Ix Chel and the Dragonflies

Why is the Dragonfly so important to the Abdominal Therapy Collective?

By Dr.Rosita Arvigo & Louise Crockart & Donna Zubrod

Dragonfly wall hanging by Azul Thomé www.souland.org

You may have noticed that the dragonfly has appeared prominently in the online newsletters from the Abdominal Therapy Collective. Why is this?

Dragonflies are born in the water and begin to grow there, but then they move into the air and learn to fly. Once they have become airborne, they exhibit amazing flight patterns and appear to be able to change direction swiftly, gliding through the air with no apparent effort. They are powerful yet graceful  – even in high winds. The colors of the dragonfly also change as it matures. The dragonfly is considered a symbol of transformation because of the way that it evolves during its life and its graceful flying symbolizes flexibility and adaptability in any situation. That is why in almost every culture and civilization throughout human history, the dragonfly has come to be associated with change, transformation, and the wisdom of adaptability.

The dragonfly is the spirit guide that has stood by us as we birthed this new organization and community, the Abdominal Therapy Collective. It inspired and motivated us as we transformed into an organization that was rooted in flexibility and adaptability.

In “Ix Chel’s Myth”, as told by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, we see how the transformation energy of dragonflies supports Ix Chel.

Ix Chel’s Myth

There once was a beautiful, clever, intelligent and willful young goddess called Ix Chel the moon Goddess, who was a magnificent weaver and lived with her grandfather, Hunabku, creator of the universe and God of all Gods. Ix Chels silvery brilliance and beautiful weaving dazzled the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, who fell deeply in love with her. He came daily with gifts to court her and soon they began making plans to elope. On the night they planned to leave together, he came to her Grandfather’s lodge in the guise of a hummingbird and together Ix Chel and Kinich Ahau paddled away in their canoe on the great river of the sky known as the Milky Way.

The next morning, Hunabku woke to find Ix Chel gone. He shouted out, “The Sun and Moon cannot marry! There will be eclipses and darkness will cover the face of the Earth. This cannot be!” Enraged, he enlisted the help of Chac, the rain God, to help him search for the young lovers, grabbing his blowgun, they set off in pursuit. Now Chac, had been keeping a great secret, for he had been in love with Ix Chel for some time and felt great resentment towards Kinich Ahau, so he saw this as an opportunity to capture his beloved and claim her for his own.

After many hours of tracking them through the dense rainforest they spotted and confronted the young lovers. In the ensuing argument Hunabku grew enraged, and pulled out his blowgun, shooting and wounding Kinich Ahau, while Chac threw a bolt of lightning accidentally killing Ix Chel. Barely alive, Kinich Ahau limped away to his lodge alone and the day was filled with dark skies and clouds. There was no moon at night and a dull, weak sun during the day.

The whole universe grieved the loss of such brilliance and nurturing that Ix Chel gave unconditionally. All the creatures of the forest surrounded her, news spread far and wide, and soon four hundred dragonflies learned of this tragedy. They knew what they had to do. For thirteen days and thirteen nights dragonflies from near and far brought the universal energy with them. With their lightness of touch and sparkling wings, they hovered over Ix Chel showering her with healing light. Hunabku returned to where Ix Chel lay to claim her body for burial in a cenote when, to his surprise, revived by the dragonfly’s dedication, she rose up alive transforming darkness into light.

For a long while after, all was calm again in the realm of the Gods. The sun was in his place to warm the earth, light the day, and to watch over all crops and plants. The Moon was in her place to light the night sky, bring the ocean tides, the rain, and to watch over midwives, healers, children and weavers.

The two young lovers forever roam the skies in search of each other and sometimes they do meet, when such a wonderous occasion occurs, there is an eclipse.

Be mindful when the dragonfly shows up in your life. It can symbolize that you may be ready for a change – to transform and evolve. Dragonflies show us how to navigate life’s storms with confidence and ease; they motivate us to let go of whatever holds us down or holds us back. Just like the dragonfly changes colors as it matures, you may be being called to experience yourself and life differently.

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