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Animal Symbolism, By Witchipedia

Dragonfly Symbolism and Correspondences

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Dragonflies are an ancient species that have roamed our planet for more than 300 million years. They are found throughout the world (except Antarctica) near wetlands and bodies of water which provide their breeding grounds. Dragonflies are economically important consumers of mosquitoes and other flying insect pests as well as occasional troublesome hunters of honey bees.

Dragonflies and their close relatives damselflies are members of the family Odonata from the Greek word for “teeth”, whether this reflects an ancient belief that they had teeth or is merely an observation of the strength of their mandibles, I can’t say.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The spiritual symbolism of a dragonfly is often associated with transformation, adaptability, and spiritual growth.

Dragonflies spend a significant portion of their lives underwater as nymphs before emerging as vibrant, agile flyers. This life cycle is seen as a representation of personal growth and transformation.

Their ability to move swiftly and gracefully on water and air signifies adaptability and the importance of being flexible in life’s changes.

Many cultures also view dragonflies as symbols of good luck and harmony.

Life and Times of the Dragonfly

Dragonflies begin their lives as eggs on some freshwater aquatic plants. The eggs hatch after some time and a nymph emerge. A dragonfly nymph is a small aquatic creature that lives in still waters feeding off of other insects. This is the longest part of a dragonfly’s life and it can remain in this stage for up to four years.

Dragonfly nymphs are able to shoot water through their anal cavity giving them a boost of speed that can easily overtake most aquatic critters. They can even crawl up out of the water to snatch prey if they feel inclined. Dragonfly nymphs eat worms, tadpoles, and other aquatic insects including mosquito larvae and even small fish.

When the nymph is ready to mature, it will climb out of the water onto a plant, shed its skin and emerge as a dragonfly. Dragonflies only live for about two months and spend that time hunting, eating smaller insects, and seeking mates. Adult dragonflies can eat their weight in insect prey in a half hour.

This prey includes many small insects, including mosquitoes and gnats and sometimes even moths and bees. Watching dragonflies patrolling their territory is a fascinating way to while away a summer afternoon. Once they’ve spotted their prey, they quickly snatch them out of the air, besting most other insects in both speed and maneuverability. When large groups of insects, like ants or termites, are spotted, dragon flies will even hunt in groups. This can be a problem for bee-keepers.

Dragonflies mate in the air and then the female goes off to find a still body of water in which to lay her eggs.

Video about the symbolic meaning of dragonflies

Dragonfly Symbolism

Dragonflies symbolize renewal and transformation, i.e. brought about by a maturing experience via deep exploration of the Self, the collective unconscious and the mysteries.

Symbolic MeaningDescription
TransformationDragonflies symbolize transformation and change. They remind us of the ability to adapt and embrace new beginnings.
Joy and LightnessThey are often associated with joy, happiness, and a sense of lightness. Dragonflies remind us to find joy in the present moment.
Wisdom and InsightDragonflies are considered symbols of wisdom and insight. They remind us to trust our intuition and seek deeper understanding.
ConnectionThey symbolize connection and harmony with nature. Dragonflies remind us of the interconnectedness of all living beings.
ResilienceDragonflies are known for their agility and resilience. They inspire us to navigate challenges with grace and perseverance.
Table 1: Dragonfly Symbolism

Dragonflies can also symbolize newfound freedom but warns us that it is fleeting and urges us to be fully present and cherish every moment of it.

Dragonfly Correspondences

ElementAir
ColorsVibrant colors like blue, green, and iridescent hues.
Astrological SignLibra, Gemini
ChakraThroat and Third Eye
GemstonesAmethyst, Aquamarine, Labradorite, Opal
Plants and HerbsLavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Peppermint
Associated DeitiesOshun, Freyja, Athena, The Green Man

Dragonflies in Your Dreams

Seeing a dragonfly in a dream or specifically seeking out a spirit message speaks of transformative change. It is either coming, you’re in the middle of it right now, or you’re emerging from it. It could be something catastrophic, or, more likely, just the natural progression to the next phase of your life. (Which can also be scary)

As a symbol of a situation in your life, a dragonfly can represent hidden aspects of it. It is letting you know that there is much more going on than appears on the surface.

If you eat the dragonfly it means you are unable to conceal or control your emotions.

Dragonflies as Spirit Animals

The spirit of the dragonfly is that of change and adaptability. The dragonfly moves with ease between elements and, as such, is an excellent spirit ally and guide for traveling between realms. He helps dispel illusions and urges deep exploration of your own emotions and motivations.

MessageInterpretation
Embrace ChangeDragonflies remind us to embrace change and let go of old patterns that no longer serve us.
Find JoyThey encourage us to find joy in the simple moments of life and appreciate the beauty around us.
Trust Your IntuitionDragonflies symbolize trust in our intuition and encourage us to listen to our inner wisdom.
Connect with NatureThey remind us to connect with nature and seek harmony with the natural world.
Stay ResilientDragonflies inspire us to be resilient in the face of challenges and bounce back with grace.
Table 3: Messages from Dragonflies

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