The Japanese, whose country was once called Dragonfly Island, considered the dragonfly a symbol of immortality, but also of mystery and joy. It also symbolises success in war because of how similar the words for victory and dragonfly sound in Japanese. Similarly, the Turks associate dragonflies with happiness and believed they repelled evil. Since ancient times, the Chinese have connected dragonflies with weakness, tenderness and even instability.
Some Native American groups associated dragonflies with fresh water, illusion and constant change, perhaps because dragonflies’ colours become paler with age, or because many species exhibit iridescence. The Navajo (Native American people of the Southwestern United States) traditionally believe that dragonflies follow snakes and, if they are injured, the dragonflies suture the snakes’ wounds.
Currently, the dragonfly, in almost every corner of the world, symbolises changing perspectives and the journey towards self-realization. Its agility and speed, along with its ability to move in all directions, create a sense of power and mastery over all its possibilities. It symbolises the ability to seize and create new opportunities, working towards unlimited self-fulfilment.