Butterflies are magical. The ancient Greeks saw the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection since they spun a chrysalis and appeared to be dead only to emerge transformed as a gorgeous winged butterfly. A butterfly spotted after the death of a loved one signaled the soul was being carried upward. Others see the butterfly as the departed trying to make contact and reassure the living.
What does a butterfly mean to those who spot it? It reminds us life is a cycle that is full of transitions. The appearance of one can mean you’re either about to enter a new stage or are leaving one. They’re all about hope and rebirth. The change may not always be the one you imagined, but take heart that it is part of the big picture.
If you ever watch a butterfly, then you recognize it is a playful spirit that partakes in the beauty of nature.
When I was a child, there were butterflies everywhere. We lived in the county and a few days a year the fields would be covered in monarch butterflies. It was almost like living in a fairy tale, but now spotting a monarch is unusual occurrence.
The extinction of the butterfly in an area is the first sign of an ecological disaster in a region. The person who has a butterfly as a totem is particularly sensitive to nature.
Butterflies often live anywhere from two weeks to a month with a monarch living longer. During their short life, they visit as many blooming flowers as possible. A butterfly lives life to the fullest and reminds us to do likewise.
Like butterflies and want to keep them around, then plant some butterfly friendly plants.
Butterfly Friendly Plants
Queen Anne's lace