Sunday, 13 May 2012

A Phobia And A Message?

I'm absolutely terrified of these critters
Some people are frightened of mice, others of creepy crawlies, snakes, spiders, ... someone I know is frightened of buttons. (Apparently they make this person feel very ill... I promise this is true.)

For me it's wasps.

I am absolutely terrified. I feel so ridiculous, but if I clock one buzzing about, I freeze. I feel like I can barely breath and then I feel like crying.
According to the Fear of Stuff website:

"The fear of wasps is known by the Latin name, Spheksophobia. People who develop this phobia may feel upset and frightened when confronted with wasps and their nests."

Even just writing about it here is starting to make me feel nervous. As you can imagine the summer is not a great time for me. The fear of these insects spoil a lot of social experiences, such as picnics or being at an outdoor event...
This fear is also embarrassing for me, especially when people ask me why I am so frightened. I guess they expect me to say that I have been stung before, but I haven't. It's what these things are capable of and that they have the potential to repeatedly sting if they are feeling more bad tempered than usual.

Anyhoo, why am I posting about this phobia? Well it's the fact that two got into the house today on separate occasions. One getting in? Rare. Two on the same day? You've got to be kidding me?!

When I am confronted with this kind of situation I wish I could just evacuate... Jump into a pod like thingy, and press a blow-the-house-to-smithereens button... *This house will self-destruct in 5.. 4 .. 3.. 2... 1...

Seeing as I have nothing like this, I had to rely on my back-up strategy: Get into a room where the wasp is not, seal myself in and allow hubby to take care of it...

Once the situation was dealt with, and I felt calm, I started to think about why.

 I am very intrigued by spiritual ideas. I've been exploring theories and ideas to figure out what I believe/what makes sense to me. It feels to me that there is something "higher" acting around us. Whether you call this God, energy, spirit etc is down to individual belief but whatever it is, it's very comforting. I also lean towards the idea that higher things communicate through messages or signs. So I decided to look up the various traditions or beliefs about the wasp.

The following is taken from Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer, PH.D.
If wasp shows up it means:
Whatever task is before you, jump in and go for it with enthusiasm and determination.
For the next few weeks, focus on fulfilling your responsibilities and personal obligations.
Break out of routine.
Lead with your heart not your mind.
Whatever you've dreamed of doing, put some plans into action that will help you realise them
   Hmmm... it doesn't sound very wasp-like to me. I was expecting it to say something like; watch out for danger, you may get "stung" if you are not careful etc.    
But then again, I much prefer Farmer's interpretation...

Maybe today was a message that things are going to get more exciting? Maybe it means I will start to see some results from the hard work and effort I've been putting into my dreams of writing?!

Or maybe, it's simply that two wasps got in and that's the end of it.

What phobia makes you quiver and what do you think about the visit from the wasps?

Thanks for reading today's ramble!!!



  1. Well, the wasps definitely made your day exciting! LOL.

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  2. Hahahaha!
    I guess that's true! It got me thinking outside the box at least!

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  3. The same sort of thing happened to me recently. I've felt pretty safe in my house..right up until the MOTHS invaded last week. They're everywhere and it takes a lot of bravery on my part to deal with them...permanently. I've also had this spider chilling out in my bedroom for weeks now but he's OK, I just leave him there as my pet. He's supposed to be protecting me...

    1. You just can't get the spider staff!
      Tell him he better start pulling his weight or you will be issuing him his eviction notice.

      Well done on being brave.. My other half is not keen on mothseither. They flit and flutter too much!

  4. Great blog you have here! I am actually afraid of chickens..... yes, I am serious. Actually all birds.... they are creepy.

    I think a fear of wasps is reasonable, they hurt when they sting! I like that meaning to wasps. I never thought to look something like what they mean up. very clever.

    Great post!

    1. Hi Cambria!
      Thank you for stopping in and for following my humble blog. I've still got lots to learn! :D
      The artwork on your blog is gorgeous!
      Re. Chicken's.. Yes most of them are creepy. My mum-in-law had one who was cute, she was the exception to the rule; whilst my grandfather had one who I swear was an evil genius...

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  5. Hi there! Nice to meet you. I hate wasps, too. I used to live in Phoenix and had a pool but it got to the point where I couldn't go in the pool for fear of the wasps :( my biggest fear is Grasshoppers, they give me the heebie jeebies! Hate them!

    1. Hello Heidi;

      Isn't it awful when a fear stops you from doing things you enjoy?
      If we go to an event that has food stalls I'm contantly on amber alert... and it's sooooooo embarrassing. I swera I ahve an in-buily sensor that can dectect them a mile away!

      I totally get the grasshopper thing!
      Thank you for taking the time to visit. :)