troublesome insects

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JLPT: N1

School Grade: Junior high school

This character was formerly written 騷, a combination of 馬 horse, and 蚤 a non-general use character meaning “flea.” Here 蚤 is a phonetic element working to express “confusion,” while also lending its own connotations of “troublesome insect.” Together with 馬 this gives “confusion caused by insect troubling horse,” which has since come to mean “noise/disturbance” in a general sense.

Serpentine

Folk name: Za-tu-mush-gir (Assyrian)

Energy: Projective

Planet: Saturn

Element: Fire

Powers: Protection, lactation

Magical uses: The above correspondences as to energy, planet, and element are tentative as there is little information available about this stone.

Seals made of serpentine were carried in ancient Assyria so the gods and goddesses would send double blessings. 

Serpentine is also worn around the neck by nursing women to regulate their milk supply. 

Otherwise, its main use is guarding against poisonous creatures such as snakes, spiders, bees, scorpions, and other troublesome reptiles and insects. 

This may seem rather useless, but think about it. Have you gone camping in the mountains or hiking through wooded areas in the spring? How about rock-collecting expeditions in the desert?

When we leave our artificial environment (our homes), we’re subjected to nature in all its manifestations, including creatures that bite and sting us in defending their territory or lives. Don’t get mad- bring some serpentine and carry or wear it while tramping though the woods or exploring nature. Perhaps you can prevent such misfortunes. 

(Source: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic) 

The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt his existence, or at troublesome gadgets, rodents, or insects. In most of his cartoons, he stumbles into a difficult situation and stoically endeavors to make the best of it.