"Frogs have an ancient mythology about them. Being amphibians with links to both water and land they are often associated with both water and earth elements. This also links them to lore of Fairies and elves. Many shamanic societies, especially north and south american tribes, Link the frog to rain and control of weather. It's voice is said to call forth rains. Because of its connection with water, its also associated with lunar energy, magic and the goddesses associated with them.
Frogs have been known to be heralds of abundance and fertility, especially
since in their polliwog stage they resemble the male spermatozoa. This is also due
to the fact that after rains, a greater number of frogs come up to dry land and feed
on insects and worms who have come out of the rain-soaked land. It is also associated
with fertility, for rain makes things grow.
Even as adults, frogs remain semi-aquatic. They live in damp areas. They
need water and all that is associated with it symbolically or otherwise. If frog has
hopped into your life, you may need to get in touch with the water element. It
may reflect that there are new rains coming or that you need to call some new
rains forth. Maybe the old waters are becoming dirty and stagnant. Frog can teach
you how to clean them up.
Emotions are often associated with water. Individuals with frog totems are
very sensitive to the emotional states of others, and seem to know instinctively
how to act and what to say. They know how to be sincerely sympathetic.
Frog holds the knowledge of weather and how to control it. Frog medicine
can bring rains for every purpose-to cleanse, to heal, to help things grow, to
flood, to stir. Its energies can be used to bring light showers or downpours for
most any purpose.
The call of the frog is the call of the waters. The spring and summer are the
times when frog's voice is strongest. These are its power times. Its call serves a
variety of functions. It calls mates to it. It also serves as a release call for non-receptive
females. It defines its territory and it warns of predators.
The frog is a totem of metamorphosis. It is a symbol of coming into one's
own creative power. It changes from an egg, to a polliwog, to a frog. Even after if
becomes a frog, it lives close to and spends much time in the water. It always has
contact with the creative force out of which it came, Usually frog people have
strong ties to their own mothers.
This connection to water should also serve as a reminder to those with this
totem. Are you becoming too mundane? Are you becoming mired in the mud of
your day-to-day life? Are you needing to dive into some fresh creative water? Are
those around you? Are you feeling waterlogged, becoming bogged down, or
drowning in emotions?
Frogs are tuned keenly to sound. Over each ear canal is a round membrane,
a tympanic organ-which enables them to recognize and respond to certain
sounds and their locations. Science has known for a long time that water is one of
the best conductors of sound. This sensitivity to sound should be developed by
frog people. Their taste in music will probably not run mainstream, but they can
learn to use their voice to stir the emotions and to call for the rains or change the
climatic conditions of their own lives."
This was an excerpt From Animal Speak by Ted Andrews absolutely wonderful book. I highly recommend it. Anyway in light of my frog fetish, :P i'm posting a project as well.
You'll need a wooden box or round planter that you can screw in eyelets to.
9 eyelets to screw in several places.
black paint or permanent marker.
some other scrap wood pieces to make feet and a head from
about 4 1/3 feet of thin chain, doesn't need to be really thick but thick enough to be able to hold the weight of potting soil, plant and water.
This is an example and your reference for this project but this one is metal and bought from a store...
Paint the body of the frog green, cut out feet and head shapes from scrap pieces and paint them and make embellishments with mark or if your more artistically inclined decorate it more:P
Make three pieces of chain all the same length and another two a shorter but equal length to each other.
screw in an eyelet at the bottom of the head of the frog them three more around the top of the planter. attach chains.
Attach eyelets to the bottom of planter and to top of feet and attach the chains.
Finally attach and eyelet to the top of the frogs head and an O ring to hang it from.
Add your plant and hang up somewhere to enjoy. Will have pictures posted soon with mine:P