Archive for October, 2010

Frog Totems

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I love listening to the tree frogs singing at night during the summer months, like a lullaby putting me to sleep.  However, during my 35 years in NC, I never knew what a tree frog looked like until a few years ago when our region suffered a huge drought and they suddenly began to appear in my porch planters.

Tree frogs blend in with their surroundings by changing their color according to where they are.  They can sit for hours and sometimes days in the same spot waiting for their next meal to arrive.  And they seem fearless, as they do not hop away when I come close to them.  I discovered this characteristic quite by chance, while sitting on my metal, patio rocker.  There was this little critter sitting stationary in the curl of rod iron, swinging away with me that day and the next one after that.  When a tree frog accidentally discovered my kitchen, I learned first hand how far they can jump.  I finally caught up with my little friend glued to the side of my refrigerator.  Gently catching him in my hand, it was a great treat feeling his tiny suction cupped feet on my fingers.  “Ok now”, I said, “You belong outside”,  as I placed him in one of my plants.Being an amphibian, Frog totems are associated with both land and water.  North and South American Indians link the frog with rain, weather changes, and fertility of crops and people.

Emotions are also the realm of the frog, and a frog encounter can help us to understand our sensitivities to another’s emotional states. As the frog’s life cycle involves a metamorphosis from tadpole to adult, so too, can it help us to understand and flow with the transformations in our own lives.

Because frogs are extremely sensitive to sound, as your totem, it may be telling you of a new psychic ability, that of clairaudience or the ability to hear sounds psychically.

Has frog hopped into your life lately?  If so, you may want to ask yourself, if your life is too mundane.  Or do you need to divert your attention into a new creative experience?  Are you drowning in your emotions?  Its time to sit up and face the music of life and make the necessary changes to keep yourself moving forward.

Venus Retrograde

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

As you learned with my past entry on Mercury Retrograde, when a planet is retrograde it appears to be moving backwards in the heavens.  Venus, the planet that rules love, pleasure, relating, beauty and desire, turns retrograde every 18 months.  This fall Venus will be retrograde from October 8, until November 10, 2010 in the sign of Scorpio and then Libra.

This will be a time to reassess your values and your relationships. Are we connected to the right people?  Are our relationships serving our needs?  How are we relating to others?  These are some of the themes that may arise with Venus Retrograde.  With Venus in Scorpio, hidden issues of jealousy and resentment may come out of the closet.  What do you need to forgive and let go of?  This is a good time to heal your trust issues, take responsibility for your relationships, and release limiting beliefs and feelings.

Reevaluate what you want in life and plan some forward movement to get it.  When Venus Retrograde goes into the sign of Libra on November 8th, take some time to work on forgotten art projects that have long been on the shelf.

Because we will not be thinking clearly, this is not a good time to begin a new relationship, make wedding plans, have surgery, buy expensive luxury items, invest or begin new financial activities. Material goods that you expected may be delayed, and monetary rewards may not be forthcoming.  All of this will need to wait until  Venus turns Direct on November 10th.