Dragons in Magick.
My understanding of dragons and magick is that there are roughly three paths that can be taken within this realm.
- Worship of Dragons as Deities in their own right.
- Working with Dragons as beings who exist in the spiritual/astral realms.
- Working with dragons as representations of elemental forces.
Now the first I can’t really talk that much about – it is the realm of practitioners that I a) don’t know and b) who don’t really talk about what they do. It is not a type of dragon magick I participate in and I would not like to tread wrongly in this area.
The second is the one that resonates best with me, and as such is probably what will take up most of this post. In my opinion Dragons exist – they exist on the astral/spiritual plains and will reach out and make contact if they so wish. You cannot force the hand of a dragon, you cannot simply summon one into your circle and demand that they help with your magick. You can attempt to reach out and make a connection, you can meditate, work ritual etc but a dragon will only come to you if it so wishes.
Working with a dragon will awaken those portions of a psyche that can tap into energy resources we were previously unaware of. They are connected to the Super-Conscious mind. When working with dragons it is vital that you give them respect – it is for this reason that I disagree with some of the interpretations of dragon magick that are out there. Dragon’s are your guide, they operate of their own free will. Most people I know would not demand that an animal guide come and interact with them, they would await a guide to step forth and find them, it is the same with dragons.
Working dragon magick is not easy. It involves time and dedication. As with most magickal practices it can be emotional and draining and you must be prepared for all that can entail. A dragon guide will teach you, but they will teach you what they believe you need to know not necessarily what it is you want to know.
I personally do not believe that there are elemental dragons, I do not believe that you can call upon the dragon of earth, air, fire, water etc to do so limits the power of these beings. You can by all means call upon dragons to stand for your quarters, but don’t try and pigeonhole them into specific categories.
The third category calls upon dragons invoking them into ritual and using them almost as elemental representations rather than actual beings in their own right. This method seems to diminish the actual power of the dragons themselves by implying that they are at your beck and call. I guess this is where the debate over DJ Conway’s works comes in – and what a debate it is. You have those that love her and those that hate her. You will find people who can’t recommend her books enough and you will find people who call it fluffy bunny and insulting to dragons – my suggestion, read it if you wish– it isn’t going to hurt you to do so – but trust your instincts on whether you agree with it or not, perhaps there are elements you do agree with and others you don’t.
My personal advice on working with dragons: First, make sure you’re ready for the journey. Second, meditate, journey and work your own magick to make connections, don’t follow a book, let yourself be your own guide. Third, don’t be disappointed if nothing happens at first, perhaps it just isn’t your time.