A Fig-Leaf-Loving Grasshopper

A passing grasshopper took a shine to a fig plant I’ve got growing in a pot.


After first spotting it while watering the garden earlier in the week, I was surprised to see it still sitting on that exact same leaf the following day.


Being curious to see if there was any folklore associated with grasshoppers, I did a google search to see what was out there. Wikipedia first of all mentions the Aesop’s fable of the hard-working ant and the flighty grasshopper who ends up starving to death. It then goes on to make various other negative associations.

So I stopped reading that and went and found this:

Grasshopper Symbolism ~ The grasshopper is associated with astral travel. They have the ability to leap through time and into space where the true mysteries of life exist. People with this medicine have the wisdom necessary to overcome obstacles efficiently and are able to jump into successful ventures without preparation or planning. When the grasshopper appears to us we are being asked to take a leap of faith and jump forward into a specific area of life without fear. Usually that specific area is one that we have avoided and is often connected to change on a larger scale. This can represent a change in location, relationships, career or just in the way we perceive ourselves.

Grasshoppers can only jump forwards, not backwards, or sideways. So, when grasshopper shows up he could be reaffirming to you that you are taking the right steps to move forward in your current situation. Or it could be that he is telling you to go ahead and move forward, getting past what is hindering you. This is why grasshopper is the symbol of good luck all over the world. Grasshopper’s ability to connect and understand sound vibrations is why he is also a symbol of your inner voice.  He could be telling you to trust yours.

Far more to my liking.  And I’m sure the fact that it was a fig plant it chose to settle down on is further good news.


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