Tuesday, 19 April 2011

What is in a name ?

That, as many other questions was Shakespeare's. Some readers have been asking about the One Magic Dragon. About it's name; why dragon, why magic? Are there female dragons or just male? What are the dragon's keeper thoughts about Saint George the famous and iconic image of the dragon slayer (shivers run down my spine), and many other questions.
Not all queries may be answered in “a oner”. Be patient more posts will follow on this issue.

Dragons do exist. Yes, many don't believe in them, but that doesn’t disturb them. Many don't believe in the power of love or forgiveness, yet, does that diminishes these powers? No. Well same with the dragon existence. Sometime people need to develop or recognise the skills they already have as to be able to see reality and truth. It is not the dragon's problem, it is the problem of the ones that can't see or understand. This non believing attitude has a lot to do with a very narrow interpretation of what science is. Or even worst, holding this kind of narrow science (the one that can be proven or counted) as the only valuable knowledge. Some things are self evident and need no further proof. Other come from intuition: clear perfect reason at work that tabs into reality and it does not need and is beyond this narrow view of science. This may explain why there are some that have a problem believing in dragons, or in themselves, for example. (Needles to say, not one single one of the One Magic Dragons readers fall in this category).

Magic. It does exist, it is there. Not only the magic of the entrainment performer. Here we deal with a deeper kind of magic. The Magic in One Magic Dragon has to do with the energies that rule nature, man, the stars, and beyond. It deals with energies and the knowledge and proper use of those energies. Magic is known to us as a fact when we have awareness. It has nothing to do with illusions, quiet the opposite, real magic dissolves illusions and sparkles with truth. I am talking of White Magic, the magic that channels energies for the good, for others, with a collective goal. White like the light of knowledge, transparent as love is and strong as will. A better definition of science does allow for this kind of magic. A knowledge that even though different in method, it is still valid and potent. It is magic that is really behind scientific knowledge. That kind of magic is the one that interests the dragon keeper and the dragon. Magic in action.
For example: Think of the person that may have sent the police to a neighbour’s party on a noise complain. Now think of the people that held the party. What could their possible reactions be: retaliated? Have a louder party next week end to teach him a lesson? Complain? All are possibilities, as many others. The reaction this party people had was to send good energy. Energy of understanding and love. Presto! Some days latter a person from the neighbouring house comes to talk about the issue in a calm peaceful manner. Understanding and an agreement are easily reached building new bridges among people that live in the same collective. Nice. Magic does work. Thus, we will have a party to celebrate!
More about the Dragon:
For the following facts I base the information and research in books and scholars like: Dr. Ernest Drake and his “Complete Book of Dragons” or Dragonology (word processor does not recognise the term Dragonology and marks it as a mistake. No reason or magic in word processors). Getting back to the subject, I will loosely use the quoted bibliographical reference and other sources that come to mind or imagination, a faculty needed for magical knowledge too.
Yes, dragons are male or female and there are different kinds of dragons too. Many classifications are possible. From a geographical point of view we have dragon species typical of every continent. Just as an approach to this matter we have dragons in European forest and mountainous landscapes (Draco Occidentalis Magnus) with 4 legs, large wings and usually dark in colour. Draco Occidentalis uses venom and may breath fire. On the other side of the scope we have the Asian dragon or Draco Orientalis: no wings, or mere vestige of wings, a full mane, and a variety of claws: Chinese 5 claws, Japanese 4, Indonesian and Tibetan 3. Of course Eastern dragons do not fly as the European dragons do.
In the far East dragons are seen as “friendly” creatures usually associated with good luck, while during the middle ages in Europe they where regarded as dangerous and a threat. This old idea about dragons is still rooted to some extend in modern times (just as happens with other species like bear, wolfs, etc.). That is not the only miss conception about dragons. For instance, the myth about Saint George slaying a dragon has no historical proof. Knight George was said to have slain “the dragon of paganism” as a metaphor in medieval Christian preaching. The dragon slayer was George of Cappadocia in III A.D. (his inheritors are barred from this blog for obvious reasons).

There is much more to say about dragons, their species, characteristics, behaviour, myths and facts, but that will have to be done at another time. Just remember a significant fact that applies to all dragons (even though in different degrees), they all are hoarders,and they all keep a secret treasure and are the guardians of that treasure! According to how we view the contents and significance of the treasure, the way the dragon will react. If with greed and fear (believing the treasure is gold or other material substance), the dragon will become a terrible guardian of his secret. If we approach the dragon's treasure with humility and a quest for higher values, the dragon will be tamer even to the point of kindness. That may explain that Eastern dragons tend to show a gentler behaviour than their European counterparts. Keep in mind that dragons have a good memory (and a written language). The dragon then will behave according to our magical believe, (white or black magic), and according to our attitude, goals and efforts. Dragons are very much linked to magic just as we are if we look deep inside. So, use your head, think magic and tame your dragons!

2 comments:

  1. I have to take issue with the Dragon Man with regard to George. He passes over the Dragon Slayer as a myth - metaphor. For the story to have lasted two thousand years suggests some greater validity than with respect to paganism alone. 1 - If he slew paganism, that suggests he was maybe a false Christian. 2 - He is remembered for protecting women - the feminine side, the forerunner of chivalry.
    The question begs: Are there bad dragons as well as good? If there is White Magic, there must be Black Magic. Maybe the Dragon Slayer stands against the latter. Which brings to mind more thoughts. But enough for now. Salaam. MMM

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  2. Thanks for the post Robert. Time by itself is no proof of truth. People believed the world was flat for over 2000 years (at least most of the people), yet, it is round. Yes, George was a forerunner of chivalry and charity.But his actions regarding the dragon slaying were view as a metaphore for the "destruction of the old ways" in some interpretations of medieval explanations to the myth.
    Yes, there is Black Magic (the selfish, harmless one). One the Magic Dragon and the Dragon Keeper stand against. Much to be said, many thougts, much to ponder....

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