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Dragonfly Animal Totem Symbolism & Meanings

Dragonfly Animal Totem Symbolism

Dragonfly is an important animal totem in many cultures, though to most of Europe they represent evil, no doubt due to the nasty bite that can be delivered should you offend him. In Japan they are deeply appreciated as a species, with names for almost every variety of dragonfly to be found there. The Navajo of the Native Americans recognize them as a symbol of pure water, as well as swiftness and activity.

It is important in understanding the nature of the dragonfly to know that they start their lives in the water in nymph form, and then become the more familiar form that flies through the air later in their lives.

Dragonfly Associated Traits

Transformation, adaptability, lightness, joy, emotions, hidden self, purity, speed, wisdom, enlightenment

Symbolic Meaning Of Dragonfly

Burmese Astrology Sign

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Time Of BirthBefore 12 PMAfter 12 PM

Dragonfly is a symbolic creature of two realms, the emotional realm of water, and the intellectual realm of air. Therefore, Dragonfly carries two Karmic lessons for us.

The first lesson is that of water, calling us to celebrate our joy and emotions, and to live in them with great passion and depth. The lesson of air calls us to temper them with emotion and bring them into balance. Dragonfly dances on the winds of change, comfortable in his ever-changing environment.

So those who are chosen by the dragonfly symbolism are, for the ability to dance on the wind and adapt to our surroundings is a powerful lesson. Unlike rat, who adapts to the situation while remaining Rat, Dragonfly reminds us that life is ever changing, and that will sometimes call on us to change as well. As such, the transformation of Dragonfly can call on a time for utter and complete metamorphosis.


As such, if Dragonfly is appearing to you it is a call for a great period of change in your life, and a reminder that old habits are haunting your decisions. Come out of your Nymph stage, it may not be time to grow up, but it’s time to change who and what we are.

Know also that Dragonfly as a spirit guide has great vision, and that the time may come when the mists that hang over the deep waters of life are almost more than you can navigate. The mists hide everything, disguise what we know, and make it difficult to see our clear path. As the Dragonfly meaning suggests, it knows these waters, has lived his whole life in and above them, let him be your guide.