Monthly Archives: August 2012
The Magical Frog
Throughout time and many different cultures, Frogs have been considered to be symbols of great good luck. In ancient China and up to the present day, the Frog spirit Ch’ing-Wa Sheng is associated with healing and good fortune in business. That’s why, to this day, you will see a Frog icon in stores and offices throughout China. And the Chinese also believe unconditionally in Chan Chu, or the noble Money Frog.
Ever since ancient times, the mythical Money Frog has been one of the Chinese holy creatures that protect against misfortune and enrich the household. The noble Money Frog is also associated with being a symbol that represents long life and immortality.
In ancient Egypt, the Frog was also held in a place of honor as a symbol of life and fertility. This was because each year, after the Nile River flooded, bringing fertility to the otherwise barren land, millions of Frogs were born. So in Egyptian mythology, there began to be a Frog goddess who represented fertility. Her name was Heget, meaning “Frog.”
In Scotland, the Frog is seen as a symbol of good luck. Many households throughout Scotland keep a stone Frog in their gardens to attract good luck. The associations of the Frog with good luck in Scotland are believed to date back to around 297 AD. The Celts revered the Frog as lord over all the earth. They believed that the Frog possessed healing powers because of its connection with water and the cleansing rains.
The Magical Crane
Cranes are most likely the oldest bird on earth, and one of the oldest known existing Magical Creatures is the Magical Crane. There are fossil remains of Cranes from over 60 million years ago. Throughout the history of mankind, Cranes have evoked strong emotional responses in people. Their size, behavior, social relations, unique calls, graceful movements, and stately appearance have inspired expressions through human art, artifacts, mythology, and legend in cultures around the world.
This appreciation of Cranes was conveyed in prehistoric cave paintings in Africa, Australia, and Europe. Ancient Egyptians adorned their tombs with images of Cranes, for they were thought to fly the souls of the dead to the other side. Ancient Greek and Roman myths portrayed the dance of Cranes as a love of joy and a celebration of life. The Crane was considered to be a bird of Apollo, the sun god, who symbolized spring and light.
In the East, Cranes have for millennia occupied a prominent place in mythology and religious tradition. Throughout all of Asia, the Crane has been a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japanese, Chinese, and Korean tradition, Cranes stand for good fortune and longevity because of their fabled life span of a thousand years.
The Magical Salamander
The magical creature known as the flame–defying Salamander symbolizes a life of triumph. Its attributes include balance, renewal, transition, awareness, spirituality, adaptability, enlightenment, and resourcefulness. The Salamander asks us to make the best of our time, both day and night. It helps us to balance our opportunities.
Salamanders regrow their tails and limbs if lost in encounters with their predators or other calamities. This is symbolic of renewal, regeneration, rebirth, and growth. The Salamander calls upon our deepest internal resources to produce the development we require in our lives. It also helps those who are in need of change in their lives.
The Salamander’s ability to escape fire unharmed is symbolic of its ability to triumph over adversity, and he can help those who believe in his powers do the same.