The Frog: Symbolism – Meaning – Superstitions
The good luck frog is found in many cultures around the world.
Frogs appear during the season of spring when the weather starts to get warmer and have traditionally been associated with new beginnings.
In Christianity, the three stages of the frog, egg, tadpole and amphibian symbolize spiritual evolution.
In China the frog is a symbol of good luck. In China they speak of the frog on the moon, whereas people from the Western world will speak of the man on the moon.
In Ancient China images of frogs were found on the drums used to summon thunder and much need rain.
The frog is associated with the lunar yin. The Frog spirit Ch’ing-Wa Sheng represents prosperity in business and healing.
It is although important that the frog never be placed in a well. A frog in a well is a symbol of ignorance.
Some say frogs are associated with prosperity because they are found near water and we are all in desperate need of water to survive.
In Celtic tradition the frog represented healing.
On the curious note “Frog” was a nickname for the French used by English speaking people. This is because the French were known to eat frogs’ legs as a delicacy.
Japanese Lucky Frog
The Japanese word for frog is kaeru. Kaeru also means “return”.
In Japan frogs are very auspicious.
Anyone travelling may want to bring a frog amulet on their journey as this is believed to secure a safe return.
Many may also want to keep a small frog amulet in their purse or wallet at all times.
The idea is that the frog will see to it that money always finds its way back to the wallet.
Naturally people who are draw towards gambling may want to bring a good luck frog amulet.
The Good Luck Frog with Three Legs
An extremely popular frog is the Chinese three-legged money frog. Some Call them Feng Shui frogs.
It is claimed that this frog will bring good fortune and prosperity into the home.
Many of these money frogs have an old Chinese coin in their mouth or sit on a bed of coins.
This good luck frog should be placed on a low shelf facing the front door, preferably in the corner diagonally opposite the door.
Never place the money frog in your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.
All other rooms are fine. The three-legged frog has a reputation for attracting wealth into the home.
The Frog-Headed Goddess in Ancient Egypt
In Ancient Egypt Heqet is the frog-headed goddess of child birth. She also took part in fashioning the child in the womb.
Midwives were called “Servants of Heqet”. Women used frog shaped amulets were common to promote an easy delivery.
Amulets portraying frogs were placed on Egyptian mummies to promote the dead person’s soul to be reborn.
Panamanian Golden Frogs
Anyone travelling to Panama cannot help but notice images of golden frogs all over the place. Golden frogs are highly auspicious.
Many believe that if you are lucky enough to see a golden frog in the wild you are sure to attract wealth.
This certainly is a good luck frog! There is also an old superstition in Panama that a golden frog actually turns into gold when it dies.
In Panama August 14 is National Golden Frog Day.
Edvard Grieg and his Lucky Frog
The famous Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907) always carried a frog in his pocket.
He was a firm believer in his good luck frog.
Edvard Grieg insisted on rubbing his lucky frog before every one of his concerts.
The frog was nothing fancy.
Actually it was made of rubber and small enough for the composer to always keep it in his pocket.
Maybe the frog really worked its magic His compositions are known worldwide.
Edvard Grieg made no secret that he loved his auspicious frog.
He came from the town Bergen on the west coast of Norway.
The good luck frog is now at display in his home Troldhaugen in Bergen.
Do not Lie
Pliny the Elder had a strange claim concerning frogs.
He said that if you put a frog’s tongue on sleeping woman’s chest, it would force her to speak nothing but the truth.
The Prince in Fairy Tales
Finally as we all may recall the frog represents a most marvelous symbol of transformation in fairy tales.
We are all familiar with the stories of the ugly frog that transforms into a handsome prince after being kissed by a princess.