Every year in the first week of August, my family and I take a vacation to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We rent the same house every year where we have created memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The house isn’t far from any of the beaches, and I love to sit out on the screened in porch while I sip my morning coffee. Now, to me, my family is known for our bright, outgoing personalities as well as our crazy antics. One year, something happened that was definitely out of the norm for our trips.
We had just gotten back from Nauset Light Beach, and I was taking a shower. As I went to pick up my soap scrubber I had thought a piece of it broke off… until that piece started moving… and then changing color. To my surprise, there was a frog in the shower with me that started hopping around on the floor. I immediately started screaming, and before I knew it, I was in my towel while my whole family had piled into the bathroom to catch this frog. Before releasing the frog outside, my grandma decided that this frog was a “she” and that her name was Annabelle. Needless to say, over the past couple years I haven’t heard the end of Annabelle! To this day, I have more frog stuffed animals, sculptures and decorations than I can count; a collection that seems to keep growing! However, It wasn’t until a few weeks after my vacation, frog gifts from my grandma, and countless frog jokes from most of my family members that I decided to look up frogs and their spiritual meanings.
Some of you may be aware, as I was, that frogs symbolize luck and good fortune in Chinese and Japanese culture. That was the extent of my personal/spiritual knowledge on frogs besides the fact that I didn’t like them in my shower! However, little did I realize, being in touch with the spiritual nature of an animal totem and their placement can draw certain energy towards you, help open you up to their wisdom, and they can also help you understand your past, present and future.
What Is An Animal Totem?
Animal Totems are like spirit guides but in animal form. It is said that some animal totems will follow you through both the physical and spiritual realms. In Native American culture it is believed that each person is connected with nine different animals throughout their life time with each being presenting itself at a different direction of their life.
All animals have different meanings. For example, my chief animal totem is the lion and has been since I was a child. The lion symbolizes ferocity, strength, focus, playfulness, courage, bravery, leadership, creativity and pride. The lion is most often associated with the warrior, royalty, Gods/Goddesses, and so on. Those who know me well know that I most definitely have the heart of a warrior. This persistence and strength has been a huge driving force through many of my life challenges especially in situations where I have been called into a leadership role.
The Frog Animal Totem
The frog represents change and transformation. A frog’s transformation into adulthood is painful just like many of our life journeys. Growing pains, whether your 16 or 66, occur all throughout life and in different stages. The frog is a symbol of the struggle to find this balance in spirit and then where that places you in society. For any readers that have teenagers, the frog is a great animal totem for your child who, like most at their age, may be struggling to find their identity and grow into their self.
The frog came into my life at a point where I was struggling to find my place in a new identity. That year had brought many great but drastic life changes that I was struggling to adjust to. Meditating on its transient nature and even drawing on its spiritual energy has helped me immensely on my journey.
Along with luck, fortune, and transformation the frog also represents fertility and abundance. In fact, in many cultures the frog primarily represents fertility. Frogs lay thousands of eggs at a time which is why for those struggling with fertility issues it is said that placing frogs in your house can help ease those problems. Specifically, in Chinese culture placing a frog in the window of your house can help with child birth and promote a more peaceful and happy home life.
However, fertility not only applies to children. The frog coming into your life can also be symbol of abundant possibilities financially, business wise, and even romantically. This energy specifically is a symbol of successful opportunities, partnerships, and financial decisions. This is one of the reasons I keep one of my frogs on my desk at work!
Frogs In Ancient Kemet
Now, when you hear of Ancient Kemet (Egypt), frogs probably aren’t the first thing you think of! Most are familiar with the pyramids, Anubis (Guardian of the Underworld), or animal wise Bast (The Goddess of Cats). There is a frog goddess, and no, I’m not joking!
Heket is the Kemetic (Egyptian) Goddess of fertility, childbirth, life, death, and rebirth. Heket is said to have the head of a frog, and her priestesses were all trained midwives.
Heket was the wife of Khnum who created new human life on his potters wheel. Before Khnum was finished, Heket would breathe life into them before they were sent into their mother’s womb. In other stories she was the wife of Heh who created life and another version where she was the wife of Heru (Horus). In some traditions, women would wear Heket amulets for protection and to ward off evil spirits during child birth. Heket offers protection to pregnant women and especially women who are in labor. As for life and rebirth, there are stories that say she had the power to resurrect the dead.
What Does This All Mean?
Symbolically, in order for some things to grow and be brought to life, other aspects of our lives need to figuratively die. We accumulate lessons, energies, people, opportunities, and more as we each walk through our journey. As I walk on my path, there are certain aspects of my life that reveal themselves as either blessings or curses.
A couple years ago I came to a crossroads. I had a decision to make. If I wanted to accept the abundance that God had promised to bring into my life, certain aspects of my life had to die. I had one mentor at the time who repeatedly advised me that I could not and would not reach my full potential if I did not release everything that was holding me back. In fact, I had to completely transform my lifestyle. I couldn’t have it both ways. I had made promises, unrealistic ideals and pipe dreams that I wanted to bring into reality, but unfortunately I was doing this at the expense of my life. I was literally, slow but surely, putting my life in danger. December 22, 2013 is the day that I decided to change my life. I took a leap of faith.
Over time, like Knhum, in my own way, I began sculpting and creating a life for myself. Furthermore, like Heket, I came to a point where I was ready to breathe life into what I had created for myself. I had let go of the dead weight and the curses I was carrying on my back. I finally came to a place where I was able to accept the blessings that God so graciously gave me.
With all that being said, meditating on the frog teaches us to honor life changes and balance our lives. Changes that are painful and uncomfortable are meant to mold and grow us into something better. In my experience, the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain of changing. If you are ready to change your life, animal totems and meditating on these lessons can help you sculpt the life you’ve always wanted. That’s exactly what I did!
Start your transformation today! It’s never too late to change your life.