The new Farmers' Almanac says that a good share of us will be facing a cold and snowy winter this year. To be precise, it says that where I live there will be "teeth-chattering cold, plentiful snow." While these days we have loads of weather forecasters with their electronics, radar, and satellites to keep us up-to-date on what is going to happen, we once relied on nature to fill us in on what the future inter held in store for us.
Once upon a time on the Yucatan peninsula there lived a beautiful princess who fell in love with the prince of a rival tribe. Their love was forbidden and they could never marry. When the prince was caught he was sentenced to death. A shaman took pity on the couple and changed the prince into a beetle that could be decorated. The princess was able to wear her love over her heart as a piece of jewelry -- or so the story goes. That is supposedly why women in Mexico wear live Maquesh beetles as jewelry.