Dragonfly Spirit Animal & Totem

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. Those who have this animal as totem may be inclined to delve deep into their emotions and shine their true colors.

Dragonfly Meaning

The dragonfly is generally associated with the symbolic meaning of transformation. Here are common meanings for this animal totem:


  • Change and transformation
  • Adaptability
  • Joy, lightness of being
  • Symbol of the realm of emotions, invitation to dive deeper into your feeling
  • Being on the lookout for illusions and deceits, whether are external or personal
  • Connection with nature’s spirits, fairies realms

Dragonfly totem wisdom and change

Dragonflies start to grow in water and then move into the air and fly. When this spirit animal shows up in your life you may be called to transform and evolve. Symbol of metamorphosis and transformation, it inspires those who have it as a totem to bring about the changes needed in their lives in order to go to reach their full potential.

When this spirit animal shows up in your life, it’s an indication that it’s time for change. Just like the dragonfly changes colors as it matures, you may be called to live and experience yourself differently. Stay open to the enfoldment of your personal journey.


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Dragonfly as power animal and adaptability

The dragonfly is characterized by amazing flight patterns as it appears to be able to change direction swiftly, gliding through the air with no apparent effort. Its lightness inspires those who have the dragonfly as totem to use their ability to be flexible and highly adaptable in any situation.

You can call on the dragonfly power animal when you’re stuck in a situation and need assistance to gain a new perspective. The solution might lay in your ability to adapt and tackle the issue from a different angle.

Lightness and emotional flexibility, two characteristics of the dragonfly spirit animal

By affinity with the dragonfly aerial lightness, those who have this animal as totem can develop the ability to take things lightly even in the darkest moments. Lightness in feelings, lightness in thoughts. The dragonfly spirit animal invites people to keep a light, positive outlook no matter what.

The dragonfly is often seen around water, ponds or on the edge of a river or lake. It symbolizes the affinity with the realm of feelings, water being a powerful symbol for emotions and the unconscious. If the spirit of the dragonfly comes to you, you may be called to explore your emotions in a light and joyful manner.


Dragonfly totem and the search for personal authenticity

The dragonfly is a fascinating animal characterized by the beauty of its colors, the lightness of its wings and its scintillating body.  The meaning of this power animal is associated with the symbolism of light, but also illusion.

Those who have the dragonfly as a spirit animal may be encouraged to show their true colors more often and shine. Even if they may be more discreet than let’s say the peacock, they often exert a fascinating influence and arouse curiosity in others.

When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it’s perhaps time to look through illusion. A situation or someone’s intentions are not clear and may be deceiving.

Dragonflies and the connection with the spirits of nature

Dragonflies are powerful allies to connect with the spirit of nature. Their fairy-like quality makes them auspicious spirit animals to work with the power of light and fairy realms.

Animal of wonder, the dragonfly can bring forth the enchanting spirit of our own nature. When you see this spirit animal, allow yourself to open up to the magic of nature and the elements.

Dragonfly symbolism in the world and ancient traditions

Japan made the dragonfly its national emblem. It is a symbol of joy and rebirth.In some Native American traditions, it is also symbol of the departed souls.For the Mayan, the dragonfly is the emblematic animal of the goddess of creativity, Ix Chel. It is said that the dragonfly’s wings and magical songs revived her after she almost got killed.

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378 Responses to Dragonfly Spirit Animal

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  • Rachel

    I don’t normally see a lot of dragonflies but in one week’s time I saw three. Two were in places I expected but one was flying around in a grocery store parking lot far from water. I enjoy seeing dragonflies and take this as a sign of some sort since I’ve never seen so many before.

    • Dawn

      I had 2 on my car in one month and the both let me take pictures and one let me video it. Like they are trying to tell me something.

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  • Sharyn

    I have been making spiritual changes in my life over the last few months. I have a very different outlook on the works now. Since my insight and change, I am constantly swarmed by Dragonflies. They hover around my car when I’m near it or getting in/out. It’s as though they greet me when I go outside. When I sit in the backyard, they rest on a chair next to me. They’re typically blue and amazing to watch. They’re beautiful and I take their presence as a sign. I’m thankful. I’m also swarmed by butterflies and birds. I love it!!

  • Brenda

    I just came back from a visit to one of our rivers not far from my home. I was thinking and grieving the loss of two people that I knew lived in this small community that recently passed away.  Out of no where a small drangon fly appeared on a small branch while I was enjoying seeing and hearing the river run. Her presence was awesome, she stayed with me for at least 20 minutes and I talked to her and told her I loved her. She looked at me with those grand eyes and I felt joy, love and all that is healing. I felt deeply that it was female… just intuition.  I came back home feeling so much better. She made my day go from sad to happy and thankful. Thank you sweet Spirits of Love.

  • Carol

    I sell online . I am dealing with a troublesome customer. I had my cell phone in my hand as I was looking online and a tiny baby dragon fly landed right on top of my phone! Stayed there grooming it self for a bit. Adorable little thing.

    I take the message from dragon fly to me as this ,” stay light and joyful, see through illusions , let my own true colors shine through. It did make me smile.

  • Talia

    As I was driving to work on 7/29, a dragonfly flew into my car and stayed in the rear window flying around and wouldn’t get out of my car until I pulled over and swayed it out It was starting to look weak because it was really hot.  Once out it took off flying into the sky

  • Tyler

    I saw a black dragonfly whils i was caring something for work it staied close to me an left

  • Admita

    Do the colors of the dragon fly have any symbolism? I recently saw the most beautiful blue imaginable, he came and rested afor a brief moment by my fit the moment I left what was once my home. Today leaving the job, I had a split decision to make for I was running late and had to meet different people with limited time, needed something from the office and was about to return when the most beautiful Amber dragonfly dance around me making change direction? I follow and accomplished a lot, I felt light and swift. Is ther a maeaning behind the colors?

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  • Natalie

    Thank you for this.  A dragonfly was trapped in my house and I released it yesterday (beautiful to see it dance off with the joy of freedom).  And, tonight, as I was thinking about the dragonfly… I stumbled upon another one… sleeping on the hook of my front door.  I will release it tomorrow…. The totem/meaning is fitting.  Thank you.

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