Butterfly animal symbolism & Butterfly Meaning

All last week I started noticing butterflies everywhere I went. When I went for my walks, butterflies seemed to be leading my way, flying just ahead of me on the paths I took. When I was driving and stopped at a red light, butterflies even came to hover just above the hood of my car. At first I didn’t think much about it until I started noticing the butterflies were not just there once in a while, they were coming around me every time I was out and about. Not a swarm of butterflies either, just one here and there wherever I went. So I started asking other people if they were seeing a lot butterflies and everyone I asked said no, they hadn’t noticed any butterflies. Even this morning as I was driving Shantel to school what do I see but a big butterfly painted on the trunk of the car in front of me.

Now, as a practicing Catholic, I believe in Jesus Christ, and that only he knows what the future holds for us. I don’t believe in horoscopes, psychics, palm readers, people who say they can communicate with loved ones on the other side, or any of that kind of stuff. However, I do believe humans have a connection to nature and animals.

As the butterflies continued to come around me, I finally decided to look up the meaning of butterflies and found a wealth of information on many different sites. I don’t know why I was pulled to one site in particular because as I said, I don’t believe in “whats your sign” type of things or horoscopes etc. All I know is as I read through this site it seemed to make sense to me so I thought I would share some of what I read with you. The site I liked the most was by Avia Venefica, @ www.whats-your-sign.com and she had this to say about butterflies and their connection to the soul.

Interestingly, in many cultures the butterfly is associated with the soul – linking our animal symbolism of faith with the butterfly.

Even Christianity considers the butterfly a soulful symbol.

It’s connection with the soul is rather fitting. We are all on a long journey of the soul. On this journey we encounter endless turns, shifts, and conditions that cause us to morph into ever-finer beings. At our soul-journey’s end we are inevitably changed – not at all the same as when we started on the path.

To take this analogy a step further, we can look again to the grace and eloquence of the butterfly and realize that our journey is our only guarantee. Our responsibility to make our way in faith, accept the change that comes, and emerge from our transitions as brilliantly as the butterfly.”

As I began to think about the information I read about butterflies being associated with the soul, I found it fitting that I was seeing so many butterflies at this particular time in my life, because my friend Reha just passed away on Saturday, Sunday was the 6th year anniversary of when my father passed, and the 1 year anniversary of the passing of my brother Stephen is coming up on October 27th. Three souls I have a connection with. Very fitting wouldn’t you say?

I received this butterfly paperweight as a gift many years ago. I always thought it was beautiful and keep in on an end table in my living room. Every time I look at it I’m reminded of the people who gave it to me and how special they are to me. Now, when I look at the butterflies within the globe of the paperweight, I’ll also be reminded of the soul connection I have with them. Very fitting!

Stay tuned!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lou
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 03:40:32

    Interesting…we were kayaking yesterday, and there was a butterfly who was actually drowning, since her wings were wet, and she could not right herself. I plucked her out of the water, and set her on my knee as I paddled. After about 15 minutes, she recovered and flew off. I wondered what the chances were that I would be at the exact position in the lake to see her. How many millions of times in our lifetime are we that butterfly?


  2. gotham girl
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 07:13:44

    I’m on the run…but will come back to this post when I have some quality time to absorb. Lou, you’re so right…how many times in our lifetime are we that butterfly? Perfect comment. xoxo MORE!


  3. gotham girl
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 07:14:29

    P.S. Soooo proud of your blogging skills! 🙂


  4. Megs
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 20:58:40

    Very powerful! I know this to be true! Love you MORE! Xo


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