Singing in the reign

Frogs can symbolise fertility and transformation.

This is because at first glance tadpoles bear a striking resemblance to sperm. Frogs only start singing when the heavens open up with seasonal deluges around the world. Many species hibernate during dry or cold periods and are only resurrected when spring returns. Fresh water is the life-blood of the Earth and is directly associated with spirituality—the royal power that heralds new life returning.

Young women traditionally kiss frogs (much as they hate it) because it speaks to the feminine desire for fertilisation plus the offspring that follow. In the famous tale, a princess from Königsberg reluctantly befriends the “Frog Prince” who magically transforms into human royalty when she kisses him. Although the story is best known today through the Grimm Brothers’ version of it, the tale extends back at least as far as Roman times—in the Satyricon the character Trimalchio remarks: qui fuit rana nunc est rex or “the man who was once a frog is now a king.”

In modern times, this theme of transformation is echoed by the clinical psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson. Men stampede to hear him speak because he spurs them on to greatness. Mostly he encourages his audience to take back their sovereignty—not over others but over themselves. The result of this evolution may inspire men to climb the peaks of male dominance hierarchies (moderated by women). Jordan’s voice resembles Kermit the Frog and it’s no surprise he inspires such affection from his students. Despite his brilliance, however, Jordan lacks spiritual awareness. This means he is unlikely to be crowned in this lifetime.

Pepe the Frog is an Internet meme often portrayed with a frog’s head. During the United States presidential election he was even used by Donald Trump’s campaign. Since late 2016, Pepe has been activated by alt-right protesters opposed to political correctness. These “Kekistanis” decry the “oppression” of their people and often rally under the “national flag” of Kekistan:

Kek was the Egyptian “frog god” of chaos and primordial darkness. Why? Because frogs grow from immature (tadpoles) to mature (amphibians) without ever really taking form. Adult frogs have no tail and most have stubby legs, webbed toes and bulging eyes. Like other amphibians, their skins serve as respiratory organs and so must remain moist (another word women detest). Toads in particular can appear to be nothing more than ugly blobs. So frogs remain a character between worlds—the perennial Peter Pan of the animal kingdom who never grows up. The nebulousness of frogs then, directly echoes the formlessness of God.

Toads also have a more sinister reputation. In European folklore they were associated with witches who had magical powers. The toxic secretions from their skin were used to brew evil potions but also to create magical cures. They were even linked with the Devil—in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan was depicted as a toad pouring poison into Eve’s ear.

Above: can you see the parotid gland behind the eye of the Sonoran Desert Toad?

In 1992, ethnobotanists Wade Davis and Andrew Weil published Identity of a New World Psychoactive Toad which indicated that the frog venerated by the Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs was in fact the Bufo alvarius or the Sonoran Desert Toad. Impressions of this amphibian can be found in cultures art as far back as 2,000 BCE. Indeed, large quantities of Bufo skeletons have also been found at Olmec ceremonial sites. Some anthropologists have proposed that these nocturnal toads were used as a 5-MeO-DMT source, and “evidence” for this view comes from toad representations in Aztec art. Many of these descriptions focus in detail on the toad’s parotid glands where their venom lies. These include a sculpture in Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology plus relics from Palenque:

It seems plausible that tribes of the Sonoran (meaning resonant) Desert identified Bufo alvarius venom as a potent entheogen and traded it with their southern neighbors. Perhaps the possession of such a remarkable link with the divine is what caused the Aztec nation to believe in its own manifest destiny, sparking their subsequent conquest of much of what we now call Mexico? Could this entheogen have been a sacred treasure from their homeland, whose mythical properties they celebrated repeatedly in their mythology? Could it be that the cold-blooded creature that delivers the most powerful experience of “God within” is the humble toad?

So the idea of “royalty” hinted at in fairy tales and by celebrity psychologists is a profound state indeed. The fastest way to get there is via the “king” of entheogens: 5-MeO-DMT. This is squeezed by hand from the toad’s parotid glands, dried and then smoked. Upon inhalation, the initiate feels tremendous euphoria. This resurrection process drives the dissolution of the ego in favour of kingship—God springing forth from within.

This is the real reason that the world’s most famous temples are surrounded by fertile ponds. There is indeed a transformative link between toads (DMT) and the lotus flower (MDMA).