Working With Dragons in Your Magickal Practice
Dragons Aren't All the Same
Not all dragons have wings or breathe fire—and some do. There are dragons for every element and season. Dragons of storms, thunder, and lightning. There are chaos dragons and baby dragons. Dragons that guard great treasures, and dragons that will take you for a flight. Many Dragons are also shapeshifters. Dragons hold great power, magick, and ancient wisdom, and they can be either harmful or helpful. Overall, working with dragons can lend great power to your spells, workings, and rituals.
Dragons Around the World
The word "dragon" conjures different images throughout the world. It can refer to any number of dragon families and subspecies depending on the region. In general, there are thought to be six families of dragons based on locale:
- One in northern Germany, Scandinavia, and the islands of the North Atlantic.
- A second in France, Italy, and Spain.
- A third in the British Isles, including Ireland.
- A fourth in the Mediterranean, Greece, Asia Minor, southern Russia, and northern Africa.
- The fifth and largest is in the Asian dragon of China, Japan, Indonesia, and the surrounding nations.
- The sixth and smallest is in the Americas and Australia.
The locale tends to determine a lot about the physical appearance of the dragons including whether they have two, four, or no legs, have wings or are wingless, and whether they breathe fire and/or smoke, or have scales.
Types of Dragons
We can see that not only are there Dragons connected to different forces of nature; Dragons look different depending on where they are from. Your personal Dragon will show you what s/he looks like over time. As you ‘see’ more of your personal Dragon you may wish to draw what you see or journal a description. Be sure to take in as many details as possible such as: color, scales, wings, legs if any, etc.
Let's explore some of the different appearances Dragons may have.
Classifications of Dragons
Two hind legs and two wings. No front legs.
Wingless serpentine body. Two clawed forearms. Scales or reptilian skin.
Serpent-like body. Often with body features of other animals, such as a lion.
Two front legs, two hind legs and two wings.
Where Does Dragon Lore Come From?
Thanks to the LOTR Trilogy and Game of Thrones, dragons have been gaining in popularity over the last decade. However, their lore goes back to ancient times and can be found all over the world. There are many theories as to how these stories began. Let's explore a few of the most common.
One theory which I personally believe to be plausible suggests that dragon lore rose as a result of dinosaur bones and fossils being found. As people discovered these relics, they created stories to explain who these creatures had been. A Chinese historian from the 4th century B.C.E., Chang Qu, even mislabeled a dinosaur fossil as a dragon.This would also help explain why dragon lore exists across the globe. In addition to dinosaur bones, dragon stories were also created with the discovery of whale bones and fossils from other large predators such as mastodons and megalodons. Some dragon pictures even show them with horns or tusks.
Another theory that connects dragons and dinosaurs is that there were still a small handful of dinosaurs alive at the same time as humans. It is thought they did their best to hide in remote areas such as mountain ranges, caves, and deep underwater and eventually died out completely. In fact there are some who think that the Loch Ness monster could been an example of this phenomenon. Is it possible that there were still some dinosaur descendants alive during the time humans created dragon lore? Could the stories of dragons guarding treasures in caves and mountains be a metaphor for the inability to access the rich minerals and ores found both places because it was guarded by a dinosaur or dinosaur decedent?
A third theory is that the dragons referred to in legend were actually just larger versions of lizards, crocodiles, snakes, or eels.
There are some lizards and snakes alive today that have acidic spit and some that spit poison. Could the concept of ‘fire breathing dragons’ come from these creatures? In fact, there are several species of lizards that are associated with dragons, including: Komodo dragons, bearded dragons, armadillo gilded lizard, and frilled lizards, and monitor lizards.
All plants and animals were bigger the further back in history we go so it is possible that smaller versions of these creatures still exist today. The Nile crocodile, for example, is among the largest of its species and it is possible that its territory as well as its size was once much larger than it is today. If that's true it's easy to see how early people may have considered it a dragon.
What do you think?
Where do you think dragon myths comes from?
Dragon Symbols, Magical Associations, and Offerings
Use these items with intention on your altar or in your daily practices to welcome the energy of dragons.
Though there are some general items favored by all dragons, for the most part, picking the right offering depends a lot on what type of dragon you are working with.
Below are some suggestions to get you started. However, you will find over time that the best offerings are the ones your personal dragon requests so be sure to be open to hearing your dragons' whispers.
- General: Sword, athame, dragon’s blood resin, egg-shaped crystals and stones, dragon eggs, dragon statues, and whatever offerings your personal dragon(s) likes.
- General Food offerings: Dragon eggs, deviled dragon eggs, dragonfruit, and dragon noodles
- Fire and Smoke breathing Dragons: Offerings of smoke and fire, such as incense (especially Dragon’s Blood), burnt offerings of tobacco and/or herbs, candles, and sacred/ritual fires.
- Water Dragons: Shells, pearls, mermaid money (sand dollars), sea glass, sand from a favorite beach, and magickally charged Water.
- Earth Dragons: Stones, crystals, gems, geodes, herbs, plants, and coins.
- Storm Dragons: Rain, melted snow or ice collected during a storm, wind chimes, and weather vanes.
- Asian Dragons: Gold coins and pearls.
And again, once you have connected with a dragon you will learn the offerings that particular dragon appreciates. Remember, any stone, crystal, rock, or geode that is special to you is an appropriate offering. Simply dedicating altar space to dragons, having a small statue, dedicated candle, or dragon art in your home is an offering if done with intention.
Dragon's Blood Resin
Although dragons differ in physical appearance, there is one thing that all dragons have in common and that is their blood is extremely Magickal, and often poisonous and corrosive. The tree resin dragon’s blood can be used as a substitute for dragon blood in magick and spell work.
Some attributes of dragon’s blood are: protection, purification, power, healing, love, sexual potency, and of course dragon magick. It lends an oomph factor to any spellworking or magickal endeavor.
Sadly the dragon’s blood tree is currently endangered therefore the resin is as well.
Dragon’s eggs represent potential and power. They symbolize baby dragons. There are many decorative dragon eggs for sale online and occasionally at renn faires. They make great decorations on your dragon altar. Recently the show Game of Thrones made both dragons and dragon eggs more popular and therefore easier to find for purchase.
Recipes for Use in Magickal Practice
Dragon’s Blood Ink by Scott Cunningham
- 15 parts high proof alcohol
- 1 part dragon’s blood
- 1 part gum Arabic
- Grind the dragon’s blood down to a fine powder.
- Steep in alcohol until dissolved.
- Add powdered gum Arabic.
- Shake to mix. Strain and bottle.
Use your dragon’s blood ink to add potency to any spell especially dragon spells and workings.
Since most dragons appreciate an offering of smoke, I’ve included some of my favorite incense recipes that I’ve created over the years working with dragons.
However, you don't have to limit these blends strictly to incense use. You can also roll ritual candles in these blends, add them to herbal sachets, mojo bags, dream pillows, or poppets, bottle it and label as 'dragon dust'. If you make your own bars of soap they can be added to create a soap for pre-ritual purification. And of course, they can be sprinkled about your altar or left as an offering in a small bowl to your dragon allies.
Sun Dragon Incense
- 2 parts frankincense tears
- 1 part chamomile
- 3–5 drops orange essential oil
- Using a mortar and pestle, grind up the frankincense tears.
- Once ground to a consistency you like, add some chamomile flowers.
- Grind and combine.
- Add the orange oil a drop at a time combining between each addition. Keep adding one drop at a time until the fragrance is where you want it to be.
Use to attract sun dragons and to honor and invite their solar energy into your space and/or working.
Dragon’s Sight Incense
- 3 parts copal
- 2 parts mugwort
- 1 part clary sage
- 1 part eyebright
- Grind up the copal then add the loose herbs.
- Grind and combine. Mugwort can sometimes be a challenge to incorporate into an incense blend. It can be helpful to chop or cut it up first, then add to the copal.
Use dragon’s sight to increase psychic abilities, for divination, and to increase prophetic dreams.
Dragon’s Breath Incense
- Equal parts dragon’s blood and white sage
Grind the two together using a mortar and pestle. Use dragon’s breath to cleanse yourself, your space, tools, and belongings.
Dragon’s Lair Incense
- Equal parts dragon’s blood and frankincense
Grind the two together using a mortar and pestle. Use to increase personal power and to invite the energy of dragons into a specific space, ritual, or working.
Dragons are powerful, magickal creatures, and I hope the suggestions and ideas here encourage you to develop or deepen your relationship with them.
I’d love to hear some of your experiences with dragons as well. Feel free to comment with any encounters you’ve had. What are some of your favorite dragon offerings? Have any of you ever flown with dragons? What was your experience like? What would you recommend to others?
References and Resources
Scott Cunningham’s Incense, Oils, and Brews
Dancing With Dragons by D.J. Conway
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2019 Jennifer Jorgenson