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Dragons are the embodiment of primordial power. Dragons also symbolizes nobility, magick, transformation, imagination, perseverance, loyalty, also represents courage, duty and honor. The name {Dragon} comes to us from the Greek word for seeing {Derkein}. The dragon has unusually sharp inner vision in the physical, intellectual and psychic realms being able to see into !ll. "n legends, it is known as a prophet# and a {Guardian of Temples}, paradises, and sacred magick. $iegfried battled a dragon for immortality and %ercules confronted one for the golden apples of great happiness. $ometimes the key to the entrance of these hidden places is through the eye of the Dragon. &rom these legends, the dragon gains a reputation for strength, courage, fortitude, vigilance, wisdom, and power. "n the times of vikings, the dragons figurehead was on the prow of their ships. The dragons on the ships were believed to endow keen site and cunning to the 'iking warriors. "n both (astern and )estern cultures, the dragon is the symbol of things, attitudes, or habits which although difficult to resist must be overthrown. The *apanese +uddhist, &udo,-yoo overthrew blindness and ignorance symbolized by the dragon. &rom the very start Dragons were seen as guarding of the unknown, holding back the floods, and dispensing knowledge. "n many cases stories from the $umerians were borrowed and slightly changed by the preceding civilizations. These same stories were very similar in content but with the actual names of the participants changed. The first written commentary, found on clay tablets, uses the names of !sag, a Dragon {sometimes named as .ur} and /inurta. !lso, -arduk by the +abylonians had been changed to {Tiamet}. "n the +abylonian version called the {(numa elish} {Tiamet} is one of the original pair of god and goddess at the founding of the universe. &rom these two all later creatures, good or bad, came into creation. This Goddess is in effect the mother of all. "n the beginning of the tale Tiamet defends her offspring and all of creation from all the minions. +ut later, when her husband !psu is killed, she apparently goes mad and decides to end all creation in her grief. This irrational action pits her against all the other Gods and one of her offspring, named {-arduk}, is talked into opposing her. "n the fight that ensues {-arduk} finally kills her by shooting an arrow into her mouth as she tries to devour him. $he is a shape shifter as most or all early Dragons are assumed to be so fought him in different guises. (ven time seems to be effect which will come up again in the dragons versions. !fter the battle he uses her dragon body to form the earth and from death we have life and substance. The first epic of the human and dragon encounter is the (pic of Gilgamesh. This we know of by clay tablets from $emitic origin. +ut these tablets are telling about much earlier versions of the story. /ot much later we find the (gyptians also with a similar story of either 0e the sun god or $eth the hero destroying the Dragon named {!pophis}. !gain there is much confusion and contradictions. "n this story both have attributes of the dragon. $o once again we see the idea that the winner of the contest with the dragon take on the attributes of the dragon. The %ittites, have a story of the battle of a storm god with the Dragon named {"lluyankas}.

'ery similar to this is the story of !pollo and 1ython. 1ython is alternately described in different versions of the story as a giant snake or a female dragon with many coils. "n any case in some versions she is killed by !pollo when the young god shoots an arrow down her throat. +ut in other version she is taken into his service and becomes a protected oracular serpent at Delphi. "t is interesting to note that both Grecian and 0omans had Dragons that were kept at various temples including Delphi that were considered to have great wisdom and knowledge. !nd then there2s alchemy, and its connection to Dragons. !llegories, describe chemical reactions and the like, using symbols. The Dragon is one of these symbols. &or e3ample, a green dragon devouring the $un means that the gold was dissolved in a4ua regia {royal water}, a mi3ture of nitric and hydrochloric acids. !lso, the gold probably contained copper, which turns the acid blue green. {! green lion eating the sun can also been used for this representation}. This symbolism was used as a way of preventing all but the most dedicated from deciphering the meaning. Then theirs the {The 5auduceus} which consists of two serpents entwined around a central rod. "t is the symbol of -ercury. This symbol was developed from the myth of -ercury, the messenger of the gods, who intervened in a fight between two serpents. )hen he intervened, the serpents twined around his wand. "n Greek times, the caduceus sometime had wings, to symbolize the volatility of mercury. !lchemists also call mercury chaotic water, abysmal water, sylvery water, and 1hilosophical +asilisk. 1hilosophic -ercury is sometimes represented by a serpent, or winged dragon. /ow the 5auduceus which also have a connection to {/ingishzida} who is also called {The Guardian of the Tree of 6ife} and {.eeper of the Gate}, while also serving as 6ord of the 7nderworld in his -ushushu Dragon form. %e8$he not only created humanity but also guides and protects it. The 5aduceus, {in it2s earliest form} is a representation of the deity whose aspects most carried into %is -a9esty $atan. %is name is {/ingishzida}, is $umerian and partially +abylonian also son of /inazu and (reshkigal. {/ingishzida} comprises one of the widest ranges of attributions of any godform ever recorded, from the -other of Dumuzi in some instances to the younger son of (a {or (nki} in others and rival to his elder brother {-arduk}, who was fundamentally a pompous thug by way of comparison. The $umerian creation cycle so nearly resembles the +iblical version that /ingishzida has been called the archetypal prototype of what came to be called {$atan} in the latter tradition, calling into 4uestion the actual function of the Dragon symbolism. "n the rival between himself and {-arduk}, he was ultimately banished to the outer 4uarters of the world where he seems to have established a prominent foothold in numerous cultures, but if iconography is any indicator, not only its symbolism, but many of the underlying ideas supporting it seem to have spread out globally, over time, also the 5hinese were a highly civilized peoples and had definite ideas on Dragons which were studied, written about, and philosophized on as if they were rather common creatures to these peoples. The reality in ancient 5hina actually appears to be that Dragons were believed in for far longer than peasants were finding large petrified bones. $ome of the earliest writings from the &ar (ast mention Dragons, long before it was reported that bones from this creature were found. "n many early mythologies from !sia we find Dragons as messengers. !gain like in earlier -ideast stories the Dragons are most often associated with power and wisdom. +ut unlike the -ideast and later (uropean stories we find little to no fighting and killing of Dragons. "nstead of fear and loathing or even outright worship, here we find Dragons as being desirable to an area and good luck rather than ill falls to those areas where dragons abide. They are often prayed to for deliverance from bad fortune, bad weather, and even bad men. "n fact, very early in 5hina2s history the emperors are said to be communing with the Dragons to get the advice on how to govern their peoples. "nstead of fear and

loathing or even outright worship, here we find Dragons as being desirable, to an area and good luck rather than ill falls to those areas where dragons abide. They are often prayed to for deliverance from bad fortune, bad weather, and even bad men. "n fact, very early in 5hina2s history the emperors are said to be communing with the Dragons to get advice on how to govern their own peoples. !lso "n 5hina, it was originally believed that dragons were the ones who talked directly to :racles. The (mperor was given the Dragons will for his people and he in turned passed on this message to the people through his growing bureaucracy. "n this way the (mperor was seen to be sitting on the throne by the )ill of the Dragon and thus divine himself as long as he passed on the Dragons )ill as spoken to him also seeking out Dragons were supposed to prove their worth to talk to these wise creatures by helping out villagers against bandits or oppressive bureaucrats and such. {Dragons are also messengers of balance}, and magick encouraging 7s to tap into our psychic nature,abilities and see the world through new eyes of mystery and knowledge of the unknown. -ore specifically, Dragons are the embodiment of primordial power the ultimate ruler of all the elements. This is because the Dragon is the master of all the elements; &ire, )ater, (arth, and )ind. %owever, in the (ast and even in some )estern societies, including 5eltic, Gnostic, !lchemy, and {Draconic}, dragons symbolize a supreme being. This divine creature represent the spirit of nature and unknown, the ability to transform. "t offers hope, courage, and good fortune. 6egend often presents dragons as the guardians of the {flaming pearl} a gem symbolizing spiritual perfection. <ou will often see this pearl in dragon figurines and collectibles. <ou will sometimes see 5eltic dragons in a circular position, tail to mouth as in :uroboros as the circle is perfection, the circle of life, transformation, and eternity. Dragons worn with the more )estern beliefs symbolize power and freedom and independence, but not usually an intention of evil. -ost of the time, when we see a dragon, it isn2t a symbol to fear, but one of 1rotection and (mpowerment and a primal force to be reckoned with. !lso, found long ago on ancient maps cartographers would sometimes depict a {Drago}, with the phrase {%ere there be dragons} the 6atin translation is {%ic $unt Dracones} where there was no knowledge of what e3isted. This would be a warning to sailors that this is dangerous une3plored territories, or to be map shorthand for {%ere +e :ther $tuff )e Don2t =uite .now !bout}. !t this time the {6eno3 Globe} seems to be the only only map where this is found {from early >?@@2s}. !nd in the battles throughout the Greek and 0oman empires, warriors sported the emblem of the Dragon as a symbol of terror, were seen by 'ikings in their ships, and 5eltic cultures was the emblem of sovereign power. $o, for wherever the Dragon appears, his $trength, 1ower, 1rotection is undeniably an indomitable force to be reckoned with and respected.

{%ail $atan} {%ail The Great Dragon} {%ail The :rder of The Dragon} {De :rtu 1opuli $atanae}

{5oncordia 5um 'eritate 5apa3 "nfiniti} +y; {$elene &lavius /azgul}