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Dragonfly Symbolism & Meaning

Did life change in the blink of an eye? Is it challenging to zig now that life is zagging? Do you need help seeing the big picture or finding truth in the underbelly of a person or situation? Dragonfly as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Dragonfly teaches you flexibility and how to take in the big picture. Delve deeply in Dragonfly symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can illuminate, support, and guide you.

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Dragonfly Symbolism & Meaning

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“I can still only see a dragonfly, its wings as thin and light as silk and its body the color of rainbow. But on the wings of this dragonfly I take off and fly, for my soul carries no weight. It is our bodies – these borrowed vehicles of flesh and bone – that weigh us down. Our spirits are eternally free and invincible.” – Daniela I. Norris

The Dragonfly has been captivating mankind for as long as they’ve been darting and dancing around the world! Known to be curious and social around humans, these small creatures have inspired big love from the art, storytelling, and spiritual communities.

Dragonflies are thought to be messengers from the elemental world filled with Devas and spirits. The lore is that human eyes might otherwise miss this magical world were not for this the magnificent displays of color and breathtaking aerobatics of this spiritual mentor.

When Dragonfly enters your life begin releasing yourself from unproductive illusions that hold your soul’s progression back. The Dragonfly spirit challenges old habits and concepts that box you in. Transformation is dawning on the horizon.

In nature, Dragonfly is an amazingly powerful and graceful navigator, flying up to 45 miles per hour. It can change direction and even fly backward. This gives Dragonfly the symbolic value of a spiritual guide particularly through tricky winds. When you’re in the middle of a storm, let Dragonfly show you the way out with confidence.

Because Dragonflies gravitate to ponds and puddles, they are creatures of both air and water. This means that Dragonfly symbolism and meaning is deeply tied to our emotions and our mind.

As we grow with Dragonfly spirit, we’ll find a maturity and balance between these two for greater clarity both in thought and spirit.

Dragonfly medicine is most powerful in the summer. This is the time when their wings shine with iridescent colors that shift and sparkle in the warm daylight.

Work with Dragonfly energy during the day when practicing color magic for your aura, when meditating for self-awareness and when working with the Elementals.

Finally, Dragonfly has a short life span. As such this animal spirit guide teaches you to live each moment to the fullest. Be aware of all the gifts and lessons you encounter daily, and offer a thankful heart to your Dragonfly guide.

Dragonfly Spirit Animal

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As a Spirit Animal, Dragonfly moves into our life often when we are taking things too seriously and losing our joy. This teacher restores lightness to our spiritual wings and mental processes.

This animal spirit guide’s reminder is simple: find the positive no matter how dark it seems.

Dragonfly is tied intimately to your emotional state. It asks: what feelings are you having that you’re hiding? What feelings are self-created illusions? What feelings do you need to explore more deeply. Give yourself to the Dragonfly’s transformative power and sense of peace.

Dragonfly Totem Animal

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People with a Dragonfly Totem have the amazing ability to change their path in mid-air. They can adapt to almost any person or situation at will and in an instant.

Throughout their life, Dragonfly people will experience metamorphosis in a wide variety of situations. These many changes are part of their soul’s journey – their Sacred Contract.

Humans can be very resistant to change. For those with a Dragonfly Totem to succeed in life, they must embrace change in all its forms. Remember, Dragonflies’ colors change in the light. This is much like our soul’s journey. Let the light in and watch all the brilliant colors of your spirit soar to new spiritual vibrations!

Bear in mind that while Dragonfly represents illusion, this Totem Animal does not encourage deception or trickery. You must be true to yourself and “walk your talk.”

Dance with the light like a Dragonfly on wing and celebrate that powerful path toward on-going transformation!

Dragonfly Power Animal

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Call on Dragonfly as a Power Animal when you need to adapt to changing situations quickly. Dragonfly offers you flexibility so that you can look at things from a fresh perspective and adjust accordingly.

Sometimes we need to “soar above” so we can see the “bigger picture.” Sometimes we need to see the underbelly so we can know the truth of a person or situation.

Dragonfly provides us with mindfulness, particularly toward situations that could dramatically alter our lives. Seek out this Power Animal when emotion starts overwhelming common sense. Dragonfly medicine can help you rise above circumstances.

Native American Dragonfly Symbolic Meanings

Generally speaking the Native Americans regard Dragonfly as the harbinger of change and a messenger from the Elemental world (especially Air and Water).

Some stories, such as those of the Mayan, claim that Dragonfly houses the spirit of a deceased honored Ancestor. Mayan mythology additionally links Dragonfly with rebirth and creativity in the tale of Ix Chel, a goddess who was saved by the Dragonfly’s song and the sound of its wings.

Hopi Shamans regard Dragonfly as having amazing supernatural powers. In this tradition, Dragonfly provides abundance, fertility and protects the tribe from starvation. Hopi lore also tells us that Dragonfly comes to warn people of danger.

Dragonfly as a Celtic Animal Symbol

Perhaps the most charming story of the Dragonfly comes to us from Celtic tradition where we are told that this creature has ties to the fairy realm. Irish myth in particular says the “wee ones” use Dragonflies as a horse to get from one place to the next in the blink of an eye.

Some stories imply that the Dragonfly is, in fact, a fairy in disguise that only can be seen when you look at them from the right angle.

Celtic symbolism also connects Dragonfly to the ability to see true and with the ancient, powerful Dragons who were guardians of the Sacred Stones and magical wells.

Dragonfly Dreams

Dreams about a Dragonfly can foretell of change and potentially some type of rebirth. Dragonfly may also be warning you that what you see in a person or situation is only the surface of things – dig deeper.

Learn more about Dragonfly Spirit by reading What Does Dreaming About Dragonfly Mean? on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

Far Eastern Dragonfly Symbolic Meanings

In Japan, the first Emperor so respected this insect that he designated his land by the name Akitsu shima, which means ‘Island of Dragonflies’.

Throughout Japan this creature remains a symbol of victory, courage and strength which is why Dragonfly appears on many pieces of armor and heraldic depictions.

Dragonfly is a lucky spirit who is thought to have the power to restore health. The Japanese think of this animal spirit guide as the symbol of summer and the guardian spirit of rice plants.

16 thoughts on “Dragonfly Symbolism & Meaning

  1. faith says:

    A giaNt dragonfly landed on me today. It was in no hurry to leave me.I went to get a camera and it left.’

    • Denise says:

      Spirit usually doesn’t allow it’s picture taken.

  2. Susan says:

    Ive had several encounters with dragonflies. Once I was on a lake in Maine in a canoe and a dragonfly landed on my hand and stayed hanging out with me for about 30 minutes. I could move it from one hand to another and it didn’t fly off.
    My next encounter was when I Was in my car getting out to go into s grocery store. Another dragonfly landed on my hand and wanted to hang out with me. After s few minutes I had to ask him to leave so I could go into the store.
    The last encounter was when I went outsid into my back yard (it’s a big back yard) and there were thousands of dragonflies in my backyard. They weren’t in my neighbors yards just mine. It Was very magical.

  3. Ms. M says:

    I found Two dragonfly wings in the sand, where I sat on the beach today and one a step away… so transparent…

  4. Jen says:

    I want to thank you, as it is with deep gratitude that I integrate your teachings and grow so much from your sharing of animal wisdom.

  5. Kit says:

    I was talking to a 10 year old girl who
    Just started menstruating yesterday
    She is living w a mother who has an alcohol problem and it bipolar, in an emotionally abusive scary environment, I wanted to tell her the beautiful things about her period
    I told her that it was very connected to her creativity, also like the tide ruled by the moon. Talking about her transformation into being a woman
    While I’m in the swimming pool and she sitting on land on chair bec
    She felt she couldn’t get into water
    Bec of sanitary pad,
    She says “you have two dragonflies on your head” they stayed there
    My friend tried to take a picture and they flew away. Later another one landed on my back.
    I thought it had to do with me and the girl being in transformation
    She becoming a woman
    Me Losing a lot of weight and becoming small and exquisite instead of this huge fat body
    Also me possibly studying shamanism to become a shaman
    I am already a shaman of sorts as I am an art therapist and music therapist w teenagers with mental illness. I am a sculptor singer and actress. Also wrote a book
    I also do holy healing light healing by calling in the light
    I would like to be taught the shamanic wisdom. I am Pokahantas’ 14th
    Great granddaughter as well
    I am highly intuitive and deal a lot w the subconscious. I have radically helped close to a thousand young people since 91 in the psych hospital
    So I think I may be about to morph into a higher frequency to be able to heal better. Therefore the transformation on me Also not eating much and not having alcohol is a big change for me. The physical transformation. The ‘s change in habits So I thought the 2 Dragonflies
    On my head related to the little girl and me. Also been looking a lot at this amazing painting of a dragonfly now that I think of it?!!!
    What do ya think? Also any advice on the shamanism? Thanks, Kit

  6. Kate says:

    Hello Kit
    I would love to speak with you.
    I don’t know how old the comment you left here is, but I appreciate your thoughts and would like to have a chance to connect with you.

  7. June Nayler says:

    my daughter smudged me and a dragonfly showed up

  8. Sarah Marie Johnson says:

    The mosr amazing experience with dragonflies, that i have had was in the middle of the desert. I was with a friend rock hunting when about 10 dragonflies circled me! I was awed and speechless as I just watched them swirl so beautiful around me. They disappeared when I tried to get my friends attention.

  9. Tessa Rae says:

    Mmm. Yes.

    The part that stuck out to me was the tale of the goddess who was saved by the dragonfly and the sound of its wings. I asked, “Why would a goddess have no one else to save her except the dragonfly?” And then it dawned on me that being alone made her no less of a goddess.

    Being alone makes you no less of a Creator. You are divine. Recognize the sacredness within you. Even if it doesn’t seem sacred; especially if it doesn’t seem sacred. <3

  10. Mary Jane says:

    I was at the stadium in Denver when Barak Obama accepted the democratic nomination for President. He was giving a speech, we were up high in the stadium and had a vast panorama of the scene. A dragon fly landed on my left shoulder and just hung out there for a long time. I knew it was something special, and of course change was in the air. But since then I have felt particularly close to them. Last Saturday one got stuck in the house after we were washing windows and took a screen off and worked hard to rescue him/her and got him to seek the window again so as to get back outside. Then tonight I saw a funny little bright green bug–like that post comment button kind of green, that didn’t have any wings but looked like a dragon fly in the face. I don’t know how it was moving around but it must have jumped away. So now I am trying to find info on how they mature and what symbolism can be found for the early stages of a dragon fly’s life, I know they represent metamorphosis. It was so cute. But just a long, very delicate worm-ish looking bug with big eyes.

  11. Sinnamon Sevening says:

    I have spent many, many, many hours searching for my Spirit Animal, I have come to realize that it’s the Dragonfly. Thank you so much for the insight this page has brought to me! May much Love and Light surround you!

  12. HD Lee says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I have deep appreciation for the insights you are sharing on this website.

  13. Debbie says:

    Thank you. Recently I have been seeing several dragonflies (6-10 at a time) circling outside my window. I have to believe they are there for a reason. Have been searching for what I am supposed to learn from them.

  14. Randi says:

    This website is wonderful! Thank you. The Owl spirit animal seems to describe me. However, I love dragonflies but am afraid of birds. I wonder why I’m afraid of birds.

  15. Dustin says:

    What does it mean when I had a swarm of dragonflies hovering above my house and backyard just right over my head and I do not live close to any water?

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