I was and still am a big fantasy nerd. As a little girl, I tore through whole fantasy series. The classics – Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings, of course. But there were others. And fairy tales? They were my jam. As an adult, not much has changed. I watch Harry Potter whenever it comes on the TV, I read fantasy novels, and I even write magical realism novels (which is a genre of fantasy). Dragons were always on my radar but never quite my favorite mythological creature. I preferred fairies and mermaids.
Lately, within the past few months, the dragon has slowly been making itself known to me through unusual means of communication. I noticed a pattern about a week when I visited a local nursery. A specific plant I was drawn to was named the Dragon Fire plant. I thought about it, and I realized that another plant I recently planted in my garden is the snapdragon. I thought some more and drew another parallel to the story – my daughter and I recently ate dragonfruit for the first time in our lives about a month ago! Three times in the past few months I’ve come in contact with plants named after the dragon. This has never happened before in my life. So, you can assume I began wondering why.
While flipping through the pages of a gods and goddesses reference book the other day, I flipped randomly to a page with the name Melusine at the top. It was a name that seemed familiar, but I honestly had never read the story before. What do you know? Melusine was a magical person from French folklore that supposedly had the ability to shift into the form of a…drumroll please…dragon! Okay, that was my confirmation. The dragon spirit guide was trying to get my attention…in surprisingly subtle ways for a dragon, don’t you think?
The dragon spirit guide brings lessons of transmutation – the dragon breathes in air and exhales fire. It takes one element and changes it into another. The dragon flies through the air, yet often we read of it living in a cave…deep in the earth. In China, the dragon was thought to be a water-beast…and a few of their largest rivers were thought to be dragons and named for dragons. The dragon is special because it is connected with all 4 elements, just like humans. Dragons are fierce warriors, guardians of the sacred, and alchemical teachers. They teach their allies how to breathe fire onto a situation – how to be bigger than life and not fear their enemies. How to guard the earth’s most precious treasures from intruders. The dragon teaches protection of home and hearth.
When I imagine the dragon, the image of Daenerys Stormborn riding one of her dragons pops into my head. And I smile. Maybe I have a dragon heart, too.