Paper Wasp – Personal Boundaries



Assists in maintaining personal boundaries, particularly helpful for those who absorb other people’s emotions and energies.


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Chinese Paper Wasp

Polistes chinensis

Essence: The aesthetics of attending to the physical form. This remedy assists in maintaining personal boundaries.

Use: The paper wasp remedy is particularly helpful for those who absorb other people’s emotions and energies. This is an excellent remedy when you are unwell and needing to take space to heal.

Description: The Chinese paper wasp is black with vivid yellow stripes. It has a very thin tapered waist and its wings droop down. It builds its nests above ground, which are made up of paper-like octagon-shaped cells. This remedy was made in the early summer from a busy family of female wasps feeding their larvae in a growing colony in the eaves of a friend’s house. The wasps hovered and crawled around the rim of the small glass that I was using.
Wasp colonies tend to die out during winter, restarting each spring. During the winter, the young males and females hibernate, clinging to the underside of the abandoned nest. In the spring, the females, whether fertilized or not, help construct the new nest and the males die. The fertilized queens deposit eggs into the new cells and then assist the unfertilized workers, gathering honeydew to feed to the larvae. As the larvae develop, the adults feed them macerated, protein-rich food like cicadas and caterpillars. When fully grown, the larvae spin a silken cover over the entrance of the cell and pupate. The adults that emerge are all females. At the end of the season, the queen lays unfertilized eggs, which turn into males.

Meaning: When I take the wasp remedy and sit with it, my first experience is a sense of my own consciousness looking out from my body. I am in my body and acutely aware of my surroundings. I become aware of texture, qualities of softness and hardness, I see relationships through their physical existence. I see the natural order in how each object touches another. As I become aware of this, I experience a settling. I become aware of my bones. It’s like my bones settle themselves as if they are saying oh finally you have decided to be at home today. The etheric quality of the physical becomes available to observe and be with. This essence invites us to reflect on our mistakes, taking responsibility for ourselves, transforming weaknesses into strengths. Wasp looks after itself first. It initiates, with a powerful reminder that the sting can push us into action that is better aligned to ourselves.