" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

June 6, 2013


You see a lot of new-agey type art around these days with pictures of Dragonflys and Butterflys flying around each other like they were nature's bosom buddies.
But this is a sorry illusion, because Butterflys are part of the Dragonfly's diet.
In Scott Alexander King's book Animal Dreaming, Butterflys represent change/transformation and Dragonflys represent illusion.
My wife has the house full of Butterflys and the odd Dragonfly, as in the picture above of our living room wall, but little does she know that the Dragonfly would just love to transform the Butterfly into lunch.
Dragonflys represent illusion, and their friendship is nothing but an illusion.
You may as well have a cat and a canary on the wall.
Individually Dragonfly/Butterfly symbols are probably a nice thing to have around the home, but remember this song next time you see these two symbols together and remember the grinning cat above as a Dragonfly with a Butterfly's wing hanging out of it's mouth, because that's the reality of that illusion of friendship I'm afraid.
And just to hammer home the illusion analogy of the Dragonfly, I found this light in the back garden with a Lark Magpie sitting on the fence above it, occasionally making a dive at it to try and eat it.


  1. Funny! I always look at dragonflies as messages, some sort of communication headed by way that's significant. I need to get this book, too!

  2. @Trish
    By themselves there is nothing wrong with the symbols,just like a cat or canary,but together it becomes somewhat sinister as the Dragonfly just sees the Butterfly as a food source more than a friend.
    It would be like having a cat and canary tattoo as a "Love" or "friendship" tattoo.
    Their "Love" and "friendship" is an illusion,it's not a reality.