Butterfly Spirit Animal & Totem

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

Butterfly Spirit Animal

The butterfly is one of the most emblematic totem animals symbolizing personal transformation. If you see the butterfly as your totem or spirit animal, pay attention to the areas in your life or personality that are in need of profound change or transformation. Perhaps, this animal totem guides you to be sensitive to your personal cycles of expansion and growth, as well as the beauty of life’s continuous unfolding. An important message carried by the spirit of the butterfly is about the ability to go through important changes with grace and lightness.


Butterfly Symbolism

What is the meaning of the butterfly? This animal totem is primarily associated with symbolism of change and transformation.

  • Powerful transformation, metamorphosis in your life, personality
  • Moving through different life cycles
  • Renewal, rebirth
  • Lightness of being, playfulness
  • Elevation from earthly matters, tuning into emotional or spiritual
  • The world of the soul, the psyche

A secondary meaning of the butterfly is about finding joy in life and lightness of being.

Butterfly totem and transformation

The butterfly is a symbol of powerful transformations. By analogy to the development of this animal, the meaning associated with the butterfly emphasizes the ability to move from one state, perspective, lifestyle to another.

When the butterfly comes into your life as spirit guide, you may be going through or expect important changes in your life. More than changes in your environment, the transformation the butterfly totem points to are more internal: They could be related to your own perspective on a subject, aspects of your personality, or personal habits. Personal transformation is emblematic of the butterfly symbolism.

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Butterfly Spirit Animal

Butterfly totem symbol of joy and lightness of being

When the butterfly shows up in your life as a spirit animal or totem, it might indicate the need to look at a conflicting situation with more lightness and different perspective. This totem animal is symbolic of lightness of being and elevation from the heaviness of tensions.

This power animal invites those who have a connection with it to bring joy and bliss into their lives. Butterflies often have bright colors. By extension, they are associated with aliveness and brightness. The message of this totem animal is to lighten up and add more color to your life. Perhaps it’s time to express yourself more fully and show your colorful personality.

The Butterfly and the world of the Soul

In many traditions around the world, the butterfly is a symbol of the soul or soul world. For example, in Chinese symbology, it can represent immortality. For the Japanese, a white butterfly symbolizes the soul the departed ones.

In Ancient Greece, butterflies represent the psyche or soul, and its attribute of immortality.


Calling the butterfly totem for support

The butterfly is a powerful animal to call when you need support in times of transition, whether it’s at work, in a relationship, or when you’re doing inner work. Great ally during intense periods of personal transformation, it will add ease and lightness to the process.

This power animal is a good inspiration for adding more color into your life and self-expression. Those who have the butterfly as a totem animal may be naturally inclined to express themselves openly, to reflect their colors into their environment.

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666 Responses to Butterfly Totem

  • Hilaroc

    I’m totally like the Butterfly, I’m evolving, but it’s not bright. I’m turning into a freaking dark Butterfly for this life.

    • fish

      Hahaha I feel you Hilaroc

  • Karen Elizabeth

    Hi there!  Ever since my grandmother passed away in 1996 I’ve seen butterflies and written about them.  My question is I dream or rather have nightmares about snakes.  What could this mean?  I believe I am embarking in a new transformation in my life, so the butterfly fits me to a tee, but most of my adult life I’ve had nightmares about snakes.  Exotic ones, poisonous ones, you name it. I’m always scared to death in these dreams too.

    Thank you for any help.

  • Freddie Mar Basilio

    By the way, I’m not good in english..l’ll try to express what I saw in my dream.  In my dream I saw myself walking wearing a white dress full of butterflies colour white including my shoes..describing myself what happening to me… I had so many wounds but it was healed already. I thought I am dead. And we’re just walking following three man in a plain mount heading down the hill their dress is colour white but i did’nt notice if there is a butterfly drawing of it because it is small like a coins as the butterfly of my clothes. And then we arrived on a place where like a school and i met there so many people wearing white clothes and everybody was happy and i’m awake. It was my dream dated feb18,2016. Thanks for the meaning of butterfly. I thought the meaning of butterfly is real according to my dream.

  • Kim

    I walked out of a store today, a chilly day in mid-October, and a Monarch butterfly flew right into my face, veering up just before it crashed into me. It was pretty unlikely,and Monarchs are becoming more and more rare every year.

  • Nichelle

    I’m only really, really young (under 15) and I’ve been having some horrible confidence issues lately. After a while I decided to check myself and take some personality quizzes. I came across this one and… I got the butterfly! Gosh, this is accurate as heck! Reading the butterfly’s message really inspired me and definitely helped me some. And reading some of the other comments on this page made me realize that I do come across butterflies quite often as well. About 99% of the time, it’s a white butterfly. I give this quiz an 12/10 rating! 🙂

  • Jennifer rose

    Wow im alwasy seeing a butterfly every where i go. May be the animal when im sitting or walking out side or i see it on a painting or something. They even go so far as landing in my hair and just sitting there even have a pic of a white one that landed in my hair when i went shopping and staded there till i got home . not sure what that means if it is my spirit animal or not. But weird i would get the butterfly as my result . 🙂

  • Yvonne Smithyman

    Have just finished a meditation asking for my spirit guide to reveal itself to me. When I looked through the window by candlelight I saw a huge yellow butterfly wing !! Am awestruck xHave even managed to capture part of the image on photograph. Amazing xxx

  • Cheetah

    I’ve always thought my spirit animal was a cheetah. But now that I think of it… I guess that my personality is kind of like a butterfly.

  • Nayo

    Lol My family is so different. I am a butterfly my dads a turtle my moms a bear my brother is a deer. WOW! really interesting family HAHAH thanks for the fun test!

  • Anonymous

    This sounds nothing like me at all the wolf sounds more like me so what should i do because i’ve taken the test multiple times and keep on ending up with the butterfly which is rediculos

    • Cat

      you may be a lot more like the wolf….but you need the butterfly energy now in your life. doesn’t mean you can’t have both. butterfly and wolf could work well together.

  • Courtney

    I’ve always had a weird connection to butterflies – specifically, yellow butterflies.  Every time I’m on a date or enter a new phase in my life, such as a big move or the day after a breakup, I always see a yellow butterfly.  This has gone on since one especially harrowing day in which I asked the universe to send me 5 yellow butterflies as an assurance that I would be ok. Throughout the course of my day that day, I saw one butterfly after the other until I counted 5 – no more, no less. Since then, I’ve seen them regularly.

    • Kelley

      I find this really amazing and touching.
      Thanks for posting,
      Navy Blue Butterfly

  • L

    I have a very ill son I go tongue home to walk the dog and almost every time info out in the back one sometimes two butterflies fly near me almost letting me touch it. Not sure what this means and my mother just died a few years ago she was much loved by my son and me

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