Dragonfly

Dragonfly Program’s four group homes are each named after a different type of dragonfly; Amberwing, Firedrake, Meadowhawk and Shadowdragon

By now, you will have encountered many representations of the dragonfly in your day to day activity at Alta Care Resources. Some of you may have seen a dragonfly image on the website or you may have seen the dragonfly paintings in and around the office.

Alta Care Resources’ symbol of the Dragonfly represents the powerful force of transformation and deep, enduring change. It also symbolizes the three stages of resilience; survive, thrive and come alive. Imbedded in the symbol are the resiliency teachings of; connectedness, optimism, hope, meaning, purpose and empowerment. The dragonfly symbol also embodies our agency mission;

According to many culture’s teachings the dragonfly exemplifies the three realms of existence; born on water, it moves to land and then ends it life as an airborne creature. The dragonfly has over 5000 species and is one of the most ancient creatures on earth being over 300 million years old.

Some predominant meanings derived from the dragonfly symbol include;

  • The dragonfly’s relatively short life span as a flyer represents living in the moment and being mindful about each moment we have as being special
  • The dragonfly’s habitat is found around water and to the desert dwelling Navaho it represented good fortune as it was sign that water was close by
  • Fishermen have also seen the dragonfly as good omen as it was said to be an indicator of where the fish were to be found
  • The dragonfly is also seen as a traveler between dimensions and revered as a messenger of life transformation and understanding dreams
  • A dragonfly that lands on you also represents good fortune according to some traditions
  • The Japanese revered the dragonfly and embraced it’s presence as a symbol of joy
  • In some native American legends dragonfly is a symbol of resurrection and renewal after hardships
  • The dragonfly according to traditional stories is also seen as sign of seeing through illusions or beliefs that prevent one from dreaming big and achieving success

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