Butterfly Animal Totem Symbolism
The Butterfly animal totem is the very symbol of the light soul, it moves throughout the world on sheer gossamer wings like leaves dancing on an unfettered breeze. Butterfly does not move quickly, and in some cases does not seem to even move with purpose, but that is just her light and playful nature coming into play.
Another lesson that is important to those chosen by Butterfly is its life-cycle, beginning as a caterpillar crawling upon branch and leaf, until forming about itself a chrysalis in which great transformation takes place.
Butterfly Associated Traits
Metamorphosis, Changing of life cycles, rebirth and renewal, Flight above earthly concerns, the soul
Symbolic Meaning Of Butterfly
The Butterfly as a spirit totem can also be seen to carry messages, and these messages are often encoded in the color of their wings. Butterfly is an unobtrusive creature, moving silently upon the wind, and settling with equal grace upon any surface it may alight. In this way they serve as quiet guides, fluttering messages into our lives to bring us forth into the future we pursue.
The lesson shown by butterfly symbolism in its chrysalis is one of grace under change. The time it takes in preparation for a change in our life is long, we must store and gather our resources and prepare to take the time to go through the transformation when it arrives. Our Chrysalis represents our chamber of transformation, the place we must go within our heart and minds while all is in flux, that we are not interrupted or disturbed.
There is a telling warning in the story of the misguided compassion of a lover of Butterfly’s. Finding a Butterfly attempting to escape its Chrysalis, and seemingly being unsuccessful, he took it upon himself to set it free from its birthing chamber. In doing so he spelled its doom. Its wings failed to develop the necessary strength to fly, deprived of its struggle.
This carries with it the lesson that the struggle of our change, the turmoil and trials we may find ourselves facing in this time of transformation, is deeply important to us. The challenges strengthen us, drive us forward, allow us to grow and expand.
It helps us prepare ourselves for the journey this change speaks of. The meaning of butterfly symbol shows that without these struggles, we can find ourselves unprepared. Like the child learning to swim merely tossed into the water, we will flounder and fail.
But once we gain those wings, the deep change that our transformation brings, we are set to fly. We can balance ourselves on our achievements, and fly above our lives and through our challenges. We will have gained the ability to look down upon our life with clarity, and see the concerns we have risen above.
With the Butterfly symbol in our dreams, we will find our way through the storms by resting quietly in their lee, moving throughout the world in paths of transformation and self-realization. Take your place within your cocoon, begin the process, and Butterfly will guide you into becoming your best potential.