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The Spiritual and Mystical meaning of Things in Nature

Updated on February 8, 2014

The Red Dragon Fly

It happened again. The brightly colored red dragon fly swooped down and almost landed on my head. Why is he stalking me?

I first came into contact with the red dragon fly about an hour after my beloved Cocker Spaniel, Sammy passed away. It was like the dragon fly was the spirit of Sammy stopping by to say "hello" and I am "happy". Sammy was a copper colored Spaniel and so it seemed fitting that a bright red Dragon Fly would embody the spirit of my Sammy.

There has been other insect sightings besides the Red Dragon Fly. I am not sure all of them are Sammy incarnate but they are so odd and oddly comforting that I think they must be the souls of long passed relatives or friends coming to me at times of doubt or sadness to give me a friendly tap on the back or let me know they are there or here--still.

Where I live there is a nature path. Daily I see beautiful butterflies. Bright colors with intricate details. Deep yellow, blue and purple patterns outlined in black. Then there is the all black butterfly whose wings are double outlined in white and purple. Magnificent and rare.

I started researching the mystical and spiritual meanings of these insects. I discovered a Dragon Fly in almost every part of the World and in spirituality represents change. Dragon Flies do not live long, so the appearance of the Dragon Fly to me shortly after my beloved dog died, represents Sammy's sudden departure from Earth. His short life and the changes he was making as he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.

In Native American culture, it is believed each person has nine animal essences or totems who walk through life with them and guide them. These totems stay with a person all their life and surround them in a pattern, East, West, North and South in a cross-like shape. They appear and help whenever the one they are assigned to help are in need. Sometimes the totems give their person a sign in the form of an animal, bird, insect. These are known as good totems.

The Butterfly, in most cultures and religions, especially in Christianity, represent the soul of those who have passed away. The butterflies that followed me and playfully got in my face as I walked the nature trail near my home, came to me at a time when I was researching my ancestry. I like to think the butterflies were the souls of my departed relatives coming to me to show their appreciation of my searching for them.

In Chinese culture, the butterfly symbols a long life. I like thinking my life will be long and rich.

On one of my walks, as I cleared the path to the open grass area near the playground by my house, I suddenly came upon a large grey and black bird. The bird made a sudden high pitched sound. I instantly recognized the bird as a black hawk. An amazing creature. Beautiful to watch it soar high up in the sky.

The Black hawk is a symbol of many things but most importantly a hawk is the messenger of the spirit world, a strong connection to the spiritual World and a sign of increased spiritual awareness. Oddly, I have started to pray more. To do it daily. Just as I finished my prayer for the day; and completed the path I was walking on, in the clearing the hawk appeared. Message from God? Perhaps.

This morning I was outside for early meditation and reflection. As I passed our swimming pool, there was the largest green grasshopper floating. He was still alive. I immediately fished him out of the pool and set him in the sun to dry. What is the meaning of the grasshopper?

A grasshopper is considered good luck in a lot of cultures. It is also considered to be showing a movement forward, not backwards. Moving on to big and better things. A sign of good things to come. I will gladly accept the good luck of the grasshopper!


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    • Askme profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you Nell and Phyllis this Hub was deemed inferior by the Hub Gods....don't know why. True it is not that many words, but sometimes less words have more impact.

      Thank you for stopping by and posting, I truly appreciate your feedback.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Great hub, Askme. I do believe that our departed loved ones send us messages at times through animals or insects. You are right about Hawk. Hawk and Eagle are messengers to and from Great Spirit/God.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi, I do understand what you mean, its strange how animals or insects that we don't normally see seem to appear at such a time, fascinating read, thanks, voted up and shared! nell

    • Askme profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you MysticMoonlight and Happyboomernurse for stopping by and commenting. Glad to hear I am not the only one to think these insects are good signs!! Not crazy after all.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      I could relate to many of the things you said in this hub, and always find it thrilling when the unexpected and unusual appearance of certain insects such as the butterfly or dragon fly appear, especially if they follow me.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      5 years ago

      Lovely story, Askme. Sending wishes of comfort to you on the loss of your beloved Sammy. I, too, have comforting "messages" by way of animals, it is such a lovely, peaceful experience that I treasure dearly. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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