Dragon Totem Meanings.
A Dragon totem is one of the most powerful totems, representing a huge range of qualities, emotions, and traits. When Dragons come to us, it could mean many things.
The most common message a Dragon totem carry to us is a need for strength, courage, and fortitude. Dragons are also messengers of balance, and magic – encouraging us to tap into our psychic nature and see the world through the eyes of mystery and wonder.
More specifically, Dragons are the embodiment of primordial power – the ultimate ruler of all the elements. This is because the Dragon is the master of all the elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind.
As a totem, the Dragon serves as a powerful guardian and guide. Encourage communication with your Dragon, and acknowledge your Dragon’s presence as often as possible.
In Chinese culture, the season of the Dragon is mid-spring, its direction is east-southeast, and its fixed element is wood. There are many ways to strengthen your bond and connect with your Dragon totem. (Dragon Essences)
Meditate with your Dragon totem.
Begin collecting Dragon images that resonate with you. Keep these images close, easily available to you and look upon them whenever you wish to communicate with your Dragon totem.
You could also begin drawing while communicating with your Dragon. Ask your Dragon to reveal itself to you through your drawing.
Begin a Dragon totem journal.
Read everything you can on Dragons. This will broaden your horizons and expand your imagination but never be limited by the scope of what you read.
Ultimately, it is you and your Dragon that will create the perfect understanding. There is never a limit in matters of spirit, that includes matters concerning our totems (especially strong totems like the Dragon!).
A Dragon totem can be a powerful ally in our daily effort to live our lives. When we call upon the amazing restorative and potent qualities of the Dragon, we are able to effectively live our lives with the honestly, courage, and strength of a peaceful warrior.
Utilizing the symbolic power of the dragon totem is an internal process cultivated by contemplating the attributes of the dragon we admire and meditating upon these.
We can also honor the dragon totem externally by little actions like including dragon imagery in our lives. It solidifies my connection with the magic the dragon offers.
Whether you are an artist who looks to dragons for inspiration, or a business mogul identifying with a solid symbol of strength or luck – it is clear dragons speak to those special places within us, stoking the fires of our hearts.
My photo of clouds resembling a Dragon which I took after a meditation with the Dragons….
Dragon Riding Clouds.
Clouds are symbols of celestial mobility because many gods and immortals used the cloud as a vehicle on which they traveled. The cloud is also considered a portent of good luck, carrying needed rains that enable the growth of abundant crops. When clouds are combined with auspicious Chinese dragons, it makes a perfect emblem to manifest positive effects in your life.
Dragon Encircling Pearl.……
The pearl is often depicted with Chinese dragons.
The pearl is sometimes thought to represent the moon.
In fact, one legend has it that some dragons have become infatuated with the moon, and have gone insane trying to steal it from the sky.
Other tales depict the pearl as an egg placed beneath the dragon’s neck or chin.
The dragon is said to carry the egg away until it is ready to hatch.
By far the most agreed upon tale is that the pearl represents the dragon’s wisdom – hence the term: “pearls of wisdom.”
Dragon with Phoenix together.
The dragon and phoenix symbolize Yin and Yang together… perfect balance.
Standing alone, each symbol is hugely powerful, but together they represent a power- packed union of success, prosperity, friendship, love, and enlightenment.
The union of these two highly symbolic creatures at wedding festivities suggests a match that is blessed with money and incredible luck.
Furthermore, it denotes the beginning of a dynastic family with the dragon symbolizing the patriarch and the phoenix signifying the matriarch.
The Phoenix also represents death and rebirth.
Dragon and Tiger.……………………
These two great forces of the universe reflect the primordial
Yin and Yang of existence.
To the Chinese, the tiger is the emblem of dignity, and courage.
This combined with the abundance, luck and Yang energy of Chinese dragons – it’s a luck combination that can’t be beat.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are moves included in various forms of Martial Arts.
When I work with the Dragon energy, I find it can make the heart beat stronger, instill heat within and enable you to stand taller, both physically and spiritually. They are mighty, all powerful beings and surround you in a cloak of protection with such huge love and compassion, leaving you feeling stronger with a deeper inner power….and so loved!.
The Chinese Dragon has always appeared as a symbol of self-confidence and courage. The Greek word drakõn , ‘serpent’, is related to the word drakos, meaning ‘eye’…..and it is this “Eye” that often appears to me in my meditations with the Dragons..
Chinese Dragon Symbol and Meanings.
Ancient Chinese Dragons are ultimate symbols of cosmic Chi (energy). It is said to be the most potent symbol of good fortune in the Chinese pantheon of symbols. As one of the four creatures of the world’s directions, the Dragon stands for new beginnings. In the Spring era, hardly anyone dared to question a dragon, because it had the image of God.
The Dragon also has the power to release water to parched lands and which, in turn stands for abundance and relief. Continued success, high achievement and prosperity are also listed among the Dragon’s arsenal of good qualities, which rank it one of the most popular of Asian signs. In the legend of flood controlling, there should be a dragon pointing out a route to stop the flooding with its tail, then generating a mighty river.
The Legend of The Nine Dragons.
Kowloon, which means Nine Dragons is the mainland overlooking Hong Kong. Legend states the mainland was named this by a Chinese Emperor who fled there after the Sung Dynasty. Originally he named it after the eight hills predominantly located on the land. His servant observed that the Emperor should also be counted among the regal figures. Hence, the “Gau-lung” or Nine Dragons nomenclature was born.
Characteristics of the Nine Chinese Dragons.
- P’u-lao: Alerts one to danger, and serves as a protector. Often engraved on bells, sacred singing bowls, and gongs.
- Ch’iu-niu: Creator of Yang energy through the use of ancient dragon music.
- Pi-his: Provider of knowledge, luck and upholds the virtue of finer education.
- Pa-hsia: Provider of strength and support when called upon during times of need.
- Chao-feng: Guardian of the holy places, sacred lands, and holy temples.
- Chih wen: Symbolizes the power of water over fire.
- Suan-ni: Mighty protector and emblem against theft, loss or betrayal of any kind.
- Yai-tzu: Protector and guardian against any physical harm.
- Pi-kau: Defends again litigation, verbal disputes, or false accusations.Origins of the Dragon
The Chinese dragon like the Indian Naga’s, are often associated with water and rain and lakes and rivers. Chinese Dragons are divine mythical creatures that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune. The Chinese proclaim themselves “Lung Tik Chuan Ren”, Descendents of the Dragon. Unlike the the negative aspect associated with Western Dragons, most Eastern Dragons are beautiful, friendly, and wise. They are the angels of the Orient. Instead of being hated, they are loved and worshipped. Temples and shrines have been built to honor them, for they control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas.
Indeed China’s four great rivers were named after Dragons — the Heilongjian (Black Dragon) in the far north, the Huanghe (Yellow River) in central China, the Changjiang (Yangtze, or Long River) farther south, and the Zhujiang (Pearl) in the very far south.
The Chinese Dragon, or Lung , symbolizes power and excellence, valiancy and boldness, heroism and perseverance, nobility and divinity. A dragon overcomes obstacles until success is his. He is energetic, decisive, optimistic, intelligent and ambitious.
Most often these dragons are associated with royalty and the emperors are closely aligned with the image of dragon. Before history began, China’s first emperor, Fu Hsi was said to have a dragons tail and his successor, Shen Nung, was said to have a dragon as father. The Imperial Dragon or lung has five claws instead of four. The ordinary dragon or mang depicts temporal power instead of spiritual prowess. The lung, or Dragon King issued orders for the Emperor by moving in four directions simultaneously. The fifth direction (in connection with the fifth claw) is the center where he remains.
Dragons are used as decorations everywhere and described in terms of the dragon: dragon-throne, dragon-robe, dragon-bed, dragon-boat. Calling an emperor “dragon-face” was a supreme compliment.
The Dragon brings upon the essence of life, in the form of its celestial breath, known to many as sheng chi. He yields life and bestows its power in the form of the seasons, bringing water from rain, warmth from the sunshine, wind from the seas and soil from the earth. The Dragon is the ultimate representation of the forces of Mother Nature. The greatest divine force on Earth.
The Chinese Dragon is often seen as the symbol of divine protection and vigilance. It is regarded as the Supreme Being amongst all creatures. It has the ability to live in the seas, fly up the heavens and coiled up in the land in the form of mountains. Being the divine mythical animal, the Dragon can ward off wandering evil spirits, protect the innocent and bestow safety to all that hold his emblem. The Chinese Dragon is looked upon as the ultimate symbol of Good Fortune.
TYPES OF DRAGONS
There are nine major types of Chinese dragons.
The Horned Dragon
Which can produce rain and is totally deaf.
The Winged Dragon
The Celestial Dragon
The T’ien Lung, or Celestial Dragon lives in the sky and guards the gods to keep them from falling out of the clouds.
The Spiritual Dragon
The shen-lung which generates wind and rain for the benefit of mankind.
The Dragon of hidden treasures
The Fu-tsang guards hidden treasure or concealed wealth.
The Coiling Dragon
Which lives in water.
The Yellow Dragon
Which once emerged from water and presented the legendary Emperor Fu Shi with the elements of writing.
The Dragon King
The last of the nine is the Dragon King, which actually consists of four separate dragons, each of which rules over one of the four seas, those of the east, south, west, and north.
The most powerful generalized type of Chinese dragon is the horned dragon, or lung, which can produce rain and is totally deaf. Additionally, there is a homeless dragon (Ii) that lives in the ocean and another type (chiao) that is scale-covered and usually inhabits marshes but also keeps dens in the mountains.
There are also nine ways the Chinese have traditionally represented these dragons, each one revealing a different dragon characteristic. There are dragons carved on the tops of bells and gongs, because of the beast’s habit of calling loudly when attacked. A second type is carved on the screws of fiddles, since most dragons are fond of music. A third is carved on the tops of stone tablets, because of dragons’ love of literature. A fourth is found at the bottom of stone monuments, as dragons can support heavy weights. A fifth is placed on the eaves of temples, as dragons are ever alert to danger. A sixth occurs on the beams of bridges, since dragons are fond of water. A seventh is carved on Buddha’s throne, as dragons like to rest. An eighth is placed on the hilts of swords, since dragons are known to be capable of slaughter. The ninth is carved on prison gates, as these are dragons that are fond of quarreling and trouble making.
Using the Dragon Essences daily will enhance your connection to the Dragon realms, while at the same time increasing your inner strength, self worth and also having the privilege of receiving their compassion and Divine love.