Frogs have been seen as one of the most fascinating animal groups for many years. Frogs are also iconic within plenty of cultures, many of which firmly believe that frogs are strongly connected to good karma.
Frogs are believed to be lucky creatures associated with many positive cultural practices, superstitions, and mythology over the years. Frogs are said to attract good fortune, prosperity, fertility, healing, and growth based on their natural traits, abilities, and behaviors.
While frogs are generally seen as lucky on a broad scale, there are still numerous considerations and variations with regards to what frogs mean and symbolize in different cultures worldwide. Join us as we discuss why frogs are seen as lucky and how frogs are associated with luck in practice.
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Why Are Frogs Lucky?
Frogs are generally viewed as representing good luck symbolizing money, good relationships, careers, wellbeing, and health. In many cultures and beliefs, frogs predominantly embody luck with regards to prosperity, fortune, healing, health, growth, development, fertility, and potential.
Prosperity and Fortune
Prosperity and fortune are the most notable lucky traits of frogs, and frogs are typically used to attract wealth or success. This symbolism can be linked to careers and money, but it may also be linked to ‘return’ in some cultures. This sort of symbolism leaves more room for interpretation, as it could involve the return of money or the safe return of an individual (fortune).
Healing and Health
Frog associations also support health within numerous belief systems, and some cultures believe that frogs support the healing processes. This symbolism is predominantly due to the natural link between frogs and water, widely viewed as the Healing Element. Frogs are also used in modern science to create pharmaceuticals that can help to heal.
Growth and Development
Frogs have been associated with new beginnings or development, which strongly links to their natural characteristics. Frogs undergo a wide range of metamorphic changes from their initial conception and continue to adapt as a species to survive. They are also linked to spring, rain, and the earth element, which symbolize growth.
Fertility and Potential
Many cultures believe that frogs are associated with potential and fertility, primarily concerning their detailed metamorphic process. Most frog species lay several hundred or thousand eggs at a time, which is one of the primary motives for their continued survival.
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Frog Cultural Superstitions
Numerous frog symbolisms have led to a wide range of frog superstitions. It is important to note that some cultures believe that frogs are bad luck, but most cultures have formed superstitions surrounding good luck.
While there are countless frog superstitions worldwide, below are the most well-known:
- If a frog comes into your house, it is a sign of good luck.
- Frogs with thin skin dictate good weather.
- Frogs with dull skin or croaking frogs dictate rain.
- Frog amulets protect the wearer while traveling.
- Frog amulets in wallets support the protection and return of money.
- Amulets portraying frogs will promote the rebirth of a dead person’s soul.
Frog Cultural Mythology
Countless frog legends and fairytales have found their place in cultural mythology over the years, with some concerning metaphorical stories and others involving higher beings (CTNF).
Below are the most infamous frog mythology stories from around the world:
|Western||Frog Prince: A princess kisses a frog only for it to turn into a prince.||Never make judgments based on one’s outward appearance.|
|Aztec and Mayan||Tlaltecuhtli: Described as a frog deity in some variations. She was hungry, depicted with extra mouths on her knees and elbows. |
Chalchiuhtlicue: A Mesoamerican goddess associated with frogs and toads. She ruled rivers, lakes, streams, and storms.
|Tlaltecuhtli’s body supported the earth’s rivers, plant life, and mountains.|
The goddess of fertility and childbirth, due to associations with water.
|Panamanian||The Golden Frog: This mythology stemmed from Atelopus zeteki and was believed by the Kuna People.||It symbolized good luck in the wild. When it died, it would turn into a golden talisman.|
|Bolivian||Rain: The Aymara People believed that frogs could call down the rain.||Frogs were praised for sufficient rainfall, and blamed for drier seasons.|
|Australian||Tiddalik: A tale about a giant frog who drank all of the water in the land. A wise owl and eel made the frog laugh, after which it released the water again.||Peaceful problem-solving methods and restoration.|
|Chinese||Jin Chan: A three-legged frog, companion of a Daoist monk named Haichan. It was believed that the frog came out during full moons.||If the frog appeared at a business or home, good luck would come to that establishment.|
|Egyptian||Ogdoad of Hermopolis: A group of gods; males had frog heads and human bodies.|
Heket: A fertility goddess with a frog head and human body.
|It was believed that these gods brought balance and order to the world. |
She was said to protect women during childbirth.
Some believe that frogs have the Tropical Sun sign of Pisces and are born during the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Snake. Frog fanatics have begun linking astrology signs to various frog species based on compatible characteristics and traits in modern times. Although, there are various adaptations to this without common ground at this time.
Below are the most well-known associations between different frog species and human astrology signs based on our knowledge of these frogs:
|Astrology Sign||Symbol||Frog Species|
|Aries||Ram||Strawberry Poison Dart Frog|
|Cancer||Crab||Red-Eyed Tree Frog|
|Libra||Scales||American Tree Frog|
|Scorpio||Scorpion||Golden Poison Dart Frog|
|Aquarius||Water Bearer||Glass Frog|
|Pisces||Fishes||African Dwarf Frog|
Frogs are typically linked to the moon in many cultures, which embodies female energy. This was based on the belief surrounding ‘Mother Moon’ and ‘Father Sun’ and is another reason why frogs are commonly seen as symbolic of fertility in many cultures. Yet what is really interesting is that I personally noticed that frogs and toads are not out and about during the full moon (CTNF).
More About Frogs And Their Meanings
As interesting as cultural superstitions and practices may be, handling frogs in any way can pose risks for the frog and the handler. There are many safe and healthy approaches one can take for attracting good luck with frogs, such as the use of totems, trinkets, artwork, and the inclusion of beloved pet frogs.
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