Last night, I was cooking when I was suddenly buzzed by something big, with a stinger. In a small place with no air conditioning, when I heat up the oven I leave the front door open to keep the place relatively cool. I panicked and chased the thing out, shutting the door behind it, but soon it was too hot and I reopened the door. It flew back in and buzzed me again!
Just a few days ago, this same overly friendly flying beast (or one that looked just like it) startled me two separate times by flying in the open door and right up in my face while I was writing.
I was already well aware that synchronicities and signs were flying (in this case literally). I had noticed them increasing in recent days with the moon passing by Neptune in Pisces and Mercury then stationing retrograde in Cancer.
So after my fourth encounter with this thing flying into my house and buzzing me, I decided to further investigate.
It definitely was not a bumble bee, nor a honey bee. It also definitely wasn't a yellow jacket, although it had the same yellow and black stripes - it was larger, thicker, and fuzzier. I thought it must be a hornet.
As it turns out, when it comes to the medicine - animals and insects as totems or spirit messengers - wasps and hornets have the same meaning.
Wasps are the power of the feminine, communal living, and social diversity.
The females are the only wasps that have stingers - they are actually a modified organ for egg-laying. (This is what we get stung with when they get pissed off.) This is why they are associated with the female warrior archetype.
To further that thought, now we can see that in wasps, both the power to reproduce (lay eggs), and the power to protect (sting) lies in only the females.
The females do all of the nest-building as well.
On the subject of nest-building - those female wasps are master builders, making their nests using sacred geometry - six-sided shapes known as hexahedrons.
And about those nests.... Many of us have found out the hard way that those female warriors don't tolerate any disturbance of their carefully constructed sacred space. One note I read on this stated that the protection of Wasp is gained by those who are, "...wise enough to give her space to do her thing."
To those not wise enough to give this industrious feminine warrior presence space, the Wasp provides lessons in power and humility. We learn very quickly to be conscious of our energy and presence - of where we are, and how we move and speak and how this sends out disturbing vibrations - when we are around wasps, and especially when we are around their homes thus intruding on their territory.
It is interesting that this encounter with Wasp showed up right around the solstice new moon eclipse on the night of Saturday, June 20th.
This eclipse was at zero degrees Cancer, just a few hours after solstice was exact (when the sun arrived at zero degrees Cancer). Over the past two years with the North Node of the moon in Cancer and the South Node of the moon in Capricorn (since 2018), we have experienced a series of eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn. With the North Node now in Gemini (and South Node in Sagittarius), we are now beginning a new two year cycle, and this recent solstice eclipse was the big wrap up (along with the full moon eclipse in Capricorn coming on July 4th).
Cancer is the mother archetype, and Capricorn is the father archetype. Cancer is moon-ruled water, our past, home, family, tribe, sense of belonging, ancestry, intuition, and emotions. Capricorn is Saturn-ruled earth, authority, responsibility, discipline, boundaries, limits, restriction, caution, practicality, wisdom, and discernment. Cancer represents the Divine Feminine as the Divine Mother. Because Cancer represents the mother and family/ancestry/past, Cancer also represents all things matrilineal, and even matriarchal, as Capricorn represents the patrilineal and patriarchal.
We can tend to see matrilinieal/matriarchal and patrilineal/patriarchal as conflicting, but when looking at the Cancer/Capricorn axis of the zodiac, that is not at all what this is about, even though they are polar opposites. There are twelve signs of the zodiac, set in a circle, making six separate axes of opposing energies. But from an astrological perspective, we sit in the center of this circle, and at the midpoint of each energetic axis. The energy of Cancer is just as necessary in life as the energy of Capricorn. Our task is to balance them - to be able to understand them so that we can discern when one or the other is most appropriate or a blend of both. Whenever the pendulum gets to far to one side or the other, we get out of balance and it will inevitably swing back.
And here is something interesting: as I was researching wasp medicine, one source linked the black and yellow stripes to the concept of duality, and yin and yang, and how these two seemingly different parts are both necessary to create the whole.
Not only does Wasp speak to the Divine Feminine, it speaks to the balancing and blending of the two opposing parts - much like we are doing now as we move from the new moon eclipse in Cancer and the full moon eclipse coming up in Capricorn - because we are wrapping up the past two years of eclipses on this axis of archetypal mother and father, of Divine Feminine and the Patriarchy.
As we complete this cycle, we might sense that things are out of balance between the two energies. We might sense the lessons around power, humility, and boundaries stirring now.
Wasp can be a "wake-up call", as anyone who has ever been stung knows.
But, one of the most important messages Wasp, this feminine presence, this warrior, brings us, especially now, is this: be a peacemaker. Be one who brings peace and walks with peace. Be one who puts other at ease.
What happens when we are not peaceful near Wasp's nest? Complete chaos ensues.
When we know this, we know when approaching wasps and their nests, to tread lightly, calmly, and softly. We know to take the responsibility upon ourselves to be peaceful and keep the peace. When we do this, we create the opportunity to work in harmony with Wasp and gain Wasp's protection, because we have been wise enough to give her that undisturbed space to do her thing.
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