from a shoe placed
near the door. Should a beetle
enter a room in your home where the family is seated, misfortune
is yours, according to a
Scottish superstition. Should the beetle be killed the greater
the misfortune. Throughout Europe
there is a general belief that the beetles attract storms. It
is most likely that beetles were
considered unlucky there due to their tendency to devour the
bean crop. Should certain beetles
produce a clicking noise while calling their mates, such was
regarded as an omen of death to
follow soon after. Aristotle believed that beetles arose from
putrefied flesh and from dung, near
which they were often seen to gather.
In Germany, the stag beetle was symbolic of thunder since it
was often found on the oak tree,
which is the tree most often struck during a storm. According
to a legend in the Hebrides, the
burrowing beetle betrayed Christ by describing the path of his
flight into Egypt to his pursuers.
The dung beetle, however, contradicted this, leading the pursuers
astray. Hence, young boys
would kill the burrowing beetle, but simply leave the dung beetle
on its back, since its lie was for
a good cause. In Ireland, the devil's coach-horse beetle is
said to place a curse on you when it
raises its tail. In Africa, women of the Baronga tribe throw
beetles into a lake as part of a rainmaking
ceremony. Among Arab magicians there exists a practice of tying
a beetle of the sex of a
runaway slave to a nail. They believe that, as it crawls around
and around, ensnarling itself, the
slave will be drawn back to its master. During the nineteenth
century, in East Anglia, whooping
cough was said to be cured by suspending a beetle around a child's
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams
Beetle signifies negative interference's in one's life.
*The Secret Language of Signs/Denise Lynn
Beetles can be a sign of good luck. They represent the eternal
life to Egyptians.
*Animal Magick/D.J. Conway
Beetle or Scarab Beetle
This name has been given to members of the family Scarabaeidae
of the order Coleoptera. The
most famous of these beetles, Scarabaeus sacer, is in Egypt.
It is about an inch long and can live
for more than two years. The Scarab Beetle has become widely
known through the beliefs of the
ancient Egyptians, who revered it as a symbol of the Sun. It
is also called the dung beetle. This
little insect rolls a ball of dung to cover the egg it has placed
inside. It was an emblem of the
Egyptian god Khepera, the god of creation, the Sun, and immortality.
The image of the
scarabaeus beetle was a common amulet buried with the dead as
a source of new life for the heart
in the next world. These sacred beetles were carved on all kinds
of amulets and seals. Large
images of them were worshiped in temples. During the Middle
Ages, the alchemists drew the
scarab beetle in the diagrams of the double spiral, which they
said led to the center of the universe.
The Scots say that if a beetle enters a room, while family is
seated, it means bad luck; however,
you get even worse luck if you kill it.
If a beetle walks over your shoe, it is a death omen.
Many parts of Europe say that a beetle can bring on a terrible
The sound of a deathwatch beetle is a signal of approaching
death in the family.
Magical Attributes: Vitality, new life. Learning to pace yourself
through the seasonal changes of
the year. Learning about past lives. Seeking spiritual enlightenment.
*The Element Encyclopedia of 20,000 Dreams/Theresa Cheung
To see a beetle in your dream indicates that some destructive
influences may be at work in your
waking life. You may also feel that your values and beliefs
are being compromised. If you dream
of a scarab beetle--a creature worshipped by the ancient Egyptians
as a symbol of creation--this
symbolizes your ability to survive, adapt and change. You may,
however, be anxious about death
and aging, and so it might also be a dream about immortality.
Quite by contrast, to see a ladybird
in your dream is symbolic of good fortune and happiness.
June Bug/Beetle - May Bug/Beetle
From: Starstuffs insect Totems
Although there is naturally a great attraction to spiritual
matters, June Bug/Beetle will show how
to balance and remain grounded. His wisdom teaches to navigate
what is hidden in the
sub/unconscious realms. Pay attention to nocturnal activities:
dream time, journeys, and
moments of waking, along with meditational impressions. Expect
emotions to come to the
surface as well as being emotionally tested in order to clean
and clear the way for new and better
things. Mental, spiritual, emotional movement appears in sets
of 3. Pay attention to
synchronicities. He demonstrates exterior strength and fortitude
and the use of a tough outer shell
when needed. June Bug/Beetle demonstrates a higher intuition
connection and a keen sense of
discernment in all areas. He will show how to dig for answers
to reveal the truths you need. He
shows how to move with a sharp sense of timing. His medicine
represents opportunities to
recycle, reinvent and repurpose what you have, know, think and
act. This self-reinvention may
include participating in larger groups to expand knowledge and
awareness. A balanced diet
includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains. May or June
is a significant indicator of events.
The time period for June Bug/Beetle has various stages. Take
notice of circumstances, dreams,
wishes and encounters that may happen within the next two to
five days. In 3 to 4 weeks lessons
will be coming to swift manifestation. Be ready. In the last
two to three years, have you been
inspired to do something, have unfinished projects or endeavors
that have been delayed? He will
show how to progress forward as it is time to emerge.
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