If you are interested in flies and want to learn more about their potential as creatures in our magical practice, this is the article you need to read. Let’s find out what deity is associated with flies and why.
Flies: The symbolism, the origins and the meaning
Long associated with annoyance and disease, flies have always represented a nuisance for humans. As an apparent symbol of dirt, decay, and disease, they survive even in the most hostile environments, drawing nourishment and strength and even reproducing from the garbage.
Therefore, they prove that negative situations can be reversed and become excellent opportunities! The symbolism of the Fly must be observed in depth. With five eyes, three of which are located in the center of the head, a fly can closely monitor the sunlight and the energy the earth receives from the sun. Flies, therefore, teach us that we must always be guided by light.
When it buzzes assiduously around our ears, the fly invites us to ask ourselves what we are not hearing in our existence. When it alights on an object, it can indicate a coming abundance and, at the same time, it urges us not to develop greed and cravings.
Flies urge us not to be morbidly attached to materiality and always to be ready for a transformation, such as the life cycle of a fly (first eggs, then larva, pupa, and finally the adult insect).
Based on their attitude, human being can lay “eggs”, e.g. their roots, in the wrong place, neglecting a true part of themselves. It is therefore essential to understand when to spread your wings, and always ready to change course at the right moment.
4 Deities associated with flies
Myiagros is a divine figure who warded off flies. Zeus used it to drive away flies during important sacrifices. This must have been a real comfort to those involved.
In those days, flies were dangerous creatures, bringing plague, disease, and death. Before we invented bug spray or fly swatters, only the gods could keep them at bay.
Few people know that Beelzebub itself started out as a fly swatter.
The name is a compound of Baal, translatable from the Phoenician as “lord”, and Zebub, which means “fly” or “dunghill”.
In many ancient cultures, flies were considered imperfect animals that spawned from corruption and that spread disease and contamination. Especially in the East, these insects were (and are) a real scourge. Zoroaster’s demonological vision symbolized this calamity with the she-devil Nasu, who represents putrefaction, impurity, and decay.
Loki is one of the most important deities of Norse mythology. From the union of the giant Farabauti and the goddess Laufey, who symbolize lightning and leaves, Loki, the fire, is born.
His kinship with giants ties him to the concept of chaos. Loki is, therefore, an agent of chaos and destruction.
Loki symbolizes necessary evil, deceit and cunning. Often he finds himself pulling pranks to fulfill his sheer enjoyment of chaos, like when he secretly shaved the beautiful hair of the goddess Sif, or when it turned into a fly to annoy the dwarves forging Thor’s hammer.
Bhramari is a Hindu goddess. She is an incarnation of the Goddess Parvati. Bhramari means “the goddess of bees” or “the goddess of black bees”. She is associated with bees, hornets, wasps and flies which cling to her body. She is an avatar of Parvati.
Legends tell that during an enemy attack, she appeared behind Shiva and grew to a huge height, brandishing a mace, trident, long sword and shield in his four hands. Her three eyes shone like the sun, the moon and the eternal fire Agni.
She closed her eyes in concentration, summoning countless bees, hornets, wasps, flies, termites, mosquitoes, and spiders from the sky. They crawled over her body and clung to her, merging with her to create the divine form of Bhramari Devi.