The Dragon eye is a symbol of dragon power. The very word dragon, in the original Greek drakon, was derived from a root meaning ‘see clearly’. For the powers of their sight, dragons were often engaged as guardians, for example the 100-headed Ladon, protecting the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides for the goddess Hera.
The eyes of dragons were also considered as very dangerous, their glance often lethal. Those going out to confront a dragon usually were warned to avoid looking the dragon in the eyes, so as not to be turned into stone are be killed on the spot.
We see in the Greek root ‘to see clearly’ more of a reference (and reverence) to the dragon’s superiority in seeing things in a much wider perspective than we, due to their great wisdom, gained in their long lives, but also due to their detachment from human affairs.
In the Starlight Dragon Tarot, we emphasise this on several levels:
– the eyes are an al pervading symbol throughout the deck; this applies especially to the pip cards, many of which show no dragon figures. But do pay attention and you will see dragon eyes lurking, gazing at you, assessing you in practically all of the cards.
See above a collage of some of these eyes, which we use in our presentations of the deck.
This card can be used if different ways: if it comes out in a reading it is a very strong hint that you need “to see clearly” n the matter you are enquiring about. This means, to look beyond your immediate concerns and from a position of detachment, the long view, a circumspect view. Ask yourself what you refused to see so far.
In readings and other practices of self-exploration you might also take out this card as a witness and guide to your interpretation of your cards.
The Solar Eclipse is also about seeing. Because the sun is eclipsed we see things in the shadow, which are usually invisible or in the background because we see what is in the sunshine. I will use this time tomorrow to see clearly with the help of the Starlight Dragons that which is hidden by the bright sun-light and which I need to perceive and to act upon in order to advance.
I will take out the “Eye” card and immerse myself into it.
Then I will draw as many cards from the shuffled deck as I feel I need and will lay them out face down under the Eye, having considered my concern while shuffling and paying the cards. I will do this well before the time of the eclipse and leave all the cards. At the time of the eclipse, I will return to my cards and my concern and while keeping in my mind I will touch the Eye card lightly and allow it to move and select up to 3 cards. These three cards will have the message for me.