Akitsushima … Isle of the Dragonfly Part I

‘Akitsushima’ … ‘Isle of the Dragonfly’ was the name Japan was known by in the 11th century.

The Emperor himself had named his country in honor of the Dragonfly. He believed the energy of the dragonfly was sacred and protected him and his people.

I first visited Japan a little over 7 years ago. Since that visit, with no explanation, I have been guided to include the dragonfly in my crystal and gemstone jewelry designs. This feeling has been growing inside me and my designs ever since.

March 2011… I have begun designing the ‘Akitsushima’ collection, in honor of the people of Japan and the incredible task of adaption ahead of them…

The Dragonfly is a huge success story! It has been on the earth for 300 million years, almost identical to its prehistoric ancestors but for size (they were once 3ft long and 4ft wide!) Dragonflies are very scary to look at and trigger all sorts of wild fantasies yet, their only dangerous to mosquitoes and other small annoying things! They are also beautiful, graceful and tasty! (Considered a culinary delicacy in many Asian countries, collected from the rice fields on sticky poles for dinner by the children… my sons among them, as kids in Bali.)

Dragonfly energy represents the power to adapt to changing circumstance, while still being the essential true you… this species has been successful for 300 million years… that is an amazing feat of endurance!

In the 11th century the Emperor of Japan must have intuitively known that Dragonfly Energy described the truth of his country!

‘Akitsushima’ the true powerful underlying key to survival on these fragile volcanic island outcroppings off the coast of China… flooded, burned, dashed and washed away, time and again… the dragonfly appears in the crest of the Samurai Warrior.

Like a Samurai sword the Dragonfly symbolizes, the power of the people of Japan to adapt and grow under pressure. They are being tested and tempered by mother earth into becoming the most flexible, sharpest and most adaptable people on the earth!  I believe on a global scale, the common people of Japan have more of a voice as the energy of dragonfly travels through and activates within everyone the energy of survival and success for the next 300 million years !

Blazing tales of wonder, your sister through chaos and comfort, … remembering all we have ever been and are about to become…
Blessings from Shankari the Alchemist   xxxx

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