Frog Dreaming

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Every year in September the sun crosses the Equator and day and night fall into balance in an event called the autumn equinox. It marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.  The crossing happens only one other time, at the start of spring, when it is called the vernal equinox. Around the world, day and night are roughly the same length during an equinox. 

The closet weekend to the Vernal (spring) equinox is the one I choose to bring my flowers out of the winter quarters and place them on my deck. There they fill my view with a glorious pageant of color a flowering and fragrance until the closet weekend to autumn equinox.

My deck is very large and is used throughout the warmest months of the year  as our dining and livingroom. This year as I harvested the herbs and vegetables planted together in huge containers with their flower companions I decided to see how long I could allow the plants to remain on the deck before the first frost.

Last weekend, on the day after Halloween, I decided that the time have come to retire the hanging fuschia baskets, and the begonias to the lower floor, where they are kept in a well lit but unheated room wherein the temperatures never fall as low as freezing point. I decided to leave the geraniums a little longer as they are more hardy, and as I checked each plant in their containers the tree frog that has serenaded me all summer and frequented my dreams began to sing.

pacific tree frog
pacific tree frog

Frog symbolism

When I was done I paused to sit awhile and enjoy the remaining sunlight just prior to dusk. The tree frog still sang and I began to reflect on my own  First Nations teachings on the symbolism. In those teachings  the frog is a symbol of transformation and cleansing, and a frog dream is believed to represent impending major and unlimited transformation.  Comparing a person to a frog is an indication of  them hopping from one thing to the next ie. failing to commit. In the context of shamanic journey the frog symbolizes rebirth and renewal, and is an indication that you have been  expecting somebody to change according to your needs, rather than accepting them for who they are.

I began to wonder what the frog symbolizes in other cultures all over the world so when my contemplations were done I went inside and went online. There I was rewarded with search results  that lead me to many sites like this one:  Animal Symbolism of the Frog.

In many cultures frogs are a good luck symbol of fertility and abundance, partly due to the very large number of eggs it lays at one time. And,  also as a symbol of rainfall as this is a time when frogs are abundant.

In Rome, the frog was considered to be a good luck mascot.  The Greek Goddess Aphrodite also worshiped by the Romans  was linked to the frog, and the  Egyptians associated the frog with the goddess Heket, believed to be  shape shifter who often took the form of a frog.

In  China the frog is symbolic of the moon and believed to bring about prosperity and healing. In Ireland the frog is considered a close relative of the leprechaun and capable of playing tricks on you when least expected.

Frog dreaming

In the Frog Prince story a young woman is visited in her bed by a frog who is initially horrified and pushes the frog away.  However, on the third night,  she relents, and in the ensuing embrace the frog is transformed into a handsome prince.

Ernest Jones, a follower and biographer of Freud, says this is a story of a virgin overcoming her sexual fear. For Joseph Campbell, an authority on mythology and a Jungian, the frog in the story symbolizes the unconscious, which at first sight is frightening but, when assimilated by the conscious ego, reveals itself for what it is – the total psyche, beautiful and true.

One might add that in both these interpretations what brings about the psyches transformation is a sexual embrace, but in the second interpretation it is an inner embrace, an intermingling and mutual penetration of the masculine and feminine sides of the psyche.

Jung tells us that there are at least two interpretations to every dream. Both the interpretations, Jones and Campbell, could very well be applicable to the dream. One is a need to overcome an outward personal fear, and at the same time a need to delve into the unconscious and overcome the frightening aspects that unconsciously controls one’s life.

Reference: Eric Ackroyd

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Discussion questions

Do frogs frequent your dreams?

Do you ever hear frog song in your dreams?


  1. The title of your post drew me in. What a simply splendid visual image it made for me. I never knew many frogs until I visited family in Germany. For some reason, at the time of year, they were thick upon the ground. It was nearly impossible to avoid stepping on one. (I’m told the residents don’t bother avoiding, but I don’t want to know about that.)
    I finally gave up and sat on a rock and heard what they had to say.

  2. Well I do not know about others but personally frogs kind of freak me out :| And if I ever were to encounter one in my dreams.. I hope there will be someone to catch me as I roll over the side of the bed in my nightmare :D :)

    Pretty informative post :) Never knew that there is so many stories behind the frog symbol!!!

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    • I like frogs. In the early days of spring when the peepers begin to sing I love to hear their nightly serenades. I think what may have provoked this frog dreaming is the fact that they stopped singing a month ago when the temperatures dropped and I missed them.

  3. Hi, timethief –

    I enjoy reading “off the wall” posts like this . . . I find a certain kinship with praying mantises . . . they have always fascinated me, especially how they cock their heads and look so wise and patient.

    I have a basement apartment and I have plenty of toads living in my window wells, LOL.

    Thanks for a fun post!

    – Marie (Coming Out of the Trees)
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    • Thank you for sharing also. I think your how-to post on prioritizing is an excellent one. This post is somewhat off-beat for my blog and I hope you will come again soon.

  4. I have to say, there’ve been no frogs in my dreams (at least not for years now.) Being an avid birder, I’m much more likely to dream of birds (which I do.) Thanks for all of the info on frog symbolism, though. Interesting stuff!
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    • @Lana
      You and both share a love of Great Blue herons and every spring I have a pair that come to fish in my pond until fall. Guess what they fish for? From tadpoles to adults they are frog fishing.

  5. I never really thought about frogs, unless you count the fairy tale! And the fact that they croak outside my bedroom window at night. One tends to always get irritated by their sounds and this is one species which does not figure much in Indian mythology. Generally animals and birds are part and parcel of Indian mythology.
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    • Hello Nita,
      Thanks for the visit. I’m surprised to hear that frogs don’t figure prominently in Indian mythology as there are so many rivers and wetlands and bodies of water there. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

    • Wow! I know many people who collect many different things but you are the first frog collector I have ever met. Thanks for the visit and comment too. :)

  6. There’s a Japanese writer of haiku named Issa who seemed to be obsessed with frogs. At least that’s my impression. I’m obsessed with squirrels. Fortunately, they’re rampant where I live so i can spend time every day observing their crazy antics.

    • We also have squirrels where I live but they have never played a significant role in my dreams. In fact, squirrels have rarely appeared in my dreams at all. This isn’t surprising to me as they are not among my totem animals but the frog is.

      This is the traditional First Nations teaching about The Squirrel. Squirrels represent gathering, activity, and preparedness. The Squirrel also symbolizes passion, energy, expression and vitality.

      The gathering power of Squirrel teaches us balance within the circle of gathering and giving out. They remind us that in our quest for our goals, it is vital to make time for play and socializing.

      Squirrel teaches us to conserve our energy for times of need. If your totem is Squirrel or Squirrel has recently entered your life, lighten your load of things that are unnecessary – things that you have gathered in the past and may be cluttering your life – thoughts, worries, and stresses.

      Squirrel is also the totem of action. Ask yourself are you too active, not active enough, afraid of enough, hung up on accumulating and collecting. Squirrel people tend to be a little erratic – trying to do many things at once. Take the time to stop and listen to your inner self – and don’t forget to play!

  7. Dear Timethief–what an interesting post!

    You know, when I was going to school in Montana, we had a small creek right next to us–one that was frequented by many frogs. I used to love hearing them in the summer–because it was not really that loud (there weren’t that many) and the frogs, along with the occasional hoot owl and crickets, was lovely orchestra, conducted by nature. I really do miss that. Since moving to Boston and San Francisco, I literally never hear frogs at all! I don’t hear them in Maine either–but I think we are too close to the sea to find many frogs dwelling there.

    As usual, this was a wonderfully informative and interesting post! Thank you!

    .-= Melinda´s last blog ..The Broken Places =-.

    • It’s good to hear from you. Living where I do on this semi remote island on the Canadian west coast I hear and see native leopard frogs commonly found in streams, creeks, ponds and wetland areas. In addition I hear and see native pacific tree frogs as this is a forested island and my own property is forested. My property also boasts a small seasonal stream, a much larger creek, and a very large pond.

      I have previously shared some of my dreams like the dragon dreaming ones that took place during my struggles with fibromyalgia flare-ups. I have also shared some of my shamanic journey dreams in my secret gardens dreams. First Nations teachings and dream interpretations have proved to be relevant and meaningful to me over the course of my life. I’m happy to hear you found the post to be interesting.

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