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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

75 thoughts on “Butterfly Symbolism & Meaning

  1. cil says:

    what does it mean when you find a dead butterfly in your path? I have looked all over to find this meaning, could not find anything. I would appreciate any help on this, as I am dealing with a lot of things at this time. I need guidance on what to do. Thanks in advance.

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Cil;

      Sorry you have so much on your plate at this time. I’m sending love to you right now!

      OK, so, I’m going to shoot straight with you. Finding a dead Butterfly could mean that it’s time for you to figure out how to more rapidly and gracefully transform so as to get through this tough period. Butterflies are all about metamorphosis so, as Winston Churchill says, “If you’re going through hell, keep going”!

      No matter how tough things are you can get through it and to a better place faster than you are thinking. I believe in you and know you can do it! So, get going! <3

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

      • Karla says:

        I had the same question and couldn’t find anything either, until this. Thank you, Bernadette!

        • Bernadette King says:

          Hi, Karla!

          You are most welcome! Thank you for visiting WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

          Stay wild,

      • Sterling says:

        What if you only find the wings from a butterfly and two sets of them at the same time?

  2. Fifah says:

    I’ve always been attracted to butterflies, but have always felt the turtle is my spirit animal. Lately, butterflies have been constantly in my path. Yesterday one landed on my hand and stayed with me way longer than one usually would. Could this be a messenger for me? Has it been my totem animal all along? I’m definitely in a time of (agonizingly slow) transition and change.

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Fifah!

      We can have more than one Totem Animal as well as more than one Spirit Animal. It sounds like Butterflies come to you as a Spirit Animal and, maybe, Turtle is your Totem animal – who you “are”. I’m sending you tons of good energy to help you through this transition but remember, Turtle teaches us that slow and steady wins the race so hang in there! You’re doing great!

      Stay wild,

  3. Tina says:

    I’m a truck driver, my husband and I did a driver change and I saw a orange, white, yellow n black on top side and blue, purple, white and black butterfly on the grill. It was still alive n let me hold it for a long while. I placed him on a bush to hopefully live. Then 2 days ago, the same week, I saw an orange, black and white one walking on the ground, so I put my hand down n he walked on my hand, so I could save him from getting walked on and I put him in the planter. We came back outside and he let me hold him again, then I put him back in the planter. My question is… what are the 2 butterflies trying to say? I’m so happy, in love and at peace with my life, why did they let me save them and hold them?

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Tina!

      Wow! Butterflies are skittish so 2 allowing you to “hold” them is definitely special! Something tells me you’ve been through a great deal to get to where you are – “happy, in love and at peace”. Maybe Butterflies are asking you to find ways to inspired others during their times of transformation. Or, maybe the Butterflies were simply attracted to all the loving kindness you radiate!

      Stay wild,

  4. Lisa says:

    I have a lot of milkweed in my yard, planted with intention. A Monarch butterfly eclosed on Saturday that I have watched its chrysalis since it formed. She is disabled and I held her until her wings were fully formed. She cannot fly, so I brought her inside. She is now 4 days old, residing in my studio on my desk in front of a sunny window. I feed her fresh flowers and nectar daily. I’m video recording her life with me. Oddly enough, this time of year I am typically frantically preparing for art shows. I opted not to do the shows this year, so as to pursue my art differently. Now that I am reading how much butterflies represent transformation. I am transfixed. I am starting an ecourse on October 3rd to pursue a lifelong dream of writing and illustrating children’s books. I hope this means I am on my right course. thanks! Lisa

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Lisa;

      Apologies for the delayed reply.

      Oh my goodness your post gave me goose bumps! A children’s book writer and artist who saves Butterflies! I sure hope your books are autobiographical! 🙂

      Now, your post is incredibly emotionally uplifting to be sure but what really got to my heart was the part about the Butterfly being ‘disabled’. Why that really moves me is because later you share that you are finally starting to pursue your lifelong dream. And, that’s when it hit me. When we don’t pursue our real dreams we are, in a sense, “crippling” our soul. We are ‘disabling’ our “self”. So, because you’re moving ahead with your soul’s purpose, honoring your sacred contract, you’re saving your own life on many levels. And, the “Butterfly effect” of your work (internal and external) will be absolutely beautiful!

      Kudos to you Lisa! I hope all who have postponed living their dreams read this and realize they can beat the odds like your delicate rescue Butterfly – that there will always be gentle souls out there such as yourself who will help them along their own path of transformation.

      Stay wild,
      PS You know, I’ve rescued my fair share of animals but to learn about a Butterfly rescue is completely astounding to me. Can’t wait to see the video!

    • Claire says:

      What a wonderful story! I’m so glad I read it!

  5. Ruben says:

    A caterpillar decided to plant itself on the side of my house (close to my backdoor). This slowly converted to a cacoon. About 2-3 weeks later a butterfly was born and it landed upside down on my door path. The butterfly could not fly and one of its wings were not full. I placed my finger on its legs. The butterfly walk on my hands and arms. Now I have the flyless butterfly inside my house. I am afraid if I leave it outside being it will be eaten or die because it cannot fly. What does this symbolize?

  6. Julie says:

    Love your site…I’ve gotten amazing insight and information…so thank you!! I have been seeing ALOT of butterflies in my daily life lately…like I will be driving and it’s butterfly after butterfly…or I’m outside and they seem to follow and surround me wherever I am at…there are just too many to be coincidental…not to mention I have lately seen alot synchronicity in my life. I’ve been working on a spiritual connection for the past few months and occassionally see a psychic so I know there is something I need to realize or be cognitive of….I’m just not sure what all these butterflies mean or are trying to tell me. I was hoping you may be able to provide some insight.

    Thank you for your site…its amazing. 🙂

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Julie;

      Thank you for the sweet words of praise and thank you for visiting WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

      Based solely on the information you’ve provided, it seems to me that Butterfly is trying to nudge you to develop your psychic abilities. That said, I’m a professional psychic medium and your energy feels to me as if you’re interested in psychic phenomena far beyond what occasionally getting a reading ‘means’ – if that makes sense. Go for it!

      Also, I’m feeling like you’re a bit introverted. So Butterfly might be letting you know it’s time to emerge! Spread your wings and let your glorious colors sparkle and shine for all the world to see!

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

      • Julie says:

        Thank you very much for your response. Yes – I have been having ALOT of what feels like a push to develop my psychic abilities…so your comments make perfect sense. I actually have signed up for a class on developing psychic abilities that a friend sent to me completely out of the blue….seemed divinely sent 🙂

        Most people don’t know that I’m introverted because I try and push through that as much as possible and I pretty much socialize with the same people so they would never see that in me 🙂

        Thank you again for responding – hopefully developing these skills will better give me some clarity in my own messy life. 🙂

        Have a blessed day!!

        • Bernadette King says:

          Hi, Julie;

          You are most welcome! How awesome that you are taking a psychic development class! I have complete faith that you are going to do great – especially in ‘cleaning up’ your own ‘messy life’!

          Stay wild,

  7. owldust says:

    I have been seeing dead and/or dying butterflies for the past few days – all over the place. On my way home today one flew out from under a truck in front of me, towards my windshield and straight into the path of another vehicle. Sadly, he crashed down onto the road. I normally wouldn’t see it as a sign/symbol except that there have been many, on the ground near my feet, hitting my windshield and the one today really stood out and grabbed my attention. I feel there is a message that I need to get, just not sure what it is.
    Kind Regards.

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Owldust;

      Butterfly as a Spirit Animal may be appearing in your path in this manner to ask you slow down – watch who you trust, who is ‘coming at you’, and where you are going. Are you making changes without considering the consequences? Are you zigging when you should be zagging? Butterflies are symbols of transformation. When they die so dramatically, sometimes it can be omen that the transformation you’re seeking or are engaged in might not go so well. Look before you leap, OK?

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  8. yanling says:

    i just read the meanings of the butterfly ,and its so trur and so correct ,i do have a big transtion on my life at the time ,and i do have a big transtion on my mind , i also get lost in my depression a lot , always feeling sad and blue because whats going on on my life ,but as it said ,its just a transtion ,i hope butterful can get me power help me though this transtion peacfully

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Yanling;

      First, with your permission, I’ll send tons of loving and healing energy your way. Butterfly medicine and energy can certainly help you! Spend some time each day learning about Butterflies of all kinds and find the type that resonates most with you. For instance, you may find that during this time yellow Butterflies speak most to your soul. Next month, it might specifically be Monarch Butterflies. Each has something to offer from its color messages, migratory patterns, mating rituals, and more.

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  9. Ellie says:


    When I woke up this morning a peackock butterfly was fittering at the window. I helped it to get outside because I truely believe it schould not be trapped in my bedroom. A few minutes later another peacock butterfly was fluttering at the same place as the first one. I saw the first one fly away. The second one was a little larger. So I captured it in a big box, opened the window and let it fly away. I have no clue where they came from. They didn’t fly araund. My Windows have been closed for weeks. And I have had no indication that they were there. When I set the first one Free I never saw the second one. I am truely amazed and I wonder if it means something special.

    Kind regards

  10. Luz says:

    Hi, I dreamed with small black butterfly, they form like a bundle n one flew right in front of me and it felt like it was looking at be directly n this woman in my dream told me it ment blessings, I’ve been looking for it but no found it yet in pictures, I’ve found some that looks like it, well thanks.

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Luz;

      Thank you for sharing about your dream! It would be awesome if all of us had a lady that showed up in our dreams to tell us what the dream means! 🙂 I wonder who she is. That could be part of what your dream was about…

      Stay wild,

  11. Anu says:

    Hi Bernadette,

    Found a lot of insightful info in this article. Thank you. Just curious as to what does finding a Butterfly Wing mean. Yup, just a wing … It’s Black, Yellow and Purple and I just happened to find it. Does it symbolise anything?

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Anu;

      So happy you gained insights by visiting WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com! Hmmm, finding just one wing is a rather unusual Spirit Animal encounter. Some questions you might ask yourself are;

      • Am I feeling unsupported by others?
      • Do I need to ask for help to get through a transition of some kind?
      • Is it time for me to journey back to wholeness?

      Also, you can visit my sister-site – BuildingBeautifulSouls.com – to read all about color meanings and symbolism.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  12. DELIAH says:

    I have always wondered what the butterfly symbolizes but I have finally seen the answers to my question. Many thanks for helping me understand more about the beautiful butterflies.

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Deliah;

      Apologies for delay in response – was on vaca! You are most welcome! So happy to know you found the answers you were seeking! I always marvel at how much Butterflies speak to us. For such tiny, delicate creatures they are some of the most powerful Spirit, Totem, and Power Animals. Thank you for visiting and commenting on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

      Stay wild,

  13. Nikky says:

    Dear Bernadette,
    Firstly thank you for this enlightening site on these awesome creatures – butterflies.
    For the past months butterflies have just been a constant interest to me. It feels as though I am obsessed with them and I feel they have chosen me ( I think) to teach me a life lesson or help me transcend through my current situation. Most of the time my thoughts are on them. Where I happen to be or look I see images of them, hear a song about them or see the word butterfly written down.
    I am myself going through a lot of changes especially with work/career where everything is up in the air at the moment. I’m not sure which direction this is taking me or what I want to do career-wise but I am coming to an end of a three year part time study at university – I work full time. Most of the time I do feel sad, down and helpless not knowing what is around the corner in my current state. I am quite pyschic and some of the time my intuition and dreams serves me well. I am 47 years old, not married (but have a partner), no children and feel perhaps life is passing me by???
    Would appreciate your response on making sense of the above. Thank you, in love and light. Nikky x

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Nikky;

      When we become uber focused on a particular Spirit, Totem or Power Animal and its teachings, it’s a sign that our higher self is really trying to get a message to us but we aren’t hearing/seeing it – yet. Butterflies teach us that no matter how fragile we appear to be (even to our self), we are strong enough to break out of self created prisons (cocoon) and fly free! Butterfly as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal also teaches us that when we do break out, we will be a thing of unimaginable beauty.

      My beautiful Butterfly friend, life is not passing you by and you are anything but helpless. You’ve been in your cocoon, contemplating the perfect moment to emerge! Stop focusing on the fear. Focus on the flight! What magical job do you want to migrate to? What vibrant colors do you want to paint your life with? It sounds like ‘up in the air’ is the most wonderful place for you to be right now becasuse we can see the big picture when all choices are laid out beneath us. So, blink your eyes and change your flight pattern! You got this! And the Universe and all her Butterflies are there to help you!

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  14. Marin says:

    Hi Bernadette.
    Yesterday morning I released the last of the peacock butterflies that had chosen my living room to hibernate in, unfortunately. Last summer butterflies kept seeking me out, sitting on my shoulder, my chair in the garden, and some months ago I first discovered butterflies on the wall behind my bookcases and side table.
    In the past week they have been prematurely waking up because my living room is not a cold barn! It was heartbreaking having to let them go, because it’s so cold outside. One of them I kept inside, hoping to coax it back to sleep by keeping the heating and lights low but it died after three days. So the next butterflies I let go. I can hardly type this without crying.
    The last one (nr 6 or 7) basked in the sun while tasting my hand with it’s tongue, it was so beautiful. It sat on the back of my hand like the most precious ring I have ever worn. And then it flew away. It’s probably dead now and that brings me to tears every time I think about it. It thought spring had come.
    ‘breathe in, breathe out’
    Okay. Anyway, this waking up of the butterflies coincides with my realization I am ready to let go of the past, of old pain and bitterness. The white peacock (the actual bird) is important to me, and I thought it was a nice ‘coincidence’ that it had to be the peacock butterflies that came to stay with me. I’m so sad it didn’t end well, but feel I myself am going through a deep transformation.
    Did they come to help me?
    Did they come because I saved a peacock butterfly caterpillar earlier this year?
    They all died, most of them outside, in freedom, but I don’t know what I could have done differently and feel way too responsible.. It was a humbling experience but I don’t quite know what to make of it.
    Maybe it’s a silly question, but could you please say something that makes me feel less sad about it?

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Marin;

      Oh, honey, you are such a beautiful, sensitive soul. And, so, will always feel responsible to save the world and heal all living things. Death is hard for someone like yourself. Try to always remember that you can only do what you can, when you can. In reality most Butterflies live only 7 – 10 days. But, in that time they live life to the fullest! And, to a Butterfly, 7 – 10 days could feel like eternity. It is no coincidence that Peacock Butterflies came to cocoon in your sacred space. Trust that. And, trust that a wild animal would rather live free and die ‘early’ than to be trapped.

      Remember, Marin – you, too, are wild and free. Don’t let anyone or anything confine you – even your ‘self’. Sounds like it’s time to emerge from your cocoon. Shake off the shadows and put on some bright colors! You’ve got this!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  15. Marin says:

    Thank you, Bernadette.
    (And a Happy New Year!)
    You actually made me laugh out loud, imagining myself as wild and free. (Because I’ve been so stressed for so long.) The cocoon has been helpful in turning the focus inward, but also very confining.
    I know this will be the year. Breaking out can be messy and confusing, but clarity is sure to come.
    And the butterflies have my colorful back!
    Again, thank you, for taking the time to respond.

  16. Alenka says:

    Hello Bernadette, I would appreciate if you would help me to understand….

    Something strange happened around 20th Of December 2016. Let me explain, that I live in Slovenia and it is winter time with around 0 degrees celsius…and in the middle of winter there was a beautiful colourfull butterfly in front of my doors. Tried to move it because I was afraid someone might step on it, but the next time I opened my doors the butterfly was there again…after a week or even more it died…but it stayed in front of my doors all the time…
    Let me also explain that it was not easy for me for the last years. I live alone with my two sons trying to raise them the best I can and some people used my trust….
    Is there a message for me I should see?

  17. Marlow says:

    Hi three days ago I found a live butterfly in a drawer that I never go into qand its alive. The strange thing is it was Feb 5 th 2017 and I live in Alberta Canada and its -30 Celsius. Could you tell me what you think?
    Thank you Marlow

  18. Judy says:

    Hi Bernadette
    I have been looking for a house to buy with my partner. Today at the first house I viewed, a beautiful blue butterfly flew past while I stood on the back balcony. At the second house I found a huge black and white butterfly which was either dead or almost dead on the front porch as I arrived. Of the two houses I loved the second one. Later in the day I returned to look at the second house and a dragonfly flew quite close to my partner and I as we looked at the outside of the house.

    I like to pay attention to animal and insect symbols and I would really appreciate any guidance you have on what these insects were telling me.

    Thanks and blessings to you,

  19. Lee says:

    Hi Bernadette,

    In Nov. 2015, I suffered deeply from a tremendous breach of trust in my marriage. After many months of counseling and healing, we’ve remained together and are rebuilding our relationship, and the blessings began to simply overtake us. We found a new beautiful home in less than 3 months of making the decision to stay committed. Once moving in, I began to notice butterflies on a daily basis, and found butterfly wings lying around on the property in the backyard. Our new lawn guy shared that we have three butterfly bushes in the backyard. I was ecstatic! Since a young girl, I’d always believed that butterflies were a sign of my grandmothers being near. I don’t know how I developed that meaning, but it stuck, and I always feel so grateful for them. So I began collecting the butterfly wings, keeping them on a table in my living room surrounded by pictures of my ancestors.

    Fast forward to now… nearly a year after moving into my new home. Yesterday, a new housecleaning crew came in to clean my home. Later I noticed that my beloved butterfly wings were GONE. After calling the company, I learned that the wings were disposed of. I was shocked and saddened, but my intuition tells me that I have moved through the transition of forgiveness and may very well be in a beautiful new place in my life. Possibly the wings were only to be temporary. Am i on the right track?

  20. godfrey says:

    Good day lately i was being visited by a butterfly at home nd in my room and it will go with me even when i visited other people i will see the butterfly in the bedroom i will be sleeping

  21. Ena says:

    I woke up this morning and went to sit outside and feed my little stray kitten .. While sitting down and playing with the cat a butterfly flew on my leg and then to my other leg and then to my arm. It sat on me for a little over 45mins without leaving . i went and walked to the driveway with it to get the mail .. Didnt move hha . it sat on my finger as i typed and was not bothered by it . it was not hurt or did it seem crippled in any way . If i had not put it on a chair i would of been sitting outside with it resting on me for hours seems like . im currently 6 months pregnant with my first & living at my bfs great grandmothers to help take care of her while hes away . i dont know exactly this little new friend of mine was here for but it was a pretty incredible visit 🙂

  22. emily says:

    good day, different colors of butterfly lay eggs on my house, at the bedroom, windows even in pillow, what those it mean?
    and last day this year 2017, i found butterfly at my window, large butterfly with yellow color..i wonder if it has a meaning, i don’t know what it is? i could no longer find the meaning in internet

  23. Daphne says:

    A psychic recently told me that she saw me surrounded by butterflies – as many as 100 of all colors. They were there to help me maintain balance and make whatever I was going through easier to endure. She said it was a wonderful gift spirit was giving me and very unique. Do you have any further insight on being surrounded spiritually by butterflies?

  24. Marie says:

    Hi! Just wondered what it meant to find a pair of butterfly wings in your path! This one was just wings with no body or head….. Any ideas on what that could mean for me ?

  25. Evelyn Hernandez says:

    Hi I had a question. Each year for the past 5 year I always see one all white butterfly. What could it mean? It’s really wiered because every year I see it and the thing is just last year my boyfriend lost his cousin that was close to him and whats more wiered, this is the first year I actually see 2 of them in my back yard together flying in circles together. But the thing is its every year for the past 4 years I would see only 1 white butterfly and this year its two. Thank you hope you can help me

  26. Jessie says:

    I had a white butterfly cam into my flat n wot does it mean ?

  27. Lisa says:

    Hi I have been suffering from a lot of person stress recently and when in the garden I found a black feather and shortly after I found it a butterfly landed next to me and stayed there for a good few minutes and its wings were all ripped and broken but it still flew off no problem after a few minutes. What does this mean?

  28. Tina says:

    Hello. I’m trying to find out more about white butterflies. During my last pregnancy, I had a lot of health issues… EVERYWHERE I went, if I had stress or worry, there would always be a white butterfly (or dragonfly) that would come around me. After the surprise early delivery at 29 weeks, our son developed some serious complications and we almost lost him several times. During these times, the same would happen… a butterfly and dragonfly would come out of nowhere. One day, as we were in a room down from the NICU, I was extremely emotional, and looking out the window of our room. It was as if someone had opened a huge box and let out over 30 white butterflies underneath our window. I just cried…

  29. Adeeba says:

    I see a light yellow butterfly always in with me flying around my head. It once took me to a path filled with trees and that was the most breathtaking moment of my life. I could never find that place again. I think it is the clouded sulphur but I see it every day. It gives me happiness Everytime I see it. The website says horse is my spirit animal. Coulde it be my spirit animal?

  30. Ninette says:

    My cats were playing chatting lively and happily as I went to investigating there it was a butterfly white- jellowish, eventually I managed to let out the window with great disappointment of my cats!
    I asked the universe or the god force to manifest to me in a unmisticable way the lottery winning numbers within 24 hours, but I didn’t get the message, (silly) but I played few numbers that could have been the message to me, just before I checked I didn’t win, but then that butterfly iI felt it was a message to me from the universe.
    The butterfly stayed nearby the window glass few minutes & went.
    For you all I wanted some money to create cats Santuaries for suffering animals
    I feel my life revolves around my 4 cats I rescued, and around my husband, he is a wonderful man but I felt blackmailed in this relashionship with him on the begin, he has put a lots of weight on we haven’t slept on the same bed since 2010 the agreament was he was supposed to lose weight, but he gained weight instead, he is totally different then me he doesn’t feed my mind, but also I am very fond of him & I could never leave him.

  31. Dianna says:

    Hi..I was in my flower garden and saw 2 butterflies..I was not thinking anything except, yay, my flowers are finally established..What a great compliment right? Then the smaller (black and maybe yellow) butterfly landed on the front of my legs, above the knee..I was just taking it in, forgetting about my previous experiences with spiritual animals but then it ‘bit’ me? Or some kind of sting. I couldn’t find any info about someone else being bitten by a butterfly. The past two days I had one bee enter my car..One yesterday and then again today..Finally I started putting things together after reference on a recent inspirational seminar I watched on Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Sunday.. I know you have so many questions asked of you and unless you’ve evolved into a ‘Octapus’ I know it will be some time from now to hear back from you..I can’t wait to hear what you think

  32. Maricel says:

    Today me and my 3 yr old son are walking and found a butterfly wing on the ground Just one wing and it’s black and yellow. I wonder what that means.

    • Petrus says:

      Me and family was sitting in the sitting room when a grasshopper appear in our midst. What’s the meaning of that

  33. jada says:

    today I was out in the yard today and I noticed that there was a butterfly wing… yes only one. After I picked it up I noticed two more wings around it! I can not find any of their other halves and was curious on what this may mean?

  34. Diana says:

    Hi there!
    I just realized I’ve been having a recurring dream about a yellow butterfly fluttering around and then a few seconds later landing on the wall with its leaves dissolving. 🙁 so sad!
    In the same dream I’ve seen 2 different yellow butterflies going through the same situation and like I said, just realized it’s a recurring dream. Any insight on what this could mean?
    Thank you so much in advance! Great site! ❤️

  35. Diana says:

    I meant WINGS. Not leaves. Please excuse typo

  36. Eboni Harris says:

    The past month I’ve been connected to butterflies every way I turn. It’s started with a character I connected with scrolling through the internet. Doing research on her she connects with a blue butterfly. Last week a butterfly sat next to me on the ground. The other day a butter fly landed on my leg and stayed there for quite some time. It’s like it was looking into my eyes when I stared at it. I don’t know if that sounds weird but it made me feel at peace. I’ve always loved butterflies but the past month my attention has been drawn to them. I don’t know what’s going on or why I even searched this stuff up.

  37. Jeremiah says:

    Hi there,
    I must say that you are doing a great job on here… What an insightful compilations you got here. More grace.
    I was at my duty post when a weak brown butterfly flew inside and couldn’t fly high enough, each time it tries to fly, it falls back to the ground it became helpless and got controlled by the wind until it died… This leaves me confused. Can you help me interpret it please?

  38. April says:

    Hello, recently my car broke down and I was without transportation. After two weeks I finally got it back and when I did I found a dead orange butterfly on the board by the back windscreen Glass. I have butterfly tattoos and LOVE butterflies. Could you please tell me what that means? Thanks a lot

  39. Bernadette says:

    One of my brothers had recently passed away, so dealing with his loss has been and up and down road. I can say that I feel better, but my dreams have been a bit lucid. Last night I dreamt that I fell asleep and awoke to brush my teeth, only to find a white butterfly stuck in my hair close to my right temporal are. I was able to take it out, and held it briefly on my fingertips. It was a white butterfly with a black dot on its wing. After holding it, I released it and it flew away in my house.
    I came to this website for more answered as to what this dream may mean.

    Thank you for your response!
    My name is also Bernadette. ❤️

  40. Suzy says:

    Whenever I’m with my native Indian friend, he always noticed butterfly flying around me when he offered his spiritual prayers in the morning. He said I must possibly represent as butterfly. I didn’t get it, but I also have noticed butterfly around me every time I go out for solo walk and have always appreciated it. Until today when taking the quiz as to learn what my animal spirit is. (I thought it might be either rave or wolf), but when it came out as butterfly. It filled my body with goosebumps, looking back to what my native Indian friend mentioned and looking back to my old memories before I met him during my young adult life, I have created poem about myself expressing as butterfly. I wasn’t even thinking about that until now. That was so shocking for me.
    What do you have to say about this, I wondered?

  41. Xavier says:

    Hi, as I was eating, I was thinking of a sign, and an image of a black butterfly came to my mind, and I had seen it meant death, as I look up, I see a perfect black butterfly with a white shape in form of a “V” but it was upside down with two orange dots at the end, I took pictures and just enjoyed. As all this occurrd I had felt three days ago as something shifted, I have been seeing black strong crows, than woodpeckers, butterflies, a rattle snake, and a black widow all in my home surroundings wich is on odd because it is not a Ranch or rural area, but just as I was more in ease I saw this, any thoughts

  42. Sarmista says:

    Hi can anyone plz tell me. One white butterfly was sitting on my husband office bag in office only. He came home like tht only in bike Bt the butterfly didn’t fly n came home. Aftr a day it gave birth to eggs. N m wandering Wht does tht mean. Plz help

  43. rubin says:

    pls..! can anyone tell me? yellow butterfly seen at home when my mom 3 days lying dead..after it was burried , i travel away from home it was then yellow butterfly flying around 1 am ph time ..flying around in my room then rest in my shoulder. it was 30days from her death..what does it means?

  44. janeth says:

    Hi,,,,,while i washing the clothes baby brown butterfly stayed on.my right leg 1munite …what does it mean?

  45. Robert ramirez says:

    for 3 years a single yollow &brown butterfly. Has every afternoon from early summer for about a month

  46. Closu says:

    I Found a Black Butterfly And Have White Dots On It Wings Any Thoughts Pls

  47. victoria says:

    Just a few days ago I was walking with a friend of mine ( I just met her recently) in a out doors shopping center and I had found a beautiful yellow big dead butterfly… I often find dead things or uncommon animals near me , but what does it symbolize???? After finding that dead butterfly I didn’t end up flying to my vacation to see my father.

  48. Chelsey says:

    Hello. When my grandma died a beautiful white butterfly flew around her apartment. Yesterday my grandpa passed and I cried out saying I didn’t believe in god or an afterlife. Right after that a monarch butterfly flew up to me in the dark and stayed for an hour. Flying around me. It was 11 at night and from what I read butterflies do not come out at night. Could this have been my grandpas spirit come to give me comfort? I hope so.

  49. Christine says:

    Butterflies indicate a time of change and transformation of your life. Very powerful wake up call that change is coming and you will have to transform for the best future to be yours!

  50. Savage says:

    Don’t ask what it means. Meditate and be centered for ANY possibility. Inside yourself is where most of the answers you seek lie. Look. Know.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.


  53. Tyler says:

    I’m seeing butterflies everywhere on the roads where I live! What’s awful about it is I hate killing or harming animals, even insects, and they fly right into the car! I can’t avoid them without risking my own safety and that of other drivers. Can you help me understand the meaning of this? I probably hit 50 or so a day on my drive to and from work! I’m an intuitive and lately i have felt my gifts expanding. But I can’t help but wonder if this is an influx of all of the departed souls affected by the pandemic.

  54. Kerrie says:

    Thank you , great info , love your site , how do you find out what your animal totem is . I’m in Australia

  55. Seraph says:

    This evening, as the sun was setting, a monarch butterfly was crawling up a cinderblock on the ground, it appeared to be struggling. I bent down and offered it my finger and it climbed aboard, the butterfly kept crawling up until it stoped on my shoulder and stayed there for about an hour or two before crawling up to hang out in my big bushy beard. As I compose this message, the butterfly is moving along with the dictation of my words dangling from my beard. My birthday is tomorrow, Christmas Eve. These past two years have revealed much of my family’s trauma & my own personal trauma that is finally being addressed. I am currently faced with multiple health challenges & am in the midst of an eviction from my home where I eat many herbs and vegetables out of the garden I have created from a trash heap. Where I have germinated the milkweed seed that I collected on the south slopes of Haleakala, which has turned into a wild sprawling hedge that has fed thousands of caterpillars. If my landlord gets his way, the ecosystem I have created will be destroyed. I feel like I’m getting a really looooong hug from this butterfly. I would be curious of another’s reflections.

  56. Jam says:

    Hi. I am always drawn to butterflies. When I was in 3rd grade, I have this blue umbrella which was my fav umbrella ever. There were butterflies printed in the entire umbrella. One day, when I went to school, I was the earliest. I entered our classroom and was shocked that there were MANY butterflies in the ceiling. And they were all different butterflies, just like the one printed on my umbrella.

    My next unusual encounter with butterflies happened for atleast 2 to 3x per yr. there were butterflies which come near our gate and. Only in that particular spot that these butterflies are flying around. Take note, in that spot there was no flower or any plants. Just a concrete soil.

    Way back october 2021, when I started healing my chakra, my 1st day of doing meditation, a butterfly landed on my lap.

    The last time I encountered butterfly just happened yesterday. When I was studying, a small butterfly landed on the side of my laptop.
    I was wondering now if butterfly is my spirit animal or , totem.
    Thank you so much!

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