Animal Spirit Guides Meanings: Dragon Spirit Guide
Animal Spirit Guides
Connecting with your animal spirit guide can be enlightening. Understanding your guide can uncover wisdom from deep within yourself. Often the first question people ask me is "how do I know my animal spirit guide?" The answer to this question is quite simple. You don't have to seek out your animal spirit guide. Your animal spirit guide will find you.
Typically when an animal spirit guide makes itself known to you, it will appear recurrently in many different places. Sometimes you'll see them in the wild (with animals living today), sometimes they'll show up on the Television, online in articles or ads, in newspapers/magazines, in dreams, or you might even hear someone talking about it in a passing conversation. If you are open to receiving messages from your animal spirit guide, they will come to you.
Once they appear and you've realized their presence, the best thing to do is to study them. Study the mythology behind the creature, study the various cultures' beliefs of the creature. Study what they eat, their habitat, the ways they move, hunt, and mate. The unique way in which they survive in the world. If your animal spirit guide happens to be a now-mythological creature such as the dragon, ask the dragon to reveal to you what message he is bringing. Keep in mind that sometimes after your animal spirit guide's message has been understood, they may disappear. And then another will appear when the next message is ready for you.
Dragons in Ancient Mythology
While a dragon is a mythical creature according to the textbooks and scholars today, in ancient times people believed dragons were real. Not only did Celtic people all over Europe believe in dragons and paint them on their flags and banners, but on a separate continent the Chinese believed and celebrated this powerful beast - the dragon.
Celtic people revered the dragon and believed that herbs growing in a spot on the ground where a dragon's fire had scorched the earth would be most powerful in healing disease and injury. To the ancient Celts, dragons were powerful, aggressive beasts with the power to destroy entire villages. The Celts spoke of dragons in their stories and myths, and in fact, the dragon is included in the Arthurian legends. Uther Pendragon's last name has the word dragon in it, and the dragon was worn on his flags and shields as his symbol of power. Pendragon actually meant chief of the people. If you're not aware who Uther Pendragon was, he was the supposed father of King Arthur of Camelot. Anywhere a dragon rested or lived was a sacred land of extreme power.
While the Celts feared and sometimes hunted the European dragon, far across the continent in Asia, China viewed the dragon as a symbol of great luck and fortune. The Chinese used the dragon as a symbol of strength, as well. It was often the imperial symbol. The Chinese dragon was the yang to the phoenix's yin. In Chinese mythology and legend, the strongest and most noteworthy warriors and leaders were compared to the dragon. The dragon was a sacred earthly beast, and often associated with the actual earth itself. The rivers of China were closely linked with the Dragon and the four main rivers were named after the Dragon: the Heilongjian River in the North (Black Dragon), the central Huanghe River (Yellow River), the Changjiang River(Long River), and the southern Zhujiang River (Pearl). There are tales of the emperors having dragons as fathers. Dragons were thought to be wish-granting and brought abundance to the ancient Chinese people.
So we know a little about what ancient people believed about dragons. What does the dragon spirit guide mean to us today? What does the dragon spirit guide have to teach us and instill in us?
What the Dragon Spirit Guide Means
If the dragon spirit guide has made himself known to you recently, you might have been in awe or possibly even a little frightened. That's to be expected. The dragon is not a meek or gentle animal spirit guide. It is fierce and mighty and might appear quite intimidating at first.
But don't be scared. He will not hurt you. The dragon might blow fire out of his nostrils and appear monstrous, but he is here to guide you further down your spiritual path. Dragons bring swift change and transmutation. If you've been in a stale spot in your spirituality or mental growth, the dragon has come to you to show you a new path and help you in your transformation from the mundane to a more elevated plane. If the dragon comes to you in your dreams, welcome him. Talk to him. Ask him to allow you to ride on his back so that he can take you to the sacred place of transformation.
The dragon spirit guide is rare, but if he comes to you, do not deny him or turn him away. He has much to show you and will take you to a place spiritually where you are ready to go. Keep in mind the idea that the dragon was thought by ancient cultures to breathe fire. This associates this beast with the element of fire and so the purifying and fortifying element should also be studied alongside of the dragon animal spirit guide. The dragon might be coming into your life to tell you it's time to wake up and follow your passion in life. Stop hiding in the shadows of what everyone else wants you to do, but be yourself and don't take crap from anybody.
The dragon is here to guide and protect you. He will show you the path on which to walk or the river on which to row. Don't dismiss his lesson and you will gain understanding of the lessons of the ancients.