The Energy and Symbolism of the Dragonfly
I’ve always loved dragonflies. Watching them dart, float, and dance through the air… Just through observing dragonflies, it quickly becomes clear that their meaning and impact on us as humans goes much deeper than just being a beautiful part of nature.
“Dragonflies are reminders that we are light/and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.” – Robyn Nola
A Deeper Look at the Spiritual Meaning of Dragonflies
The totem of the dragonfly holds the insights of adaptability and transformation. They are spiritual creatures connected to light and change. When you see one, be reminded of these qualities in yourself.
Perhaps you are in need of more lightness and joy in your life?
Or perhaps it’s simply time to take a moment to be consciously grateful for the lightness and joy that you do have.
Dragonfly Meaning and History
Every culture and civilization throughout human history has developed a folklore and meaning behind the existence of the dragonfly.
It is from the Greeks that they get their root name, Odanates, which means tooth. Because of the way dragonflies crush prey, it was once believed they possessed teeth. The more modern name of the dragonfly comes from the myth that they once were dragons.
Some cultures imagined dragonflies as elemental messengers with the spirits of Devas inside them. Since human eyes aren’t naturally trained to the world of magic, the beauty and aerobatics of the dragonfly were considered the perfect way to catch our attention.
They can travel upwards of 45 miles per hour, fly backwards, hover like a helicopter, and change direction with seemingly impossible speed. They do all this by flapping their wings only 30 times per minute. To give you some perspective, a mosquito flaps its wings 600 times per minute.
Because of this, dragonflies take on the role of spiritual guides for us. They are powerful yet graceful – even in high wind. They show us how to navigate life’s storms with confidence and ease. They motivate us to let go of whatever holds us down or holds us back.
The Symbolism Behind the Dragonfly
Not only does the dragonfly symbolize change in life, it specifically represents a change in perspective and a shift toward self-realization.
Change is rarely easy. Because of this, the ability to be open to it and accept it requires maturity. Dragonflies symbolize this maturity as well as our ability to see the deeper meaning of life.
Dragonflies move easily in all six directions. If you’ve watched them, you’ve become aware of their grace and poise. Two qualities that come with the acceptance of change and maturity. With roughly 20 times more power in each flap of its wings, it isn’t a clunky or heavy insect. It remains elegant in its strength.
Other symbols of the dragonfly:
- Joy and lightness
- Emotional depth
- The invitation to go deeper
- A connection to spirit beings
Connecting to Nature
They are also strongly associated with water because they begin their lives in ponds and small bodies of water. They learn to scurry across water surfaces – a strong symbol of looking beyond the surface of a person or situation. Life is complex and as creatures of both air and water, dragonflies remind us of this.
Dragonfly as a Spirit Guide
Dragonfly enters our life when our joy diminishes or when we start taking things too seriously. They are our reminder to lighten our thoughts and habits.
Because of their connection to water, dragonflies are tied to our emotional selves. They are the perfect guides to ask questions like:
- What emotion is it that I need to explore?
- Am I hiding something from myself or others?
- Am I using this emotion as a smoke screen for something more important?
Call on the guidance of the dragonfly when you are struggling to adapt. The energy it brings will give you flexibility and a fresh perspective. So many of our problems contain an element of not being able to accept our emotions. They end up overtaking us and stalling our growth. Dragonfly energy is perfect for digging in, embracing, and understanding emotions.
If you are stuck in an emotional pattern or just stuck in a temporary rut, give over to the dragonfly’s transformative power.
Your Spiritual Animal
If your personal spirit animal is a dragonfly, you’re likely to be highly adaptable and quick thinking. New people, places, and situations are easy – it’s where you shine. Maturity and presence are words often used to describe them.
Dragonfly people will also likely experience many evolutions and metamorphoses throughout life. The experience of change is part of their soul’s journey. These people, when tapped into their highest vibration and purpose, have the ability to soar to great heights in this lifetime.
Meaning when a dragonfly crosses your path
If you’ve become conscious of dragonflies around you recently, this is a great time to start to work with their energy and symbols. When your subconscious is calling this spirit animal into your life, you might be in line for a transformation. Let them be your inspiration.
The more you tune into their symbolism, the easier it will be to find balance and maturity in your emotional life. The clarity to work with your emotions without ignoring them or promoting them is the gift of the dragonfly.
Consider dedicating a meditation session toward dragonfly energy. Focus on self-awareness, working with the elements, or understanding your current emotions. Use the image of the dragonfly to awaken its symbols within you as you begin, then focus on bring your vibration in alignment with this transformative and strong energy. Then let your own energies guide you from there.
If you’re feeling stuck in a situation that seems impossible to navigate, call on the dragonfly spirit animal for help. Whether you need to adapt, see things differently, gain some poise to navigate a tricky situation, or raise your vibration to release negative energies that are holding you back, dragonfly energy can help.
The Final Lesson
The final, and perhaps most important lesson of the dragonfly lies in its short life span. They live a complete life in only seven months. Let the dragonfly be a reminder to you to live life fully present. Let it teach you to look out for the gifts and beauty that you encounter each day.
Then offer a small prayer of gratitude for your dragonfly spirit guide.
With love and blessings,