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Symbolism of a Dragonfly Tattoo Here are opinions and answers from WikiAnswers Contributors: * I have one and it's for good luck. * The artist who did my drag…onfly tattoo told me that it symbolizes freedom. * The dragon fly is symbolic for change and being okay with it. Here is a story: The Dragonfly Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions. Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever. Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top. When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying. So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed. Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended. But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life! * The dragonfly�s shell is designed with special facets that reflect and refract their beautiful colors in the light of the sun. This almost sparkling appearance has leant added meaning to the dragonfly�s form. They�ve taken on a mystical and magical symbolism. The dragonfly�s magic is its light magic, and all of the wonderful similes, metaphors and clich�s that light has inspired. In Japan, the Japanese people have chosen to honor the dragonfly as a symbol of joy and new light. Thus, the dragonfly has come to be an image that inspires us to not only learn to practice the shedding and mirroring of light in our own lives, but to learn to see when others are doing it, too! Additionally, dragonflies certainly aren�t limited to women! In Native American astrology, there is a strong belief that each person has a totem animal spirit which serves as their guardians and guides through certain phases of life. Often, an individual would have many different totems throughout life, some for just a time, and some for their entire lives. And one of these totem spirits was the spirit of the dragonfly. It would adopt men and women, young and old. The dragonfly spirit means you must consciously make an effort to express your hopes, dreams, needs and wishes. The dragonfly spirit is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and the communication from the elemental world. Its medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which need changing. You can turn to the dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation. * Three bugs talking about the mysteries of life. Once in a while one friend would crawl up a piece of grass and disappear forever. They made a pact that if one of them left they would come back and let the others know what happened. One day it happened, he had the call to climb the grass and as he broke through the surface he paused and shook away his hard shell and discovered he had wings. He found he could fly and in his flight he discovered his world was brighter than anything he had ever imagined and the beauty was breathtaking. He remembered his pact with the others below and started down to the water. He tried and tried to break through the surface to reach his friends and couldn't. He know they would join him one day and that they too would see the beauty of this new world. The birth of the dragonfly after his years of life as a larva. This story was used to explain the death and passage to heaven of a grandparent to a child. I lost my mother and this story also brought me comfort. I also wait to break out of the murky water and join the others I love in the bright light of Heaven. * I have a Dragonfly/Katsumushi tattoo'd on my right leg. It was a gift to me on my 30th birthday from someone who had taught me much.. It symbolizes invincibility, wisdom, speed/agility, and is symbolic of being a messenger from ~ another world. It is still considered by some of us as good luck in returning from battle. * The dragonfly represents many things to different cultures. I will add that in ancient Japanese culture, the dragonfly represented protection and good luck to warriors on the battle field. In many Native American tribes dragonflies symbolize whirlwind, swiftness and much activity. That being said, having a dragonfly tattoo could be a representation of any of these symbols. * All the members of the band Coheed and Cambria have dragonfly tattoos because of the cover of their first album (The Second Stage Turbine Blade) it is not uncommon for die hard fans of the band to get the same tattoo.
The meaning of a dragonfly changes with each culture. The main symbolisms of the dragonfly are renewal, positive force and the power of life in general. Dragonflies can also …be a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity. Also, as a creature of the wind, the dragonfly frequently represents change. And as a dragonfly lives a short life, it knows it must live its life to the fullest with the short time it has - which is a lesson for all of us.
Typically, the blue dragonfly symbolizes transformation. This includes moving past self-created illusions that generally limit growth or change. Because the dragonfly can …move in so many directions and so quickly, it also represents the spirit's potential to move in different directions, which is another aspect of transformation.
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Dragonfly Symbolism They are fantastic flyers, darting like light, twisting, turning, changing direction, even going backwards as the need arises. They are inhab…itants of two realms - starting with water, and moving to the air with maturity, but staying close to water. Some people who have the dragonfly as their totem have had emotional and passionate early years, but as they get older they achieve balance with mental clarity and control. They gain an expression of the emotional and mental together. Other Contributor Opinions: Dragonflies are old and adaptive insects, and are most powerful in the summer under the effects of warmth and sunlight. Their colors are a result of reflecting and refracting the power of light. As a result, they are associated with color magic, illusion in causing others only to see what you wish, and other mysticism.The are often represented in Japanese paintings, representing new light and joy. To some Native Americans they are the souls of the dead. Faerie stories say that they used to be real dragons.Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so. "Let there be light" is the divine prompting to use the creative imagination as a force within your life. They help you to see through your illusions and allow your own light to shine in a new vision.Dragonfly symbolism crosses and combines with that of the butterfly and change. The dragonfly symbolizes going past self-created illusions that limit our growing and changing.Dragonflies are a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity. See "The Dragonfly Effect" on Chaos Theory Wiki. It deals with mathematical certainties in closed systems. It's quite interesting. `
In the Native American totem the symbolic meaning of a dragonfly is Power of Light. The biggest symbo for the dragonfly is Transformation . If a dragonfly showes up look for …change to occur. The dragonfly lives in two realms - water and air. Their realm is the realm of light. Some Native Americans believe they hold the souls of the dead. this insect brings brightness of transformation and the wonder of colorful new vision. There is little written about the insect worlds because there are to many species to write about.
yes... In SOME cultures. In others... Not so much. (I, personally, believe them to be good luck.... So they ARE for me). To the Japanese they symbolize summer and winter. Adm…ired, respected as sign of change. To the samurai it is a symbol of power, agility and victory. To the Chinese it symbolizes Prosperity, harmony and is a good luck charm. To Native Americans it is a sign of purity, speed and happiness. To many Europeans, and therefore Aussies, it is considered the "Witches Animal" and was, historically, believed that it was sent by Satan.
It is the symbol of good luck, a good harvest and used as a symbol of warrior clans and emperors in Japan. In China it is the symbol of summer and also instability
The dragonfly represents the transience of life. We are here one day and gone the next. This is part of Utnapishtim's advice for Gilgamesh when he demands to learn the secret …of eternal life. Utnapishtim (and others)try to talk him out of it.
Dragonflies usually mean prosperity, good luck, strength, peace, and harmony. http://www.whats-your-sign.com/animal-symbolism-dragonfly.html There are a lot of good symbol…ism website out there. Go check them out. :)
Dragonfly - Good events at/in home, good news.
The dragonfly is considered a symbol of stamina, as he goes all day long and never tires. butterfly tattoo is the ultimate symbol of rebirth and transformation
Dragonflies can be a symbol of a new beginning as they go through a stage of metamorphosis before becoming fully grown. It is said to be a painful procedure - therefore …dragonflies can also represent beauty from pain, or the need to suffer in order to be beautiful.
A Dragonfly can be interpreted as -Good events at/in home. It can also mean good news. Some Amerind paths read dragonfly as "Illusion."
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A dragonfly necklace symbolizes purity, good luck, and power. It would be an ideal gift for someone that you want to wish well in a new job, marriage, or in life.
Many people believe that animals have symbolic meanings, and that to keep seeing a particular animal, whether it is the actual animal or images of the animal, conveys a me…ssage. The symbolic meaning of the dragonfly is transformation and change.