FLY: Animal Wisdom ~ Air Animal Totem Meanings


FLY

Keywords: Deal with issues

Oracle: Over the past while, niggling problems have grown increasingly worrisome. It’s time to turn to your responsibilities. There are subtle clues available to guide you to the solution.
Fly’s wisdom includes:

  • Survival
  • Multifaceted vision
  • Ability to change waste into valuable assets
  • Transformation
  • Adaptation to the harshest environments

In the biblical book of Exodus, the fourth plague sent by Yahweh when the pharaoh refused to release the Israelites was a plague of gadflies that filled the palaces (8:1-20), a particularly insulting punishment since these insects are generally attracted to cattle. The Egyptians, however, seem to have admired the appearance of houseflies, which they frequently used in decorative pins. Pendants of gold in the form of flies were awarded to soldiers for valor. In the play Prometheus Bound by the Greek tragedian Aeschylus, Hera changed the maiden Io into a heifer as punishment for having an affair with Zeus. Then the goddess sent a gadfly to drive the unfortunate creature across Europe and Asia. A similar image is used, though in a positive way, in Plato’s “Apology,” where Socrates compared himself to a gadfly sent by God to prod the Athenians out of their complacency. In a similar spirit, the Greek poet Melegros called upon a mosquito to buzz in the ear of his beloved to remind her of his love. In many cultures, especially in East Asia, insects have represented the soul. In Journey to the West, a mythological epic written by Wu Ch’eng-en in late medieval China, Old Monkey sometimes took the form of a fly to escape from demons or to elude detection.

Antique Egyptian decorative housefly pins

 

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