Older Native Americansí clothing, tepees, totem poles, tattoos and all of their belongings would have been adorned with art and symbols that would depict each personís individual acts of heroism, successes and their varying spiritual guides and events that were most significant in their own lives.
They were a highly spiritual people and they related all of their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through symbols and signs such as The Dragonfly symbol. Older Native American symbols were geometric representations of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal shapes. Some were just simple outlines others were more illustrative and detailed.
The significance of The Dragonfly symbol represents happiness, speed and purity. The Dragonfly also signifies transformation and life's ever continual process of evolution. Further symbolic meaning of The Dragonfly comes into being when observed dragonflies move quickly as they flitter and scat atop watered areas such as lakes, rivers, canals and streams. Dragonflies are creatures of the water, and any creature whose habitat is in, or around water carries symbolism that relate to the subconscious, or "dreaming" mind and thoughts. This is because in the animal world, water is symbolic of the subconscious mind (deeper mind, dreaming mind, meditative mind, transcendental mind) and this all correlates to the things we think when we are in relaxed / meditative / sleeping / subconscious state of mind.
As creatures of the wind, The Dragonfly totem signifies change. A dragonflyís iridescent wings are incredibly sensitive to the slightest touch of a breeze, and so we are reminded to heed where the proverbial wind blows - lest we run into stormy weather.
The eyes of The Dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insectís brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/womanís rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds.
Lastly it should be noted that The Dragonfly lives a short life, and it knows it must live to the fullest with what it has. This lesson is huge for each of us. When you see a dragonfly, be aware of the gifts it has to offer by keeping its animal totem meanings in mind.
the wily dragonfly.
As its quicker wings beat
down the stilly vapid air
this gives it the power
of rapid levitation.
It does split and meander
with wicked determination
and absolute splendid candour.
Alistair F. Smith