Dragonfly Symbolism
What is the meaning of the dragonfly and dragonfly symbols?

 

General Symbolism

Change, Transformation, and Evolution
Combining Emotion with Thought
Deep Emotions
Living in the Moment
Uninhibited Vision - Seeing through Illusions

 

Maturity and a Depth of character

The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; that has its source in mental and emotional balance, as the Dragonfly is an inhabitant of two realms - water (emotions) and air (thoughts).

 

Power and Poise

The dragonfly's agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise - something that comes only with age and maturity. The awe inspiring aspect is how the dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity, effectiveness and well, if you look at proportions, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes when compared to the other insects. The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace like a veteran ballet dancer !

 

Defeat of Self Created Illusions

The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. This property is seen and believed as the end of one's self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one's own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. Dragonflies remind us that we are light and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.

 

 

Focus on living "IN" the moment

The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don't and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.

 

 

The opening of one's eyes

The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect's brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self.

 

 

 

Actual Dragonfly Photos - courtesy of Barbara Planchon - Thanks !

 

Info Source: WWW.LearnAboutNature.Com; WWW.DragonflyWebsite.Com

 

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