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Butterfly Spirit Animal & Totem

Butterfly Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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.

“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.”

~LeeAnn Taylor

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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.

Dreaming About Butterflies

Dreams are our subconscious minds communicating to us using the language of symbols. The classic interpretation of a butterfly in your dreams is that of transformation. Did the dream start with a caterpillar, cocoon or butterfly? The key to its meaning of transformation depends on where in the life cycle the butterfly is. Associated with the idea of transformation is also rebirth and transmutation of energy. The butterfly can also symbolize freedom, expansion and full self expression. Lastly, the butterfly may symbolize social success.

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709 Comments

  1. Dustin December 14, 2017 at 3:45 am - Reply

    My spirit animal is a butterfly!!! I love it

  2. elizabeth December 6, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    when I was in kindergarten we raised caterpillars and when it was time to let them go, we took them to the window and most of them flew out but one landed on my nose, and it sat there for a while. my mother also said that she has seen many many butterflies land in my in my youth.

  3. LESLEY Davis October 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

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  4. Anonymous October 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    I was outside in the past two days.the same color butterfly was in front of my door.

  5. sheila October 10, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    a few weeks after my husband died I returned back to nursing school, determined to finish and support my children. while standing outside during a break butterflies started flying around my group. than about 10 of them flew around my head and landed on me. they sat for a few seconds and than flew away. that whole time all my friends just stood in awe. I truly felt that was my husband somehow telling me how proud he was and that he was not gone but changed and still with us all.

    • Dustin December 14, 2017 at 3:35 am - Reply

      That’s a beautiful and outstanding well, more than words can express story!

  6. sheila October 10, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    a few weeks after my husband died I returned back to nursing school, determined to finish and support my children. while standing outside during a break butterflies started flying around my group. than about 10 of them flew around my head and landed on my. they sat for a few seconds and than flew away. that whole time all my friends just stood in awe. I truly felt that was my husband somehow telling me how proud he was and that he was not gone but changed and still with us all.

  7. Tonya September 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Butterflies are beautiful and so peaceful to watch. I was standing on the patio and one landed on my finger. I didn’t want to touch it because I was afraid it would hurt it but at the same time I wanted a picture. SOOO my phone being inside, I went inside to get it, went through the kitchen, living room searching and finally found my phone down in the couch. The whole time the butterfly stayed on my finger and I was able to track down my phone and go back outside and take a picture before let it move on to the banister and it finally flew away. Awesome moment

    • Alina October 8, 2017 at 1:02 am - Reply

      That is so cool. I would love that moment.

  8. Mr. Symphatic September 10, 2017 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Good day. I’m from the Philippines. One day while waiting for the shuttle to work, I and my love interest, Cielle talked. We were actually the first to get there to wait for the shuttle. That day was actually the PacHorn fight, but the venue, which is the council hall supposedly show the fight, did not. So instead of watching the fight while waiting, we talk instead, and while doing that, I suddenly felt a strong emotion which I still hid in my heart. I felt that we’re flying and I never had this kind of feeling, oh well you still didn’t know about that girl’s real attitude or behavior. But then while we’re talking, two brownish-orange butterflies appeared in front of us, and we’re both happy when we saw these flying for about 10 minutes thren they’re gone. I really don’t what’s going on but we’re like afloat on Heavens while we saw those couple butterflies.

    Then, work time slots changed from daytime to nighttime. While on the shuttle to work without Cielle, she texted her friend. I texted her due to her friend doesn’t have credit for her phone but due to insomnia, I send a text which turned out to be a typo. (the one quoted “We’re with Myrna and Geoff, baby”) It’s actually “We’re with Myrna and baby Geoff” because that’s what she called to one of her wavemates. It’s “truly not intentional” to say that. Of course, at first, she didn’t mind it, even though she laughed at that text… but days have passed, just like other girls, she turned snobbish at me. I sensed it too. It’s just like I have a deadly disease or has a bomb and detonate it but I’m not like that kind of a person with bad intentions. Because of that incident, I felt myself like a bomb that will explode sooner with my utmost sad feelings.

    That happened when we’re about to face skill crosschecks, call skills test wherein it’s a pass or fail process. It just happened that my skills we’re not that quite good enough, although I have a lengthy experience back then. What’s worse is my career is affected by my feelings to her, same as the other girls around me back then. And since I have a heart condition that I’ll soon reveal in due time, my body clock is being affected as well. I can’t breathe. Insomnia. My breath goes thinner. This always happens to me every time I’m being dumped by my prospect or crush, to total it, I got more than a hundred who broke my heart. So I decided to reveal my “social anxiety disorder or hikikomori” condition to her and our wavemates as well, and they decided to support me despite that we have different interests, for example, they are much more interested in gossips re. local showbiz and stardom, while I am totally not.

    Then that day happened. That morning, I failed all crosschecks. One of our managers really appreciated my call skills, in fact I am so professional in doing it, but unfortunately things don’t turn out so good. That is the day that I felt frustated because I don’t know what to do. I failed again. I turned sourgraped. I have a lengthy customer service experience, very good in placing empathy with my customers and giving them best resolutions, and then all of a sudden, my focus got broke. I was acutally totally frustrated to that failure. That means, I can’t continue my work. It’s actually turned out to be my last day of work when it happened. Out of my frustration, I decided to leave the company even if our shift is not yet ended. I vacated my locker and approached my friends. Cielle was there, and again, turned her back. I said goodbye to them, and while she turned her back on, I think of something so short, like how to express my true feelings to her. Just in a flash, I remember a saying that when you kissed her on her head, it means you’re showing a deep care and respect, affection for her and your love is definitely true and everlasting… that I care for her, and I don’t want her to get hurt all the time, I’ll come between you and whatever tries to hurt her… she’s my baby(which is… I felt guilty from that simple text)… and I DID TO HER. I did that instead of kissing her on lips, or hugging her, since she is totally pissed off with me… and with that, I left and ran away in tears.

    To be honest, this is the first time I brought up my real emotions to a girl I truly love, which for me is it must not happen due my condition. I know, destiny played between both of us in a span of one month.

    MUST there be a very big chance that “we” must be together forever? Must we see each other soon? Is destiny finally played the most important chapter in our lives? I swear, the couple of brown butterflies are those messengers of God told us about it!

  9. Mark H Saunders September 3, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this great insight!

  10. Michele September 1, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Ever since my Dad’s passing on August 4th, I’ve seen butterflies everyday. In the oddest of places. Outside tall story building windows, going down the highway 75 mph, and even walking outside to get fresh air. A few days before my Dad past away, a butterfly landed on the glass window while I say with him in the hospital. So many butterflies. It’s my spirit animal. Didn’t know that. Years ago, I randomly wanted a tattoo. It’s a butterfly as well. So many butterflies! I miss him dearly.

    • Karisma September 7, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Wow my dad died may 2016 or cancer and ever since I’ve been seeing butterflies too. Especially since February when my boyfriend and I broke up for a while. I see them everywhere. All different colors. Even in the fall now I constantly see them in clothes or in pictures. It’s weird! Then two comments here now that I look it up, talks dad passed too.

  11. Irina August 12, 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    When My father died in Ghana I saw a park full of white butter flies about 500 of them. Then 4 yrs after it’s still a lot of white butterflies coming to me every summer on daily bases. What is the meaning?
    Love
    Irina

    • Brian Bayer August 13, 2017 at 7:43 am - Reply

      some zay they are kisses ffom heaven.

  12. Virginia August 4, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

    What are the yellow and black butterflies meaning also what does mean when you see a monarch butterfly
    What are the meaning of these colors or do they symbolize something.

  13. Kristy Stiff July 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I had a Butterfly Dance around me in my Grandparents Rose Garden where my dad & i;; placed both my Grandparents ashes.
    It was a blessed Affirmation for Me knowing My Nan & Pop approve of their final resting place..

  14. Tia Barrows July 25, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    My husband and I got married this past weekend 07.22.17 and during our entire outdoor ceremony there was 2 butterflies that were hanging around. One In particular landed on my husbands cow boy hat then his sons Hat and then his brothers hat and then flew right up between the two of us. My mother in law later told us she believed it was my husbands father blessing our marriage this warmed my heart.

    • Marina July 26, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Congratulations on your marriage, Tia!

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