THE DRAGONFLY - WHY ARE DRAGONFLIES SO MAGICAL?

 Why haven’t I written this before?? Dragonflies are the most beautiful, magical creatures inhabiting this earth! My connection to them leads me on my journey and has helped me make the best choices so far. (Hence the name Moonstone Dragonfly). Let me tell you what I know about them…

The dragonfly carries the wisdom of light, transformation and adaptability in life and connect fully to the symbolism of change and light. They start their physical life growing in water and then move into the air and fly. The dragonfly is often seen around water, ponds or on the edge of a river or lake and are characterised by their amazing flight patterns - they change direction so swiftly, gliding through the air with no effort and faster than our eyes can keep up. Their lightness inspires us to use our abilities to be flexible and adaptable in any situation. We can all do this if we try!

When one appears…

When one shows up at a crucial time in your life you may be called to transform and evolve. They are a true sign of new beginnings and a reminder that humans can metamorphosis and create their own transformation too – by getting our lives in order and commit to reaching our full potential. This time for change is a personal journey and will be different for everyone. Often dragonflies will call on us to change our perspective, look at a situation differently. Nearly all of the dragonfly’s head is eye, so they have incredible vision that encompasses almost every angle except right behind them. So, if you believe in animal wisdom, you can call on dragonfly energy when you feel stuck in a situation and need help to gain a new perspective. The solution might lay in your ability to adapt and tackle the issue from a different angle. Furthermore, dragonflies are associated with the symbolism of light, but also illusion. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it’s perhaps time to look through illusion. It could be that a situation is not as it seems or someone’s intentions are not clear and may be deceiving.

Did you know?

There are more than 5,000 known species of dragonflies and they were some of the first winged insects to evolve 300 million years ago. Modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, but fossil dragonflies have been found with wingspans of up to two feet. These creatures carry more knowledge and wisdom than we can ever comprehend!

The lifespan of a dragonfly has been a debated topic, but here is what I know…In their larval stage, which can last up to two years, dragonflies are aquatic and eat just about anything—tadpoles, mosquitoes, fish, other insect larvae and even each other. At the end of its larval stage, the dragonfly crawls out of the water, then its exoskeleton cracks open and releases the insect’s abdomen, which I packed in like a telescope. Then the four wings come out, dry and harden over the next several hours to days. At the shortest, a dragonfly's natural life-cycle from egg to death of adult is about 6 months. Some of the larger dragonflies take 6 or 7 years! ... No insect has a lifespan of only one day – even mayflies live for several months underwater as larvae before emerging as winged adults. Myth debunked!

Dragonflies are expert fliers. They can fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and even mate mid-air. If they couldn’t fly, they would starve because they only eat what they catch while flying. The flight of the dragonfly is so special that it has inspired engineers who dream of making robots that fly like dragonflies.

The spirit animal urges people to take chances and realize the potential within them. It helps them understand that they can fully realize their potential. Many mystic people consider a dragonfly to be a messenger from the spirit guides. Their purpose is to reveal the magical path to people. In many cultures, an adult dragonfly is believed to be a symbol of death. A few tribes claim that a dragonfly is a transition phase of a beloved one who has passed away. They represent a metaphor of life and death. I personally believe that all creatures can become a messenger, therefore how you receive them is personal to you.

Make the dragonfly a part of your life, even in small ways. For example, in Chinese culture, dragonflies symbolize both change and instability. So in the practices of Feng Shui, dragonfly images, artwork or objects can be placed in parts of a home or office to bring new insights and positive changes. I personally have a dragonfly tattoo on my right shoulder blade to remind me that angelic energy is always by my side. Dragonflies have a strong link with angelic energy, maybe because they have been on this earth so long alongside lifetimes of learning. But whatever you believe, there is something magical about dragonflies. So allow yourself to open up to the magic of nature and the elements and connect with nature’s spirits through animals of all kinds.

And if none of this appeals to you -  Dragonflies eat insects as adults and a single dragonfly can eat 30 to hundreds of mosquitoes per day. So even if you only love them for that reason – they are amazing!

There is always a palce for a dragonfly in our lives - me and my son make sure of it! Much love to you, Sharley xx

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