According to legend, is in the nature of the Dragon to collect, store and guard a vast array of precious gems. Metaphorically, the Dragon is the Ancient Ancestor who contains all the old wisdom. This is why the symbol has and is used by initiates and royalty.
It is a symbol of mastery as well as sovereignty.
To ‘awaken the Dragon’ means to make an ally of ones own power and to be in touch with the mysteries of the universe. When one accepts their own personal power and wields this authority with Wisdom and Response-Ability, what is gained is the knowledge of Earth and Star energy – the Power in the land and the constellations above. However, when power is abused or unacknowledged, these energies take the form of ones shadow and will be a source of trouble until resolution is born.
Symbolically, the Dragon with its tail in its mouth represents the unenlightened soul bound to the cycle of reincarnation, while the active Dragon symbolizes the Adept. Two Dragons facing each other symbolize one who is working toward Immortality, while two Dragons facing in opposite directions indicate the attainment of Immortality.
The Grail Quest or ‘Great Work’ is also called the ‘Opening of the Eye of the Dragon’. This is because the Spirit reabsorbs all of the Light that it has projected as the objective universe, reawakening the Dragon energy. This union produces ‘the Immortal Spirit’, the ‘Sun at Midnight’.