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Keynote: The Power of Light
Dragonflies and Damselflies are very ancient with estimates
of having been around for over 180
million years. They have beautiful, jewel-like coloring. The
bright colors take time to develop,
reflecting the idea that with maturity our own true colors come
forth. This is part of dragonfly
For many it is difficult to tell the difference between a dragonfly
and a damselfly. Dragonflies
have broad bodies and enormous eyes. Damselflies are more slender
and delicate. When
dragonflies are at rest, they hold their wings out like a glider.
Damselflies will fold their wings
over their backs when at rest. Dragonflies will often eat while
in flight, and damselflies will
always land before eating.
Both are known for their fast flight and their dazzling aerial
feats, as if imitating how light itself
can be moved and directed. They twist, turn, change direction
in an instant, hover, move up or
down, and even fly backwards. Dragonflies are sometimes known
as mosquito hawks. Both the
damsels and the dragons are excellent hunters of flying insects.
They can fly at speeds up to
30mph, and their eyes help spot flying insects. They can spot
a movement 40ft. away. They use
their sharp, spiny legs and strong jaws to capture prey.
Dragonflies and damselflies inhabit two realms--water and air.
The significance of these should
be examined. In their early life--as a nymph--they live within
the water. As they mature and go
through their metamorphosis, they move to the realm of air.
It is not unusual to find individuals
with dragonfly totems to be very emotional and passionate in
the early years, but as they get
older, they learn to balance it with greater mental clarity
and control. sometimes it can indicate
that the emotions have gotten shut down because of emotional
issues in the early life. Remember
that the dragonfly and damselfly are always found around water.
There must be expressions of
the emotional and the mental together.
If a dragonfly has shown up in your life, you may need some
fresh air in regard to something
emotional. You may need to gain a new perspective or make a
change. It may even indicate that
you are neglecting your emotions. Are you being too rational
about everything? Are you not
keeping the color of emotions alive?
Dragonflies are very territorial. They will lay their eggs within
their territory near the water. The
egg eventually develops into the nymph stage of metamorphosis
in this insect, and remains as a
nymph for almost two years before it transforms into an adult
dragonfly or damselfly. This can
reflect a number of possibilities for those with this totem.
It can indicate that an approximate
two-year period of change is about to reach its culmination.
It may reflect that you are coming
into a two-year period of transformation. It may even reflect
a need to institute changes that may
culminate in the colorful transformations you desire within
a two-year period. Only by
examining your life and activities will you begin to understand
its specific role.
Just as light can bend and shift and be adapted in a variety
of ways, so can the archetypal forces
associated with the dragonfly. It is one of the most adaptable
of insects. It is why it has been able
to survive for so long. Dragonflies have two pairs of wings,
but if need be, they can fly with one.
Their eyes are kept clean with special combs on their legs and
by washing the eyes with water
drops collected in the mouth.
Their main predators are frogs and birds. Particularly the frog
should be studied by those with
this totem. Their realm is the realm of light, and they are
only out during the day, as they are
cold-blooded. Summer is their most powerful time, as they need
the warmth and light of the sun.
for those with this totem, this will be important to consider.
Spending tie outside in the sun near
fresh water sources will be beneficial for restoring and changing
health conditions for the better
for those with this totem.
Although some have color pigments in their skin, for most the
colors are caused almost the same
way rainbows form. Structures in their shell scatter and refract
the light, making them look
iridescent green and blue. as they age, they may pass through
several color changes. This ability
to reflect and refract light and color has caused it to be associated
with many forms of magic and
mysticism--including color magic, illusion (causing others only
to see what you wish), and more.
Dragonfly's magic is the power of light and all that has ever
been associated with it.
Dragonflies and damselflies are often depicted in Japanese paintings,
representing new light and
joy. To some Native Americans, they represent the souls of the
dead. some stories speak of the
time in which they used to be real dragons. Often we assume
that dragons have to be gigantic
beasts breathing fire, but the fantastic creatures of the Faerie
Realm often come in many shapes
and sizes. Dragonflies because they are mythical relatives of
the ancient dragons are wonderful
links to working with nature spirits. for more information on
them, you may wish to refer to my
earlier work "Enchantment of the Faerie Realm."
The dragonfly and damselfly reflect the work with the sun and
light. The light changes
throughout the day. The dragonfly and damselfly undergo their
own transformations. If they
have shown up, look for changes to occur. Are you resisting
change when you shouldn't?
Dragonflies remind us that we are light and can reflect the
light in powerful ways if we choose to
do so. "Let there be light" is the divine prompting
to use the creative imagination as a force
within your life. This is part of what dragonflies and damselflies
Life is never quite the way it appears, but it is always filled
with light and color. Dragonfly can
help you to see through your illusions and thus allow your own
light to shine forth. Dragonfly
brings the brightness of transformation and the wonder of colorful
*Jamie Sams & David Carson/Medicine Cards:
Illusion. Dragonfly medicine is of the dreamtime and
the illusionary facade we accept as the
physical reality. The iridescence of Dragonfly's wings reminds
us of colors not found in our
everyday experience. 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.
Some legends say that the Dragonfly was once Dragon, and that
Dragon had scales like
Dragonfly's wings. Dragon was full of wisdom, and flew through
the night bringing light with its
fiery breath. The breath of Dragon brought forth the art of
magic and the illusion of changing
form. Then Dragon got caught in its own facade. Coyote tricked
Dragon into changing form, and
the shape of its new body became like the Dragonfly's. In accepting
the challenge to prove its
power and magical prowess, Dragon lost its power.
Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages
of wisdom and enlightenment,
and the communications from the elemental world. This elemental
world is made up of the tiny
spirits of plants, and of the elements air, earth, fire, and
water. In essence, this world is full of
If Dragonfly has flowing into your cards today, you may have
forgotten to water your plants. On
another level, you may need to give thanks to the foods you
eat for sustaining your body. On the
psychological level, it may be time to break down the illusions
you have held that restrict your
actions or ideas.
Dragonfly medicine always beckons you to seek out the parts
of your habits which you need to
change. Have you put on too much weight, or have you started
to look like a scarecrow? Have
you tended to the changes you have wanted to make in your life?
If you feel the need for change,
call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion
to the pathway of transformation.
See how you can apply the art of illusion to your present question
or situation, and remember
that things are never completely as they seem.
Contrary: Are you trying to prove to yourself or someone
else that you have power? Are you
caught in an illusion that weakens your true feelings or minimizes
your abilities? If so, you may
have contracted "Dragonfly dive-bombing." Is this
the final "crash and burn" for some pipedream
that had no real purpose? Look within and feel the sense-of-self
energy within yourself.
Notice if it is ebbing, and find the point in time when you
were deluded into believing that you
would be happier if you changed because someone else wanted
you to. Misery is a prime clue
that you lost your will and personal validity when you bought
into someone else's idea of who or
what you should be. The illusion was that you would be happier
if you did it their way. In
forfeiting what you know is right and true for you personally,
you give away your power. Is it
time for you to take it back.
Follow Dragonfly to the place inside your body where magic is
still alive, and drink deeply of its
power. This strength belongs to you. It is the power of becoming
the illusion. This ability is ever
changing, and contains within it the knowledge that you are
creating it all.
*Dragonfly is the guardian and protector of Quetzalcoatl.
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
If hovering near water, this represents the cooperation between
your mental/conscious self and
your emotional nature. Dragonflies are very adaptable, but also
territorial. Have you been
hovering around your domain too much? Or perhaps you've been
too flexible in a specific
situation. Dragonflies need warmth and sunlight. On the dream
plane, this may represent a
similar physical need that manifests as depression or restlessness.
Alternatively, it may
symbolize the need to be more aware of the conscious, masculine,
solar self. In Japan, these are
emblems of happiness and good fortune. Among Native Americans,
the souls of the departed
may reside in these creatures. As such, they may be messengers
from other realms
communicating through your dream.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Dragonfly denotes a strong, positive spiritual force or aspect.
*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
There are about a thousand different kinds of this insect. They
all have large heads, composed of
mostly eyes. Its two huge compound eyes give an exotic appearance.
The dragonfly has a long,
slender body and four large, strong wings.
The dragonfly is also called the Devil's Darning Needle, the
Bee Butcher, and the Mosquito
Hawk. It is one of the most beautiful of all insects and harmless
to humans and animals,
regardless of some of the gruesome folklore connected with it.
However, it does eat large
quantities of insects, particularly mosquitoes, both as an adult
and as a nymph. It doesn't sting or
The dragonfly shares much of the same symbolism as that of the
butterfly. it is the national
emblem of Japan, which i sometimes called the Island of the
Dragonfly, Akitsu-shima. Japanese
art and poetry make frequent use of this insect. However, it
can also represent irresponsibility
and unreliability. The Chinese say that the dragonfly symbolizes
Summer, weakness, and
There are Native American legends that say the dragonfly was
once a dragon and had scales like
those on the dragonfie's wings. However, Coyote tricked it into
changing its form, and it couldn't
change back. They say it represents swiftness, illusion, and
Superstitions: Dragonflies are believed to sew together
the lips of people who sleep outside at
night. They are said to attack snakes and sting horses. If a
dragonfly hovers over a fisherman, he
will have good fishing luck.
Magickal attributes: Dreams, illusions. Mystic messages
of enlightenment from spirit. Breaking
down illusions in order to transform your life. Change is coming.
Opening yourself to messages from the gods. Seeing the truth
in any situation or person.
*Zolar/Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions:
Catch one and you are sure to marry within the year. Dragonflies
are also said to come to
fishermen's aid by hovering over fish. Dragonfly represents
illusion, dreams, messages, and
Dragonfly is the Keeper of Illusion that teaches you to see
through it and bring about
transformation in your life. She teaches the truth of matters
and to recognize that change is in the
air. reflecting luminous color and light on her gossamer wings,
she speaks of the glory in change
and the beauty of life itself through the experience of the
transformative process. Because she is
a creature of Water and Air, she demonstrates how the emotions
can flow with your thoughts or
cloud them. Her erratic flight patterns teach perspective; while
her love of the sun and bright
colors demonstrates the healing qualities of both. As Dragonfly
dances on the wind or skims the
water's surface she demonstrates changes and the shattering
Linked to nature spirits, she speaks of Otherworlds, other dimensions,
and those that inhabit
them. This creature-teacher encourages the creativity of your
own imagination as a powerful tool
in letting your own gifts shimmer in the light of a new day.
Hers is the Medicine of the Dream
Lodge; it tempts you to go beyond mundane or superficial appearances
and into the explosive
colors of your own mind. She urges you to explore other possibilities--always
with a promise of
enlightenment. Encouraging you to shed negative attitudes or
old habits, she nudges you to
emerge from your cocoon and dance among the early dawn mists
of the still pools.
Dragonfly will show you the illusion and ask you to discover
your own; she will teach you to
apply it to your own life. She urges you to follow your dreams
and not those of others; to reach
for the gentle breezes and dance among them--to shimmer and
shine with your own light
reflecting the light of Spirit in the process. Through these
teachings she demonstrates the magic
that is alive and well in life and creates a spectacular theater
in which to stage a show of your
own. Through your willingness to see from various perspectives
and change as the situation calls
for it, you learn to let your own creativity dictate how far
you can go. In the world of illusion the
possibilities are endless.
DRAGON FLY = ILLUSION and the Power of Light
Past: Have you recently had a "wake up call?"
Welcome back to planet earth. But, hey, it could
have been one of your more memorable and colorful experiences.
Look to your creative side to
manifest your dreams.
Dragonfly has touched your spirit. The power of illusion can
bring the most wonderful rays of
light into your life. If you stay too long, your feet won't
touch the ground. While sometimes this is
nice and even fun for some, it usually doesn't help us in a
Present: It's time to check and see what point you are
in life. After that assessment check and see
what destination you wish to arrive and what time you wish to
To many irons in the fire or distractions may blind you from
your true objective. Use inspiration,
or the mystical and magical powers of life and illusion to aid,
stimulate and direct the muse of
your creativity to its highest dreams. It's time to dress and
impress and let your own light shine.
If your confused, just look within for the answer. You have
the answers yourself, so be quite and
listen to yourself. Don't follow someone else's reality. "Rather
live in your world of illusion and
delusion than live in the world of another." UNKNOWN
Future: The power of illusion can bring wonderful rays
of light into our lives. Prepare yourself
for a magical time of creativity and for your enjoyment in the
dance and song of life. Keep your
feet on the ground long enough to function in the world, but
never let your vision falter from
your most distant star.
Dragonfly-Damselfly: Lightness of body, expression of
emotional and mental aspects, fresh air
and a new perspective will come soon, allows our inner light
to shine through. Teaches a
mastery of moving quickly with precision, breaks down illusions,
heightens visual depth and aids
in changes that are swift with emphasis on the emotions and
un/subconscious. Are you seeking
out pieces of your life that need changing? Dragonfly will aid
in this search.
From Animal Spirits website on Geocities:
Damselfly/Dragonfly's Wisdom Includes:
Mastery of life on the wing Power of flight
Power to escape a blow
Understanding dreams Power of light
Breaking down illusions
Seeing the truth in situations
Connection to Dragon
When I was given my Spirit name by Native healer David Wingedstone
back in the early 1980's, he told me that many people
would like to be called by a large animal's name as they thinkk
they are more powerful, but said David, that is not true, a
has as much power as the largest creature. He said he gave me
the name Dragonfly because this small darting winged
one can flit from dimension to dimension in the flick of an
eye, and it doesn't get caught there. (At that time he didn't
know that I did readings by travelling thru dimensions!)
Through the years dragonfly has stayed
around me, at one point saving my son from being hurt, often
coming and sitting on my hand.
Sun Bear once said to me, 'Keep em dancing Dragonfly!' and he
didn't know that was my name, he only knew me as Gloria!
I have been given other Spirit names since I was gifted Dragonfly.
I tried using the other names but none fitted me as well as
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