Butterflies are symbolic.
When some people see a butterfly lazily gliding through the air while walking to get their mail or maybe while doing some much needed landscaping, the only thing that might cross their mind is, "how pretty," and they go back to what was originally occupying their time.
Other people treat butterflies as a message from loved ones that have past like the popular folklore that seeing a flaming red cardinal or picking up a random penny on the ground is a special message letting you know you're on someone's mind in a different time and place.
Butterflies hold different meanings and folklore for different people and cultures throughout the ages. For instance*:
- In Irish folklore, it's considered bad luck to kill a white butterfly because those are believed to hold the souls of deceased children.
- The Native Americans thought that if you gently captured a butterfly without harming it and whisper your wishes or prayers to them, when released they would carry your secret wishes and prayers to the Great Spirit to grant in exchange for letting the butterfly free.
- In Russian folklore, butterflies were thought to be witches in disguise because the Russian word for 'butterfly' is babochka which means 'old woman.'
And those are just a few legends and lores I found!
That is until I happened to win a 30 minute oracle card reading at a new local holistic therapy place that was just opening their doors and having a grand opening that day. This was years ago but mom and I read about the opening and decided to stop in and give it a look since alternative therapies are my thing and if a new business that could potentially help me was opening their doors, we were there!
It was a quaint little place offering numerous services such as Reiki, massage therapy, past life regression, acupuncture, and, of course, readings of varying sorts including oracle.
When we walked in we put our names into the drawing not really expecting anything and started wandering around admiring the feel of the place and what they had to offer. Right away they started announcing names of winners and low and behold, I was one of the first to get chosen!
I had to go back on a different day but I was totally into this kind of stuff so I set up an appointment and came back for my prize. The woman was extremely nice and the reading was refreshingly and invigoratingly accurate. So much so that I actually fell in love with the oracle deck this woman used and bought it within the week for myself; my first oracle deck.
It was so long ago I only remember bits and pieces of this reading; more so how this personalized reading felt. One of the things I remember vividly however was a card with a butterfly came up. I had no prior affiliation with butterflies so it didn't really resonate with me until this wonderful woman spoke and her words immediately put me at ease....
"Butterflies are a powerful symbol. When you see a butterfly cross your path, even though you may not feel it, know that that means you're exactly where you're meant to be. You're following the right life path."
Out of all the symbolism and lores butterflies represent, this specific one means the most to me and those inspirational words have stuck with me to this day. Now, every time I see a butterfly glide across my path I stop to immediately remind myself I'm where I need to be even if I don't feel like it (I feel like that a lot).
And I smile.
Do butterflies have a special meaning to you?
*Wigington, Patti. "Butterfly Magic and Folklore." About Religion. About.com, 4 Apr. 2015. Web. 2 Apr. 2016.