Dragons have always fascinated me. This has manifested into my love of reptiles. I have a snake, and some precious pet lizards. All my life I have been drawn to reptiles, particularly lizards. As a child I loved to catch them and was a pretty good lizard hunter, but I always practiced catch and release and only rarely held one captive. Growing up in Arizona I had access to a wide variety of lizards, and even encountered many horned toads. My lizard pets today are bearded dragons, which are a sort of cousin to the horned toad. I’ve never feared these lizards, and as I’ve grown up I’ve come to think of my lizard guides as a link to the dragon energy that is abundant in the physical plane.

Artist: Wendy Andrew

Humans have had relationships with dragons basically since the beginning of human kind. They can be found in almost all cultures in one form or another and we are probably all familiar with the western dragon as a symbol of knowledge and wisdom that is beyond the reach of the average human. Dragons live in many fairy tales and this archetype is quite common. The early mapmakers often drew dragons at the edges of their maps as a symbol of the unknown. Many an adventurer took the challenge to explore these unknown places inhabited by dragons, while other people chose to stay in the relative safety of the known world.

The word dragon is Greek and Latin in origin and comes from drakon and draco. Drakon is derived from a verb that means to see or look at. This makes sense when you think about the association with dragons guarding or watching over things. Whether it is a treasure or a maiden, dragons are often portrayed as observers and guardians.

Dragons come in many shapes and sizes. Traditionally the western dragon is big bodied with four legs and wings. These western dragons can often breathe fire, another popular aspect of dragon lore. Legged dragons are also generally associated with creation and have a connection with the Goddess, or Great Mother. Eastern dragons usually resemble serpents. They usually can fly, but they don’t necessarily have wings. Sometimes the serpent dragons have legs and sometimes they don’t. Overall, dragons come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and have as many variations in horns, antennae, colors, legs, wings, and tails as can be imagined.

            The eastern dragon is seen as a symbol of luck, power, and prosperity while the western dragon has taken on a more sinister symbology. Traditionally dragons are not creatures of evil. That connotation came with Christianity. As is often the case in Pagan history, when the Christians were working to convert the Pagans they created the association of dragons with the devil. What was once seen as a symbol of power and wisdom became a symbol of the dark underworld.

According to D.J. Conway, author of “Dancing with Dragons”, dragons exist in the astral plane. The astral plane coexists with the physical plane and also intersects it.  If this is the case, then dragons are real beings; they just have bodies that vibrate at a different rate than physical matter.  Because it is possible to work with beings in other planes of existence, it is possible to work with dragons and dragon magick. Dragons can provide companionship and spiritual knowledge if one knows how to contact them, and this is no easy task. Rather than go into the inner workings in this blog, I must highly recommend Conway’s books, “Mystical Dragon Magic” and “Dancing with Dragons”. I am a novice in dragon magick, while she is a highly regarded expert in the field.

Dragons have lived with humans and in the human psyche since the dawn of man. The word dragon appears in astrology, astronomy, alchemy, magick, heraldry, psychology, and dream study and just about every culture has some sort of dragon figure. They come from a primordial time, but choose to stay close to humans. Learning to work with them in a cooperative relationship can be a powerful and rewarding experience.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Monika Pleyer
    Feb 18, 2012 @ 19:09:54

    I ❤ dragons! I don't know if you're into fantasy novels, but if you are, check out the books by Joanne Bertin; she's got some beautiful stories about humans who can shape-shift into dragons.


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