Until now I have only shown you the poems that go with the paintings. Today I felt the need to have you read the story of the Frog and the Snake. This story is analogous with the “garden of life” and shows how each of these creatures uses its own gifts to thrive.
Frog and Snake are among the oldest surviving creatures on this planet.
Their ability to remain still and vigilant
makes them powerful allies in the garden.
If they do not wish to be seen, you will not see them.
Their stealth makes them living insect traps
aiding the gardener even without his knowledge.
They are also beings of the sun,
relying on the warmth to heat their cold bodies.
Yet like the garden they frequent, they need
all the other elements to add balance to their lives.
The Indigenous people believe they are healers of the highest order.
Frog is able to undergo many changes in one lifetime.
He goes from egg to tadpole to adult frog.
Snake on the other hand, is self-reliant.
He is hatched from an egg and has to fend for himself
from the very beginning.
The “Chi” or Energy Inspired
The resourcefulness of the Snake is combined
with the wisdom of the Frog in this Spirit Catcher.
The Frog is the water element of the equation,
while the Snake is earth based.
This is a very powerful combination for any garden
and brings a curative energy to the garden space.
It speaks clearly to the creative gardener
who is always endeavouring to find
an interesting alternative and doesn’t know
the meaning of the word “can’t.”
(From my book, “Spirit Catcher Paintings.”)