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Why the Dragonfly?

DragonflyThe 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. 



The Dragonfly

Water Lily

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.


10/06/2011 at 10:20 PM
Janina Saca
Aferrate a la Vida! Comunidad contra el suicidio. Hi my name is Janina and I live in Guatemala, I have lost my brother To suicide. Now I made with some friends a facebook page name Aferrate a la vida (stick to life) to help preventing this. I have a dragonfly tatoo, I love my tatoo because it represented freedom, freedom I need it. But now after reading your page it is amazing what my dragonfly tatoo will mean to my now. It will be a sign of life and destiny that I really have to get involve in this project in Guatemala where I live. I do believe in destiny! My dragonfly tatoo prove it. Thanks!
09/15/2011 at 12:39 PM
Beverly Colbert
I lost my son Matt on June 16, 2010. Last year was a wet summer, very unlike our current drought in Texas. On the day my son died and several days thereafter there were dragonflies flying all over the grass in our backyard. I have never seen this happen before nor since. It is amazing! Just like it is amazing to me that I found this link on the grief forum today and decided to actually visit it!
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