June 3, 2009
My friend Deja, 62, and I first connected after the July 4th weekend 1989 when I returned from the annual MUFON conference in Los Vegas. Deja had sent a letter after finding me in the A.R.E. monthly publication seeking friends with interests in UFO's, aliens, and Pyramids. This was the days before the Internet, email, and social networking.
Deja and I became fast friends by phone (she lived in Rhode Island, married with 2 daughters) and met that fall. Another Aquarian ... our friendship was one of enlightenment and endless laughs ... two psychics on a spiritual journey. In 1990, as I completed the first draft of "Sarah and Alexander" - Z came to Deja and guided her to draw the picture of Ellie & Z which would later be incorporated in the book cover.
Deja always felt a spiritual connection to David Carradine incorporating the grasshopper into her business logo. There was an energy that linked them, though they never met. It was something more that she recognized and he didn't - that I believe it was linked to the energies of his spiritual Kung Fu character, Kwai Chang Caine than David as a man. He was a skilled actor, but no matter how spiritual he seemed, that was not the way he lived his life - his energies way too dysfunctional for me to connect.
Deja eventually met David online around the year 2000 ... having phone conversations as well. She dedicated a website to him which was posted for several years, until she became very ill and took it down. She told me stories about his personal life - very colorful. As far as she knew, he was no longer dealing with substance abuse and enjoying his life and success, but appearances are often deceiving.
In 2004, I dreamed about David and Deja. They had crossed over not far from the end of the program ... and when it ended I joined them ... and we all had a really big laugh as if getting a joke at last. To me the passing of David Carradine is a signpost that the end of the program is not far away. Deja is not well so we only communicate on occasion.
Grasshopper Symbology -- The grasshopper is associated with astral travel. They have the ability to leap through time and into space where the true mysteries of life exist. People with this medicine have the wisdom necessary to overcome obstacles efficiently and are able to jump into successful ventures without preparation or planning. When the grasshopper appears to us we are being asked to take a leap of faith and jump forward into a specific area of life without fear. Usually that specific area is one that we have avoided and is often connected to change on a larger scale. This can represent a change in location, relationships, career or just in the way we perceive ourselves.
Grasshoppers can only jump forward....not backward, or sideways. So, when grasshopper shows up he could be reaffirming to you that you are taking the right steps to move forward in your current situation. Or it could be that he is telling you to go ahead and move forward, getting past what is hindering you. This is why grasshopper is the symbol of good luck all over the world. Grasshopper's ability to connect and understand sound vibrations is why he is also a symbol of your inner voice. he could be telling you to trust yours.
Dream Dictionary: To dream of seeing grasshoppers on green vegetables, denotes that enemies threaten your best interests. If on withered grasses, ill health. Disappointing business will be experienced. If you see grasshoppers between you and the sun, it denotes that you will have a vexatious problem in your immediate business life to settle, but using caution it will adjust itself in your favor. To call peoples' attention to the grasshoppers, shows that you are not discreet in dispatching your private business.
Ancient Egypt: The particular grasshopper species used as a motif by the ancient egyptians was probably the locust, either the desert locust or the migratory locust , both of which were probably common sights in the rich agricultural land bordering the Nile. Sudden plagues of these insects in ancient times no doubt caused much destruction of grain and other food crops, just as they do today.
Most of the grasshopper amulets and seals so far discovered are similar to those depicting scarab beetles, with a flat base usually inscribed and pierced through for threading on string or wire so that they could be worn. Possibly these amulets were thought to ward-off locust plagues. Locusts (or grasshoppers) were also depicted in tomb reliefs and paintings, as elements of wildlife along the Nile.
The locust or grasshopper hieroglyph quite simply refers to the insect itself, although in certain contexts it appears to mean 'great numbers of individuals', for example on a wall in the temple at Medinet Habu near modern-day Luxor there is an inscription which reads: 'battalions will come like the locusts'. The locust (or grasshopper) appears in hieroglyphic texts, for example, as a determinative to the word snehem - meaning 'locust' or 'grasshopper' - as illustrated below (a determinative symbol in hieroglyphic text, the locust or grasshopper symbol in this case, is not transliterated and merely indicates the meaning or context of the word represented by the preceding hieroglyphs).
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