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.

“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.

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685 Responses to Butterfly Totem

  • Kristina Spark
    I fit every single one of these things the butterfly represents. That is. Except for the Japanese one. I believe that the Butterfly is a powerful Spirit Animal to have. I believe that anyone who is a butterfly is a natural born leader.
  • Sandra Flick Mesa
    Thank you for all the comments I have been enlightened .
  • Martin Redbird
    Cherokee Chief Butterfly (Cummamaw...) moves among the bushes to this day and comes to us! Let us rejoice in finding him among us this day! The Spirit of Butterfly brings us love, and strength to move forward. redbirdband.bravehost.com 5/25/17
  • I am a bootiful booterfly!
    Butterfly's have been around me ever since I was little, Either on shirts, Stickers, Wall decals, Cards, etc. Didn't think of it being my spirit animal!
    • Anonymous
      Bootiful?
  • Chris
    My wife and I planted a butterfly garden this weekend. In the past we have seen some occasional butterfly's from time to time, but we really didn't expect much activity on our first day, let alone the experience that we had on day one. A white and black striped butterfly flew and clung to the plant still in a pot to be planted. I was breaking with my wife in a yard chair next to the plant. The butterfly was within reaching distance. It just hung out with us for a good 5 minutes, then a dark blue butterfly flew by and they both flew off. Awesome experience. The white butterfly was missing one of its tail pieces.
  • Kat
    I had an experience on this passed Sunday and I thought I would see if it had a meaning. So I found this site. I saw a vision of a white butterfly fluttering around my pastor as he was preaching for Easter. The butterfly fluttered behind him and then flew upward to the left of him and vanished. At the time I actually thought it was a real butterfly. His wife just came home from the hospital with a brain tumor. Wasn't for sure what this meant and was it for me or him.
    • Benjamin George
      A psychic would be able to help, otherwise i would assume that events/ maybe sermons from your pastor are key aspects to your personal transformation.
  • Maimoona Asghar
    Full faith is important in any endeavour... Very interesting article and subject I love butterflies. Light and carefree.
  • Anonymous
    And "shelbs", sorry, but crossing your arms is not deflecting negative energy or anything like that.
  • Kazeem
    Hello guys, I will like someone to alight me more about this... I saw a butterfly at work yesterday when working and this morning when going to work i saw the same butterfly in the lift so i was doing finding about this and I'm told big good transmission want to happen in my life. I will like to lean more from different opinions because the two butterfly are same look.
  • Paul
    Today a comma butterfly and its mate alighted upon me more than 15 x whilst sitting in the sun reading my paper. I blew air over the butterfly when on my arm and it seemed to like the experience. I count myself to be extremely lucky to experience such a thing.
  • Tayla
    Today I had a butterfly come right up to mean and onto my shirt is that a good or a bad sign . I am still wondering what a spirit animal is . Please help me !
    • Ann Marie
      Of course it's a good sign. How beautiful for that to happen. Relish that moment, its very special. Maybe the butterfly is reminding you to engage more with the beauty that is all around you.
  • Leelee
    I found butterflies everywhere. On concrete, flying near my face, on flowers..everywhere. This year has been a huge change for me. It makes perfect sense.
  • adam
    Can anyone help me with this mystery? So i was at a new "friends" house he turned out to be not so nice, and he had 2 cats, growing up i never really liked cats, and they never really liked me, but one of the two cats, was drawn to me like a magnet. Its owner was shocked because he said that "he" was never affectionate towards people ( i used the "" because i got a very feminine vibe from the cat, it was grey and had magnificent yellow eyes) Long story short that night i probably had one of the craziest spiritual experiences of my life and its changed me for the better and solidified my faith. My quiz tells me my totem is a Butterfly which also corresponds to what happened that night, so i guess my question is, can you have 2 totems? or can someone else's cat for some reason feel the need to guide you spiritually while in its house (owners house) even if its not your totem?
    • Kayla
      What do you mean by "spiritual experience"? What happened?
      • Tayla
        Hey kayla I would like to know that same thing !
    • Zach Grace
      Hey Adam. My understanding is that we do have many spirit animals. Native American beliefs says that we each have 9 totem animals. Everyone has one primary animal that remains their totem for life. However, depending on what we need in life, we can feel connected to animals that can support us through that time. Butterfly would appear for someone who is in a great life transition. Hope that helps! Aloha.
      • Katie
        This reply to another person was quite helpful to me. Thank you.
    • Shelbs
      I believe so. As we are told the one that appears the most is our main one but other guides may come in to help you at different times or crossroads of your life.also i would reccomend doing some reading on cats bc i know they are to defer slash take away negative energy as you mess with their vibrations if you are caring anything like bervousness worry any thing that isnt of the light.so maybe him being a new friend you could have been putting off an uncomfortable vibe and he or she was just trying to get u to relax bc your hands release powerful enerygy. Also i do not know why i feel compelled to tell you this but my aunt who does alot of spritual studies and works with quantum physics abd whom also is medium always told me that when your around someone and they are speaking to you and you cros your arms almost to block your chest it is truly your spirit gaurding you from thier negative energy or something that can be attached to them that they arent even aware of. So in the future in new situations keep that in mind.
      • Javur church
        I work in sales and deal alot with people. Married with 4 children as well. A constant giver, Im often left drained. I seek silence and solitude when the children and wife are asleep and few hrs Im not working. Either a butterfly that stays way too long or a rare moth that will hang out for 3 days or even a spider that stays for days with me as I tend to stay outside in nature too long make me search these sights. Randomly responding to your post but maybe not, you seem to be real. The way your response startes struck me. Its not one totem, its the right ones at the right times. Right on. Your Mom knows
    • Anonymous
      What faith do you have?
      • Anonymous
        Adam... I mean... what faith do you have?

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