Why the Dragonfly?
The dragonfly has great meaning to many cultures, and especially to the Zuni Indians here in New Mexico. It is the messenger who carries prayers to the Spirit World. It's also a symbol of transformation, rebirth and immortality. Although it spends the majority of its life on the bottom of a pond as a larva, it always rises above that, symbolizing our ability to transform ourselves through a spiritual awakening.
Do you see how the dragonfly in the upper right corner has a heart at its tail? I see that as carrying our love to those we lost who are in the Spirit World.
The lotus or water lily closes at night and opens in the morning and is lifted above the surface of the water. This was a symbol of death and rebirth to the ancient Egyptians.
Read the story below...I happen to relate to it although you may not. I respect that.
In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs; they could not understand why none of their group came back after crawling up the stems of the lilies to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who made the upward climb would return and tell what happened to him.
Soon, one of them felt an impulse to seek the surface. He rested on top of a lily pad and went through a transformation that made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain, he tried to keep his promise, flying back and forth over the pond. He peered down at his loved ones.
Then he realized, even if they could see him, they would not recognize him in his new body. “I guess they'll just have to wait until they become dragonflies, too,” he said. Then they'll understand what happened to me and where I went.”
The fact that we cannot see our loved ones or communicate with them after the transformation (which we call death) is no proof they cease to exist.