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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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727 Comments

  1. Annie May 27, 2018 at 4:44 am - Reply

    I know this isn’t how I should think of things, but personally I don’t want to be a butterfly. Yes, they are pretty and cute, but whenever I think of them I think of something really sad that happened when I was younger. I was in a butterfly garden which was packed, and the employee let a little boy hold a big, beautiful butterfly. That little boy just crushed it, right there in his hand. So now I only think of how weak they are.

  2. Anonymous April 12, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Thank you , so honored to have the Butterfly as my spirit guide.

  3. laroyana March 31, 2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    It is so weird because my parents also a buttterfly.

  4. Anthony March 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    This is extremely interesting for several reasons.

    1) a butterfly usually flits from flower to flower – I’ve always made connections very easily with others, so this sounds a lot like me.

    2) I recognize that internally, I am on a serious path of transformation – in terms of career and also personality

    3) My transformative path will involve me expressing myself more, most likely through writing.

    Finally, I enjoyed others’ descriptions of the butterfly. It’s ability to fly against the strongest winds whilst remaining graceful is a beautiful metaphor for how we should approach life.

    • Kristine April 24, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Hey Anthony.
      Your perspective is awesome. and we sound so similar! My spirit animal is also the butterfly, and i think its really interesting how you mentioned writing, since my dream is actually to become a writer. Maybe its a butterfly thing, huh.
      Wish you the best.

  5. Christianna March 6, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

    weird

  6. Lord Bohemian Motherfucker February 26, 2018 at 3:44 am - Reply

    I like to wear colourful clothes and I hate it when I hit a butterfly with my car so I am constantly weaving all over the road to miss them.
    I love their pretty colours and their strength in flying against the strongest winds. I alwys marvel at the way they fly seemingly all over the place but always land on the flower that beckons them.
    They are so beautiful witht heir armoured shields of colour held upon their wings, that is what comes off if you touch the wings, their wing shields.

    • Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 7:05 am - Reply

      dude that is a quote right there love it

    • Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 7:17 am - Reply

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  7. Lisa Hunt February 23, 2018 at 1:40 am - Reply

    This is a perfect fit for me! I am so honored to have the butterfly as my Spirit Animal!

  8. Vanetta Harris February 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Very informative. It makes sense because I’m in constant transition. Right now I’m in the midst of a transition and uncertainty. But its of necessity to BLOOM!

  9. Tori smith February 18, 2018 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Aa a small girl i loved to catch butterflies. But i was told if u touch there wings it kills them. So i learnee to follow them

  10. Nadia January 26, 2018 at 7:58 am - Reply

    As a little girl I used to collect caterpillars and watch them transform into butterflies. It was so amazing to me to watch. As I grew older and would go for nature walks I would see butterflies all around me and feel complete peace and joy in my spirit and whatever situation I would be going through my thoughts toward it would change. I truly believe my spirit animal is a butterfly

    • Anonymous February 8, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Hello Nadia 😊😊

  11. Vicky Hearne January 21, 2018 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Ironic that I should get the butterfly when I use them so much in my craft & creations… Interesting read 😊

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