The Meaning of the Dragonfly Symbol

Spiritual Meaning DragonflyI have noticed through reading message boards and talking to friends that often while we are developing at times we are greatly affected by “the unknown.” Such as, for example, not knowing what changes are coming next, unknown spirit presences, etc. Some times the unknown are things in our daily life such as not knowing whether husband and wife will be able to work their problems out and stay together or will divorce. Often the unknown can cause great anxiety which in turn can effect whether we can sleep, eat, focus, or just function normally in general.

Often when I am feeling anxiety or feeling anything for that matter that I don’t understand what the cause of it is I talk to my guides about it. I know that they will let me know one way or the other what is going on with me or simply a sign of whether there is even any real reason to even be feeling anxious.

So today was one of those days and I was talking to my guide about it when suddenly a dragonfly flew by…but on his way by he stop dead in his tracks (so to speaks) and hovered almost perfectly still in front of my patio screen door as though he stopped specifically to say hi to me. That I can honestly say has never happened before. Then in case I wasn’t paying attention my dog started acting weird and at the same time I heard my printer turn on. When it turns on its pretty loud so there is no mistaking it because the device inside it slides over when the power button is pushed. It’s a large Dell 5 in 1 printer with a flat bed scanner…so it is fairly large too. I went over and checked it but the printer was off. Well my guides make noises all the time when I am talking to them so I am use to it so I knew right away that was just to make sure I knew the dragonfly was in fact a symbol for me and not just a coincidence (which I don’t believe in coincidences anyway).

About the Dragonfly

The dragonfly is an old and adaptive insects, and are most powerful in the summer under the effects of warmth and sunlight. They are fantastic flyers, darting like light, twisting, turning, changing direction, even going backwards as the need arises. They are inhabitants of two realms – starting with water, and moving to the air with maturity, but staying close to water.

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 dragonfly is 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.

The dragonfly is a reminder 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.

The Meaning

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As a creature of the wind, the dragonfly totem represents change. It’s iridescent wings are incredibly sensitive to the slightest breeze, and so we are reminded to heed where the proverbial wind blows – lest we run into stormy weather.

Dragonflies are also creatures of the water, and any creature whose habitat is in, or around water carries symbolism relative the the subconscious, or “dreaming” mind and thoughts.

This is because in the animal world, water is symbolic of the subconscious mind (“deeper mind,” “dreaming mind”) and relates to the thoughts we have in relaxed/meditative/sleeping/subconscious states.

Dragonflies carry messages that deal with deeper thought – and they ask that we pay attention to our deeper thoughts and desires.

Why This Makes Sense to Me

Last night I couldn’t sleep even though I was so tired. Every time I closed my eyes I would immediately start seeing things and having visions. Every time I did manage to doze off I would immediately start dreaming and for some reason disturbing to me like a nightmare is disturbing although nothing about what I was seeing should have bothered me. But I would just let the visions come. I kept stopping them because like I said for some reason they were freaking me out. Right before I saw the dragonfly I was talking to my guide about the visions and why I kept stopping them and the unexplained anxiety I had been feeling.

Notice in the section above says “Dragonflies are also creatures of the water, and any creature whose habitat is in, or around water carries symbolism relative the the subconscious, or “dreaming” mind and thoughts. This is because in the animal world, water is symbolic of the subconscious mind (“deeper mind,” “dreaming mind”) and relates to the thoughts we have in relaxed/meditative/sleeping/subconscious states.”

To me there are two messages here for me.

One is about change. Yes I am going through lots of changes in many different ways and aspects of my life.

The other message for me is an answer. The question was…I told my guide that I know I kept stopping the visions instead of just going with the flow and letting them come. I asked for another chance to do this because I have been stopping visions from coming like I did last night for some time now and for the same reason. Something would make me feel uncomfortable and uneasy. Same thing that use to happen when I first started hearing spirit voices outside my head when I was in the in between awake and asleep state. So this is my confirmation that we will be trying this again, if not tonight then very soon. lol.


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  1. Just wanted to say you have a great site and thanks for posting!

  2. Sherry says:

    First I want to say that I am sorry for your loss. I feel your pain and deep sadness and also along with it a feeling of restless anxiety. Not sure what that latter feeling is but it is almost like a cant catch your breath feeling…as though you have been waiting to exhale for a while but yet you cant and the feeling of not being able to catch your breath continues. I wanted to say how sad I am to hear what you are going threw with this loss before I get to what I have to tell you because sometimes I egt so caught up in the message and the powerful feelings I get that I dont get to expressing that. With that said and hugs and kisses let me tell you what I am getting.

    I understand why you are drawn to the interpretation of the dragonfly being the souls of loved ones. Often when I see them I think how beautiful the thought of that interpretation is. How very comforting it is at a time when we need that…and that thought is so fitting since one of the biggest purposes of people who are mediums is to attempt to provide proof of everlasting life and to pass on the knowledge through proof that life does go on. My saying that leads into the message of your dragon fly and my chakra flutter which is a sign of love. It being found in the study is not a coincidence…that room has significance in the meaning. House is about the self and study or library in a house represent personal development and knowledge. This all has to do with you and your development and growth. I understand what your daughter was to you when she existed here, in a body, but now it is time for you to learn that the strength and ability to get through things…you had that all along and now you must be that strong person you always were and be all those things now for yourself. Dragon flies are about transition and change. You havent let go of your daughter in anyway because you just do not want her to no longer exist but there is knowledge that you have not fully understood and accepted yet that she still and always will exist…and I dont mean just in your heart. She has not left you…she never did and will not be too far away from your every call as long as you are having a hard time and need her. She, by sending you the dragon fly, proved to you that she is still with you and is still that person you remember her as…just in a different place and now helping and supporting people from the other side. Now though it is your time and your turn to learn the lessons you planned to learn in this lifetime…I know this particular lesson is a tough on but your daughter is by your side to help you with it. It is okay to move…just dont pack up your feelings…keep dealing with this loss until you and her both heal from it.

    I wish you well…if you need to just talk feel free to email me.


  3. Michelle says:


    I have recently too started a fascination with dragon-flies and have been searching the web for different meanings. I particularly like the native American explanation that they represent the souls of dead ones.

    I am single mum with two daughters – aged 33 and 25 – rasing both of them single handedly. Sadly, I recently lost my beloved 25year old daugther – she was a bautiful soul – accommodating and accepting of people, situations and issues, zealous in assisting those she loved with kind words, and simple gestures. She touched each of us in a special way and those who knew her – called her an angel – which she was.

    I struggled with the reality of my loss, angry, confused, saddened and cheated… yes, cheated as I will not see her marry and have kids of her own. She was my pillar of strength, my support structure, my reason for living, working and playing. She kept me sane, made me laugh, made me cry and loved me without being judgemental. My life centred around this child of mine. When she was taken, my world fell apart – and yet, I need to remain strong for my odler daughter, the rest of my family and most importantly for my two beautiful grandchildren (from my older daughter).

    I am in the processof sellign my home as to live in a home that I made for the both of us – brings too many painful memories…. I have been writing her letters and talking to her, explainig the pain and hurt and more so the sadness of continuing to live in the house that we shared together.
    I have asked her to guide me through the process and to give me strength to start over -without her. I explained the reason for selling and asked her to help me with this.

    Yesterday, during a show day of my house – as I was about to let some people in, I heard a frantic buzzing from from my study…. I went in to investigate and flyign against the curtain in the room was a dragonfly. I was awed by its presence but more scared that it would kill itself trying to get out. I spoke to it and asked it to stay there until the people had left and then i would take it outside.

    As I walked the people through the house it remained still and when we were out in the garden, I looked towards the study window and it was flying frantically around. Buzzing against the window – as if it too were checking them out…..? they were a family, mum, dad and three children aged between 1 year and 9.

    Ten minutes later after the family had left, i returned to the study and gently got hold of it and let it out. I blew a kiss after it and said goodbye and thanked it for coming in. I was terrified that it would not survive if I left it there.

    Did I do the right thing by releasing . Do you think it was the soul of my beloved daughter…. giving me strength. Should I have left it alone?/

    Please give me some guidance on this.

    Kind Regards
    South Africa

  4. Nikki says:

    thnaks for the reply Sherry I’ll do some soul searching…

  5. bianca says:

    Yesterday i was sitting around my friends pool when i saw a dragonfly flittering around, i thought i saw two at one stage. The dragonfly got my attention in between conversation by bending his? body so as his? end of tail was pointing at me. I then noticed another dragonfly in the pool. We skimmed it out the water and placed it on the ground. It began to wipe its eyes and flutter its wings to dry, i noticed the right back wing was a little dropped, i thought it just heavy with water but on closer inspection i realised the wing was torn. I worried that i had damaged it by helping it out the water but thought maybe that was why it fell in the water, the other dragonfly may have been a bit rough with it? The other dragon fly kept flying around, maybe looking for it for whatever reason.Anyway after some while it flew away but was very wobbly on it’s course. I ask what symbolism you pick up on all this for me, it had me feeling there was a message enough to go searching on the net. x

  6. Sherry says:

    Usually your animal totem will continue coming to you until you take heed to what it is trying to tell you. Time for change? Is there something in your life that is not going right, not working suddenly, or something in your life you are not satisfied with such as job, relationship, family, residence, etc. Take time to reflect. When you see the dragon fly take time to sit quietly, ask what it is the dragon fly is trying to tell you, and then just sit and quietly wait for the answer to come to you. Look for other symbols as well or dreams.

  7. Hi! I have always loved dragonflies and when I was 34 I got a tattoo of a very pretty dragonfly on right leg, below my knee. The colors are purple and blue. I have a dragonfly hanging on my rearview mirror and I have other dragonfly items at home. Back in August I started getting this little pretty red dragonfly that comes to my house, a few time a week. I would swear it’s the same dragonfly. The first time I noticed it, it was sitting on my shepards hook right outside my picture window. I walked up to the window and looked at it and it just sat there for the longest time. When I would go into the kitchen, it would fly to the doorwall and sit there on the step right outside the doorwall. Sometimes I will go into my bedroom and it’s sitting right outside on the window ledge. I went on vacation in August for 2 weeks and came back and that week, the same dragonfly (I think it’s the same one beucase it’s the same color and does the same thing) appeared. I even told my boyfriend that I think that dragonfly comes to visit me during the week. I have actually talked to it. I’m wondering what the dragonfly means??? Any idea? I have not seen it in a a couple weeks but it has been starting to get in the 50′s here. It’s just so funny that it sits where it knows I can see it and makes sure that whatever room I’m in, I can see it from the window. I’m thinking it has to mean somthing since it comes to visit me often.

  8. Nikki says:

    I just found your website about dragonflies because I was highly motivated to research their meaning. What triggered this is that when I got home today I saw this huge dragonfly like 3-4 inches long! on my door and from a distance as I approached it started flying all over and I was so scared of it and this happened like 3 three times it was as if it didn’t even want me to enter my own home LOL. I had to instead enter through my garage door.

    Then later like an hour when I tried to leave it was still outside the entrance by the wall this time and I tried to let it move by spraying some water but it started flying towards me and I closed the door fast! and heard it knocking all over the door then it perched on the wall again!I had to leave through my garage instead. I’m hoping it’s not outside later today because I’m going to freak out!HA! I’m wondering what it could mean?

  9. Sherry says:

    Well absolutely someone is trying to tell you something…well dont think of bad news coming as bad. Actually you are being given a heads up about something to try and prepare you. That in its self is positive. I was given a heads up about Michael Jackson and Ted Kennedy…but I choose to see it as a positive because since I was warned that something was coming that had the potential to it me hard I was able to hold my light and vibration when the time came and NOT sink into a low vibration state due which would have happened if I would have let my emotions go out of control.

    Don’t worry…you can handle whatever it is…I assure you that you have that strength! :-)


  10. amanda says:

    I found a large dead dragonfly outside my front door a few days ago. The grounds keepers swept that day, and swept it away. IThe next day, there the same dead dragonfly (or one exactly like it) was. A day later, I found a small dead dragonfly lying by my gearshift in my car and I picked it up and let it go outside. Later that night, I found what seemed to be the very same dragonfly (dead) on my gearshift. I know what you have said about the meaning of dead dragonflies, and I really don’t want to bring bad luck into my space by believing it means something sad and scary. I was wondering if perhaps it could be someone who has attached to me during mine and my husband’s ghost hunting trips. We like to go to places such as cemetaries, abandoned buildings, etc., on ghost hunting expeditions and we take our recording devices. We have actually picked up voices and otherworldy sounds. Is it possible somebody is trying to tell me something?

  11. Sherry says:

    Oh I’m sorry…I actually typed out a reply explaining and now it’s no where to be found. Which is interesting considering what my reply was. Yes, I actually remember very well cause it stood out to me so much what you were being told.

    It seem that what you needed to see was the colors in addition to the symbolism of the dragonfly. In Brown-gold it is about spiritual rewards…which can be seen as letting you know that your words where heard. The blue-purple dragonfly represents your guide and the message is follow me…your prayers where heard and if you will continue to have your eyes open and keep on being optimistic you will receive the guidance you need.


  12. Hi Sherry,

    Are you still there?

  13. Hi Sherry,
    I did exactly what you told me to do. Last week I went back to my backyard to pray and talk to God again. I saw a dragonfly flying around and I asked it to come and show me what to do and teach me. After saying those words, it took off. Now this morning, I went back to my backyard pray and talk to God as me and my husband had a terrible night because the bank sent a wrecker repo his car at 4:00 AM. So this morning I just thought about expressing my gratitude to God because we at least still have my car that he can use to go to work even though mine is behind in payments as well. As I was praying, I saw two brown-gold dragonflies flying all around me. When I was done praying, as I started walking back to the house, I heard the noise of an insect wings clap against the grass. When I looked down, I saw the most beautiful dragonfly I have ever seen. It was blue, with purple reflections. I looked at it said: “dear dragonfly, please show me what I should do next” then, it flew up and flew off. This whole thing brought a smile on my face. What does it mean Sherry?

  14. Sherry says:

    Oh…also wanted to mention…when I talk to God my responses always come in the form of animals and things in nature. He is listening and responding…keep talking and praying.

    I will send you some energy and light. Just know at all times that things are as they should be even when it seems to be the dark before the storm. Hang in there!


  15. Sherry says:

    Awww sounds like it was an amazing experience. Dragonflies are very adaptable. This is what your being shown. No matter the environment or what is happening in their environment, they adapt. Sounds like they are trying to tell you the the very thing you are going through they are experts at dealing with. When you have a chance go outside ask the dragonfly to come and show you and teach you. Then watch them. Notice how they move…changing direction so fast WHEN NEEDED. Is that what you need to do? Also they reflect light…notice how they look at they move. They are creators of light. Are they reminding you that you have and have always had the ability to create your own reality? Is it just simply time for a change or time to trust and believe without worry? I know, I know…much easier said than done.


  16. Marie says:

    Dear Sherry,

    This morning I was in my backyard praying and crying out loud to God. My husband and I have started a business two years ago with our lives’ savings. We are financially drained. We have been spending a lot of money in advertisement and the business has still not picked up. We are currently surviving on one salary to cover both our business and personal expenses each month and are seriously struggling to stay afloat and my husband is giving it one more month before he pulls the plug on the business all together. As I was praying and crying, hundreds of dragon flies gathered and started flying over my head it went on for a good thirty minutes until I was done praying and crying and walked back in. What is the symbolism of what I have witnessed?

  17. Sherry says:

    Awww how sweet. Reading your message about your experience and it just all felt right. I mean right as in your understanding of what is happening is totally right. To further confirm that…the feather…that you were meant to find because it was left for you. It symbolizes warmth and a tender side and desire to be close to someone. It is a message from him letting you know how he feels and that he also desires to be close to you. I think it is like him saying “ditto – I feel the same.”


  18. Bonnie says:

    Thanks for the feedback and I did do something like that. I talk to the dragonflies that are around in the field when I go to talk to my son at his spot. There are usually just plain brown ones. But I still talk to them. One day I was really down and sad and as I entered the field I saw a brown dragonfly I said,” tell Wyatt (my son) his Mom is here.” And by the time I got to his spot there was the blue dragonfly. And I talked to it like it was Wyatt as it hovered around me. And when it left I cried but I felt better. And then I got up to leave I was walking through the long grass I found this beautiful feather. We always looked for feathers together. So to me that was my answer. He is not there every time but it is OK.

  19. amber marie decker says:

    hi sherry since last oct 2008 ive been going through a major transformation. ive pretty much lost everything home job friends son family, ive had a chance to become very spiritual and cleanse past pains. im in my life cycle 9 hopefully it will end soon bc it seems like its been forever. ive been studying all sorts of spirtual studys that have answered so many questions that ive alwaysed wanted to know animal totems in particular have been very special to me. ive seen the most amazing animals birds insects and have understood so many messages from them. i know that im an extremly creative person and i know that i have so many talents and have been blessed with so many gifts. latley ive seen alot of dalmsflys and dragonflys and i accually saw one in my house on my balcony screen. later that day i noticed it was gone i figured it just flew out some how. then the next day my son was visiting and he acciedently kicked the screen and i saw the dalmsfly dead. it was so sad but so beautiful it still glimmered purple and green. we put it out side in my plant that im growing. i was just wondering if any thing comes to you after reading this bc i feel like maybe im not getting the message clear enough. i have animal speak that discribes animal totems and i feel im well informed about drangonflys i just feel maybe im not looking at it the right way can you help with what ever comes to you thanks


  20. Sherry says:

    I’m sorry to about you loss. Ask God to send you dragonflies to visit you as confirmation that your son sent you the dragonfly or appears as a dragonfly to let you know it’s him…and then just keep your eyes open.


  21. I found your site through my search for dragonfly symbolism. I’ve been going through a transformation through my yoga practice and through my recent readings of the metaphysical. I’m hungry for knowledge and understanding. Recently, while I was receiving Reiki through my yoga teacher, she had a vision of three dragonflies going by her face. I’m assuming this vision was for me to understand but would like to know the significance of the “three” dragonflies. I’m happy to have found your website!

  22. Bonnie says:

    My 13 year old son died about a month ago. His friends, classmates and family were building a memorial at the site of his accident last Sunday. Suddenly the field was filled with dragonflies. There were hundreds of them. But there was one bright blue one that was buzzing a few peoples heads and they stayed a long time. I am hoping that it was my son Wyatt. Any comments?

  23. Danny says:

    Dragonflies have been showing up for me big time. I am going through much change in my life. A dragonfly represents transformation. Death can simply mean that the ‘old you’ is dead. The ‘new you’ is emerging! It does not have to mean physical death. Remember that change is constant. In every moment you are a new person. Change is awesome! Let go and go with the flow. Good or bad is just a perception of the mind. Don’t judge, just flow. God is with you always. Bless your hearts!

  24. I am thinking of leaving my husband and moving to another state. I was sitting on the deck with my eyes closed thinking about my process and visualizing my life in this new state. I kept feeling something on my arm. I would shake my arm and it would leave only to return. After about 3-4 times I opened my eyes and there was a dragonfly on my forarm. Does this mean the ‘change’ I am planning is for the better? or for the worse? What does it mean when you are visualizing a future plan and the dragonfly will not leave you alone?

  25. It sounds like you’re creating problems yourself by trying to solve this issue instead of looking at why their is a problem in the first place.

  26. good good?this post deserves nothing :( ?hahaha just joking :P ?nice post :P

  27. Thank you Sherry… of all the sites I’ve just visited reflecting symbolism of the dragonfly, yours brings peace. Over the past two days (in an urban factory setting) as I stood outside to just take a quick break, I encountered dragonflies. Yesterday it was just a single dragonfly circling around me… today “he” was back almost doing laps around me and ahead of me, then I noticed another one further down also doing laps or circles… but what really amazed me was when two additional dragonflies (joined together) flew in front of me and then disappeared over the building roof. I believe there is a message here. Perhaps the delays I’ve experienced in love, success, wealth and health are over. Change is in the air!

  28. SoulfulOne says:

    I am sitting on my porch having a glass of wine thinking about how tough things have been lately…a dragonfly flew on the stem of glass and then landed on the table and is staring right at me. It was first laying flat and now the wings have gone up into the air as if standing on legs. I looked up symbolism of dragonflies and was led to this site. Very interesting…

  29. michelle says:

    ok. thank you very much for answering my questions.

  30. Sherry says:

    When my son was between 2 and 3 yrs old it was really hard at times to make sense of what he was trying to tell me or the answers to the questions I asked. At that age it is also hard to get answer as far as timing of when something happened. What I mean is the last time she saw her sister she was in the kitchen and my guess is that she is not just seeing her sister but also communicating with her. Possibly she told her she was going to visit her Grammy when she left there. Possibly she asked her sister where she was going. But yes children that age are very open and most can see spirits. But they are limited on communicating things to you because of their age so sometimes it can be hard to make heads or tails of what they are trying to tell you. Just be patient…know when to drop it…and then come back to the questions at a later time because with their short attention spans they can get easily frustrated by not being able to communicate things to you clearly.

    Don’t worry…it does catch you off guard. It still does me often too.


  31. michelle says:

    yeah….i had another question….other then the whole dragonfly thing, you seem to know alot…..the little girl had siblings, one of them is now 6 and the other one just turned 3….they say that they see and talk to her all the time, and when i was with the 3 year old the other day she had said that her sister was in the kitchen, and we said well why don’t you tell her to come here into the living room, and she said that she couldnt cuz she was at her grammy’s, what does that really mean. can she be in two places at once, or i dont know it just kinda caught me off gaurd.

  32. Sherry says:

    You welcome. :-) The healing will come…it just takes time and with a child I feel it is just that much harder to heal from it.

  33. michelle says:

    thank you, thats just what i thought. it is so good to know that there is a way that we can all connect with her, and to know that she is ok. and that we can be ok. Because we still don’t quite understand why this happened, but to know that she is ok, it works for me. thank you again.

  34. Sherry says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Rest assure that the dragonflies were the little girls way of connecting to her loved ones. She saw their worry and I imagine franstic searching also and was trying to get their attention as a way of letting them know she was okay now. Dragonflies are also symbols of past memories and also known for being childrens playmates in the summer. Every time they see a dragonfly it should remind them of this little girl and let them know this is her way of visiting them and reminding them of the good memories of the past. It is a sign that is being sent.

    I hope this helps.


  35. michelle says:

    hi, A 3 year old little girl went missing a 2 years ago, and searches thought that she was in the river, and that finding her alive was very slim. During the search the little girls father was at his house, and a dragonfly stayed around all day long, and also during this time the grandmother was up searching for the little girl, and she’s not a big fan of dragonflies at all, but one came by and flew around her head, and normally she would swat at them, but this time she didn’t, but she didnt really know why. But when she got home to her son, he had told her his story, and she had told him her’s. Well in the end the little girl was found by the dam, and she had died (she was missing for almost 3 months) we believe that the little girl has come back as a dragonfly. Is there any way that it could possible be true?? and is there a reason that she would come back as a dragonfly?? your answers would be greatly appriciated.

  36. queen_cybelle says:

    I just want to share my way to dragonfly.
    When I was a child, I decided to collect butterflies because I find them beautiful. But somehow it didn’t succeed. Maybe because it seems to me that everyone likes butterflies so it’s a common to see a person collecting butterflies. I want to be different. And so, I thought hard of something rare to collect. I thought of collecting kerrokerropi stuff (a frog). But then I realized it’s absurd because I am afraid of frogs. And so naturally, it didn’t work out. After that I have not thought of collecting anything.
    I moved into another country two months ago. While strolling around the place, we passed a shop selling bags and jewelleries. I saw a pair of dragonfly earring and liked it immediately. Then I told myself maybe I would collect dragonflies. Yesterday, we passed again to that shop. To my delight, the items were on sale. And so I was able to afford to buy 3 items all with dragonfly design. And I am really happy about that. It only reinforced my idea of collecting items with dragonflies.
    When I was about to sleep, I saw the items and tried them on. It feels so right that I’ll be collecting dragonflies. And so, I started searching about dragonflies .I browsed the internet and I was amazed by what I learned. I found out that the symbol of dragonfly is connected to me in many ways. I am a nurse who wants to be in the OB-Gyne or mental health nursing. Just like the dragonflies being connected with fertility and of being a deep thinker or dreamer. I have always been curious on how people think and how it affects their actions and behaviour. Looking back to my childhood, I didn’t do butterflying but have a lot of good memories of running around catching dragonflies and feed them with weeds (they munch them really!). And I remember that whenever I see a dead dragonfly, I feel sad and yet amazed on how they can retain their appearance even after dying. All of these memories come as I write right now.
    As I think deeper, maybe the two realms of the dragonfly (water and air) is the combination of what I am actually looking in butterfly and frog. And the connection doesn’t end there, few hours ago (before I searched about dragonflies), I decided to send a message and make amends with a long lost friend. In my message, I said that I’m sorry for being immature. It‘s funny how it coincided with the dragonfly’s symbol of maturity. Even the transformation and adaptation aspects are really applicable to me, since I am in a new country with a totally different culture and way of living.
    Maybe it’s just me connecting these things with my life. But in my heart I know that I finally found what I have been looking for, it’s not just mere satisfaction of collection. I was longing for a representation of what is the real me, simple yet unique and rare, just like a dragonfly…

    I am not an expert with this, it’s my first visit here, please give me more insights. thanks!

  37. Sherry says:

    Hi Teresa,
    When the dragonfly appears to us it is speaking to us of some type of transformation, awakening or the breaking of the illusion of limitations past physical exsistance. The dragonfly often ask you to see that there is a rebirth and light illuminating an illusion. So being very interested in the dragonfly for you could be a symbol that your love is near and is trying to let you know that he did not experience death but in fact a rebirth and that he is not really gone…but has just transitioned. That very much has to do with the dragonfly helping to shed light on the illusion of limitations past physical exsitance.


  38. Teresa says:

    My name is Teresa and I am a big fan of dragonflies. I am so taken by them I have a tattoo on my ankle of a beautiful dragonfly. I lost my true love last year and I believe that the dragonfly is some symbol of this. Please advise.

  39. Sherry says:

    Elizabeth, you are very welcome! :-)

  40. Sherry says:

    Hi Jill,

    I know what you mean about darting in front of you. When this happens it is trying to make sure you do not miss that you are trying to be told something. I feel it shows an urgency and an importance in not missing that you are either being given this symbol as a clue to where you are at in your life right now or sometimes a hint at the answer. Yes the dragonfly is magical…however you did see it in reality.

    What came to me when i read your comment was the story of how the dragonfly came to be. The most important part is in an effort to prove it’s power and magic it lost it’s power. How could this apply to the situation with your husband. What just came to mind as I typed that was “WINNING THE WAR AND LOSING THE BATTLE.” Are you trying to hard to prove a point, prove your right, prove your worth, etc? Are you maybe going about something all wrong. Maybe you think it seems that you are going about something the right way but in the end it will not lead you where you really want to go. Is there possibly another way that you could handle the situation. Before doing anything I would just take the time to sit and think about it. See what comes to mind. Possibly meditate on the painting you spoke of…stare at it in a meditative state with eyes open of course. Or maybe also work on another painting and start with the dragonfly and see what else come to mind for the painting and see if it offers some insight.

  41. Hi Sherry, I am an Artist painter and yesterday I decided to add a dragonfly hovering above the water in one of my paintings. They have been on my mind recently ,not sure why? Today when I was riding home forn the beach a very beautiful almost golden dragonfly hovered right in front of my face so I could see it clearly. And then darted off. It’s a wee odd as there isn’t any freash water ponds or lakes nearby only the beach!And I’ve never seen one around Fremantle before!
    The painting I’m doing of the lakes is of an amazing private property in England. Where I felt i went through a transformative process, through the power of the natural elelments there.
    Did I actually see a dragonful or was it something quite magical?
    Looking forward to seeing what you think.
    Also I’m having quite a tricky time with my husband?
    Thanks kindly Jill

  42. Thanks Sherry, that was very helpful. f.y.i. she saw both the dagonflies moving forward at the same time, one behind the other….I got the impression like following one another. She also did mention change because of the moving forward part.
    Thanks again, for you quick response and input.

  43. Sherry says:

    Well it kinda makes sense to me because of the symbolism of the dragonfly. Dragonfly is about transformation and change. Many symbolisms which talk about transformation and change also speak of birth, renewing, etc. Now I could be wrong because I don’t know all there is to know of the dragonfly but the only time I know that they are together seeming attached is when they are mating. This is the process of creating new life so it matches up with the symbolism or change, transformation, and birth. But also you could put the symbolism of death in there but I consider death and birth to go hand in hand. The reason I say that is that sometimes a dragonfly is not a willing participant and attacks muderously and then other time the mating process has the male basically grabbing them without warning when they are actually in the process of laying eggs near water and resulting in the female drowning in the process. So I think that you would have to see that symbolism of the two dragonflies together as change, transformation, birth, and death. But in a nut shell it is about some change. And with change often we remove or something is removed from our lives clearing the way for something new.

    I think this explanation of dragonfly as animal guides says it all and also makes sense of her seeing two dragonflies together. If the psychic knew a little more about the dragonfly she would have been able to probably go a little deeper and give you more info but it’s hard to know everything about all the animal totems…there are soooo many.

    The dragonfly inhabits two realms: air and water and the influence of both these elements will be felt by Dragonfly people. They will be emotional and passionate during their early years (the influence of water) and more balanced with greater mental clarity and control in as they mature (the influence of air).
    Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and the communication from the elemental world. Dragonfly medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which need changing.
    Call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation. The number 2 is important to Dragonfly, so think in terms of two year periods when you begin a change. Dragonfly brings the light and color of transformation into your life.

    Notice that the number 2 is important to the dragonfly. Also guiding you through illusions…maybe seeing the one guide as two dragonflies is the hint of it’s helping with illusions. Of course when I think of two I always think of duality and hence balance, ying and yang, up and down (heaven and earth), etc.

    So now that you have all this info the question to ask is what is going on in your life. Are you in need of the help of the dragonfly guide? In need of more balance? Or is your need at this time change? I say that because maybe there is a reason she saw and told you of this animal guide. I always say nothing happens by accident but happens quite on purpose.

  44. Hi Sherry:

    Today I had a physic reading at a fair. The physic Geraldine, said that my animal guide was the dragonfly. In fact, she saw two dragonflies, one behind the other touching, flying. She indicated it meant change and one other thing I forgot now. She said she had never before seen two dragonflies like that before in all her readings.

    Can you please tell me the significance of two dragonflies as an animal guide flying one behind the other…touching.

    Thanks, Elizabeth

  45. When I remarried my exhusband on my front porch a couple of years ago hundreds of beautiful dragonflies zoomed about. Nothing like that has ever happened at my house before. I thought that it might mean that our marriage would be better than before, but sadly it doesn’t seem to be. So I am wondering what all those dragonflies meant?

  46. Desiree says:

    OMG…I am so glad I found this post. I have been having dragonflies show up in my life like crazy ever since my heart attack 7 months ago (April 16th) and they are either alive or in the way of inatimate objects (cards, jewelry, wrapping paper, and at some of the craziest times or repeated situations, or while Iam talkng about them……….It is just amazing!!

    I am losing my home in a foreclosure, I just lost my full time status so I lost my health benefits…..but ity is so crazy…when dragonfly appears it helps me move on…keep my sanity…does that make any sense??????????

    Your response in so much needed!!!! and appreciated!

  47. Sherry says:

    Dragonfly Goddess,
    Thanks…well no so far there has been no death however recently one of my cousins (within the past week) has had a stroke. My father did have a relative during that time that passed away but it wasn’t a relative I knew well and had only met once and not sure if I would still get the symbolism for someone I don’t know well.

    During that week the dragon flys were pretty persistant. Many times flying directly at my windshield while driving and flying so close to my head while outside that I thought they were going to run into me. And seeming very much to hang around for long periods of time right outside my door in my view.

    Hmmmm I am going to ask for a clue in a dream and see what I get and I will post it.

  48. Catherine says:

    When I was small my mother collected dragonflies. Not the actual insect but anything with a dragonfly on it. She died when I was 15 of a sudden death heart attack. This was in Feb. during her graveside service we were having an ice storm,and dragonflies were flying about,landing on the spray of flowers on the casket. Dragonflies as you know are insects of the summer and not winter and would never fly around during a storm !
    Since then,everytime something major in my life has happened,there has been a dragonfly show up. My oldest son was in an accident and while laying in the middle of a pasture,miles from help a dragonfly landed on his chest and stayed there until paramedics arrived. The same thing when my oldest daughter was on her homecoming court. A dragonfly landed on her shoulder and stayed there until just before she was crowned homecoming queen.
    Even though I lost all of the dragonflies my mother had collected,I started collecting them myself several years ago. To me,they bring a sense of peace and hope.

  49. Dragonfly Goddess says:

    Sadly, it means that death is nearby. I hope that you are still OK, as I am reading this about one month after you posted it. Have you lost someone close to you? Are you still with us? I pray for your safety.

  50. Felip says:

    This afternoon I found a dead dragonfly in my car. I had been driving around this morning through Los Angeles and felt felt the need to end up at the beach. I traveled through the Malibu mountains and did stop at the beach for a bit of meditation and to regain some energy and focus. Upon leaving the beach I drove back into LA, tried to run an errand or two but it did not feel right. So I grabbed a salad, choose to arrive early to a guided imagery session (which I have never done before), and have my meal in the garden. When I finished I went back to the car to grab my computer when I found the dragonfly in my backseat. I read great things about the power and meaning of the dragonfly but also that a dead one is sad news coming. Does it mean anything if it came to me alive but then perished? Thank you.


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