Spirit Animal Frog
Gifts: Transformation and evolution. Ease in emotions. Letting go of what you no longer need. Adopting what you need to evolve. Emotional healing. Communicating through song, creating your own song of life.
Challenges: Getting stuck in the mud, bogged down by emotions and little “l” life. Getting stuck in a transitional state, not fully evolving.
Spirit animal Frog is kin to Butterfly and Moth with its gift of transformation. Frog’s transformation is as profound as Butterfly’s and Moth’s but more gentle. While the caterpillar form of Butterfly and Moth must physically die for the adult to be born, the tadpole form of Frog does not die. It evolves.
Frog is born as a fish, taking in oxygen through gills directly from the water. As this tadpole grows up, it transforms into an adult frog, an amphibian who breathes air. Frog teaches that transformation does not have to be a traumatic experience. Yes, transformation is dramatic. But Frog’s transformation occurs gradually and progressively.
Frog’s transition from tadpole into frog results in the emergence of a new creature. The lesson for you is that your own transformations can result in no longer recognizing who you were before. This prospect can be frightening when you are facing a situation you know will be transformative. But Frog shows you that it’s not a death of the old you; it’s a letting go of what the new you no longer needs. Gills do not serve Frog. A tail does not serve Frog.
Frog also teaches adopting what you do need in order to transform into your new self or Higher Self. Legs serve Frog in this transformation. Lungs serve Frog in this transformation. What do you need to adopt in order to evolve into your Higher Self?
Spirit animal Frog has been used by shamans, medicine women and men, witches, and other healers throughout history. Whether physical frog has any real healing properties for us is not the point. The point is that Frog symbolizes healing—at the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Frog bridges the gap between water and earth. Frog helps you integrate water energy and earth energy—being both emotional and grounded. You can use this gift of integration for any dualities or polarities in your life or simply to more fully weave together seemingly disparate aspects of your life: shadow and light, personal and professional, science and spirituality.
Frog’s croaking and singing are a lesson for you to speak your mind. Frog song is not a random prattling just to hear yourself talk. It is a conscious calling to summon what you want. Physical frogs sing to attract a mate. That may be literally true for you, too. Or your “frog song” may be any form of communication that serves to fulfill your passion and accomplish your goals.
A challenge of working with Frog is getting stuck. Being so closely linked to water/emotions, you may get stuck in your own moods and emotionality. You may get stuck in the mud of depres-sion or despair. You may also get stuck in the middle of a transformation—in that awkward stage between forms. Imagine being a fish with feet. You’ve probably felt like that numerous times in your life! Remember that the teenage years do come to end. So, too, will this stage, if you let your fins and your gills fade away.