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When I think of crickets, I always think of Jiminy Cricket who befriended Pinocchio in one of Walt Disney’s early movies. The Cricket acted as Pinocchio’s conscience and guide because Pinocchio was not a real boy.
When Cricket comes to you, know that it too is behaving like a guide, and in some cases, a conscience. The Chinese believe that if a Cricket comes to sing for you, then you are blessed with luck and abundance. There is also an old European belief that Cricket’s song keeps away evil spirits. One myth links Cricket to the Moon, as the Moon Goddess’s servant. Another myth says that if Cricket is singing in your house, it must not be evicted because it will bring prosperity.
Field cricket – picture from www.entnemdept.ufl.edu
Cricket lives mostly in the country because it love to eat organic plant material. If it is tasty enough, Cricket will also eat decaying plant matter. Healthy food is difficult to find in the cities for Cricket. Mostly, Cricket lives along roadsides, pastures, and in meadows. Some may be found under rocks and logs. In various countries, there are tree crickets, ground crickets, mole crickets, bush crickets, ant crickets, and sword-tail crickets.
Only the male Cricket can sing. The females are silent, and move through the world at night, almost invisibly, supporting the idea that they are the messengers of the Goddess. Cricket has very strong hind legs for jumping. This allows them to move quickly over a large distance, relative to their size.
Some of the teachings that Cricket brings, that may resonate for you if Cricket has sought you out, are:
- Find a way to jump over any difficult blocks in your life since we do not need to experience every set back
- If Cricket chirps for several songs, and then becomes quiet, he is telling you that a big storm (problem) is coming to your life. Watch for a physical upheaval, or an emotional upset, or even a spiritual shake up.
- Cricket is associated with intuition. If you have been getting gut feelings, or “knowings” and if you have ignored them, Cricket is telling you to pay attention – you are being given guidance.