Dragon Tree – Conflict
Genus: Dracaena – Family: Asparagaceae
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 be a necessary force for creating positive change.
In ancient times people believed that dragon’s blood came from real dragons and/or elephants. The name Dracaena is 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 tree resin, also known as dragon tears or dragon’s blood, has long been used as incense for clearing negative energy before and after ceremonies. It was also called upon in ritual magic and alchemy.
The Dragon tree encourages us tap into a magical way of thinking to resolve conflict and bring about positive change.
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. Two species are already endangered: Dracaena draco, the dragon tree of the Canary Islands and Dracaena cinnabari, the dragon tree native to Socotra. This reminds of that continued conflict depletes our resources. Therefore, the appearance of Dragon tree signals a time of working together to resolve conflict before there is irreparable harm.
Most Dragon trees are cultivated as ornamental trees in parks and gardens because of their striking appearance.
Today dragon’s blood is sourced from Daemonorops, a genus of sustainable rattan palm, not related to the Dracaena. The fruit of the Daemonorops draco, are used to produce “Dragon’s Blood” resin, essential oil and tinctures etc.
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.
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