Dragonfly Spirit Animal & Totem

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

Dragonfly Spirit Animal

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.

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395 Responses to Dragonfly Spirit Animal

  • Sharon

    I was doing some work outside when I looked in a bucket that rain had filled halfway up. There was an orange dragonflies struggling to keep from drowning. I reached in and scooped him up and set him on the deck to dry his wings in the warm breeze blowing past us. He held his wings out and let the breeze dry them. He waited then was gone. Today I was just bring some things inside when this orange dragonflies landed next to my hand and seemed to look up at me. I came in to get my camera and he flew up in the air. I said, “no, come back” and to my surprise, he did. He sat right by my hand on the railing eating a piece of grass. I took his picture and a video. He sat there until I said “well I have to finish some things and walked away. He was gone when I came back.

  • anita

    I had a gold ringed dragonfly which was a male that flew from under my wedding dress then flew onto my dress and stayed on.it for four hours, lovely say no more, pls can u tell me that meaning x

  • Marsha Hale

    I found a lifeless, perfectly intact dragonfly on the ground.  I’m part Sioux Indian.  Does that have any spiritual meaning if lifeless?

  • Norma

    Seen two dragonflies mating today what’s the meaning ???

  • Susan

    The Dragonfly is totally my animal totem.  I am part Cherokee and had a dragonfly nearly landed on me today more than once, and then my car as well.  Tomorrow is the birthday of an amazing man whose physical being departed in August 2007.  I feel fulfilled to know he is here with me in spirit and look into the spirit world often for his guidance.  The Dragonfly is amazing and always present when I am in need of being lifted.  Thank you Elena Harris for writing this.  You did a beautiful job.

  • cathy

    I was looking at this vacant house.One i would love to live in. I look all around daydream alittle. because to me it was beautiful.Old fashion garden something from another time.when i finished all my daydreaming.I got in my car and the dragonfly followed me home.

  • Kara

    I have had two occasions in the past month where a dragonfly has tried to land near my face or directly on it!!!  And a few golden orange ones have flown in the front of my car as if they are trying to help me navigate.  I feel that departed spirits are maybe trying to get in touch with me.  Which is probably great timing as I’m researching and developing my skills as a medium 🙂

  • Ljluby

    Today as I walked outside there were approximately 10 dragonflies dancing through the sky throughout my garden. A year from midnight today my son passed away from a overdose, a month before his 28th birthday. He no longer struggles with his demons, he is in flight showing me the oneness with the spiritual world. I am blessed

  • Esmeralda

    I saw two dragonfly today they were dancing and one came to my window of my car. I was driving. I also saw a green neon butterfly that’s my grandpa. My grandpa connected with me when I was running at the park that day I saw so many colorful butterflies!! My grandpa told me everything is going to be okay. I started crying while running and telling myself I can make it I can do it because I have G-d. There’s more.

  • Rachel

    I had a green dragonfly zoom around me an my girls on the school run this morning it felt so powerful

  • Jemma

    My mother passed away yesterday and while we, her family, were all at her house yesterday saying our goodbyes to her, while in the garden a Dragonfly kept whooshing between us all. I like to think this has some meaning connected to her moving on peacefully to the after life…

    • Debbie

      Often those who have passed to the spirit world will show in various forms – Dragon flies- butterflies – birds ect are very common. Keep open to her communication she is giving you. I am sure that you are right that she was saying all is well and sending you love from the other side.

    • Manisha

      Jemma, I can surely tell you your mother is at peace…she will always be around you and will empower you…

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