Dragons from Animal Magick The Art of Recognizing and Working with Familiar

The Dragon in one form or another was known to the majority of the world cultures in both the Old and New Worlds. It was one of the early symbols of the Great Mother Goddess of the matriarchies. Until the arrival of patriarchal societies, the dragon was considered to be a sacred, benevolent creature; its serpent body symbolized matter and life-giving water of creation, its wings spirit and the breath of life.

It was used as an emblem for divinity and royalty in Babylon, Egypt, China, Japan, Greece, and Rome. The Chinese Manchu dynasty, the Phoenicians, and the Saxons all showed it as enthroned, a symbol of the power of the ruler. The Chinese dragon symbolized the masculine yang power, very high spiritual power, and the emperor himself. This connection with imperial power carried over to England and Wales.

The dragon was known as the Ling of Larger Serpents to medieval writers. Dragons and bulls in the Western world were fought by such Sun-heroes as Mithras, Sigfried, Hercules, Jason, Hours, and Apollo.

In Hindu myth, Vitra, the Dragon of Waters, was killed by Indra so that the waters could be released upon the Earth. The dragon was also the emblem of Aruna and Soma.

There are two major categories of physical appearance of dragons: those of the East and those of the West.

The Oriental or Chinese dragon looked terrible and fierce, but was a symbol of prosperity, rain, wisdom, and hidden secrets. Oriental dragons did not have wings, but were shaped more like huge serpents with four legs. The early Chinese worshiped the dragon, and at one time had its image on national flags. Using the symbol of the five-toed imperial dragon was reserved for emperors. The guardian of the mansions of the gods was the Chinese Celestial Dragon, T’ien Lung; he also prevented the deities from falling out of their heavenly realm. Oriental heroes did not hunt dragons, as Western heroes. The Oriental dragons were said to leave their mountain caves or watery homes in the spring to bring fertilizing rains.

Both Chinese and Japanese believe that dragons can turn themselves into birds. The three-clawed dragon of Japan symbolized the Mikado, the imperial and spiritual power. Most Japanese dragons were said to live in lakes and springs.

Ancient Western writers wrote all kinds of terrifying things about the Western dragon. These creatures were built like enormous lizards with wings, their bodies were thicker than those of the Oriental dragons. Their throats and back legs were like those of an eagle, the grasping front legs like those of a reptile, and a tail that ended in an arrow-point. Western dragons were considered to be enemies of the humans, and heroes were always hunting them down and killing them. Under the circumstances, its no wonder that Western dragons stopped trying to get along with humans. They liked to live in dark caves, a few of them in water. They breathed fire, and their breath was supposed to spread plagues.

The dragon in alchemy had a number of meanings. If several dragons were shown fighting each other, it meant separating out the Elements, or psychic disintegration. A dragon biting its tail symbolized cyclic processes and time; this particular dragon was known to the Gnostics as Ouroboros. A winged dragon represented a volatile Element, while the wingless dragon stood for a fixed Element.

In spiritual definitions, the dragon represents the supernatural, infinity itself, and the spiritual powers of change and transformation.

Magickal Attributes: Protection, instruction in the spiritual, Element magick. Using the spiritual to transform life. Protection. Adding extra power to magick.

Chant

         Dragons strong and dragons bright,

Dragons full of wisdom old,

        Teach to me the spiritual light,

         Let me walk in knowledge bold,

         Dragon fire, lift me higher!

Animal Magick Copyright D. J. Conway 1995 Pages 242-243

August 31st Birthday Horoscope Zodiac Sign Is Virgo

AUGUST 31 birthday horoscope predicts that you are a strong Virgo, as you are likely to take on a lot of responsibility. You are an honest but persuasive person who works for what you have. You have excellent negotiation skills.

People are attracted to you as you have a big heart. Furthermore, you have values and morals. These are attractive August 31 birthday personality traits to have. It is what makes you stable and willing to learn and grow as an individual.

The August 31st astrology also predicts that you can organize and develop your own style of doing things, but sometimes, you can get off schedule.

As the August 31 zodiac sign is Virgo, you are at your best when busy, busy, and busy. You are intuitive, and this can be instrumental in decision-making and prioritizing.

Born on this zodiac birthday August 31, you look for the approval of others but are intelligent people who can stand on their own feet. This genuine personality can occasionally find “trouble” in the most unusual places. This may be on purpose, as you seem to love exploring.

The August 31st horoscope shows that you are unique and if friends are a reflection of us, then you are certainly an odd one. Even when you are contemplating business moves or personal ventures, you can be liberal. This birthday trait spills over into your bedroom as you can have a creative side that compares to no other Virgin. Characteristically, you love the charm of being romanced and romancing your favorite partner.

As a child, you could have been rebellious. As an adult, you may have a deeper understanding of what it means to be a parent. Being a parent may be a little easier for you than your parents.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that you were a teen yourself and can quickly sympathize with your own children. This may make you a little more lenient than perhaps you should be but you love your children, and they respect you.

This Virgo birthday person is probably a romantic Virgin who needs to feel secure in a relationship. You don’t mind working to make a particular partnership work as long as your partner is practical and set goals for personal growth as well as financial solidity.

The 31 August zodiac also predicts that those born today may have a career in the medical field. Alternatively, you have great potential to teach. You are smart and could be anything you wish.

You, however, are not very ambitious. You prefer to wait in the wings rather than be in the spotlight. When you find this Virgo in positions of leadership, you will find a popular candidate who is most capable of excelling.

As a way of relaxing, you tend to work out in your garden. You may plant vegetables instead of plants and flowers as a means to put organic food on your table. The economic value of growing your supply of fresh herbs and veggies is certainly worth the effort. In times where employment is not promised, this is an excellent idea.

If we were to talk about the health of someone with an August 31 birthday, you would likely mention holistic health care. You have a strong interest in natural healing, chakras, and chanting. Usually, you will opt for the nutritionist instead of a medical doctor.

You will take a walk or a long bike ride just to get some fresh air. Additionally, you have been known to take hunting or fishing trip and rent a cabin in the woods for the weekend. Rest is important for the rejuvenation of the Virgin.

Typically, the August 31 birthday personality may have a few irons in the fire at one time. In love, you tend to set standards and look for your lover to be loyal and to be able to bring balance to the table.

People are naturally drawn to you, but Virgos can have a mean or contrary spirit. As a way of winding down after work, you may want to cook something from your garden.

 

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Famous People And Celebrities Born On August 31

Eldridge Cleaver, James Coburn, Richard Gere, Edwin Moses, Lance Moore, Ceallach Spellman, Chris TuckerVan Morrison

See: Famous Celebrities Born On August 31

This Day That Year –August 31 In History

1772 – Ships severely damaged by a hurricane in Dominica
1895 – First professional league football game with John Brallier as quarterback
1920 – Detroit host first live telecast of a news program
1970 – An active participant in the Black Panther party, Lonnie McLucas in convicted

August 31 Kanya Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
August 31 Chinese Zodiac ROOSTER

August 31 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Mercury that symbolizes the link between your soul and outer personality.

August 31 Birthday Symbols

The Virgin Is The Symbol For The Virgo Zodiac Sign

August 31 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Emperor. This card symbolizes stability and strength to overcome significant problems. The Minor Arcana cards are Eight of Disks and King of Pentacles

August 31 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Capricorn: This will be a steady and stable love match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign LeoThis relationship will not survive without compromise and patience.

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August 31 Lucky Numbers

Number 3 – This number stands for expansion, fun, surprise and integrity.
Number 4 – This number symbolizes responsibility, seriousness, methodical nature and progress.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For August 31 Birthday

Brown: This is a color that symbolizes reassurance, support, comfort, and confidence.
Blue: This color signifies order, leadership, stability and introspection.

Lucky Days For August 31 Birthday

Sunday– This day is ruled by Sun and represents joy, happiness, ambition and relaxation.
Saturday – This day ruled by planet Saturn is symbolic of keeping you grounded with realities.

August 31 Birthstone Sapphire

Sapphire gemstone helps improve your intuition and focus on faithfulness in relationships.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On August 31st

A gym membership for the man and a handmade leather journal for the woman. The August 31 horoscope predicts that communication gifts will be perfect for you.