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« Topic Start: May 14, 2007, 12:27:18 pm »

I need help interpreting a sign that I requested.  I wanted conformation that I had made the right choice and that the spiritual direction I was headed in was right.  The sign I received was a golden frog.  A frog of or colored gold, not one of a species by that name.  I tend to interpret receiving a sign as positive.  As in, yes, I made the right choice.  But why a golden frog?  Are you familiar with myths involving such a frog?  Or do you know of any religious significance here? 
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« Reply #1: May 14, 2007, 01:42:48 pm »

I need help interpreting a sign that I requested.  I wanted conformation that I had made the right choice and that the spiritual direction I was headed in was right.  The sign I received was a golden frog.  A frog of or colored gold, not one of a species by that name.  I tend to interpret receiving a sign as positive.  As in, yes, I made the right choice.  But why a golden frog?  Are you familiar with myths involving such a frog?  Or do you know of any religious significance here? 

if the situation involved kissing at all, I'd think the Frog Prince.

other than that, I'm stumped.
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« Reply #2: May 14, 2007, 02:41:14 pm »

I need help interpreting a sign that I requested.  I wanted conformation that I had made the right choice and that the spiritual direction I was headed in was right.  The sign I received was a golden frog.  A frog of or colored gold, not one of a species by that name.  I tend to interpret receiving a sign as positive.  As in, yes, I made the right choice.  But why a golden frog?  Are you familiar with myths involving such a frog?  Or do you know of any religious significance here? 

Definitely not a scholarly source, and I have no idea where they got the idea, but in the first season of Dead Like Me golden frogs seemed to be connected to life after death and transformation.

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« Reply #3: May 14, 2007, 04:28:23 pm »

Definitely not a scholarly source, and I have no idea where they got the idea, but in the first season of Dead Like Me golden frogs seemed to be connected to life after death and transformation.

Absent, who watches too much t.v. .

Ok, my first thought involved the species golden frogs and is completely besides the point lol

But, since I have never watched Dead Like Me, why does seem to make me want to agree, Marilyn? (Even less scholarly response since I can't think WHY my brain makes the connection Huh )
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« Reply #4: May 14, 2007, 04:32:56 pm »

Definitely not a scholarly source, and I have no idea where they got the idea, but in the first season of Dead Like Me golden frogs seemed to be connected to life after death and transformation.

They had the same meaning in Egyptian symbology.  The frogs would hibernate in the mud through the dry season, and when the floods came would basically reanimate, providing a handy resurrection symbol.

The frog-headed goddess Heqet is a midwife, handling the 'birth' end of things.  Further, the Ogodad, a set of eight gods and goddesses (half snake-headed and half frog-headed) were the creators of some of the basic strutwork for the universe in one creation cosmology.
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« Reply #5: May 14, 2007, 05:01:13 pm »


But, since I have never watched Dead Like Me, why does seem to make me want to agree, Marilyn?

See Darkhawk's answer.  Apparently both you and the show's creators have some awareness of Kemetic cosmology.

Me, I just watch too much t.v. Cheesy

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« Reply #6: May 14, 2007, 05:11:47 pm »

See Darkhawk's answer.  Apparently both you and the show's creators have some awareness of Kemetic cosmology.

Me, I just watch too much t.v. Cheesy

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Well crud... *scratches head* wonder where I picked that up? lol
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« Reply #7: May 14, 2007, 08:46:42 pm »

I need help interpreting a sign that I requested.  I wanted conformation that I had made the right choice and that the spiritual direction I was headed in was right.  The sign I received was a golden frog.  A frog of or colored gold, not one of a species by that name.  I tend to interpret receiving a sign as positive.  As in, yes, I made the right choice.  But why a golden frog?  Are you familiar with myths involving such a frog?  Or do you know of any religious significance here? 

My initial thoughts about frogs are of rebirth and transformation. It's clouded in my mind if this comes from actual research or a fantastically dreadful movie that has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. In the movie the frog is a symbol of rebirth. Though its used (in a roundabout way) for a motorcycle gang to come back from the dead so they can be super unruly.

But the frog prince fairy tale is also about transformation so that fits with rebirth.
It really seems like there is another fairy tale like story about a frog right on the tip of my tongue, but it's escaping me.

Those stories with what others have said convince me that the frog really is about transformation.

I would think also that the fact that your frog was golden in color would lend credibility to the notion that it was a positive sign. I guess that's a matter of interpretation, but generally I go with gold = sun and sun = yes or positive.

So in a very non footnoted, no evidence to back this up whatsoever way, I'd say golden frog = positive transformation.

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« Reply #8: May 14, 2007, 09:48:02 pm »

I need help interpreting a sign that I requested.  I wanted conformation that I had made the right choice and that the spiritual direction I was headed in was right.  The sign I received was a golden frog.  A frog of or colored gold, not one of a species by that name.  I tend to interpret receiving a sign as positive.  As in, yes, I made the right choice.  But why a golden frog?  Are you familiar with myths involving such a frog?  Or do you know of any religious significance here? 

I don't have any additional knowledge about frog mythology, but I received a similar sign when I was about your age, only my frog was silver. I wore a silver frog ring on my right ring finger for close to ten years until I decided it was time to throw it into a real frog pond.

The silver frog vision I had was very vivid, and accompanied by a very certain, gut knowing that "this frog steals names." I wore the frog ring as a way of reminding and guarding myself against the more negative aspects of transformation: the loss of the previous self. Basically, if silver frog is around, I know it's time to decide what's worth keeping and hold onto it tightly, because there is a major change coming.

As a contrast, this fits in with MelanieS' interpretation. Gold frog=positive transformation. Silver frog=negative transformation, or the negative aspects of transformation.

Betty  Smiley

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« Reply #9: May 14, 2007, 11:37:35 pm »

I would think also that the fact that your frog was golden in color would lend credibility to the notion that it was a positive sign. I guess that's a matter of interpretation, but generally I go with gold = sun and sun = yes or positive.

So in a very non footnoted, no evidence to back this up whatsoever way, I'd say golden frog = positive transformation.

Positive transformation.  Your thoughts make perfect sense (I only hope I am not believing too readily what I want to hear).  I hadn't considered the gold/sun connection.  We could probably flip the idea and say silver/moon = no or negative.
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« Reply #10: May 14, 2007, 11:42:02 pm »

As a contrast, this fits in with MelanieS' interpretation. Gold frog=positive transformation. Silver frog=negative transformation, or the negative aspects of transformation.

I should have read to all posts before quoting.  That'll teach me.  Thanks for sharing your silver frog experience.  Could you tell me more about the name-stealing?  I have a special interested in names so anything on the subject is bound to catch my attention  Smiley
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