Spiritual Meaning Of A Dragon

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Spiritual Meaning Of A Dragon

Dragons are powerful spiritual representations.

They have a long and storied history in many different cultures in the world.

Whether dragons are four-legged, indomitable beasts as depicted in Europe or intelligent, wingless, and snake-like in East Asia, they have always represented unapproachable power and might.

No other mythological creature, regardless of their representation in different parts of the world, has been mightier.


Dragons are venerable creatures and any spiritual appearance of theirs has deep meaning.

Some view dragons as evil.

But a few cultures view dragons as wise, powerful, and a source of strength.

People who get a dragon tattoo love that they symbolize deep mysteries or what is hidden.

As mythical creatures, dragons are associated with chaos, danger, and magic.

To understand all that they portend, however, you must know what real animals comprise dragons.

Here is the spiritual meaning of a dragon:

Dragons are cunning.

Snakes are a primary influence on dragons, so it makes sense that dragons would also be a symbol.

Most of a dragon’s appearance is due to snakes.

Like snakes, dragons are reptilian and are scaled, and are usually relatively and tapered, if not long.

Snakes also represent cunning and guile and are known for their deceptiveness.

Intelligent dragons are usually depicted similarly.

Dragons symbolize freedom.

Like birds, dragons have wings. Wings give dragons the ability to fly.

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Western dragons have wings as well and use those as a bird would.

Birds also give dragons their mighty tails, which are either used in flight or in physical combat.

Dragons represent independence.

Like cats, dragons distinctively feline traits that symbolize independence.

A dragon’s eyes are usually slitted like a cat’s and stride and prowl much like a house cat would.

Their behavior as an animal, in general, would most be like a cat rather than a bird or snake.

In Europe, dragons are usually depicted as hoarding or territorial, while in East Asia they are depicted as mystical or imperious.

Cats can and are usually all four.

Put all that together, and there are a lot of possible spiritual meanings to a dragon.

There are a few interpretations, however, that are more compelling than the alternatives.

Dragons are symbolic of strength

As a symbol of power across all cultures, dragons present the qualities that accompany power, such as change, vitality, majesty, and longevity.

Dragons also typically embody intelligence and wisdom, as they are great and mystical creatures.

Dragons may also represent a challenge or obstacle to overcome, much like old fables of heroes conquering dragons to protect or save what is important to them.

As a beast, they can use their intelligence to thwart any plans or goals you might have.

In other words, a dragon may represent a challenge for you to overcome to achieve what is important to you.

Matthew Ameduri is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.