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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.


06/26/2013 at 7:40 AM
Lisa R.
I stumbled on this website by needing an answer to my question. My sister took her own life in May 2012 & I was struggling with the religious aspect of wondering if she was suffering in the spiritual world she now belongs to. Through my googling it brought me to this website & answered my question. I noticed the dragonfly symbol & click on why the dragonfly symbol is used. I read the info & what really shocked me was it was writing by a female named Cheryl. My sister who took her own life was named Cheryl. It was if my sister was speaking to me from the spiritual world & she lead me to this information. The next day after reading this info I was outside in my backyard & 2 dragonflies were flying around near me. One was my sister & the other was my mother who had passed away many years ago. That's what I feel there were 2 dragonflies for me to send a prayer to them. Now dragonflies hold a wonderful meaning to me.
06/22/2013 at 3:13 PM
After my father passed away from an illness in Boston in Oct.2009 we returned from the hospital to my Stepmoms home we saw Dragonflies all over the front side of the house and on the stepping stones leading to the door,they were red, green, and blue hundreds of them. I have never seen anything like it in my life. I'm from Washington State and have never seen Dragonflies these colors. Here they are mostly black mixed with irridecent colors. I also have never seen so many together it was so bazaar. Also, it had snowed that morning being October it was not common for me to see them that time of the year. It had warmed up and the sun was out when upon our return from the hospital. I always wondered what it might have ment. Thank You for your explanation it makes sense to me now.
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