Dragonfly Totem & Spirit Animal | Meaning

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.

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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417 Responses to Dragonfly Spirit Animal

  • Anonymous
    I've found two black dead dragonflies in my backyard within this month is there any meaning behind this?
  • Dee
    I was sitting in my garden this afternoon and a baby dragonfly flew around me and then sat on my arm just below my elbow she then moved up to my shoulder and stayed for a few moments before flying into the garden.
  • Annie Cunningham
    Annie C. This morning, " i was looking at my plants in my yard. And all of a sudden,,,I fell a chill down my spine, as though someone was watching me. I turn around and look at my husband truck/and their was a dragonfly the color of black head/and a blood red tail. It feel like it was evil...can you tell me,,,,what does that really means...
  • LeianeO
    Last night, as I sat reflecting on my life, a dragonfly flew right past me. I watched it land, thinking how odd as usually I've only seen them by water. This morning it's still sitting there in my backyard as if it's waiting for me. Lately I've been terribly unhappy with a floundering relationship & even considering leaving the entire country to never see this man again, ever. As I came to my desk, in search of answers as to why this dragonfly is still hanging out with me, I realized I was in the presence of something wonderful...was just outside the backdoor, waiting for me to turn the key & find my own destiny, away from this locked box of whatever this crap has been. Thank You, Mr or Mrs Dragonfly.
    • Xiomara Martinez
      Same thing happend to me!!
  • Peggytung
    Recently I've been seeing dragonfly quite often . It has rebody a rainbow color wings I always like a dragonfly I wonder is meaning something in my life and this time I'm going to retire in there this year .what is that mean.
  • Liane
    I have been seeing a lot of dragonflies in the past few weeks. Last night, while walking a big dragonfly landed on my right breast, I spooked out and blew her away with my hand. After realizing what I have done I was upset at myself that I blewed her away then I was aopologizing to all the dragonflies. Reading the meaning of dragonfly "it’s an indication that it’s time for change". That's were I AM right now in life...time for a change.
  • Adrian Brooks Collins
    For four months now I have been visited repeatedly by dragonflies and butterflies. It's astounding their daily visits to me here in the heart of Los Angeles, while I'm driving Lyft on the six and eight lane freeways. Constantly visiting me when I'm outside, cycling, pet sitting, its really stunning. I believe that it's symbolic of a big and imminent change for the better. I believe I am going into a major business success and will become very wealthy so that I may do charitable work and transform the lives of others... I'm excited...
    • Cali Paul
      I believe this for you too. I know your comment is like the mail on the head with my life and symbols.
    • Lisa
      May it be so, my friend.
  • David Large
    I have felt in limbo for a while now believing I have much more potential in life (success-wise with career, fitness goals & relationships). Recently I was on a floating lounger enjoying a sunny warm day on our lake when I noticed dragonfly's landing on my leg. I counted a total of 10 at one time & they stayed for quite a while. My friend, who was sitting close, never had one approach or land on her. The next day I had difficulty walking on the same leg the dragonfly's were on but the day after my leg was completely normal again. I'd like to believe there was a special message intended for me. I've explored the spiritual meanings of the dragonfly but couldn't find something referring to a multitude of them at once. Any thoughts? :) David
  • DD Mallory
    I recently lost my life partner and have been struggling in many ways. I'm grieving and needing to let go of several negative situations. While on vacation in Florida a couple of dragonflys constsntly were flying around me. I found such peace and even more so since reading about the dragonfly symbolism.
    • Judy Rasmee
      My name is Judy. I lost my son and his girlfriend in a fetal car crash on 4-24-2014. Ever since then the dragonflies are always around me and my families. For some reason I believe that my son and his girlfriend came to visit. There's always just 2 dragonflies. It even landed on my hand twice.
    • Carol
      I lost my husband 3 years ago. I to am struggling with negativity. I am in a new relationship but still miss my husband and the life we once shared. Yesterday a beautiful dragonfly was hovering over the garden pond. I felt it had a meaning and today I hVe been reading the spiritual meaning. Wow....time to change !! Need to allow my mind to open and embrace m new life instead of feeling guilty ????
      • Rebecca
        Carol- I am so sorry for your loss. I can relate. Different circumstances, but complete loss of the life I had. I've been in transition for the last almost 2 years, with more intense life shifts happening the last few months. Meanwhile, my beautiful cat is with me on this journey is mirroring for me my inability to be here now, and I'm having to be more present with him instead of stuck in survival mode and struggling to allow enjoyment. I've been plaguing myself with guilt for all the decisions and actions I've taken that have led to him going through this stressful time, and shame for not having been able to do things differently, so that we both were not stressed. He's currently not eating or drinking much, and in the midst of this last week, dragonflies started showing up. Today I felt moved to go for a walk, and several dragonflies crossed my path or hovered in front of me at different points. On my way back, I took a different street, and there was a house that had two huge dragonflies as art on the front of it. So I came back to look up dragonfly again. The vet said inflammation in the pancreas... Louise Hay mentions that relates to loss of joy or sweetness in life; rejection. The last six months I have been in such survival mode that my ability to experience and allow the sweetness and joy right now has been almost nonexistent. And it's affected him. So, I'm taking it as a message to stop dwelling in the past, release all guilt and shame that are keeping me there, and open up to the joy of now, and all the amazing possibilities known and unknown that are here. Recognize the gift of all past experiences, lessons, and this moment, and the need to fully allow the transformation that wants to take place in me and in my life. And that my allowing this and giving loving care and attention to my kitty will help him realize his full health. With gratitude to the dragonflies showing up with this message and encouragement!
  • Justin
    I live in Kentucky and have no water near me and almost everyday I have a different dragonfly next to my car waiting for me I talk to them and they seem to understand me, incredible to me I hope this continues because they always make my day
    • Jessica
      I live in Los Angeles and I have been seeing them everywhere for the past few days. No sign of water any time soon! Such a blessing, I love the synchronization. =)
  • Sherry davis
    In Florida we have cloud bursts that pass quickly or last for hours. I noticed when I just got home from shopping that it was raining. Then suddenly it stopped. The sun was shining in my backyard but not the neighbors so I thought I would catch a rainbow! But what I saw was 3 dragonflys flying around my backyard. I do not live anywhere near water. They were flittering around and though I was sure they were dragonflys, I thought they may be another wierd Florida insect! So I said 'come closer so I can see you.' And they all took their turns but came up close to my window! Then they flew away and the rain returned. I have been dealing with a medical issue and I prayed this morning that I am ok with God's plan for me. But if I am going home, I have some things to do! And you know, I think I am going to be ok!
    • Phristan
      You healed up brother?
  • Carlos Garza
    I have a recording of me touching a dragonfly it wasnt alarmed..
  • John mulligan
    As I was sitting on the beach, a dragonfly landed on my shoulder. I walked up and down the beach but he clung to my shirt the whole time.
    • des
      That is so cool. What size was it?
    • ST
      Wow, that is extraordinary! What beach?
  • Pat Forren
    My grandson and I saw a large group of baby dragonflies at the lake. Only in one area. In over 20 yes we have never seen more than a few. The next day they had disappeared. What could this mean?
  • Wendy
    I was meditating this morning and suddenly a dragonfly appeared. It was beautiful and flew right into view surrounded my white light. Made me have to do some research on the meaning of dragonfly's
    • Wendi Drew
      My Name is Wendi. A Huge blue Dragonfly was on my front door this morning 5:00a.m. this morning.me an my son were amazed at the color and size. I emediately looked on my phone and was so surprised at its beautiful color it stayed on the s reen for a minute. It flew away so gracefully... Amazing time to ebrace chang...

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