Cicada Animal Totem Symbolism & Meanings

Cicada Animal Totem Symbolism

Cicadas are the longest living insects, which immediately cause them to be an obvious and appropriate symbol of longevity in animal totems. This and rebirth are the most common themes associated with the musical cicada, and these symbols are interpreted as highly personal. They speak to individuals directly, not only through their song but in the messages that their lives send.

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Cicadas as spirit guides aid in the development, recognition, and emergence of the self throughout the various phases of the life cycle.

They have a long and transformative life cycle themselves, which is why they are associated with the past and present, metamorphosis, reincarnation, and change. Their appearance and calling may come later in a person’s life, after a period of isolation and seclusion, just as this insect experiences in nature.

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After staying underground for much of its life, the cicada insect breaks free and loses its shell. This serves as a direct calling to people who need to come out from hiding and break free of the restrictions that you put on yourself – “to shed your skin”. The Cicada symbolism shows a person’s ability to deeply reflect and be reborn as a new, better individual who can express him/herself honestly.

Cicada Associated Traits

Longevity, Rebirth, Metamorphosis, Reflection, Change, Development


Symbolic Meaning Of Cicadas

Often times, you may find it difficult to understand and be comfortable and honest with your true self. You may feel completely and utterly lost and do not know where to look. Ironically, the information and insight that individuals seek usually lies just below the surface anyway, guarded only by blockades that we’ve created for ourselves.

When the cicada animal totem emerges from its life underground, it symbolizes rebirth into a new life, but also places importance on examining what can and should be resurrected from the old life. Re-examining elements of the past does not necessarily need to hinder growth and progress in the future. If you can learn one thing from the past, that knowledge will prove useful in a positive re-emergence into the future.

These songstresses can teach you the commonly neglected art of communicating with yourself. Cicadas are strong communicators and inspire the same trait in people through their songs. They have a very distinct sound that is all their own, which symbolizes the need to channel your own voice and march to the beat of your own drum.

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The Cicada spiritual totems thus help you to understand and be in tune with yourself by aiding in uncovering deep truths and thoughts that have been forgotten. After putting you in touch with your own voice, they aid in connecting it with your most heartfelt desires.

Because of this, you are enabled to behave and live in a style authentic to yourself. You can attain the rewards of all of those desires, as long as you are patient with the cicada symbol’s teachings. While your own voice is of the utmost importance, the cicada also requires a balance of speaking and listening. Although they play their own individual songs, they do so in harmony with their community by listening to their surroundings and others around them.

The cicada symbol’s themes of communication and self-discovery also have solar connections. They are heat-lovers who expose themselves in the hot, summer months. The summer season and the radiant sun that accompanies it symbolize light, expression, and nourishment, all of which are things that you need to take care of yourself.

Without light, nothing can live and without expression, you cannot nourish your soul. The cicada meaning shows that summer is the time for you to be aware of your self-nourishment. Are you warming your heart and the hearts of your community with positive expression and passion?

If not, it is time to reassess and illuminate yourself. You must let your own light grow inside of you before you can connect with those around you in the way that a community of cicadas join their individual songs in harmony.


  1. I found a dead cicada semi-buried in the sand at a beach I was visiting from my old town, is there any significance to it being dead and hidden?

  2. Wow I am so amazed inspired and grateful. I’ve experienced heartbreak after heartbreak in the last 2 years. From my boyfriend passing away to my daughter running away and completely giving up on myself and life. Yesterday I fell to my knees listening to Jai Jagdeesh’s song “ Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad” In complete surrender sobbing asking God for help, for a miracle, for purpose even just to feel something again. Well today just now I’m sitting on my couch beginning to read Gary Zukav’s book “The Seat of the Soul” and something kept hitting my window over and over until it fell on the ledge. I thought it was dead because it was on his back I said don’t die your strong and the unknown creature started flapping his wings turned over. It started walking back-and-forth kept trying to fly but would fall back down. I then felt the urge to began talking to the Beautiful creature telling it you’re going to be OK you’re beautiful you’re strong after about 10 minutes and we recording the interesting creature it was gone flew away. I decided to look up what it was and the meaning. Let’s just say God the universe heard me and I feel so hopeful and so much love it’s undeniable! I want to thank you with my whole heart! With so much love and gratitude radiating out of me!

  3. This article is great. Thank you. I am deeply renewing myself. I appreciate seeing a cicada today. It was singing to me. Many blessings to you. Many blessings to the universe.

  4. Bridget Chamberlain

    Today while sitting outside on my patio I heard something hit the umbrella. Then in front of me a cicada was upside down moving on the patio. I picked it up and held it in my hands for at least a 40 minute period. It would vibrate it’s wings as the others in the trees were making their song. I have been going through a change in my life and when I looked up the symbolism found your site. Thank you for the information.

  5. ok I don’t know who is going to read this but I have one thing to say … this particular Fly is the smartest species I have encountered thus far, if your are asking your self why well hears my story.

    this morning in Bronx NY I found one in my Bathroom just so you know my daughter and I are scared of water bugs so my intention was to kill it… but I didn’t because my daughter have left for school already, trust me if she was there she would’ve made me kill it because my baby girl would’ve never step foot in the bathroom to get ready for school . well anyway, the thing is it appeared when she left I spoke to its and said ” I am going back to bed and when I wake up and your still here I am going to catch you and try to set you free of worst case kill you so! the same way you found your self in you can find your self out and thanks for the visit then I closed the bathroom door and went back to bed.

    now! when I woke up I opened the door and it was gone I jumped in the shower washed my hair and trust me I was still was looking around and it still was gone. I said to myself wow this insect is smart then i decided research it man oh man I am so glade I didn’t kill it. this article is the best thank you so much for this information.

    • Jaime,
      good listening to your inner voice to not kill it and then it listened to you to leave. that’s how we communicate with another soul. Animals are Soul Too! (there’s a book by that name 🙂

  6. Yesterday I
    found one of these magical creatures in my washing machine when I pulled my washed load out. It was dead. I spotted one in my yard resting 3 weeks ago and lifted it up with a cup and it flew away. One flew into me 2 weeks ago at dusk. I am familiar with these song writers and unusual looking insects. I am going through a positive change and feel this summer has been one of my best. I just moved the cicada from beside the washing machine and felt it kick me. It is 100% dead. It was not my imagination. It is telling me to be magical and create my own life through positivity so there is no room for negativity. I enjoyed reading your article. Thank you.

  7. cicadas are the longest living INSECTS

    • Hello, we have edited the article.

      • I saw a c i c a d a on a broken flag on the grave of a friend molted with a perfect outer skin. I’m searching for the meaning

    • I have had a cicada come to my back door and try to come in the house for 3 nights, I just recently ended a five year relationship with my boyfriend. When I was reading this, I started crying. I am completely ready for the rebirth of myself. I am happier today because I felt like I was held down by this man and all I would do was put on a fake smile. Now I am better because we are no longer together. Thanks for the info.

  8. Great explanation for the cicada totem symnbolism and meaning. I have to say, i am so thankful that cicadas are persistent and have patience. First, while out walking my dogs I moved one off the road, then one flew in to my arm and last night I noticed it’s shell on my house. It’s symbolism is so meaningful to me, especially transitioning from mommy to mom, for filling my career, and become the woman I chose to be.

  9. My Egyptian May cat caught a black one in his mouth and brought it to me in my home from outside (which is weird because he always kills and eats what he catches)
    I’m trying to think about what that means so far I have an uneasy feeling about it. It was like 1 am pitch black outside ..

    • Cats do this because they feel like they are providing for us by bringing ‘food’. To them they don’t understand that we wouldn’t actually eat what they caught and should be praised none the less. If it happens to you praise the cat and you will see them get very happy. Hope this helps

  10. Oh tonight at around midnight a very loud noise woke me up…. I jumped out of bed and walked to the sitting room the sound was so strong only to see a cicada at my sitting room door,, I was scared , tried to make it stop but it kept on and even moved into the house more,, I gave up and let it be…. It sang all night long till morning. I’ve just read about it on this page and am humbled to know what the cicada symbolism is. I expect lots of changes and renewals. Thanx be to God for His creation.

  11. I am new to an area that has cicadas so had no idea what this beatle looking dead thing was that lay in front of my door as I opened it a couple mornings ago. As I knelt to inspect it I realised it was a shell or as I’ve now learnt thank you writers, an exoskeleton. Then I looked up a few bricks from the ground and there was this big beautiful, silvery green and bluish insect with transparent clear wings. Wow, it was beautiful!!! I felt honored to be visited by this insect and blessed by its transformation at my door in a lot of many units next to a main road.
    I have been fortunate to be given this housing after a period of several unfortunate events leaving me without a home.
    Later after researching I found out my visitation was a cicada and after reading all of this at this time in my life, I know this is a strong message for me.

  12. I was at a farmers market yesterday reading Tarot for people and looked down to see a big brown bug on the ground next to me. I was surprised and brushed it aside. About 30 minutes later I felt something on my ankle and sure enough this brown bug was crawling on me. I again was a bit surprised and brushed it to the side. About 3 hours later, I was going to pack up my stuff and noticed a huge green bug (the cicada) on my handbag. Underneath was it’s exoskeleton. So… the cicada literally shed its skin while in my company all day long. So symbolic. My husband and I are renewing our wedding vows after some major changes in our lives and are learning to be more open and communicate with each other. I showed him the cicada when he picked me up and he loved it and put it on a nearby oak tree. It was amazing because it was literally JUST reborn, its wings were even still damp and fragile. Such a powerful sign for us, to come out of our old shell, to be vulnerable and open to the birthing process and to communicate with each other.

  13. I hear cicadas in my head all the time. So when the cicadas are singing in the trees it gives me a safe and happy feeling. I know it sounds crazy but I am beginning to belive for the first time in my life that cicadas are my spirit animal. I am 56 and my life has gone thew many big changes. I feel there is a purpose in my life I have not yet realized. I will be doing more investigating about this.

  14. I am going through a huge career change at the age of 55. It has been a painful birth process, and today I work up feeling sick and unsure. I went to sit down on my back porch and meditate, and a cicada startled me by making a loud sound and dropping onto my back. I knew it was an unmistakable sign in that it literally fell on me. So I googled the spiritual meaning of the cicada and found this page.

  15. I have been going through some changes and 2 days ago a cicada sat on my porch screen for over 12 hours! I hear their loud singing and I love hearing them, and now that I have learned the meaning of cicada, it is so pertinent for my time in life now. Thank you so much for this website!

  16. I have always loved cicadas. Last night I dreamt of a cicada, so I looked up the totem meaning. It is perfect for me in my life right now and I really related to everything that was written. Thank you so much!

  17. Last week I found a dying Cicada in the sand box at our local park. I had the chance to hold it since it had no energy to fly. I sat with it for a good half hour then I walked it into the woods and set it in the leaves to let it pass on. Today I was blessed to witness a most incredible event. It is so rare that one gets to see this process of a Cicada emerging from its nymph stage. I watched as it forced its way out, unfurled its wings and completed its rebirth. I researched the totem and this is exactly this symbol and message the universe is communicating to me in this moment.

  18. Last night I was about to go out to party. Then when I opened my apartment door a cicada was sitting right in front of my door buzzing very loudly. It scared me. I closed the door grabbed the broom and swept it two doors down. A few hours later I came back home and it was back in front of my door. I left it there and stepped over it. Today I opened the door and it was still there. Dead and dry. I put it in a zip lock bag. I hope it’s a good omen

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