Who doesn’t like the butterfly. What a lovely thought God had. Tiny little things, so beautiful and different. Take the time to closely see, surely it is a miracle.
“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you; but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” Henry Thoreau
But our love of butterflies goes much deeper. Here are some things you probably didn’t know – as quoted from “The Magic of Life Butterfly House.
Departed souls
Round the world, butterflies are seen as the departed souls of our ancestors. Indigenous people recognise the chrysalis as the soul trapped inside in the body. The emergence of the adult butterfly symbolises the freedom of the soul upon death.
Butterflies and metamorphosis
The change from caterpillar through to the chrysalis and emergence as a butterfly is the greatest change in the animal world. It symbolises a significant change in the course of one’s life, personality or way of thinking. The caterpillar stage with its voracious appetite has been linked to insatiable materialism. The chrysalis stage represents fundamental changes occurring on the inside, for example in one’s mentality or point of view. The final adult butterfly stage is seen as the free expression of these changes in the outside world.
The Greeks likened the butterfly’s constant flitting from flower to flower to the restlessness of the mind: constantly changing from subject to subject. Indeed, the Greek word for butterfly is ‘psyche’ from where we get our word ‘psychology’ – the study of the mind. Modern day symbols In the western world, the symbol of the butterfly stands for freedom, fun and joyous times. It also symbolises a state of naturalness and purity.
Sources: The website The Magic of Life Butterfly House – http://www.magicoflife.org/symbol.html