DRAGONFLY: Animal Wisdom ~ Air Animal Totem Meanings


Keywords: Flighty and carefree, strong imagination, higher aspirations, time to shine

Oracle: You are heading in the right direction on your spiritual journey. Trust in the power of your illuminating inner vision to see truthfully and clearly.

Dragonfly symbol on a Hopi bowl from Sikyatki archaeological site

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
  • Swiftness
  • Change
  • Connection to Dragon

Damselfly Oracle: Intuition, inner vision and interpretations are clear and strong as you enter a new level of your spiritual journey. Embrace your ability to bring light and healing to others.

For some Native American tribes dragonflies represent swiftness and activity, and for the Navajo they symbolize pure water. Dragonflies are a common motif in Zuni pottery; stylized as a double-barred cross, they appear in Hopi rock art and on Pueblo necklaces. A Southwest Native American Myth says the speed in which the wings of a dragonfly moved would open up doorways to other realms and dimensions.  They have also been used in traditional medicine in China. A Romanian folk tale says that the dragonfly was once a horse possessed by the devil. Swedish folklore holds that the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people’s souls and considered it holy. The dragonfly also symbolized the love goddess Freya. In Japan dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature. The shape of the archipelago of Japan, as seen on a map, is said to be that of a dragonfly. One of Japan’s former names – 秋津島 or あきつしま (Akitsushima) – is literally an archaic form of Dragonfly Island(s).[16] This is attributed to a legend in which Japan’s mythical founder, Emperor Jinmu, was bitten by a mosquito, which was then promptly eaten by a dragonfly.

Dragonfly Goddess


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