Year 2 – June 4, 2013 Dragonfly

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Dragonfly symbolizes change. Dragonflies are a creature that you learn to appreciate as you age and look more deeply at your life, which is where the link to change and self appreciation comes in.  As we age we don’t just see the surface of things, we start to pick apart our lives and see more meaning in things.

In Europe they are seen as sinister and know as devil’s darning needle and ear cutter and they are linked with evil or injury. In Romanian folktales they were once a horse possessed by the devil and the Swedish say the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people’s souls. The Norwegian call them the eye poker and in Portugal they are called eye snatcher.

In East Asia, Native Americans think of Dragonflies as more of a positive influence and is associated with the dragon which has a positive image in the East but an evil image in the West. Native Americans see them as a pure water creature symbolizing renewal after a time of great hardship. Japan and China use them as a traditional use of medicine and Indonesia they are fried in oil as a delicacy. The Vietnamese forecast rain by how they are seen. Dragonflies flying low means rain is coming, flying high means sunny days. The culture that find them the most symbolic is the Japanese. To them they are a symbol of courage, strength and happiness. They have traditional names for almost all of the 200 species found in Japan and all over the world.

Dragonflies have not only been associated with Dragons but also with snakes. Some believe that they follow snakes and stitch them together when they are injured and other cultures believe that it is very lucky to have one land on you. This amazing insect has been around since prehistoric times and has always had different meanings to different cultures and it hasn’t lost it’s meanings through the years, they’ve only gotten stronger.

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