Dragonfly Spirit Animal2018-09-19T11:33:41+00:00

Dragonfly Spirit Animal & Totem

Dragonfly Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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.

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.


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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 Spirit Animal

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.

Dreaming of Dragonflies

Similar to other spirit animals, the dragonfly is a symbol of transformation and change. They begin their life in the water, but soon transform into the agile flyers that we know them to be. If dragonfly appears in your dreams it may be telling you that a change is coming. If the dragonfly lands on you, it is believed to be a good change. If the dragonfly is dead, it is believed to be a bad change.

Dragonflies are fast, agile and have a short life cycle. If the dragonfly in your dream is moving fast from place to place, it may be a sign to live life fully in the present. Where have you been holding back? What are you waiting for? Do you dare to fly fast and free?


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  1. Jade September 30, 2018 at 1:33 am - Reply

    I have always been interested in spirituality and read quite a lot of books on it. Recently I am having constant encounters with dragonflies since a few weeks. The first time was in the afternoon, at about 3 pm when I opened my front door. What I saw could be described as nothing less than magical. It was raining and the sun was there too! I saw a huge swarm of dragonflies around the area. Most of them were bronze in color and their wings were sparkling in the sunlight! It is hard to describe in words, but its one of the best moments I’ve ever had. Some of them flew around me like they were greeting me. I was so mesmerized by the beauty that I stepped out and stood there in the rain admiring the show for about half an hour. The dragonflies were still there the next day but it was cloudy.
    The next experience I had was with a little green dragonfly coming into my room through the window. I tried to take it outside because I didn’t want it to die, but I didn’t go. It stayed in my room the whole night and the next morning when I opened the window it flew away.
    Since the last few days whenever I am going out in my backyard or on the rooftop, a dragonfly is coming out of nowhere and siting infornt of me on a leaf or the floor or something.
    Last night a huge one came into my house again, I left the window open but I couldn’t find it in the morning.
    I don’t know what all these means or what exactly they are trying to tell me.
    As I am going through a difficult time right now, I believe they have come to show me the way.

  2. Tialer schmidt September 21, 2018 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    I saw a dragonfly get taken down mid flight by another dragonfly… and then the bigger, more vibrant dragonfly rupped open and ate the insides of the smaller one. It seems so significant but i cant figure it out

  3. Amanda azure September 10, 2018 at 12:57 am - Reply

    I’ve very recently separated from my husband and I’ve seen dragonflies just about everyday since he left,(6 weeks) today I went outside (husband was with me) I seen one laying outside the door. He thought it was dead, I seen a little twig in between its wings so I moved it and he flew off. I went to work about a week ago and there was one in my work area sitting above my favorite resident. (Work at a retirement home). Dragonflies have been worth my family many years and protected us, bringing us together. I am completely lost on what this means, they are everywhere around me and before this started happening I maybe seen one every couple months.

  4. Anonymous September 4, 2018 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I was sitting outside and I sow one dragonfly Flying around on the same pattern in front of me for about 7 min ,I recordet it ,and half our later my aunt past away . Today when I went at the car after work o nother one was at the drivers door ,I waited for it to live and it didn’t and I touchde it and went not to far from my car I touched it again and went at dhe wendow of my salon .

  5. Mick September 3, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I need help figuring out an encounter with a dragonfly. They are my spirit animal; they have noticeably been so for about 2 years now. They show me signs and lift my spirits. Today, one was trapped in my home. We found it when we got home, no idea how it got in. It was trapped, so, I tried to help it. Opened the door, tried to usher it, talked to it calmly, offered it my hand to ride out on. None of that worked. I finally trapped it in a Tupperware container. (Something I did not want to do.) As I was carrying it out, it at one point stopped flying, laying flat on its back, I was worried that I had killed it. Released it in my back yard near some flowering bushes. It flew off, I thought it was upset and trying to get far away from me. Then, it flew back twice. Once just above me, the second time it flew around me. Any thoughts on the meaning of this? Messages?

    • Maria September 5, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

      It was thanking you for saving its life. I have had this occur with many insects and animals I have saved, They will come back to you to acknowledge your effort.
      🙂

  6. Paula Thibault August 29, 2018 at 6:46 am - Reply

    I have been surrounded my dragon flies and find them almost following me about. Every day a new encounter with one right in front of me. I feel they are awakening me to follow them and transform with their light and energy. I’m open and willing to follow and be alert. Thank you!

  7. Lyanna August 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I been trying to do meditation to open my third eye and develope my psychic abilities and I just noticed that everytime I go outside and meditate when I’m done I see sometimes a few butterflies and around 4/6 dragonflies flying around a couple minutes after meditation and I’m wondering if that is a good sign or not?
    I don’t go out at a certain time as to say thats their everyday hangout time I go outside when possible and home alone to meditate and there they are after couple minutes later when I’m done with meditation. What could this mean exactly? I’m a little scared of them to be honest so I go inside. Lol

    • Anonymous August 31, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

      They are agents of light and change. Invite them to you. Send out waves of calm to this graceful creature. I sat with one on my finger for nearly 10 minutes. Divine!

  8. Dondre August 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    A huge dragonfly landed on me went all the way in the job with me dude noticed it then I shoowed it off….reading the significance of the dragonfly makes me feel good

  9. Gavin August 17, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Cool spirit animal quiz

  10. Cheryl August 15, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Today I returned home about 3:00pm. As I began to park I noticed my front yard had a swarm of dragonflies. If I had to guess about one hundred or more. I was so overwhelmed by the display I had to google the meaning of Dragonflies. My next door neighbor was outside and she said they have been coming lately about that time of day. However, this was the first I noticed since changing my work shift. I looked arround at all the neighbors and the swarm was at my home. There have been amazing changes happening spiritually in my life and I feel amazing to continue seeing signs such as what I witnessed today.

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