As summer draws to a close there are many butterflies fluttering by.
It’s an absolute pleasure to watch them flitting about, landing on flowers helping to spread pollen from flower to flower.
But did you know that there is a deeper meaning to seeing a butterfly? Read on to learn more:
Butterfly as a spirit guide
When you see butterflies continuously it is said to be a sign from spirit, that you will be soon undergo some big changes in your life. This is because butterflies symbolize renewal and metamorphosis because of their journey from egg to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) to caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.
What an amazing amount of transition this tiny creature undergoes. Consider for a moment the kind of energy this expends. And all within the space of a month (the life cycle of a butterfly). Imagine if this happened to human, most people would struggle to cope.
Herein lies the deepest symbolic lesson of the butterfly. She asks us to accept the changes in our lives as easily as she does. The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the changes of her environment and her body.
This unwavering acceptance of her metamorphosis is also symbolic of faith. Here the butterfly encourages us to keep our faith as we undergo various transitions in our lives. She understands that our worrying and resisting changes, are useless against the ever changes forces of nature – she asks us to recognize the same.
What does it mean if a butterfly flies into your home?
In Japanese folklore, a butterfly is said to be the ‘spirit’ of a departed loved one and they are treated with great reverence. So when one enters your home it is said to be a visit from your loved one, just as they would have visited you in their earthly life.
In Romani culture, when a butterfly flies into your home it is said to predict that the person you most love most will soon visit.
In other traditions butterflies are said to be a symbol that good luck is coming your way soon, especially if the first butterfly you see in a year is a white butterfly.
Other nationalities believe that butterflies can predict the weather. The Zuni tribe of Native Americans believed that the colour of the first butterfly you see in a season, will indicate the weather to come. That is a white butterfly signifying the start of summer, a yellow butterfly predicting plenty of sunshine, and a black butterfly indicating stormy weather.
There are many beautiful Red Admirals around as we move towards autumn.
Some Native American tribes, believe that a red butterfly signifies a powerful soul or spirit.
Seeing a red butterfly flying near you often indicates that, important news is on the way.
It is also said to be symbol of intense romance and passion.
In Scotland, a red butterfly was once believed to be a witch in disguise.