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Animal Totems and Symbolism

The Frog


The Frog, and ancient wisdom, metamorphosis

The Frog as symbol:

Reminder of common bonds with all life; singer of songs that celebrate the most ancient watery beginnings; transformation; cleansing; understanding emotions; rebirth; moon maiden; cleansing of the earth; bringer of rains; honoring tears as cleansing aspects of our lives; emotional healing; peace; abundance; survival; self-gratification; dealing with the negative energies of stress;

Pos: Musical, adaptive, emotional, peaceable, content, perceptive

Neg: Tense, sneaky, unpredictable, sensitive (physically), indecisive, unkind

Primary Element: Water

Secondary Element: Air


There are numerous species of frogs found all over the world.  Their bodies are designed for jumping and their sharp eyes help them capture their prey, mostly insects.  Because the frogs eyes bulge out from the sides of the head they are able to see in nearly all directions. This provides them with excellent depth perception.

Frogs have a well developed sense of hearing.  Behind each eye is a large disked membrane, an external eardrum that picks up sound waves and transmits them to the inner ear and then to the brain.  This, coupled with their exceptional sight, give them both clairsentient and clairvoyant abilities.

The frog produces sound similar to the way humans do by forcing air from the lungs over the vocal cords.  Their variety of complex calls from ribbits to croaks associates it with language. Those with this totem have the potential to take command of the spoken word and are often bilingual.

Tree frogs are strong jumpers and despite their toes being only half webbed they are also strong swimmers. One of the most interesting characteristics of the tree frog is the changing of its colors from bright red, green, orange, to aqua.  Color change is brought about through the stimuli of light and moisture which create physiological change and result in contraction or expansion of the pigment cells in the skin. These bright colors appear on flanks, groin, surface of the thighs and the belly and serve in species recognition or in confusing predators.  One species native to South America has brightly colored eyespots on its rump.  When approached by a predator, the frog lowers its head, elevates its rump thus confronting the predator with a seemingly much larger head. The study of color and its affects on a persons psyche is helpful.

With the exception of a few species, most frogs do not care for their young.  They mate and then abandon their eggs.  Because of this lessons associated with survival are common in frog medicine people.  Scientists believe that the health of frog populations reflect the health of the eco system as a whole.

Because frogs are found in water and on land they hold the magic of both. Water has long been associated with emotional cleansing.  Mud the combination of earth and water is used in healing therapies to rid the body of toxins. Because those with this medicine are extremely sensitive the use of mud baths is advised.

The frog is a totem of metamorphosis.  Most frogs undergo a two stage life cycle.  Eggs hatch into tadpoles which grow and eventually become adults. This signifies the awakening of ones creativity.  When frog leaps into a persons life it is an invitation to jump into their creative power. To do this it is helpful to know which stage of life you are presently in. By studying the characteristics of the frog the discovery of your present life cycle is known.