Transformation and Adaptability
Spotting a dragonfly is exciting: after all, you are witnessing a beautiful creature that is a master of change, adaptability, and metamorphosis. Dragonflies represent spiritual growth through change and transformation. Those who identify with the dragonfly often possess many unique abilities, and often bring change to their immediate worlds and far beyond.
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What are Dragonflies?
Dragonflies are insects distinguished by their wing sets of unequal size; A dragonfly’s hindwings are smaller than their forewings. Agile flyers, these beautiful, delicate-seeming creatures are expert hunters.
Natural Dragonfly 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 as a nymph who lives in water for the first three to five years of its life. During this time, it can molt between 9 – 17 times. Then, it transforms and evolves into the flying wonder we see around us, but 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 top speed, dragonflies can make hairpin turns or suddenly stop and hover. From the time they’re born, dragonflies are constant vehicles of change and transformation, demonstrating why this insect has survived since before the time of the dinosaurs.
Dragonfly Symbolism Within Cultures
Many cultures have their own understanding of dragonfly meaning and symbolism. Here are some examples:
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 those rattles. Ceremonial rattles adorned with the dragonfly are also used for cleansing and purifying or when seeking guidance from the Great Spirit, and of course, to give thanks.
The Japanese regard the dragonfly as a positive symbol and omen. Associated with the autumn, Japanese tradition connects dragonflies to happiness and courage and haiku poets often wrote about dragonflies.
European Dragonfly Myths
Traditional European cultures took a dimmer view of dragonflies, however, sometimes associating them with evil intent or physical harm. Some cultures associate the dragonfly with snakes while others firmly connect the dragonfly with death. If you have a strong connection to European culture and folklore, you may decide that a dragonfly sighting is a sign that Spirit is warning you of something.
If this is the case, don’t be afraid to imitate the dragonfly in its ability to see everything around itself and change course if necessary. In most cases, you’ll find that slowing down and being cautious is a wise decision.
Artwork and Adornment
Many cultures have been attracted to the beauty of dragonflies and depicted them in artwork, clothing, or jewelry. Dragonflies are a common motif in Zuni pottery and Pueblo jewelry. The Art Nouveau movement of the late 19 and early 20 centuries made much use of dragonfly symbolism as well. Even the ancient Egyptians used dragonflies in their magical amulets.
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
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 a dragonfly symbol on a bottle of water or wine. You may even see a dragonfly in your dreams. In these cases the meaning is often profound and should be heeded; they can offer a spiritual connection, a message just for you. Be open to what you might receive.
If you just think dragonflies are cool and don’t necessarily connect with their energy, but you have one or two pestering you all of a sudden, 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.
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.
Another thing to consider is that while dragonflies are truly a beautiful sight to behold, they are predators, even when they are nymphs living in water. Consider the control that dragonflies have over themselves and their flight patterns. Are you able to exercise self-discipline via stopping what you are doing so that you have time to observe circumstances and situations?
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