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The Dragon As Symbol Of Transformation

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The dragon can be said to symbolise the liminal or transitional phase in rites of passage. The dragon is hence credited with the possession of great transformative powers. In the mystical tradition the entire spectrum of the dragon's multivalent forces is called into play. The dragon thus serves as mystical vehicle and symbol in the path to spirituality, mystical revelation and finally an enlightened state of being. The dragon is thus experienced as a stage or threshold which functions not as an end but as a healing, transforming way station not only for a more harmonious inner and social life but also as a symbol that could lead to a distinct and higher vision of the absolutely transcendent Divine.

Keywords: dragon; transformation



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