Contributed by Anne Barton
Even before knowing the meanings associated with Dragonfly, I felt like this colorful, flighty being suggested the essence of magic. The iridescent colors, dancing movements, and affinity to water all suggest a spirit of ‘other worldly’ dimensions. And this is in fact part of Dragonfly’s story…
Key Concepts when Dragonfly is Present:
• Seek out parts of habits that have a need for change.
• Things are never completely as they seem.
• Break down the illusions that restrict.
• Let Dragonfly and nature's spirits guide you through illusion to your power
Dragonfly medicine is of the dreamtime and the illusionary facade we accept as physical reality. Dragonfly’s shifting of color, energy, form, and movement explodes into the mind of the observer, bringing vague memories of a time or place where magic reigned. Did this mighty dragon of the skies ever walk the earth and scorch it with her fire? Some legends say Dragon, in trying to prove his power and magical prowess, lost that power and was transformed into Dragonfly. Now Dragonfly cautions us to take care in giving away our power and to protect ourselves appropriately, striving for balance at all times. True safety and protection is in knowing who we are and trusting our own inner guidance. Wherever we put up barriers or a façade, or try to change to please another, signals where we are in pain. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a part of claiming our power.
Dragonfly brings messages of wisdom and enlightenment as well as communications from the elemental world, made up of the tiny spirits of plants and the elements of air, earth, fire and water. Dragonfly may dance into your world to remind you to water your plants or to give thanks for the foods you eat that sustain your body. When we are too caught up in the illusion of the ‘real’ world, it is the animal spirits that will bring us back to the simplicity of our connection to nature and who we truly are.
Dragonfly can guide us to consider the balance between our emotional well-being and our rational mind. Nourished relationships of all kinds, with warm emotion and care, will flourish. Your rational mind may say that there is no time to walk in the woods at twilight with your partner when you need to do the ironing, but your rational mind is wrong. Without the positive expression of love, your relationship will shrivel and die. The laundry, on the other hand, will still be there tomorrow.
If Dragonfly crosses your path, consider if:
• You are trying to prove to yourself or someone else that you have power.
• You are caught in an illusion that weakens your true feelings or minimizes your abilities.
• You are deluded into believing that you will be happier if you change because someone else wants you to.
In forfeiting what you know is right and true for you, you give away your power. Follow Dragonfly to the place inside your body where magic is still alive and drink deeply. Take your power back – the power of becoming the illusion. You are creating it all.