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Butterfly Symbolism & Meaning

Have you stopped dancing? Do you need help transitioning from one stage of life to the next? Are you trying to connect with the wisdom of your ancestors? Do you want to be more sensitive to your surroundings? Butterfly, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Butterfly teaches you how to ease your way through change creatively, all while celebrating your life! Delve deeply in Butterfly symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can stir, enthuse, and inspire you.

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Butterfly Symbolism & Meaning

When Butterfly Spirit begins visiting your life, something new and wonderful is about to unfold!

It’s time for personal growth and greater awareness of your mental, physical, and spiritual rhythms. Change can sometimes be challenging and daunting because it moves us out of our comfort zone.

You cannot embrace a “new you” until you release the old. With Butterfly Medicine, you’ll find that you can fly gracefully above the barriers that would otherwise hold you back.

Butterfly as a teacher puts great emphasis on movement: Be it blossom-to-blossom, home-to-home, or one state in our spiritual exploration to another.

Butterfly often turns our thoughts inward to review elements of our character, morals, and habits that weigh us down, keeping us stuck in a mire of negative energy.

The goal of your winged ally is restoring lightness in your Being so you can dance life’s dance with unbridled joy!

In looking at the Butterfly spirit in history, this Animal Guide has many faces and attributes:

Christians saw it as representing the soul and its journey. Native American tribes respect Butterfly as the messenger of transformation, happiness and the glorious colors of nature, and in China newlyweds were often given gifts bearing two Butterfly images to insure their marital happiness and harmony.

Butterfly Medicine is one of simplification. Go back to the little things. Tend them like flowers in the field. Open your senses to the nectar and aroma of living in the moment. Do what you can now, but remember quality learning rarely happens quickly. Slow, mindful changes are the ones that last a lifetime, laying the foundations for enlightenment and self-actualization. Eventually, your inner Butterfly will emerge from its work when the time is perfect, with fresh ideas and inventiveness to guide your next spiritual stages.

Butterfly Spirit Animal

As a Spirit Animal Guide, Butterfly whispers of your hidden potentials. There’s an old saying that there is nothing in a caterpillar that knows it’s going to be a Butterfly. Nonetheless, the transformation from caterpillar to winged wonder happens quite naturally.

Are you still the caterpillar? Then feed your soul until it’s full and ready for integrating new truths.

Butterfly also speaks of happiness and vision. If you’ve been feeling blue, Butterfly as a Spirit Animal is here to help. If you’re working on divinatory arts, Butterfly gives you greater clarity.

In nature, this insect’s eyes are very keen, including being able to see ultraviolet light. Don’t be surprised if you start catching Fairies and Angels out of the corner of your eyes.

Fact: when the Butterfly loses an antenna, it cannot fly properly. As a Spirit Messenger, this means that Butterfly wants you to keep your spiritual antenna honed and tuned to the Divine and Higher Self, so you don’t lose your way.

Butterfly Totem Animal

People born with a Butterfly as their Totem Animal have a natural lightness of spirit! They love the beauty of nature and are guided by the greatest good when it comes to maintaining balance with the environment.

As you work with your Butterfly Totem Animal, you’ll find that you’re better equipped to look at difficult situations from another angle. As you fly on Her wings, your perspective becomes more global and hopeful.

Butterfly people are naturally social, colorful, and vibrant. They endeavor to live each moment to the fullest. Dance like a Butterfly on the winds and celebrate your journey!

Butterfly Power Animal

Are intense changes on your horizon? Then Butterfly is the Power Animal on which to call. It doesn’t matter what part of your life is going through transitions, Butterfly eases the process with gentle, renewing breezes and a kiss of beauty.

Other times when Butterfly magic is very helpful is when you hit a creative wall, or have lost your joy to stress, anxiety, or depression. Butterfly is all about color and vibrant expressiveness.

During migration, Monarch Butterflies will land in the very tree as did their ancestors. After traveling thousands of miles, even being blow off course, the Monarch’ grandchild’ or even ‘great-great-grandchild’ Butterfly will find the exact same spot that their grandparents ‘roosted’ in after the migration.

Just as Monarchs have a cellular memory of their ancestor’s wisdom, so can you tap into this ancient knowledge.

Invoke Butterfly energy when you want to change the hues of your life, spread your wings, live your dream, and let your spirit soar again!

Native American Butterfly Symbolic Meanings

Butterflies figure heavily in Native American mythology and ritual. Among the Blackfeet it’s thought that it is Butterfly Spirit who brings us our dreams. Because of this, babies people often present with a small depiction of a butterfly at bedtime, along with a lullaby invoking Butterfly for sweet dreams.

In Hopi tradition, Butterfly is one of the Nature Spirits called a Kachina. Butterfly appears in the Butterfly Dance, a ceremony that takes place over two days and acts somewhat like a rite of passage for young women, who will learn traditional songs and the role of women in Hopi culture.

The Navaho regard the Butterfly as an emblem of happiness and rebirth. She is tied to the story of the god Quetzalcoatl who first manifests as a chrysalis. Eventually, he bursts forth from his chamber with a rainbow of colors appearing as a Butterfly.

Butterfly as a Celtic Animal Symbol

An old Irish blessing says,

“May the wings of the Butterfly kiss the sun,
and find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness, and riches today,
tomorrow and beyond.”

Throughout Celtic regions, Butterfly represents prosperity, joy, good fortune, and honor. Butterfly also symbolizes the soul. So much was the case that harming a white Butterfly was against the law in Ireland because of the belief it bore a dead child’s spirit.

Butterfly Dreams

When Butterfly appears in your dreams, it brings with it greater inventiveness, particularly in relationships. Butterfly dreams also foretell a time of change to which you need to pay attention. Accept the growth opportunity before you with open arms.

Learn more about Butterfly Spirit by reading Butterfly Dream Meaning on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

Butterfly in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

In Celtic Animal Astrology, those born between 9/30-10/27 are the Sign of the Butterfly. Butterfly people are social, outgoing “flitters” landing here and there, and bringing delight as they go. Butterfly is a bit of dreamer and restless soul, who constantly explores new ideas and places with optimism on his or her wings.

Far Eastern Butterfly Symbolic Meanings

Chinese art has numerous symbols relating to the meanings of Butterfly. A single butterfly represents longevity, grace, and beauty. Two are the symbol of young, harmonious love. Butterflies appearing with a cat acts as a wish to live a long, happy life as is a butterfly appearing on a hand or plum blossoms. Finally, a butterfly enjoying nectar speaks of the rich flavor of joy.

Feng Shui practitioners use the emblem of a butterfly to help improve romance and love in the home, as a means to help a single person find the right partner or inspiration for children to release their imaginations.

In Japanese tradition, Butterfly bears a message to help you sort out a problem. Symbolically it represents the transition from being a young girl into womanhood, joyful marriage, and a time-honored harbinger of spring’s arrival.

Butterfly Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Air Element
  • Clairvoyance
  • Cycles & Growth
  • Grace
  • Joy & Happy Relationships
  • Movement & Manifestation
  • Perspectives
  • Renewal
  • The Soul
  • Transformation

70 thoughts on “Butterfly Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Linda says:

    I found a butterfly today in the middle of January in New Jersey, She was perfectly formed and not deteriorated at all, I am going to place her on my altar. I am a handmade craft person. I am thinking on encasing her in acrylic. I just have read her meanings and I was meant to find her at this time in my life.

  2. Julia Camille Robinson-Smith says:

    Linda, just read your post and what a lovely story. Especially that you know how important it was to find this lovely creature at your feet, in January, in
    New Jersey! Blessings abound. I’ve been collecting butterflies for a long time. Seems to be a theme of the sensitive/creatives in our family.


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