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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387 Responses to Dragonfly Spirit Animal

  • Lola
    I love dragonflies. One time I was on the beach with my family and ppl around when this huge wave of dragonflies appeard! They were coming from the sea, it felt like a magical event. Since then I see them often & makes me smile.
  • Anonymous
    Can anyone help me? I had a dream we're a drgonfly was draining my magic and it lost its wings.. dose it mean anything? Someone please reply soon
    • Nicole
      Probably representative of your self. Do you feel a drain of creativity or a lack of magic in life. The loss of wings can be symbolic for a loss of freedom whether real or perceived
  • Dixie
    I went fishing this weekend and a dragonfly landed on me and stayed. It wouldn't leave as it would lift it would land right back on me this happened for over an hour the same dragonfly. I loved it I don't know what it means but it was adorable
    • Nicole
      Lose anyone lately or were you thinking about or talking about someone departed at that time. It could be a sign from a loved one on the other side to let you know they were alright
  • Eggsaily
    I love dragonflies! One day when i was swimming with my friend in a nearby lake, i saw a swarm of them above me just hovering. I made eye to eye contact and i swear one of them smiled.I'm not paranoid or crazy like my friends think, i honestly believe i have a really deep connection with dragon flies. I know i am part dragonfly,its in my blood for sure, but the doctors dont agree.Whatever tho, i believe and thats all that matters, right?
    • Rauma
      I saw a dragonfly in the park as i was walking by last week. what does this mean? am i spceial now!? Pls answer me!!
    • Rachel
      I believe you
    • Sophia
      I keep seeing dragonflies recently. One is stuck in my kitchen right now, feel bad for it though. And last night there were dragonflies in my dream so... :I also the number 14 (Be careful what you wish for) ;P
  • Jc bongares
    This day i dreamed about an orange huge dragonfly. I immediately caught it by its wings when I saw it lands on our wall. Then gave it to my brother, and let it have it for a while, as the minutes goes by I ask him where's the dragonfly He told me that it just flew away. Then I saw it just peacefully landed on the side of our drawer. What exactly does it means
  • Lori
    I saw a black thicker than normal dragonfly outside and it's very cold in January.. I was walking up to slider and between the wood frame on deck he hovered back and fourth as though he wanted me to get a glimpse of him, it was almost terrifying cuz he was black and wasn't sure what that meant and a huge hawk to left on a tree, I got enough nerve to look black dragonfly up and it turned out to be a blessing, I am so relieved, I feel I am going through some transformation right now no that is what it says on here as well and my pastor had mentioned, so happy to know that this a spiritual good thing, makes my heart warm
  • Marilyn
    Tonight I danced with a Dragonfly! Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Honestly though, I was dancing in the early evening sunshine out the backyard when I noticed it hovering just a few feet in front of me. It repeated its flight path, first flying close up to me, around me and then back to where it hovered. I continued dancing, arms swaying in the air while it continued flying around me. I felt at one with this dragonfly, with nature and the universe... leading me to find these beautiful meanings above ❤️
  • Vicki
    Whilst swimming in my pool two dragonflies landed in my hair and mated. This lasted 20-30 seconds then they left. Not sure if this means this is my totem
  • Wendy Daily
    I had a friend who I absolutely loved & adored pass away from bones couple years ago. While I was at the cemetery during his funeral, a dragonfly flew around his casket & then flew past his wife, my mom & I & disappeared. I knew then that it was him saying that he was better & that everything was going to be ok
  • Lisa-Marie
    I was sitting in the hospital lobby waiting for my husband to come out of day surgery and come home. A dragonfly flew over, landed on the floor by my feet and just sort of looked at me. I talked to him, then he flew up into a window high up on the wall. I looked away then looked back up, but he had vanished. I didn't know it at that moment, but hubby had been admitted into hospital with dangerously high blood pressure and had to stay in hospital for a while.
  • 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 ???

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