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Butterfly Symbolism and Gift Ideas

Updated on April 4, 2013

The Beauty and Symbolism of The Butterfly

The Butterfly is a universal symbol of change, resurrection, transformation, celebration, young love and the soul.

~ As a symbol of transformation; the butterfly represents everlasting life originating from it's three stages of life;

1. Birth (the caterpillar),

2. Death (the chrysalis), and finally,

3. Resurrection (the butterfly).

~ In some myths, the butterfly brings sleep and dreams. In others, it is symbolic of female fertility and also represents love and relationships.

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." ~ Rabindranath Tagore

The Magic of the Butterfly

The Magic of the Butterfly
The Magic of the Butterfly

Religious and Cultural Symbolism of The Butterfly

The soul, change, joy

As a symbol of the everlasting human soul, the butterfly holds a powerful meaning in many cultures myths and legends.

In Greek mythology, the butterfly is seen as a symbol of the soul's undying love. Psyche (which literally means "soul") takes the form of a butterfly and is forever bound to Eros (cupid) (the Greek god of love) and they share a timeless passion that transcends time..

In Christianity, the butterfly is symbolic of the soul as well. It represents rebirth and immortality and is often seen carved on ancient tombs.

In China the butterfly highlights marital bliss and joy.

American Indians call upon the butterfly for guidance in times of change, it is also a sign of happiness.


Butterfly Quotes

"May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness and riches

Today, tomorrow and beyond."

~ Irish Blessing

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." ~ Maya Angelou

"I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man." ~ Chuang Tzu

Wings of Change

Wings of Change
Wings of Change

Wings of Change is the story of Anew, a contented little caterpillar who is afraid to become a butterfly. After experiencing some puzzling dreams, he turns to Faith, a wise old snail, for advice. She gently explains, "As the world turns, so do you. When you change for the good, you change the world too."

This tender, humorous story follows little Anew as he learns to release his fears and embrace his destiny. Dr. Hill, an acclaimed educational futurist, has created a dynamic medium for exploring the timeless topic of change.

The luminous illustrations by Aries Cheung bring this delightful story to life. Wings of Change will touch your heart as you embrace the changes within your own life.


Happiness is Like a Butterfly..

Quotable Cards, Magnet Thoreau
Quotable Cards, Magnet Thoreau

"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..." - Thoreau


The Butterfly Signifies Young Love in Chinese

Love, Energy, Happiness

The Chinese Butterfly represents love; specifically young love. Happily flitting flower to flower - it signifies the energy of love, and a happy social life.

Chinese legend has it that the Butterfly represents the eternal union that exists between lovers. All couples would do well to place images of butterflies in their new home. As yang energy, this symbol can also energize you, and your space.

Butterfly Towels with Embroidery - A Perfect Gift for A New Couple

Lenox Butterfly Meadow, Hand Towel, Blue Flower
Lenox Butterfly Meadow, Hand Towel, Blue Flower

A perfect gift for a new couple is this design embroidered on towels for the couple's home. Representative of the Yang energy, this symbol can energize you or a loved one


Do you love butterflys too?

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      6 years ago

      Great lens and i love butterflies .

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      6 years ago

      Butterflies are so special... we need to preserve nature so they will be around to enjoy forever!!

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. Pinned to my symbolism board and blessed. This lens makes me feel good just looking at it, like resurrection.

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      6 years ago from U.S.

      Butterflies are always a delightful sight! I enjoyed your page.

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      Cynthia Haltom 

      6 years ago from Diamondhead

      I just got my butterfly paver stone mold in the mail today. I think I will use some of these lovely butterfly ideas to decorate them after the set-up. Cool lens.

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens..I like beautiful.

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      6 years ago

      Butterfly really represent birth, death and resurrection.

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      imagelist lm 

      7 years ago

      Cool lens... Thumbs Up!

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      7 years ago

      I will never forget one day that I went outside, and saw a few of our trees had hundreds of monarch butterflies in it. Absolutely beautiful!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Butterflies are so pretty!

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      7 years ago

      I've always really liked butterflys!

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      8 years ago

      Return Visitor. Useful Lens.

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Splendid lens. Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      I've loved butterflies since I was a child. I still have memories of chasing them and trying to catch them.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I love everything butterfly.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful. Beautiful illustrations! Adding a link to my lenses so more folks will see this creation of yours. :)

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      Lisa Auch 

      9 years ago from Scotland

      This was so beautiful and educational! gorgeous.

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      SuperZoe LM 

      9 years ago

      This is so pretty! Thank you for lens rolling me, I did the same!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      I love butterflies! This is a beautiful lens.

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      10 years ago

      Awesome Lens!

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      10 years ago

      great lens, blessed by a squidangel today :)

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      10 years ago

      What a beautiful lens!

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      10 years ago

      Love the pictures and blurbs. Lots of good information here. Thanks!

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      10 years ago


      My name is Elizabeth Jean Allen and I am the new group leader for the Nature and the Outdoors Group.


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      10 years ago

      Nice lens, I love butterflies.

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      10 years ago

      A very lovely lens to visit. I like Butterfly Creations and I'm going to tweet about. 5*'s

      I hope you have a great day!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      Really beautiful butterflies and a nice lens.

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      11 years ago

      I love butterflies and this is well done. I love the jewelry you have here - just beautiful.

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      11 years ago

      Oh yes, I love butterflies! This is beautiful lens and the butterfly quotes are great!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      11 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very nice lens. Interesting quotes on butterflies. Great selection of butterfly gifts.

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      Yvonne L B 

      11 years ago from Covington, LA

      Lovely lens. Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens link to the appropriate plexo and vote for it.

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      11 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      11 years ago

      I love butterflies! This is a lovely lens.

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      Binauralbeats LM 

      11 years ago

      Great information! Love the transformation theme

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      11 years ago

      Thank you for joining Butterflies of the World.

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for sharing... This is beautiful.

      I just recently created a butterfly garden design as summer comes to a close. To remember the beauty bestowed upon us & the small creatures alive within it.

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      11 years ago

      I love butterflies and have at times had them for spirit guides! Very enjoyable lens!

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      11 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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      11 years ago

      I love butterflies! You have a wonderful lens and I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for joining my Nature Lovers group :)


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