Day Of The Damselfly
Given the succession of dry hot days, it was time to give the garden a little TLC by watering. As I walked out to what would be the first spot for a good soaking, I spotted something fluttering on the other side of my kale plants. At first I thought it was a dragonfly, but it didn’t look right. It fluttered its wings again, then nearly disappeared into stillness. I stood quietly and watched, soon realizing that I was in the presence of a damselfly. This was the first time I had seen a damselfly in my yard, likely the first time I had seen one, ever.
Dragonflies are more commonly seen in this area. On many a walk at the nearly dog park, I’ve noticed that during the warmer weather the hummingbirds disappear, but dragonflies take flight. On several occasions I have seen the path of a dragonfly flight appearing surprisingly similar to the path a hummingbird had made alongside the walking trail.
This time my sighting was not at the dog park, but in my own back yard. My efforts in growing in a healthy, natural garden has paid off in so many ways, today being a visit with a damselfly. It paused on the ground for a moment, then took flight. As I set my watering tool in place, the damselfly circled back around me, landing on the fence, directly in front of me. What a wonderful gift, I thought.
Dragonflies and damselflies
What is difference between a dragonfly and damselfly? Dragonflies are larger, with two sets of wings. At rest the wings remain extended. Damselflies have a more delicate body, and when resting they fold their wings over their back. I did a little check to make sure that damselfly sighting was indeed possible in my Washington state area, only to find that there are many varieties of dragonflies and damselflies in the region. Click here for the list!
Much as I would have enjoyed taking my own photo, I was more willing at this time to simply have this damselfly experience. Often when I am in my garden, my intent is a healing shift into nature. This is my time to get a break from computer, phone, and camera.
I found one public domain photo of Pyrrhosoma nymphula. This damselfly is not on the list for my area, but gives a lovely example of the Zygoptera (damselfly) family. The coloring of my damselfly encounter was more green and tan, blending in very well with the wood-chip path in my yard. There are somewhere around 5,000 species of dragonflies and damselflies.
The meaning of damselfly and dragonfly
Dragonflies and damselflies are ancient creatures, and are associated with wisdom. They begin life in the water, but later take to flight. Thus, they are connected with transformation, aka change, or healing. What is it that you are trying to change? What illusions have you believed to be your truth? Perhaps now is the time to see things for what they are, merely vessels of experience in your life that have been locked in place by emotion and interpretation.
Dragonflies and damselflies are fast and furious. Well, fast at least, and strong. They can fly up to 38 miles per hour, and can hover and fly backwards, much like a hummingbird.
The dragonfly and damselfly are often associated with emotions, but as I see it. it always goes much deeper. Their early association with water ties into “looking below the surface” and the impact of illusions. Emotional sensitivity isn’t just about emotions, it is also a sign of your intuitive nature, as a soul. Emotions are merely the stick you use to jab at yourself so you will pay attention, and see things as they really are. Memories can appear very powerful because of the emotional energy associated with the experience. Most of the intuitive sessions I perform focus on my client feeling “stuck”, and typically leads to old experiences that conflict with their intent, and are distorted in interpretation. Shifting happens with grace, respect, and compassion.
So in those times you are feeling stuck, remember the skills of agility and transformation. Sometimes it takes an usual sign, especially from nature, to shift your consciousness enough to see things differently.