View from the Dragonfly’s Back

MomsGetReal Soul Feeder Chris Wilcox

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Dragonfly Trail petroglyph in Gila National Forest, north of Silver City, NM

On one of my first drives through Fort Worth when I moved here last year, a dragonfly hovered in front of my car at a stoplight.  Stay with me. This will make sense in a minute.

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about thinking (as you might have noticed…), and how our thoughts play into what our lives become.  I’ve come to regard my thoughts as a net that I’m constantly tying together; as I’ve been reviewing the threads that have created the part of the net that’s holding me now and pulled ones that needed to be recycled, I’ve noticed so many moments of synchronicity that I’ve totally, completely and unbelievably ignored.

A few years ago, I was told that I needed to be better about recognizing synchronicities when they happen. To me, synchronicities are the crumbs on the trail, the yellow arrows pointing out that you’re headed in the right direction and to keep going.  At the time, I was just beginning to study Astrology, and while I always knew my sun sign was Aquarius, I learned that despite its aquatic connections, Aquarius is an Air sign (communication!).  Upon further digging (i.e., I went on the internet and typed in “astrology chart”), I learned that both my moon and rising signs are water signs – Cancer & Scorpio, respectively.

So now I have “watch for synchronicity in air and water” going through my head, and my first thought is – Fantastic! What the hell does that mean?

Enter the Dragonfly.

I’ve always had a fascination with dragonflies. Ever since I was a little girl going to my grandparents’ cabin near West Yellowstone, I’ve noticed them when they fly into my path, even at times when it may not have made sense. I seem to find them and they seem to find me – and in that way we have shared space for some 40 years now.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago, and I’m sitting at my desk, brainstorming with a group of friends via Facebook about what inspiration I can pull from to put this project you’re reading together, and one of them says out of the blue, “When I first read it…a saw a dragonfly…??”

In that second, I knew she was exactly right.

Interestingly enough, in animal symbology, dragonflies represent both air and water, and when they cross your path, they can represent change. Also, because their usual habitat has them zooming across water, others regard it to mean deeper thoughts are surfacing (water, symbolically, is in part about emotion, and air about communication) and we must be mindful of how our thoughts create our reality. Scientifically, dragonflies are built to fly in six directions, which also feels a bit like my life.

Dear Dragonfly, have you been buzzing around me for all years hoping to catch my attention and be the marker on my path?

So, that’s why I’ve got a view from a dragonfly’s back right now. Do you have animals around you or ones that you see frequently? Do a little digging if you’re curious, and learn what they mean. They may have a message for you, too.

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