Around this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, the arrival of those loud insects start to emerge. Some people totally tune their sound out. Some find it quite annoying. And then there are people like myself, who find the sound of cicadas beautiful, soothing, and intriguing.
The life of a cicada begins when the mother deposits her eggs into the grooves of a tree limb. The groove provides shelter and exposes the tree fluids in which they feed on. These grooves can kill small branches through a process called “flagging.” This is sometimes beneficial for the tree, as its nature’s way of pruning. There’s a symbiotic relationship between the cicada and the tree.
Cicadas emerge during the “Dog Days of Summer” (late July-August) and are referred to as dog-day cicadas. Read my previous post about the ‘Dog Days’ here.
“Magicicada spp. spend most of their 13– and 17-year lives underground feeding on xylem fluids from the roots of deciduous forest trees in the eastern United States. After 13 or 17 years, mature cicada nymphs emerge at any given locality, SYNChronously and in tremendous numbers.”
The numbers 13 and 17 lead back to Pi/π/3.14, because M=13, N=14, P is for Pi, and Q=17. Letters M–Q (13–17) symbolize Pi, because those letters fall in the middle of the alphabet. 17 (Q) is Jupiter’s number 24 (♃ ) rotated counter-clockwise and flipped upside down. Also, adding 3 +14 = 17. Finally, the letter Q represents Pi because it is a complete circle. This is all symbolic of the life span of the 13 and 17 year cicadas, known as the Magicicada.
There is a type of cicada in India called “Chremistica” that emerges in SYNC with the World Cup (known as the “World Cup cicada”). This SYNCs back to the World Cup score of 1:7 between Brazil and Germany, and the 17 year life cycle of the Magicicada. I wrote about it in my previous post here.
Cicadas are used in alternative medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The SKINS (SYNCS) have been used to treat diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The molted skins of the insect are boiled into teas with other herbs to either drink or apply to the affected area. They are also found in supplements.
Cicadas are improperly referred to as LOCUSTs. This SYNCS in with the many streets here (where I reside) named after the insect, LOCUST. I used to do Zumba at a gym on LOCUST Avenue. I also babysit a little girl who lives on LOCUST Road. Both streets are located in completely different towns.
Speaking of sound, CICADA, an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) group/band have a song titled “CICADAS.” I always thought it would be an excellent idea for a dj/producer to dub the sounds of nature into their composition, especially The Sound of CICADAS. While writing this post, I stumbled upon the Cicada song below.
Then we have Jon SECADA, a singer and songwriter, whose last name SOUNDs like CICADA.
I have often thought of creating really funny memes. For example, having Jon Secada’s face on a cicada’s body, and labeling it “Jon Cicada.” Also, a toilet (a “John”) with a cicada sitting on it. This meme would of course read, “JOHN/(JON) Cicada.” Both Secadas/cicadas may be holding a microphone with musical notes coming out of it. Trust me, I won’t quit my day job or my blogging. 😉
If one stays in tune with nature, then one will experience the unique sound of the cicada, its life cycle and its symbiosis with nature. Are you one who tunes into the sound of the cicada or one who tunes it out? Hopefully after reading this post, you’ll tune into one of the most soothing sounds that nature can offer. 🙂
Everything IS connected!