Cicada, Kihikihi wawā – Surrender



the art of surrender, celebrating the completion of a cycle, letting go of the difficulty


Lasavia Essences are the gift of vitality of plants, minerals and insects delivered to you with the utmost care.  The resolve of Lasavia is to deliver to you Elemental Healing through the introduction of an Essence into your being.  We suggest you put a few drops in water, drink and take a moment to be inspired by the qualities of the Essence that you have chosen.



Kihikihi wawā
Amphipsalta zealandica

Essence: Allows for the individual to experience the space of the inner being, being the instrument rather than the player.

Use: When we let resistance take power in our lives, take the cicada remedy to enable you to surrender into and be able to do the projects and actions that are close to your soul’s purpose despite the resistance. Cicada pulls us into equilibrium and is useful when, like Icarus, we fly too close to the sun.

Description: This remedy was made in the midst of the deafening roar of the cicada. It was a remarkable soundscape amongst the dry kanuka. It is the male cicadas that sing whilst the females will answer the male with wing clicks. Each male has its own distinctive song so that the species can locate the correct mates. In New Zealand Insects and Their Story, Richard Sharell describes how the sound is created: “On the underside of the abdomen there are two half-rounded scales. These are the lids covering the sound apparatus. Most of the abdomen is hollow, creating a sound box. There is a ridged membrane called a tympanum, and in the upper part, two tightly stretched membranes. Clusters of powerful muscles alternately tighten and release the tension on these membranes, causing a vibration, which is amplified by the air chamber.”
The life cycle of the cicada begins with the female depositing her eggs into the bark by creating a cavity with her sharp ovipositor. When the tiny larvae hatch, they fall to the ground and burrow into the soil until they find a root to attach to and suck the sap. Three to seven years is spent in total darkness, feeding, moulting and growing. In the final moult, the wing pads are formed. With its powerful forelegs, it then digs its way to the surface, climbs up a stem and anchors to the support. Usually during the night, the skin splits at the back and the adult emerges.

Meaning: This remedy brings us to experience surrender, the art of surrender. It celebrates the completion of a cycle. Letting go of the difficulty, the bitterness of hard times and allowing warmth and happiness to seep in. Intuition is enhanced with a greater awareness of messages received. It will work with the senses that you are dominant in. If you are a visionary, you will get clearer visionary messages.