“Beautiful flies” are mentioned in many Celtic tales, and they refer to the form often taken on by a human spirit. In some tales this is a butterfly, in others it may be the dragonfly.
In the old Irish tale of Etain, she is first dropped into a pool of water where she transforms into a worm. Then later on, she changes into a ‘beautiful fly’, and gets swallowed by a woman who later on gives birth to her in the form of a child. This can be seen as the embodiment of the different stages in life, and the changes we all go through. It starts off as aquatic, then transforms and takes flight.
The Dragonfly helps ease us through our many transformations in life. These are rarely easy but through them we become stronger.
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