Butterfly Spirit Animal & Totem

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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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 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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646 Responses to Butterfly Totem

  • Anonymous

    My name literally means butterfly, and I’m not sure whether to be concerned or honored.

  • Sarah Wilson

    wow i saw matthias do this and he was a butterfly too

  • Anonymous

    I like butterflies

    • Hadi

      so do i

  • Boopshadoop

    Cool cool… I like butterflies.

  • MadilineDreams

    I went to a butterfly exhibit and a few butterflies landed on me.

  • Carol

    I have a lovely butterfly bush in my yard, as well as outside where I work!  I am drawn to them as well as various birds.

  • Bella

    I sat the other day in the park and a big butterfly landed on my leg and kept fluttering but looking at me. I didn’t know what to think it was so pretty but I felt it staring at me, I don’t want to think it was a loved one.  My boyfriend lives in another state and I sent him a video of the butterfly on me… I haven’t been able to shake off the thought. I have no clue what it means, all I remember was saying how beautiful the way you call a child wanting to hold or touch it but wondering why on my lap or leg big black with orange dots… And then turned its head up and flew away..

  • Laureen Joseph

    The butterfly this is so like me.i luv butterflies i even wear the chain ring and earrings.

    • Evelyn

      My mom always called me a butterfly

  • Mia

    I actually got a tattoo of a butterfly before finding out that the butterfly is my spirit animal. Awesome!!

    • Heather Rose

      I did the same thing. I have5 butterflies tattood on me and ive got every kind of butterfly fairy blanket picture u can think of. Yes i see them everywhere now i know why.

  • Jacki

    I dreamt last night of a huge white snake coming toward me…then within a few hours of waking, I was outside with my dog and a beautiful white butterfly was flying toward me…landed on the grass near me. Stayed a bit until my doggie noticed and she flew away… White snakes and white butterflies!! My husband is in heaven…AND I’ve been going through alot lately, recently having lost my job after many years. What could this mean?? I hope it’s ALL lovely.

    • Kimberley

      White signifies a passed soul. He is sending u a message. Pay attention to the minor details. Good luck and best wishes. Blessings. 🙂

      • Grishchuk7

        My very best friend Jacob the one who I used to hang out at the boys and girls club with everyday since 3rd grade and every summer together. Until when we were freshmen then I moved away and we grew apart. Fast forward 6 years About 3 months after I married the picture I kept of myself & Jacob fell and the glass broke in half. My husband rushed over and picked up the glass handed me the photo and said “I guess your bond with him is now broken” I didn’t think anything of it I honestly didn’t even listen to what he said I wasn’t listening to myself I was just a space cadet. The next month I get the news he took his own life. I was so shocked, angry, confused, sad, and very guilty, but I started thinking about who Jacob was. If 30 people said “Jacob is my best friend” they would be right. He was so easy going and connected with anyone and everything. No judgement, expectations, just pure love. Jacob always knew how to make me laugh until I cried. Jacob ALWAYS found the time to ask me “How are you?” Any time I asked Jacob “How are you?” he avoided the question or would do something to distract me. I’m going through a lot of change in my life with my body and mind. I was feeling stressed today, but I started thing about Jacob for no reason at all I went and sat on the front porch I closed my eyes and took a few deep breaths. When I opened my eyes a white butterfly dances right in front of my face and around me. I then came inside searching for answers and I found your comment.. thank you!!

        I will forever embrace the moments in my life I have the opportunity to stop, ask, “How are YOU?” and Listen.

        • Amanda

          Wow. This made me cry. Gof bless you and God bless Jacob. May he rest in peace.

          • Amanda


    • Anonymous

      Oh you have to know he is with you! There’s no clearer symbols if I’ve ever heard any!

  • Patry

    May we all health soon. We are in good path and in good company.

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  • Jillian

    I use to always call my boyfriend “Butterfly” for 2 reasons, one was because he wrote a song/poem called Butterfly and the second was because he would always get side tracked and I use to say to him “Your butterflying around again”. He was killed 2 years ago this May by a drunk driver and every time I’m in my back yard butterflies land on me or right next to me. After he died I went out and bought a keep sake box with butterflies on it to keep in it some of our memories together, so you can just imagine how my jaw dropped when my spirit animal came up as a Butterfly, makes me feel like it’s another sign from him. I miss you my love, my beautiful butterfly.

    • Anonymous

      May you heal. I am also going through rough times and animal totems are guiding my way.

      • Jillian

        Thank you and praying for your healing also…God bless you.

    • Jennifer

      Beautiful validation?

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