Most Feng Shui experts will tell you that a Cicada is a Feng Shui symbol of immortality and protection against backstabbers. This is largely due to the fact that a Cicada is an insect that can live up to 20 years; it’s a kind of insect that has the longest life span. Furthermore, it is said that a Cicada’s large eyes also warns it of possible predators, thus many Feng Shui experts will associate it as a protection against backstabbers or politicking.
I would like to humbly present a different perspective. For me, as influenced by some of my Feng Shui teachers, a Cicada is not a protection against back stabbers and/or politicking. However, while I do agree that it can be used as a Feng Shui tool for longevity or immortality, it is primary a symbol of good rebirth.
In my belief, a Cicada is best used as a symbol of good rebirth, this is limiting in the sense that people who will follow this are people who believes in reincarnation. The Cicada is considered as a summer insect in Japan and China, because they usually go under the soil during winter, and go out of it during summer. This is a sign of rebirth, thus it was usually used a symbol of rebirth in Japan and China. I don’t really know why modern Feng Shui experts focused more on the immortality or longevity aspect of the Cicada. In fact, in China the family of a deceased person usually put a jade Cicada of the dead person before burying or burning the body of the person. This is to have the person have a good rebirth.
According to my Feng Shui teachers, a Cicada should be placed beside the bed of a dying person, this is to signify a good rebirth even before the soul leaves the current body. Also, you can still follow the old tradition of putting a small jade cicada of a deceased person before burying or cremating the body. If you feel queasy about this you can just put the Jade Cicada on top of the body of the deceased.
But, is the Cicada also a symbol of longevity? The answer is yes, but I don’t think that it is it’s primary use.
Also because of the ‘rebirth’ aspect of the Cicada, it makes carrying a jade cicada a good Feng Shui protector when one is undergoing a big change in one’s life. If you are about to have a career change, or you’re about to marry, or moving to a new house, graduating from school, migrating to a new place or country, carrying or wearing a jade cicada will help ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Another use for the cicada usually recommended by Feng Shui experts is as a cure for backstabbing and/or politicking. Again, while the cicada is a good symbol for protection against luck, I think this is not really just against backstabbing and/or politicking.
Let me explain. The cicadas would usually warn of a farmer of a pending bad storm, this is because they ‘cry out’ by making a distinct noise when a bad storm is coming, even if the storm is still 2 days away. They’re nature’s natural weather forecaster, so in effect, they give us a warning when there’s a danger. As such, wearing a Cicada we will be given a ‘signal’ or we’ll become more sensitive when a bad thing is about to happen.