Humble Butterfly

Humble  Butterfly

Butterfly Meaning and Animal Symbolism of the Butterfly

Symbolic Butterfly


* Grace  *  Growth *


* Elegance * Expansion * Lightness * Surrender * Transition * Expression * Celebration* Resurrection *

  * Vulnerability *

All these  *attributes the humble Butterfly represents.

In soul-searching and growing through my own journey I often find myself crossing paths with these attributes. It has been a long year;  one which I have not always been cognizant of the changes taking place, changes  that have been allowing  me to honor the me I have always been meant to be.

I have during this time struggled with being the kind of friend, person, the human being, who I have always been proud of. I have let people down during my metamorphosis. I have been neglectful. Yet I have also come to understand that like for the caterpillar’s transformation into the butterfly this is all part of life’s transitions. In the resurrection of the authentic me I will find I have only been migrating, and that metamorphous  will not be as difficult as it once seemed. If only I let go and surrender to Mother Nature.       

I have always found  Symbolic connections with  Mother Nature’s critters & animals and see it as  a powerful way to connect with Mother Nature and learn life lessons from her. – lessons that apply to my own life.

Years ago I was doing the same in consideration of my children’s lives.  At different points throughout my life I have found certain associations with life’s lessons and natures wild life.  When my two daughters were children I often would use the associations with animals and emotions to explain life to them.  Some would be as silly as an expression we used in my youngest daughter’s Montessori school;  which was simply the expression “Silly Coyote” – referring to someone being a “silly coyote” in the classroom. the children could all easily relate, they understood.

Or it could be something with great significance to me like I am sharing here – about the butterfly.

Observing the butterfly and learning her symbolic meanings offers me an opportunity to apply her movements to my life. For example, I relate the butterfly’s stages of life to my own life-phases…growing pains, times of ravenous hunger, times of vulnerability, moments of miraculous expansion, periods of vulnerabilities.

The more I look for symbolism in nature, the more I realize we as humans have a lot in common with animals, insects, and life in the wild.  Indeed, we are intimately connected with the animal [queen] kingdom. I don’t believe we can be separated from nature and her movements, nor should we want to be.

I am fascinated that cultural myth and folklore that seem to honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of her impressive process of metamorphosis. From caterpillar to cocoon, and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges with her wings soaring.

“Soaring Free” painting by Joan Marie @

There are life lessons we can learn from her. She represents life changes and transformations necessary to navigate the metamorphoses of own lives.

She who changes from what she began as, to what she becomes, in a months time. Because this is for her a complete life span.

The Butterfly asks us to accept our growth, and our changes as casually as she does her own. She embraces the changes to her body, and to her environment.

Her unwavering acceptance  to these changes are also a symbol of Faith. The Butterfly asks us to keep the Faith as we undergo transitions in our lives, and in our world. She understands that our worrying, stressing, frustration, and even anger are useless against the turning tides of nature – she asks us to recognize the same.

I believe that tapping into a kind of animal symbolism is closely related  to tapping into our own souls;  because frankly we are inseparable from nature and her creatures.

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In fact,  I found interestingly enough that in many cultures the butterfly is associated with the soul connecting our animal symbolism of faith with the butterfly.

Let me add that in my research about the bond between the butterfly symbol and human nature  I discovered that in Greek mythology  the psyche (which literally translates to mean “soul) is represented in the form of a butterfly. I think I knew that once, but it never had the connections it holds for me today.

Today I can relate & even bond with the traits of a butterfly that so deeply resonate within myself. Within those even closest to me.

So, tell me if you will please, just where do you find yourself in your own metamorphosis?



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19 thoughts on “Humble Butterfly

    • You are such a blessing in my life My friend. I am astonished by your gifts. Of course I accept. Anything from you, I am quite humbled and honored.
      Thank you from my heart’s heart.Thank you so ever much. .

      I miss you too and have been by your blog clandestinely and openly. I will be back full time I am hoping within the week.
      I hope you are doing well and taking care of you first.
      Thanks again cherished friend~

  1. You have a beautiful analytical mind!
    I appreciate this write-up so much, especially because it resonates with me as always.
    Relating the stages of development of a butterfly with our life experiences and the attributes of a butterfly with those of the human being is only possible with a unique sense of perception.
    I personally enjoy identifying such co-relations in life.
    Great post, Toni!

    • Oh T* My dear friend, You honor me and what I write with such love. Thank you!!

      Firstly, please forgive me for my tardy reply here. Life.

      Secondly, I would have known this about you & this post. As soon as I read your words I began nodding my head and know its something that is within you as well, this affinity for animals and our co-relations.

      I think too you are right that not everyone sees the connections like you & I do. That is unfortunate because there is so much self knowledge to be discovered when we connect in this way with nature.

      Thank you so much for this share, you really know how to put a smile on my face Tee ~

  2. I love the lilac background 🙂

    Butterflies are beautiful, & yes so much spell ‘freedom’. My grandmother wrote a book ‘Wooden Butterflies’ about her escaping Poland with my mother. I’ll never see butterflies as anything but freedom.

    Beautiful post, & inspiring.

    • Wow Noeleen!! Talk about something resonating within me.
      That it is you can relate to the analogy regarding freedom & butterfly’s warms my spirit. Do you have the book your grandmother wrote? What a treasure even just knowing about it. I’d love to know more. Have you written about it & her story?
      Thank you so much my dear empowering friend. I love to see you visit, your words lift me when a lift is needed. ~

  3. My Dear Lady Baroness, Time. It ends, only to begin, again. Every waking moment has its’ potential to give each of us the opportunity to begin a new metamorphosis. Only life itself has the capacity for a new metamorphosis countless times. All we have to do is, take advantage as we become more, and more aware of these opportunities.
    Thank you so much for your inspiring thoughts……
    Cordially, As Always, Fondly,
    I Remain…

    • My Dearest Groovy,
      I am always so uplifted by your shared thoughts with me and yours seem to follow some life lesson I had a difficult time with. It is true that life and its changes had not always been thought of by me as something to hang on to.
      I know now each transformation is as it aways should have been even though through it all I have been missing out on shared feelings like this. I am blessed because of people like you in my world that are willing to share their own transformations and their own lessons. I am greatly influenced by you my grooviest of brothers.

      There is a place in my always evolving heart that has its space marked plainly for you. Groovy’s corner of my heart,
      With my deep affection Groovy Dave,
      As always; your Baroness

  4. Awesome. I think I find out more about myself when I fail at things rather than when I succeed. How I react to the downfalls, because picking yourself up after is often the hardest part. Times like that allow me to realize how resilient a person’s spirit can be, even when things look bleak.

    • i love how you shared this with me. Yes it is true for me too, I discover so much through my bumbled attempts at life. Getting side winded by mistakes long enough to learn the lesson has been my latest discovery. To not be in such a hurry to move on when I realize the blunder made, staying in the moment long enough to absorb the lesson.

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. Its so awesome seeing you my friend ~

  5. My life would be represented by the caterpillar, at this moment, waiting to blossom but into what and where that is my thought,, colourful or drab. lovely read read my lady enjoyed as usual top drawer and thoughtful and provoking a thoughts..;)

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