Last weekend as I was planting my fall vegetable garden, I discovered a deep scarlet ladybug on my gardening gloves. Immediately I become excited, for ladybugs are a sign of good luck, especially when they land on your hand! As a child I was told that if a ladybug lands on you, hold it on your finger, make a wish, and chant: Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. If it did, your wish would come true.
Across many cultures, the lady bug, also known as ladybird and lady beetle, is a symbol of good fortune. It is said that the number of spots indicates how many years until your wish comes true. In Asia, if a ladybug lands on you, your true love is on the way. A ladybug landing on you may also portend good weather and prosperity, especially of food/crops, for ladybugs help to keep crop-eating pests at bay and away.
Ladybugs also have a very spiritual meaning. They carry the wisdom of past lives, enlightenment, the cycle of death and rebirth, and, according to Shamanic traditions, they carry the golden strand that leads to the center of the Universe, where the individual soul/consciousness merges with the One.