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While out strolling one hot summer evening at sunset, my hearing was molested by a tree full of cicadas. The noise was deafening. A single cicada can produce a sound of 120 db (decibel). This tree must have had hundreds of cicadas.

There are some 3000 species of cicadas worldwide. Some species are periodical and only emerge from Mother Earth in cycles, for example, 13 and 17-year cycles. Other species are not fixed to a cycle and emerge annually. The noise making cicadas are the males calling for a mate. While in Mother Earth they feed on juices from plant and tree roots, not harming the plants or trees.

The cicada sings to Father Sun every summer. As Father Sun travels across the sky, cicada is there to serenade him on his journey. As Father Sun slips into the Underworld, the cicada gives him one last burst of song at the highest db level. By the way, while Father Sun is traveling through the Underworld, cricket sings to Mother Earth all night.

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Comment by SunTiger on August 7, 2018 at 10:38pm

I had to revisit your words: "hearing was molested by a tree full of cicadas." Such colorful language. ha ha. Thank you for this post. I'm currently writing a script for Tacoma Pagan (a new blog) and the affiliated public sabbat that will be performed at Mabon. I had focused most of my research so far on the Triple Goddess, Maiden|Mother|Chrone, or the Persephone|Demeter|Hecate story. While I had honed my attention on the harvest and how Earth approaches a new light/darkness cycle, I had not pondered the insects and what they are doing this time of year. Thank you for writing! Blessed be.

Comment by Enigma on August 8, 2018 at 1:55am

Thank you for the kind comment. Blessed Be.

Comment by Enercia Sui Generis on August 10, 2018 at 5:42am

Thanks for loving the insect world friends Enigma..We have them over here,some small ones in suburbia & some darn right horrendous ones up in the bush regions..I love them and yet hate them at the same time..I mean 7yrs in the ground,they hatch out seek sun to sing their loud songs and yet last only 3 weeks just to mate and then they die.. how damn sad is that..when you first hear them in summer ,they make you feel good, but by the end of summer your like gees shut up will yah!! you noisy critters it's deafening..some even sing late at night here too if its warm for them..but have you seen their chrysalis on tree trunks, weird looking things,but collect enough a bucket full when they dry out and add mentholated spirit to them and guess what you have a light form of 'Shallac' that is used for French polishing & seal furniture....

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Image result for cicada chrysalis

Comment by Enigma on Friday

Shellac is useful.

Comment by Enercia Sui Generis on Friday

Yes indeed it is...I use it in french polishing my manufactured furniture.. though it was not the real shellac made by the female lac bug,which is a Indian beetle it does work as a light sealant at least, I tried it as a experiment years back when I collected a bucket load of these dried chrysalis out in the bush,just out of curiosity as you do,they did melt,except the frount legs left bits in it,so I had to strain it before use and the colour was clear & light..looked great for honey oak wood though..

Comment by Enigma on Saturday

I always liked the look of shellac.

Comment by Enercia Sui Generis on Saturday

Yes I prefer to us it on my manufactured furniture & most antique restorations as it was used before polyurethane was ever created..and the wonderful thing about Shellac & french polishing is its a natural product that has been used for centuries & there's a art to applying it,but to refurbish furniture with it is a lot easier without sanding at all even,and damage touch ups is easier too,where as polyurethane furniture to refurbish them you have to strip it completely off & then sand back to reapply a new finish,far more time consuming to restore..anyway just saying..

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