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Friday, September 14, 2012

☆ Dragonfly Tattoo [inspiration avenue]


Dragonflies.

Where do I start with these amazingly beautiful and delicate creatures.

Well maybe I should say that they are hugely significant and comforting to me and my life.

My grandfather died when I was living in Scotland. He was an amazing person and before I left Australia, we came to an understanding. 

I agreed to explore the world fearlessly, like he had taught me. And if the worst was to happen I was not, absolutely NOT, to come home. He was adamant.

So when the worst did happen, I honoured our agreement and didn't go home. 

It was one of the hardest decisions of my life. 

So on the day of his funeral, I was sitting staring at this incredible view of the highlands, (and not seeing it you know?), when this pair of dragonflies buzzed around me.

And they kept me company for close to four hours. Unheard of. Unbelievable. Utterly Symbolic.

Later, I found out that dragonflies symbolise rebirth and since that day, dragonflies constantly pop up in my life when I am contemplating, or facing a rebirth of sorts. 

I take them to mean I am on the right track, and when I see them I feel such a sense of peace and comfort.

Do you have any reoccurring symbols or animal totems in your life that pop up when you need them the most? I would love it if you shared them below.

Have a great weekend.





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54 comments :

  1. wonderful story and a beautiful painting. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  2. I love your little ladies with their huge eyes. I see a few symbols from time to time come around me - the dragonfly (change), and the bat. A bat started hanging on my upstairs bedroom during a time that my psychicness was working overtime and I realized I was receiving inner guidance. This has happened twice and both times I was facing health concerns (which turned out okay). And before I realized I was going to be laid off a blue heron starting appearing in the park - and alongside the road (symbolic of a new life). Sure enough a really big change came - I moved from California to Arizona - and around midnight as DH and I rode into AZ through the Lake Havasu Wildlife Refuge a big blue heron stood right in the middle of the road! And it has been a good life here in Arizona :)

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    1. Wow! That is an amazing story - I love how you were so open to seeing these symbols. Seeing that Herron as you drove to your new home must have been so comforting. x

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  3. Your ladies are darling and well done ~ I feel the same about the male cardinal ~ he shows up invariably when I on my right path ~ Endearing story ~ My Dad was of Scottish ancestry and they can be tough ~ one learns a great deal, though ~ Bravo to you and keep creating great art ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I have certainly learnt a lot from the tough men in my life! I love that your cardinal pops up to let you know you're on the right path. I find seeing the dragonflies so comforting. x

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  4. Your story about your grandfather was perfect! I do like your paintings. They are always so expressive and tender. I really don't have a single totem to connect to right now, but turtles do reappear near me.

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    1. Thank you Janet! I wonder if the turtles are your totem? Or just a very cool visitor? Thanks for stopping in x

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  5. Beautiful painting and story. For me, it's a feeling I get sometimes in the water or in a breeze, where I know that spirits are with me. xo and Happy PPF

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    1. What a lovely story - thank you for sharing and stopping by x

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  6. Beautiful. we do need to pay attention to these subtle messages that things like dragonflies bring. Lovely. Happy PPF

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    1. Thank you Marji - I agree you can miss out on so much by not paying attention to the little things! x

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  7. lovely about the dragonflies and what they mean to you! Nice art today.

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  8. I love her! Love your story and yes, I have had signs from my dear departed family and they are comforting somehow.

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    1. Thank you susan. There is a sense of comfort when you see the signs. I felt something lift when they appeared. x

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  9. Fun! great drawing and the story made me smile. Thanks.

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  10. How expresivite and felling...Saludos

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  11. great post and love that you have something to remind you of your grandfather like that... very special... I need to take some time out and pay attention to the universe a bit more I think...xx

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    1. Thanks Tracey. I have started to take more notice since then, it is amazing the things you can see. x

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  12. This is an amazing story. I can't think of any other than I feel good when I see the numbers 1203 anywhere. It was our house address where I lived from birth to 18 yrs of age.
    Your wide eyed gal is lovely too.

    HPPF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Lynn. I love that these numbers give you a great feeling. The simplest things can often bring the biggest sense of comfort x

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  13. Love reading about the dragonflies keeping you company and what they symbolize!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  14. OH, I love this so much! It's so pretty and wonderful! Love it! Happy PPF!

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  15. This illustration is so fabulous. Love the movement, and expression. Just beautiful!! Butterflies are very significant for me and appear as a spiritual sign. Thanks for sharing such an intimate moment!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Thanks Giggles. Butterflies are a beautiful spiritual sign. I love the spring when they are out and about. x

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  16. Lovely, sweet painting and a beautiful story, thank you for sharing! HPPF!

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  17. Your grandfather sounded like a wonderful person, what a lovely story to share. I need to get back in touch with my spiritual side and start noticing more things around me too. I loved this picture! xx

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    1. Thanks Liza - To me he was just amazing! I found once I start noticing things - I saw signs everywhere! x

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  18. Beautiful use of symbolism. I love dragonflies, too.

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  19. Love your painting, and what a beautiful story. I have always thought dragonflies were special too...

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  20. Your LADIES are splendid.
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook
    Happy Horse Studio

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  21. I love your art and the story you shared with us. I think there are little messages all around us everyday. We just need to slow down, and take the time to notice.

    Beautiful story and touching art work!

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    1. I think you're right - if you take the time to look there are symbols and messages everywhere. Thanks for popping in x

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  22. Love the art and the symbology here! A lovely and expressive painting!

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  23. thank you for your kind and encouraging words on my blog. I'm definitely moving the negative voice to my big toe today! I love the idea of changing the voice. Gonna try Elmo!

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    1. No prob Jessica - Elmo would be a great voice to use! I can just imagine it now...

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  24. Such a beautiful post. I saw the biggest dragonfly I have ever seen last Summer, I always think they are a week bit magical. When my grandmother died, I was struggling and asked for a sign that she was okay and a couple of minutes later I saw a double rainbow. I took that as a sign without questioning anything and was grateful.

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    1. Thank you Natasha for popping in. I was grateful too when I saw the dragonflies. Sometimes such a simple thing (like dragonflies or a rainbow) can give so much comfort. x

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  25. I love your painting and the beautiful story that goes with it. I have the same things with rainbows.

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    1. Thank you - I think there is something so special about rainbows too.

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  26. Your little miss with large eyes is gorgeous and equally interesting is your post!

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  27. What a lovely post and such a pretty illustration! Love her.

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