What is Dragon Magick
The simplest definition of Dragon Magick or Draconic Magick is the calling upon of Dragons to aid you in your magickal workings. There are some schools of thought that say that Dragon Magick must be kept strictly as High or Ceremonial Magick, but that is not the case. Dragon magick can and does work within any magickal system. It can be practiced as its own Tradition or in conjunction with another magickal tradition. Dragons can help to empower your rituals no matter what tradition you practice.
You will find these graceful beings in almost every magical system throughout the world, where they are usually deified or vilified. Each system looks at dragons in a different way and helps us to learn about different facets of their personalities. There are some who see them only as elemental energies without independent existence; while others seem them as symbols of that energy and having no true existence at all. My belief is that Dragons are astral beings, having form and existence but they do not have the ability to manifest on the physical plane that we live in. Their bodies are made of energy, but the will and personalities that we connect with are very real and independent of us.
Dragons do not only exist when we call upon them. They do not wait, suspended in time, until we remember to invoke them. Just as we do not live only in ritual, the dragons that we work with will have other things to do and their own lives to lead. What may be convenient for you may not be for them. As astral beings time may flow differently for them, but they are in no way bound to our wills nor must they obey our commands. In fact, that is a sure way to drive them off and possibly suffer backlash from such an action.
Some call any magickal practice with Dragons is to "Dance with Dragons", but they can be more then just a dance partner. As teachers of ancient knowledge their grasp of it is deep and profound. Their ability to help in divination is astonishing and quite accurate. As protectors during rituals and everyday life there are no equals. And if a Dragon chooses to take you under their wings you will have the opportunity of learning knowledge and evolving your magickal ability, which few have done.
A lifelong practice with Dragons can form a bonding companionship with them and they can become the best companions you could ever have. Although this companionship can seem extremely demanding, at times, it is always in your best interests. This companionship and practice with Dragons is never boring. If it is practiced daily it can be a joyful addition to your life not to mention the benefit that both species gain in their evolution and spiritual growth. The more that you seek them out, work with them, and earn their trust the more Dragons will be encouraged to once again have a closer, positive relationship with humans in general like they did in old times.
Dragon Magick is not for everyone. Those that choose to practice it must be self-disciplined individuals who are serious about changing things in their lives and the world around them. You must be willing to have beings be brutally honest with you and be willing to turn that same honesty upon yourself. Working with dragons is a hard path, but ultimately rewarding.
On old maps, mapmakers would use the picture of a Dragon with writing under it saying, "Here There Be Dragons" denoting unexplored regions of our world that had unknown dangers. Dragon Magick opens up the unknown mental and psychic realms to us, showing us where the dragons lie. The ones who are true explorers of the unknown and seekers of knowledge will be challenged, not frightened, by these signs and forge on ahead in their continuing search for knowledge. They will undertake and create friendships and partnerships with these powerfully great beings, known as Dragons.
Dragon Magick Is Not Wicca
There is often a general misconception when beginning in dragon magick that it is a Wiccan tradition. It is not. Dragon magick does not require that you follow the Rede, nor does it say that you cannot work harm. The only ethics in it are the ones of your clan and Draconic Codes of Honor. In fact there are many clans who only use the Draconic Codes.
Dragon magick does not have any special holidays that its practitioners must follow. As you find companion dragons to work with, they may inform you of feast-days of holy-days that they wish you follow. When or if, this happens you may either practice these days in conjunction with your current path or you may celebrate them as separate entities. Dragons do not require elaborate rituals for their celebrations; however they understand that humans often need such trapping and are accepting of it. It is not an offense to try to celebrate with a dragon, just keep in mind that you may also choose to meditate quietly and that will also be accepted.
There is no monthly or yearly cycle that must be followed in dragon magick. Working with dragons is exactly that, you are forming a bond and a relationship with them. There is no special language or writing system that you must learn to communicate with them. You must work at opening yourself psychically to them and feeling out how to best deal with them.
It helps to have at least some training in another magickal system before beginning dragon magick. That is why for this class you must have completed at least the first six lessons of the Gaean Tradition, so that you at least have a background to draw from. This course is about teaching you to share your life with another being, not to force you to follow another path.
This does not mean that you cannot practice Wicca and dragon magick together; in fact they are a highly effective team. However, too many people make the mistake of equating the two which is erroneous. Dragon magick is about working in harmony, be it with a spiritual path or dragons, not about domination.
Today I wanted to share a few pointers and things to keep in mind when working with dragons. Remember dragons are independent beings with personalities of their own, and make the choice to work with us. In my practice I have found all of the following to be true when working with dragons.
• Don’t ever call a Dragon into your sacred space and start ordering them around. Treat them like you like to be treated. Give them the respect as equals and not servants, and they will work with you.
• Don’t show them that you fear them. They have very heightened sense and can easily detect fear. If they detect any fear whatsoever they won’t respect you as an equal and may consider anything you do a waist of time and energy on their part.
• Don’t ever attack a Dragon you have called. You called them; they didn’t call you.
• Dragons are very intelligent. Don’t try and pull a fast one over on them.
• Dragons tend to speak in riddles and symbolism. At least until you have worked with them for a while.
• The only tool a Dragon respects (not fears) is the Athame/Sword, but only when wielded by a confident practitioner who is prepared to stand his ground.
• If you feel uncomfortable with a certain Dragons presence, carefully and politely explain your wishes and desires concerning them. They will understand you and either work along with you or leave you be.
• Before rejecting a Dragons help or presence, first find out what they have to show or teach you. They won’t hang around where they are not wanted.
• Always give them an offering. They won’t do something for nothing.
• Most Dragons tend to be subtle in their first few contacts with you. Be sensitive and extra aware of what is occurring around you, for if there is anything that would endanger them they won’t make their presence known.
• Watch what you ask for, they take things literally and without mercy. Don’t leave any loopholes in any petition you present to them.
Don't ever try to lie to a dragon or be deceitful. They will know your heart and true intent and will refuse to work with you.
Brightest Dragon blessings,
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All dragons are masters of all the elements, but every dragon also possesses a single elemental association that they work in most. Oftentimes, but not always, when a dragon is drawn to work with you it may work in the same element you do. For example: I work predominately with the element of fire closely followed by air. My guardian dragon is a very large black fire dragon. I also have a companion dragon that is a small purple air dragon. Both of these dragons have very different personalities and purposes on my spiritual path. They are the dragons whom chose to work with me and they are the ones I am the most bonded with. However all the elements are well represented in my Clan.
Like I said, this is not always the case. Sometimes the dragon that chooses to work with you will work best in an element that you may need help in mastering. In this case, the dragon will teach and guide you in working with that particular element. Dragons are great teachers, but they will demand respect and that you put in the work.
Brightest Dragon blessings,