Singing in the reign

Frogs can symbolise fertility, transformation and royalty.

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 the peaks of male dominance hierarchies (moderated by women). Since Jordan’s voice resembles Kermit the Frog it’s no surprise that he once inspired such affection from his students. His legacy will be the rejuvenation of western civilisation.

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 they must remain moist (another word women detest). Toads in particular 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 (from the Egyptian Heqet). The toxic secretions from their skin were used to brew evil potions but also to effect 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: the parotid gland is found 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? Is the cold-blooded creature that delivers the most powerful experience of “God within” 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 (harmlessly) by hand from the toad’s parotid glands, dried and then smoked. Upon exhalation, a divine rapture floods the initiate which washes away consensus reality. This cosmic passion drives the dissolution of the ego in favour of a profound love—God springing forth from within. Indeed, naming the darkness reveals the light. Here we are reminded of Shakespeare’s As You Like It:

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.

The jewel of course is 5-MeO-DMT (from the parotid glands) that is bequeathed from the place of the seventh chakra. This is why this amphibian is often shown wearing a crown and sitting upon a lotus flower.

Above: all hail Heqet—goddess of the flood

***The author’s first three Bufo ceremonies were totally life-changing. They were EMOTIONAL, not visual—resurrection without identity. A deep, cosmic PASSION that brought tears to the eyes. The divine rapture!***