What the Dragonfly Can Teach Us

Posted by Bellisana 04/08/2019 0 Comment(s) Bellisana's Blog,

“Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? …We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.” – Diane Ackerman


The other night, I was working at my computer, as usual, and a dragonfly came and sat on my arm. It stayed there for about 15 or 20 minutes. I wasn’t moving my arm trying to wave it off or anything, but I didn’t just sit there holding my arm still either. A dragonfly landing on you is believed to be good luck, and who doesn’t need good luck? I will, of course, welcome all the good luck that comes my way, but of course, that lead me to look into the dragonfly a bit more.


Dragonflies are fascinating. They can fly in any direction, and they live short lives in the adult dragonfly form. Because of that, they seem to be trying to do all they can in the brief time they have, flying in all directions, just enjoying life. They often come into our lives to remind us to live our lives, all of them, to the fullest.


When we examine our deeper desires and open ourselves to living, we find that life is all about change, and the Ackerman quote above perfectly illustrates the types of changes we go through in our lives.  We go through many awakenings, and many major, and even some minor changes, that can change the course of one of our many lives, so the dragonfly as a totem might visit you at any time.


Seeing a dragonfly can signify:

  • Change
  • Balance
  • Light
  • Clear Sight
  • Adaptability
  • Natural Magic
  • Strength
  • Peace
  • Purity
  • Good luck
  • Awakenings


Almost no one lives only “one” life anymore. We have one life at home with our parents, one at college or when we first move out, one when we get married, another, if we get divorced. We change our lives when we change jobs, when we get promotions, or get laid off, and each of these changes brings a new life, a new awakening, and a regeneration of our identity.


The dragonfly, a creature of light, encourages us to embrace the changes in life and live life to the fullest. They also call on us and to examine our own deeper desires. We create our own reality, and unless we examine and understand our inner desires, we cannot create the reality we want. Remember the adage, “be careful what you ask for?” If we don't know what we want, we could create a reality we really don't want for any number of reasons. That's why it's vital that we examine our own desires. Otherwise, we tend to get caught up in fulfilling the desires of others rather than our own. We always want to have good relationships, but if our own desires aren't part of the equation, we might want to look at our situation more closely. 


When we see past what “appears to be possible” and look at what can be, we find our own light and our fullest life. Examining our inner thoughts and desires is seldom easy, and often uncomfortable, but only by identifying blocks to our desires can we create the reality we want and deserve.


Is this a new animal totem for me? Maybe, at least for now. With the wedding coming up, and my changing from college teaching to elder sitting for a family member, we’re going through many changes around here. These changes are all good, but even so, we all adapt to those changes differently, and when we have several new things coming up we tend to think, “well, as soon as this happens, I’ll . . ..” The dragonfly reminds us not to get into that habit. We never want to waste any of the time we have. This is especially true in relationships with others. I’ve lost 6 friends in just the last few years, and I would love to have had more time with all of them. 


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