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Dragon Meaning and Symbolism

What Does a Dragon Symbolize

The dragon, a legendary creature symbolizes protection, success, wisdom, loyalty, fearlessness, strength, balance, and immense possibility. Being the master of all four elements of Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind, it also embodies primordial power.

Having a Dragon as Your Spirit Animal (Totem Animal)

To have a dragon as your spirit guide means that you are fierce and confident in all walks of life. You never shirk speaking the truth and may turn destructive for those who are not in your good books.

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You are passionate in all your dealings, with an innate wisdom that enables you to think, speak and act readily.

You do not waste your energy in inconsequential things and thrive to triumph under all circumstances.

You like going with the tide and also nourish a humorous soul.

Dragon Symbolism Spirit Animal Dream

What Does it Mean When You Dream of Dragons

There are different analyses of dragon dreams, ranging from reflecting your personality or a comment upon some occurrence in your life to an indication towards some upcoming event.

A dream of a fire-breathing dragon points at your uncontrollable anger that you use to subdue others. A fire-spewing dragon may also mirror your healing powers as well as knowledge about rejuvenation and rebirth.

Seeing that you are fighting or killing a dragon, may either suggest that you have overcome your inhibitions or that now your anger is within control.

If a dragon attacks you in your dream, it is a clear warning for you to be prepared to face forthcoming troubles.

A flying dragon implies that you do not have control over your problems. However, if you see yourself riding a dragon, it is an indication that success is coming your way.

A dream of a sleeping dragon means that soon you would unravel a certain characteristic trait in yourself that you never realized before.

dream featuring an empty dragon den suggests that you would have to confront many obstacles to achieve your goal. If a dragon is present within, then it means that you would triumph over all odds.

Dreaming of being scared by a dragon’s appearance means that you would face problems at home.

Seeing a snake turn into a dragon implies that there is a person near you who will help you achieve success in the long run.

Dream Interpretations for Different Colored Dragons

A red dragon stands for sexuality and intimacy.

A green dragon point at your hard working nature.

Blue dragons represent your intellect and wisdom.

A black dragon highlights your anger or points at impending danger.

A brown dragon symbolizes wealth and prosperity.

White dragons refer to spiritual rebirth.

Golden yellow dragons symbolize wealth, power, and prosperity, while a pale yellow dragon symbolizes cowardice and envy.

Spiritual Meaning and Symbolism of Dragons in Different Cultures and Religions

There are numerous symbolic differences between dragons of the East and those of the West, with the most prominent one being that while in Asian countries dragon is seen as a benevolent creature, in European culture, it is portrayed as evil and malevolent.

In Chinese Culture

According to the ancient Chinese, a dragon stands for energy, good luck, heroism, nobility, courage, vitality, and happiness. Specifically, a jade dragon signifies happiness, fertility, and immortality. In feng shui, a dragon and tiger symbolizes the opposing energies of yin (female) and yang (male), and together help to achieve a balance of power. Interestingly, Chinese folklore claims that dragons emerged from under the earth’s surface during the second month of the Chinese calendar, to shower the gift of rain and thunder.

In Japanese Culture

The Japanese regard their dragons with three claws as the male counterpart of a Phoenix and thus contend that when together, they represent marital happiness and conflict. A dragon also stands for rain, wealth, and power in Japanese culture.

In Celtic Culture

Here, a dragon is invested specific qualities on the basis of the element to which it belongs, like a fire dragon symbolizes self-mastery, mental keenness, creativity, and leadership, while a water dragon stands for depth and passion. An earth dragon embodies power and riches, on the other hand, an air dragon represents insight and inspiration

In European Culture

The Europeans believed that dragons guarded royal treasures and associated them with heroes that killed them. Naturally, they looked upon dragons as symbols of ferocity and wickedness.

Apart from these, in the Alchemical tradition, dragons are associated with fire and chaos.

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