The Meaning of a Dragonfly Sighting

Transformation and Adaptability

When you spot a dragonfly you are witnessing a beautiful being who is a master of change, adaptability, and metamorphosis. He represents spiritual growth through change and transformation. Those who identify with the dragonfly often possess many unique abilities and are often the big bringers of change in their immediate worlds and beyond, but that is not the only meaning of a dragonfly sighting.

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Symbolism

To understand the symbolism of the dragonfly, it’s helpful to know how unique they are in the physical sense. Much like a butterfly, these masters of flight and flexibility are born in one form and transform into another. The dragonfly is born first as a nymph who lives in water for years at a time. Some say three years; others say five. During this time, he can molt between 9 – 17 times. Then, he transforms and evolves into the flying wonder we see today. However, very little of a dragonfly’s life is actually spent flying through the open air. When you have a dragonfly sighting, you are seeing a symbol from Spirit to live in the moment and make the most of the time you have.

Dragonflies can see in 360-degree angles—another clue from Spirit to open your eyes and to see beyond limitations. Each of their four wings works independently. They go up, down, backward, and forward at any axis, which makes for some unique maneuvers. This allows the dragonfly to fly in any direction and at a speed of up to 30 miles per hour. Even at that speed, they can make hairpin turns or suddenly stop and hover. From the time they’re born, dragonflies are constant vehicles of change and transformation. They would have to be in order to have been on this planet even before the dinosaurs.

If the Dragonfly is Your Spirit Animal

Your spirit or totem animal is one that you identify with in a spiritual sense. Some say that we don’t pick our spirit animals—they pick us. The dragonfly symbolizes change and light. If the dragonfly is your spirit animal, you are likely someone who looks deep into the emotional and spiritual meaning of things.

Messages From the Spirit World

If you just think dragonflies are cool and don’t necessarily connect with their energy, but all of the sudden you seem to have one or two pestering you, it could be a message from Spirit that you should “lighten up” and live each moment with joy. In other words, a dragonfly sighting is a message that you worry too much about the future and don’t live in the moment. You need to stop, “hover,” and enjoy the moment you’re in. In the larger sense, a dragonfly can be a symbol that you need to be open to change in your life—to see life as a journey.

Symbols and messages can come to us in many ways. Of course, if you’re near water or a pool, seeing a dragonfly might not be unusual. But what if you were in the middle of the desert or another inland destination? You might see a sign that says “The Dragonfly Inn,” or the symbol of a dragonfly on a bottle of wine or water. You may even see a dragonfly in your dreams. If you see these symbols and make a spiritual connection, then the message is for you. You just need to be open to the meaning of your dragonfly sighting and what it’s saying to you.

Because our loved ones who have crossed over can often send bugs, birds, small animals and the like as messengers to let the living know that they are okay on the other side, the dragonfly can often show up as a spiritual messenger. Spirit often uses vehicles that are small, unique, and bright in color, and the dragonfly is thought to be a traveler of dimensions and realities, making him the perfect candidate.

Native American Symbolism

Native American cultures, though varying, are all rich in symbolism and tales of spirit animals. Many Native nations associate the dragonfly with healing and shamanism and consider the dragonfly the regenerative and protective force of Spirit.

The dragonfly is a medicine animal to the Hopi and Pueblo tribes, who feel he holds the powers of healing and transformation. Because of this, killing a dragonfly is taboo in the Pueblo traditions. Many North American tribes use rattles in healing ceremonies and during prayers for abundance and rain, and since the dragonfly has a connection to water, its likeness often adorns rattles used in healing rituals and ceremonies. Ceremonial rattles are also used for cleansing and purifying or when seeking guidance from the Great Spirit, and of course, to give thanks.

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21 thoughts on “The Meaning of a Dragonfly Sighting

  1. Cindy

    After my younger brother died years ago dragonflies began appearing constantly. Then, a few years back a huge one comes to the same bedroom window every year and I just sit and watch, and talk to it forever!! I know it’s my brother then last year it was buzzing my head and landed on a bush, I have a photo of my hand on the branch he was sitting on. My Dad passed the end of January, my brother, in April, then my Mom on May 9th. I have been struggling with grief over my losses. The other night a huge dragonfly came into our gazebo and was struggling near the top. I gently guided it back away down onto the screen. I have photos of her letting me touch her. She remained for two days. I almost thought something was wrong, but when I went out this morning she flitted around struggling to find her way out, while only one screen was closed, lol. I thought to myself this is so my Mom! She used to struggle driving her scooter around assisted living and crash into things all the time! Later I was crying thinking of her and I thought to myself I know that was you Mom. I felt a sense of peace come over me then could smell something. At first, I wasn’t sure what it was, then I recognized it as her perfume!!

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  2. Stephanie

    Sooo I have never really seen Dragon flies and I live in the Bay Area also I work at a cement recycling place and it’s literally nothing but dirt n rocks here I direct traffic and so everyday since I started I seen a dragonfly flying around me looking beautiful everytime I’ve only bin here a month but I still always see them it makes me feel good everytime I see one so I decided to look it up and I love what this page had to say because my life has went up and down since I was a teen n now it feels like it’s coming together n before I looked up the meaning I assumed it had something to do with change …. wich I’m happy to find out that’s what it means

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  3. Sannya

    HI, Dragonfly is not my totem and I have not been really been drawn to it at all. There have been dragonflies around but I did not have any close encounters as such. But, for the past month, I have encountered it more than 5 times at close range. The first two times it visited me was at the second floor of our house, outside my room. But, in both occasions, I found them dead after 2 or 3 days of the sighting. Both of them are on my altar right now. Somehow, I felt like keeping them. Days after, I’d see it once in awhile in the same area, hovering. In my office (in a school), I had encountered it 3 times at different dates. In one of those times, it landed right on the plant which was on my table, in front of me. Stayed there for sometime, it flew away. In another occasion, I found one dead on my office floor. I am not sure if it was the same one that landed on my plant. I think I have seen it two times here at home after the office visits. Again, today, it visited me when i was in the kitchen preparing lunch. It disappeared after a few minutes. There is something huge here. I can actually feel it in my bones. I have done some reflecting but not deep enough. Wanted to learn more and it led me here. Thank you for the information you have provided. I really have to do a lot of inner work and fast. Right? In love and light…

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  4. Barbara

    There was a dragonfly resting in front of our front door on the overhang ……it was at night just chilling wings weren’t moving at all just sitting there……we live in the bay area so I haven’t seen many…..it made me happy call me weird I don’t care it made me smile and I had to rush in to tell my mom

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    1. LJ

      Dear Barbara: You’re not weird, you just connected to Spirit – that always make me smile! I’m glad you notice the signs.
      ~LJ

  5. Stacy

    I have always loved dragonflies and often have one flying around me. Right after my father in law passed my husband and I were in the back yard and a huge gold dragonfly kept flying around my head. My husband saw it too and then my best friend was going through chemo and had one outside the window every day. I love them!

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    1. LJ

      Dear Judy: We can have many signs and many totem animals we call our own. It’s a matter of feeling connected to a specific way. As for those who may contact you from the other side, they may pick something (like a bird) that you both have a memory of or a special connection to – and if you don’t have such an animal/bird/insect … Spirit picks what they like and hopes that you’ll connect it with either a time you’re thinking about them or talking to them, or on special days (like birthdays), or just by the way they feel like they’re watching over you. Don’t rush, just relax and see how you feel when you see a creature – if it feels like more than “just a bird,” it probably is.
      ~LJ

  6. Tisha

    After my big sister passed away from cancer my other sister began to see them everywhere! Then me, my Mom and other sis started seeing them often. We call the “Lisa” now! She had a strong spirit …she would definitely send a sign!

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  7. laura

    hi, thank you for your knowledge…can you explain the meaning of constantly seeing red robins flying in front of my car window while driving…also seeing a huge rust brownish hawk for the first time fly just feet away from me in my yard…my spirit animal in shamanism is a hawk. Thank you so much

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    1. LJ

      Laura: Well the hawk is definitely your spirit animal. Birds symbolize the higher mind, freedom of thought and our subconscious.
      Look for the direction he flies – or does he change direction? Maybe that’s the best place to start. They typically show up most when change is on the horizon or we need to make a change. As for the Robin – my mother’s symbol is the robin. Maybe someone close to you just wants to join along wherever you’re going. The answers or within us. Take a moment to ponder – what was I doing, where was I going and what were they trying to tell me. You’ll get your answers.
      ~LJ

  8. Debra Marlin

    Today there was a dragonfly flying through the factory I work in very unusual stayed with it and looking for a way to get it back outside safely I followed it and it went to the door and I was able to open door and set it free!!!! Beautiful large green one happy it’s was free!!!!

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  9. Bernice

    I was walking in a parking lot at a shopping center the other day and out of the blue a dragonfly lands on my finger .I thought it was the most amazing thing..before I could get my phone to take a picture it flew away..
    I’ve been trying to figure out if that might mean something?

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    1. LJ

      Oh Bernice: Now, know you read my article (chuckles). Maybe it was a visitor, or maybe just the Great Spirit’s way of reminding you about healing and transformation – has anything happened to you lately that would require either or both? I know you know the answer. You could always consult a psychic medium or shaman to help you decipher the message – I am just the messenger.
      ~ LJ

  10. Crystal

    Very true concept of the Dragonfly . I do believe it’s spiritual sighting . Acknowledge the reality of why they appear to me .
    I enjoyed your more detailed of meaning and symbol of the Dragon fly.

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  11. Julia

    Thanks for this reminder that departed loved ones can send messengers back to us. Dragonflies appeared to my mother, sisters and me in abundance and in unusual places after my father died suddenly. It seemed to be a clear & beautiful message back from him. Dragonflies have become a cherished symbol to us and continue to appear very regularly. Thanks Dad!

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    1. LJ

      Julia: A beautiful message of faith in spirit – and it is so powerful when those around you feel it too. That’s love.
      ~LJ

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