Blog reader Amy says, "Here is a photo of my first tattoo. It is a North American green frog, common to wetlands all over this beautiful continent. While not a strictly pagan design, my reasons for having it done do stem from my own spiritual beliefs. First and foremost, the frog is a very sensitive species, and as we watch their numbers decline we cannot help but notice the effect humanity is having on the environment we all share. So, this is a reminder to live green, and every choice in our daily lives can make a difference. Secondly, in a number of different cultures frogs represent rebirth and transformation. As they shift from tiny egg, to tadpole, and
eventually a full grown frog, so too do we move through the cycles of our lives as the same being, but innately different after each turn of the wheel. Similar to the phoenix rising anew from his ashes, the ever changing frog reminds us that we are always changing and becoming something new, although sometimes the changes come so slowly you may not even be aware of it. This was designed and inked by Candice at Black & Blue in Nanaimo, BC."