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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463 Comments

  1. Shwanna August 7, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

    This morning on my way to work there was a dragonfly that flew around my car for about 5 minutes. I told myself I would look up the significance of the dragonfly once I got to work because I knew it had some meaning. I forgot but remembered to do so on my lunch break. As I was reading this article another dragonfly appeared flying around my car. A change is coming in my life, I can feel it.

  2. Nancy Stinchfield August 5, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Beginning of August 2018 … Northern UT. I looked out across the property, and there were several hundreds of them out and about- lawn, trees, flower, shrubbery area within a 250 feet radius. They were flying fast and quick darting nearly everywhere and landing on lawns just to take off fast again-several at the same time!

  3. Nancy Stinchfield August 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Beginning of August 2018 … I looked out across the property, and there were several hundreds of them out and about- lawn, trees, flower, shrubbery area within a 250 feet radius. They were flying fast and quick darting nearly everywhere and landing on lawns just to take off fast again-several at the same time!

  4. Brenda champion August 5, 2018 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Hola i just Wanna say i was sitting out on my door steps this morning somthing told me to turn around…well i looked behind me and it was a beautiful dragon fly it set there for awhile i got Up went in my house got some coffee and went back it was still there in the spot this makes twice this has happen to me….what is the meaning and i also have the dragon fly tattoo on my neck i love the dragon fly

  5. Elina July 28, 2018 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I’ve had have the dragonfly as my “identity” animal almost my whole life. But then a former Friend started to like dragonflies just because I did and that it has a trendsetter that year, I had a colorshifting Dragonfly-ring, I had drawn one, I Loves dragonflies before it becomes modern.
    Then I got weared out with it being everywhere and I hated how it was modern. Now I recently seen a lot of them flying around and I bought a shirt with them on, and this morning my mom who lives 100 miles away, sent me pictures in a dragonfly who had landed in her palms , and on a stick my little brother held with his teeth. Just before this, I went through a big change and it transformed my whole relationship which was on the dark side before, now it’s so bright and we’re finally living in the light, we’re present, we’re loving were adapting new changes with gratitude and joy, I thank My identitety animal cause Since I started to neglect dragonflies, I started to neglect me. I feel My connection ro My real self again now and I’m heart open to all the love inside and around me and it’s amazing.

  6. Dottie July 27, 2018 at 7:07 am - Reply

    I seen a dragonfly on my window he sat there for a while yes stay there for a while then he flew off flew away it was awesome can someone tell me what that mean thanks

  7. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 3:31 am - Reply

    so we went camping in the dragonfly landed on my foot and would move for awile it was amzing

  8. Diane Interrante July 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    A Dragon Fly hitch a ride with me on my way home from doing Errands today. Looked me right in the face and then flew away. What a Blessing!

  9. Gabby Serna July 11, 2018 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I had a visit from a dragonfly it was on my lawn chair where I usually sit and had been there for a long while since the morning , during the evening i decided to shake the chair a bit it moved toward the brick wall close didn’t want to leave, so I decided to google , I figured this must have some meaning and I truly was amazed, after i read the meaning, I looked at it and said to the dragonfly ,”I understand now why you’re here .” And it just flew towards me and landed on my knee ,then I didn’t move as i was trying to reach for my phone to capture a picture it flew up as if it was staring straight at me. I don’t know how or why but it gave me peace.

  10. Wendy July 9, 2018 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Hi I looked up about the dragon fly because I keep seeing them and wondered why, I was overjoyed when I read the article, I love fairy’s an into Wicca and paganism lately and learning so much, I really felt I was guided to your article, thank you so much for sharing

  11. Anonymous July 8, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I was sitting on my deck today in my back yard .and there had to be at least 20 dragon flies flying about in front of me I. The yard .I know it means something but why soany at one time

  12. Jeffrey Kendall July 1, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    A dragonfly landed on my arrow today as I practiced zen archery!

  13. Anonymous June 19, 2018 at 1:29 am - Reply

    I had dragonly wings show up on my forehead and I went on a trip down the cosmic rabbit hole

  14. Mary sturgeon June 9, 2018 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Everday …..I save dragonflies in my home. They land inside my Windows. I proceed to just put my hand out. They land I release them again ?

  15. dawn lampman June 6, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    For the last 4 years I have dragonflies landing on me 6-12+ times when I am lounging in my pool with or without others. I can call them too. But it is really odd too! Somehow I have a connection I don’t understand.. Can anyone help me understand this better? I also have white Butterfies around all the time??

    • Cc June 10, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Let me know if anyone answers you. I have that feeling. They come to me and one just landed on me and I had to move him after 15 minutes.

    • JEL June 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      When you have such a strong connection with an animal or insect such that you seem to be able to communicate with it, it’s usually signifying that creature as your totem.

    • Coco July 22, 2018 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      Angels Angels Angels alll around you Dawn!! According to the article on Butterfly totems, The white butterfly symbolized departed souls. Dragon flies do too. Appears You are being contacted by a lot of departed souls so maybe you should look into expanding your intuitive/psychic connections to understand why they are contacting you bc 6-12/day is a calling.

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