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January 1, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Spirits and spirit animals

Early 1900 society seems obsessed with frogs.

If certain eras develop affection towards a particular creature – Like trendy social mascots – Selecting spirit animals so to speak as some shortly become spirits…

What critter would represent 2018?

Mad cow.

Sorta fits

We gotta reset with 2019

Happy New Year – Let’s make it a good one.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Frog holding champagne bottle with glasses at his feet and small clovers and horse shoes for good luck. 1908 post card for New Years(USPD. artist life,

“Don’t ask. It’s not easy being green. Social anxiety requires a little liquid fortification. The luck of four leaf clovers and horseshoes only goes so far.” (1908.postcard/USPD/

A vintage couple celebrating New Years post card, 1916. Nat.Lib. of Norway. USPD.artist life,

“Oh, Dahling. Cleverly done with that formal dinner invitation. You are right, though. Greeting him at the door with ‘Oh, you are so cute I could just eat you up’ was a bit insensitive.” (New Years post card.1916. USPD/



  1. sustainabilitea / Jan 1 2019 7:45 am

    My spirit animal must always be a horse, I think. πŸ™‚ A most happy and blessed 2019 to you and yours!!


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2019 5:54 pm

      Wild horses can drag you away! Hang on!
      Right now it looks like rather than the noble horse, a stubborn mule may be the symbol of this year…or honey badger, perhaps. Sometimes better to be of the world but not in it.
      thanks for riding along

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  2. Jay / Jan 1 2019 8:52 am

    2019? The Year of the Incontrovertible Skunk (not original to me)

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  3. shoreacres / Jan 1 2019 11:00 am

    I wasn’t going to share this with you, but if we’re going to nominate spirit animals for 2019, I might go with the Trash Panda. Lord knows there’s a lot of trash that needs taking out, and the critters are good for a fight. Just don’t let Bob watch it!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2019 11:31 am

      Auuugggghhhh! (Bob’s busy watching Rose Parade…thinking of appetizers hiding in those lovely flowers)
      Yep, Trash Panda’s a strong front runner!
      Thanks for canning a comment to leave

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    • LordBeariOfBow / Jan 1 2019 6:45 pm

      had to go look that up Trash panda, You planning on letting a few hundred loose in DC are you?

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      • shoreacres / Jan 1 2019 6:46 pm

        Let’s just say it isn’t the worst idea I’ve ever had…

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  4. aFrankAngle / Jan 1 2019 12:34 pm

    Using 2019 as a reset is a good idea … then again, others are clueless of the meaning. Happy New Year to you and yours. May RC continue to rule from the roost with a velvet paw.


  5. Xena and Lucy / Jan 1 2019 3:09 pm

    Well, rattlers do make a lot of noise, but they don’t need approval before they strike, and they don’t usually change their minds every couple of hours (or at least I don’t think they do…do they even have minds?)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2019 5:58 pm

      Rattlers tend to sit back and evaluate, know their own strike potential, and give a loud warning signal before they’ve had enough and are going to attack with force and good aim. Scary creatures.
      They just want to be left alone to live and let live – a little like many people in that respect.
      Maybe rattlers have the potential to be chosen animal mascot for the year.
      Astute choice. Thanks for herding that thought this way

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  6. Curt Mekemson / Jan 1 2019 5:09 pm

    I am thinking a mountain goat, something can climb up really high and gain a new perspective… or run away if that fits.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2019 6:00 pm

      Mountain goat – good choice, elusive, agile, clever, able to live in rugged environments. Powerful choice!
      Thanks for spotting a real possibility


  7. susielindau / Jan 1 2019 6:52 pm

    Flying Pigs! It’s the year of the Pig but not until February 5th.
    Happy New Year, Phil!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 2 2019 12:22 pm

      Hmmm. Perhaps leave out the flying pig Christmas ornament until year’s trendy animal is set…
      Actually when I first noticed all the frogs in card, art, advertising, literature of that era, I wondered if the Chinese Zodiac played some role. There was a huge influence and decorative/fashion trend as people were fascinated by the exotic Orient…but then again, Europe has some history with frogs, too (In Medieval times land frogs represented the “saved” and righteous while water frogs were the sinners – frog’s importance/symbolism goes way past Roman, Greek, Egyptian even Mesopotania. There’s a great Taoist classic tale about life with talk between a frog and a large sea turtle (with many variations in China) “”Sitting at the bottom of wells, frogs think that the sky is as wide as a lid”)
      It’s a wonder I get anything written at all with so many interesting trails to hop down.
      But I agree. Society might actually adopt the flying pig as society’s trendy animal mascot for this year…the animal certainly portrays how many are looking at how things need to balance and settle down?
      Thanks for flying that one in!


  8. restlessjo / Jan 2 2019 2:18 am

    All the very best to you, Phil, and thanks for the smiles πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  9. The Hook / Jan 2 2019 9:04 am

    I vote for the Dodo.
    Think about it: Common sense and civility are disappearing more and more every day, so…


  10. Littlesundog / Jan 2 2019 2:21 pm

    I vote Trash Panda. We’ve had “signs” of them here already ringing in the new year. They’re coming in droves to eat the deer feed and last night they managed to get in the chicken barn and took out about seven hens.

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