What does being Draconic mean?
Draconics are people who carry only certain qualities or affinities towards dragons. The word ‘Draconic’ literally means “dragon-like”. Draconity, the state or belief of being draconic, is one of the most individual-based groups, based primarily on the intangible: astral and spiritual levels. This is due to the fact that dragons are creatures of myth and legends, and a physical presence of such a creature has not been factually documented.
Draconics, in general, tend to view themselves as protectors or guardians, in essence, spiritual warriors. Again the chief focus is typically on astral and spiritual levels, resulting in the people finding paths as wandering guides, people who will try to fight off or send away dark beings. Or they live in the belief that they are guardians of a certain place or specific thing. A sword, a jewel, or even things close to their own hearts such as home, family, and friends.
In Relation to the Elements
Draconics use the elements in their magickal workings, and will call upon the dragons ruling these elements for guidance and empowerment. Dragons possess form and force, and can influence our personalities as well as magickal procedures. Each element and its dragon has certain qualities, natures, moods, and magickal purposes; each has positive and negative traits which must be acknowledged and dealt with.
Since Draconics are confined to gaining their knowledge through myth and legend, the elemental qualities are usually based upon two main realms: Chinese Astrology and Paganism.
The characteristics of the Dragon Sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.
Metal Dragons are truthful but extreme, courageous but unyielding, Metal Dragons have a strength similar to the Dragon fire. Metal Dragons succeed through determination. They are mighty and respect people who stand up to them. In troubled times, these Dragons make great allies, but become ferocious challengers. Metal Dragons can often calm others through their forceful personalities. They seek action, and things are never better than when they are defending a thought or belief about which they have complete faith. Metal Dragons like to lead, and have an affect that makes others want to follow them. Yet even if they attract no support they will fight alone.
Water has a calming effect on the Dragon's fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes him more perceptive of others. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to re-evaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions can go wrong if they do not research or if they do not finish one project before starting another.
Wood has a modifying influence and brings creativity to this sign. Questioning and liberal, Wood Dragons enjoy talking about original ideas and are open to other points of view. They are innovative, imaginative practical and appreciate art in each of its forms. Generally less pretentious than other Dragons, Wood Dragons have an ability to get along with other people. They have the essentials to build a prosperous and happy life for themselves. Still, Wood Dragons are outspoken and at times a bit pushy to quell everyone, even in the most friendly quarrel.
The Fire Dragon is a powerful force to be reckoned with. This is a Dragon doubled! The Fire Dragon can move from calm and collected to combustible in a matter of seconds. In some ways the Fire Dragon is his or her own worst enemy. These Dragons cannot help feeling they are valuable and all-knowing. When they are right their vehemence and vigor is an asset to the cause, and though they value objectivity, they do not always employ the best decision-making measures, and sometimes jump to the wrong conclusion. They also suffer from recklessness and quick tempers. Yet, when they do keep their temper, emotions, and rivaling spirit under control, they emanate a commanding influence on other people.
Earth Dragons make great managers because they are practical, levelheaded and demonstrate a knack for organizing. They still have the need to dictate and be admired, but they are affable, congenial and supportive. Compared to other Dragons, Earth Dragons are less likely to breathe fire at the least irritation. They will work diligently to complete their life goals. The Earth element adds a greater portion of self-control to the Dragon's personality and usually the Earth Dragon is deserving of the respect he or she desires. These Dragons take their life and romantic responsibilities quite seriously.
The traditional Pagan colors of the elements are: east=yellow, south=red, west=blue, north=darkgreen. Many give names to these elemental dragons, taken from various myths, but one must remember to do this accurately. For example, the Norse myth of Fafnir is of a dwarf, who, given a cursed ring, turns into a dragon. Therefore, Fafnir is not a true dragon, and worse yet, he is associated with the element of Fire, when, in fact, being an underdweller, he should be associated with the element of Earth.
Air governs the eastern quarter of the circle and of the universe. Its color is pure yellow and is thought to be warm and moist. Positive aspects are: sunrise, spring, incense, wand, bell, clouds, breezes, breath, optimism, joy, intelligence, mental quickness, renewing. Negative associations are: frivolity, gossip fickleness, inattention, bragging, forgetfulnes, windstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like.
Fire rules the south quarter of the circle. Its color is pure red and is warm and dry. Fire is: noon, summer, the dagger and sword, candles, incense burner, the sun, blood, laser surgery, enthusiasm, activity, change, passion, courage, daring, will power & leadership. Negative associations are: hate, jealousy, fear, anger, war, ego, conflicts, lightning, volcanoes.
Water governs the western quarter of the circle. Its color is pure blue; and it is cold and moist. Positive aspects are: sunset, autumn, the water chalice, compassion, peacefulness, forgiveness, love, intuition, calmness, peace of mind. Negative aspects include: floods, rainstorms, whirlpools, laziness, indifference, instability, lack of emotional control, insecurity.
Earth rules the northern quarter of the circle. Its colors are clear and dark green and is cold and dry. Positive aspects are: midnight, winter, the wine chalice, ritual salt, dragon bowl, gem bowl, dragon mirror, gemstones, mountains, caves, soil, respect, endurance, responsibility, stability, prosperity, thoroughness, purpose in life. Negative aspects are: rigidity, unwilingness to change or see another side of a problem, stubbornness, lack of conscience, vacillation, earthquakes and slides.
Akasha (Spiritual Ether, Spirit) is the white, black and metallic dragons that rule the center of the circle and balance all the other elements into a cool, even grey tone of Magick. Through invocation of these dragons of light and darkness, the Magick User is able to mix a blend of elements that will bring forth the desired manifestation and maintain balance.
Dragon Names: a dragon will not reveal to you its true name, as this will give you great power over the dragon itself. It will, most likely, give you a name you will be allowed to call it. My black dragon totem is called Epsilon, which is the fifth letter in the Greek alphabet. Since the pantheon I follow is the Greek deities, and the black dragon encompasses the 5 elements, his name seems to fit perfectly.
Evocation is calling a dragon to you, to stand by and support you. You are asking the dragon to join you when you are working and to lend you, not only their presence, but also their power. Evoking is a powerful magick. You must be sure of what you are doing and must remember to be respectful of those you call to you. When you evoke you are asking the dragon to help you with your magick.
Invocation is calling into you, asking the dragon to enter your body and join with your own spirit. To call a being into you is very touchy. The dragon that you beckon is being asked to join into you and work with you as one. That is, you and the dragon are the same creature during your magickal workings. This is not for beginners to attempt. It is very easy to lose yourself in the dragon. The dragons are in no means malevolent, it is just that they are so powerful that it is very enticing to give yourself over to them which is not your intention.
If you are going to use magickal tools they must only be used in your magickal workings and should be consecrated first to dedicate them to dragon magick. How you perform this ritual is dependent upon what you feel is right for you; you may cast a circle, you may not.
On your altar, if done inside, or in a circle of stones, if done outside, place the following items, four bowls containing sand: north - a green candle and a stone or crystal of quartz, east - a yellow candle and a feather, south - a red candle and a stick of dragon's blood incense, west - a blue candle and a seashell. These represent the four directions and the four elements. Don’t forget either matches or a lighter to light the incense and candles.
Either cast your magick circle, or just call the elemental dragons and welcome each one.
Take the first item you wish to consecrate and, holding it in front of yourself, say: "Great dragons be with me now. I bring (name of tool) before you to be dedicated into your service." Starting north, pass the item over the candle flame, repeat over east, south and west.
If you are consecrating more than one item put the first to one side and repeat the above until all items have been purified and dedicated. When all items have been done place them all before you and say: "Great and mighty dragons, I thank you for your blessings, guidance and strength."
Close your circle, if you made one, gather up your tools, and let the incense and candles burn out of their own accord; tidy up later on. Remember that these tools should only be used for magickal workings, and if they are used for anything else, they will need to be consecrated again.