Toad in a Dream
The toad usually has negative connotations. People believed that touching one gave you warts, and looking at their eyes could make you epileptic. People also believed toads were an important ingredient in witches' brews. In Egypt, the toad symbolized death. In the Middle Ages, the toad became a symbol of lust and licentiousness, especially in Christian art. One hundred and two cane toads were brought from Hawaii to Australia in 1935 to control the cane beetle, which was destroying the sugar cane crops. The exercise proved a disaster, and there are now more than one hundred million cane toads in Australia. Cane toads are venomous� and eating them as eggs, tadpoles, or toads means instant death for most animals. Their poison even kills crocodiles. The toad is considered a sign of longevity in the East. An old story claims that toads contain a precious jewel inside their heads. William Shakespeare referred to this when he wrote: "Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in its head." (As You Like It, act 2, scene 1.) In the East, dreaming of a toad is an indication of a long, happy life and many sons. In the West, dreaming of a toad is a sign that you need to develop more self-belief and act more confidently.