Butterfly Symbolism and Gift Ideas
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).
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." ~ Rabindranath Tagore
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.
"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 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..
"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
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.