Frog medicine, Duck medicine

Frog medicine, Duck medicine

All in a rush, Spring arrived and in our garden it came with enough frogs to almost walk across the pond. For a few weeks, there was a party in the pond, and each evening I went out to put food out for the returned hedgehogs, to hear the contented song of mating amphibians. I’ve always loved frogs; the metamorphosis from spawn to tadpole to froglet to full frog is mind-boggling. Tadpoles apparently can decide when they make the transition. If conditions aren’t right, they can remain a tadpole, getting bigger and bigger, until they mysteriously start to change into frogs. In many animistic traditions, frog is a being of significance too. According to one favourite site ( this is some of Frog’s attributes:

Singer of songs that celebrate the most ancient watery beginnings, Transformation, Cleansing, Understanding emotions, Rebirth

There’s plenty more information out there, though it does tend to repeat itself. Frog is a water totem, and connects strongly with emotion and cleansing, new starts and transformations.



On Friday, we had a delightful discovery. For a couple of months the garden has been visited daily by a female mallard duck, sometimes with and sometimes without her drake swain. We wondered whether she was the same duck who came last year with two half grown ducklings; on Friday morning she appeared as if from nowhere with thirteen fluffy little pom-poms. The likelihood is that she had a nest somewhere secluded in our garden and the ducklings were brand new, fresh from the egg. Ducks, too, have their medicine attributes:

Grace on water, Water energy, Seeing clearly through emotions, Spirit helper of mystics and seers

The alignment of the two symbolic sets of meanings is striking, and with my own mystical aspirations, I cannot help but assign meaning to the apparent coincidence of our garden visitors, and begin to see a slow, but accelerating change in my internal world.


Mother Duck and ducklings

Mother Duck and ducklings

7 thoughts on “Frog medicine, Duck medicine

  1. Lucky you, to have such interesting companions. Mine are birds, among them a pair of blackbirds who seem to return every year, or send their offspring. They’re delightful to watch, fishing for worms.


  2. The speed of the animal world to quickly assess opportunities belies the belief in slow change. Since losing our much beloved dog our garden has become a sanctuary for almost tame birds, squirrels and a pair of moorhens . Pheasants strut past the kitchen door and look in the windows, and robins come inside to remind us it is time…

    The dog never bothered about birds but they obviously bothered about her! Its quite satisfying to watch the huntin-shootin landowner’s pheasants escaping the guns by just flying over a wall.


  3. What lovely pictures signifying the regrowth of Spring:)). Sadly the seagulls roosting on next door’s roof have put paid to many of the songbirds that used to visit my garden…


  4. One year, we had ordered a couple of Christmas wreaths from the local school kids. One wet evening they dropped them off on our front porch. I brought them in and dropped them in the entry on some newspaper. That night, we awoke to a loud bellow croak which repeated every little while. I went downstairs to investigate. Apparently, one of the wreaths was home to a good sized wild frog. We named her Aretha.


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