Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree – Conflict – Five of Evergreens (Wands)

Genus: Dracaena – Family: Asparagaceae

Vulnerable

The spirit of the dragon tree is here to help us face the conflicting and chaotic forces that are at play in our life. It also reminds us that chaos can necessary as a creative force for bringing about change.

The name Dracaenais based on the ancient Greek word drakaina, meaning female dragon. Dragon trees exude a dark red gum resin, known as dragon’s blood. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Arabs used dragon’s blood for its medicinal properties.

Dragon blood resin, also known as dragon tears, was used as incense for clearing negative energy before and after ceremonies. It was also used in ritual magic and alchemy. In ancient times people believed that dragon’s blood actually came from real dragons and/or elephants. Dracenais a tree that encourages us tap into a magical way of thinking to resolve conflict and bring about positive change.

Socotra: the Dragon Blood trees forest in Dirhur, the protected area of Dixam Plateau in the center part of the island of Socotra, Unesco world heritage site since 2008 for its biodiversity

Dracaena is a genus with 60-100 species, but only 6 species are considered trees. Dragon trees are native to Africa, the Arabian Sea, southern Asia through to northern Australia and Central America. It is cultivated as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens.

Two species are endangered: Dracaena draco, the dragon tree of the Canary Islands and Dracaena cinnabari, the dragon blood tree native to Socotra. We are reminded that continued conflict is depleting our resources, signaling a time of working together to resolve conflict before there is irreparable harm.

Today dragon’s blood is sourced from Daemonorops, a genus of sustainable rattan palm, not related to the Dracaena,whose fruit is used to create “Dragon’s Blood” resin, essential oil and tinctures etc. These seeds are also harvested as Buddhist prayer beads.

Message: This is a time to make peace with our inner demons, no matter how frightening they may appear, and that our wounded selves are always longing to be understood and loved. Dragon tree encourages us to see past our fear and into the future when the conflict no longer exists. By connecting with this vision of peace we are able to bring that vision into our hearts in the present moment. Seek out peaceful resolutions that harm no one. Clear the air of any conflict, heavy energy or misunderstanding. If these areas of life are unattended they can create stagnation, which blocks forward movement. Look for new and sustainable solutions for peace.

Challenge: Avoiding conflict and pretending it will go away. Or dealing with conflict by being combative and unwilling to compromise or practice compassion. Step out of the chaos to see the big picture and its long-term implications.