|Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver dragon charm necklace|
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens today -- the second to the last installment in Peter Jackson's movie series of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit.
The plot focuses on the journey to find Smaug, one of the last great dragons of Middle-Earth. Critics claim that Peter Jackson has outdone himself, and this film version of Smaug, brought to life by the acting of Benedict Cumberbatch, is one of the best dragons to be imagined on screen.
Surprisingly, I have secretly grown fond of dragons as an adult. Through reading books and watching versions of the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Merlin, etc., I have grown to love dragons -- mythological creatures that say more about our own inner nature than anything else.
As a symbol, dragons represent the powerful life force that burns within us. During ancient times, people believed that hordes of gold and jewels were hidden in caves guarded by dragons -- a symbol for spiritual wisdom or enlightenment buried deep within our unconscious. The dragon represents that critical juncture of daring to cross over into our inner world.
When I designed this dragon charm for Hint Jewelry, I was doing a lot of hot yoga and thinking about gurus or spiritual teachers. Who is your guru? Who is your teacher?
The best answer is yourself. You are your best guru and no one else. Both the "dark" and "light" parts of your personality are your teachers that will help you gain wisdom and become more enlightened. So it makes sense that your dragon nature is also your teacher -- the part of you that is wild, untamed, ancient, primal, ferocious, molten, and guarding your secret treasure.
Dragon guru, supernova busting wide-open, incinerating future promises and past regrets in your unconscious fireball. Show me the pure power resting in every volatile breath and with searing heat sew up my thought wounds that skidded past center.