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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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757 Comments

  1. Stan September 13, 2018 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Took the quiz and got hummingbird at first a few days ago, which also resonated with me, but I took it again this morning after a few days of introspection and I can totally relate to this. It’s funny because butterflies are one of my mother’s favorite creatures, and my life has been surrounded by them growing up, and just yesterday I went to a cemetery and while looking out at the ocean a butterfly and dragonfly landed on some high rising flowers right in front of me. Very interesting! Moths are also quite attracted to me at night 😉

  2. your mom September 11, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

    im a butterfly, i change a lot

  3. Claire September 9, 2018 at 12:06 am - Reply

    I am elated to find out my spirit animal is a butterfly. I have a tattoo of a butterfly which I did a long time ago and ironically today I took this test. I have always been drawn to these beautiful creatures.

  4. Jenni September 3, 2018 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    So happy to find out that the butterfly is my spirit animal. I was given an Anasazi name of Dancing Green Butterfly. I am so drawn to them. I recently went to some gardens and had a butterfly land on me. It stayed on me a long time and then stayed near me much longer. I’m engaged in deep inner work and love color and the light, fun, exciting things in life. I think it fits so well, delicate but so very strong and able to endure and persevere.

  5. lisa September 3, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    what does it mean when your spirit animal lands on you and allows you to hold him

  6. A Human August 24, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    does it mean any thing that butterfly’s land on me often and i can some how get them to not flyaway or am i crazy

  7. Shayln August 11, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I partook in the quiz twice. In a weird way, I knew it was correct the first time. Oddly, yes exact spirit animal. I am wrapping my mind around embracing this new news more! The specifics on the butterfly are dead on, I am enlighten.

  8. Celena August 9, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    It was a good felling to know I was a butterfly I have known this for a long time and wanted to see if the app worked and in some weird way it did don’t be ashamed to be one cuz your not a wolf or a bar cuz butterflys go through so much and are strong so be proud

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