I have had the great pleasure to meet and travel with some very unusual characters over the years. I have met human/animal mixtures. Animals straight from our Ancestors stories, such as Cerebus, the three-headed hound from Greek Mythology and Fenrir the Wolf from Norse Mythology. They were both very formidable characters to encounter while journeying.
I have had many friends over the years recount their relationship with the Dragons. I had the good fortune of listening to their tales and adventures with them. The deep interest in Dragons began after I attended a lecture by a Jungian Analyst speaking on Jung’s thoughts and writings regarding the Archetype of the Dragon. I am still very interested in the divisions of characterization of dragons based on eastern and western mythology. There are many different stories, names, and elemental associations with Dragons in Eastern myths.
It is unusual to have mythological Spirit Kin, but it does mean that messages will come more creatively than sitting in a natural setting and observing the animals that appear. Dragon is a powerful and unmistakable presence. I have read and compared mythology surrounding these beautiful mystical creatures. I choose to accept the Eastern relationship with Dragons as my basis for understanding them. Western myths usually have an Us against Them style of storytelling. I find such a method to be counterproductive to the creation and assertion of the relationship between humans and the natural or perhaps not quite so natural in this case, animals. I suspect the Us against Them mentality has much to do with the disrespect and decimation of our natural world.
As a result of learning more of the Eastern mythology, I was drawn to the Celestial Dragon more quickly than the elemental ones. In China T’ien Lung is an enormous celestial dragon, whose task it is to support the foundations of the celestial temples of the gods. I have read in some stories the Celestial Dragon is tasked with holding up the high palaces of the gods, while stories write that the celestial dragon holds up the entire heavens, guarding the mansions of the gods.
In some astrology interpretations, the Celestial dragon energy is associated with the astrological nodes of the moon, which tell the story of what we have learned and what we are here to learn now. The South Node reveals the gifts that are brought into this lifetime with you. One author referred to the South Node as “been there, done that. The North Node is your destiny, what you are here to fulfill, based on the gifts you brought forward by the South Node.
While each person with a Dragon Power Aninal may have a stronger influence of one or two of the elemental varieties each element is present within the whole of Dragon Medicine. People with Dragon are often very wise and powerful guides themselves, possessing the ability to see beyond the mundane and into a person’s greatest potential.
However, Dragon medicine is not easy to learn as it often seems quite foreign to us humans who are far removed from being at one with nature in a world that pulls us apart from that bond. It may take a great deal of time and dedication to fully understand and utilize this medicine, but it is well worth the effort. Dragon Medicine offers powerful protection and strength to withstand the most difficult of battles. Dragon helps me face my fears…giving me opportunities for valor while teaching self-mastery along the way.
If Dragon is one of your power animals, many lessons will be prevalent in your life. Dragon will encourage you to refine your mastery of this medicine. If you see a dragon (usually in dreams or journeys), but it is not one of your power animals, respect it as a messenger for that time. You may need its medicine for what is happening then or what is coming up in the near future. It may be that you need to pay closer attention and give more care to the earth and what she is trying to communicate with us. Or you could be presented with opportunities to use your skills for powerful effect in your life or in the lives of others. In all cases, Dragon offers protection and the strength to face adversity. Call upon Dragon to reveal hidden knowledge and provide you with great wisdom along your path.
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