The katydid sure is an eyecatcher—it’s no wonder when the katydid visits you that you start to wonder if there’s a message there. After all, compared to other insects, they’re really big. Moreover, they’re bright green! And another thing, they sure do like to show up at your back porch light, don’t they?
It’s true that not every encounter with a being and its spirit is necessarily a message from the other side. However, if you’ve gotten this far then you definitely felt something when the katydid came to visit you. And that’s the most important thing: your intuition. You will know whether or not there was a spiritual or prophetic significance to your encounter with the katydid.
Ain’t no Grasshopper, Ain’t no Cricket Either!
Before we get into it, it’s important to be clear on what we’re talking about. It’s easy when you see a katydid to think that, hey, this thing is a type of grasshopper, right? Alternatively, you might think it’s a sort of cricket. But, katydids are only distantly related to both crickets and grasshoppers. Grasshoppers and crickets have their own associated traditional beliefs and spiritual symbolisms. We’ve already covered crickets here—check it out!
The Color Green and the Katydid
A big part of spiritual meaning and symbolism is connected to color. Different colors are associated with different powers, meanings, messages, and omens. The katydid, of course, is bright green. So, let’s discuss what the color green means.
Depending on where you are in the world, the color green has different traditional meanings. Generally speaking, green is associated with the natural world wherever you go, though. It’s easy to imagine why when we look upon nature’s lush and verdant growth. It’s also a color linked to rebirth; which is also a clear connection to understand—when the spring returns, the world is reborn in an explosion of vibrant greenery.
Green and the Heart Chakra
The chakra system is always worth consideration. Each of the chakras has a color associated with it. In particular, the color green is associated with the heart chakra. You’ll find your heart chakra at the very center of your chest. It’s the fourth of the chakras and, importantly, is positioned in the middle—i.e. there are three lower chakras beneath it, and there upper chakras above it. Those below relate to the physical world, and those above to the spiritual world. Therefore, the heart chakra is an important link between the spiritual and physical worlds. The heart chakra is connected with empathy, unconditional love, and calmness. When healthily balanced, the heart chakra allows you to feel peace, openness, joy, and understanding.
Do you suspect you might have a blocked heart chakra? Here are some of the symptoms:
- Trust issues
- Loneliness / Shyness
- Lack of empathy
- Inability to forgive
- Toxic relationships and friendships, neediness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Overly critical thoughts (of yourself, and others)
- Social anxiety
- Feeling unloved
- Short temper
- Obsession with angry or negative thoughts
Perhaps the bright green katydid is coming to you as a message to pay attention to your heart chakra?
How can you unblock, heal, and balance your heart chakra? Well, you can do something as simple as eating certain foods. Think about healthy food, but most importantly green food! Some examples:
- Spinach and other greens
- Green apples
- Kiwi fruit
- Green peppers
- Green grapes
Other than watching what you eat, you can also engage in love affirming actions. Like give out some hugs. It could be a hug to a trusted friend, family member or other loved one. But, it could also just be giving yourself a big hug in the bathroom. Also, you can practice forgiveness. Think about any old beefs you’re carrying around and, go on, just bury the hatchet. You’ll feel better afterwards.
Katydids and Humbleness – Hiding in Plain Sight
In various Native American traditions, the katydid is a symbol of utter humility. It’s easy to understand why. The katydid is an entirely shy being. In fact, the katydid is so shy and so retiring that it has taken on the exact appearance of the leaves with which it keeps company. Moreover, it retreats should you approach it.
So, what does this mean in terms of an omen or spiritual meaning? Well, it’s often said how important it is to be true to yourself. And that is important. You should love yourself, care for yourself, and respect yourself. It is vitally important for your wellbeing to come to grips with what is best for you.
However, sometimes what is best for you is to go with the flow and to fit in—that’s not to advise you to put yourself at risk to be like others, nor is it to say that you shouldn’t stand up for others when they need help. This message is more about picking your battles. There are times when you need to stand out from the crowd, and when that is important, it needs to mean something. So, when the advice to blend in is given, it is about not being unnecessarily bombastic and attention-seeking in situations that do not require it.
That message might not be for you, though. If it doesn’t resonate with you or a particular situation you’re experiencing at the moment then it may be something to skip and consider as a message for another reader.
Symbolism of Sensitive Sensation and Feeling
As mentioned above, the katydid is a shy critter that likes to hide itself as best it can. Consider the old stereotype that shyness and sensitivity go hand-in-hand. Not always true, but sure, maybe sometimes! Regardless, the katydid is a powerful symbol of sensitivity. More than just about feeling in the physical world, the green katydid—like the green heart chakra—is about a connection to the spiritual world from our physical world.
Why does the katydid represent such sensitivity? Well, many insects represent a sort of psychic ability. This is because of their feelers, i.e. antennae. But, the katydid is special among insects in this respect. This is because its antennae are exceptionally long. In fact, their antennae can be even longer than their bodies!
Finally, katydid are generally herbivorous insects. As such, they convey a message of kindness and compassion towards other living creatures. It’s important to consider how much of your nutrition you can obtain without causing harm to living creatures. Remember the famous message from the Buddha, “All beings tremble before violence. All love life. All fear death. See yourself in others.” Very wise words to end on.