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GREEN DRAGON CLAN - Eastern Gate - April 15, 2007
 

INTRODUCTION
The naming of a clan is a very sacred process. It is not dictated by the creativity alone of the facilitator, but is rather more of a download of information that best represents the existing energy of the group as a whole. Through intuition, meditation, inspiration, imagination, observation and deep listening the clan is named, not by a human, but through a human by the unseen energy source that connects us all one to another.

Although human issues are universal, what is so amazing about the dynamic of each clan is that the particular members of a clan hold a piece of each other's puzzle. Upon first appearance, this may not seem so, but the wheel is a study in this very principal, as we all get exactly what we need, exactly when we need it, in perfect order, every time. The people come together, time after time after time in service to each other.

We are but reflections of one another. When we are reflecting only what is inside of our heart of hearts it is then that the resistance and suffering will come to an end. For it is then that we are not so much reflectors, as we are receptors and projectors. It is then that we are projecting the most essential part of our highest and finest selves from the very core of our being. And so it is wise to pay attention to everything and everyone that comes into your space. Let no blessing go unnoticed and no message go unheard. Be not fooled by the wrapping paper on the gift.

And so with this, we have the naming of the next Addiction Alchemy tribe:

The Green Dragon Clan

SYMBOLOGY
Deep magic, refinement of connection to higher energies, connection to spirit, projection of spirit, duality, protection, Da'ath, knowledge of good and evil, integration, self-acceptance, Knowing Thyself.

GIFTS OF THE DRAGON
Green Dragon in particular signifies healing and heart chakra. This will preclude the healing and opening of the heart chakra through deep magic and the power of imagination. It brings a deeper connection to the fire of Spirit and a greater ability to project this energy and be a conduit for the Light. As dragon is often portrayed as a winged creature, this also signifies a greater ability to connect heaven and earth.

MUSINGS ON DRAGON
When one looks at the historical references to Dragons, one sees several distinct images peculiar to each era. What remains of these in the modern view of Dragons seems to be a sort of dichotomy, a plenum of opposites that continues to range from malevolence to benevolence! Some still carry the classical image of the fire breathing winged monster, a combination of the Lizard and Snake images with fire-breathing and wings. Yet we now see images of Dragons as benevolent, playful creatures, almost pet-like and an icon of deep magic and powerful mysteries. These can be seen as a further development of the Dragon image, a freeing of the ties of oppressive religion and the exploration of something that was previously forbidden and misunderstood.

The image of a Dragon as a friend and guardian is returning, as can be seen by the increase in cuddly Dragons that one can buy. The notion of Dragons as pets stems from the myths of old when Dragons were tamed rather than slain - going back as far as the Tiamat-Marduk legend. Yet, the Dragon as a playful image is far removed, as there appears to be no precedent in myth. It could be argued that it is a further development of the Dragon as a pet-guardian having been tamed to such a degree, or even as an extension of the Dragon as a riddler which is prominent in some Egyptian and Celtic myths. It can also be seen as a complete rejection of the any sort of denial of the magic of life in all its forms as the Dragon is now something that adorns the mantelpiece rather than being shunned as blasphemous. With the blending of images in this modern global civilization one is bound to see many influences in the modern Dragon, however one can still see the basic ancient archetypes at the base of them all.

What evidence is there of the Jungian archetypes in modern civilization? Well, firstly one must consider what happens when different races with different archetypes intermix, as occurs today. Jung is not specific, so one is forced into conjecture. It could be though that the intermingling of the various races is the beginning of a new epoch in human evolution, which according to Jung would allow a new archetype to be formed or at least the old archetypes to be abandoned. It could also be argued that the combination of differing archetypes causes an imbalance in the collective unconscious allowing all sorts of images to be visualized. Yet, it can also be argued that the archetypes remain as inviolate and separate as they always have been. The fascinating thing about dragon, is that it is one of the few archetypes which fly in the very face of the definition of an archetype - which is something that holds an impersonal pattern of energy in the collective unconscious - as dragon yet lives on, fragmented into 2 camps in the minds of men with no dilution of the power of this archetype at all.

The ancient Dragon images are still present in modern day views, though much more suppressed. This can be thought of as the rational mind dominating over the unconscious image. The early addition of wings is a very rational step; The Dragons were present in the sky thus they must have wings so that they can fly. This shows a tendency towards Jung's Extroverted Type. The archetypal Dragon is repressed, though it never loses its original meaning. We see this in the development of the guardian image, Dragons as pets. The Dragon is consciously shown to be something that is tamed and controlled. This has to be understood by the Extroverted Type so as to reduce the danger of lapsing into a nervous breakdown as the demands of the unconscious image force themselves onto the conscious producing extremes of either interest or disinterest in everything.

In the case of the Introverted Type, the mythical Dragons would take on powerful and terrifying qualities, almost magical. This would lead to the Introvert fearing all strange and different forms of Dragon as it would symbolize a magical animation of the image which is so attached to him. We see this in the perpetuation of the Dragon as a fearful and powerful creature - the fire-breathing serpent. This is something the Introverted Type must come to terms with if they are not to develop neuroses, according to Jung.

In coming to terms with the Dragon archetype, one must explore its influences over the conscious. This can be best done during symbolic play sessions where the active imagination can be left to roam. Jung was convinced of the healing power of play and the imagination through various media, and its ability to put people in touch with material that is ordinarily repressed. The fantasies thus produced are done so in controllable circumstances. The images these fantasies take are varied and unpredictable for during the state of play people are able to imagine anything. This can take the form of playful Dragons, Dragons doing things that are not in keeping with the Primordial Images. It is probably the best way in which to discover the influences that the archetypal image has over the conscious and rational mind; and in discovering the influences one can come to terms with them.

One thing is certain. People remain as connected to dragon as ever, whether it be to the dark mysterious persona or the beloved guardian and companion. Perhaps this is a clue to the energy of dragon and as it may well be one of the most dynamic archetypes we know. The chimera, the changeling, the polarity of the archetype of dragon may be the marker of the duality that lies within all archetypes, representing the shadow and light of our very existence. Or quite simply is dragon the gatekeeper to our deepest, darkest secrets, to the magical realms we dare not enter into which contain our vast creative power of choice, the freedom to fly and the bottomless cave which guards the key to all that is or ever will be: our imagination?

Sources:
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, Eighth Edition - R. E. Allen (Editor).
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, Fourth Edition - H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler (Editors).
Mythical Beasts - John Cherry (Editor).
Mysterious Britain - Janet and Colin Bond.
Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt - R. T. Rundle Clark.
A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses - George Hart.
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe - H. R. Ellis Davidson.
The Mabinogion - Jeffrey Gantz (Translator).
Legend of the Chinese Lung - The Chinese "Dragon" - Dr. Ong Hean-Tatt.
Psychological Types - C. G. Jung.
Psychology and Alchemy - C. G. Jung.
Jung on Active Imagination - C. G. Jung (Joan Chodorow - Editor).
Hidden Symbolism of Alchemy and the Occult Arts - Herbert Silberer.
Dragons, The Modern Infestation - Pamela Wharton Blanpied



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