The synchronicity of the sighting is crucial since I will be moving my practise to another space at the end of February. Thus, it is a time of great change for me. Dragonflies are associated with change and transformation bornfrom mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. In early life, they live as a nymphs within water for almost two years, before they mature and transform into a colorful flying insects, known for their fast flight and dazzling aerial movement. They represent the ‘Power of Light’, illuminating how light can be directed and moved. Besides flying forward, up, down and sideways, dragonflies can even fly backwards. They are able to fly with one wing (if they have to) and change direction in an instant, demonstrating an incredible agility. .
Dragonflies have been around for over a 180 million years which speaks of adaptability and incredible survival. Ted Andrews links them to the dragons of myth. They represent ancient archetypal forces. As cold-blooded creatures they need the warmth and the light of the Sun, making summer the season when they are at the height of their power. They are seen as divine promptings to shine your own light and to use imagination to create the wonder of a colorful new vision. Dragonflies inhabit the two realms of water and air. They symbolize the expressions of both emotional and mental life, integrating these polarities to allow new perspectives to emerge.
Structures in their shell scatter and refract the light, in similar fashion to rainbows, making them look iridescent blue and green. This ability to reflect and refract light and color is associated with magic and mysticism. “The bright colours take time to develop, reflecting the idea that with maturity our own true colours come forth” (1).
Dragonflies captured my imagination during my summer holiday over December/January during which I had two short visits which involved swimming in mountain rivers in the Western Cape Region of South Africa. The first visit was to a little town called Barrydale where I swam in the mountain pools of Tradouw Pass. The second visit was a stay in a stone cottage on the banks of the Breede River at the foot of the Bainskloof mountains, taking dips in the shallow river. On both occasions there were literally 100’s of colorful Dragonflies swirling though the air – an awesome sight - signifying for me the magic and mystery of the ‘Universal Life Force’ as represented in Nature.
Source: Animal Speak, Ted Andrews, 1993, p. 175
Image Credit: Image by komkrich Srigoson from Pixabay
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