The moment we see it, our hearts are filled with joy. No matter how bad a mood we are in, when we see it flying around so freely, our heart starts to jump like a small baby who just received his favorite candy.
Yes, I am talking about the most beautiful creature, butterfly. It spreads joy and positivity. It is also alluring and heartwarming to see them roam around so gracefully.
The life of a butterfly symbolizes a lot of things. It is amazing how a tiny creature can mean so much spiritually and personally. People often wonder what does it mean when a butterfly lands on you? The answer is never very simple.
There are different ways in which a butterfly sends out its messaging. It is extremely interesting to know about all its little plays and their meanings in our lives. From a butterfly’s own life journey to its spiritual symbolism, everything is worth knowing about.
You may have been missing the very important crucial details of one of the most beautiful creatures and their significance in our lives. So here we go –
A butterfly symbolizes rebirth. It is firstborn as a caterpillar and then it goes back to cocoon only to come out as a beautiful, different colored, flying butterfly. It goes through a complete metamorphosis.
Not many creatures take such a rebirth. The life journey of a butterfly teaches so many lessons to us if we just look closely and pay enough attention.
It doesn’t have the ability to communicate with us and yet, it leaves us spellbound with its messages and symbolism. It teaches us that one can start all over again at any point in life.
There is absolutely no shame in starting over. In fact, it is entirely possible for a human being to emerge out as stronger and wiser.
In different cultures and countries, a butterfly symbolizes different things. Some compare its journey with a human’s spiritual journey while others consider it god sent or an angel sent and some also consider it messaging from higher souls or souls of those loved ones who have left us.
Some simply see butterflies representing transformation, hope, positivity, etc.
The very basis of spirituality is to go within yourself, find answers and come back stronger. Even though it is a constant process to go within yourself and coming out enlightened, a butterfly can be seen concerning spiritual principles.
As it goes back again to be reborn as a shiny butterfly, a human being going on the spiritual path also follows a similar path. In spirituality, by looking within yourself, we also overcome many real-life challenges or at least find a mechanism to deal with them. Similarly, a butterfly also comes out flying distances.
The flying of a butterfly is the same as reaching a higher self for a deeply spiritual human. The journey of the butterfly represents transformation, just how spirituality is transforming the vision of a human being. Another spiritual significance of a butterfly is about its age. Butterflies don’t live long but for as long as they live, they remain vibrant and hopeful. This sends out a loud message to all of us.
A human being can also live life without worrying about tomorrow and just living today. Death may be the ultimate reality but that shouldn’t stop us from living our best life every day.
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”— Richard Buckminster Fuller
More interpretations of a butterfly
1. Butterfly and angels
People who believe in angels also consider butterflies as a sign of angels approving their ideas or work. Such people believe that since butterflies are such unique creatures, angels communicate to us through them so that the messaging capture our minds and we hear it.
It is said that when we see a beautiful butterfly, it means the angels are nearby. They are protecting us. They are trying to tell us to not worry and have some faith. It is suggested that whenever you see a butterfly, pay attention and calm your mind. Try to listen to the message of your guardian angel.
It is extremely sensitive an issue for some people to see the messages from their guardian angel. Make sure you prepare yourself enough to walk on this path and believe in the common belief system.
2. Butterfly and souls
We all have loved ones who have left us. These people are always blessing us and we also continue to pray to them considering them a soul that now lives with gods. But, some people also believe that these souls try to communicate with us through various beautiful creatures.
A butterfly is one such creature. The soul of the deceased protects human beings. They try to tell us that we are right or try to comfort us in difficult times.
These notions can be interpreted in different ways depending on the situation a person is. One has to pay close attention to his or her life situation and then consider, what the souls of their loved ones trying to communicate.
It is important to note that the Greeks use the same word for both soul and butterfly. That word is psyche.
3. Butterfly as a spirit animal
People often wonder what their spirit animal is. They are always curious to know this so that they can take some guidance from it.
If your spirit animal is a butterfly, it will teach you to be calm and patient. It will make you grow through different changes happening in your life. It will teach you to adapt transformation and be absolutely okay with changes. Changes are inevitable.
Some people oppose changes but butterfly teaches you to gracefully accept any change happening in life.
What does it mean when you see a butterfly in a dream?
If one sees a butterfly in a dream, it could mean many things. Depending on the religion or belief of the person, meaning can be interpreted.
The Native Americans believe that when they see a butterfly in a dream, it means the souls are trying to send some messages. But, these people also believe that when they see a butterfly, it brings dreams in sleep.
The color of the butterfly also matters as each color symbolizes different things. For years, Indians too have believed that their deceased loved ones send them messages in various ways. One such way is to see any animal in the sleep. Not everyone can decipher the messaging right, however.
What does it mean when a butterfly follows you?
If a butterfly keeps following you, then it is trying to tell you to address an issue. Sometimes in life, we run away from certain things for various reasons. A butterfly may want to send us a message in such circumstances.
It is important to note that the reading of such a message is very difficult. You have to silence all your inner chatter to really listen to the right message. Further, it can also mean that a transformation is about to happen in our life.
If you see, the first and second messages are pretty much the same. It is only after addressing all issues, one can regrow and transform. For every individual, the process can be a little different but the bigger picture remains the same.
What does it mean when a butterfly lands on you?
First, it is important to note that the color of butterfly that lands on you, matters a lot. Later, in the article, we will talk about that in length. But what does it really mean when a butterfly lands on you? The answer is a combination of all the things we have read and learned so far in this article.
For some, it can simply mean that a transformation is about to take place in their life and they will spiritually take a rebirth and for some, it can mean that a higher soul or the soul of the deceased is trying to communicate with them and comfort them.
For those who believe in angels, it could mean that the guardian angel is trying to guide them. In a nutshell, it can be said that the landing of a butterfly on you mostly has positive consequences.
It is a symbol of transformation, revival, rebirth, spiritual awakening, guidance, hope and much more. It is an extremely rare event to occur. One should, in fact, consider themselves lucky to have had such a moment. However, there is also a negative connotation attached to the butterfly landing on you. We will read more about that later in the article.
“May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun— Irish Blessing
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness, and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.”
What can be learned from a butterfly?
Every time when difficult situations arrive in life, what do we do? We either try to face them or we ask questions to God about why our life is difficult. Behind every hardship, there is a lesson but when we are in a hard situation, we can’t see that lesson very easily.
This is also one of the reasons why we are always good advice givers but never implement that advice in our own life. A butterfly almost reemerges in the outer world to fly high and this is exactly what we are expected to do in difficult situations.
We should immediately go inside our cocoon, accept, reflect and then emerge out stronger instead of just complaining. A butterfly teaches us faith, hope, transformation, trust and much more. It makes us better people if we really take learnings from it.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”— Maya Angelou
Now let’s get into specifics and see what each color butterfly represents:-
1. What does a white butterfly mean
People of Native America believe that a white butterfly is the carrier of a dream. It instigates dreams in people. These people believe that white butterflies can travel in dreams and in the physical plane.
They also carry messages along with them that the dreamer has to decipher. In countries like China and Ireland, white butterfly means the soul of a deceased people trying to tell us everything will be okay. In other countries, it is seen as a representation of good news and transformation.
If a white butterfly flies around you, it could mean that your good luck is finally arriving. A white butterfly represents good news. Those who believe in angels, it could mean an angel guardian guiding you.
It should be noted that in a few places there is a negative connotation attached to white butterfly as people think it is an omen of death. For instance, if a white butterfly visits someone’s house, it could mean that someone is going to die in that family.
2. Black butterfly meaning
Many people think that a black butterfly brings bad omen, misfortune or death. The black color is also not considered lucky in many parts of the world. However, a black butterfly doesn’t always mean bad news.
Sometimes, it can simply mean the end of something and the beginning of something good. People who see a black butterfly should not be scared and analyze their life and see what needs to end.
For instance, if someone is going through a bad relationship then it can be good news for them as the bad relationship is ending and a new one will start. Such people should also show some confidence and authority in life. The black butterfly also gives a message to be more authoritative.
3. Blue butterfly meaning
Blue butterflies are all about creativity. They tell you to be more creative, joyful and lively in your life. They also tell a person to be more intuitive. Some people also say that since blue butterfly are so rare in some parts of the world, they also wish granters.
So, if you spot a blue butterfly or a blue butterfly lands on you, you should close your eyes and make wishes. As a color, blue is vibrant and brings freshness and positivity. Some people associate blue with feelings of depression but this is very rare.
4. Yellow butterfly meaning
Native Americans consider a yellow butterfly to be a sign of happiness, joy, and positivity. The yellow butterfly also implies meeting a guru or a teacher who will give the seeker a guide to lead his or her life.
It also symbolizes positive changes such as the birth of a kid, the start of a new relationship, marriage, etc, which eventually mean the end of sadness and pain. A yellow butterfly fluttering around you indicates that you might receive happy and positive news soon.
Positive news can be a job change, city change, life change, partner change, etc. At some places, yellow also means the soul of a newborn. They also believe that a yellow butterfly appears to warn them about a danger that is approaching. The danger can be death related, job-related, relationship related or anything else.
5. Orange butterfly meaning
An orange butterfly represents passion and focus. It tells us to not lose our focus from our goals. It also implies aggressiveness.
If we look at yellow butterflies spiritually, it means consciousness, transformation, and healing from things such as depression or anxiety. It represents the sun and life.
The orange butterfly also means that you should expect a guest soon or you could be invited to someone’s house for a get-together or party. Further, it is seen as something that evokes a new thought process or perspective.
The orange butterfly also gives a warning that a person should not let emotions take over his best sides. So, it’s a message that please don’t get swayed with your emotions. Instead, use them in favor of you.
6. Black and white butterfly meaning
A butterfly that has both the extreme colors can turn difficult for you if you interact with one. While the black represents the end of someone or something, for instance, the end of a toxic relationship or end of a job, the white represents the presence of a deceased’s soul around you.
It is a reminder for you that your loved one is trying to connect with you and they are not entirely gone. Their soul is still here guiding you. Black and the white butterfly also encourages one to continue walking on a deep spiritual path.
7. Purple butterfly meaning
Purple color is the color of mystery. Butterflies of this color are extremely rare. People mostly see them in their dreams. These butterflies represent wisdom, enlightenment, and insights. It also symbolizes a connection with a higher realm. This higher realm can be higher than a spiritual world. If you interact with a purple butterfly, it could mean creativity, uniqueness, and talent.
People who see it are creative, thoughtful and very imaginative. Since the color purple is the color of mystery, the butterfly of this color also carries secrets and mysteries that are beyond a common man’s mind. People who show interest in such things see purple butterflies in dreams. Such people also have noble qualities.
Science versus belief
For some butterflies can mean nothing but just a beautiful creature. Such people may have a more scientific approach to look at things. While we can’t argue the reasons given by scientists, we also can’t disregard the spiritual reasons behind a butterfly landing on you.
A belief system is the biggest asset one has, it shouldn’t be rigid but it also should be a driving factor in people’s lives. As long as something is motivating people to do better in life, it should be regarded. In old times butterflies represented the soul and people continue to believe in it.
When one thinks that his loved ones are around him when a butterfly touches him then they find a reason to be happy. Similarly, when people believe in the transformation theory of butterflies, they actively make efforts to transform something in their lives.
A small creature can teach us so much. This is beyond our imagination. We should learn from a butterfly and its life. It is a symbol of grace and beauty. No matter what your belief system is, if you look at a butterfly, your heart fills with warmth and joy.
It is not a very common occurrence to have a butterfly land on you. If this has ever happened to you, you should consider yourself very lucky. It signifies a spiritual transformation. Further, the road to spirituality has its own ups and downs. The journey is not smooth for anyone.
When such a thing happens with you, wait, pause, reflect, go within yourself and learn. Do some soul searching and implement those teaching in your day to day life.
Ankita calls herself a road-child because of her love for road trips and landscapes. A journalist turned digital nomad, she is either telling stories or looking outside the car window aimlessly. She has traveled most of India by road, and encourage other women to take such life-changing journeys. Ankita is also a mental health advocate and a survivor herself. She likes to tell her story through writing and photography, with the aim to change at least some lives.