By Ina Woolcott
The dragons medicine includes change and transformation, wisodm, infinity, longevity and movement through space, supernatural.
Celtic tradition may give specific qualities for dragons of the elements of earth, fire, water, and air, however, in general terms, Dragon's power is that of shedding its skin and coming out as a new, transformed being. The dragon gives provides us with fierce protection and possesses inherent magic, adding extra power to any magic you may perform. Dragon represents the supernatural and infinite self.
In Celtic tradition:
The Fire Dragon is a symbol of transmutation, energy and mastery, if this is your power animal you will be lent enthusiasm, courage and vitality. Your inner fire will be fuelled. You will be helped to overcome obstacles. You will be given the qualities of leadership and mastery. The fire dragon can also be a strong protector.
The Air Dragon brings insight, inspiration and vitality. This power animal must be handled with the greatest of respect. With this power animal, large flashes of illumination in intellect and psyche are possible. Insight and clarity will be given for all problems. As always - trust your inner voice.
The Earth Dragon brings potential, power and riches. You will be shown your potential and your riches - what you are capable of. With the earth dragons assistance, you may discover the beauty and power that lies within you, within us all. The earth dragon resides deep within the Earth and can aid you in grounding scattered energies. When you call on him for help, think of a slowly paced heavy dragon pulling himself toward you. Feel his weight surrounding you. He will nurture you like Mother Earth does.
The Water Dragon brings connection, depth and passion. The water dragon as power animal brings memories and wishes, perhaps long forgotten yet hidden, to the fore. By squaring up with painful past experiences, a sense of peace and balance can be achieved in our lives. The water dragon will give you the courage and compassion in this challenge.
Dragon represents the supernatural,
infinity itself and the spiritual powers of change and transformation.
It is a fierce protector and adds extra power to any magic you may perform.
Transmutation, Mastery, Energy
This powerful totem brings vitality, enthusiasm and courage.
He will help you overcome obstacles
and give you qualities of leadership and mastery.
He can fuel your inner fires.
He can be a powerful protector.
Inspiration, Insight, Vitality
This totem must be treated with great respect.
Great flashes of illumination in intellect and psyche
are possible with this totem.
The air dragon brings insight and clarity to all problems.
Trust your inner voice.
Power, Potential, Riches
This totem shows us our potential, our riches: what we are capable of.
With his help, we can discover the beauty and power that lies in all of us.
He lives deep within the Earth and can help you ground scattered energies.
When you call him, think of a slow moving, heavy Dragon pulling himself toward you.
Feel his weight around you. He will nurture you as Mother Earth does.
Passion, Depth, Connection
A water dragon totem brings memories and wishes,
perhaps long hidden, to the surface.
By facing painful past experiences,
we can achieve a sense of peace and balance in our lives.
This totem gives us the courage and compassion
in this challenge.
*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:
Key Words: Powerful, grand, wise
Magical Influences: Magical adeptness, mastery of self-control, reveals hidden knowledge of ancient mysteries, evokes aid of salamanders, mastery of the element of Fire.
Personality: The dragon is a very wise being. Usually, the person with the dragon personality seems like an "old soul," capable of inspiring those wo are seekers of higher truth. The dragon guards its jewels of wisdom jealously, giving them only to those who prove themselves worthy.
*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:
This powerful symbol represents life force and great potency. This is the time to step into your power. Become the power of the dragon. Lift yourself up out of the struggle, conquer your fears, and become the dragonslayer. Slaying the dragon can symbolize garnering your inner strength to achieve self-liberation. Dragons guard treasure. Is there some fear or poer that stands between you and what you most desire? The winged dragon is a powerful symbol of transcendence and can mean ascention to spiritual and mystical heights.
*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:
You will get an enormous boost in your progress toward financial success from a powerful and influential personage if you dreamed of a dragon. And if you don't know such a big wheel, you soon will.
*Wordsworth/Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:
The Greek word drakon comes from a verb meaning "to see", to "look at", and more remotely "to watch" and "to flash". In classical legend the idea of watching is retained in the story of the dragon who guards the golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides, and in the story of Cadmus. In medieval romance captive ladies were often guarded by dragons.
A dragon is a fabulous winged crocodile, usually represented as of large size, with a serpent's tail; whence the words dragon and serpent are sometimes inter-changeable. In the Middle Ages the word was the symbol of sin in general and paganism in particular, the metaphor being derived from Rev. xii, 9, where satan is termed "the great dragon" and Ps. xci, 13, where it is said "the dragon shalt though trample under feet". Hence, in Christian art it has the same significance.
Among the many saints usually pictured as dragon-slayers are St. Michael, St. George, St. Margaret, St. Samson (Archbishop Dol), St. Clement of Metz; St. Romain of Rouen, who destroyed the huge dragon La Gargouille, which ravaged the Seine; St. Philip the Apostle; St. Martha, slayer of the terrible dragon Tarasque, at Aix-la-Chapelle; St. Florent, who killed a dragon which haunted the Loire; St. Cado, St. Mauder, and St. Pol, who performed similar feats in Brittany; and St. Keyene of Cornwall.
Among the ancient Britons and the Welsh the dragon was the national symbol on the war standard; hence the term Pendragon for the dux bellorum, or leader in war. A red dragon is the central feature of the Welsh flag.
A flying dragon is a meteor.
The Chinese dragon is a five clawed dragon introducted into pictures and embroidered on dresses as an amulet.
To Sow dragon's teeth is to forment contentions; to stir up strife or war; especially to do something which is intended to put an end to strife but which brings it about. The Philistines "sowed dragons' teet" when they took Samson, bound him, and put out his eyes; Ethelred II did the same when he ordered the massacre of the jDanes on St. Brice's Day (1002), as did the Germans when they took Alsace-Lorraine from France in 1871.
Dragon's Hill is a site in Berkshire where one legend has it that St. George killed the dragon. A bare place is shown on the hill, where nothing will grow, for there the dragon's blood was spilled. In Saxon annals we are told that Cerdic, founder of the West Saxon kingdom, there slew Naud or Natanleod, the Pendragon, and five thousand men.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Dragon characterizes one's self-generated fears.
*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
The dragon in one form or anther was known to the majority of the world cultures in both the Old and New Worlds. It was one of the early symbols of the Great Mother Goddess of the matriarchies. Until the arrival of patriarchal societies, the dragon was considered to be a sacred, benevolent creature; its serpent body symbolized matter and life-giving water of creation, its wings spirit and the sacred breath of life.
It was used as an emblem for divinity and royalty in Babylon, egypt, China, Japan, greece, and Rome. The Chinese Manchu dynasty, the Phoenicians, and the Saxons all showed it as enthroned, a symbol of the power of the ruler. The Chinese dragon symbolized the masculine yang power, very high spiritual power, and the emperor himself. This connection with imperial power carried over into England and Wales.
The dragon was known as the King of Larger Serpents to medieval writers. Dragons an dbulls in the Western world were fought by such Sun-heroes as Mithras, Siegfired, Hercules, Jason, Horus, and Apollo. In Hindu myth, Vitra, the Dragon of the Waters, was killed by Indra so that the waters could be released upon the Earth. The dragon was also an emblem of Aruna and Soma.
There were two major categories of physical appearance of dragons: those of the East and those of the West.
The Oriental or Chinese dragon looked terrible and fierce, but was a symbol of prosperity, rain, wisdom, and hidden secrets. Oriental dragons did not have wings, but were shaped more like huge serpents with four legs. The early Chinese worshiped the dragon, and at one time had its image on national flags. Using the symbol of the five-toed imperial dragon was reserved for emperors. The guardian of the mansions of the gods was the Chinese Celestial Dragon, T'ien Lung; he also prevented the deities from falling out of their heavenly realm. Oriental heroes did not hunt the dragon, as did Western heroes. The Oriental dragons were said to leave their mountain caves or watery homes in the Spring to bring the fertilizing rains.
Both the Chinese and Japanese believe that dragons can turn themselves into birds. The three-clawed dragon of Japan symbolized the Mikado, the imperial and spiritual power. Most Japanese dragons were said to live in lakes and springs.
Ancient Western writers wrote all kinds of terrifying things about the Western dragons. These creatures were built like enormous lizards with wings; their bodies were thicker than those of Oriental dragons. Their throats and back legs were like those of an eagle, the grasping front legs like those of a reptile, and a tail that ended in an arrow-point. Western dragons were considered to be enemies of humans, and heroes were always hunting them down and killing them. Under the circumstance, it's no wonder that Western dragons stopped trying to get along with humans. They liked to live in dark caves, a few of them in water. They breathed fire, and their breath was supposed to spread plagues.
The dragon in alchemy had a number of meanings. If several dragons were shown fighting each other, it meant separating out the Elements, or psychic disintegration. A dragon biting its tail symbolized cyclic processes and time; this particular dragon was known to the Gnostics as Ouroboros. A winged dragon represented a volatile Element, while the wingless dragon stood for a fixed Element.
In spiritual definitions, the dragon represents the supernatural, infinity itself, and the spiritual powers of change and transformation.
Magickal attributes: Protection, instruction in the spiritual, Element magick. Using the spiritual to transform life. Protection. Adding extra power to magick.
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
The guardian of great power, magic, and wisdom. If you can befriend this aspect of yourself, many new talents and abilities will open to you. Among Taoists, the dragon represents eternal change, and the part of the path that we cannot as yet see. Consequently, you must perfect the spirit and trust that your road is sure. In China, the highest spiritual Yang (masculine) power attainable. On Earth, this was embodied by the power of the Chinese emperor.
Slaying a dragon: Overcoming negative traits. Alternatively, cutting off the feminine aspects of self.
Fire-breathing dragon: An overbearing person with strong words.
Procreative power of nature. In Assyrian and Babylonian mythology, Tiamat was a half-dragon, half-human (to show higher and lower self) Goddess who gave birth to all things.
Archetypal: The primordial conscousness and psychic transformation.
The ongoing struggle of light versus darkness, and good versus evil, that is always with us. Here you become the hero who preserves your vision of virtue.
Keynote: dragon energies about, guardianship and wonders.
The basilisk is an iguana lizard of tropical America, named after the basilisk dragon, a dragon of great virulence. It was cobralike and often depicted as a terrifying creature. It could breathe fire and spew a deadly venom and could even kill with a single look from its eyes. If a human laid eyes upon the basilisk before the basilisk laid eyes upon the human, the human would live. Otherwise the human died.
Much of the lore of the basilisk dragon is symbolic. The perception that it could kill with a single look probably had more to do with the shock of seeing something so strange and powerful. The death was often symbolic of death of some aspect of the person's life. He or she would never be the same.
As frightning as the basilisk dragon was made to appear, it had many magical qualities: Its skin could repel snakes and spiders, and silver rubbed with its ashes would become gold. Crystal would reflect its deadly vision and venom. It has been said that the eyes are the gateways to the soul, and it is through the basilisk form of the dragon that we learn to read the true soul of individuals by looking into their eyes. This dragon has the knowledge of how to use the eyes to entrance and control.
In the America tropics, a basilisk can grow to be two feet with a long tapering tail. Unlike its namesake, though, it is only dangerous to birds and rodents, although it will also eat some vegetation. When this lizard appears in our life, we can truly expect an awakening of dragon energies.
The basilisk has a crest that runs down its back and neck. Lizards with crests along the spine usually the heightening of the sensitivities of their corresponding chakras. For the basilisk, we can expect that our inner vision--that ability to see into the souls of others--and our power of expression will increase. We must learn to control these abililities, for dragon energy is strong and vocal expressions will be experienced more intensely. Things said lovingly will be felt more lovingly. Things said to cut and hurt will hurt more deeply.
If danger approaches, the basilisk will run away on its long hind legs. This skilled runner can even traverse water for short distances without sinking. Dragons are fantastic creatures of great wonder. Theirs is the force of strength and spiritual power through which the impossible becomes possible. The basilisk's ability to run on water is a reminder of this.
When the basilisk appears, the dragon energy is alive within our life. New realms will open, including more tangible experiences associated with the Faerie Realm. The climate of your life will change. The gasilisk is the guardian and a keeper of the creative force of life. Higher perceptions and intuitive abilities will awaken in ways not even imagined. When the basilisk appears, we must learn to control our intensities.
Are we being too aggressive? Are we ignoring our perceptions? Are we confronting and fighting when we should be avoiding? Are we not guarding our creations? Are we not taking advantage of opportunities for change? Have we forgotten that we can starve as much from a lack of wonder as we can from a lack of food?
The Komodo Dragon:
The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard. Found within Southern Indonesia, males can grow to 8' and weigh as much as 200 pounds or more. Females grow to about 7' and can weigh 150 pounds or more. Although around 5000 still live in the wild, only about 350 of them are breeding females. Because of this, they are considered threatened. They are solitary, powerful, and can move quickly over short distances. If Komodo dragon has appeared, now is the time to trust in our own strong survival instincts and move ahead. Now is the time for quick decisions, changes, and actions.
The dragon of lore is a creature that controls the climate, of Nature or our life. When Komodo appears, it is the same firey dragon energy that is being awakened. If we want to change the climate of our life, now is the time. The creative energies are strong, the impulse is there, and now is the time to act upon it. We must remember, though, that dragons and the dragon energy were never meant to be slain but to be controlled and directed. Its appearance heralds a time of new adventures and journeys, physical and spiritual, that will help us to control and direct our creative forces in the future.
The Komodo dragon can live as long as 100 years and its appearance reflects that the changes we make will be long lasting. We will experience the effects for some time to come. If we act now, the benefits will last a long time. If we fail to act, the opportunity may not return again for a long time as well.
Komodo Dragons lay 20-40 eggs at a time, with an incubation period that lasts approximately 8 months. When Komodo Dragon appears, we will usually see a window of approximately 8 months in which acting upon our impulses and instincts will work powerfully for us. We can use those impulses to initiate changes or complete what also needs to be ended. Either way, we must act while we can, and as a result we will discover the primal creative power within us.
Komodo Dragons are very powerful, and they usually hunt by ambush. One bite will usually kill. The bacteria in their saliva are so virulent that if the bite itself does not kill its prey or enemy, the blood poisoning that results from it will. When the Komodo Dragon appears, everything we do will take on greater force and power. Because of this, we must be careful how we use our vocal power or allow others to use theirs on us. Words spoken more gently and lovingly will touch the heart. Words spoken more harshly will rip the heart out. Everything takes on greater force. We must be cautious of speaking inappropriately or too poisonously. If we suspect others of speaking in such a way about usk we should trust that suspicion but resopond only when the time is right.
The Komodo dragon has a powerful tail, which it uses for defense. It can whip a crushing blow very quickly. When it appears, we may be using undue force or responding too strongly too soon. We should also be wary of others around us who, though facing us, may be trying to crush our endeavors or us with a quick unexpected whip of their tails. We should look for others trying to undermine our activities, frustrating our efforts.
Are we letting disputes hinder us? Are w not acting decisively? Is there jealousy about? Are we not responding creatively to situations or opportunities? Are we hesitating too long? Are we speaking inappropriately to or about others?
*From a post by Groundhog from February, 2000 (Our Ricky Ticky Tivey):
In Chinese astrology there is a 12 year cycle and each year is symbolized by a different animal. Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Dog, Boar, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit in that order.
People born in the year of the Dragon are fiercely independent. They want to be in power but will use subtle ways to get it. They have an added gloss of magic, wizardry, inventiveness and resourcefulness and can be a constant source of mystery, even to themselves. Although capable of splendid affection, they remain a little distant and you never know when they might pack their bags and leave. They are not particularly loyal. Though they can be a member of a team, it is on a voluntary bais and nobody can coerse them into action against their will. They have an agile mind and are capable of thinking on their own without any help from others. They take a devious delight in bizarre events, ideas, and people simply becasue of the shocking quality. Mental companionship means a lot to them and conversation will include a stylish wit and zany humor. Famous people born in the year of the Dragon include: Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Lewis Carrol, Sigmund Freud, and Bing Crosby.