Three Leg Frog

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I noticed Frog when I arrived in Gualala because there are signs around town for the local book store, Four-Eyed Frog Books. I visited the book store. Shortly after, I drew a frog looking at a butterfly. A few weeks later, while at the Gualala visitors center, the lady said, “If you’re feeling froggy, check out the Gualala arts center today.” You bet, I went over to the art center. Behind the arts center is a trail through the redwoods and along the river. In the river, there are LOTS of frogs, tadpoles, and polliwogs. My dog, Lucky, wadded in the water and I could see the small tadpoles stuck in the fur of his legs. Their pulsating black bodies almost too small to see. I take him to the water and try to wash them free of his hair. Fear of small living beings reminds me of a recent dream I have been working with:

  • Approaching a tunnel
  • It’s open but they warn of people’s stories, their fear
  • Something in there, a black worm or parasite shape
  • I go, but I concentrate on shielding myself like inside a hard egg
  • She points at them next to me
  • I don’t want to look, I’m afraid they will get me
  • But I see shimmering out of the corner of my eye

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Legend of Three Leg Frog

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Second Version:

The legend is about a toad named Chan Chu. The story begins that a wife of one of the eight immortals stole the elixir of immortality and fled to the moon. When she drank the elixir, it turned her into an ugly toad. Sympathetic Gods allowed her to keep the tail of a tadpole, or third leg, versus two legs of a fully developed toad.

The toad, Chan Chu, loved money and was tempted into a well with gold coins. One reason wealth Toads are said to be associated with wealth is that they can always be found where there is water. And because water means wealth, the relationship of wealth and water were associated with the toad. It’s also said that the money Toads looks like a fat coin purse, further enhancing the Toad’s association with wealth.

Chan Chu was also associated with the moon, the ultimate feminine force and legend says swallows the moon during an eclipse. But it’s the money aspects that make this Toad so popular.

The wealth toad can assume many forms in Feng Shui. Sometimes the toad is shown sitting on a bed of coins, and other times he is shown sitting on a ba gua or holding strings of coins or wealth ingots. Chan Chu symbolises protection and turning bad luck that causes money problems into good luck. The money Toad is believed to help people end troubling bills, poor financial habits like overspending, and difficulty attracting money. – Source