Butterfly Symbolism

Major transformations are taking place right now with the outcome being different than what you expected.

If Butterfly has fluttered by:

Know that massive changes are afoot. Butterfly is asking you to embrace those changes in your environment and with your emotional body. This physical transformation of energy around you is taking root and expanding in ways that may surprise you. Release any expectations you may have with regard to the outcome of this change and do not try to control it – but simply allow it to flow through and around you. Keep your faith.

You may also be reminded to get up and move! Dance brings the sweetness of life. Butterflies bring color and joy to your life. Look at them and remember what joy is in your life, if it’s a lot or a little, it is still joy.

We are also being reminded that 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 –and not at all the same as when we started on the path.

If Butterfly is your Totem:

You have a gift for accepting change with grace and eloquence. People with this totem realize that the journey is our only guarantee and it is our responsibility to make our way in faith, accept the changes as they come, and emerge from our transitions brilliantly.

You are also extremely sensitive to the harmony of the earth. You are deeply in tune with environmental changes and are often the first to bring it to every ones attention.

If Butterfly has wafted into our dreams:

To see a butterfly among flowers and green grasses, indicates prosperity and wealth coming your way soon. To see them flying about, denotes good news is about to be received. Traditionally this insect is a symbol of change that is beyond your control.

Additional Associations for Butterfly:


  • What if a butterfly pauses? A big orange butterfly fluttered outside my bedroom window then rested upon an outstretched bamboo stalk. Possibly resting during migration? A wind gust swung the branch around as if trying to shake the butterfly off. The butterfly remained there, clinging to a bamboo leaf. I have been seeing a lot of yellow and orange butterflies the past two weeks at home and in the neighborhood. An orange one is circling my house.

    • Discovered the loquat tree is covered with open blossoms and bees. Many orange monarch butterflies are in the tree gathering nectar. My heart filled with joy at the amazing sight! Bountiful Harvest! In the afternoon, another orange monarch rested in the bamboo , just as on the previous day.

  • Interesting stuff…. Been having a rough time with my bipolar and alcoholism, really didn’t think I would make it to thirty years old… Found out this week my family has lined out a treatment for me. I also got a new phone this week and already have a picture of a butterfly on my motorcycle and another one on my finger on two separate days when I have never taken a picture of a butterfly in my life… Made me wonder what it could mean, so I looked it up and found this… Maybe it’s time to embrace some change

  • Butterfly, Tsiktsinenná:wen, yet again. I am seeking to transform the spiritual way that I am being in this world, and have taken steps to change my life, all of which feel far more positive, but I still have a long way to go before I am travelling in this world more lightly.

    • I recently had a Mantis lay its nest on my porch and than a butterly entered my proch and I opened the window and released it, but it fluttered it wings first. Do these two happenings mean anything?I have been having a rough time emoti0nally.

  • Tsiktsinenná:wen, Butterfly is a very profound symbol for me right now. I am going through a physical and spiritual cleanse, seeking to rediscover the old ways taught to me by my Grandmother, my Memaire, who was a traditional Shaman, and the best person in what was a very rough early life, and am planning on a spirit walk with friends tomorrow. One of those friends recently pointed out a Monarch to me and we stopped to watch the butterfly and its brothers and sisters. Tsiktsinenná:wen speaks to me also of profound change and a spiritual breakthrough, which is what I seek.

  • was at cemetery visiting my dad and a yelllow butterfly flew by and then 2 minutes later a white one fluttered right by my head as i was looking down at his stone. maybe to get my attention? this experience has me feeling a way i cant quite describe in words. i feel even more connected to my dad then ever in this experience. its in a way thats on another level. any further insite? id be most grateful 🙏🏼 thank you

    • I can definitely relate to your experience Laurie. My dad passed away November 13th 2014. There are times when I feel fine and others where I feel this deep emptiness inside. Over the last 2 weeks I’ve seen 4 butterflies which is quite rare now around here. The 1st one being mostly yellow, a monarch, another yellow and black one and then just yesterday a small white one. After seeing these beauties I felt this connection with my father. Some may call it crazy but I believe these are messengers from my dad telling me everything will be alright.

  • I work in a granite shop. A dusty wet and loud granite shop. One bright day last summer a beautiful, wounded butterfly came fluttering in the shop and landed on the floor. I stopped what I was doing and picked it up and set it on the bench as it is less dirty there. Upon looking closely at it, its rear wing was torn and ripped. It sat there still alive but made no attempt to fly away.
    I snapped some pictures of it with my phone as it was a very beautiful yellow and black butterfly. I took it outside and placed it in the green grass, in the bright sunlight so Its last moments in this life were spent in the warm summer afternoon sun as opposed to a dark and dank fabrication shop.
    I showed my friend and co worker the butterfly, and the pictures I took of said creature. He operates a water jet at our company and revealed to me a butterfly he had jetted out of stone a YEAR prior that had sat in the corner. After pulling out the stone butterfly we were both shocked to see that the stone wing was broke on the granite butterfly in the exact spot where the rear wing was ripped and torn on the butterfly that had entered my life……… The stone butterfly sits in my garden on this day.

  • I love butterflies as I was walking outside I found dead butterfly. I brought her home. What does it mea she still looks pretty.


  • An orange comma and its mate landed on me 15 x or more, as well as a bumble bee, whilst a robin in a bush looked on; I count the experience as extremely lucky! Am I going to fly soon – we shall see, Barbados beckons

  • I recently was at a local butterfly exhibit. Just walking through admiring all the beauty- when a large blue morpho butterfly landed on me. He/She landed right on the front of my pubic bone, staring up at me and a very intense connection as our eyes locked. People were gently laughing as the placement was a bit strange. But the little butterfly was determined- he crawled one inch higher up around my uterus area, but other than that would not budge. Until finally needing to leave the attendant had to help lift him off. I’m so in wonder what to make of it. Such a playful loving creature

  • Hi there. I have an amazing story about a butterfly. I have been recently in Argentina travelling arround and while i thought life could not be more beautiful in the South when i saw condors and honey bees appearing unexpectedly on my way, was up North at the waterfalls where a butterfly fluttered by and landed near my hand showing me the real beauty of life! I was looking patiently at him to suck up the nectar around when suddenly climbed up my finger and stayed in there for almost 30 mins while i was moving around. He walked almost a mile with me on my hand with his bright purple wings wide open. Several times tried to place him gently on a flower but refused to leave at my will… Just did it at his… Has this any meaning?

    • How nice. I also have a similar experience were a butterfly landed on me and hung out for over 20 minutes. I tried to brush it to the sky and it came back. 😍

  • A long time i havent seen any butterflies-which said to be my spirit animal. I just see caterpillars their other relatives :v and cocoon :v .-. @@~

  • I have been feeling a bit down recently with anxiety which are effecting nearly every aspect of my life. So I woke up this morning and went for a cigarette as routine and noticed 2 beautiful butterflys flying around each other almost looked as if they were dancing, this made me smile but only just after doing my day to day things one butterfly perched right in front of me on the garden table and stayed there for around 5 minute before fluttering off. And even whilst writing this it has appeared again in front of me and is letting me admire it’s beauty. Truly has made me smile and feel that I am not just going through a bad stage, but a transition into becoming the person I am meant to be. 😀

  • This morning I had a moth in my living room. Flappering against the glass window, trying to get to the light. I thought: 1. Ew a moth and 2. I need to help to get him outside, into freedom. I knew a moth’s wings are very fragile, so I grabbed him with loose hand/fingers. When I had him in my hand, I opened the window to set him free. Then I saw it wasn’t a moth at all. It happened to be a gorgeous butterfly. The butterfly opened his wings and stayed on my hand for a while. Then suddenly he closed his wings, I could almost hear it, and flew off.

    Do you have any thoughts on this visit?

    • Hello Hannah & Car,

      This is often a sign of impending good news. Sorta like nature’s or a fairies way to deliver as messengers of good news to you personally. Something that has been pressing you as of late yields and gives way for your highest good. Consider the butterfly a Fed-Ex from Spirit bringing blessings on its wings to you and your loved ones.

      Good Journey.

    • Hannah, it is possibly a sign from a loved one who passed on. They are visiting you and letting you know they are safe and also watching over you.

    • I jus saw the same thing in my dream.. A huge moth was on the wall and when I tried to touch it, it changed into several smaller colorful butterflies… Beautiful dream it was.

  • So I am writing a book, and I would like to know if anyone could tell me what sort of vision involving a Butterfly would herald negative change. I see a couple examples above, but those only tell of good things.

    • Butterflies in any culture don’t bring bad or negative news. Unless you believe the moth man or giant butterfly story that appeared before a bridge collapsed.

  • Yesterday I was relaxing on a chaise lounge outside with my dogs nearby. I felt something on my foot and assuming it was a fly and lifted my head to see. It was a small butterfly. It sat on my toe for what seemed like a very long time, before fluttering off, but staying very close to me. It then started flying VERY QUICKLY all around me and then again, lighted on my toe. This scene repeated a couple times and then the butterfly landed on a porch railing and opened its wings totally flat onto the railing post. Later that day, I had a potentially huge business breakthrough; the answer to an obstacle I’d had for years was suddenly revealed to me. Today, another breakthrough. I have not felt this encouraged or emotionally charged in a long time.

  • Recently while in Peru on a detox/yoga retreat, I was setting the intention for my new chapter and transformation. After a very beautiful profound night of yoga and the amazon, I woke up to a butterfly on my bungalow porch. The little guy stayed with me all day and hung out. I was surrounded by butterflies for days! One of many beautiful amazing stories of when butterflies have entered my path. They have also been part of my poetry when I release and let go not even thinking what i am writing about but letting the words flow onto paper…


  • Last week I was walking past a shop windows, a huge admiral was trying to escape so I asked the shop owner if I could save it.which I did. Today I was searching for my cat and saw in our old shed a huge admiral butterfly again, stuck inside the windows. I had to help it. I ended up breaking the glass to free it!

  • This past Wednesday, 7/13/15, I was outside talking with my daughter and two grandson’s. A butterfly landed in my hair, which I brushed away. It continued to circle behind me and landed in my hair several times. My daughter watched the whole thing. When she pointed it out, I turned and looked up to see it perched on the gutter above me. After I turned back to face her, it continued to land in my hair over and over. I welcome any thoughts.

      • I believe that any animal or insect that crosses your path is your spirit guide at that moment. They become your totem animal. If you look at it this way you forget the drudgery of looking and start accepting their subtle messages which become more powerful and healing with each mystery solved in your life until you find yourself being pushed by that spiritual wave. Just like a surfer harnesses the ocean. Once you release your straps from the old and stressful beliefs you find yourself effortlessly being pushed by the gentle wave of Grandfather. Then you can truly live a purposeful life.

  • when i was young at around 8 or 9 years old i visited a aunt i cant remember if it was a that day or another moment that i saw a butterfly. but by trying to make something that may not be completely accurate of me with my memories would be inaccurate and later be stupid because am 14 years old right now.remembering this occurrence is difficult, that what am saying.

    • Your lucky little one. Why? Because your already seeing in Spirit vision. If you find yourself here reading and writing and learning you have found the strongest medicine for your being. Your never stupid. Your brilliant. When you walk out your door everyday, observe all the creatures of the Earth that you see. Immerse yourself in Nature. Become a healer for others Guide them by being an example. Show them how to heal themselves.

  • I just found a bitterly on the sidewalk in front of my house. It couldn’t fly so I gently transferred it to my front porch. I went for a hike and an hour later when I returned it was still there. On my hike three deer crossed right in front of my path. It’s a big day for spirit animals. What’s the significance of both in one day.

  • Such a beautiful article. I am now embracing the changes in my life by following the way of the butterfly.

  • Butterflies and also moths helped me in sooo many ways I less expected. They had and still have their own surprising way to support, remind, and encourage me to do wonderful things I never thought I had enough courage to. They helped me through a massive transformation recently and I am so grateful to them.

    • That is healing power beyond what others have had. You must be a healer. Today I saw 2 Golden Eagles. I bought them a trout and left it below where they were perched. I also brought a lilac flower for a jumping spider who has made his den in my window. Thanks for sharing your medicine.

  • 😛 I have seen allot of butterflies this month. It means to continue to believe and have hope for the future. I am ready for my rebirth-transformation.

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